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Archive for July, 2009

Congratulations to Chris and Hannah on the birth of their baby boy

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Congratulations to Chris and Hannah

Congratulations to Chris and Hannah

Congratulations to Chris and Hannah on the birth of their baby boy. Born at 19.49, weighing 8lb 2oz.

Now how about calling him Andy, after his Uncle!

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Tagging mp3s

Monday, July 6th, 2009

squeezeplayI’ve been a little pre-occupied with things, and needed to return to tagging my music cd and mp3 collection, which is a mamouth task, converting all the tags to ID3v2.3 ISO-8859-1 and downloading all the album art, amongst other things going on in andysworld!

But these are the tools I use for free, Mp3tag v2.43 ( to tag the music collection correctly and it also downloads album art, and also Album Art Aggreagator v.1.4.6, batch album art downloader. The URL is broken for this, so use Google. I also use iTunes integration for playlist creation, but I’ve recently stopped using this, because my collection has grown, and it takes a while for iTunes to startup and shutdown.

Here are the current Library Statistics

Total Tracks: 10,991

Total Albums: 1,173

Total Artists: 1,316

Total Genres: 107

Total Playing Time: 789:36:50

and I’m only about a third through!

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Fish House Stock List - July 2009

Sunday, July 5th, 2009

I’ve been meaning to put this list together for a while, so I’ve “audited” the fish house today, and this is some of the fish which are currently in the fish house.



Bristlenose catfish Ancistrus brown sp.  (many breeding pairs)

Albino Bristlenose catfish Ancistrus albino sp. (many breeding pairs)

Gold Bristlenose catfish Ancistrus gold sp.


Corydoras Aenus (breeding group)

Corydoras Aenus Albino form

Corydoras Aenus Green stripe

Corydoras paleatus

Corydoras Loxozonus

Corydoras Sterbai (wild breeding groups)

Corydoras Weiztmani (wild breeding groups)


Polka-dot catfish Synodontis Angelicus (my pet Spotty, he’s now twenty this year, cost me alot 20 years ago, from Blagdon Water Gardens, Plymouth. He’s been with me a while)

Large spot catfish Synodontis Ocellifer (my pet Dotty, also twenty this year! He’s been with me a while also!)

Synodontis Petricola
(wild breeding group)

Cuckoo Cat Synodontis Multipunctatus


Giant Whiptail catfish Sturisoma aureum (breeding groups)

Goldspot pleco L001 Pterygoplichthys joselimaianus

Goldy pleco, L014 Scobinancistrus aureatus

Sailfin pleco Pterygoplichthys gibbiceps

Snowball plecos, LDA33 Baryancistrus LDA-33


Bleeding Heart tetra Hyphessobrycon erythrostigma

Buenos Aires tetra Hemigrammus caudovittatus

Cardinal tetra Paracheirodon axelrodi

Congo tetra, Phenacogrammus interruptus

Neon tetra Paracheirodon innesi


Electric Blue Jack Dempseys Rocio octofasciata (Cichlasoma octofasciatum)

Nicaraguen Cichlids Hypsophrys nicaraguensis (Cichlasoma nicaraguense) (breeding groups)

Green Terror Aequidens rivulatus (breeding pair)

Geophagus proximus (breeding pair)

Geophagus sp?

Jack Dempseys Rocio octofasciata (Cichlasoma octofasciatum) (breeding pairs)

Kribensis Pelvicachromis pulcher (breeding pairs)

Quetzel cichlids Vieja synspila (Cichlasoma synspilum) (breeding pair)

Yellow or Tricolour cichlids Cichlasoma salvini (breeding pair)

Cichlids - Lake Tanganyika

Tropheus Moorii Ikola (wild breeding group)

Tropheus Moorii Bemba (wild breeding group)

Tropheus Moorii Kasanga
(wild breeding group)

Tropheus Moorii Ilangi (wild breeding group)


Clown Loach Chromobotia macracanthus (Botia macracantha)

Candy Loach Botia striata

My Odballs

Boesemani Rainbowfish, Melanotaenia Boesemani

Black Ghost Knife Fish Apteronotus albifrons

Spotted climbing perch Ctenopoma acutirostre

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eaga ShowerSmart - Get yours FREE and Save the Planet!

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

eaga ShowerSmart unit

eaga ShowerSmart unit

I’ve just done some quick DIY (5 minutes)  in the bathroom and fitted an eaga ShowerSmart, and the good news is they are free of charge to UK householders. I applied for mine so long ago, I forgot about it!

It’s a small metal unit, which restricts the flow of water through your shower head, saving water and energy.

Read and apply for one here at

The eaga ShowerSmart is suitable for use with non-electric mixer showers or bath/shower mixer taps, provided they run off the mains water pressure.

It’s supplied with two washers, good instructions, and a small plastic bag which you use to check if your shower is in-efficient.

eaga shower unit fitted on our old shower!

eaga shower unit fitted on our old shower!

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Rosa filipes ‘Kiftsgate’ in flower

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

A few people have asked what the flower looks on our rambling rose Rosa filipes ‘Kiftsgate’. At the time of the last post, when I removed the sucker it was only in bud.

Here’s a picture in flower.

Rosa filipes 'Kiftsgate' in flower

Rosa filipes 'Kiftsgate' in flower

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Front Garden Border in Summer 2009

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

A few pictures of the “newly” created front garden border, 12 months on from the last pictures in 2008. Not so new now, and has matured, needs some maintenance now.




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Last weekend (Tom & Barbara)

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

So this is what we did last weekend …

Lindsey commented “it was like being Tom and Barbara from the Good Life…”

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Blog outage again!

Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

If you’ve not reached my blog today, received a Hello World, forbidden or otherwise, it’s because since 9.30GMT, the hosting server has been under a distributed denial-of-service attack (DDoS attack).

Just my luck…

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Lottie - Kune Kune Piglet

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Lottie the Kune Kune piglet

Lottie the Kune Kune piglet - 2 months old today!

in one word Cute!

I’ll explain more later what Tom (Andy) and Barbara (Lindsey) got up to last weekend!

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Buzzing airstone

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

On these very hot summer days we are having at present in the UK, I leave the door open to the fish house to circulate the air and reduce the air temperature in the fish house to approximately 26 degrees C.

This morning I noticed a buzzing in the fish house, which sounded like a large bumble bee or hornet had got trapped somewhere in the fish house, but with all the pumps, filters, air stones running it was difficult to track down. I spent some more time this evening, and I’ve found the loud buzzing sound is being caused by a large pond air stone I have in a 200l water butt for water changes. The large water butt also amplifies the bass sound.  I’ve reduced the air flow and the buzzing has stopped!

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