Saturday 16th March 2002

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In the eight days that the first version was on show, there were around a thousand hits on it. The next issue started fast and furious (about fifty hits in twelve hours - sadly it dropped of then to around five hundred in eight days. I guess folk do not find my ramblings very interesting    .


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This weeks purchase
I have been quite good this week - not spent much brass at all !!

I bought a book when I visited an exhibition.

I renewed my subsription for a nice bit of software - it is called Digiguide it is a Television and Radio TimeTable - you just download the new programmes once a week - well worth the cost - less than two pence per day - it is at www.digiguide.com/

Ooopps - Ah yes and I nearly forgot, I bought some legs and castors. See below for an explanation.


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Visit to an Exhibition
When I awoke on Tuesday morning, the sun was shining and I thought "it is a day for me to be out and about". I had already got myself a ticket and badge to visit the Exhibition at the XML & Web Services event at the Queen Elizabeth conference centre in Westminster.

I live in a suburb on the west of London about 12 miles from Westminster which is in the centre of London. Driving there would have been madness - the decision was made to travel by public transport. I strolled towards a shop that sells One Day TravelCards (they allow unlimited Off Peak travel on the underground, busses and British Rail in Greater London) when I saw an advert in my local newsagent's window saying that they sold such tickets. In I went and said a one day travel card for zones 1 to 6 please - they said Eight Pound please - I paid them and thought it is normally only five pounds. That should have rung bells !!

I walked outside and caught a bus, showed my pass and travelled to Ealing Broadway Station - then the trouble started. I found that I had been sold a seven day Bus Pass. Not a very good start to the day !! I bought a one day travel card for zones 1 to 6 and paid my fiver !! I got on a District Line train and travelled to Westminster Underground station - an uneventful, even pleasant journey !!

The Exhibition did not open until 1230, so I had time to kill. I went into a pub very near to the Conference centre - bought a pint of Diet Coke (hypertensive diabetic you see!!) the downstairs restaurant was closed - this was another warning that I should have seen !! Went to the upstairs restaurant and ordered a Steak and Kidney Pie, Chips and Veg meal (damn the diabetes) - waited for thirty minutes. Got progressively more irritable. The meal came, the kidney was incredibly well hidden, the meal was sort of OK but bland, nothing special !!

Time to visit the exhibition, wandered across the road and registered (it is a lovely building - worth a visit) the exhibition was on the third floor I think. Something like 32 stands (two of them booksellers) walked around. Dutifully collected fliers and leaflets from the stands trying to look intelligent and deeply interested. The staff from only one stand took the trouble to speak to me, the others completely ignored me. The one that did speak was very nice and attentive but was selling a very complicate product that would never have been any use to me. The day was getting no better    !!

I bought a book and wandered of home.

When I got off the bus, I went into my local pub and bought another pint of diet coke - (still an hypertensive diabetic you see!!) -the barman Michael as ever asked "how was your day" - I told him. He delivered the final blow - he said that you need a London Transport PhotoCard to be able to use a seven day bus pass. You guessed it, I have not got one.

I think that I will cross Tuesday out of my memory    !!


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New stuff in Byers Writings
I added a new page for folk interested in creating web pages snippets.htm


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Links
Look at, and subscribe to www.textsafe.com

 

How many times did you have to do the Magic Card trick before you saw how it was done ???
You don't mean to tell me that you didn't try it     http://cs.bluffton.edu/~scoffman/magic.html - go on, give it a go.

 

You are on the Internet now - have you ever wondered what goes up and down the telephone line between your computer and the World Wide Web ? Download a free evaluation of CommView from Tamos Inc - you will be amazed.

 

Have you ever wondered what to give someone that already has everything ? Ask Richard - he will do something very special for you - usually quite quickly !!

 

Have a bit of fun - see your words in a spotlight !! Do try it, click here


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This weeks hotel
No hotel this week - just a pub !!

The Hare and Hounds
229 Ruislip Road,
Greenford,
Middlesex,
UB6 9RZ,
Telephone 020 - 8575 7240
This is no ordinary pub - it is much more an extraordinary public house.

I do not know what it is about the place, but the combination of all the things that it is, make it a smashing homely place to be - in short a lovely public house. It is worth travelling a few miles to enjoy it !!

It is run by Terry and Bernie Grierson, two folk that I am pleased to regard as good friends.

I do not think that I know much about the drinks side of licensed premises, but it must be good 'cos lots of folk do (drink there that is !!)
BUT
the food is to die for.
BUT
food is something I do know about !!

The range and size of the menu is astonishingly large.

If you do intend to go there to eat, it may be wise to telephone and check that Terry is in the kitchen at the time you visit. Mentioning that you heard about it on Byers website will do you no harm

Some long time ago, I put a web page up describing the then menu - it may be of interest to you click here to see it !!


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tele2
A couple of weeks ago, I told you about a fabulous service being offered by Tele2. The installation was booked for yesterday - they did not show !! More on this next week.

 

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Yesterday, I got a virus on my nuber one best Laptop - got rid of it - but it seems to have screwed up my email on this computer - damn and blast it !! Aint life a pig sometimes.


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Recommendations
In my spare time, I occasionally do some furniture, I love the feel of wood and generally end up feeling very satisfied (even if the results do not fully justify it) - I think that it may be theraputic !! I have taken it into my heart to make a couple of tables. There are two places that merit commendation

 

On thursday morning, I went for one of my infrequent haircuts. I go to
Nick Joachim.
18 Clayton Road,
Hayes,
Middlesex,
UB3 1AZ
Phone 020 8573 1853

It is a pleasant place to got to, lots of OK folk there - and they cut hair well - for men (there was a lady there have an haircut this time too). Thank you Nick and family.

I could nearly pass for being human after I have had an haircut !!

Nick and his two children run the shop - this shows the children Helen and Alex (Alex was not really asleep !!)