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Verified by Visa annoyances

September 29th, 2011

It turns out that if your bank uses Verified by Visa and you use Firefox 5 or newer then you need to enable the “accept third party cookies” option or payments will mysteriously fail :-(.

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Needs a paint

September 25th, 2011

Not sure if I’ve posted a picture of this bridge before:

It’s over the Thames between Cookham and Bourne End where I went for a wander this morning. If they painted it it would look quite nice.

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Big Value

September 18th, 2011

For some reason Tesco are currently selling 4.25kg boxes of “big value” Persil non-bio washing powder cheaper than the otherwise identical 2.5kg boxes. Stock up now!

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Holiday Camp

September 18th, 2011

I’ve been in Norway for a few days for our annual company conference thing. We stayed at this Butlins-esque convention centre on the coast about an hours drive from Oslo.

The chalets are very cute. Weather wasn’t great but at least it wasn’t -20°C like last time.

Further Evidence

August 28th, 2011

Fresh evidence has recently been uncovered supporting the existence of distinct left and right socks. This hotly debated topic has been featured previosuly on this blog. This image of two socks seen in the wild clearly shows distinctive “left” and “right” markings:

Quite how sceptics can continue to claim that left and right socks are interchangeable in the face of such compelling evidence is beyond me.

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Isle of Wight

August 28th, 2011

I spent last week on the Isle of Wight with my family. It was awesome! If you haven’t been, the Isle of Wight is one of the best holiday destinations in the world. In no particular order, here are the amazing attractions we visited.

Hovercraft! As previously documented the Isle of Wight has the UK’s only commercial passenger hovercraft service. And even better, it lands just five minutes away from where we were staying. I spent many an hour hovercraft spotting, as you can see from the photos below :D.

Multi-coloured sand! Alum bay is famous world-wide (maybe) for its multi-coloured sand that you can fill little models with from convenient trays. I still have the one I made when I was a child (about 19 years ago). Here’s the one I filled this time:

Donkeys! For some reason there are lots of donkeys on the island. And everyone likes donkeys, right?

Crazy golf! Sooo many crazy golf courses. My favourite was multi-level jungle adventure golf but also played pirate golf and dinosaur golf.

Steam train! How many islands you do know with their own steam train, eh? This one is short and tidy with two little trains that trundle back and forth.

There’s loads of other good stuff too like a castle and lots of places to go walking. It’s a wonder people go abroad on holiday really. Here are some photos I took of the things mentioned above:


August 20th, 2011

The pier in Ryde is sooo long. Looks very pretty when the sun goes to nap behind it:

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August 14th, 2011

Nice evening to go for a walk…

…and spot some hovercraft.

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August 14th, 2011

Is it a plane? Is it a boat? No! It’s a hovercraft!! The 20th century’s greatest invention and a glorious engineering achievement. Here is one parked:

The passengers are onboarded, the hovercraft is ready to go! POOF! The hovercraft inflates! :D

Vrooom! Zoom! Off it goes! The hovercraft cares not whether it travels on the sea or on the mud.

A little bit later one of its friends arrives. This one does a fancy turn as it comes in to land.

Most scientists agree that the invention of the hovercraft will make all other forms of transport obsolete. Here’s an action shot of another one: