When I first saw the line-up for this years I am a Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here I wondered what a six times world champion was doing in there along with an Olympian and I smiled at how you just knew Joey Essex was going to be picked for every task and come back empty handed.
Well I was wrong on the second part of Joey Essex, he has certainly won over my respect, not just for giving it his all but his positive attitude. Credit where credit is due, the TOWIE star hasn’t slagged anyone off, he hasn’t had a tantrum and he approaches every task with a big smile.
Steve Davis has also come over as a likeable chap and an intelligent one as well but the Olympian Rebecca Adlington is another kettle of fish. I started to ask questions the third time she was excused from a bush tucker trial and I now make that 4 times that she has been excused on medical grounds. I see today Twitter is alight with rumours that she might be pregnant, I would say no chance more than likely I believe she probably suffers from claustrophobia.
Either way it makes a mockery of why she is in there? Just as night follows day you know when entering the jungle you are going to be placed into a closed space and have all kinds of nasties poured upon you and you also know that you are going to be required to eat insects, camel toes, fish eyes and probably a testicle or two.
Okay, firstly I think Children In Need is a great charity however am I the only person who felt the BBC’s Children In Need live show on Friday was dreadful? Terry Wogan should step aside, his attempts at light hearted humour was painful to watch. Zoe Ball where did they drag her up from and why was the majority of it set around the set and cast of Eastenders? Many of us myself included cannot stand soap opera’s I hadn’t a clue who anyone was and even the music was scraping the barrel.
Gary Barlow, Robbie Williams and Barry Manilow, throw in Dido singing the only song she is famous for which is now at least 12 years old and you couldn’t help feeling these were the only artists with nothing better to do on a Friday night. JLS who are no longer a band reformed for the night failed to inspire and don’t even get me started on McBusted a new band formed by joining the flagging McFly and Busted together.
I don’t even warm to Harry Hill but at least his sketch was mildly amusing but the whole night wasn’t completely lost, Catherine Tate as Gran did have me laughing. Sorry Children In Need on the BBC was a massive flop for me this year.
My step-daughter Kim managed to get an almost front row seat to the filming of Celebrity Juice the other week. As Keith Lemon trotted down the steps Kim managed to reach out and spank Mr Lemons ass, yes we captured it on Sky and now it is on youtube.
If you are my sort of age then the chances are that you don’t like too much change. Don’t get me wrong, I love new gadgets, I would like to buy the latest TV every year but when it comes to communicating with others and changing the way you do things then I am not the first in the queue. I did find the whole social media thing a little confusing but as a business owner I have been forced to embrace it and accept that in today’s modern age you must have a social media presence if you really wish to succeed.
I have never been one for sending text messages so when Twitter started gathering pace a few years ago I assumed it would be a fad that would fade away. I was wrong and earlier this year I felt forced into obtaining a twitter account for my man and van business. The first thing you learn is how you need to add followers and hope that they add or follow you back. The second thing you learn is that B2B wise twitter is a spammers heaven. I have just over 230 followers at the time of writing this, about a dozen friends and family, one customer and the remaining 200+ are other businesses who have no interest in what you have to offer.
I say they have no interest but I can’t help noticing that a very large percentage of those willing to follow you offer some kind of SEO or Web Design expertise, I dare say very soon I will be receiving an increase in phone calls trying to sell me adwords and web site optimisation. Already at this early stage of tweeting I am having to spend at least 30 minutes a day tweeting, sending out re-tweets and finding new people to follow. Another thing you quickly learn is that you have to be very careful what you say and tweet. I have seen abusive language, poor taste jokes and even a touch of racism in tweets by some business owners and I have to say, it would put me off using their business.
Well that is the long and short of it, I am now on twitter @northantsmanvan so if you would like to follow me and you are not a business trying to sell me something then please feel free to visit my page and hopefully we can enjoy a few tweets together.
As I have mentioned before I run a Northampton based man and a van service. I do get to travel all over the country and I do get to see some lovely places, none more beautiful than a recent trip that I had to Inverness in Scotland. I had never set foot in Scotland before so what better first visit to the country than the highlands. Planning the 500 mile route and 8 hour drive there was pretty simple, I hadn’t much in the way of options as it was pretty much motorway all the way there, that was until I had passed Glasgow.
What a drive and what wonderful scenery I was treated to once I had hit the highlands, I wish I had pulled over to take a picture or two as it was a truly amazing sight for the eyes to see. Although I regret not taking a few pictures I did take a slight detour pass Loch Ness. Sadly or lucky I haven’t decided which I didn’t see any monsters but I did capture a few images of the Loch.
I can’t believe what a crap year this is turning out to be, exactly 5 months to the day we lost Krueger and my other German Shepherd Storm has had to be put to sleep. Storm was 11 years old and for several days he hadn’t been himself. It is so hard explaining to a vet that you know your dog isn’t quite right, despite the vets giving him a clean bill of health we knew something was wrong, we just didn’t know what.
Things came to a head yesterday 31st October when our poor Storm could hardly stand, he had refused a walk two days running and he is not a dog who would ever refuse a walk. My wife and myself often joked that we would know the day Krueger was truly ill as it would be the day he refused food and Storm would be the day he refused a walk, sadly on both accounts we were right.
We took Storm to the vets for the 3rd time in 7 days and this time they agreed something was drastically wrong, his body had gone into shock, his heart was racing away and while we were there he messed on the floor and his faeces contained blood. The vet strongly felt that it was a ruptured tumour.
I cannot begin to describe what it is like to lose both your best buddies within such a short space of time, my only relief from the pain I feel is the knowing that we gave both our boys the best life we possibly could. They were never kennelled, they had at least one holiday to Yarmouth a year and they were spoilt. In return they both gave my wife and I unconditional love and devotion and we will remember them in our hearts forever.
I just cannot believe that more than a year has past since I last made a post, when I look back on the last 12 months only one thing really stands out for me and that was my 7 year old German Shepherd Dog Krueger passing away earlier this year, May 31st to be exact. One minute he was out on his walk with myself and the wife the next he was suffering a seizure. We rushed him to the vets and it took them 24 hours to discover he was riddled with tumours, the one on his heart causing his seizure so it was time to say goodbye.
Anyone who has ever lost a dog will know how upsetting it is, now 4 months on it still feels as nearly as painful as it did the first few days after we had hugged and kissed him goodbye. Even writing this I have tears in my eyes. I have had 4 GSD’s in the past, I loved them all but Krueger was the one I had a special bond with, he was that special one who knew exactly how I was feeling.
The two images pictured on this post were taken just a month before he past away while he was enjoying his weeks holiday in Yarmouth. I have these as pictures on my office wall, I love you Krueger.
I can’t believe how quickly two and a bit weeks have passed since the start of the Olympics. A superb performance from team GB who have had me well and truly on the edge of my seat at times. No doubt about it, I can report that they certainly gave me a feel good factor but now what, I feel lost without it.
As a Brit and hearing plenty of rumours surrounding the London 2012 Olympics opening ceremony, I admit I was cringing at the thought of how bad it all sounded and I was wondering what the world would be thinking, looking at us in bewilderment as to what on earth was going on. Within 5 minutes of the start my fears turned to joy as the ceremony got under way and what a spectacular show it was. Truly British and if some feel too British for other countries to fully understand I don’t care, it is our turn to host the games and despite being a multi national country I felt it made a pleasant change for something to show off what makes Britain GREAT.
From the scenes dipicting the green grass and fields making way for the industrial revolution and the way the five rings were made to look like they were forged from iron right through to Mr Bean showing that we have a great sense of humour and even the Queen joining in as she was escorted by James Bond himself – I loved it. Personally I would have not have had Paul McCartney bringing the end to the nights proceedings, partly because it really is time for him to retire and second I just get fed-up with him closing every event that we hold here in the UK but I won’t let that spoil what I felt was a fantastic opening ceremony.
I was excited about putting all my pc parts together, at the same time a little anxious wondering if it would all work. I had sat in front of my other computer for what seemed and probably was hours upon hours of watching youtube footage and reviews, now it was time to assemble everything.
Starting with the Motherboard I popped in the CPU pretty straightforward, the processor has a little nick on one side so you can only pop it in one way. I pressed down the leaver which holds it in place, that was a worry as it is a very firm fit and I hoped the pins were all straight and that I wasn’t going to hear a nasty crunch.
Next the cooler, again I had watched this cooler being installed on a youtube clip and it was a pretty simple task. Remember to get yourself a tube of thermal paste. I had seen various tips about spreading this, I opted for half a pea size spot in the middle spreading it as fine as I could with an old credit card, actually it was an old membership card for somewhere.
Now I had these in place I secured the motherboard into the case and slotted in the RAM and graphics card. I had also purchased myself varied SATA cables in a variety of lengths which was a good thing as this case was big and the distance between the mothboard and some of the components was quite a stretch.
Hard drives connected, fans in place and it was time for a quick test – Bingo everything booted up exactly as it should, I couldn’t believe it, not a single error or problem, now it was time for a cup of tea before installing the operating system.
- Remember to purchase thermal paste
- Check the lengths of cable are long enough
- Fix cooler before securing motherboard to case
- Plan fan configuration in advance and check arrows on the side for air direction
My fan configuration was two large fans sucking in air from the bottom (image 2), heat rises so three fans in the top (image 3) and a fan also expelling air out the back away from the CPU cooler as well as a CPU cooler fan and another fan in front of the hard drive enclosure (image 2)