Thursday, August 22, 2019

Nutshell

Lineone internet
Way back when I was first using the internet you had to pay for an internet provider, as well as the cost of the dail up. Circa 1997 I signed up for a service called Lineone, and got my first email address. In return for my £9.99 a month I got a local rate phone line to dial and a paper manual. At the time email hadn't become the swamp of spam it is now, and mostly contain things I signed up for like a forum on my then car the Vauxhall nova!

I used my Lineone address for a while before moving onto the pre Microsoft Hotmail.com! I kept a few subscriptions on Lineone and used it as a backup. Lineone then got taken over by Tiscali, then Tiscali by Talk Talk. Its seems they have finally decided to dump freeloaders, today I received this.

Your TalkTalk mailbox has recently been upgraded to the new TalkTalk Mail. It’s now easier to use and full of handy new features.

Designed for an easier life

A sleek new design, more logical menus and a choice of layouts make TalkTalk Mail much easier to use on your desktop.

Designed for an easier life

Adapts perfectly to every device TalkTalk Mail automatically adapts to every screen size. So whether you’re using your smartphone, computer or tablet, all your messages and appointments always look and feel great. Adapts perfectly to every device
Great new message features
TalkTalk Mail drafts now auto-save so you’ll never lose a message you’re writing. And to attach a file or photo you simply drag-and-drop. Great new message features

TalkTalk Mail is still free for our broadband customers
Unfortunately, if you choose not to sign up for TalkTalk Mail Plus, from 20/09/2019 you’ll lose the vast majority of TalkTalk Mail features. For example, you’ll only be able to sign in at www.talktalk.co.uk/mail to check your emails.
A few months after 20/09/2019, we will start closing down mailboxes that aren’t registered to a TalkTalk Broadband account or signed up for TalkTalk Mail Plus.
I'll be slightly sad for my original email address die but, I don't use it and no point to pay when google give me the much superior gmail supported by ads.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Not the news

Kath and I have spent the last few days down in London. The main purpose of the trip was to visit the US embassy so that Kath could obtain a visa in order to travel to New York with me in November.

We travelled to London Sunday morning leaving behind torrential rain in Manchester. Arriving around midday into Euston then a quick hop to Victoria finally on to the Pestana London Bridge. We had stayed here previously and found it to be a rather fantastic hotel. Nice and quite and also well placed for the US embassy in Nine Elms. After checking in we went for a little walk to the Dutches Belle for Sunday lunch. I had to complete a 10km treadmill run so Kath had a little snooze.

Sunday evening we headed to the Criterion theatre in the West end to watch a “a play about a bank robbery”. Kath really enjoyed it and while I had a few laughs it was a little slapstick for my tastes. Running late before the theatre we ended up grabbing dinner at 5 Guys. The burger was great but top tip don’t order more than one fries because we did it was death by chips!

Monday we headed to Nine Elms for the Embassy. It s a super smart new building surrounded by a raft of new buildings and the grandly title embassy square. Kath had to go in alone is I waited in a local coffee shop. When she didn’t emerge after an hour I headed back to the hotel and went for a swim.
American embassy in London
American Embassy
She finally found her way back around 12:30 and we jumped straight onto the tube out to Putney Bridge to meet Paul and Saskia. They arranged a picnic in the local park. It was rather lovely sat in the Sunshine with Prosecco and some nibbles. After the Prosecco ran out we moved the party to a local of theirs. I even managed to help fill out a form first real use of my professional membership in a while must get to those CPD courses soon.

Sunday, July 28, 2019

You and me (but mostly me)

I’m currently sat on a train heading to London so that Kath can get a US visa so that we are able to travel to New York later this year. Managed to get cheap Virgin First Class tickets cheaply so enjoying a larger seat and a free coffee.

We had an excellent day out yesterday starting out with drinks in the lovely Winter Garden at the Refuge. We sat and enjoyed an old fashioned pre show.

The main event of the day was a trip to see the Book of Mormon at the Manchester Palace Theatre. It was the most funny show I’ve ever seen and I would highly recommend it!




Ivy gin and tonic
Post show Kath had made a dinner reservation at the Ivy in Spinningfields. Neither of us had been before and you have to book weeks if not months in advance. I wasn’t sure if the food would live up to the hype, fortunately it did. I had a tuna carpaccio starter. Followed by blackened cod served on a banana leaf. We started with a Ivy special gin and tonic at the bar, then had a bottle of Cava with the meal. The food was exquisite so many flavours, and the service was pretty special too. I mentioned to the waitress that it is Kath’s birthday next week and she brought out a little cake
Happy birthday Kath

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

Hardwired

Kath and I got tickets to go and see Metallica at the Ethihad stadium in Manchester. I had been trying to see them a few years ago at the arena

The playlist was awesome a mixture of their latest album hardwired to self destruct along with some of their greatest hits. Finishing with an encore of Nothing else matters and enter sandman.


They even played a version of the Stone Roses I want to be adored which was awesome as we had seen the Stone Roses at this stadium a few years ago.

It was typical Manchester weather with the rain coming down but the band played on Lars hammering the drum knocking water into the air from the cymbals.

Our seats were the cheapest so we were right at the back of the stadium it felt at moments as if we were watching people watching a gig, but with he visual effect and the huge screens not to mention the excellent sound set up we mostly rocked out to the music.

Sunday, June 16, 2019

Penny Lane

Friday was the wedding of Dan and Kate. The ceremony took place at Our Lady of Compassion Church in Formby near to Kates family home. It was a picturesque setting. Ian gave Dan a lift in his newly refurbished RS Turbo. He looked very dapper with the groomsmen.

The reception was at the Titanic hotel in Liverpool, there was a bus taking us back for to the church from there. The Titanic used to be a warehouse and has been rather tastefully converted to a spa hotel. Next door is a massive building which used to be a tobacco warehouse, its int he process of being converted into accommodation. I imagine they will be very smart apartments when completed.
Inside the Titanic

Tobacco warehouse
The rooms in the titanic are huge. We took a standard room and it was huge, a large bed sofa and char. In fact the bathroom (which actually had a bath) was bigger than some hotels rooms I have stayed in!

The reception itself was held in a room off the hotel lobby and bar area. Dinner was lovely, was had salmon pate to start then chicken with a rather generous helping pudding, lovely!It was really nicely decked out with themed tables. Kath and I were sat with Nina, and some of Dan's family. Bruce unfortunately could not make it thanks to tonsillitis. We had a great evening catching up with various people. Paul and Saskia were there with Phoebe in toe. Joe came along as did Ian, Helen and Nick and Charlotte. Everyone seem to be on top form.

After some dancing, chatting eating and enjoyment, including a guy drawing caricatures. We enjoyed many drinks at the rum bar. They make a mean old fashioned. We had a nice sleep the bed was comfortable and the room was dark.


Saturday Kath and I had planned to go to parkrun but the cocktails put paid to that idea so instead after a relaxed breakfast (they had an omelette chef!) we headed to Liverpool to see some of the sites, then for a walk around Speke hall. Overall a lovely weekend catching up with friends and celebrating Dan and Kate.

Friday, May 24, 2019

This life

Post parkrun
Friday Kath had a training day in York, so we took the opportunity and booked an AirBnB for a weekend trip there. I met her in York catching the train after finishing work. I managed to get an advanced ticket in first class for only £18. I met Kath at the station and we headed to a Napalese resturant for some MoMos, yum! Our B&B was a converted garage, it had a comfortable bed and a good shower.

Saturday morning we woke up refreshed and made a short drive to York racecourse for York parkrun. The course made 1.75 laps of the racecourse and was very well attended.

After ward we headed into York to the Jorvik Viking centre. I hadn't been since I was a teenager and had forgotton how good and pungent it is. Afterwards we found the excellent Polish restaurant Barbakan for what turned out to be the best peirogi I have eaten in the UK. 

Moody sky from the Clifton tower
Practising swordplay at Clifton tower
After lunch we took a walk round the walls of the city, then popped up the Clifton tower then on to York minster. After which we had a sit on a boat taking a trip up and down the river Ouse. In the evening taking a walking Ghost tour of the city with a rather humorous actor.

Overall a lovely trip, we stopped in again at Barbakan for breakfast before heading off back home.

Sunday, September 16, 2018

I Don't Know

Kath and I just made it home from a short trip to the Lake District. We managed to find an excellent airbnb a short stroll from the centre of Bowness-on-Windermere. It was a very picturesque setting from where we were able to have several adventures.

We arrived on Thursday, Kath having worked the night before, the cottage was lovely and only a short walk into Bowness village. We spent the afternoon wandering round and sampling a few of the local bars. Ended up eating at one of the Indian restaurants in the village, I didn't find the food very enjoyable. We made up for it with a couple of cocktails afterwards. Thank heavens for happy hour!

On Friday we set out on a short boat trip across the bay from Bowness to Ferry House. From there there is a lovely walk along the lakeside Wray Castle stopping off to take the view from Claife viewing station on the route.
Viewing station

View from Wray Castle


Enjoying a cocktail at the Arts bar
 Our local bar was called the Arts bar and grill, they did an excellent happy hour (actually happy 3 hours) 4-7 on weeknights with cheap cocktails, the staff were friendly and the atmosphere good.

For dinner we found excellent Italian restaurant Villa Positano. It felt like an actual Italian restaurant and they did a super cantuccini, belissimo!

On Saturday we made it to Fell Foot park to take part in the parkrun there. It is a spectacular park with views across the lake and was a really friendly parkrun.

After a shower and change we took a boat trip to Lakeside at the bottom of Windermere. At Lakeside we had a wonder around the small but expertly crafted aquarium. There is also a small steam railway there where you can take a trip to Haverthwaite Station and back.

For dinner we headed to Hyltons for a steak, the service was outstanding and our steaks were cooked to perfection, would highly recommend.

We will definitely be getting back, as there are so many things left to see and experience there!
Cantuccini at Villa Positano