Well hello there…

Hello to everyone, and welcome to 2015.
I hope you all had a very happy Christmas and an even better new year.

For myself, it was busy but I enjoyed the festivities, and I must say I even managed not to get drunk at our new years eve party, which has got to be a first.

Over the last couple of months or so, I have been hard at work bringing the site upto speed with updates.
Over the Christmas period I had taken most “side” parts to the site offline. The blog being one, but also Chuckles n Such.
Having noticed a number of duplicated images, I shut the site down, removed all the images and have begun the time-consuming process of checking for duplicate images as well as preparing all the new images.
The site should hopefully be up and running again soon.

As for my personal health update, over the xmas season I had unfortunately managed to get the dreaded “lurg”.
A sickness bug is currently working its way around and sadly, it has affected my eldest child Caitlin and my youngest Jack and it would seem it was my turn shortly after. I felt so ill, headaches, hot and cold shivers, painful sinuses and bodily aches adding up to quite a miserable time.
Still, I’m on the mend and my only problem is now, is trying to stay awake!
I’m not sure if it’s the medication I’m on or just that the “staying at home” is becoming so tedious and “samey” it’s sending me into an endless spiral of tiredness.

Anyway, as I say I hope you all had a good Christmas time and I hope 2015 will bring you all you deserve and want.

All the best…

~ Roy


Where have I been???

If you been over to RBCJ-Hub lately, you will have seen a post where I touched briefly about how everything about the site etc has suffered due to ill health.

I thought I would update in more detail as to the situation.

A couple of weeks ago, I woke up struggling to breath, and every time I tried to walk anywhere, I had severe pains in my chest and side causing me to quickly get out of breath.

Panicking, I asked my wife to ring 101. The paramedic arrived and did all the routine checks etc, after about 10 minutes the ambulance crew arrived and after a short conflab with the paramedic, they decided to give me gas and air to relieve the pain, alongside codeine & paracetamol.

The pain subsided enough for me to board the ambulance and be taken to Barnsley General Hospital.
On the way, I asked what the problem could be (as rather stupidly, I left it and left it thinking it was a chest infection, lesson learned!).
Of course, they could only speculate with the symptoms I had described.

Waiting in A&E for what seemed like an eternity with my brother (god bless him for coming and meeting me at hospital) I was told I needed several blood tests.
I can’t really say what I thought, but to put it politely, I thought “Oh dear”.
After 35 years, this was my first ever blood test, and I’m scared of needles…
Now I will just clarify something, I say I am scared of needles and certainly the first thing the doctor said,
“How can you be scared of needles when you have tattoos?”, and simply my reply was, “I was pissed!”

In short, throughout the course of the day, I had 8 needles! (not much to some, but enough for me).
Trying to get blood from my wrists to test blood gases (or something like that) and blood from my arms. The reason I had so many, was, well, in short they couldn’t find a suitable vein lol…

After spending 10 and a half hours in hospital (A&E (Accident and Emergency) and AMU (Acute medical unit)) I was sent home. Yey…or not.

The suspicion of blood clots was believed to be the cause of everything, but they could not confirm this at that moment.
As they suspected blood clots, they had to treat me as such and start treatment right away to get a “head start”. In addition, I had to go to DVT for a daily blood test to monitor my INR (international normalized ratio).
Click here for more information on INR.
My INR was very low, 1.1 in fact, my therapeutic range is between 2-3. My blood was too thick, so I was given a regular (daily) injection into my stomach of Clexane. Great, more needles…

After a week or so of this action being taken, I had to have a scan on my lungs which involved laying flat on a ‘table’ and have a very noisy ‘polo mint’ type machine scan my lungs after they had injected me with a special (radioactive) dye.
The medical staff’s suspicion was confirmed. I have indeed got blood clots on both my lungs and I had suffered a Pulmonary Embolism.

Anyway…Having overcome my fear of needles (and pretty bloody quickly! (no pun intended)), as mentioned, I now have to attend regular blood tests to continue monitoring my INR, and continue on a prescribed anti-coagulant ‘Warfarin’.
So far my INR has fluctuated from 1.1 to 4.0 over the last month, but at least I am only having to go to hospital about once or twice a week now.

So, there you have it. My month in a nutshell…
Despite the seriousness of the condition, I am quite well in myself. I have a few pains and twinges now and again, occasionally I have to walk with a stick to support myself if I get breathless when I’m out and about, but other than that I am fine.

Just as a side note, after 6 months I have to be screened for something called “Factor 5 Leiden“, which is a genetically inherited blood disorder. It basically means, my blood is trying constantly to clot.

Exciting perhaps…

Over the last couple of months a lot has changed.
Through my own choice, I am now a stay at home dad having quit work to support my wife. As my wife is her fathers full time carer, its made it an extra strain, and so with that followed my resignation.
Sad to leave, but family come first.
Of course this also means I will be attempting to update my sites quicker and more often, although, my luck in this area has been a little less than “nothing”.
However, we shall see over the coming months…

Times are a changin’

And so I start work tomorrow. I must admit I’m a little apprehensive. Maybe it’s because I’ve gotten used to being at home and the fact I wanted to stay at home to bring up Jack.
I’m not saying that I won’t work, it’s just I had little time with Caitlin when she was born because I spent most of my time at work. I just didn’t want to miss out this time.
Maybe I am being selfish, but I can’t help the way I feel. I had such plans but as most of the things in my life, they’re dashed.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not having a go at anyone, such as babs my wife. It’s the situation that screwed us over.
I suppose in one way it would be nice to start afresh but who knows?
We shall see…

More reasons to prove this country is turning to shit

This idiotic and pathetic government are driving people into poverty, nothing new there.
But a new tactic the DWP have imposed is stricter control over the JSA claimant.
Basically and in short, the DWP can restrict payments if you do not apply for or attend work based activities. In addition if you leave a job voluntarily or be sacked from a job for misconduct, you will have your money stopped for up to 3 years, depending how many times you offended. But, what if you’re sacked from an unscrupulous employee who marks it as gross misconduct etc.
I agree with some of the policy, in regards to people getting JSA but not seeking work, they should be stopped.
The thing I disagree with is the whole JSA agreement. I have (personally) been FORCED into signing an agreement that could/would cause issues at home etc. They have said, as I rely on public transport, they have told me I can travel for up to 90 minutes. This is forcing me to look too far a field, as they think point A to point B is within 90 minutes, but don’t take into consideration the length of the journey, routes the bus takes etc. But if I refuse to look for a job they consider is within 90 minutes or I don’t apply for what they tell me about, they can stop my money. They have even told me that I even have to consider (their word for forced) jobs that finish at 10pm. So worse case scenario, I finish at 10pm, have to travel 90mins so that’s 11.30pm, but considering my bus services’ last bus is 10.30pm, I would be stranded, unable to get home. I couldn’t even ask my wife to pick me up in the car, because we have 2 children that would be in bed.
After all this, these arseholes have had the audacity to say if I am unsuccessful in the work I’m looking for, I will be found work in a factory, and that’s basically tough shit.
So in short, the DWP are forcing people to take jobs they maybe no good at, or have no experience in, that may destroy your family life by stupid and unrealistic travel arrangements and destroy any dreams or aspirations you have of getting the job you want, just so they can ultimately say “unemployment down”.
Personally, I want a job, I don’t like living on benefits. I’ve worked most of my adult life and through no fault of my own I’ve been left without work, and feel degraded because I’m treated like those scroungers that get dole money to get pissed or stoned!
Absolutely disgraceful this country and what its become.
England is turning to shit, thanks to the powers that be…

Swearing at work memo

Dear Employees:

It has been brought to management’s attention that some individuals throughout the company have been using foul language during the course of normal conversation with their colleagues.

Due to complaints received from some employees who may be easily offended, this type of language will no longer be tolerated.

We do, however, realise the critical importance of being able to accurately express your feelings when communicating with colleagues.

Therefore, a list of 13 New and Innovative “TRY SAYING” phrases have been provided so that proper exchange of ideas and information can continue in an effective manner.

1. Try Saying: I think you could do with more training Instead Of: You don’t have a f***ing clue, do you?
2. Try Saying: She’s an aggressive go-getter. Instead Of: She’s a f***ing power-crazy b*tch
3. Try Saying: Perhaps I can work late Instead Of: And when the f*** do you expect me to do this?
4. Try Saying: I’m certain that isn’t feasible Instead Of: F*** off a*se-wipe
5. Try Saying: Really? Instead Of: Well f*** me backwards with a telegraph pole
6. Try Saying: Perhaps you should check with… Instead Of: Tell someone who gives a f***.
7. Try Saying: I wasn’t involved in the project. Instead Of: Not my f***ing problem, mate.
8. Try Saying: That’s interesting. Instead Of: What the f***?
9. Try Saying: I’m not sure this can be implemented within the given timescale. Instead Of: No f***ing chance mate.
10. Try Saying: It will be tight, but I’ll try to schedule it in Instead Of: Why the f*** didn’t you tell me that yesterday?
11. Try Saying: He’s not familiar with the issues Instead Of: He’s got his head up his f***ing a*se.
12. Try Saying: Excuse me, sir/mam? Instead Of: Oi, f*** face.
13. Try Saying: Of course, I was only going to be at home anyway Instead Of: Yeah, who needs f***ing holidays anyway.

Legendary Blonde Jokes…Just for fun

Before I start getting complaints, THESE AINT MINE!

  1. How does a blonde turn the light on after sex?
    “Opens the car door”
  2. What is it called when a blonde blows into another blondes ear?
    “Data Transfer”
  3. How do you make a blondes eyes light up?
    “Shine a torch in her ear!”
  4. Why do blondes wear knickers?
    “To keep their ankles warm!”
  5. What’s the difference between big foot and a blonde?
    “Big foot has been spotted on a number of occasions”
  6. What’s a blondes favorite nursery rhyme?
    Hump me, dump me”
  7. Why do blondes wear big hooped earrings?
    “To rest their ankles in”

She was so blonde…

  1. Got stabbed in a shot out
  2. Died of starvation in a supermarket
  3. Stared at a carton of orange juice coz it said “Concentrate”
  4. She sent a fax with a stamp on it
  5. She thought Boyz II Men was a day care centre
  6. She tried to drown a fish
  7. She tripped over a cordless phone
  8. At the bottom of the application form where it says “Sign here”, she put “Cancer”
  9. Studied for a blood test, and failed
  10. When she heard 90% of accidents occur around the home, she moved
  11. She thinks Taco Bell is a phone company
  12. When she saw the sign saying “Airport left” she turned round and went home
  13. She uses tipex when she makes a typing mistake on her computer
  14. Tried to buy a ticket to get on the “Soul Train”
  15. She cheered when she completed a jigsaw puzzle, why? because it said 2-3 years on the box, and she did it in 8 days

Another day…

Well, an eventful day.

After being dowsed in coffee at work (long story, but thanks Chris, no harm done aprt from smelling like a Nescafe advert ;op ) I come home to find that Penny, or Lucy what ever the hell we are calling our cat today, has come out to play and is finally getting used to her new home.

She becoming more confident in her new surroundings and even coming for cuddles, which is a bit of relief, as we though she may find it difficult to adjust.

Anywhoo, just random talky shite this evening, as I don’t have anything really interesting to say at the moment. Other than “Roll on the weekend!” that is.

Our new addition…

Yup, we have a new addition to our family.
A little girly cat!
There is some dispute at the moment with regards to its name, Babs wants to call it ‘Lucy’ and Caitlin wants to call it ‘Penny’ after my brothers puppy.
As for me, I don’t really care less. I don’t mean that in a nasty way, it’s just that I’ve yet to meet a cat that responds to it’s name being called.
Well, if our old cat ‘Lucky’ was anything to go by, he just responded to anything that sounded like food being put in his dish.

It’s been several hours since we brought her home, and she hasn’t moved a muscle from under the sofa. I hope she adjusts ok. We’ve tried to bribe it with cat treats that we bought, along with all the other stuff, but still no joy.

Dave (aka Gandalf the Grey), the guy we got her off said she doesn’t like cat boxes (the travel ones) as she associates those with going to the vets. I just hope that shes not too distressed with the ordeal of moving homes.

Other news, XPRunnerNG’s site is coming on a treat, a few for days if not weeks, should see the site up and running.
I’ve been busy this evening trying to get all the downloads sorted out. That was a right headache too…bloody WordPress Widgets, “easy to include”, MY ARSE!

Well, March is already upon us, where does the time fly?
Forgot to mention, Babs has got a new job, which is great…
Good luck in it too!!!

Well, gonna drink me brew and get to bed…zzzZZZ

As we continue…

So its snowing…again. Its a good job I’ve booked another holiday day off for Monday again…Yey me!

(Geez, I sound like that slack cow off of that stoopid American kid program now!)

My new Sky broadband should be activated as of the 12th, so no more crappy dongle problems.

Well, I’ve been really busy on the computer front…So far I’ve;

  • Sorted out 90+ CD-ROMs
  • Rigged in a complete wireless home network
  • Connected both PSPs to PS3 (Wireless Remote Play)
  • Started games site
  • Added Legacy to site (All old news etc)
  • Transferred a load of Audio cassettes to CD via PC
  • Started a new club mix…

So there you have it, I’ve been a busy bee…Please I’ve done a major upgrade to XPRunnerNG: Evolution, which should be online soon, along with a new and improved website.

I’ve still got alot to do, but I’m getting there.

Other news, a massive thank you to my Brother, who has very kindly bought me Overlord for the PS3 with expansion, so no doubt I’ll be otherwise engaged for a while!

My little babee has got her picture in the paper again, as part of the “new school starters”. It genuinely brought a tear to my eye, coz my ickle babee is growing up.

To change the conversation on its ass, I’m really annoyed the fact that Comodo Internet Suite (The one with everything, firewall, anti-virus etc) has took 1hr and 13 mins to update it’s database which was only updated 3 days prior to this.

What the hell?
You could blame a slow connection, however, I’m on a 7.2MB connection, so no that’s not it.
You could say their servers may have heavy traffic, yet again, no, as I have tried to update on several occasions through-out today and still the same.

Shame on you Comodo, and to think I recommended you…