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The week the Arctic High took control

As a strong storm came through at the weekend it also introduced an arctic high with bitterly cold temperatures. This week we have not got above -25oC and night time has been around -32oC. Tonight the temperature has really taken a tumble and at 11:20pm tonight its currently -37oC. The record low here is -42oC set in Dec 2008. Will we break it? I guess we will know in 12 hours. What does it feel like? Imagine opening the freezer and that feeling of cold air for a second...that's every hour

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I love Canadian Winters

Just sitting here on a Friday night, nice glass of red in hand and a snowfall warning has been issued for up to 6 inches of snow by this time tomorrow. I've lived here 8 years now, originally born and raised in Kent, and its the certainty of snow in the winter that just makes me smile. Although the fun of will it/wont it snow in England was good there's nothing like getting a snowstorm knowing its not going to be marginal as temperatures are going to drop to minus 20oC. The joys of being conne

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Preparing for Winter

As I sit here typing, looking at the amazing, snow capped Canadian Rocky Mountains, the sun is streaming through the window, another day of blue skies, warm breezes and temperatures in the mid teens. Quite remarkable for the time of year. I think this is the first time since being here in 9 years that we have not had snow in October, or September or August or July for that matter. It is quite surreal knowing that I can do work in the yard in a t shirt when, at any time, the high pressure can

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Homelessness, Hopelessness?

For years to come I'll remember those days, Days into nights into days, just a haze, When food was scarce, conversation less, And sympathetic glances with whispers of 'bless'. Dissaproving looks, murmurs and tutts, Having to smoke discarded butts, When all I wanted was a chat and a smile, And all I received was behaviour so vile. If only they knew the heartache and pain, The desperation deep down, the pain, the drain, Of fighting each day and making it through, And willing to gain a

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Seasons

Summer fades upon us all Leaves turn brown, it's soon the Fall The leaves are changing, and for that reason That is why we love the Seasons The Autumn colours rage so bold But foggy days lead to the cold With every day we lose the leaves And feel the chill in every breeze Cold days lead to frosty paths Warm houses with hotter baths Runny noses, coughs and sneezes All brought on by winter's breezes Fireplaces, rosy faces snow is falling in all places roads are gridlocked, cars ar

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Winter And Summer In The Same Week

As Fall approaches so do the thoughts of yellow and red leaves, pumpkins and Thanksgiving. Along with the festivites in October is usually the appearance of the first snows of the year, children running out open eyed forgetting they had 6 months of it last year. This year is a little different. An abysmal start to the Spring/Summer season with snow up until early June but all that changed with the arrival of July. Since July 7th temps have averaged over 25oC with only a handful of days falling

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Screenplay - Update

So after sending out numerous request letters and synopsis' to production companies, I have had a request for the screenplay to be sent to one in Canada. Its exciting news, and of course it is extremely early days, but for a Production Company to even request a screenplay to read is rare, so I am extremely happy I will keep you all posted

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Memoirs Of An Ordinary Man - The Early Years (chapter 1)

It sfunny how you remember the little things... I remember snapshots of my early years as if it were a slide show at a wedding or a flip book of blurry, black and white pictures. But one thing that stands out head and shoulders above everything is the feeling of happiness through out those childhood years. I grew up in a cul de sac full of children in the old days when kids were kids, we rode our bikes, we played tag. When Wimbledon was on we would all play tennis, when the FA Cup was on we we

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Memoirs Of An Ordinary Man - The Early Years (chapter 6)

Watch out for the...... As the event of the fractured jaw was begining to fade, along with the bruises, winter had started to take its icy grip on the south east of England. It was the late 80's and another birthday party approached. I awoke Saturday morning full of anticipation of the forthcoming day, the cake, the games, the prizes, when out of the corner of my eye I spotted something unusual. I glided over to the curtains and delicately prized them open only to discover the inside of the wi

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Memoirs Of An Ordinary Man - The Early Years (chapter 5)

Finally...I didn't need a straw anymore Memories come and go like friends throughout life. Some shine brighter than others and last a lot longer. Some of my most visual and long lasting memories of childhood are from the playground. Bonds are formed, relationships blossom. Its the one place where regiment goes out of the classrom window and you are free, free to spread your wings and establish yourself. Always under a watchful eye of a 40 something overweight Hitler, my Primary School playg

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Memoirs Of An Ordinary Man - The Early Years (chapter 3)

You taught your son well Mrs Cooper... Spinnens Acre...for anyone who lived in Lordswood in the 80's there were a only a handfull of primary schools to choose from, I followed my 'little shit' of a brother in to Spinnens Acre, thinking that i might make some friends because of him. I realised quickly that you make your own friends, you cant rely on anyone else, espeically an older brother My daily school rotine would always begin with a 20 minute walk from my house to the school, through the

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Memoirs Of An Ordinary Man - The Early Years (chapter 4)

Oh I was in the locker room... By now it was the mid 80's and the summer was in full swing. As my 9th birthday edged ever closer I was invited to someone elses party. Except this party was no ordinary celebration...it was a dicso ice skating party! From my humble upbringing I had never been to a ice rink. The closest I had come was to put my size 3 plimsols into the metal skates (the ones where you keep your shoes on) and then attempt to traverse the rocky, weed infested driveway without bre

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Memoirs Of An Ordinary Man - The Early Years (chapter 2)

I love my bro, but he was also a little shit.... My parents were 23 (Mum) and 28 (Dad) when they upped and left the baron wastelands of Ipswich, Suffolk to come to the rolling hills of Lordwoods, Kent back in the long hot summer of 1976. My mum was 8 1/2 months pregant with me and she made the 1 1/2 hour journey down on an old 125cc motorbike (no wonder I got some damage) - my brother got a lift in my Grand dad's Hillman Imp, loaded with essentials for the move. As a result of this migration

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I'm Tight, But Proud

Ok so I think I am a bit of a tight arse, but I am a banker, what do you expect? I booked my 3 weeks off at Christmas to come back to the UK and visit family with my employer way back when. The only thing is I hadnt booked the flights. My theory? Gas prices will come down in the Autumn and so will flight prices. Well by early October it was still costing almost $4000 for 2 return flights. Anyway October comes and I realise that the flights I wanted to go on had been taken (really I should

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Screen Play

After 8 months of plot planning, character building and months and months of script writing, my business partner and I finally have a finished draft for a screen play. Now all we got to do is be part of the 0.1% of people who manage to either sell it to the movie moguls, or (even less probablilty) help with the filming/directing. Lets hope the agent does a good job. I will keep you posted Those of you who dont me, I'm a banker by day, boring I know but it keeps the money coming in. At night I

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Its almost time.....

...to enjoy some piece and quiet. Finally, after 924 hours and a few minutes (thats about 5 1/2 weeks) all my visitors for the summer will be gone. September 2oth is D day...peace and quiet for 3 months until Xmas.... woo hoo Does anyone else feel the same when relatives come and go? they must do. But whats more, the in-laws were actually less hassle than my parents. I swear to god if my Mum asks another meaningless, random question about Canada I'll....'do black and brown bears mate with each

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Still sick!

Cant believe it. Had a viral infection as the doc says for 9 days now, slowly getting to the healthier side, however the 10km race I had been training for the past 3 months came and went yesterday and I coulnt race due to the illness (doc's orders). I am bitterly disappointed, especially as the time of the finishers this year would have placed me in the top 10, Ah well, there is always next year :-(

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Alone...and sick

So I finally drop the in-laws off after 2 1/2 weeks, ah bliss. What happens the next day? we get 3 inches of snow (IN AUGUST!!) and I get man flu, ah I tell you, I am close to the edge, its bad this time lol. My better half doesnt mind though, my voice has nearly given up so she is enjoying the peace and quiet lol. My parents arrive tomorrow (Thursday) for the 2nd round of visitors. Another 2 1/2 weeks of entertaining then that is it til xmas, woo hoo. Right I'm off to bed to die a slow and pain

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Worst customer service

I still have the in-laws in town so we decided to go grab some food at a local pub last night. Bad mistake. We arrived at 6:45 and our food finally came at 8:15! I wouldnt have minded if the food was good and that was it but oh no. Two of us order steak med. It came out without a hint of pink and virtually charcoaled, so we sent it back. The waitress comes back about 5 minutes later and says the chef wont do another steak and that is how he is cooking medium tonight!! can you believe that? I hav

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In-laws are in town

So we are 5 dys into the in-laws visit and all is OK, nothing too serious. Just missing my space and control, but hey ho. Went touring at the weekend, managed to see 3 bears, almost run one over on the highway but I swerved and it ran back into the woods Went out on Moraine lake, lovely hot day (its been above 30oC for almost a week now) and suddenly a huge thunderstorm develops, we make it to shore. Lightning, thunder, hailstones. Crazy Then we went for a dip in the lake and the potential

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Finally.....

Summer has arrived, and more importantly the bugs are disappearing. Went golfing last night loaded with bug spray and there were hardly any mosquitos. Thankfully it appears the season is over and we can enjoy summer without a thick layer of slime Picking up the in-laws today from the airport, they are here for 2 1/2 weeks, then they are gone for 3 days and then I have my parents staying for 2 1/2 weeks. So 5 weeks of visitors and only 3 days off. I might be posting a few blogs with a lot of s

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Moth Madness

I opened my front today and there musthave been about 200 hundred moths lying all over the front deck. I walk to wokr and the moths are everywhere on the ground, on the roof. I will have to get a pic and post it. As I am walking they are trying to get up my trouser legs. Very strange experience.

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Strange Encounter

So I was in an elevator in my downtown place and I happen to bump into my neighbour (woman). Her and her boyfriend are renters in the unit and their landlord is selling the same as me so I thought I would catch up on the competition. I asked her if they had sold yet and she replied... 'I dont know, I moved out', to which I reply 'Oh' not knowing exactly what it meant. There was a silence of about 4 seconds and then she lets out a really loud sob, starts crying and just looks at me, I turn round

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Relaxation

Well I lost my virginity this week....my massage virginity that is. I am training for a 10km run and decided to get a sports massage for my tired and weary muscles (thats my excuse, nothing to do with the hot masseuse) Wow, thats all I can say. I cant believe I never got one earlier. How amazing does it feel to have someone massage you all over. Not to mention the medical benefits, honestly that was the main reason Anyway back to the training. My 10km time is around the 45 min mark, so impr

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