I’ve had this blog since December 2004; that’s 15 years of (very) sporadic posts.
I keep saying I will write more often but, somehow, I’ve never found the time. Hopefully retirement will allow me to write more often in the future.
In the meantime; I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year
Just a quick post to say I’m still alive and busy as ever.
One of these days I.m going to start using this blog properly
They went with songs to the battle, they were young.
Straight of limb, true of eye, steady and aglow.
They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,
They fell with their faces to the foe.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
They mingle not with their laughing comrades again;
They sit no more at familiar tables of home;
They have no lot in our labour of the day-time;
They sleep beyond England’s foam.
We will remember them.
I have just spent the (long) weekend with a bunch of lads that, in most cases, I hadn’t seen for over 35 years. It certainly brought back memories and was a lot of fun.
Of course there was a serious side to the weekend; remembering the fallen of Operation Market Garden which took place 17th – 26th September 1944; the subject of the film ‘A Bridge Too Far’
At the Engineers Monument Driel; the place where they got the Airborne survivors out across the Neder-Rijn
Airborne Square Memorial on the north side of John Frost Bridge, Arnhem.
The Main Remembrance Ceremony at Oosterbeek
The children of Arnhem and surroundings laying flowers at the graves of the fallen.
It’s been a long time since I posted so I thought I had better write something.
No excuses but I have been a bit busy, both professionally and privately, and I just kept forgetting to post something.
So; what have I been doing?
- A series of developments, all required yesterday – normal work for me
- A longish holiday touring Montana, North and South Dakota and Wyoming in an RV – great scenery and good fun.
- Re-designing my 00 scale train layout – more fun
- Playing with Windows 10 Preview – Nice
I’ll try to post more regularly – in the mean time have fun
To one and all;
And for those who don’t celebrate this occasion we wish you peace and happiness anyway.
I was born on the day the NHS went live in the UK; Mum said I was a freebee.
Today I officially become a Cyber Senior on reaching my 65th birthday.
To celebrate this event I have launched the Cyber Seniors website and this, the Cyber Senior blog; although it has been running for a few months now as I couldn’t resist posting to it. This endeavour is in an attempt to show certain people that the over 60’s don’t suddenly lose their faculties.
I can assure you that I can still do the following:
Turn on a computer; or rather log in as my machines are rarely turned off;
Browse the Internet without getting lost;
Fix issues on other peoples computers by connecting remotely which I have done at least 5 times in the last 6 weeks;
Write computer programs with a fair degree of expertise using the latest tools;
Use my Windows Phone to make and receive calls, texts and e-mails, although I have to admit text and e-mails are made possible by the presence of a QWERTY keypad as I never got to grips with the old phone keys;
Work the controls on the Smart TV and Blu-ray player even though they are new enough to support 3D – not sure we will use that functionality as it is a bit weird wearing 3D glasses on top of the normal ones but it came with the box;
Drive my car and ride my motorcycle without having people behind me getting irate because of my speed; except I guess in a built up area where I refuse to go above the speed restriction, but then I usually leave those idiots behind once I get to a derestricted (sorry; National Speed Limit Applies) area
Now that I have become a Senior Citizen (what used to be called an Old Age Pensioner before PC meant political correctness) I look forward to getting money out of the government instead of paying it in; even though for the time being I will continue to pay more tax than I will get in State Pension.
I have said before that it is my ambition to get stopped by the police doing 100+MPH down the local dual carriageway on my motorbike on my 90th birthday. I have just decided on a second ambition: to live long enough to get back all the tax I have paid via the pension payments; call me selfish but, what the heck…
Anyway; Happy Birthday to the NHS and anyone else who shares a birthday today.
Monday 22 July 2013 at 16:24 hrs. A Baby boy at 8lb 6ozs