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.
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?
We went to Taplow car boot on Sunday. The weather was pretty miserable and started raining as we left. We couldn’t stay long as we had somewhere else to go but we managed to walk round the whole car boot.
Lots of buyers, not so many sellers.
Managed to pick up a vintage 80’s calculator Sharp EL-509A (£1 – selling on ebay £12) & a Pam Ayres signed DVD (£1 – selling for £10+ on Ebay). There was no provenance with the DVD but I looked at other signatures from her and this one looks the same.
We went to Iceland’s last weekend for a little shopping (We love their sliced tiger bread). It was 9.30 on a Saturday morning. You would think they would have lots of staff on hand?
There was one till open and one queue. Whilst we waited for 10 minutes in the queue at least 3 people put their shopping down and walked out. We asked a member of staff if they had anyone to open a till and were told no. A short while later they did open another till but shoppers weren’t happy at waiting and the staff seemed unconcerned.
Shame on you Iceland.
About three weeks ago I bought a log flume from a seller on Ebay. It was definitely an impulse buy. The auction was due to end one evening and I put in a cheeky bid expecting it to be declined and woke up the next day to find I was the new owner of a used log flume for £120.
When I told my colleague at work he also temporarily lost his sanity and bought a roller coaster car from the same seller based in Margate. These things really don’t come up for sale very often and we both felt we could create some crazy projects around VR using these.
After some difficult communication with the seller, we finally departed Slough on Sunday at 8.00am to drive the 100+ miles to Margate to collect both items.
It was a cold day with snow on the ground but we made good time and arrived around 10.30am in my colleagues van. The seller was still on holiday in the U.S but his colleagues were on hand to show us the items. It immediately became clear these were very large and very heavy requiring 4 or more people to lift and there were two of us. After an hour and half of lifting, winches, ratchet straps and to be honest Chris’s lifting ability more than mine, we managed to get the rollercoaster in the back of the van and turned our attention to the log flume. It was quickly obvious the log flume was too big and heavy to fit in the van with the rollercoaster. I remembered the seller was also offering some smaller log flumes for the same value and after a quick discussion it was agreed we would take one of these instead and again loaded in the van after some time and effort.
By this point it was early afternoon. Chris’s van has no heating and after loading these items we were cold and thirsty. We were told of an indoor market called the Old Kent Market where we could get some refreshments and walked around the corner to see what they had to offer. Its a fantastic little indoor market with lots of character offering food and beverages and some small indoor market stalls. We had a lovely coffee and warmed up then visited a couple of the antique shops nearby before making the 2 hour journey home in the fresh snow.
The last picture shows my log flume hidden in our server room at work after loading into the lift and taking it up to the first floor.
Last night was the Lets Rock Christmas show at the Wembley SSE Arena in London. Great night. Got there around 6.30pm for doors opening. The show started at around 7.00pm with Pat Sharp doing his DJ thing. Live acts started at 7.30pm until about 11.00pm
Fantastic 80’s night with a Christmas theme. All the acts were great but my favourites were Go West, Tiny Hadley and Kim Wilde.
Had a bit of a nightmare getting home. All the tubes were busy and when we got to Paddington, the train was cancelled and so everyone tried to get on the next one. This meant the train was packed. every space in the aisles and by the doors was jam packed with people complaining and more people trying to squeeze on. After 20 minutes the driver announced that he was refusing to drive the train due to overcrowding and then after another few minutes announced we should all board the longer train opposite prompting a stampede.
We found seats and looked forward to getting home. About 20 minutes into the journey a group of people who had been to London for their office party got a little excited when one of them (the boss as it turned out) decided to be sick into his present bag. A couple of minutes later this then spilled out onto the floor as the bag was made of paper. The sick also spilled onto his friend sat next to him, his shoes etc. This started a chain reaction of people feeling ill!
Thankfully a short while later we managed to leave the train and take the car home.
It’s that time of the year. The 2nd Xmas fair in two weeks. This time it was at Ascot Race Course. We got some free tickets thanks to one of the exhibitors. They send out complimentary tickets to regular customers.
On the way there I had to pick up some security equipment that had been advertised on freecycle. The equipment was in a large house just off the high street and I was expecting a couple of old CCTV cameras to use with my students as a home automation project but ended up with over a £1000 of equipment including two Opus MCU610 processors and several touch screen room controllers. Cant wait to try them all out.
The Christmas fair was the same layout as last year in the pavilion. You get free parking just across the road and then after a short queue you’re in. The decorations and gifts are upstairs and the food hall downstairs.
We popped downstairs for a spot of breakfast and bought some of our favourite chesses and chutneys from The Truckle Cheese Co. They always do us a deal on multibuys and they are definitely our favourite.
We bought a few food items:
Blue Shropshire Cheese, Chocolate Cheese, Mature Farmhouse Cheddar, Piccalilli, Pear & Vanilla Chutney, Spicy Strawberry & Caramelised Onion Chutney
Chocolate coated apple slices