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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.

Saturday, January 11, 2014

I'm a Ladbroke Holiday Superstar (apparently!)

Another blast from the past, discovered while my Mum was sorting out her wardrobe.  As well as loads of old school work, she also found this - a certificate which I won whilst we were on Holiday at Seashore holiday camp in Great Yarmouth during the mid 1980's (probably 85 or 86).

Do you remember Starcruiser?

 
I can't remember what the Q Quest was - I think it involved us having to search the holiday camp for answers to certain questions, and I'm sure the only reason I won was because nobody else bothered to take part.  That sounds about right considering my usual lack of luck at winning anything remotely good!
 
I'm sure I won some other prizes too which are all now no doubt hidden in the depths of some landfill somewhere.
 
I wonder if her name really was Vicky Micky?

Friday, January 10, 2014

Boldly going... YET again!

Another picture I've been working on to ease the boredom.  This time, it's a 'Photoshopped' photograph of my Art Asylum USS Enterprise NX-01 model, using my new Canon EOS camera.

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Boldly going.... again

Oooooo...  Two posts in one day!  Go me.

I just wanted to post a picture that I've been working on to kill my boredom, and take my mind of having to return back to work tomorrow after having the past 2 weeks off.

Several years ago I purchased a USS Enterprise model made by Bandai.  The model is great, and even lights up.  Since I have just recently purchased a brand new DSLR camera (Canon EOS 600D), I thought I'd try doing some shots with it and super-imposing them on to some 'spacey' backgrounds.  I'm working on a few at the moment, but this is the first one, and I must say I'm quite pleased with the finished result.


What you can't see is how I managed the blue tint to the hull of the ship.  Since I don't have access to a studio or fancy lights, I managed to achieve this with me holding my mobile phone at the model, and using a torch lamp app to illuminate the ship!  Simple but effective.

Five Links Memories

Just a quick post today with a short video I put together while I was visiting Essex over the New Year.  Friends of mine on Facebook have probably already seen it, but here it is again - this time on YouTube.

I grew up on the Five Links Estate in Laindon from 1977 to 2002 (Handley Green), although it has a bit of a reputation these days, it was, and always will be my home.  With each visit something else changes, so I have created this little montage as a reminder of what the estate looks like now.  I might do another one in a few years time so I can compare how much has changed.

 
 
It's sad that Brendon, Handley Green and Laindon Link no longer exist by name, and I am sure it'll only be a matter of time before the remaining 'links' ; Newberry Side, Mellow Purgess and Somercotes cease to exist.  Laindon as a whole is changing so much (and not for the better may I just add).

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

Oh well... Only another 365 days to go.

Well, I have just tucked Kieran, Sophie and Kayleigh in to bed for the FIRST time this year, (and it was the first year both girls stayed up to see in the new year) and although I am sat here with no energy, and a thumping headache (the festivities have begun but I do not drink, so it's not self inflicted), I can't help but think about what I have accomplished this past year.....

... which has been, absolutely nothing!

I can honestly say that 2013 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 (9 now, soon to be 10)...  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. 

…Hang on a minute….  I'm sensing a bit of déjà vu here as this sounds VERY similar to my New Year post from last year!
New Year is such a depressing time of year.  For me, it’s just a reminder that we’re all one year older…  one year closer to being six feet under… one year closer to losing loved ones… another year where we wonder what bad things will happen over the course of the next 52 weeks...  and finally one year further away from the best decade ever…. The 1980’s!  And so begins another year of stress and worry (work, money, the usual) which no doubt will not do my heart or health any good.  Goodbye 2013…  You were as awful as 2012, 2011 and so on.  Here’s hoping 2014 will be better (but I won’t hold my breath).

And in the future, should anyone ask me the question “How did you see in 2014?”, I will reply with “Well, I was performing an update on our Microsoft Exchange server at work via remote access while seeing it in with cheesy party music playing in the background, and with the people I love and care about – my family”.
Oh, and if you don’t like my negativity because you have a wonderful, happy, perfect life, then please just p**s off.  I really don’t care.

Have a good 2014 if you can.  Goodnight.