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The Woodhead Pass

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Xmas Lights

Why is it when you pack away your Xmas lights from last year they work perfectly? You pack them away in a nice tidy bundle, but when you come to get them out, the Loft Fairies have been using them for nesting and they don't work! So you spend 2 hours finding the bulb that doesn't work and then when you put them on the tree they fuse throwing the whole house into darkness. This is has been my morning. I'm off to Focus to buy a new set. I have no doubt the same will happen next year Still it will look nice. Hopefully. :unsure:

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Wembury

Some 5 miles from home and very close to where I grew up, is Wembury beach. It is owned by the National Trust and the perfect spot for dog walking in winter. Sadly you aren't allowed to take the dogs there in summer. But it was a lovely cloudy crisp December day. All my cousins in Sheffield and Chesterfield love this place- so if you've never heard of Wembury- here it is.

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Weekend Mix! (copying main strap line from Net Weather)!

Day 7 - still no ciggies!!! :lol: Bit of a weird mix this blog. OK still no ciggies- no blips- bar Thursday night when I left work at 630pm instead of 4pm due to workload. No bus home- only the word "delay". So decided rather than run to Spar for "10 Richmond" and a lighter- I power walked home. Friday at work- manic ( darn Traffic Management Act 2004 changes on 31 March)- will explain on tomorrows blog! Today. Got new caravan. Again will explain tomorrow! But internet update.......... as a Eurovision Song Contest fan (well it goes with being gay!)- just go on to youtube or similar website and type in the following "Dustin the Turkey". His song is there as well. It's called Ireland Douze Points. See Picture below This is a puppet. With a rock song. Who will represent................................... Ireland. Now Terry Wogan will have to explain this one :lol: on the night!!!!

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Update

Well it's been a long time since I updated so here goes.

All been very quiet, love my new job as a Civil Enforcement Officer- the rota takes some getting used to, but nearly 3 months in, I think I can remember it by now!

Off to Germany on Saturday to see the Christmas Markets - of course I have developed a stinking cold yesterday so lovely Tescos have sold me some cold treatments.

Time for North West Tonight to see the snow- nothing here!

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Training and STRESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Half my work team have decided that they hate me. With a passion. I was told to my face that I was a liar, a divider and that I didn't care. This after I send weekly emails and praise them all at the weekly meeting - Ijust don't know. However, they tried the same tack with the guy before me, HR are fully aware. What made it all the more shocking was to be threated by one of my staffs husband, who happens to work in the same building, in front 2 neutral staff. So tomorrow could be fun....... So having drunk a lake of lager on Friday night, I offically started training today- I ran for 2 miles - felt good, and my legs hurt now as I type this (must not type with my feet ) but did get rid any stress I had!!! Wish me luck for tomorrow- it's going to be interesting.

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Tired

Very very tired.

Feeling the stress factor. Never mind, time for bed!

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Time To Update- And Moving Home.

I can't believe it's September and i haven't entered a new entry. So here's quick update. We're moving again. But in a good way, we're going home to Plymouth I've somehow manged to get a serious promotion into management with Plymouth City Council. It's going to be hard to leave all my friends at Rotherham Council, but if somebody offers you a £7000 pay rise and no travelling what would you do? So it's been a mad month, packing, looking for a new house and a job for Daz. We have managed to sell this house with a nice profit, and we have bought a nice house in a reasonable area (Plymouth is much more expensive). So it's my last week of travelling over the Woodhead Pass and using the M1, and spending £60 per week on fuel. We move on Sunday, and on Tuesday we go to Crete on holiday for a week. Talk about timing!!!! i start work on the 2nd of October. Hopefully! :unsure: :unsure:

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The things you do

It's been really busy at work today- lots going on,and I knew I was going to be late. So I rang home with a order to Darren "I want burger and chips for tea (comfort food) and I fancy a glass of wine (for glass read bottle)" The thing is it's January and 5 1/2 weeks since payday and still 1 week to go. Bless him the burger and chips not a problem (well we are all chavs on occasions ). But the wine. More tricky. So As I type this- thanks to the £2.67 found down the back of the sofa is a lovely glass of cider. Well wine would only lead to a hangover........ :unsure:

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The Phil and Looby Show (day 2)

No smoking day 2. Fine so far- actually really good. Monday in the Parking Unit is not a good day- phone goes none stop. The only blip I had was at 2.15 this afternoon with a "idiot" - I use the word for little eyes (get my meaning ) who wanted a permit for parking after getting a penalty charge notice. He had a go at me. BIGGGGG mistake. Mood turned blacker than the sky from a supercell from France. This was the conversation. "You want a beat message" -Me "Yeah- I can't get to your office. It's your fault mate" -him "Well I posted your permit- have you checked your neighbours (he lives in flat in a block)" -me "Nah can't be bothered" - me "Your car registration plate SIR" me Gives me car reg "Got a pen sir?" - me "Can't be bothered to get one" - him "Well I CAN'T BE BOTHERED TO GIVE YOU DISPENSATION..... S I R". -me (my team hiding at this point laughing! ) " Your name mate" -him "Phil Durrant" - me "I'll report you and come and sort you out"- him "Thank you for calling" - me- drags out puffer and nicroette cartridge. I inhale deeply and think nice thoughts. And yes he came in to see us but my cashier calmed him down. Last week that would have been 2 fags and a cup of coffee. Today was a puffer, a bag of Dorittos(cold flavour) and some fizzy water! I feel a non smoker. Just! :lol:

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The New Traffic Management Act

The world of Parking is changing. Currently Plymouth City Council works under the Road Traffic Act 1991- with Parking Attendants and Penalty Charge Notices. However from 31 March, it all changes with the Traffic Management Act 2004 coming in and all the legal wording changes. By the way, we have no option but to do this- its under orders of central government that we must do this. So everything has to be changed- all paperwork, rules, regulations have to be relearnt and rewritten. Parking Attendants will become Civil Enforcement Officers ( no we won't be reporting dog poopies). And we've only had 3 months to prepare for this. Actually we're doing really well, new PCN done, paperwork nearly ready to order, training organised (given we have 100 staff thats not easy to organise). Speaking to other councils, they haven't even started to think about this- and given that IF they don't do this, they cannot enforce come the 31 March parking could be in the news even more! For example, there is a council in the Midlands (same size as Plymouth) who rang me on Friday and asked what they had to do for the 31 March. When I told them what we've been doing for the last 3 months, you could hear the panic down the telephone. Espically when I warned them, that all the stationary had to approved by 6pm that same day (this was at 3pm!) Oh and feeling a tad shaky on the ciggies front today- but patch on and only doing the ironing and going for a jog later on.

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The Apprentice

Dum da dum da dum da Dum da dum da dum daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa Dum da dum da dum da Dum da dum da dum daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa It's The Apprentice Opening night series 4. :lol: (yes it's a reality show, but it's the master one in my eyes)

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Tattoos

Tattoo's does it get into the blood?

I have 5 currently. I'll list by location and date

1- Owl in blue flames. On right hand side by appendix. Hurt like hell but for Sheffield Wednesday my team. Oddly since done in 1999 Wed have gone up in flames and in the s***e. Good luck symbol, not.

2_ Chinese symbol meaning Tiger. Upper left arm my Chinese birth symbol for year.

3_ Chinese symbol meaning lucky. Upper left arm above number 2. Done after I came out of hospital in 2000 after I'd been given 10% of living in intensive care following illness.

4- Southern TV logo. Upper right arm. 2002. Done on a drunkern night out. My Dad Closed Southern Down at the transmitter.

5- 07-07-07 On right shoulder blade. My Civil Partnership day/wedding day. Done after the event on a cocktail of not nice drugs. Hurt like hell.

So the question is.-Do I have another? And if so where?

LOL

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Stopping Smoking..... Any Ideas!

So here's 2006. We've taken the dec's down, and are in the process of stripping the home from bottom to top, cleaning, bleaching, the usual. So 2006 resolutions are 1- Not to get stressed at work 2- To stop smoking 3- To run the Manchester 10k in May and the Glasgow 1/2 Marathon in September. The second one starts tomorrow, on my return to work. Then we can start training for the Manchester run.

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Stomach Bug And Snow

I'm off sick today, got a nasty stomach bug, of which the details are just too gruesome to explain. However it is nice not to worry about people ringing me and moaning at me........ SO, the burning question is, will it snow? Managed to get the dogs out for a walk yesterday on the Woodhead railway line, and even our friends who can with us couldn't believe just how cold it was. The hills have got a "blue" look to them at the moment, and the last time they looked like that was February. We had 25 cms then, and I feel that the same could happen again by Thursday. If it does- then I'll post some pics. Back to me boiled water, hey it's all fun! :unsure:

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Snowed In

Well what a day! Put GMTV on at 6am to hear the words snow on the Peak District today. Looked out the window to NOTHING, but icy windowscreen. Anyway got to work for 730, and thought nothing of it, other than, a long Monday ahead. Then I got the call that changed the day. "Phil it's me, you'd better come home, it's snowing badly". Thanks Daz i thought. And to be honest, the roads out of Rotherham were clear. Started thinking dark thoughts like "idiot getting me home, theres no snow". But as I went through Stocksbridge (snowy roofs) Midhopestones (snow on the walls) and onto the Woodhead Pass, I thought, "OK it's not good, but nothing to give me problems". Then I got on the road to Glossop and home. I have never been so scared in my life, so much snow, lorry nearly going into me, no grip, anything. After 6 nasty/near misses, I abandoned the car at the end of the road and walked home. "Told you it was bad", was Daz's comment. My thought was to grab the malt whiskey I was keeping for Xmas. Drank 2 rather large glasses, to stop the shaking (not just the cold). Had brought some work home did that in an hour , and took the dogs out for a walk. Took the following photos hope you enjoy them. As for work tomorrow. With 4 inches of lying snow and -4c for tonight, I won't be going in early.......... Enjoy the snow if you've got it. P :unsure:

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Sleep

Ever get a week when you've worked yourself to a standstill? I am so tired tonight it's not true. Comes from having no money for car parking---- pay day at midnight yippie. However I've been getting up for work at 530am all week as a result just so I can get free parking. Weather was really icy this morning, and I did skid on the back roads to the Woodhead pass, luckily I did keep my speed low. Left work at at quarter to four tonight, as I thought the roads would get worse. I was right, just had the sea king overhead. That only means one thing, an accident on the Woodhead. Given the frost outside now, I'm not surprised. That road is a nightmare even in good weather, just hope nobody's been killed. Oh and it's Little Britain tonight. Or in my case, tomorrow night on DVD after a few jars

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Simple Pleasures

OK- a another new noval thing. A Sunday morning lie in. So lie until 10am.Then another old friend rediscovered- "Something for the Weekend" on BBC2 at 10am. A perfect TV programme for a Sunday morning in your dressing gown with the Sunday Times (me) and the News of the World (Darren and me secretly ) Then a nice fry up breakfast, followed by taking the dogs for a long walk around Saltram House estate (National Trust) here in Plymouth on a cold crisp dry day with some sunny periods. Home to a home made Cream Tea (treat and cheaper than National Trust) Plus now Top Gear on Dave Channel and a glass of cold Soave. I have missed our Sundays. No more smelling of beer with a hangover from Sat night working. So thats a lie in, a fry up, good TV to watch with the Sunday paper, a walk with the dogs in beautiful parkland on a cold winters day, a treat and a damn relaxing day. The simple things in life cannot be beaten. Ever.

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Sickyness

Knee really bad- back to work today after 2 days off. Not good. Plus an operation to come. I'm scared. Really scared :lol: The last time I had an operation, I spent 10 days in ICU on life support. The thought of an operation is really freaking me out now. I'm going to go to councilling about it to try and help me out.

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Should you giggle at a funeral?

Sadly a great friend of ours lost his Aunt last week, and we went to her funeral this afternoon. Kath was 91. It was all fairly somber, and both Darren and myself cried during the early part of the service. Then came the last hymn after the committal at the crem. The song was "All things bright and beautiful". Now I know all the words to this classic hymn, having had to sing it every morning at primary school, and as the hymn started, it looked like Darren did too. So I put the hymn book down. By the time it came to the 3rd verse, I could see from Darren's face he was clearly looking at the book for the words (so much for him knowing the words). So I did the first thing I could think of. I closed the hymn book. :lol: Suddenly from singing all the words, he started going la la la la Then started giggling. Loudly. Which set me off. I honestly thought we'd got away with giggling at a funeral, until Mike came up to us at the wake and asked why we'd been giggling at his Aunt's funeral. When we told him the story, he burst out laughing saying- "that's help make my day- Kath loved a laugh." He proceeded to tell all at the wake the story, and they all agreed that was a funny thing to do. Kathleen Muriel Harvey 1916-2008. Rest in Peace.

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Shingles

I have woken up and according to NHS Direct I have shingles. I haven't been feeling too well for a couple of days now- but the itchiing is awful.

I had chicken pox when I was 6, so this is certainly shingles.

Doctors tomorrow.

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Saturday nights from then till now

After the funeral yesterday and about 3 hours sleep last night and 6 hours the night before, I'm tired today. I'm having a glass of wine and a Nytol. :lol: Blimey what happened to Sat nights out drinking till 3am?? It's called life and helping friends out. And it beats clubbing by thousands to one. Everytime.

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Review Of The Year 2008

Well as I'm transferring the Calendar dates onto the new 2009 one, lets have a review of 2008.

Not a bad year overall. There have been some good and bad points.

Good Points.

1) Changing jobs to be Civil Enforcement Officer. Yes its not good when cold and wet, but pay is the same as the old office job which stressed me out and I do love the work!
2) Holiday in New Forest (first week of May). Little did we know, that was as good as the weather was going to get. 23c in New Milton and getting the only suntan of the summer!
3) Moving house. Stressful, but nicer to be closer to town.
4) Making new good friends. Clifford and Dave, Stu and James. Good guys all of them

Bad Points.

1) My knee was a problem in the Summer, but I have to live with that
2) The amount of alcohol I was drinking by the summer due to old job. Not a good time.
3) The failure to stop smoking. It has to go in 2009
4) The weather. No real summer and no real snow seen in 2008. 2009 must be better!

There we have it. Mixed fortunes. Working tomorrow so will only be out from 11pm onwards.

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Rest in Peace

After 4 years of tireless hard work my iron has finally died. In quite spectacular fashion (no pun intended)- it has managed to fuse the house totally However, this means I cannot do my weekly chore until pay day. - will I get away with creased shirts at work??

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Projection Screen TV

There was one big advantage from the pub closing- we took the Projection Screen TV- which means 82 inch square screen. In our lounge! I don't need glasses to watch the football results anymore Mind you scary thing is that you can see Sharon Osbournes staple marks from the all the plastic surgery

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Plymouth 1/2 Marathon

I have signed up to do the Plymouth half marathon. I currently have problems running for a bus- let alone running 13 1/4 miles. Including hills. I have 18 weeks to prepare. I need my head looking at. A friend asked me last night- how long to you think it will take you. My honest answer is hopefully under 6 days. and smoking will have to go..... Therefore this blog will become my training blog from tomorrow.

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