Sold Into Scientific Experimentation

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Today my friend Judy and I visited the School of Psychology at Birmingham Unversity to take part in a motor reflexes experiment, which is part of a study into misophonia.  It was a great opportunity to assist Jamie Adams with his investigations into the complex, also known as Selective Sound Sensitivity Syndrome. What is Misophonia?…


The Nerd Rages On

Home My convection heating started to leak gas a bit, causing a lingering gas-stench smell when I got in from work. I located a nearby gas engineer online and he came round and replaced my valves and my fan and I signed up for a service contract. Seems my system had not been serviced in…


It’s been a while…

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… since I made a post and I feel I am in need of confessional catharsis. Home All is well at home. I still have my beautiful furry friends. They went to the vets this week for immunisation boosters and flea and worm treatments. Bentley is 5kg and Pixie is 3kg, both normal for their…


Dice and Dragons

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The story of how I got to this milestone is convoluted but short. I took the plunge with eHarmony and spent weeks on there looking at all the sad old bald gits it was offering me. Not impressed with any of them. None of them contacted me, not once. The one guy I had a nice chat…


Parkrun and the Zombies

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I got fed up with the gym in the summer this year. I almost passed out too many times doing Les Mills BodyPump to enjoy it any longer. I did try Body Combat a couple of times but ugh, it’s rotten. I needed to be outside with the wind in my hair! Some nerdy friends…


I’m a vaper

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I bought a Personal Vaporiser this week. Also known as electronic cigarettes, e-cigs, APV and so on. Mine is a good model from a reputable website and for £20 I got a starter kit of battery, charger, vaporising unit and a small vial of liquid. My flavour of choice to start with is Tobacco Royale,…


Today I learned…

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(with thanks to Andrew W-D) Today I learned that Marmite was invented by a German. Today I learned that there is more fresh water in Earth’s lakes than there is in all of the clouds. Today I learned that, when diving, should you get chomped on by a giant clam, you can escape by just…


New hosting, new blog

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Excuse my dust while I open up a new website. The plan is to pop a paragraph on now and then when a subject strikes me. I can rant away here, or gush about things endlessly. And I can’t do that on Facebook without everyone commenting, judging, going off-topic and so forth. This is my…


Starting Over

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Life’s like that isn’t it? Just when you think you’re happy and settled, with a hope for the future, it falls down like a house of cards. Turns out that I wasn’t enough for the ex-SO and so, after a foolish retry at it, I let him go. Now I have to start all over…


Weight Loss Surgery

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I told you in March I had to quit smoking. This is why. In December 2011 I asked my GP to put me forward for gastric surgery for weight loss. That they did and funding was agreed by my local Primary Care Trust (PCT) for the NHS to pay for my op, normally up to…