30 Jan 2012
We went on a little jaunt last weekend. The four of us in a car up into the Peaks to a place called Cressbrook.
The ominous weather didn’t stop us. Didn’t even cause us pause. We parked up near’t mill and got ourselves ready in a howling gale. The walk started well with a small hill and tarmac. Eventually we ended up near some old lead mining houses and passed onwards into a dark wood.
The main issue seemed to be that it was muddy. Then J started howling.
He was sat in a kiddie backpack thing behind me. Turns out I was passing under tree branches but he wasn’t managing to avoid the odd snagging. Poor thing got very upset.
Then we headed upwards to a ridge and exposure to the wind (which had been nicely minimal under the cover of the woods). The gusts nearly blew N off a ledge at one point and then J just kept howling every time a heavy gust came his way.
Would you believe that we picked now to have our lovingly prepared picnic? Well we did. Exposed to the wind and rain. Was great fun.
But should we return and carry on. Carrying on meant miles further in the exposed wind and rain. Returning meant getting J through the thorney trees. We went back in the end but it wasn’t without incident involving mud and loss of balance. But we all got back in one piece.
Might do it again on a better day.
See this: here
Ultra-nerds! And good for them.
I have just this few minutes back finished my first ever tax return.
I could have had an accountant do it but the amount of money I earn away from my main (and already taxed) job isn’t massive so I expect I’d end up paying more than I’d save in tax paid.
Now just to worry about whether I’ve ballsed something up and actually owe an awful lot more. Fingers crossed.
16 Jan 2012
Was out at R’s parents’ last night. Her mum has a Kindle and downloads a goodish number of books for it. She reads a variety of genres but something odd had happened to the search function on the thing.
She bought a book called “The Sisters Brothers“. A proper book by a proper author done properly.
Now the “suggested searches” thingy seems to have been programmed by someone a little bit inept.
She keeps getting suggestions NOT based on content, genre, author or theme. However she is getting suggestions based on the title. What this means in practice is that she’s getting quite a lot of suggested incestuous pornography. Fine you can skip it but it does give a bad taste when it just keeps on being suggested. Not nice. The somewhat unsubtle hint of paedophilia isn’t really wanted either. Surprised that Amazon and Kindle are pushing this stuff without people having to ask for an opt-in. Surely the “suggested reads” search shouldn’t send this stuff to people who haven’t asked for it.
03 Jan 2012
It’s the end of the world as we know it!
And I feel fine. Except for my toe.
I managed to maim myself at a child’s soft play centre yesterday. Carpet burn on my elbow and wrist and then a nastily bruised middle toe on my left foot. I went in to see a podiatrist at work today who was very reassuring. Looks like I haven’t done in another nail just banged a joint somewhat.
Photo here if you’re interested.