Archive for the ‘The Pickards’ Category

Who Goes Here? (Site Statistics)

Saturday, October 31, 2009 7:20 4 Comments

One of the problems for people who trawl through their site statistics from time to time is a tendency to start looking at them too regularly and trying to find patterns which don’t actually exist. This is when you start asking yourself things like “how come my page visits are 0.3% down on last month?”. [...]

This was posted under category: Blogging, Technology, The Pickards

#HODS 1: Theatre Royal, and a family connection

Tuesday, September 15, 2009 7:20 195 Comments

I’m quite into local history and finding out about stuff I didn’t know, so I’m quite a fan of Heritage Open Days, where you generally get a chance to see certain historical thingummies and find out about them for free. Obviously, the “for free” part is another thing which adds to the attractiveness of the [...]

This was posted under category: History, Local Interest, The Pickards

From Her Majesty’s Customs Service

Monday, August 3, 2009 7:20 2 Comments

Okay, so maybe it’s not quite like James Bond, but the other week I went on a short little training course/seminar thingummy run by HMRC about the taxes and regulations relating to people becoming self-employed, to basically look at what I need to do in order to start trading under the TPis banner. As yet, [...]

This was posted under category: The Pickards

Just Like Starting Over

Friday, July 17, 2009 7:20 30 Comments

So, here we go: only a couple of weeks left before I am officially made redundant, and there’s still a lot left to be doing. Obviously, regular readers (or at least those who visit my blog via the actual site, rather than the feed-reader types) will know that I’m looking to go into business for [...]

This was posted under category: Life, Public Sector, The Pickards

Recession Impression: Digression not Depression

Monday, June 29, 2009 13:04 22 Comments

Hmm. I appear to be my own boss. This is not exactly through choice; it’s because the recession has led to my employer feeling obliged to give me a month’s notice. After the initial bit of feeling somewhat shell-shocked, and saying things on the phone like “uh-huh. uh-huh” without really making a great deal of [...]

This was posted under category: Life, The Pickards

Saltwell Park

Monday, June 8, 2009 7:20 24 Comments

Sometimes there’s things about my local area and/or my local authority that I am a bit ashamed of. Sometimes there’s things about my local area and/or my local authority that I am proud of. Saltwell Park represents both of these, displaced somewhat in time. When I was studying for my GCSEs, I did a project [...]

This was posted under category: Local Interest, The Pickards

Swastikant: I am not a Nazi, honest

Friday, May 22, 2009 13:18 8 Comments

I have a nagging feeling that the teachers at my son’s school might have got the somewhat erroneous impression that I’m a racist, fascist bigot. Although it’s also possible that they might not have got this impression. Either way, the mere possibility of this impression occurring is not something that is likely to occur on [...]

This was posted under category: Life, Politics, The Pickards

BALTIC, EatNG, what do I think of my friend Pybus

Friday, May 8, 2009 7:06 12 Comments

It was one of our “family outing thingummies”. There’s currently an event on in NewcastleGateshead (the gestalt entity formed from Newcastle and Gateshead councils to promote events across the two) called EAT! Newcastle Gateshead, which is not, as it may initially sound, a command to consume the region, but is instead a festival of food. [...]

This was posted under category: Beer, Local Interest, Newcastle United, Reviews, The Pickards

Days Out: Discovery, Gibside and Preston Park

Sunday, May 3, 2009 7:20 4 Comments

Over the last few weeks, we’ve seen something of a return to our ‘Summer Days Out’ plan where at least once every weekend we try to take a trip out somewhere with the kids, to see something a bit different (you know, other than “shops”) and generally have a nice family day out. Discovery Museum [...]

This was posted under category: Life, Local Interest, The Pickards

1,029th blog post

Thursday, April 30, 2009 7:20 4 Comments

I had thought that it might be nice to mark the occasion of the 1,000th post on this blog with a special post. Unfortunately, it would appear that I’ve missed it. If you delve back through my archives, you will see that technically, I’ve produced more than 1000 blog posts by now, as I did [...]

This was posted under category: Blogging, The Pickards