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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.

Monday, December 31, 2012

And so ends another year...

Well, I have just tucked Sophie and Kayleigh in to bed for the last time this year, and although I am sat here with no energy, and a thumping headache (the festivities have not even begun yet), I can't help but think about what I have accomplished this past year.....

... which has been, absolutely nothing!

I can honestly say that 2012 has been one of the most un-eventful years of my life.  I've watched the children grow another year... I've been at EHS for yet another year (8 now, soon to be 9)...  I've worked my arse off, paid of bills and watched as the people who run this country ruin it even more, and I have done nothing.  Even the predicted apocalyptic event would have been a welcome surprise, just for a bit of excitement.

So, what is 2013 going to bring?  I don't believe in making new year resolutions, and I am not going to make any wishes in the hope that something wonderful will happen - Best not to expect good things...  That way, I'll never be disappointed.  In fact, each year at this time I always think about what crap life is going to throw at us in the next 365 days.  Not much of an optimist, me!

However, I do hope to start resuming some of my hobbies again - in particular, writing music.  With mine and Michelle's 10th Wedding Anniversary approaching in July, I want to be able to perform another song at the party which we are planning.  I also want to get creative again with my 3D graphic design, and finally do something with Kieran's train set.  Over the past few years I have really lost interest in a lot of the things that I once enjoyed, which may be why I have not exactly had an outstanding year.

I do have the new Star Trek into Darkness film to look forward to in May, and of course the before-mentioned 10th wedding anniversary.  Wow...  married for 10 years!

As for the Captains Blog, I hope to continue with my Songs/Games That Remind Me Of My Childhood.  I've got a load of games I've dug out of storage to write about, and there are still plenty of 80's songs which I have not posted about.

Also, watch out for further developments on my www.3dconstructionkit.co.uk site.  I've been so pleased with the sites success, and we now have over 50 downloadable games.  I can't thank the contributors enough for allowing me to share their creations on the site.  The 3D Construction Kit maybe over 20 years old, but it can still produce some amazing games, and I am pleased to see that there is still interest in the software.

Well, I am going to end this blog entry with a short message to all of my friends and family, (and anybody else who happens to stumble upon the Captains Blog)...

Happy New Year.  I hope you all have a wonderful 2013.

Now, I just wish this headache would go and do one.

Friday, December 21, 2012

Dear Father Christmas...

Christmas is only a few days away, and for a festive posting here on the Captains Blog, I thought I would share with you something from my childhood (no change there!)...  Something VERY old which was discovered by my Mum several weeks ago...

...  Here are a couple of letters to Father Christmas when I was a young boy!  I don't know whether to be proud, or embarrassed.  Anyway, here they are!  Crazy to think that these are nearly 30 years old.


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Anyway, I've never really been a festive person, so this is probably as Christmassy as I am going to get.  In the words of ol' Shakin' Stevens, Merry Christmas Everyone.

Friday, December 07, 2012

Songs that remind me of my childhood Number 20 - Sun Street (Katrina and the Waves)

It's been awhile, but here I am once again with another S.T.R.M.O.M.C.  I love this song, and in my opinion it is so much better than their more popular hit, Walking on Sunshine. 

Released back in 1986, it reached number 37 in the UK charts in July of that year.  A very underrated classic from the 80s. 

Enjoy...