BumpfBlogging Downsides (13.2.2006, 09:14 UTC)
I've discovered a downside to this blogging lark.  It kills conversation.  I was talking to various friends and family over the weekend and every time I went to tell them about things that happened to me they said "yeah, I read that in your blog." Fantastic. So what do I do now.  If I post, I have nothing to talk about if I don't post,  I get the "when are you ever going to update that blog"
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BumpfWhat a Great Weekend. (13.2.2006, 09:14 UTC)
Just took it easy on Friday night.  Despite unpleasant weather,  I managed to go flying on Saturday morning.  Caught up with H&M in town afterwards for some pizza.  I was a pretty jaded after an intensive, but very productive, flight.   After pottering around town we headed for home - checking out some nasty damage on M's  roof - caused, we believe, by an attempted broadband installation.  Mr. W. turned up later that night, looking all "salaried...
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BumpfA 'Lil More Learning (10.2.2006, 13:12 UTC)
H, has decided to treat me to a photography course of my choice - which, of course, was in no way motivated by the desire to get cheap artwork for the walls (though it does appeal to my vanity)!! I had quite a selection to choose from.  Some were focused on creativity, some included film processing techniques, most required a film 35mm SLR.  In the end I opted for an introduction to Digital Imaging.  I'd like the technical knowledge I'd gain on an SLR based course but I've commit...
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Bumpf80 Miles (10.2.2006, 09:18 UTC)
Success !!!! Assuming one doesn't get a puncture on the way home this evening  I'll have covered 80 miles (128Km) on the bike today.  I haven't commuted that kind of distance in over 10 years (remember this Niall). If memory serves, in 1994 it used to take 45 to 50 minutes to the route from the hostel in Dusseldorf to the factory that Niall and I spent a summer packing boxes in.  It's still takes about the same - and I'm carrying quite a few kilograms more these days :-)
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BumpfBother ! (9.2.2006, 17:22 UTC)
Just lost another post by changing tabs without saving. Rot!
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BumpfMuzz Pikkud (8.2.2006, 09:10 UTC)
Meish has a sister, another Muzz Pikkud and she's funny too.
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BumpfYogalates !! (7.2.2006, 13:12 UTC)
I've started a Yogalates class and, quite frankly it's more Latte than Yoga.  The teacher coach spends too much time talking, too loudly, to stridently about the class being "me" time - time to unwind from the day's stress. It's like trying to meditate in the hiss, gurgle and clatter of a city centre coffee shop.  It takes more than Plinky-Plinky music in the background to create a relaxed mood.   Ah well, we'll just have to ignore her and listen to the breathing....
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BumpfCan He Break 40 Miles (7.2.2006, 09:06 UTC)
Two days in a week is the most I've managed to cycle to my new job.  That's forty miles folks.  I've got (heaven help us) "Yogalates" tomorrow night so I'm bringing Mini to work.  That leaves Thursday and Friday.  Can we make it 80 miles?
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BumpfThe Hidden Toll on Motorways (6.2.2006, 13:11 UTC)
Motorists have been complaining lately about the toll on the new stretch of M4/M6 motorway- €2.50 for a private car.  What people probably haven't realised is that there's another, discretionary cost to motorway driving. It's not complete yet but when it is, the M6 from Dublin to Galway will be nearly 200 km of prime motorway.   An average 1.4l car, something like a Ford Focus or VW Golf delivers a fuel economy of 5.4l/100km at a speed of 90km/h - that's 10.8l for the trip....
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BumpfOne Part White to One Part Black (3.2.2006, 17:10 UTC)
Grey reflections light the day,Azure hues drift out of reach.Undefinable, solitudinal walls,Encroach, impinge and isolate,Endless horizons, just a day away.
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BumpfApostrophe Catastrophe (2.2.2006, 09:13 UTC)
It looks like even great U.S. Universities can't escape the grammar gremlins. "Regret the Error" has a piece on an outbreak of "apostophitis" at Stanford University. Phew, glad it wasn't me.
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BumpfTug'o'life (1.2.2006, 13:11 UTC)
I've got new job.  I'm more relaxed.  I'm better paid (though still clearing some bills).  I've started cycling again and about to begin yoga. But H's Dad passed away less than two weeks ago and it's sort of hard to plug back into this good life.
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BumpfCycling Evangelism (1.2.2006, 13:11 UTC)
Cycling: it has its ups and down. On the downside- altercations with signposts.  On the upside, you meet people that really do think its admirable and who will make an effort to dig out their bike and get riding again.  Sometimes you meet people that motivate you to keep going. I met a girl last night on the way home who I haven't seen in years.  I instantly recognised the incongruous pairing of high heel shoes and a Kona mountain bike.  She was working in DCU library when ...
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BumpfWindow or aisle? (26.1.2006, 13:13 UTC)
Window, every time.   Don't underestimate the power of a window seat anywhere.  This morning's dawn was through broken cloud; lighting up different parts of Dublin as it extended across the country.   I found myself walking back from the coffee station stress-free and smiling for no particular reason but I am absolutely sure that a glorious acreage of sky beside my desk is helping. Now a single shaft of sunlight is lighting up the Spire on O'Connell street and moving ac...
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BumpfTired (23.1.2006, 09:48 UTC)
It was a wrench to leave her at home today.  My girlfriend's Dad passed away last week after protracted illness.  She's staying home from work on the good advice of a good friend.  I left her sleeping this morning and cycled in to work.  I need to be here.  It's the empty need to pay bills.  We need to keep up with the demands of the rest of the world.  Just now, it feels pointless.
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BumpfTesting 1-2 (10.1.2006, 17:14 UTC)
It's going to be a week of tests.  Mini, went for it's NCT on Sunday and, after a wedge of a cash for servicing and a nervous half hour of testing, it passed.  Now starts the preparation for the next one in two years time - it looks like I should be budgeting for a new rear sub-frame. Friday sees me sit my PPL theoretical exams -again.  I passed these over two sittings over three years ago but despite that fact that I've been flying regularly since then, the powers-that-be have d...
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BumpfMade It (5.1.2006, 13:08 UTC)
Just about made it.  My shoulder isn't 100% healed since the last time I tried cycling to work but necessity meant I had to cycle today.  I avoided all motorists and signposts but I hit "the wall". I was about half way into the trip when I really, really wanted to give up.  I was tired, sore and facing an 8 kilometre hill in a 20 to 25 km/h headwind.  What were my choices; turn around and go home; park the bike and wait for a bus; give up or persevere? I could rea...
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BumpfCold Glow from the East (4.1.2006, 09:08 UTC)
Early this morning and the cold glow of dawn is warming across the Irish sea.  From my window two pulses mark its progress.  Every few minutes a tram sparks past, each one a little fuller than the last.  The gaps between them are marked every fifteen seconds by the Bailey's beacon. The frosty calm on the Irish Sea this morning means the lighthouse beam extends right across Dublin Bay like the letter i with the Bailey itself,  on its promontory about the coast, dotting its to...
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BumpfBANKS !!! (4.1.2006, 01:06 UTC)
I'm a contractor now with my own limited company.  I need a bank account and a credit card would be supremely useful too.   There are lots of forms and convolutions and mostly they're legal requirements but the bit that's causing me anguish is the internet. The internet?  Our lovely friend the internet? Well, internet banking.  Apparently, while internet banking is free for personal accounts, I'll have to pay 200 Euro a year to manage my one-man company accounts on-line...
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BumpfCar Tax (4.1.2006, 01:06 UTC)
Me'n'She have been thinking of buying a car lately.  Entranced though we were by a two year old Alfa, we weren't too keen on loan repayments.  So I've been looking for low-cost alternatives.   An old but tidy Merc or BMW appealed. Sure enough one turned up the other day.  A lovely 1993 BMW 3-Series; Calypso Red, automatic and the clincher for H, heated leather seats.   For four thousand Euro, it would have been a perfect choice.  So why haven't we gone t...
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BumpfNew Year Resolution (4.1.2006, 01:06 UTC)
Mine is to continue not making resolutions in the New Year but to continually review and change anything that needs changing during the year. 2006 is going to be a good one I think. This year will finally see me get my pilot's licence.  All the really big work in the house will get done and for once I may actually plan holidays in advance.  I'm a demon for not taking holidays until late in the year by which time I'm insanely tired and usually too broke for a nice destination. Work's ...
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BumpfHi, my name is Stupid, don't I know you? (29.12.2005, 17:06 UTC)
So,  I'm scooting between buildings at my new employer's place when I see a familiar face.  We stop, ducking under a balcony to get out of the bitterly cold rain, and chat for a few minutes.  "So", I say to Mark - the guy who didn't hire me for a job in this same firm, " did you get anyone in the end?"  Mark responds "yes, I'm here".  I am bemused.  "Yes of course you are, I said 'anyone' not 'anywhere' ", went the voice in ...
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BumpfOwwwww (15.12.2005, 09:08 UTC)
Following my abrupt meeting with a signpost last week, my arm continues to be very, very sore.   I've also notice some disadvantages to my new job.  A day off sick means a day less pa, and taking time off to do anything - like re-fill a prescription- means I don't get paid either. Apart from the really frustrating curtailment of physical activity, this has been a expensive fall off my bike so far the running, well, perhaps limping cost is over €400 I really hope that this ...
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BumpfFinally, some flyable sky (12.12.2005, 17:09 UTC)
After plenty of failed attempts to go flying over the last couple of weeks, this was the view that I was greeted with on Sunday morning.  I had been hoping to go flying the day before but the cloudbase was just too low to do what I need to do - namely some upper airwork or cross country exercises. Sunday was CAVOK and we headed out to the West to do some stalls and steep turns.  I was very pleasantly surprised with my flying.  The Grob is a new type to me but I was very comfortab...
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BumpfChronicles; the Epilogue (9.12.2005, 09:06 UTC)
Made it to work this morning, though this time it was in the car.  The sore shoulder has eased but the anticipated aches all over have indeed manifested themselves.  I'm looking forward to geting  my new chair as the one I'm perched on is lop-sided and not doing my back any favours. In other news, it's morning but more significantly I've got my staff card.  While this is great, I can come and go as I please, it' s pretty pointless because the new building that I'm moving to ...
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BumpfChronicles of Belfield... (9.12.2005, 01:09 UTC)
The Bike, the Van and Signpost. First morning on the 16km cycle to work was evenful.  Just past the Belfield slip-road I had to swerve to avoid a motorist turning left across my path.  I narrowly missed her but wasn't able to avoid an ill-placed signpost. Ill-placed from my perspective at any rate. The poor motorist was in shock but she did stop, rang the emergency services waited for them to arrive and checked in with me regularly during the day. Didn't really need the emergency ...
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BumpfSecond day (6.12.2005, 17:08 UTC)
Second day on the new job.  Beginning to recognise faces, which is  a little unfortunate since I'm moving building but still, things are becoming familiar. New building and desk promises to be very nice but my current desk is just a stone's throw, well, javelin's throw from one of my best friends, so I'll have to leave her behind on Friday  :-( How disappointing.
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BumpfVOR tracking (5.12.2005, 01:06 UTC)
Having reinstalled MS Flight Sim I set about practising some of what I learnt this week's ground training.  So I dialled up the 270 radial on the BAL VOR, intercepted and flew from the station for 8 miles or so.  I then dialled up 090, got the TO flag and started a rate 1 turn to intercept and fly 270 radial inbound to the station.  I managed to pull that off just like my instructor told me.  So, looking for a challenge, I decided to "go under the hood" and do a r...
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BumpfBungling Barrista (4.12.2005, 13:06 UTC)
When I left my last job they made me  a very generous presentation of a vouchers for PC World.  I love gadgets but I'm a bit of a sentimentalist too.  I wanted to have something appropriate to remember them all by and somehow a piece of electronic kit with 6-months-to-obsolescence lifetime was never going to be what I'd choose. Fortunately, the home electrical store, Curry's is part of the same group and it took me all of ten minutes to find the right gift to spend the vouchers o...
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BumpfAnd the Outlook for Tomorrow (2.12.2005, 21:08 UTC)
More Muck.   Today's flying ops were yet another wash out.  I'm booked in for two slots tomorrow early morning and early afternoon.  I really want to get some proper flying done.  It's hard to stay motivated by just doing  imaginary flight plans.  It all counts I suppose. While we waited for something vaguely resembling flyable conditions, Joe introduced me to the VOR.  A useful instrument for navigation or indeed torture by the sounds of it.  See, r...
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