Tuesday evening we went to the Empire Cinema in Slough gif their two got one offer on tickets and caught the early evening showing of Solo.
When the film started we were the only two people in the screening although another 8 arrived shortly afterwards. Still only 10 in a cinema screen with room for 20+. We got to sit in the posh seats and huge film was good despite some of the negative reviews.
George and I had a few games of pool and beers after a difficult day at work. Unfortunately he won 5-4.
We followed this with a visit to the Hungry Horse at Middle Green.
We both had a large main followed by the Ultimate Candymania pudding. This is usually a desert to be shared but we had one each in a man vs food challenge and we both finished
Our Labrador is now 14 which is quite a good age for a Lab. She has developed some recent health problems and we took her to our local vet’s to see what was causing the problem. She has had some obvious trouble with her back legs/hips related to her age and has recently lost bladder control and when left at home overnight would often have an accident delaying the laying of our new floor.
The vets charges us a few hundred pounds to do some tests which were inconclusive and we got to the point where we felt we were spending money needlessly.
Working on the idea that both problems occurred at the same time, I suspected that the bladder problem was related to her pain/discomfort in her rear hindquarters and decided to try some tablets you can simply buy from Amazon similar to what people might buy if they had joint problems. The tablets cost £20 for about a months worth and since she has been taking them we have not had a problem. The dog clearly has some stiffness still when she lies down for long periods but the bladder problem is gone at the moment. Hopefully the beneficial effects will continue and there will be no negative side effects?
Maplin’s prices have generally always been much higher than other retailers. This is probably a large part of the reason why they are closing down.
They have been slowly selling off all stock from their stores including fixtures and fittings. We’ve been going there every couple for weeks and looking to see if there were any bargains. Even with 50% discount much of their stock is better priced elsewhere but in the past couple of weeks they have been increasing their discounts and selling some stock at one-off prices.
We popped into the Slough branch yesterday and managed to pick up some bargains. A Samsung Smartthings hub for £50 (usually about £100), a Meccannoid robot for £50 (usually £200+. This one has no box was but was fully working), a MakeyMakey for £24.99 (usually £49) a Makerbuino about £20 (usually around £70) and an aluminium display stand for £3. Apart from the robot and sign, all new and boxed. The only thing you have to consider is they will not accept returns unless the items are faulty but you still get warranty with the manufacturers so this was not really a concern for us. Now to do something with the Makey Makey and get the smartthings hub working in our house.
Meccano Meccanoid Robot
Shop display sign from Maplins £3
Samsung Smartthings Hub £50
Makerbuino ready assembled
Last Bank holiday Monday Anita, Debbie and myself went to Brighton for the day. We parked at the Marina where the car park is free although you have to walk the mile or so along the beach to get back to the Pier and the town centre.
We arrived early and made our way to the Post & Telegraph Weatherspoons for a full English breakfast.
The Marina car park at Brighton
Brighton Beach in the glorious sunshine. A long walk ahead.
Anita and Debbie walking ahead. The Pier is in the distance.
Debbie trying our Hula Hooping in the Tiger store.
Cloud Gallery. One of our favourite art gallery’s in Brighton. We usually buy JJ Adams prints from here. Anita decided to sit down and eat the free sweets whilst Debbie and I browsed.
This is a print we bought from JJ Adams. Love it or Hate it?
We would never visit Brighton without a quick stop at Choccywoccydoodah
So much for our diets. Milkshakes. Mine was peanut butter flavoured. Yum!
We like to visit this Mexican restaurant for lunch. They do a fantastic chocolate Chile brownie. Dos Sombreros.
Thursday was bowling night at Maidenhead 10 pin bowling. We were the only people there most of the evening and enjoyed two games of bowling, food and a drink for £10 each (Paul won).
Luke, Rachel, Anita, George, Eileen, Paul, Debbie attended and Chris (aka Lord Long) never quite made it although he scored quite well on the bowling whilst not even there.
After this we battled it out on the air hockey (Luke was the winner), arcade machines and then 6 of us played Laserquest (Luke won). Can’t believe how much we were all sweating at the end.
Just booked our tickets for the Revival event 2018 at Banks Stadium in Walsall. Can’t wait to get playing all those retro arcade systems and perhaps pick up some toys to bring home for the personal collection?