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Going Sober for October – What is it really about?

Wednesday, October 15th, 2014

Last time I wrote about my Going Sober for October challenge it was pretty much about what I was doing, but this time it’s more about why I’m doing this and the charity that I’m raising money for. I’d certainly heard about Macmillan Cancer Support charity and particularly about the Macmillan nurses, but I’ve not […]

Go Sober for October – raising money for Macmillan cancer support

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

For the month of October I’m giving up drinking alcohol as part of the Macmillan Go Sober for October campaign. It’s been a week now and it’s going well. I don’t normally drink too much, but I do enjoy drinks especially with certain meals or when going out. I’ve therefore been swapping my drinks for […]

SPAM pretending to come from watkissonline.co.uk

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

I have received reports that a spammer is sending emails requesting payment for an invoice from watkissonline. I can assure you that these are SPAM emails that are not from watkissonline, but appear to be originating from a server in Africa. If you receive an invoice email please delete it. I have added SPF authentication […]

Turn a wet bank holiday into a fun science day

Monday, August 25th, 2014

We had a very wet public holiday today. Whilst there are some indoor days out we could have gone to we instead decided to have a science day at home. The two main things we did today were to make a cola can cable car and an erupting volcano. The cable car comes in a […]

Unglue.it books – a new way of reading

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

I’ve written before about my dislike of DRM, especially on ebooks (The problem with DRM on ebooks). Another thing that is great is when you can get a book for free, but with the option to reward the author by giving a donation. This is what I’ve done with a series of books called The […]

Raspberry Pi club – Programming the GPIO – Traffic Light LEDs

Monday, June 9th, 2014

One of the things I’ve been doing as a STEM Ambassador is to help support a Raspberry Pi club at a local high school. At first the club was led by the sixth form students, with the teachers and myself helping out as required. This was working well at first, but with many of the […]

Humble Bundle – DRM free games for Linux and Android and eBooks

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

I have bought many games and Ebooks through Humble Bundle. I don’t blog about them very often as the bundles are usually available for about a week and by the time I get around to writing the blog then that time is nearly over. I wanted to blog about this bundle though because it includes […]

Day out at Beamish open air museum

Monday, March 17th, 2014

I visited the Beamish open air museum with my son during the February half-term holiday, there were also special World War 2 events during the week. It was a sunny day which made a nice change, but as a result it was very popular at the museum. After we parked up we had to join […]

First Aid Manual 10th edition

Monday, March 10th, 2014

The First Aid Manual is the official guide from the UK leading first aid organisations: St John Ambulance, St Andrew’s First Aid and the British Red Cross and is widely considered as the definitive guide to first aid in the UK. The 10th edition released in 2014, which replaces the 9th edition which was first […]

Theme Hospital game for Linux – CorsixTH

Saturday, February 22nd, 2014

It’s not often I write about running games on Linux, although that is likely to change. It’s even less that I’d recommend a game where you need to buy the Windows version to play it on Linux. In this case it’s an open source version of a classic which works on Linux, but you need […]


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