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Monday, 20 October 2014

Three Weeks, no Coffee...

True, but the effect is short lived...
It is now more than three weeks since I last drank coffee.

The first few days were tricky, but once I had got through that phase it was relatively plain sailing. Obviously I haven't completely eliminated caffeine from my diet, but it is greatly reduced now and any withdrawal symptoms seemed very short-term. I am wondering if the idea that we cannot function in the modern world without coffee & caffeine (witness this mug) is just a myth that is perpetuated by the coffee & soft-drinks industries...?

In practice, the hardest part has actually been finding something else to drink instead of coffee. Water is far too plain & boring. Cola, drinking chocolate and tea all have caffeine too, so they are not a great alternative. Neither do I want the added sugar that is in the cola and the drinking chocolate. All I would be doing is swapping one health problem for a different one.

Indoor climate management...

It was only a couple of months ago that I was using my air cooler to put moisture into the atmosphere in a vain attempt to cool the house down.

But with the arrival of Autumn and the cooler weather, I am now doing the exact opposite, using a dehumidifier in a vain effort to try to take the dampness out of the house.

The irony is not lost one me, but if I don't do this the house soon feels horrible and I will get lots of condensation on the windows. It has to be done, as excessive moisture is not good for decoration, furnishings and electrical items.

My health too, probably.

Who needs the #EarlyBirdChallenge anyway...?

Having declined the #EarlyBirdChallenge recently, I decided that I would still blog about getting up early.

Clearly, getting up early is a very good thing to do and I wholeheartedly support the idea. It is a good thing to blog about.

However I would like to point out that I'm doing this blog posting on my terms rather than those dictated by the PR Agency. I'm more than happy to write about these things, but not where it is obviously a PR/Marketing wheeze for promoting a completely unrelated website, building links, manipulating page ranking etc etc.

Which many of these challenges are...

Saturday, 18 October 2014

Freak result at St Mary's

I think there must be something wrong with my eyes. I'm looking at the latest football results and am reading Southampton 8 Sunderland 0. Is that really an eight...?

Such scorelines are rare indeed and by my reckoning it's the biggest margin of victory ever recorded by Southampton Football Club. There are a few other big victories recorded on the club records page and I see that they've scored 9 previously, but they've never won by a margin of 8 goals before.

And this happened in the English Premiership too, the top flight of English football. Amazing. Well done...

Friday, 17 October 2014

Trouble with my nuts...

I was very late settling down to my blogging today, as I had an awkward problem to sort out.

Last weekend, after sorting the extension cable for BJ, I noticed that one of the brakes on her wheelchair had failed. On closer inspection, I found that a nut had worked loose and dropped off. I therefore had to find a replacement and fix it.

The trouble was, I didn't seem to have the right sized replacement. I think the wheelchair must have been manufactured in the USA, as it wasn't a standard metric size...

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