Thursday, September 30, 2010



The bloody air con on the Eunos has stopped working. So I take it in to Aircon Medic at The Scott Arms. Looks like the 15 year old condensor has finaly just got old and started to leak. Well a replacment isn't cheap especialy if you get it from MX5 parts some £280!. So I don't, first place I try to order one from is Arron radiators and the cheapest place.. Yep they have on on the computer but they don't have one to sell to me or are likely to - told me to try a dealer! So next I order one online from UK cooling at £135. Well it comes quickly.



But when I open the box it dosen't look good.



And put of the box it looks even worse!



Ouch. Looks like someone in Tiwan must have dropped it and then lobbed it in the box anyway. Great I have to end up with it. Anyway its going back although I've got to wait a short while for another one as they have no more in stock either now!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010



Some of the sun flowers have poped up out of te ground and have made a spurt for it. A bit late or what? Oddly though the smallest one has flowered, the only one!



So pretty and summery in this cold patch we have now, or is it Autumn?

Monday, September 27, 2010



I picked up another blueray disc "This Is England". A lad at work said they had enjoyed the film and was looking forward to watching the series on channel 4..



However it was pointless watching the series without watching the film.



So luckily I've recorded the series on the PS3, although I didn't think the film was that great. But hey what do I know.

Sunday, September 26, 2010



Having been in Tesco's yesterday I notice that they have some Technika 10" phot frames in stock again. Well the one I got from March runs for a few hours and then just shows garbage so I thought I'd take it back under warranty. I was given a replacment and change! apparently they are now £10 cheaper than when I brought it. I also have another 12 months warranty. Oddly though this one also has trouble, which is a big sham because these units have a high resulotion and the pictures look great. Arrg. Perhaps it has something to do with the fact that when you turn it on it comes up version 0.24! Perhaps they could have waited unil they had made the software version 1 before selling it?

Saturday, September 25, 2010



So I went round Tesco's and what do you know. They have Nackies ice cream back in. Not that you would know though as they have put this huge sign regarding something else in front of them!

Friday, September 24, 2010



So I didn't clean my Eunos for the MX5 national rally. But I did later get the Duragloss out and I stand back and think to myself. WOW that looks nice now.

Thursday, September 23, 2010



While at the MX5 national rally I got some new LED lights to replace the cheap China ones that let in water then rust and go dim. Well they were cheap. These weren't though.



And as all the wiring was in and the connectors match installing them was a doodle.



All I had to do then though was wait until it was dark to see how good they were.



Obviously they are better than the cheap China ones. But how long will these last. We wait and see.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010



My tomatoe plant is not looking good with the cold weather. Which is a bit worrying.



As I now have many many many green tomatoes!



And only a few red ones! Will the cold kill off the plants before I get the fruits of my labour?

Sunday, September 19, 2010



I wake up around 8am thinking should I go to the MX5 rally at Chatsworth House or not. I'm still not feeling well and its raining. My cars going to look a mess as I was to shatered from not feeling well yesterday either so I did not clean it. At the the end of the day a drive out my do me good so I get up program the sat nav and head to the peak district.



I get there around 10:30 ish and I have obviosuly lef the sat nav in take the shortest route without motorways option, which has given my a nice country side ride in. Although me car is probaly dirtier than ever by now.



I get my yearly badge and place it the others on the inside of my boot lid.



I have a wander around and there does't seem to be any VR A or B's around. There seems to be some B2's although I would guess the owners do not realise looking at the cars and wrong wheels etc being on them. Such a shame. It is wet here today and that always puts a dampener on this car displays.



Here's a car I hav't seen at one of the rallys before. And with the colour I think it looks really good. However as you get closer the cars bodywork is a bit ropey. Shame.



I could go into the house but I just don't facny going indoors. There doesn't seem to be a burger bar here either. Its pasties or nothing!



Later on I go and get my car, look at the map and



take some realy single track country lanes around some very unpopulated moorish areas with the roof down. It was great. And when I got home I treated the car to a wash!

Saturday, September 18, 2010



Saturday I woke up and I still had my cold. All that chilli hadn't killed the bacterai off. Anyway my mom wanted to go out so I took her for dinner at the Bluebrick. Having never been to the Bluebrick before I was impressed by the ambiance and impecable service.



Located at the Lower Station and in the new Fusion development it is a nice setting in whaqt I would call a not so nice setting! Food was good especaily the pudding, which I shouldn't have had but they looked good so I did. When I got home later I felt so rotten from my cold and now sore eyes I went to bed - around 5:30 pm.

Friday, September 17, 2010



Friday evening work is over and I go and collect my brother so that we can go for a curry oh yeah. I'm hoping it's going to knock out a stinking cold which has just appeared from nowhere.



Beardy is also up town and then realises what he has done by meeting us and entering the curry house.



Thats right he's ordered a curry. Well where else would you order one? For a change he is smiling too.



We have the usuals and lots of beer. So much in fact that we don't venture anywhere else! Hell the Cobra at Jivans is good.

Thursday, September 16, 2010



Thought it was about time to get the Florence and the Machine CD and I'm glad I did.



However I thought I'd heard Vampire Weekend and enjoyed them but obviously I don't!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010



Remember the Philips G7000 console. Well here is the Sega Master System. Oh this will be a joy. Now lets plug it in and tune her up.



Here is the classic outrun. Although not so er classic I think now. If I remember right the speccy version was my favourite.



But no matter how simple somethings are there are somethings that never loss there marvel and Sonic the hedgehog is one of them. So simple. Why is there not a PROPER version of it now on the PS3?

Thursday, September 09, 2010



So Alan had book the Eurostar for 7:30. So that ment we had to check in by 6:30am. Very clever thinking. Oddly though I know he doen't like getting up early either. We get up and leave the accomadation a day break.



As we near St Pancreas Station the streets are already alive.



Through security with no pavalorla like last year, we even have time for a cup of tea and breakfast in a coffee shop and a moment to get some guide books, before going up the esculators and



boarding the train.



Zoe falls asleep and I think about expanding my knowledge by



studying the sun.



An hour later (think about it) and we are in the center of Europe Brussels (unless your French and then I guess you expected me to say Paris).



I wave goodbye to the driver of the train and head into the homeland of great beer.



Alan and Zoe ask what I want to do. It took some thinking to get the logistics right but what I really, really wanted to do was



Visit the big silver thing with big silver balls in the sky. And Alan got us there via some art underground stations.



I went and got some tickets for the Atomium and also for somewhere else that I knew they would be so greatful for.



Inside there was a exhibition about why the big silver thing with balls was built and why the surrounding area is so delorict. Something to do with 1958. Building number 5 is still standing though. Zoe exclaims this place is fab nack. Well so Hhold onto that excitment because upstiars some designers have been busy putting out a few items of there work.



Take for instance this pile of boxes. Nice... or...



this chair and lamp. Now that is impressive. And if you didn't think that was enough to expand your mind, you could enter another big silver ball (also known as a sphere - I looked it up on the sun).



and mull over the work with a sandwhich, a glass of bubbly and the designers themselves. No the designers are not in the picture above, they were just hanging from the ceiling of the bigh silver ball that we were now standing in thinking do they speak English because if they do we are in trouble. Nice snacks though.



We left the big silver thing and headed towards the next attraction I got tickets for, I could see Aln and Zoe could not wait, afterall they got a glimps of it from the windows of the big silver balls.



As we walked away I admired the chemical IBC which must have been in one of the previous exhibitions.



We headed over to the other park entrance near the tram station.



Alan advised he could do with a snack and we promptly got lead into the



Snack Titi bar.



He must have read about this place is a guide book or somthing as at this place you got good portions. I don't know how he got it all in him?



And so here we are in the Center of Europe in Mini Europe. Exciting eh. No need to visit all those countries just come here.



Alan commented how he was glad that at least there was no dressing up involved. Somehow I think his mind was still in Snack Titi Bar.



Some of the more intresting items were the Euro tunnel, were they seem to think the Euro Star is Intercity 125. Nice thought but we would still be getting here.



And there no need to visit Paris for that romantic weekend anymore.



Perhaps my favourite was the button on the volcano which allowed you to make a rain cloud. I liked this button a little too much perhaps?



And then there is Pisa. You may not be able to climb to the top of the tower but



You can still hold it up!



And the peair of restistance is here. But before we left in the rain I made a short video of it so you don't have to get wet.



Keep watching.....




Inside the place and well you can dance oddly.




Not being able to take any more excitment it is time to get the train to Brugge.



Once on the train Zoe could think of only one thing. For someone to take her rucsack off her.



and then we had time to relax for an hour.



We get to Brugge and Aln is off like a super human. Obvously he wants to get to a bar sooner rather than latter.



Outside the station we have a vote for a taxi or not for a taxi. Minutes later we are in Brugge town.



The apartment is large enough and the position excellent.



And so after a while we wander into the streets for the look of dinner and beer.



We end up in an exqusit Morrocann restuarant. Something new and what turned out to be heavenly nice.



After we wander further down the round to our favourite bar from Last year the DEK ELK EEN.



Where we sample one too many beers perhaps?



We can no longer talk but can only communicate via sign langauge.



Perhaps frites in the square will soak up some of the beer we have consumed.



And so at some rediculous time in the morning we call it a good night.




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