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Wow, 18 months since my last post…and reading that, things have certainly changed! and all for the better.

Firstly, Lisa and I got married – very romantic affair really, it was sold to me that financially it made sense with the properties etc. As such, we got 2 witnesses, Lisa’s dad, and my mum and off to the registry office. We had the Muppet Show theme tune playing during the ceremony, then Lou Reed’s ‘Perfect Day’ (the only ‘sensible’ wedding ceremony song), follwed by Foo Fighters ‘Long Road to Ruin’. We left the registry office to the Muppets ‘Manamana’. Lisa got a ring, I got a ball and chain (seriously – I got a ball and chain, it’s not a euphemism).

So yeah, pretty big change right there.

Work has changed vastly too – for legal reasons I cannot discuss any settlement agreements or wrong doings.

After a couple of months working as a packer on a production line, I got a job doing some data analysis for a distribution company. I actually applied for a basic administration position but got a call back saying they thought I was over qualified for the position, but they’d created a new position for me (which is a huge ego boost for someone of my age).

I then took a job for Liebherr, a German company specialising in tower cranes. My manager had some odd ways of doing things which saw me leave there after only a couple of months. Once again, I was turned down for the original job I applied for, but was offered a different job to match my skills.

After mooching around for a couple of weeks, and Christmas starting to loom on the horizon, Lisa sent me a link one day for a job inside ABB. I applied, and we both agreed that to avoid any bias one way or another, I’d not mention her working for the company.

The application went in, was received with interest, and I underwent a telephone interview – I’m quite good on the phone, and have the knack of sounding knowledgeable about things I honestly know little of. I then received a further callback inviting me to an interview – this would be just before the Christmas break.

At this point, Lisa and I decided she should approach HR and let them know she had initiated the recruitment so she’d get the recruitment bonus (we thought this would be a couple of hundred pounds). HR told her yes, there was a bonus – Β£1000 if I was successful in the interview, and a further Β£1000 after 6 months.

Interview day comes around – a Friday (this is key). I arrived promptly for my interview and was met by Al (the manager of the section) who was dressed in jeans and t-shirt. Seeing my expression, he said, “I normally wear a shirt and most days a tie, but Friday is dress-down day.”

For the first time IN MY LIFE, I was the best dressed person in the company. The interview with me, Al, and the other Al went very well, and I was offered the job a couple of days later to start in the new year – January 11th in fact.

I was actually phoned on the 5th to ask if I’d like to attend some training they were holding that day which would be of use for me – having nothing better to do, I did this, and as such, became the first person to start work before my start date…

So, my new career as an Internal Proposals Engineer is a very interesting one – I’m learning the range of products offered by ABB, and was approached by the head of UK sales in late March to say he’d like me to attend some training in Italy in May. Now, in my head I was thinking “Hmm, my probation period runs until mid April, but I’m booked on some overseas training in May – I think I may have this job…”

Sure enough, a couple of weeks ago, Al turned to me and said “Paul, about your probation period”, I turned around and he continued “Yeah, you’re in…despite being a Spurs fan.” (he supports Chelsea).

Which brings me neatly to the current EPL – Spurs trailing Leicester at the top of the table, still (as I write this) mathematically possible for them to be champions – but what a season, what a difference the manager has made, and what effort the players have put in as a whole, they really are awesome to watch – like an unending white wave swarming over defences.

Lisa and I decided to book a holiday in September once the girls have gone back to school, we initially thought Gran Canaria, but due to the problems in North Africa and Syria, it seems everyone is now going to Spain and the Canary Islands. In a nutshell, I was sold on the idea of the lazy river at the hotel in Cancun, so we’re off to Mexico for 2 weeks – lovely stuff.

Cats: Gif has really settled in now, and even tolerates the other 2 cats being quite close to him.

Household media system: Although the plethora of storage devices still exist, we’re moving more onto streaming films/TV shows (the girls love the US Whose Line is it Anyway?).

We’re (Lisa) is now onto the final room in the extended house to be redecorated – our bedroom. Yesterday I was allowed (under supervision), to take out a brick cupboard that used to house the boiler, but was now empty and taking up space.

I’ll upload some pictures later of the wedding, and the house/garden. Until then, ciao

London Undergound

Lisa posted on Facebook regarding our day out in that there London village, but here’s the basics:

I’d got tickets to sit in the audience of Blockbusters (can I have a ‘P’ please Bob?) which would mean we’d get tickets to see ‘A League of Their Own‘ (mmm, Georgie Thompson πŸ™‚ ).

Anyhoo, we got to London in time for some dinner in Covent Garden, (copy ‘n’ paste from Lisa now):

The journey from Vauxhall to Syon Lane was on the overground train and it just started to rain…We wandered to the studios to find all the access points totally locked up!! At this point the rain turned into a downpour and we were completely drenched…Looking very sad for ourselves we walked back round to the ‘main entrance’ (a bloody long way!) only to be told that we couldn’t go through that way and would have to walk all the way back to where we’d originally been!!

It was still raining heavily so Paul decided that he’d had enough!! To be honest, the thought of sitting in a studio totally soaked wasn’t very appealing (we couldn’t have been wetter if we’d stepped into the shower fully dressed!).

We decided to make our way home get changed and go for a beer! But by the time we’d got back to St Neots I was so cold that we ended up sat on the sofa watching tv with a cuppa!!

(end copy ‘n’ paste).

The only picture taken on the day was when Lisa nudged me on the underground to look at the ad above the guy sitting opposite:

If you look in the window reflection, you’ll notice Lisa making sure I’m taking the picture correctly and not photographing my eye (again)… 😐

EDIT: Took the time to adjust the Statcounter code to show the correct pagecount πŸ˜›

Oh hai

Yes, it’s been a long time…yes, I’ve been busy…yes, it did involve technical things (or ‘magic black boxes’ as Lisa calls them).

Let me explain…

So, deciding the 500MB external hard drive wasn’t big enough for the collection of films/TV shows I’ve downloaded recorded legally, I found the Zyxel NSA310 to quadruple my storage capacity with the added bonus ofΒ  having a bittorrent client (whatever THAT is…) built in, ditto FTP server. It acts as a media sharer too – which is nice.

So, all music, TV, films etc were shoved onto this and streamed via DLNA to my laptop (Acer Aspire 5920 seeing as you ask), and then onto the TV via S-Video/VGA/HDMI lead.

Of course, this wasn’t NEARLY technical enough for me, so I started looking into getting a PS3 to use as a media centre (bonus – it plays Bluray).

This was just before shitmas, so it was (kinda) put on the back burner as a project ‘in works’. In the meantime, I spotted the rarely used Wii console, put the homebrew channel on that and installed mplayer-ce to watch/listen to my media content.

It worked! and played every file format known to man I had films for, with the only downside being the horrible Wii controller, and the fact it only played up to 720p resolution – I really wanted a PS3 to try out.

Managed to borrow one for the weekend from Lisa’s nephew (thanks Jake!), and the first thing that struck me was the resolution – up to 1080p πŸ™‚ It failed to recognise some file formats though so was mentally put down the queue of media players.

That same weekend I was surfing (as you do on a cold Sunday when you can’t be bothered to goto the pub), and came across this little baby:

It’s the Western Digital TV Live Streaming Media Player (aka: ‘magic black box with fewer lights on the front’). I bought one and now have an awesome setup where I can flick through my films and get an info page like this:

Of course, my info is in English πŸ™‚

It has taken some time to get JUST right, but I’m happy now πŸ™‚

As a footnote – getting a NAS share working with moviesheets to show the info was a bit of a hurdle, but worth it.

And that, your honour, is what I’ve been up to rather than blogging – I throw myself on the mercy of the court.

For Lisa:

Oh, and everyone else – but mostly Lisa for her comments below…

Well, at least I’M clean shaven…

*snigger*

I can foresee bad things happening to me in the near future…

So, we’ve just had ‘Movember’, and Lisa joined in:

EDIT: I took the picture as she was blinking – she’s really not drunk πŸ˜‰

Lisa got her nails done…

Pretty damn cool huh?

I forget the name of the technician (is that the right word? I guarantee Lisa will correct me if it’s not), but their website is here.

The weekend, football, spooky stuff…

So, another great weekend – Spurs had a resounding 3-1 victory over QPR yesterday (I’d put a bet on us winning 8-1) to end the weekend as it started πŸ™‚

I must mention first – Tash (Von’s youngest daughter) has just gone into hospital – her baby is due Thursday, but let’s hope she has an easy labour πŸ™‚

Talking of Tash – she actually looks like this:

Her nickname at the moment is “Seven bellies” ‘cos she can’t half eat!

Anyhoo, halloween tonight. Didn’t get down to the King’s Head at the weekend as Lisa had the kids, but they decorated the pub nicely:

Lisa’s got a combined party for Halloween and Carys (birthday on Wednesday I think…) tonight – I’m gonna dress up as a zombie πŸ™‚


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