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The Woodhead Pass

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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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Facebook

Facebook.

Odd beast. Yes you can be become friends with people you know very well and love, but equally out of the blue, someone clicks on your profile and asks to be your friend.

Nothing unusual, until you realise that this person generally made your life unhappy via bullying some 15 plus years ago. OK they may have changed as we get older, but do you accept them as friends????

Bit of an odd one that.......

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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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2009

2008 End of Year Party done.

1st fry up of 2009 eaten at 4am this morning on way home.

1st New Years resolution broken at 4pm this afternoon (had a brandy).

1st broken tooth of 2009 (hence brandy).

Back to normal tomorrow!!!!!

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Christmas Lights- Chav style

My house is on an ex council estate. Until today it was the only house on the estate without any lights outside. It was decided that this made our house worse than some of the others. So I've invested in some lights from Wilkinsons for £4.99. Given the gales forecast for tonight, it may be £4.99 down the drain Oh and here's the Christmas Tree circa 2007!!!

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End Of 2008

Quote Sarah Kennedy. BBC Radio 2. End of each radio show!

"Gather tomorrow............................... if spared"


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Tired

Very very tired.

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

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A door closes

Last night during a fab party at our pub, both Darren and myself made a big decision. We decided to close the pub down. It was a wedding present from our partnership in the summer. We have broken even- but the rent and cost of stock have hit hard. The smoking ban has hit harder. Since 1st July the 3 pubs in the area around us have closed, as they didn't have the courtyard like us. But with 2 weeks to Christmas,even the amount of customers have dropped below the "normal" level. Hence at 11pm talking to my oldest mate Rachel of 14 years I looked at her and said "don't lie to me, it isn't working is it?". She responded with a kiss and hug and said "No". Yes we could have borrowed to survive, but it that worth it? Debt and stress when it's quiet in January and February? So with pride hurt we walk away. As I played on the juke box last night the Walker Brothers song- No Regrets. Theres no regrets No tears goodbye I don't want you back We'd only cry. But as a door closes a new one will open- of that I'm certain.

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Confessions

I have been married for 3 months. I will probably be filing for divorce after today. My "husband"- and I currently use that word lightly- didn't manage to come home last night. When I found him in the pub at lunchtime he was 4 parts to the wind and told me he'd had a lovely night in the local Holiday Inn with a another guy. Then to make matters when better- he tells me this the sixth time this has happened in the 6 years we've been together. So after 4 hours of finding out this information - I even had to put the cheating sod to bed he was so drunk, I feel totally empty, hurt and well like crying. :wub: :o I've tried to eat but it hurts like hell. The one thing I will not do is get drunk. Just as my depression was lifting as well. I'm going to talk to friends now.

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Last day and a sad ending

Today is our last full day in Glossop. Left work yesterday, and had a serious panic atack in the middle of my presentation- so much so, my boss thought i was having a heart attack. :o It was a combination of no food,stress and too much beer the night before, but boy has it scared me. Think I'll see a doctor as soon as a get home to Plymouth. Wish us luck, as we move some 300 miles south, back home. :lol: :lol:

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4 Days to Go

Well my last true day of work before the do. Usual stuff, clearing stuff up- writing letter to customers that I should have done months ago (Sorry Relate group in Plymouth)- sorting out Boats and Moorings stuff - (hey if you park a car you must park at boat as well- hence my new additional job title to Senior Parking Officer - Assistant Harbourmaster! ) and then.... at 445 just I was getting ready to go, the whole unit came into my section with an enormous bag of presents. I couldn't believe it- after all I've only been there 9 months and hey I don't need any more knifes (enough in my back). When I blubbed thanks to everybody- my boss looked at me and said "Phil you're a really nice guy and we all love you". :wub: So looking forward to Saturday, they all said they're coming to the party after the wedding. Thanks guys! :wub:

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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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Lovely Day - Rotten Ending (could Swear But Won't)

OK so day splits into 2

Normal daytime, got the ceiling decs up (via Jeremy Kyle and Trisha). Helped Darren's mother (my mother in law) sorted a loft of winter clothing out and charity shop stuff out.

And then had chinese take away. Till 1 hr ago.

And Kieron came over. Our mate Dave over the road has been burgled. Badly. So a lovely day has ended with a mate in pain. In his words he "feels like he's been raped". That not words. His. Poor Dave has lost TV, DVD, Camera, Pixil Camera, his lounge cushions"?!?!!" and his Jaguar sports bag from school. D+C police been round but not a chance of getting anything.

And to copp it worse? He's off to Brussels tomorrow morning on hols at 6am. Poor Sod.


Sorry if I swore I would, but I could spit. 2 hrs out for a drink with us and this happens........

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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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New job!

I am now a fully fledged Parking Attendant again.

I love it. Not working until Wed now. A lovely long weekend!!!!

(PS if you live in Plymouth, please be nice to me- I'm a good guy. Honest)

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34 tomorrow

Tomorrow is my birthday. I will be 34. I asked Darren "How did I get to be 34?" He replied "You should have been drowned at birth!" :unsure: With some of the things I did in 20's maybe he's got a point. At least I'm off work tomorrow. Good ole Flexi

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Day 8

I have been to the Doc's. No, still not smoking, but went for a training run yesterday for a 10k I've signed up for. And tore my hamstring behind by left knee . Doc thinks I'll be fine, just hope that it heals before 4th May.

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Day 26....

"Geordie accent" In the Big Brother house. :lol: Hard day today- had the management late- not good. So tired and fed up. Forgot puffer (fag substitute), so ate 3 red biros all now have red mouth. Nothing to say bar- here I am!

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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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Blimey 3 weeks!

Day 21 Still no smoking. Yet ironically feeling ruddy awful- certainly Thursday and yesterday. Developing a nasty cough- a good sign that the chest is clearing slowly. Having a quiet weekend at home- spring cleaning now. Smelt the bedroom curtains this morning- yuk they are coming down for a wash today. Now all I have to do is get Darren to paint the whole house. But he can do that next weekend!!

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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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Man Flu

:unsure: I have a cold/man flu/bird flu Delete depending on your sympathy. At least I slept for 11 hours last night.

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Depression

I have been dianogised with Depression and Anxiety- and finally I've recognised that I need help. It all came to a head on Saturday night, when I did somethings which I deeply regretted. I won't go into details, only my close friends have never been so worried about me and told me straight on Sunday/Monday to go off sick. My Doctor has been fantastic and has told me that I will in this for the long haul and he has given me a tablet called Citalopram. The ironic thing which I couldn't get is that I should be so happy at the moment having only been married for less than 2 months- but again my Doc has told me that depression can hit at any time. If the weather stays nice, I will be doing some things which I have forgotten to do. Like sit in the garden and read and do crosswords. More importantly, I want to be me again.

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Civil Partnership Plans (28days to go)

Darren and I get "Civil Partnershiped" 4 weeks today. Frankly we need a wedding planner. Or a Civil Partnership planner. You name it, it's gone wrong lately. The wedding party was to be held at our best mates pub. He took it over last September. Then 5 weeks ago this happened..... See below. Yup the glass washer set the whole pub up in flames. We've spent hours trying to sort things out- washing cleaning, but the insurance company have finally decided to rebuild. Luckily the fire crew got Dave the landlord out and his partner. So we have to redo all the invites tomorrow. Thankly the pub down the road is having us free of charge. I will never complain about council tax again. I don't mind paying for the fire service at all now. So we're off to see what the new pub can offer for our big day. Wish us luck Wyndham Arms, Stonehouse, Plymouth. 1826- 12th May 2007. Reopening in December (after light dusting!!!! )

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