All entries for September 2007

September 16, 2007


No – it’s not some kind of posh phrase for ‘tosh,’ but rather an acronym for the National Examination Board in Occupational Safety and Health – and I am going to be qualified under their National Certificate in Health and Safety for my new role as Local Health and Safety Advisor.

I don’t know when I am taking on the role yet (although I have taken on Display Screen Equipment risk assessments) but I am hoping that it shall be the end of October, when I shall have had a chance to a) catch up on DSE and b) get more settled and understanding of what is required. I.e. get David to show me anything and everything! To be honest, I’m not looking forward to it a great deal at the moment. The course is really hard, and very intensive, that’s not to say I can’t cope just that I’m going to be studying until December (when the exams are) and I already have a lot on what with the Mercury side of things. Damn it – I might have to take a stance and scale back the Mercury as I am supposed to be 35% H&S. We shall see.

Anyway – I’ve had homework every night this last week and have just finished writing a practice assessment for a workplace which is an exam I have to do at work in December before my written exams. I’m glad we get a chance to practice because I found it really hard to assess what level of risk something posed and also what was important enough for management to be informed. I await my results.

Also this weekend I went to see ‘3:10 to Yuma.” I have to say that I am not a big fan of Westerns, but I’m not sure if that is just my general aversion to black and white films, which most westerns are. So I was really really pleased with this remake. It was brilliant, a really good story with lots of action and a few Native Americans too (stereotypically bad people as always!) I was a little unsure about it when I first saw the trailer the other week, but have to say – great film – 4 stars!

September 13, 2007

Weekend antics

Well it’s been an age since the weekend but I have been very busy!

On Saturday Sanna and I went to the cinema to see ‘Two Days in Paris.’ I wasn’t sure about it when I read the review but as I am game for seeing most movies I thought what the hey. Turns out it was actually really really funny. The cat and the fois gras was hilarious!

On Sunday Sanna and I went to the Highland games in Peebles. We paid £5 for parking which we thought was excessive but it turns out that it covers your entrance too! Phew. We saw lots of bagpipe bands competeing, some highland dancing, as well as some ‘strongmen’ tossing the caber! It was a little cold though, so we didn;t stay for the prize giving. But we did have hot chocolate to try and warm us up! It was really good and I think bagpipe bands are kinda cool – I’m just not a fan of solitary bagpipes really…

Caber Toss

September 09, 2007

I saved a life… (ScotBlood)

Now I have to say I neither like nor see the point in having regional blood services. Surely if we have ‘National Blood Service’ then that is what it should be – national, all of the UK, but no – Scotland (as (annoyingly) with most things, has it’s own blood service, so I took myself along yesterday to register.

In Scotland they have dedicated donation centres, so I went along to the one in Edinburgh. After taking a number and registering my details at reception, I was to be treated like a brand new donor so had to be asked all the questions by the nurse, even though I’d filled out all the relevant questions on the form. I then had to have my haemoglobin tested, but not my left index finger, no no no – not in Scotland – they test the blood from your left ring finger. You don’t get a plaster either – just a swab to hold in place until you stop bleeding.

I then went through to give blood; skipping several people in the queue because it makes no difference to me which arm I donate from. So the phlebotomist came and inserted the needle and everything and I donated away. They have groovy little chairs to sit you in, not the fold up beds I am used to. Anyway, 465ml later and I am all done, needle removed and for this they did give me a plaster! Through to get some squash and a bit of a rest and I was all done!

They also have a ‘3 times a year promise’ and you get a gift when you make your third donation – they’re not great – I believe it’s a keying with a supermarket trolley on it. I have to wait for my Scotblood Donor card – but I don’t think it will be as good as my NBS one. Oh well. The good thing is they tell you when you can donate again – so for me – it’s the 1st December.

September 07, 2007

The new bedroom…

So I finally finished off painting the bedroom on Tuesday, when I did the touch ups and moved all the furniture back. I also hoovered, interesting as the hoover is rubbish and doesn’t suck unless you use the hand attachments – so I did. Needless to say I won’t hoover save for special occasions.

New Bedroom!

I also went ot see the new film Hallam Foe on Sunday. It was very odd, but Jamie Bell is really very good as a pervy disturbed kid. Not something to own on DVD, but I liked it. 4 Stars.

September 02, 2007

Johnlo Piconet – the fabulous painter!

Well this weekend has gone by in a flash really! I asked if it was ok to paint the bedroom on Friday to get rid of the ghastly and oppressive blue-ness, it was so on Saturday morning I went to B&Q to buy some paint, brushes, whit spirit etc. (£24).

The instant I got back I opened up the paint and started brushing it onto the walls with great sighs of relief – yay – no more blue! I’ve chosen what is described as Mellow Mocha – which is basically a coffee colour – very milky coffee. I like it – it is a lot like the colour of my bedroom back in Devon – so it can make me feel at home too.

By 1pm I had finished the first coat – looked very patchy due to oppressive blue behind, so off to B&Q to get another pot of paint and a roller set this time! (£13).

Quick lunch break here – I met up with Sanna and we went to the Mosque kitchen, which basically serves curry, Midday – 7pm every day. It was so cheap and so tasty. Definitely a place to go again. We then went shopping for a bit – getting Sanna a new belt – before we headed to Costa for a coffee and a chinwag. We made arrangements to meet on Sunday for the end of festival Fireworks too.

Back to the flat and I rollered on the second coat before settling down to watch a couple of episodes of Firefly before bed. I was up early on Sunday to start the glosswork – which also looks terrible with the blue behind – so a second coat is required for that too! I shall have to wait until I get home from work tomorrow to do the second coat, so I touched up the coving with some white emulsion. I don’t think I’ll have the bedroom back proper until Tuesday evening at the earliest – it WILL be worth it though!

September 01, 2007

Heather and John's Excellent Adventure, also featurng Chris

24th August

Well, last weekend was excellent! A truly excellent adventure!

Hev arrived about half past six on Friday evening, we had tea (Fish fingers, chips and peas – old School University catering!) before we settled down and watched ‘Jersey Girl’ as recommended by Troë and rented by me using my online rental subscription! (30 Days free trial – woo!)

We went to collect Chris from the railway station at about 10:20, then we chatted and stuff before bed.

25th August

Braveheart Hev and Chris

On Saturday we got up mid morning, I moved the car due to a Hibs game, and when we were all ready we went into Edinburgh centre to look at the half-price hut to find us some comedy! We walked up to the Royal Mile to see some street entertainers before going back to the half-price hut to browse again. After a McDonalds lunch we, for the third time, returned to the half-price hut and got tickets to see Sammy J that evening. Whilst in the queue some guy touted his free comedy that afternoon, so we went to that too.

Oh dear. This was rubbish, but thank god it was free. It was basically one very long (almost an hour) very unfunny story involving him doing impersonations (bad ones) of famous rock and roll stars – using props including: a pint of best, a cowboy hat and some sunglasses. I kept nodding off – need I say more? 0.5 stars – (for his effort.)

However, after eating dinner at the Slug and Lettuce in the Omni we went to see Sammy J!

We went over to George’s Square where there are masses of beer tents to choose from, before we went into a big top type tent to be greeting with a white grand piano. Quizzical – we were!

Sammy J is really really good, I’d say he takes inspiration from Tom Lehrer because he has a great turn on the piano making comic songs, including one which is a sort of palindrome with him signing backwards. He can also talk to birds, not to mention dribble on himself! He really had us laughing with some audience participation and for £4 was a really good deal. I’d pay to see him again. 5 Stars.

26th August

Today we were up late again but got out soonish and down to the parliament building which was having an open day as part of the ‘Festival of Politics.’ It was really neat inside. We then walked over to St James’ mall for lunch, then up Carlton Hill, before trying to see some free comedy at one of the venues, only to find it had started early! So we left there and went over to another venue to wait for more free comedy, only to be told – free comedy finished yesterday! Argh!

So it was off to the cinema to see ‘Knocked Up’ – and having run back to the cinema to collect my wallet – we went home where I cooked Spag Bol and we watched the Bourne Identity on DVD before bed.

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