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Walsall - UK
11 Years I've been doing this
Interests: Curry (making it), coffee (drinking it), carnivorous plants, photography and Daleks.
Recent Activity
If you're a regular reader you will know that my opinion of the recruitment industry is pretty low. I just received a phone call from a young Indian lad at Petermps. You know things aren't going to go well, when... Continue reading
Posted May 14, 2014 at The Sturdy Soapbox
I have for some time now been developing a disdain for recruitment agencies. I say this because I have spent some months, nay years applying for jobs where my skills and experience match what is being advertised. Just like they... Continue reading
Posted Apr 16, 2014 at The Sturdy Soapbox
I say this with almost 25 years experience with PCs, so I'm not a beginner. Decided the other day that I would like to pair my new Bose bluethooth headphones with my laptop. For this I needed a plug in... Continue reading
Posted Mar 13, 2014 at The Sturdy Soapbox
The closing months of last year brought about a turn for the better, I became gainfully employed. Was asked if I wanted to conduct an analysis of weld test failures for a minimum of three months to help ascertain the... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2014 at The Sturdy Soapbox
Someone on Twitter posted this to cheer a pal up. Go to Google, type cat breading and select images. Here's a clue. And under no circumstances should you google soggy biscuit. Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2013 at The Sturdy Soapbox
In early spring, I was deserted by my little beaked pals. Then a couple of weeks ago, I noticed young blue tits returning to have a go at the fat balls, but they wouldn't use the bird table. The only... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2013 at The Sturdy Soapbox
So today is curry day. Not a big curry you understand, in case that Brownhills Bob, Stevie Wilcox and Kate G are reading, as they are all on the list to be fed like hungry piglets. I'm doing some for... Continue reading
Posted Aug 14, 2013 at The Sturdy Soapbox
I know I've been away a long time, but I will be back posting soon. Continue reading
Posted Aug 6, 2013 at The Sturdy Soapbox
My sister gave me some birthday money. Did I go out and frot it up with a prossie ? No. Did I buy a new Dalek ? No. I went down to Wilko and bought mealworms and blue tit mix.... Continue reading
Posted Feb 21, 2013 at The Sturdy Soapbox
These are from my sister's "private stock" and she's got to have the bowl back... Yesterday, was the first day in two complete weeks I have felt anything like human. I managed a trip in to town and then later... Continue reading
Posted Feb 20, 2013 at The Sturdy Soapbox
Actually, I had two of them nosing around mid-week, but I didn't know what they were. This morning, one alighted on the balcony rail a large bird, dark chocolate brown, flicked its tail like blackbirds do. Beautiful creature and less... Continue reading
Posted Feb 15, 2013 at The Sturdy Soapbox
Pretty rough session of lithotripsy yesterday. Firstly, it took about forty minutes for them to find the stone. The session began and immediately, despite the morphine based painkiller they put in my arm, I was in some pain. As the... Continue reading
Posted Feb 14, 2013 at The Sturdy Soapbox
Darlo gave me a bird feeder with fat balls in for Christmas. I hung it out on the balcony and it took about three weeks before I even saw a bird. Since then, I've been given a couple of other... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2013 at The Sturdy Soapbox
Writing today after a long and unpleasant week of kidney pain. At first I didn't even know that it was my kidney stone, as I've had it in one form or another for three or more years and never had... Continue reading
Posted Feb 12, 2013 at The Sturdy Soapbox
Keeping piglet fed is a full time job for Pat. I've got a picture of the meal she put before him and the empty plate, but if you saw the size of the mound of food, you'd not believe it,... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2013 at The Sturdy Soapbox
We had snow from Friday last week and as well as making it difficult to get around for everyone, it also gave opportunities for nice pictures. The arboretum especially had been transformed into our very own Narnia. A collection of... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2013 at The Sturdy Soapbox
Reading of my conversion of the balcony to the sixth floor diner, free all you can eat buffet if you're a little birdie, one of OBC's shooting companions Trevor, has sent via OBC a couple more feeders and some stuff... Continue reading
Posted Jan 24, 2013 at The Sturdy Soapbox
This diner's strictly for the birds and are they enjoying themselves. Used the panorama feature on the new Fuji for the first time and was I impressed with the result. You take the first picture and a small yellow cross... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2013 at The Sturdy Soapbox
Starting to need air traffic control out on my balcony. Most of the visitors are Starlings which congregate in the big tree opposite, but occasionally these little guys get a look in. Some sort of tit or finch. Ducks fleeced... Continue reading
Posted Jan 17, 2013 at The Sturdy Soapbox
I was a bit twitched after my visit to hospital yesterday. It was to discuss the results of my last CT scan and I hoped that not only would my right kidney be cancer free (as it was), but the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 16, 2013 at The Sturdy Soapbox
I despair ! Over the past couple of weeks, I have wasted time and money on phone calls trying to sort out silly little problems and getting little to no help from these so called highly trained professional customer care... Continue reading
Posted Jan 14, 2013 at The Sturdy Soapbox
He's off out tonight in his Where's Wally socks, but this morning he came and collected me and off we went to sort out his new laptop. Pat called me the other day and said he was a bit down,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 31, 2012 at The Sturdy Soapbox
No, not the welder... Roger the English Bull Terrier and a very nice doggie he is too. We had a very nice time with wine, pork pie, pork sandwiches and bacon flavour Pom bears. Yes, the elf costume had an... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2012 at The Sturdy Soapbox
Cobbled this together this afternoon from the clips I shot at the Christmas concert yesterday. Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2012 at The Sturdy Soapbox
Had a desperate text from Pat this morning "He's driving me mad", meaning the Welder. I had to yield to defeat over his laptop which I spent hours working on only to have it constantly blue screen afterwards. He's been... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2012 at The Sturdy Soapbox