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January 2011

Dude, Where’s our car??? @rufus2612 #DOH

By Arg, Family, I Laughed One Comment

Holidays are great aren’t they! They are time for relaxation, rejuvenation, recharging, recouping, and other re-‘s. A time to sit back and have a great time.

Our holiday in Dublin was such an experience. It was wonderful. We had great times with friends and family and on the plane I was thinking to myself that I felt like i had had a great time off and felt recharged and ready to get back into the thick of things.

When we got off the plane we made our way towards the long-term parking coach pick up point. I had in my memory that we’d parked in “K2” and on mentioning this to Ruth she agreed and so we were fine. We knew we were in Blue and so we waited for the journey to complete.

The bus entered the car park complex and immediately announced zones K and J as the first stop which just didn’t feel right. My gut sense of  direction was telling me we had to be in another area. We had driven quite a way through the complex when we arrived first and this bus was saying we were in the first stop.

Sure enough our car was not in the lot we had thought. Back in October we were here and had parked in zone K and i think it was that memory which was at the forefront of our minds. So we started to walk.

And walk..

…and walk…

and we walked around a lot. I think we walked around this car parking complex for aver an hour using a combination of my gut instincts and a systematic approach with the intention of searching every lot if we had to. This started to get stressful when my phone started to give its battery warning. The GPS was sapping the battery hich was not a good sign. I think the pinnacle was when we climbed through a hedgerow to avoid having to go the long way around yet another lot we had already searched.

Eventually as we were walking along the road to another lot an empty bus passed and the driver asked if we needed help. We sheepishly explained that we had absolutely no memory of where we had parked. He invited us on board, out of the cold which, at this stage, was a life saver. I was frozen and Ruth was going blue! He then radioed the depot to help us out:

So when you arrive there’s loads of lots that are closed. This is to make sure that on any particular day, you can only end up parking in one particular lot.

Within seconds the radio chirped back informing us of which lot it would have been, I distinctly heard the word “Lima” and secretly cringed inside. I was thinking “How silly could we have been to not have made a note of where we parked.” I mean, its just silly! I guess we had been tired due to the early start we’d had that morning. The Driver informed us that ach bus stop had a phone which you can use to call the HQ if you cant find your car. This made me cringe a little more as i wished we’d thought of looking for something like that.

The kind driver waited to make sure we could find our car. Much to my relief I found the car quickly and we thanked hem greatly. We got to the car and loaded the bags in the boot. I had to find my charger so a little rifling through the bags had that sorted. While the cars engine warmed the interior up. Once i had the phone mounted, the windscreen was clear, i’d checked round the car for any car-park-clangs (of which there were none) I finally removed my coat and we were ready to set off from this awful place….

..then it happened…

Ruth turned to me and had a guilty look on her face…

she passed me the parking ticket, but she wasn’t showing me the front of the card which we had both scrutinized carefully to see if there was any indication of where we may have parked….

no she was showing me te back of the ticket…

And there written in Ruth’s glorious handwriting were two digits

”   L    6  “

She had in fact written where we had parked on the back of the ticket in the spaces provided but NIETHER of us had even thought of looking!!! I think we both just stared ahead for a few moments before both of us fell apart laughing. It was too late, too ridiculous and too silly for us to be angry with one another and laughing was the best tonic.

And so we set off after having had a very stressful and dull adventure around the Stansted Airport Long Stay Car Park but we had learnt a very valuable lesson that day.

Sometimes the best place to look is the most obvious place

I learnt on you – POTD

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This is the guitar I learnt to play on.

I love it.

It’s older than me so it has that beautiful sound that only an old instrument gets as it ages.

Sadly it’s my Dad;s and they live in Ireland.

He did update his will recently…..

My Android Apps

By Techie, Via Phone 2 Comments

Android is rocking the world of phones and with quite a few of my friends making the change I thought I’d let the inner geek in me escape and come out to play for a while by listing the apps i use on my phone.

This is mainly for their benefit of course…nothing to do with me geeking out.

Comms & Social & Web

Media Players

  • Rock Player – Play all sorts of media including FLV’s
  • doubleTwist – Sync your tunes with iTunes playlists!
  • LastFM – Use the LastFM music awesomeness on ya handset!

File Handling

  • Astro File Browser – A file browser for your phone.
  • Awesome Drop – Super easy way to put files on your phone without cables
  • Dropbox – Use the brilliant online file storage system on ya handset


  • gTasks – sync your google tasks
  • GDocs – sync your google Docs
  • Google Reader – Sync your Google reader feeds
  • SMS Backup – sync your sms messages with your GMail account.
  • Evernote – The supreme note taking application – get organised yo!
  • Agenda Widget – A very configurable agenda widget that works with your calenders


GPS & Navigation

  • Street View – Use Google streetview
  • My Tracks – track your journeys and get stats and that on what ya did


  • Photoshop Express – edit photos on ya phone.
  • YouVersion bible – Great Bible app.
  • gMote – Use your phone’s screen as a computer trackpad.
  • Retro Clock – An alternative clock widget
  • Alarm Klock – a better alarm clock than the android one
  • Ocado – The online shopping app – this thing is awesome!…if you shop with Ocado that is.

Games & Fun Stuff

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Photo of the day.

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Christmas tree in the parents house. Love it. Tweaked in photoshop express on my HTC Desire. Seems the exif data is being killed by PhotoShop though which is quite annoying.

Boxing Day – Gallery

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I love Boxing day cause its Ruth’s birthday. My fav part of her birthday is giving her birthday presents.

I love her so much. She’s great at receiving gifts and she’s usually very easy to surprise!

Christmas Day – Gallery

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Another wonderful Christmas day. It was a proper White Christmas.

Best bits included:

  • Roast Duck for dinner – Shirley surpassed herself with an awesomely amazing roast Christmas dinner with all the trimmings but the bird was Duck. Not had duck for Christmas dinner before. It was incredible!
  • P R E S E N T S – I did well with lots of foody type stuffs and some DVDage, XBOX live membership and i even scored a snuggie!
  • Walking in the snow – In the morning we went for a walk in the fields on the farm in the snow. We donned extra socks and boots and enjoyed the sun and snow!

Christmas Eve – Gallery

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This year we spent Christmas with Shirley & David.Thankfully the roads had cleared and we were able to drive down to Devon to spend it with them.

Christmas eve was lovely. Because of all the snow David was able to take us for a walk down on Saunton Golf Course which is whee he usually plays. Normally non-members are not allowed especially jean cladded ones. The snow mean that play was prohibited and rules of the club dictate that members are allowed to bring guests on to the course for walks in the snow and that’s what we did. It was gorgeous!

See the gallery below: