Sunday, 5 April 2020

April 2020

Well we're two weeks into Coronavirus lockdown and I've had enough of it already, to be honest.  Seem to be working longer days (just at home) and less drums or opportunity for drums. 

What's happened since last time was here?

Loads.  Christmas was sort of cancelled as mum and dad couldn't travel.  Saw some good bands - Buck and Evans, Stillmarillion, Last in Line.  Saw some good and some bad DCFC performances but now everything stopped.  So have watched all of Breaking Bad, El Camino and have started on Just Call Saul.

Have got loads of stuff going on garden wise but am a little behind on the lotty. Hey ho same old, same old.

Saturday 4th April 2020

Dogs walked. Lots of potting up. Also got me runner beans in old MacDonalds drink cups - not single use anymore!  Also planted cucumbers, courgettes, cauliflowers, sunflowers and much, much more as the saying goes.  Put up a mini fence along side the front lawn. All good. Took Big Lad for a three mile walk which was nice.  

Monday, 25 November 2019

Sunday 24th November 2019 to Saturday 30th November 2019

Sunday 24th November 2019
Up early.  Missus off to York shopping.  18 hours of decorating fun with a bit of a dog walk and a stop for fish and chips in the middle.

Monday 25th November 2019 
Up early did some snagging and touching up the bits I'd missed but generally speaking not a bad job done.
Yes I know - a similiar colour to the old one.

Thursday, 21 November 2019

Sunday 16th November 2019 to Saturday 23rd November 2019

Saturday 16th November 2019
Up at the crack of dawn.  Dog walked.  Off to Burton to WW to find out what the crack is with the new plans only to find out it's a weigh-only group.  Humphf.  Not coming back at 10.30 thank you very much.  Got home Piccy B for me and the missus. All good.  Fell asleep on Sofa - what a lightweight I am!

Sunday 17th November 2019
Up early.  Dog walked etc.   Didn't do a great deal.  Took missus to Derby got a coffee spoon.  All good.   Another kip on sofa.  Very uneventful!!

Monday 18th November 2019 
Didn't do much - work and dog walking - the usual!

Tuesday 19th November 2019 
Same again barman!

Wednesday 20th November 2019
Up early.  Dog walked, papers fetched.  Into doctors for a 7am appointment - only problem is the doctor has forgetten.  Got to work late, dropped some stuff off then went to Nottingham for a photo shoot in Mapperley.   Interesting.  Nice old Premier Kit in the basement too.

Parish Council Meeting - things are getting interesting in our Parish is all I'll say!!

Thursday 21st November 2019 
Up early. Dog walked. Into work for just after 7am.   Reasons to be cheerful - 2 stone and a bit lighter than I was on 10th November 2018

Friday 22nd November 2019
The usual.  Work early doors, got away about 4.30.   Dog walks.   Fitted a 2" SSD drive into a computer for my dad.  I need to find out what size drives he has got in his existing PC when I get a moment.

Saturday 23rd November 2019 
Up early.  Dog walked.  Papers fetched.  Didn't do much until lunchtime.  Went to Bustlers to meet the Doar brothers.  Drank 4 bottles of zero alcohol beer and had a very nice burger.

Then went to watch DCFC beat Preston North End who think they are a bit special but aren't.

Then night time meant going to Paula and Darren's for tea and then over to Hartington to see the excellent Thunder Hammer.   A top night,.

Monday, 11 November 2019

Saturday 9th November 2019 to Friday 15th November 2019

Saturday 9th November 2019 
Up early dog walked, papers fetched.  Phil came back from gritting about 8am so went and fetched a Piccy B for everyone.  Dog walked and then off to rehearsal at Swad.  All good stuff.

Love the look of the Crystal Beat - all good
Bad night for little pooch with ruddy fireworks going off left right and centre  - she survived though.  Watched more succession - bloody grand!

Sunday 10th November 2019
Up early dog walked.  Took the parasol down.  Did a bit of epoxy fixing on me boots and one of Phil's all good.  Setup my crafting box for making rigs and did lucky 7 traces so I can swap out hook snoods as and when .  Walked our pooch and then off to remembrance Sunday.

Always a sombre ceremony that puts things into perspective.   After the ceremony we had a quick bit to eat and then off to Nottingham - Lucy has managed to lose a coat (well we suspect someone has pinched it while she was in the library) so Janette has got her a new one.  We didn't stop too long - boss went to Tesco Express with her and got some bits and bobs then we went back home and took both dogs for a bit of a walk (not too far). 

Monday 11th November 2019 
Up early - dog walked, papers fetched.  Into work early as there is a big WW announcement today and I wanted to be ahead of the game if I could be.  Got home walked dogs in the rain all good stuff.   Watched Watchmen - it's no less bonkers than last week.  Went to bed a bit before 10pm all good.

Tuesday 12th November 2019 
Woke up mega early as usual but didn't get out of bed until 5pm as I knew I was going to be late back from work then an alcohol-free pub quiz later.   Such is life.  Late getting away from work as had a rehearsal to do with the works banned.   All good - only doing one track this year to keep it simple.

Another day, another warehouse...

Pub quiz - I think we came fourth but am kicking myself at being just off with a couple of answers.  Never mind. 

Wednesday 13th November 2019
Up at 5.25 - am just about getting the time right so I can get me papers from WH Smiths at 6.10/6.15 most mornings.  All good stuff.  Into work in plenty of time and car juiced up ready for taking Lucy to a concert tomorrow night.  Dad's taxi gone ruddy mad.

Thursday 14th November 2019 
Work then took Lucy to Manchester to see a band called Half Alive at some funny club in Manchester.  Back at 1am absolutely knackered - lucky with the weather asd it was threatening to snow!

Friday 15th November 2019 
Up early.  Dog walked.  Into work proper tired.  Coming home I got a phone call - band dropped out at last minute can we cover.    So rang everyone got the okay - gig on.

Not my picture - that's why it's suffering from out-of-focusness!


Monday, 4 November 2019

Satruday 2nd November 2019 to Friday 7th November 2019

Saturday 2nd November 2019 
Up early.  Excited ahead of the England v South Africa Rugby World Cup final only to be disappointed at being out muscled and out-played in every department.  Was the Derby match going to be exactly the same?  No we did Middlesbrough 2-0 with both goals coming from Tom Lawrence one of the two embarassments crashing while drink driving.   Neat thing was that I found a little short cut to my £5 car park which was neat.   One day they will sort out the inner ring road - at the minute no-one is ever in the right lane as they come over the fly-over, myself included!  Listed some bits and bobs on eBay

2nd Nov 2019 - DCFC 2 - 0 Middlesbrough zilch. 

Pair of Sabian 13" fusion hats listed on eBay

13" Sabian fusion hi hat bottom - clanging manhole cover
Sunday 3rd November 2019 
Up early.  Dog walked.  Then had to wait for Phil to get up to take him to pick his van up and then over to me mum and dad's.  Back home, walked the dogs,  mowed the lawns for what I hope will be the last time (you never know).  Bought some bits and bobs on eBay a couple of Z rod things for mounting splashes on and a LCD unit for an Alesis D4 to replace the one that has lost it's backlighting.

Replacement LCD project coming up soon £17 better than buying a whole new unit (I hope!)

Z Rod for splash cymbals - the idea is to mount two splashes using a multiclamp which should give them enough clearance I reckon. 

Monday 4th November 2019
Up early.  Dog walked.  Back Home.  Dog walked.  Watched the new episode of Watchmen - proper weird.  Watched some more Succession - it's so mad it's addictive.  Went for a 2.5 mile walk on me own - good stuff.

Tuesday 5th November 2019 
Walks in morning but none at night with it being bonfire night.  Watched more Succession am going to be sad when I get to the end it's bonkers but great.  Listened to Stewart Lee on "A Good Read" - going to have to go and see him live I reckon! Walked 2.5 miles again on me own.

Wednesday 6th November 2019
The usual with work except for chauffeuring the boss about a bit.   All good.   Got home took small pooch a walk, took big lad a walk but didn't do my walk on me own.   On way back home after dropping boss off in Nottingham I listened to an interview with Bob Igors (the bloke credited with turning around Disney) fascinating and made me thinkl of Succession - takeovers and what have you , you see?).

Instead I fitted a new display in the D4 as the back lighting had gone in the old one - only cost me £17 so chuffed to bits with that.  Am going to use it to trigger bass drum and snare samples live is my thinking (might also put a cowbell on there somewhere).
Inside the D4 - have taken ribbon cable of the display unit which is at a right angle to main circuit board.  Had to remove the hot glue using nail polish remover to weaken it and then a bit of persuasion with a small screwdriver - all good!

The end result - D4 back to full effectiveness (I am assuming it will still trigger the sounds else I've chucked £17 down the drain!). 

Thursday 7th November 2019
Am stopping late at work so when I got up at 4.45 and it was tipping it down I went back to bed for half an hour!  Still raining like hell when I took the hound out but hey ho.  Into work for 7.30. All good.  Did a couple of songs with the Works Band and then got home for about 6.30.  Took big lad a walk.  Did a bit more work on making sure the D4's display is secure with the broken clip all good stuff.   Watched another episode of Succession - bloody greaty then watched a bit of Taylor Hawkins on BBC Iplayer - interesting - seems a nice bloke.

Friday 8th November 2019
Up at 5.20 - I think I need to aim for 5.25 ideally for getting papers at the right time but it was okay.  Into the office for 7.15 all good.

Monday, 28 October 2019

October 2019

October 2019

Have got out of the habit of maintaining the blog - need to get back on it.

Friday 4th October 2019 - went to see StillMarillion at Nottingham Rescue Room - bloody great!
Saturday 4th October - DCFC 2-0 Luton - rubbish

Bought a 20" Sabian China for £70 - a right bargain
Saw a white Pheasant in the distance (see below)

Although you can't tell on this picture there is a white pheasant on the wall

Saturday19th October 2019 - played at Dixies Arms, Bagthorpe with new bass player Graham - top gig!

Can't remember which games this was but am sure it was rubbish!
Friday 25th October - Me and Jonny Bigland after his DC/DC gig at the Winking Man, Upper Hulme. 

Friday 25th October - went to Winking Man to watch Jonny Bigland's band floods everywhere we turned round and found another route in after seeing the car abandoned in the middle of it with it's hazards on!

Saturday 26th October - rehearsal with the rack - looks ace!

Sunday 27th October 2019 - did some community work then took missus to uttox then did Pad's lawn and hedges 

Hedge on one side at the back. 

Hedge on t'other side at the back. 

Other stuff - tried out with a band from Derby but it wasn't working for me so when the opportunity to join a band with former members of Breaking Poynt came up I sort of jumped at it after a bit of thinking anyway.   

Monday, 16 September 2019

September 2019

Friday 13th September 2019

Went to watch Derby draw 1-1 with Cardiff City.   Dismal stuff.  Went to pub with Dan after match and drank a coke!  Am all over this One Year, No Beer think like a cheap suit!

Saturday 14th September 2019

Up at the crack of dawn.  Dog walked, papers.   Went to Nottingham to fetch Lucy.  All good.

Got home had brunch.  Went to rehearsal auditions at Church Greasley.   Got a new bass player.  All good.

Dad's taxi in operation at 1am, fetched Phil back from a pub at Alton.

Sunday 15th September 2019
Up at 6.30, dog walked, took Phil to get his van back from Alton.   Came back did not very much other than tidy Phil's shed up.   Need to do a bit more when time permits.   Lotty for a couple of hours with the missus got as load of beans, raspberries, cabbages, courgettes, all sorts.  Got a bed and a half cleared.  Got two sets of onions in the ground for next year.

Monday 16th September 2019 
Up at 5:40.  Dog walked, papers fetched into office for 7.25 all on rails as always.  Back home for 5pm then straight up to Wyaston for a Neighbourhood watch thing where I was tasked with doing coffees and teas - I bet some folks had some dodgy cups of tea.  Anyway, all got done, back home for just gone 10pm,  got some stuff ready for the morning and straight off to bed.

Tuesday 17th September 2019
Up at 5.14.   The usual then loaded up and took Lucy back to Nottingham.  Proper knackered but such is life.  Got mesen a bacon butty from MacDs on the way into work. 

Monday, 5 August 2019

Monday 5th August 2019 to Sunday 11th August 2019

Monday 5th August 2019
Up early on account of going to bed early.   Need to catch up on sleep really.  Into the office early again which is good, good, good.  Really busy day.  Left at 3.55 and got home much earlier than if I leave it to a bit after 4pm so need to keep doing that really.   Got home - put roofbox on the motor - had tea - took the hounds on the one mile loop.   Did a load of juggling stuff from the little shed ready for going camping at the weekend.    Got back watched DCFC beat Huddersfield Town on their own patch - Tom Lawrence has a great game with two goals and he put a shift in too - lot of folks aren't keen on him but he did good yesterday.  First game with new manager and I thought they looked very good - a really useful three points to start the campaign off!

Small hound watching DCFC trounce the Huddersfield Town

Tuesday 6th August 2019
Up early'ish.  Took the pup out to get papers and what have you.  We have an event on at work so parking about a mile away - took the bike so I could get me ass ready for a 20 miler on Thursday - have done next to naff-all cycling this year so am hoping I can do a bit of short distance preparation in advance of Thursday!   All good stuff.

What happened to rest of August!!

MSR has shut down so have to fetch papers in ruddy car.   Not good.

Been to see DCFC three times I think and they have been rubbish every time.   Two draws and a defeat. 

Sold a drum kit, bought a drum kit. 

Been on five day camping trip before we got just too sick of the damn wind.

Pearl (never had a Pearl before) Crystal Beat Rock Kit 12" RT, 14" FT, 16" FT, 22" BD

Monday 29th July 2019 to Sunday 4th August 2019

Monday 29th July 2019 to Sunday 4th August 2019 

As usual am so busy am not keeping this up to date.

Done lots of bits and bobs.

Have tidied up the coalhouse shed and now we have the small freezer in there, which had to be moved out of the utility room to make way for an enormous LG fridge/freezer.  The old Liebherr one has now had to go as well but at present is sat at the front of the house.

Thursday, went over to me Dad's to sort his computer out - it probably needs replacing - it's still running on Windows XP! 

Saturday fetched brekko from up town for me and the missus - went down reasonably well.  Did a rehearsal in Church Greasley with Revamp which was very enjoyable three or four hours focusing on about three or four song.  Perfectionists I reckon.

Sunday took a load more stuff to the recycling centre in the morning.  Went to Lotty and brought back loads of broad beans, runner beans, french beans (all the beans then), courgettes, peas and raspberries.

Monday, 22 July 2019

Monday 22nd July 2019 to Sunday 28th July 2019

Monday 22nd July 2019
Up at 5.15 - Phil was downstairs before me think he must be working down West Midlands sort of end to be up that early. Dog walked, papers fetched, into office for 7.30 after getting some petrol on the way.  All good stuff!!

Friday 26th July 2019
Crikey.  Busy week.  Got home from work.  Got on bus to Derby. Over to Derbys vs Notts 20:20

Then to The Tap on the way back for a rack of sleep and cheese.  Hmm.  Then somewhere else for a pint of something Drake then last bus home and back for 1.30ish??

Saturday 27th July 2019
Woke up. Slight hangover. Took Lucy up town. Rehearsal.  All good.  What a wet, crappy day

Sunday 28th July 2019
Up early doors well 7.30ish anyway.  Got not fone today.  Never stopped raining.

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