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The random ramblings of a Star Trek-obsessed schools ICT Systems Manager who likes a good moan.
This is a place where I can whinge about life, and express my love of my family, 80's music, retro computer gaming (especially on my Commodore 64),
 oh and Star Trek. I'm very open with my opinions and I like a good moan. If you don't like what I say, then you might want to consider not reading this blog.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Farewell, my beloved 64

Today is a very, very sad day.... After nearly 22 days, my beloved Commodore 64 has finally given up on me and died.

Actually, in honesty it does still work, but the SID chip (Sound Interface Device) has stopped working, and a Commodore 64 with no sound is about as good as a completely dead C64 anyway.

Still, through the wonders of Ebay I have been able to purchase a replacement, which is great because once I get it I will be able to use my newly aquired C64TPC device for transfering all my old programs from tapes to my PC for eternal preservation!


'Oh 64... you've been with me for such a long time....
I was but 10 years old when my fingers first caressed your keys.
You helped me through school, and during bad times.
I owe you so much.
I may have neglected you when I got my Commodore Amiga in 1992, but even now, with my PC, Laptops, PlayStation 3 and other computers and game consoles, you have always had a special place in my heart......'

I will miss you.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Double trouble

Just as Kieran was getting ready for bed this evening, he came over to me, gave me a big hug and said,

"Daddy, can I have two sisters please".

It brought a tear to my eye. Bless him!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

"Two heads are better than one, it's double the pleasure babe, It's triple the fun"

What a day....

Today, Thursday 12th February 2009 is the day that we found out that we were having twins!


Even now, some 5 hours later after the scan it still hasn't sunk in properly. Don't get me wrong, we are both over the moon, thrilled and really happy - it was just such a shock.

To be honest, I've had a gut feeling for a week or two. Michelle is only 13 weeks pregnant, yet she is so..... 'big'. I mean that in the nicest possible way. I've been telling her that either she is wrong with her dates or that there is more than one in her belly!

The moment the sonographer placed the transducer on Michelles tummy, the two babies were as clear as can be. I knew it straight away, but didn't say anything until the nurse finally confirmed it to both of us.

Of course much of the time at Cheltenham hospital today was spent informing us of the complications that can occur when having twins, and to be truthful, some of the things we were told were quite scary.

The good news is that Michelle will be scanned and monitored every 4 weeks from her 20 week scan.

I really do not know what else to say. I'm still a little lost for words.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

To Boldly Go.... (Again)

I've been taking a few pictures of my model Enterprise and touching them up on my computer, and here they are for you to look at.










Thursday, February 05, 2009

Snow Show

The baby scan has been 'postponed' until next Thursday due to the 'severe' weather that has gripped the country over the past few days. By severe, I mean an inch or two of snow. Michelle rang Cheltenham hospital (St Pauls Wing) and was advised not to come.

I remember years ago when it snowed much worse than this, and I still had to go to school, or work. Even the slightest dusting of snow these days and that's it..... nobody can get to work.... schools close.... public transport comes to a standstill. It's like the end of the world!

Still, I can't really complain - they did decide to shut my school today, so I've been at home doing various things like putting a new facia on my PSP, putting a few shelves up, and editing a few home movies. I also managed to play out in the snow with Kieran and Michelle.

They say more snow is on the way. To be honest, I would actually like to get back to work - I've got so many things I need to be getting on with.

Anyway, I will leave you with these two pictures. The top photo is looking out from our frontdoor (obviously touched up in Photoshop), and the bottom one is of Kieran enjoying himself in the white stuff.