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The end of a decade…

Happy New Year…. New Decade EVERYONE!

This last one was like a shower with a mixer tap that just can’t make its mind up if it is hot or cold.

The worst of times, the best of times – all in the last ten years. I haven’t had a ten year stretch that has had such extremes.

Ryan – who was nearer a brother to me than a friend, died. – I got married.  – My Dad passed away.  – Alex was born.  – We lost house deal after house deal, money hand over fist, before we finally settled. – We gained 3 cats but lost one. –  I had to leave a job due to medical conditions (now cleared up).  – Met new friends, great friends –  Left another job after a works injury was shrugged off and left us on the edge of losing the house….and then landed in the great job I am in now. – I started shooting and got the highest awarded proficiency the NSRA give, won a few competitons… then had to quit shooting due to the works injury.  – I lost the last family member from my Dad’s family tree that had grown up with him and who had all the missing answers.  – Boilers failed leaving the house below freezing, water tanks ruptured flooding the loft!  – The family car was written off… Too much other stuff went down and up and up and down to mention – but it was a roller coaster.

Things I wouldn’t change for the world – and things I would do anything to change…

Hot. Cold. Hot. Cold. Hot. Cold.

Things have settled down – One day at a time.

Here’s hoping the plumbing is sorted for the next ten years – it would be good to have a bit of middle ground for once.


The best gift ever

Time ticks away as we get ready for Alex’s 3rd Christmas.

Last year was the first one that had him getting excited, but still not too aware as to what it was all about. This year he’s starting to enjoy the lights and run up decorations – although I think it’ll be next year when he starts to really get excited before Christmas.

I’m looking forward to seeing his face light up with the toys we have bought him. I couldn’t spend as much as I would have liked as my work have me on reduced pay after my work related back injury. Yes, that has put a real dampener on things, especially as times are tight anyway, but you just have to play the hands you are dealt – and the next hand might be a winning one, so you just have to keep moving forward.

The best gift will always be seeing his happy face, so Christmas is all for him.

The other day on the way back from Mill Lane Fiat (picking up the repaired works Multipla), we dropped into the Aldershot Military Museum so Alex could see some tanks! He even ended up with some toy soldiers!


Poison beans at Tesco

Tesco own (Dalepak produced) Mexican style veggie bean burgers have been flagged up as illegal!

http://www.food.gov.uk/enforcement/alerts/2008/oct/dalepak

Yup, as we went through the checkout the burgers flagged up as illegal, which was annoying, as they haven’t stocked them for the last month, and we used to like them…

The staff had no idea why the warning flashed up on the till, but a quick Google search shows that at the beginning of October the product had a Government warning issued. The red beans in some batches were undercooked, which left high levels of Lectin – one of the top ten causes of food poisoning… and a cause of cancer!

This poses the questions: Why did Tesco put them back on the shelves and why, if it has such a warning, was it left to be flagged on the checkout instead of being removed from the shelf? Muppets.

Product recall notice

FROZEN VEGETABLE BEAN BURGERS

DALEPAK – 4 Spicy Bean Quarter Pounders
Best before end JAN 2010, codes 8203 & 8204 only.

GRASSINGTON’S – Spicy Bean Burgers
Best before end DEC 2009, codes 8174 & 8175:
Best before end JAN 2010, codes 8196, 8197, 8211 & 8212.

TESCO – Meat Free 4 Mexican-style Bean Burgers
Display until APR 2009 / Best before JUL 2009,
codes 8182 & 8183 only.

This statement was taken from one Gov. site:

Dalepak Foods, the UK food group, has recalled three types of frozen spicy bean burger due to the presence of the toxin lectin in under processed kidney beans.

The company said lectin is a natural toxin in uncooked kidney beans but that it can cause stomach aches and vomiting.

Packets of Dalepak 4 Spicy Bean Quarter Pounders on sale at Iceland and Somerfield stores are affected. The affected batches have codes of 8203 and 8204 and a best-before date of January 2010.

The recall also covers Grassington’s 4 Spicy Bean Burgers on sale at Morrisons and The Co-operative Group. The products have a best-before date of December 2009 – with batch codes 8174 and 8175 – and January 2010, with four batch codes – 8196, 8197, 8211, 8212.

The recall also covers a third product – Tesco Meat Free 4 Mexican Style Bean Burgers. The batch has a best-before date of July 2009 and a “display until” date of April 2009.

No other Dalepak products are known to be affected.

An update on my back: Today is just terrible. I ache throughout my back, and feel like my lower back is about to “let go” – a bit like the game of “Kerplunk” – any moment it feels like it will give out.

I think I slept awkwardly, but as I was so tired I didn’t get woken due to the discomfort. Since I first damaged my back at work I haven’t had a good nights sleep because one false move or roll just sets of a sharp painful back related wake up call. This means I’m pretty exhausted as sleep is very disrupted. Pah.


Damn it all to Heck

Moving a hardness testing machine in my car the other day I damaged my back. Now I’m signed off of work, and also unable to shoot in an annual contest this coming weekend, which has really annoyed me. Gutted.


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