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Cloches R Us - Andy finds some more garden cloches!

Saturday, April 29th, 2017

I’ve found two smaller garden cloche, a cobalt blue and clear glass - not sure of there age, but I think the cobalt blue is from a mould, rather than hand blown, as it does not have a pimple on the top!

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I’ll be using all these cloches in the garden, to protect seedlings, and plants from frost and mice!

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Tour de Yorkshire 2017 Stage 1 Today @letouryorkshire @PockTownClerk @PeterWinnTyres

Friday, April 28th, 2017

Needed to get to Pocklington early this morning before the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race comes through the town at approximately 13.45.

and it gave me an opportunity to snap some pictures, of what the people of Pocklington have down to support the Tour de Yorkshire.

Bunting outside our house

Bunting outside our house

Roundabout decorated in Pocklington, The word Pocklington made out of bicycles!

Roundabout decorated in Pocklington, The word Pocklington made out of bicycles!

Pocklington TV screen in Market Square

Pocklington TV screen in Market Square

Pocklington Church Yellow Jersey

Pocklington Church Yellow Jersey

Monster bicycle outside Peter Wynn Tyres

Monster bicycle outside Peter Wynn Tyres

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Tour de Yorkshire 2017 Stage 1 - 28 April 2017 passes our house!

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

The bunting is out, the local town of Pocklington is covered in blue and yellow of the Tour de Yorkshire cycle race colours, and Stage 1, passes my house tomorrow at approx 13:52 BST.

Live coverage is being shown on ITV 4 from 12.25, so tune in about 13:52, and I’ll wave at the camera!

I’m also hoping to experiment with Live Video Streams from my phone via 4G - via YouTube… here - (this will open in a new YouTube Window!)

Tour de Yorkshire Route Schedule

Tour de Yorkshire Route Schedule

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Best iPhone 7 accessory - Apple AirPods not available from the Apple Store, but Argos only!

Thursday, April 27th, 2017

So now that I’ve turned to the “Dark Side”, I  might go “95% Dark Side” and I’ve snagged possibly the best iPhone 7 accessory, - Apple Airpods. The Apple AirPods are a pair of bluetooth wireless headphones. They are not currently noise cancelling, I’m sure that will appear in Apple AirPod v2. (Available from an Apple Store, in 18 months time!)

Apple Airpod sealed box

Apple Airpod sealed box

and they are brilliant…

Apple Airpods, unboxed

Apple Airpods, un-boxed

the airpods charge automatically when you put them back in their case, which looks like a box of dental floss!

Apple Airpod - dental floss case

Apple Airpod - dental floss case

iPhone Charging Widget

iPhone Charging Widget

brilliant quality product, which detects when you’ve inserted them in your ears with a simple bong, and your connected. Also includes a tap sensor, so you can use the inbuilt microphones, to call people.

Apple Airpods out of the case

Apple Airpods out of the case

If I’ve spoken to you in the last few days, then I would have spoken to you via my Airpods. Just a word of warning, check they fit your ears, and don’t fall out, because there are no plastic fitting buds.

What is a little odd, is these are currently on a 6 week delivery from the Apple Store, but Argos have stocks for Click and Collect!!?

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Apple Store - Out of Stock - 6 Week Delivery ?

buy-apple-airpods-in-ear-wireless-headphones-white-at-argoscouk-your-onlin-000556how very odd ?

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Andy returns to the dark side, well almost - 90% Dark Side!

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

A number of years ago, I backed Apple, and invested in an iPad and iPhone, only to be burned, when Apple abandoned that platform, and left me with bricks which could not be upgraded, stuck on an iOS version with no applications available in the Appstore to support those expensive gadgets!

Fast forward a number of years and Google launched it’s first Android phone in 2012, the Google Nexus 4 - I blogged about it here - Andy’s Google Nexus 4 - that was over four years ago, and decided it was time for a switch to Droid in 2013.

In all those years Droid has served me well, BUT I’ve been experiencing more and more issues in the last 12 months with Droid applications failing to work correctly compared to iOS applications, also iOS application seem to be made available for iPhone and iPad before Droid (e.g. Airline eTicket systems), and also some applications are never developed or supported, e.g. Android Pay still does not support American Express -Do American Express have issues with Android security ?

Considering there are more Android phones in the world, than iPhones, it is indeed odd, that iOS is the preferred platform for some applications, but the Development time is longer, and also Apple verification can take a while, but with latest development kits, e.g. Xamarin - code can be quickly ported for Windows, Android or iOS applications from Microsoft Visual Studio. So this still puzzles me?

One thing I do know, is that Apple controls the hardware, the OS, the applications and therefore may make it a better applicatio  target, like Sun Solaris, Sun manufactured the hardware, and manufactured the OS - a strong platform, also similar to IBM, and AIX, developed specifically for IBM computers.

An opportunity arose to purchase a new phone, I could have purchased a new Google Pixel or Samsung something, but the costs are similar to an Apple iPhone, but the quality of Apple products are far superior in my opinion, and Google and Samsung products are overpriced, but believe because people will purchase Apple products at x GBP, they can also charge x GBP for their products.

So I decided:- to Return to the Dark Side, almost! I’m about “90% Dark Side” - I’ve opted for a Jet Black 256GB iPhone 7 .

But still using the Google ecosystem, e.g. Google+, GMail, Google Maps, Google Drive, Google Photos, not that horrible iCloud thing!

Jet Black 256GB iPhone 7 & Decoded Case

Jet Black 256GB iPhone 7 & Decoded Case

Jet Black iPhone 7

Jet Black iPhone 7

Jet Black iPhone 7

Jet Black iPhone 7

So we will see how long this lasts me, before I change back, come back in four years, and read the blog to find out, I could have decided to get a Blackberry or Nokia Windows Phone!

This was one of the major reasons, I change airtime companies, see Goodbye Orange @EE, and hello @ThreeUK! #makeitright

Oh, and the iPhone 7 - I’ve had it 4 weeks now, and It’s @#!”£$%^& Brilliant!!!!

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New Welsh Slate Roof - All done.

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

The scaffolding was taken down early this Bank Holiday Monday, and these are the final pictures of the new roof.

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So finally after 12 months, of obtaining many quotations, discussing options with builders and roofing companies. The roof is finally complete, and I no longer have to check and empty buckets in the attic, and that long overdue project is complete and finally put to bed.

A Special Thanks to Mark Winters of Mark Winters Leadwork and Roofing, York, Denis and Luke for an excellent job, and professional craftsmanship.

Here is a case study by TLX Insulation of work completed by Mark Winters Leadwork and Roofing, York.

Also Thanks to:-

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Three Thingian Gamesody

Monday, April 24th, 2017

For those not in the know, Three Thing Game is a programming Game Jam run over (approximately)
24 hours. Teams of enthusiasts (that’s you people, as well as me and my ‘kind’) gather to challenge
themselves to create a game based on 3 random words that they will be given. At the end of the 24
hours you get to subject your game to a thorough Judging against various criteria like: adherence to
the Things, how complete is your game, and how much money you slip the judge discreetly.

Source
https://canvas.hull.ac.uk/files/633091/download?verifier=6BMKkgTJWXDbjiVnZZ4hLr0zgshZHtXoZFdFWVTY

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Electric Cobalt Blue Victorian Garden Bell Cloches

Saturday, April 22nd, 2017

I’ve got a bit of a “magpie thing” for blue glass, that’s used in the old medicine bottles….

So when I saw these electric cobalt blue victorian garden bell cloches - I just had to snag them!

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I’ve never seen blue versions before, but I have seen clear glass versions. I’m going to use them to protect my pumpkin seedlings from frost. It will be interesting to see how blue light affects the plant growth.

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What is TLX Gold ? @TLX_Insulation @SIGRoofing

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

A number of people keep asking me what is TLX Gold?

NOTHING’S THE SAME AS TLX GOLD

NOTHING’S THE SAME AS TLX GOLD

TLX Gold is a BBA certified 2 in 1 Insulating Breather Roofing Membrane, manufactured by TLX insulation which we used with our recent re-roof.

off-cut of TLX Gold

off-cut of TLX Gold

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New Welsh Slate Roof - Roof Complete - Day 7

Thursday, April 13th, 2017

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A few finishing touches, and the angled-cap-ridges cemented on, and the roof is now complete, the Building Inspector visited and said it was a nice excellent job, and had a tick in the box.

On time, and on budget as agreed just before the Easter Holiday! (well in fact a little less!)

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