Christian left the College on Friday 22nd June so we all met down Millionaire’s in Langley for some drinks and food after work.
Thanks to Anita and Christian and some cans of silly string, it soon descended into chaos with people running around the car park trying to avoid being caught.
We went down Bar H afterwards for some more drinks, pool and table football.
Sunday was football BBQ in the garden.
Started the day with an early morning car boot at Taplow, followed by some last minute food/beer shopping.
13.00 was time for the World Cup. We set up the projector in the garden and watched the football over burgers, sausages, chicken, Pimm’s and Beer. What better way to spend a hot Sunday afternoon during the World Cup? And a win!!
My brother unfortunately fell asleep after too much Pimm’s and fell foul of some fun on our part.
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
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.
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.