Half term trip with family, back to old University stomping grounds.
1. Black country living museum- 8/10. Excellent place, with rebuilt and original buildings, houses, school, engineering kit, workshops etc as well as a "mine" to experience. Volunteer actors well informed and excited about their subjects. 30s chip shop- still frying and making a very fine lunch. 30s pub. Fantastic.
2. Dudley Canal tunnels trip- 8/10 again. Fantastic atmospheric trip through history and some beautiful old caves and caverns.
3. Akrams Balti - Pershore road- 7/10. Fine table naans. Good "brown sweet" style balti curry (non brummies probably wont even know what I mean by that bu its good). Fine offie opposite for supplies.
4. Cadbury World- disappointing and poor value for money really. 5/10.
During the last fortnight I have had the pleasure of seeing Gavin Williams playing for Merthyr against Frome Town.
He did the second half and appears to be involved in coaching now. Still has quick feet and was fairly instrumental in changing the game. Played up front, more or less.
Then yesterday I watched Asmir Begovic's younger brother in goal for Paulton Rovers. made a couple of decent saves, but really can't kick. Seems to be a thing with academy keepers- they seem to be so firmly coached to look for the short balls out to play a passing game from the back, that they lack some of the basic ability to give it a good clog from a backpass...
Good luck to the Town today, and I hope all the supporters who turn out have a footballing day as good as mine has been!
With my chosen game rained off, I was a semi-neutral at the entirely appropriately named "Coalfield Classico" where Radstock Town (the Miners) beat Welton Rovers 3-0.
The pitch was a wonderful mud-bath, the crowd noisy and cheerful.
Within 2 minutes, a robust Radstock clearance had dislodged a neighbouring house's drainpipe. On around 10 minutes, I was able to take the ball down on half way with one deft touch from a long defensive punt and get it back to the waiting player for the throw in with my second- earning a comment of "great touch" from the Radstock left back. Always nice when that happens...
Radstock's first goal was a well taken free kick, but the second was a clever back heel (Pabloesque) from the penalty spot, by an overweight striker. Wonderful to see.
Before the 2nd half started, the linesman came out early having lost the dressing room key from his pocket. He then proceeded to scour the touchline (which was deep in churned mud such that the line was pretty much obscured), eventually recovering the errant lock-opener from under half an inch of muck near the half way line.
Welton proceeded to hit the post and the angle. A shot each side came off the underside of the bar and bounced off the line- when they could just as easily have 'plugged'
Second half was understandably scrappy, the rain having started again. Radstock got a late third.
Finally, I had the guilty entertainment of watching people trying to get out of the grassy overflow car-park. I'd parked some way down the road to avoid the likely chaos of wheel spinning, mud-spraying and innnebriated good samaritans trying to push people out and landing flat in the mud.
Has the proper separation between Openreach and BT happened yet? Service still seems awful.
3 weeks ago now, our fibre broadband speed (after weeks of drop outs) dropped one morning to 1.5mbps. Its been like that ever since.
After various investigations, my ISP arranged for a BT engineer who came yesterday. We have had to agree to pay £160 if the issue is (in their view) not BT's side of the socket. We've had to take time off work to be in because the slots they offer are weekdays only- between 8 and 1 or 1-6. They dont offer to pay OUR costs for time off, when it turns out to be their fault...
Engineer tells the wife yesterday there is nothing wrong. Claims he gets a 20mbps connection from the master socket and the problem must be that we;ve had the router on an extension. In fact, I put it through the master socket for several days as a test before the engineer was called, with no improvement....
So having spoken to the ISP this morning, theyir view was that if BT are getting that through the master socket, the next problem must be the router. Its an 18 month old £100+ piece of kit but hey ho, off I go to Argos to buy a new router.
Connect it all up and guess what... Line is still synchronising at less than 2Mbps, through the master socket, with a new router. No change. No improvement.
My ISP's comment this afternoon was that the engineer was either entirely incompetent or lying...
No way I can watch any of it without a BT Broadband subscription. Ridiculous. They are well on the way to destroying the support base, especially amongst younger people, for cricket, for short term financial gain.
At least when stuff is on Sky I can use the Now TV service and pay for the bits and pieces Im interested in as and when.
Not great, but decent and I think we were the better team.
After the goal, we reverted to type and were largely poor. Stopped winning the second balls and offered very little.
The attacking subs were way too late. McGoldrick had a poor game imo- though he was largely having to play as a battering ram which isnt his game. Lack of any pace was very apparent throughout the team.
Better than before Painful lack of guile and speed Same result again
The wife has a question for the twtd intelligentsia.... I don't claim to understand it.
"I need help doing a count of customers based on a conditional formatting. I.e. how many customers are in the 'yellow' cells in a column. I've tried =CountCcolor(x:y,z) but the result comes back as zero. I ran the module on the VBA. There is Zutool but I'm not sure I can install at work.
There was a background colour but I need the conditional formatting to say where the info is coming from.
I think its about time I upgraded my rig- but haven't done anything of that sort for a good few years now and am somewhat out of touch.
I've often found that the builds suggested in PC Gamer magazine have been useful- but currently their bidget build is real bargain basement, and then the mid range one massively more expensive. Im wondering if there is some sensible middle ground... Their budget suggestions are a Pentium G4560 for £50 with a 4gb GTX 1050 for £135. Their mid range is a Ryzen 5 for £150 (fair enough perhaps) coupled with a GTX 1070 8GB for £350...
I have a Phenom 2- X4 955 processor which still is pretty decent for its age, but probably ought to go. If thats the case, then I am looking at the whole rig rather than just chucking in a new GPU.