What cheered me up today


MOT time for me Volvo… passed with flying colours!!!

I also received my renewal quote for my car insurance too… and surprise, surprise my current provider had put up my premium by 28%… :scared:

After a quick check on comparison sites I’ve found a quote that was much more acceptable and actually cheaper than last years… and with the same insurance company!!! :smiley:


Result!! Nice one :smiley:


This morning I was greatly cheered up by looking into the back garden over my coffee and seeing a Salamander shower pump.

This cheered me up because yesterday I replaced it with one that works, doesn’t sulk and is happy to provide showers on both floors.

Feeling happy about this I decided the dead one needed a proper post mortem.

I found many reasons why it no longer worked, eating part of a bearing casing probably didn’t help and a blocked pipe into the air reservoir stopped it detecting flow to the top floor.

All that remains is a pot of shiny stainless steel bolts and screws and the coppery bit of the armature.

The rest is in the dishwasher of much smoke which goes to the recycling centre when it’s full.

I’m keeping all the copper lumps, copper will go up in value when all cars are electric.


Heading off to Thailand again in 10 days time. This time we’re flying Manchester-Doha-Bangkok-Chiang Mai…

Just found out my Bangkok-Chiang Mai flight has been changed from a Boeing 777 to an Airbus A350… Airbus’s latest plane… My first time on one…:sunglasses:

On this trip I also get to fly on an Airbus A340-600… a rare plane as they only delivered 97 of them and only 67 still in service…:sunglasses:


kind of puts to shame my short commute to Belfast tomorrow :slight_smile:


LOL… I’ll have to count up my visa stamps bit I reckon I’ve past the 25 mark for trips to Thailand now!!!


Today I was greatly cheered up (surprised in equal measure) to report the Bus Of Minor Breakdowns sailed(*) through yet another MOT!

Not bad for 179,000 miles, almost 100,000 miles having been nowhere near Hartwells.
No idea what an annual service there costs now but 12 years ago it was £400 excluding the brakes.

So I’m about £5000 pounds up, 12 years of price rises means that would be nearer £6000.

Thank you Hartwells for annoying me enough me to tell you to Thank Off!

  • It has advisories but still makes good progress and is currently a five door, two seater, sports thing


After months of waiting I have finally received notification of an appointment to see a spinal specialist about my back problems…

Wonder how much it is costing the NHS… I am being sent to a private hospital


I activated my CV on a couple of sites last week.
Its quite a lengthy document as I have mucked about with many things for money over the years.

In a Liam Neeson voice “I have a particular set of skills…” is my phrase for the day.
This set of skills has triggered a group of recruiters get on the phone.

Just about every call today has been from someone with a heavy accent, mostly from mobiles with poor coverage or wobbly VOIP phones.
One even launched straight into a telephone interview “to save time and fast track the next step”

The funny part is, they are all chasing the same vacancy and trying to put me in it.
Which would be handy unless it was with a company I have no intention of working for…


In this modern age of cloud, containers, even serverless computing it is quite easy to overlook the core principles that begin with the bootloader stage.

When a compute farm has been racked and cabled inside an impenetrable array of firewalls, tripwires and IDS all rigidly constrained by change control that would be outrun by a Glacier imagine how much I laughed when it came to building the core server farm.
This mirth came from the fact not a single machine has a DVD drive, Flash drives are a disciplinary offence and the chosen install method is “Over the network”
Might be handy if the install server was inside the ring of virtual steel then ?
Nope, everything inside the wall is bare metal, and neither use nor ornament save the slowly blinking lights.

A £27 USB DVD drive saves the day :lol:


An early morning trip to the dentist in the cold and damp doesn’t sound like is has much scope for being cheery.

Slippery roads and a longer spell on the fuel rich warm up cycle meant the Bangbus is a fiesty scrabble wagon, its probably low tyre pressures due to cold but it was fun to have it fighting for traction in second for a change and make better progress up the road.

My new dentist wasnt a miserable old scrote with a runny nose which was a welcome improvement and when I left I couldnt resist asking
“So you are not going to tell me to stop drinking coffee and red wine?”

She replied “Try sweeteners instead of sugar and have cheese after the wine, it neutralises the acids”

So bring on the cheese!


I like the style of the dentist!


PMM may be able to get you a deal on the cheese !