30 years, I can’t believe I almost missed it

Every now and then, when people of a certain age can’t think of a reason to toast someone, they toast this guy.
I remember like yesterday the death being announced, I was a teenager at school and for me the ‘pop’ music world didn’t really exist.
I came to know of this band 3 yrs before while secretly staying up and watching an old music show that used to be on in the UK called the Old Grey Whistle Test. This one night they showed a full gig by this band and I was hooked.
I slowly bought albums over the years and then the news came that the extremely extrovert lead singer had died in his car in south London.

But then this was 1980, the 19th of Feb and the guy was Bon Scott.

Since  the infusion of legendary record producer Robert (Mutt) Lange with the Highway to Hell album, ACDC has never looked back. Many have now said that the meeting of minds of Bon Scott and Mutt Lange was something to behold and only later did people start to understand what truly could have been developed from these joint seeds of genius. But it didn’t finish there.

Within months the band regrouped and produced an album that for the most part had been written by and even demo’d by the original singer.

Built on a rock solid foundation by Bon and the present members. The release of the Back in Black album made music history and today it still does – being the No1 selling rock album of all time and the disputed 2nd most sold album in the history of the music industry.
It’s still selling fast today, it still holds it’s own and in time will eventually take the top spot. Not bad for a band who out sold the Beatles!

The first time I saw the band live I couldn’t believe what I was seeing, a school boy sitting on top of Bon Scott’s shoulders running through the audience!

Yes I missed the anniversary by a couple of days, but hey – life gets a bit foggy after an added 30yrs

30years!!!! I can’t believe it’s truly been so long.

So this evening, I raise a glass and say “To Bon Scott” and for just so much entertainment and fun – even after 30yrs

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Published in: on 22 February, 2010 at 13:06  Comments (2)  
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A tweeted question

Over on Twitter, I raised the question; Should I stay in Devon, move to London, return to Sheffield or leave the UK?

So far the results are:  4 x London 1 x ex-UK 1 x Sheffield.

Feel free to pop along and add your vote HERE It’s ok to sign up if you want, takes less than a minute and to follow me i’m    @twbrit

You could also download the Tweetdeck by Adobe which is totally free and available HERE

 

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Published in: on 19 February, 2010 at 20:41  Comments (7)  

Weird things, UFO’s and Fr**ch skiers

Well I woke up again at the 6hrs sleep point last night, this was a two fold result, as I made it to 6hrs again but this time it wasn’t my shoulder that woke me but a bout of indigestion – this is a huge result.
Yer know, after 4 weeks of just 2hrs a night, I know I’m getting better – I truly had no idea how long it would take.

The British govt. have been releasing more UFO files and there is an interesting one with quite a large number of witnesses where a massive triangular shaped craft, twice the size of an airliner was seen hovering over the then Home Secretary Michael Howard’s Kent home.
This would go a long way to explain Mr Howard at the best of times – he’s a fricking ALIEN!!! ;)

Other news that comes from the Winter Olympics…
The apparent unfortunate start of one particular skier in the women’s downhill race…
Fr**ch skier Marion Rolland is an exemplary skier, she is the type of skier we Brits just love.
It has to be said that not only can I not fault her style, but wonder just where the school is that taught her.

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Published in: on 18 February, 2010 at 12:29  Comments (2)  
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Battle for the Falklands part 2??

With offshore oil drilling about to begin in the waters around the Falkland Islands, Argentina has been getting very upset.
 
Obviously while they lay some strange claim to the islands, they therefore also believe the oil is theirs…
 
Now the Argies have upped the anti by controlling shipping to the area.
 
Earlier this month, Argentina protested to the UK about the start of the oil drilling work, which is expected to begin in the first half of this year.
 
The announcement on the tougher rules on ship movements was made by the Argentine government’s Cabinet Chief Anibal Fernandez.
The Argentine decree seeks to achieve “not only a defence of Argentine sovereignty but also of all the resources” in the area, Mr Fernandez said.
He said it also applied to boats which were only travelling through Argentine territorial waters, and those going to the other nearby British controlled islands in the South Atlantic – South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands.
The British Foreign Office said the decree would not affect shipping through the area.
“Regulations governing Argentine territorial waters are a matter for the Argentine authorities. This does not affect Falkland Islands territorial waters which are controlled by the island authorities,” its said in a statement.
 
TWBrit thoughts: Whatever…. But do bring it on if you really and truly want to…
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Published in: on 17 February, 2010 at 10:49  Comments (7)  

Rubba dub dub, some Fr**ch in a tub

So, it’s late in the evening of the 3rd/4th Feb 2010… Somewhere deep in the middle of the Atlantic…

When out of nowhere some lame assed Fr**ch driver runs straight in the HMS Vanguard, the first of the British Trident Nuclear Submarines!!

Ok, that’s not quite fair at all, but this has been dubbed the worst under water accidents since the sinking of the Russian submarine – the Kursk…

It is funny to me that no one has perfected underwater optics yet, but I digress…
This news isn’t new – but the sheer cost of repairs is!!

While I could go on and on about there being a possible £50million repair bill, not to HMS Vanguard, but to the Sub-le-frog! I’ll leave you in the knowledge the Fr**ch sub came off much worse with all it’s sonar kit being completely ripping off.

So England 1, Fr**ce 0

All is well with the world ;)

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Published in: on 16 February, 2010 at 20:18  Comments (2)  

Rocketboom Tech and 3D TV

Ellie Rountree of Rocketboom Tech explains the latest 3D tv technology and it’s pros and cons

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Published in: on 16 February, 2010 at 06:37  Comments (5)  

Wow… hopefully a new week brings better days

I went back to work the other day and regretted it almost immediately. I was fine until about 10 minutes into the drive of a 15hr day…
The run, while a long day was simple – run down to the Roddas clotted cream factory, load up with cream and then make all haste to Westbury in Wiltshire before returning home.
Well things didn’t go quite according to plan, but I made it home in one piece – almost was surprised after they over charged the tank with steam raising it’s temperature to 120 oC thus cooking the last 400lts into a solid mass. A further screw up on the CIP ended up with having 20000lts of Caustic Soda to get rid of and I can tell you – the moment I opened the rear valve, you’d be shocked how fast truckers can run (myself included).
 
Then of course we had Valentines day….

Valentine’s day has two benefits;
1 you can slightly cross certain lines in the work place.
2 it makes a fortune!!
However, as it was a Sunday, it was lost on most logical people. After all, if you know your heart, you’re hardly going to allow a 3rd party depict how you act, when you and how you feel.
The greatest Valentine gift a guy can give to a woman is this the shopping spree for all the reduced priced chocolate the day after – that’s a result!
 
Vancouver Winter Olympics have started,  but not with out the sad death of one of the participants.
It was funny how everyone was pointing fingers at everyone else about the whys and wherefores of this tragedy… So let the commonsense of TWBrit tell you who’s fault it was…
It is the fault of the design and placement of the support pillars!! They simply should not have been there – just in the same way that any over sport i.e. Formula 1 removes nearly all ‘spin-off’ obstacles.
So basically – they should test for these things over every inch of the track…pure and simple eh?
At least while I watched the horrific collision, I didn’t hear the “Whoooooaaaaaarghhhhhh-SPLAT”
 
Returning to my car for the first time in over a month, I have received a fixed penalty notice for the none displayment of road tax… nice! I was just so able to run about and sort that our over the last four weeks!!
I finally finished my complete paper and sent it off… this time with a basic action plan on the end.
I would like to think something would come of this, but frankly I doubt anything will.
So with the arrival of my HGV1 (truck license) renewal forms and the need to pay for a medical etc, I seriously doubt that I will pursue my present paths.
In this my friends, I’m not happy, but we pick ourselves up and get on with it I guess – Can’t believe I took the test back in 88 and it’s only been renewed once in 94!
Need to take some new pictures this week for my Passport – should be interesting as I’ll be tacking them myself LOL
 
Terry aka Little Trucker has been driving in some tough snow conditions stateside and Gabby has spent the last month keeping me on my toes.
 
WKD is someone I don’t think I’ve now seen since Christmas, but we do communicate.
 
Fenny is busy as ever working away, she also posted an article about the subject of my paper which can be seen HERE. The response on her blog just shows how much feeling there is about this subject – she can also write better than I can lol.
 
I contacted Worthy Farm at Pilton the other day. If you don’t know, I’m talking about the Glastonbury music festival. I asked if I could have some of the official artwork to do an article on the blog rather than nabbing their logo from the web.
I went on to tell them I wished to write about not only the festival and the announced final line for this year, but also that the site is still and will always remain and active dairy farm and an important part of the local community.
the reply was this:


Not quite sure what to make of their response other than, well ok – it’s their logo, choice and lack of write up.
 
So, lets see how this week pans out eh?
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Barbie does what?!

h/t Sue Black for the following announcement from Mattel –

 

You voted and we listened! Consumers around the world voted for Barbie® Doll’s next career and we are pleased to announce that her 126th career will be Computer Engineer! The winning careers were announced at New York Toy Fair on February 12th.
Having Barbie® as an ambassador for female computer
engineers can help inspire a new generation of girls to hone in on
their computer skills and become a part of this growing profession.
“Girls who discover their futures through Barbie will learn that they – just like engineers – are free to explore infi nite possibilities, and that their dreams can go as far as their imaginations take them,” said Nora Lin, President, Society of Women Engineers. “As a computer engineer, Barbie will show girls that women can design products that have an important and positive impact on people’s everyday lives, such as inventing a technology to conserve home energy or programming a newborn monitoring device.”
To ensure the doll accurately refl ects this occupation, Barbie® designers worked with the Society of Women Engineers and the National Academy of Engineering to ensure that accessories, clothing and packaging were realistic and representative of a real computer engineer. Looking geek chic, Computer Engineer Barbie® wears a t-shirt featuring binary code and computer/keyboard icon along with a pair of black knit skinny pants.
Computer Engineer carries a Barbie® smart phone, fashionable laptop case, fl at watch and Bluetooth earpiece. With stylish pink-frame glasses and a shiny laptop, she is ready to conquer the day’s
tasks on the go or from her desk.
For girls to further experience the reality of being a computer engineer, the dollalso includes a special code to unlock exclusive online game content on Barbie.com. Computer Engineer Barbie is now available for pre-order at www.MattelShop.com and will be available at retailers nationwide in
Winter 2010.

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Published in: on 13 February, 2010 at 01:45  Comments (5)  
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New Internet Explorer with ‘safety’ edition

Microsoft has earned another reason to get appreciation by deciding to launch a new customized version of the IE8 in order to promote online safety for families. This step has been taken in collaboration with CEOP, Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre.

The new customized version of IE8 contains advice, help and report services directly into the toolbar and also provides access to information on cyber bullying, viruses, hacking, mobile protection, harmful content and sexual behaviour.

Regarding the release, the Microsoft business and marketing officer, Methew Bishop said, “As more and more young people are learning, playing and communicating online, it is vital we provide the appropriate safety information as we know this is one of the most effective ways of helping to protect people.”

In addition to this, IE8 has released with the improvements on the shortcomings of IE6 and IE7. But the IE8 is not recommended for the users who are much concerned about the security threat from the viruses and bugs. Moreover, IE8 is slower as comparable to the other browsers

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Published in: on 12 February, 2010 at 16:50  Comments (1)  

A good idea?

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Published in: on 10 February, 2010 at 11:13  Comments (3)  

Twitter and the rise through the bigger numbers

I’ve used twitter under one name or the other from not long after it started. It really isn’t the device where you text that you’re on the 3rd stir of your cup of tea, it’s an awesome near realtime communication tool and an even greater leveller of people from so many walks of life.
For the most part I have communicated with so many people I would not have met, socialised with or even entered their sphere of influence.
As such I had a rule that I’ve only broken twice, you see I noticed that once people went past the 30,000 followers mark, they would begin to suffer from the shear number of tweets, which they lose touch and indeed the ability of the tool is no longer viable in a personal way.
After 30,000 it becomes a PR device and little more – so has it been of use to me? and why have stayed connected to people over the 30k threshold.

Yes it has been of use to me and no more so then during this last six months. It really became noticeable while I was working very late one Saturday night when I sent out the message “In a muddy field in the middle of nowhere”. This is actually quite a normal place for me to be when hauling milk tankers about. But the response from one person was instant, and I realised that while I need to be a little more careful of what I write, right there was a voice of care and the ability to gain immediate assistance.

I now use Google Latitude, so not only can people send tweets, they can follow me on a map on the web.

In more recent times and for regular readers, they know I’ve been recuperating from injuring my shoulder… Now I feel that the TWBrit must bare a little soul here;

I’m often not a nice person, it’s a flaw of mine. I have an arrogant air that often astounds even me and I don’t like it. But in these past weeks I have been truly humbled by the care and distinct affection shown to me by people on twitter.
I don’t say this lightly, people Direct Messaging me daily to check I’m alright etc.
I am humbled, I have not asked anyone to drop by, but I know I only have to ask and they will.

Today, in a world so full of greed and hatred, people often show their greater and more natural sides in this medium, I too have noticed an old (better) trait of mine coming back. You see I’m not impressed by celebrity, fame, power because having witnessed bad things around the world, you realise that we are weak, emotional and fragile. I truly believe in people first, only if the mandate of a job is so vital that it’s sensitivity is taken on board would anything change me from this. If someone needs real help and I can assist – irrespective of work or anything else I will – and I haven’t really had that mindset for quite a while.
So it’s a breath of fresh air to talk and feel care from quarters you wouldn’t and I am grateful.
My life has been a real adventure, but I am more often than not a grumpy old guy – so yes, it’s good to feel humbled and it’s right to sometimes be disarmed and I truly thank everyone who has shown this care through this medium.

As for going over 30k, well just the other day someone who I really don’t know personally, but seem to tweet with quite a bit with – hit the 30k. Now while she lives kinda around the corner from me, she was also aware that I (and others) drop people at 30k. The moment they passed the threshold she tweeted ‘are you still there?’
I didn’t initially respond because, well,  I’m an evil s.o.b. with a cheesy grin, but later I did make a remark and her response (a human one) guaranteed my not dropping her and probable continued follow for while she ever uses this medium and thats what this is all about – being human and communicating.

So twitter….

It is worth it, it’s useful, you will meet people from all over the world. For the most part I talk to people I wouldn’t normally know but you know what? I’ve learned cool places to eat, where to go, how to get things I normally couldn’t and so many other useful things. Yet to take a moment you realise that anyone of these people could be the person who saves your life…

Amazing!!

I have made reference here to several people and the crazy thing – I’ve not met anyone whom I’ve refered to! There is someone whom I will mention soon, but I’m doing a little work for at the moment, so I shall refrain.

But simply – thank you.

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Published in: on 9 February, 2010 at 04:47  Comments (2)  

Friday…

This week has been, well, not so great I guess. Basically if it could go wrong – it did go wrong!!

Some things are just infuriating, like Vodafone telling me that I don’t have the two cell phone packages they told me I did have when I took out my HD2 contract. One being international calls package and the other – the Internet… I was told I actually had to have the internet package when I ordered the phone and I said ok….
But apparently they LIED, MISLEAD and basically CONNED me…
So I have emailed them I told them to send the appropriate packaging so I may return the phone and cancel my contract….
Funnily enough, I’ve not heard a word since.
Shame, it’s a great phone!!

Why oh why can’t these people just do what they’re going to say they’re gonna do – why lie, con and cheat? It makes no sense at all.

The Shoulder is improving – YAY!!
It’s still not good enough to return to work sadly – heck I still can’t achieve more than 3hrs sleep with it.
But it is improving

I wrote my paper and sent it to Dr Sue Black this week having reduced it from 36 pages to 6!
I’m still not happy with it but considering I haven’t felt like I’ve been living on this planet for over 3 weeks, it’s the best I can do for now.
I will post it as a page listed in the sidebar as it’s still too long to go here.
Just writing the basic ‘action’ bullet points to add to the bottom of it.

It’s HERE

That’s enough for now and I wish everyone a great weekend.

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Published in: on 5 February, 2010 at 18:23  Comments (6)  

Dukes down….

It is with sadness but no longer uncommon to report the deaths of young men from the theatre of military operations.
It is hard to read when it’s from you’re own Regiment.
A Regiment in the British Army is an unusual thing, many, even those from other parts of the armed forces do not understand exactly what one is.
A Regiment is family…. A body of toughened fighting men, most commonly from the same geographical area.
Because of the size, it’s like going to work with the same entire village for years.
Indoctrinated with hundreds of years of the precise details of your regiments history, battles gains and losses. Once you achieve the standard to wear the Cap Badge, there is no looking back, you are in the family. And you know the name of all those who achieved so much in the hundreds of years before you.
It is a family and it is for life.
Through the years governments reorganize regiments, battalions, they amalgamate and disband them.

Once and originally the 33rd afoot, then joined with the 76th afoot, later to be named The Duke of Wellingtons Regt. And now the 3rd Bn The Yorkshire Regt.
But they are still and referred to as such as the 33rd and the Dukes.

Corporal Liam Riley and Lance Corporal Graham Shaw

Prince Harry, who served with Cpl Riley at a military training unit in Canada in 2007, said he was a “legend”.

Cpl Riley was 21 years old, while L/Cpl Shaw turned 27 on Sunday.

Prince Harry, who spent 10 weeks on the frontline in Afghanistan before being flown home in February 2008, said it had been a “privilege” to work alongside Cpl Riley at the training unit in Canada.

“He was a legend. A really special man who got us all going and heading in the right direction,” he said.

“It is incredibly sad also to hear that Liam died alongside his friend, Lance Corporal Graham Shaw.

“My heart goes out to their loved ones, and to their many, many friends in their regiment and the wider Army.”

Cpl Riley, from Sheffield, and L/Cpl Shaw, from Huddersfield, were on foot patrol when two bombs exploded.

Typically today’s losses are harder than they should be, these men did not die in a manner they would have wished, not in the heat of any soon forgotten battle nor while trying to save the lives of others – they were killed by yet another road side bomb… And that my friends is a cruel waste.

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Published in: on 2 February, 2010 at 01:25  Comments (4)  
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