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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
The Coffin Dodgers had their annual Christmas shoot again yesterday. No one had great scores, but the medals were handed out as many are related to long term overall performance. The Dodgers are a friendly group who get together every... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at The Sturdy Soapbox
So as you know if you read the last angry tear filled post, I arrived home soaking wet and in a mood to kill. In that mood I am far from focused unless the subject is murder, so I forgot... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2014 at The Sturdy Soapbox
I despair with modern life especially chavs and nutcases. Bus was 9 minutes late tonight, I'd missed the one I sometimes manage to get, that had sailed through 5 minutes earlier than it's scheduled time leaving me with a 25... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at The Sturdy Soapbox
Had my meeting with the diabetic specialist at the hospital last week. My long term sugar control has been perfect for easily 10 years, yet last week it had come off the rails and hit a brick wall. The result... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2014 at The Sturdy Soapbox
Anyone who's been reading the Soapbox for any of the years it's been running, will know that I love the Christmas season and for very simple reasons. I like the smell of a real Christmas tree and earlier this week,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2014 at The Sturdy Soapbox
I touched on in my previous post the problems I'd been having with Debenhams cocking up on every step of the way. Well it continues. They finally managed to collect the damaged item. Now OBC's birthday has been and gone... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2014 at The Sturdy Soapbox
I've written previously some time ago about the horror stories I've experienced with rubbish customer service. I now have two examples festering on my plate. 3 weeks ago, I ordered a gift for OBC's birthday from Debenhams. They'd sent me... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2014 at The Sturdy Soapbox
For the last year or so, I've been getting deeply into the work of Frank Zappa and boy is it good. I didn't listen to this sort of stuff when it was current in the 60s 70s and beyond, my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2014 at The Sturdy Soapbox
I can hear you saying it now, oh, isn't he cute. I had to switch from putting seed out on the bird table, to hanging feeders, as frankly the pigeons were pissing me off. If they got an opportunity, they... Continue reading
Posted Oct 29, 2014 at The Sturdy Soapbox
I got up at 5:45 this morning. Sometime between 5am and that time, I dreamt I'd lain on my phone and broken it into small pieces, it was all floppy with bits of glass in the bed. I awoke in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 28, 2014 at The Sturdy Soapbox
I'm talking about Dr Who. It jumped the shark a long time ago with the introduction of Matt Smith and a ruck of incomprehensible storylines. Nothing against Mr Smith, he can only follow the scripts and wave his arms about... Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at The Sturdy Soapbox
Madhur Jaffrey has caused a bit of a Twitterstorm by saying bad things about Balti curry, along the lines of it's not authentic. It was very difficult last night to enter into a discussion at a hundred and forty characters... Continue reading
Posted Oct 15, 2014 at The Sturdy Soapbox
Junior Cockwomble and Audie Not really had time to write on here for a week or so. Last week, I went out for a curry with Junior Cockwomble and Audie, two old work mates from Valen. Unlike last time, I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 30, 2014 at The Sturdy Soapbox
You know my routine for years on a Saturday has been up at 6, out by 6:30 and on the bus at five to seven to go see Bob the Butcher. I do this because it's a proper butchers with... Continue reading
Posted Sep 6, 2014 at The Sturdy Soapbox
My sister called me last night to see how I am getting on in the new job. Cutting a long story short, I 'm not settling in very well. I've been chucked in the deep end with a lorry tyre... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2014 at The Sturdy Soapbox
A week or so ago, I was beyond nervous, I was having nightmares panic attacks etc. McBark (who is a doctor) once told me no one ever died from a panic attack. I take this under advice, but they still... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2014 at The Sturdy Soapbox
From one end of the emotional scale to the other, I have been offered a job. I start Tuesday. For the past four weeks or so, the DWP have been making my life a misery. I think if you know... Continue reading
Posted Aug 21, 2014 at The Sturdy Soapbox
I've never had the fortitude to write a book, even if I had the material to hand. I did collaborate on one in the 80s though and here it is. A subject I don't talk about much, because Citizens Band... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2014 at The Sturdy Soapbox
I see that story's in the news again about dogs being able to detect cancer by smell. I know it sounds like an April 1st story, but I actually think there is something in it. When I was poorly with... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2014 at The Sturdy Soapbox
I heard in the week of the passing of one of my teachers from my time spent at Darlaston Comp in the 70s. There's been a call out on Facebook and even our council to find family members as he... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2014 at The Sturdy Soapbox
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