Monthly Archives: July 2014

Disposable world

I suppose I only really noticed this, as I’m trying to have have a clearout.
My mobile contract was up for renewal recently, and I headed off to get my well deserved upgrade, and that was when I realised. I was perfectly happy with the phone I had. I was only going for an upgrade, because the system says I can get another phone every two years.

I’ve actually got 4 perfectly usable old phones lying in the house. A small graveyard of tech that are unused only because of upgrades – there’s actually 5, but my wife took one, and has been using it now for about 6 years and is perfectly happy.

One of the old phones is unlocked, so it goes abroad with me, and I can pop in a local sim if I need to, which is handy. The others are perfectly useable too.

Our culture has been drawn in to the cycle of renewing their tech every couple of years, when in reality, there’s no need.

I opted to go for a sim only deal, and keep my phone, and I’m saving £7 a month as a result. If the phone breaks down in the meantime, there’s not exactly a shortage of phones I can pop the sim into.

I’ll upgrade the phone, if I NEED to, not because my phone isn’t deemed cool or cutting edge any more.

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Commonwealth Games

In case you didn’t know, the Commonwealth Games are on in Glasgow. The sun is out, and there is a fantastic atmosphere in the city.
At lunchtime I won signed Team Scotland goodie bag, including signed bag, signed cap, signed Saltire, and tickets for the two for the boxing on Sunday.

Seriously chuffed.




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Wee Doors Open Day

Every year, Glasgow has a Doors Open Day, a celebration of Glasgow architecture

. This year, to tie in with the Commonwealth Games, there was a Wee Doors Open Day yesterday.

I took an afternoon off work, and me, my wife, and a couple of work colleagues decided to check out some of the buildings.

First off we headed to the Synagogue in Garnethill. The inside of the building is beautiful. Downstairs, there is an archive of the history of Jews in Glasgow, which as well as being really interesting, has a wee bookshop. There are a couple of books by a Glasgow artist, and an autobiography of a survivor of Treblinka, that I’d like to go back and pick up at some point.

From the Synagogue, we moved south of the river to Fairfields office. Fairfields was one of the Govan shipyards, and played an important part in the history of the Glasgow and the Clyde. There’s a nice wee exhibition that’s worth seeing.

Finally we headed over to Pollokshields to the Sikh temple, the Gurdwara, located next to the Tramway. It’s the first time we’d been in a Sikh temple, and it was really interesting. Part of it includes a large kitchen/dining area, where people volunteer to cook, and anyone from the community is able to come in and eat for free. The food is vegetarian, so that no-one is excluded if they are not meat eaters. From the information on the walls and from what we were told, the Sikhs have a great community spirit. Men and women are regarded as equal, and everyone regardless of race or colour, is equal as God created us all. If more people had this attitude, there would probably be a lot less conflict in the world.

Finally, we headed into the Tramway, to have a wee look at the installations that were on.

All in all a fantastic day.

(photos will be added later when I have time)

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Decent weather

The weather has been really good the last couple of weeks. If it stays like this, I’ll probably get the kilt out this weekend.

Largs kilt 2

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Panic attack?

This morning I feel a bit stressed, almost like I’m about to have a panic attack, and I have no idea why.
I felt jittery and on edge when I got up this morning and I could feel it getting worse as time when on. By the time I left for work, I just wanted to get crawl back into bed and hide from the world.

It’s been a couple of hours since I got up, and it’s getting better, I’m almost back to normal. The only thing I can think of is that we’re away for a couple of days for our anniversary, leaving tomorrow. I usually get a bit antsy prior to a trip abroad, but I’ve never (until now) got stressed prior to an overnight trip, that is essentially only a couple of hours from home.

I need to nip this in the bud or I’m going to become a recluse!!!

In better news, it was our 16th wedding anniversary yesterday, and we went for a fantastic meal at a restaurant we’d never been to before – Chinatown. We’ll definately be heading back there. Excellent service, friendly staff, and superb food.

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When I was at school……(aka Art vs Science)

I did science, because I was was “No good at art”. Now in my mid-late 40’s, I regret not doing something I loved, just because of other people. In 5th year I had wanted to do a crash O grade in art, but it would have clashed with when the physics class was timetabled, so again I was denied something I liked.

Now I’m in place, where I DON’T CARE whether other people like or hate what I try to draw/paint/photograph, and I’m happy. I may have missed out on year of simple pleasure because of the opinions of others, but I’m doing this for me, and me alone. If other people like it, that’s fine. If they don’t, I couldn’t care less.

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Back to normal (almost)

Despite feeling down at the end of last week, I had a good weekend.
We had a game of badminton on Saturday morning, which got the happy endorphins going, then went for a curry.
Later we headed to Giffnock to the largest health food shop I’ve ever seen. It’s superb, and even has a bike repair stand and tools outside, so you can do bike repairs.

On Sunday, we went for a walk through Pollok park, and found a secluded spot to practice some kata, before getting the makings of a picnic together and heading to the Linn Park.

I’ve realised that I’ve been allowing people who are being negative (about work, etc) to get to me, and that’s what’s been causing me to feel down. So I’ve made a decision, that I need to not be around people who’s only conversation is complaining about work.

Got a night away later in the week for our wedding anniversary, and we’re going to do a wee hillwalk as well. Looking forward to that.

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The running is still going well, but to be honest, that’s about all that is.
I feel trapped. Everyone seems to be complaining and being negative about something, and it’s dragging me down.

I constantly get talked over in conversations, by people that are meant to be friends. There’s also one person, who takes the piss and laughs when I say I want to go and climb another munro, making me feel crap, then a couple of months later, gets it into his head to climb Goatfell, but won’t do it unless I go, as it was my idea to go hillwalking!

I started moaning at my wife last night in a supermarket, about random walking round the isles, and not writting and sticking to a shopping list, and now we’re barely speaking. I didn’t mean it, and have no idea why I said it. She’s great at finding bargins and saving us money, and I love that about her. The combination of not having eaten, the heat, and trying to stop things falling out a handbasket, just made me snap.

I can’t concentrate to read or watch tv, and I feel incredibly tired. I don’t like myself much right now.

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