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Locked in?

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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…

Perfection?

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.
W…

Happy Bi Visibility Day

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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

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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!

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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

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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

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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…

Deerfest

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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!