Guess where we went last week ?

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The fantastic folks at the Make A Wish Foundation arranged for us to accompany Emma on a shopping trip to London.

We had a flight on the London Eye, a days shopping and then a trip to the Tower Of London, luckily they let us out !

A big thank you also to Jamie Owens from London Taxi who looked after us all day whilst we were shopping and had to listen to us raving about how fantastic the Lion King show was !

Emmas 16th Birthday

 Well her birthday is not until Wednesday but there was a surprise party last night.

The hall was full and there were loads of surprises: Fireworks, Stripper and an excellent rendition by her cousin Danielle.

Photos can be seen here:

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What a difference a week makes !

Progress

What a difference.

Yet again I’m blown away by how quickly the extension is progressing:

This was taken yesterday

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As I type, the roofers are crawling over the top and the electrician is crawling under the floor !

Watch this space !

Building Work About To Start !

After lots of discussion, the plans are in, been to planning and passed.

I spoke to the builder, Colin Scott of Scott Builders (who also did the bathroom conversion), this morning so he could arrange access. So, it’s full steam ahead !

In preparation, I read many reviews of the best water softeners and I took the obligatory “before” photos:

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As you can almost just see I have filled in the swimming pool that was under the window.

As the build progresses I’ll be recording the details. See my Flickr Set here.

The Good, The Bad, The Ugly !

It’s been quite a busy week.

  • Emma went and met the Rangers players
  • We got a new front door
  • The extension may be getting back on track.
  • Unfortunately Emma is getting slightly worse.
  • Neighbours !

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Snooty Pottybrains

Time for some fun !

So why is my new name Snooty Pottybrains?
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Technology – All Pervasive?

OK, I fill a technical role, for a technology company and tend to work closely with the IT staff on customer site. With that I know (hope) that I have a better than average grasp of technology. Conversely, I often have to explain technical concepts to business (non technical) users. Another good example would be helping my dad to use his computer and “make the internet work”

I must have been having a bad week but it struck me how there are certain concepts that we take for granted that maybe we shouldn’t.
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Rant Of The Day

I hate to sound like a grumpy old man but………

I had to take Emma to Gartnavel  Hospital in Glasgow.

One of the nicer things that I have found about about getting older is  an increasing ability to be punctual.

We arrived 15 minutes early for the appointment and I dropped off Emma and Elaine at the front door. 45 minutes later I finally find a parking space. Don’t bother following, or even looking for the signs for the overflow car park, there aren’t any.

I arrive just in time to meet the doctor as they are leaving.

My advice: Pay the £2.00 and park in the car park of the adjoining Pond Hotel, it was empty and would have cost me less than the fuel I used driving in circles in first gear for three quarters of an hour.

Rant Over

I’m off to look out the tripod to take some night time  photos.

Recent Photos

I have just got around to going through the photos from our recent holiday in Florida.

The highlight (for me at least) was seeing the Shuttle launch.

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More can be found on my Flickr page.

Emma’s History

Emma my eldest daughter has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease this comes on the back of a very long period with no diagnosis.

Originally the only symptoms she presented was sore legs: this they put down to her not tying her shoes properly.

From there after almost a year of fighting and losing more and more strength in her legs the doctors finally admitted that she had a neurological problem.

At first they thought it was Guillian Barre Syndrome so there then followed a year of treatments, once a month to receive immunolobulin at Wishaw General Hospital where she received the very best of care.

A year down the line and after showing no real improvement Emma went through a battery of further tests and it was confirmed that she was indeed suffering from Motor Neurone  Disease.