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Professional Photos from Saturday

I've had a few professional photos come in from Saturday. I have to say, they are absolutely amazing! The Megapixel count is phenomenal (40+ I think!).

I wore black latex jeans and t-shirt, plus a waistcoat over (it was cold!).The shoes were patent leather.

Please note that these images are copyrighted. Used with permission.

My first ever latex event!

Whilst I've been to fetish events before (and, sorry, but I often find them a little too much of a meat market) last night I went to my first ever latex event.

Called "Shiny Happy People" and with a dress code of all outerwear must be latex it was an opportunity for me to give it a try.

Fully rubbered up in black jeans, t-shirt and waistcoat I headed down there at about 8 and met up with a friend who had got me the ticket.
Well the rules of most events are "what happens at the event stays at the event" but I can say that it was a very polite, very classy event. Everyone was in latex. There were very few displays of public behaviour, and it was essentially like being in the pub, except that everyone was in full rubber!
Now if the next event wasn't 4th of April I'd have bought my ticket last night, but sadly that's the Strangefish gig.
I'm awaiting photos of the event dropping onto fetlife now as there was a professional photographer there, but fo…

Ten years?!

It was ten years ago to the day since I bought a leather blazer and thus completed my three piece suit.
Ever since then I've always had one. Yes the one on the right has refreshed items (new trousers and waistcoat) but the blazer is still the same one.
I can't believe how much thinner I look these days!

A rough day.

Last night I was very ill.
It all started in the late afternoon when I started feeling somewhat gurgly and I started with quite bad diahorrhea.
Then at about 10pm I went to bed, laid down, and within 10 seconds the vomit urge happened.
For the next 4 hours I was talking to the porcelain telephone. Repeatedly.
However, as quickly as the feeling started, it stopped.
It's now the next morning and I just feel drained and beat up.

Of even more flooding.

You might remember me posting a bit a few weeks ago about how we had a deluge of rain and ended up flooded, but not in the extent that 2007 left us flooded.

Well on top of that we now had another deluge of rain yesterday which lasted all day and well into the early hours, and as a result I'm now stranded unable to work. I can't get to my unit...

This is the state of the entrance at the moment - that floating car is pretty much by the gates.

Locally we've had a few floods too. Aldwarke is flooded and closed (as usual), Swinton is closed, and Kilnhurst looks something like this.

The worst of the lot though is Parkgate. Retail world has flooded yet again and the roads to Rotherham are closed.

I don't know how this will pan out, but last time Parkgate was fairly swift getting up and running again.

A new blogger is coming?

After a little fear that Google might be getting ready to retire blogger (as can sometimes be their way) they seem to be giving it some love again.

We now have a much cleaner looking Android app and a couple of pages on the web client now look more mobile.

A little arty

I'm no Captain Kirt (see his blog) but occasionally I like to draw things.

Here's me in a leather suit.

Blogger Mobile

At bloody last, Google have pulled their finger out with Blogger and are upgrading it to a mobile platform.

Another Fishy Rehearsal

We rehearsed again today. Preparing for Fortune Retelling next year - yes I know it's early, but when you're recording a gig it helps to be totally spot on.

Today we did the entire thing except 360, Random and This is Me (Part II)

Rainy Day

I have to say that rain outside sounds delightful.

A sad day, but a happy day.

So I did as promised and wore the suit. Everyone at the funeral was dressed brightly and there were quite a lot of people there.
David would have been proud and happy at being the centre of attention.

Funeral Today

So I'm currently sat in McDonalds having a quick coffee, before I go home and shower and suit up for the funeral of someone I went to school with. David Himan died a few weeks ago from metastasic prostate cancer. He had just turned 46 (same age as me).
I'll be in my brightest blue suit and brightest pink shirt for him. I just wish I could have got a rainbow tie at short notice, but alas I didn't think about it until today.

Locked in?

So something of a precedent happened today.
I visited my unit to pack some more stuff for my move, decided I needed a pee, and went to use the toilet.
However, my back door didn't open when I pulled it. Nothing.
This is my fire escape as well (shown as the purple door) but also is the only means of getting to a water supply.

Turns out the gympanzees upstairs have decided that because I'm not happy with their use of the building (in particular the way they keep leaving the stairwell) they would put brackets on my back door thus blocking my fire exit.

By allowing this to happen my landlord has defaulted on his health and safety requirements and I can now give immediate notice to quit with no prior warning, which I have given. It's actually worked in my favour to be honest as I can use it to get out of 4 weeks rent.
What they don't know, however, which I do know, is that in Mid November the fire officer visits the building for an inspection. I've had the letter because I ha…


You know all those years when you thought you had everything right, but something wasn't quite?
Well I've had that for a while with tech - I try and carry a bare minimum with me at all times. Often, I'll omit my wallet if I think Samsung Pay will cut the mustard, but there's always been a small anxiety there, especially when spending a night away from home.
That anxiety is my Galaxy Watch.
Whilst the device is fantastic (especially as a 4G version with it's always on capability meaning you can leave your phone behind for a short while - battery life is quite dismal on 4G!) charging it has always been a pain in the arse because it means carrying an extra cable and a dock.
Samsung, for some incredible reason which is only known to them, decided to make the dock Micro USB and not USB C. Plus the watch can't charge from any ordinary wireless Qi charger, even though it is Qi apparently the coil is too small for a regular charger so it has to have a close proximity one.

Happy Bi Visibility Day

Happy Bi-Visibility day to all my friends who don't consider themselves to be a binary gender.
Me. I'm down at the bottom right. Heteroflexible.

Yet More Giggery Pokery

Yesterday we gigged again. Another wedding.

Have I already mentioned I love playing at weddings?

This one was on a cricket field in Tickhill, in a marquee. That always means good things - a marquee has great sound because there are just no reflections to deal with.

So we arrived at 2pm (as I found later, this was far too early - we could have arrived at 3 and still been set up in time; but it wasn't a problem. The club itself was great and it was lovely sitting outside in the warm September sun as a last little breath of summer came and gave us a reminder it wasn't too far gone.

The marquee itself was about 60ft long, with a decent size stage and a 32A power supply laid to exactly the right place on stage - it looked absolutely lush!

Dennis arrived shortly after me, and we started to load in and set up straight away - and after getting the generator started (the keys were "missing" but it turned out they were in it all along!).

Jake was just post-operative so he didn&…

New Phone Day

The phone I have been truly waiting for has arrived at last. I know a couple of reviewers have said that Samsung haven't tried "hard enough", whatever that means, but I think it's magnificent that they have actually delivered a beautiful and yet stunningly useful Galaxy Note 10+ 5G

It pretty much ticks all my boxes except one (and I am willing to live with that as it sadly is the way things are going).

The screen is amazing - pretty much the entire front of the phone is screen. The bezels down the sides are virtually not there, and along the top is a little bigger. The bottom chin is slightly larger than the top one.

The central hole punch camera doesn't actually bother me at all. I thought it would irritate me, but when you compare it to my previous phone, that bit of screen is hardly used. I think I've found things behind it just twice so far, and on neither occasion was it an issue.

As for the rest of the device, well the air gestures work well enough to u…

Beautiful venue last night!

It has to be said that whilst the load was quite awful (helped very much by a lot of our equipment being on wheels, and the loan of a roll cage by the venue) and the acoustics in the room were somewhat "cavey", the gig was flipping awesome!

We played two very well crafted sets, very few oopsies (all live, remember, we're not robots!). (Well I have my doubts about Craig as he never sweats).

The lights looked great, and the laser now combined in with it added a little - although I have my concerns that it's not quite perfect as occasionally it glitches. I spent a little more time on positioning and using the small DJ strip as footlights worked great. We even flipped them around for the DJ set at the end and lit the dance floor a treat!

The only glitch I've noticed is that the cameraman had wireless flashes and they would sometimes cause the back lights to freeze for a fraction of a second.

The Wireless DMX sender kit seems good. The quality is somewhat iffy, but it…

Gig Day!

It's Gig Day! Tonight is Hull. The Guildhall.
It's a wedding - I always love wedding gigs. Everyone is there just to have a great time.

PVE Night

Last night's talk was good. Phil showing off his meteorite collection. I need a meteorite for my collection!

Tonight is a PVE. I'm on telescope driving duties - my favourite of all the jobs on PVE's. It's a good showing tonight too - a slightly past dichotomy Moon, Saturn and Jupiter all nicely placed in the south.

Work Fell Through

Normally I will always try and find alternative work (usually very successfully) when my work falls through. However, when today's work fell through I really did feel like having a "sod them all" day.

I went home, changed, and my lady and I went to Rufford, near Ollerton. I've always loved Rufford. The birds there are amazing.

Plus the squirrels can be quite cute too.

That afternoon I met a guy to look at a new unit. I need something more suitable for my line of work, and then I popped down to my old one and packed a few items. I've sorted my stage wardrobe rail out (I keep spare stagewear down there) and charity bagged some old suits.
I'm really pleased this outfit fits me though. I always loved wearing PVC jeans and might just have to drag them out again. These are 36" waist ones - the ones I used to wear onstage with FTM were 40's.

Tonight is Astronomy Club. I've got a busy few nights ahead to be honest - tomorrow is a public viewing evening a…

Tories on the Run

Last night was a great night for someone who has been a fairly staunch Remainer all the way through this awful Brexit process.
Boris caused mass protests last week (including the one on Saturday which I was at) when he announced the has asked the Queen to prorogue Parliament - in his words, "because it always happened".
Yes, indeed, proroguing Parliament does happen most years, but never for more than a few days; and never in history for more than a week and a half.
Boris truly jumped the shark when he decided to do that, and the protests began. And continued.
Last night, however, he had control of the Parliamentary agenda thrust out of his grubby lying fingers and given back to the people. The cost of this?
1 MP crossed the floor, thus removing his majority of 1 and making it a true hung Parliament, and then 20 MP's rebelled against him and have now lost the Conservative Whip.
So, essentially they are now a minority party with over 40 seats down. In essence, they're screw…


Well that was a very unusual one! An invite from Hollis to play at a festival in Sheffield.

We had a bit of a problem from the get go because of absences - No Jackie, still, and on this particular night no Jake either.

However, Martin, Hannah and I agreed to do the gig as a three piece.

It was a very nice event. We played for about half an hour in total and won over some new fans too!

Our Democratic Representation.

The UK is supposedly a Democracy. Allegedly we all have an equal voice, and we are all represented in Parliament by our elected MP's who are put there by a system called "First Past the Post". Now that bit is grossly unfair as it gives huge weight to large parties and yet a smaller party could conceivably get 25% of the overall vote and yet get no representation at all in Parliament.

But this isn't a rant about PR and FPTP. This is about a cunt who has been placed into the seat of ultimate power in this country by the nature of the whim of just 100,000 people. The Conservative Party Membership. A group of mostly males, mostly over 55, mostly fairly right wing. So of course, they put Boris Johnson into the hot seat beause he's very right wing.

Now Boris has come along after just a few weeks in the job and decided to Prorogue parliament; essentially shutting it down.

For the first time in my life this morning therefore, I protested. Along with a few thousand other…

Songwriting with the Fishes

Again, last night we had a songwriting session with Strangefish. The four instument players gathered at Paul's and we spent a good few hours working on The Power of Good - a rather old idea which has been hanging around for years (before Fortune Telling I'm told).

Of course, first, we had to get Food; so Paul and I hunted around for a chippy (not a Kebab shop, there is a difference) so we could have a chip butty each (or a Barm as he kept insisting it was called - but I think that sounds like something that might bite you).

Eventually we located a chippy after the first one had a queue outside, the second looked well dodgy. The third was a charm. I suspect a 2* health rating door sign might have been hidden away somewhere in the depths of a dirty drawer, but actually, the food was rather good and the peas had the colour of a 1979 Vauxhall Chevette, which surprisingly, is actually a very good thing for mushy peas.

Whilst we had dinner I educated Paul into the fineries of Henders…

Foul creature!

Today we were over on the east coast fitting a switch under a distribution board. The switch needs to be both clean, accessible and easy to operate and it needs to turn off the kitchen fuse board in one action.
Not too difficult a job; a couple of hours at most you'd think.
Well not with the "chef" at this place.
We arrived at about half past ten as originally booked. Started loading stuff into the kitchen, and were promptly told by the most foul woman I've ever dealt with in the stroppiest attitude ever that "we can't start till she's finished cooking dinner".
Even though I'd planned to sheet over the area, and even though we planned on drilling just FIVE holes to carry out this task she was absolutely adamant.
Luckily, we could use the whole day for this job but because I'd originally booked for the morning only and other work was planned for the afternoon I decided to charge them for the full day and tell them exactly why I was doing this. No …

Today I did this...

I'm currently on a project to create a VIP area in a nightclub.
These downlighters look great and make it feel really clean and modern.

Also fitted across the bar area.

Tomorrow we're going to be wiring up some pendant lights and fitting a grid switch to power them all.

Judge as you wish to be judged.

You have one life to live. Live it as yourself.

DMX Trials & Tribulations

Ok so I'm tinkering with DMX on stage lighting for the first time ever.
Amusingly, I have a lot of understanding of the protocol already as I used to tinker with BBC Econet and essentially it's the same idea.
All devices sit on a line and see every byte of data sent along it. They receive it, and send it on down the chain verbatim.
The fixture looks for it's address being announced and then reads the command following the address - the command being any number of 8 bit bytes telling it what to do, be it change a colour, or a focus, or move a head.
Having addressed all our fittings and connected them to an American DJ MyDMX Go Paired to my Tab S4 I was instantly able to create amazing programmes, albeit within a limited number of styles.
The next part of the experiment involves these though.

They were very cheap for what they are - they are DMX receivers which simply read a signal blasted out by the sender. No clever two way comms, just brute force.
The sender connects to the end …


I love these. Henderson's Relish is lovely.

That Suit!

It doesn't fit me anymore. Really. It's huge on me; but this was the first latex suit I bought after seeing the rather awesome Ray Cokes in this beautiful latex suit...

He struts better than I do though.

Any offers, please comment below.

Merlin Pass!

I upgraded my Alton Towers season pass.

I now get early entry, plus other goodies.

My "PC"

So, all you guys have a proper computer. Well, this is my daily driver.

The monitor is a 13" 'Thinlerain' branded one from Amazon. It does HDMI over USB C and is also powered from the same USB C.

The keyboard is branded Jelly Comb. It has a trackpad which is actually not bad to use (although I prefer a mouse for long term use).

The monitor is driven by my Galaxy Note 9 running Samsung DeX. A platform I must say I rather like (if you learn to live with a couple of limitations).

The desktop wallpaper is from Amiga Workbench 1.3 - Amiga was a great platform in it's day and I had Amigas for quite a few years.
All of the above packs into a neoprene case which means I can have a desktop experience wherever I am with minimal equipment.