All posts by Steve

I am a normal ( in the loosest possible term) Dad from the North East of England. I have a few interests such as BTCC Touring Cars, Football, photography. My favourite hobby though is to just relax and chill out. I suffer from stress, depression and anxiety and possible PTSD. I am coming to terms with it these days where its not something I need to hide from people or be ashamed of. I also suffer from chronic back problems and live each day in pain in varying degrees. I am the sort of person that wants good for other people and always tries to help if I can. I can be really soft natured and sensitive, which sometimes surprises people when they meet me.

New challenge

The last few weeks have been manic to say the least. Due to the pure luck of being at the right place at the right time and meeting the right person I managed to get myself a new job. The person I met was at one of the drops that I did and I got talking to him after he approached me as he had been told I was looking for a security job. It since turns out this man is an area manager and has recommended me to one of his colleagues who in turn has got me in for an interview. The interview, I have to say, was my first ever interview held in a coffee shop. Costa Coffee to be exact. I have to say, it made for a nice relaxing atmosphere, even though I was being interviewed by two people, either of which could of said no to me.

The job I am going for is in the security industry, which is something I used to do before my daughter was born and I ended up leaving so I could spend more time with her while she was growing up. Now that she is nearly 18 years old it is now a decent time for a change in career.

One thing that has changed since I last done security as a job is the amount of licensing, personal checks, paperwork and forms etc that have to be filled in. It is a Far Cry from when I simply went for a job interview for my last security job and passed it and was given the start date and that was it. No licence required, no training, just turn up and do the job. It has all changed for the good though, to get rid of all the dodgy cowboy companies that were out there and in some cases still are out there but are reduced in numbers now. I have had to spend quite a bit of money to get through my courses to qualify to do security. There’s more to it than people think. These days theres not actually a separate security licence. It is now a door supervisor licence that also incorporates the security aspect. I find it quiet interesting. Quite a challenge, and also a heck of a lot of rules, regulations and laws etc to take in.

So last week I handed my notice in at work and took this week, my notice week, as holidays, which I am really glad I did due to the amount of paperwork and online forms etc I have had to complete.

I start my new job on Monday morning. I have a sort of nervous excitement about it. The sort of feeling you get when you are going into the unknown. I suppose not totally unknown for me but it has been a really long time. There is going to be a lot to take on board and learn in the near future but I am really looking forward to it, looking forward to a new start with the new company that should hopefully appreciate me more and care for me more than what my previous company did. I will sometime in the very near future also be getting put through my CCTV licence. Another part of the job I have previously done (very well and to the point I got a police commendation), but again did not need a licence back then.

So here goes into the virtually unknown.

Snapchat. Are you a loser if you don’t use it?


Even though I’m pushing 50 this year, I would not say I was behind the times where tech is concerned. I like what I like and don’t pay too much attention to the rest. Social media has always interested me. Being a YouTuber I have to have a certain amount of interest in it. I have used Twitter, Instagram, Whatsapp, Google+ for years now, pretty much since they started, but one app I have dabbled with on and off over the last couple of years has me undecided about whether I like this certain site or not.

The site / app in question is Snapchat. I think the reason’s I have steered away from it is the massive amount of kids and teens that use it to post weird, filtered to hell, face half cut off selfies. The other is its one of those apps that everyone thinks you must have and if you don’t you are strange or weird. This immediately turns me off, the fact everyone has to be what some people call a sheep these days. If its not having an iPhone because its the coolest thing to have and all their friends have one or its app’s like Snapchat or Facebook where to be accepted you have to have them.

In the last couple of months, to see what all the fuss is about, I have tried using it ( sometimes with instruction from my teenage daughter lol). I’m always well behind the initial influx of users who want to be first when something new comes out. I have found it fun in a different sort of way. I really like the map where you can see where your friends are. Not in a stalkerish type of way, but its interesting. I many be close by someone some day who I’ve not seen in a few years and might fancy catching up for a coffee or something. I also like seeing the videos people have posted in my local area. Some people have no shame lol. Anyway, time will tell. Let’s wait and see if it works out ok. I have already made contact with some old friends which is nice. Other than the map and being able to have your location or even on top of your video or image, its nothing different to other apps like Instagram etc

Let me know what you think of apps like Snapchat etc.

My love for photography rekindled

A few years ago I was suffering quite badly with depression and as a result a lot of my hobbies I ended up having no interest in. photography was one of those hobbies. I had enjoyed photography for quite a few years until I suffered from the depression and it had left a little bit of a hole in my life when I did not have the interest. Recently I have just upgraded to a new mobile phone. It is the Huawei P20 Pro. Now if you check out the reviews of this phone you will see that it has 3 cameras and takes exceptionally good photographs. Since using this phone I have found my interest in photography again and I am photographing everything that I can find. I downloaded an app called EyeEm which

lets you post photographs taken on your mobile phone as long as they fall within the guidelines and sell them for advertising on search premium websites such as Getty. I am loving it at the moment. anybody who enjoys taking photographs on their mobile phone for any subject please check out the link to my profile down below where you will be able to join them I find a lot of the photographer’s on there have some brilliant ideas and can be quite inspirational.
My EyeEm
So check it out and let me know what you think in the comments section

How time’s have changed

Todays weather is bad. Snow has been falling on and off for the last couple of days. 2 nights ago we had about 5 – 6 inches just overnight. Infrastructure, as normal in the UK is grinding to a halt.

Trains are either cancelled or running a reduced service. Many schools are closed. Trucks are jack-knifing on roads, including main routes through the UK. People are panic buying food etc, which leads me onto the reason for this post.

While listening to the local radio this morning, I heard an interview with a woman who made a very good point which I have never thought about before. She mentioned the reason people panic buy these days is that, in recent years, the consumers would buy for this time only. Maybes a daily or weekly shop. Compare this to back in the 70’s or 60’s when families used to keep food in the larder or pantry for times when there were shortages for whatever reason, be it weather or strike action etc. They were prepared.

I remember my family’s larder being full of tins. Everything from baked beans and spaghetti in tomato sauce, to tins of fruit or honey and packets of rice or spaghetti and everything in between. Anyone would this my family were stock piling for an armageddon or something. My mother also always had 1 or 2 loafs of bread in the freezer as well just in case.

These days normally, we are lucky if we have enough food in the cupboards and freezer to last a few days. Personally, I put part of this down to newer houses being smaller and more compact and not having as much storage space. The houses are poorly built these days. Breeze block with brick skins, where the only pantry / larder is a large, chipboard, tall floor standing kitchen cupboard. no solid stone, cool larders, unlike the solid brick house’s of years gone by.

Maybe’s places more likely to get bad weather, should consider getting a larder built into their kitchen or old coal house for times like we have at the moment and have them stocked with non perishable and long life goods.

What is you’re opinion? Leave a comment below.

Kindness Rocks

Today while I was at work I saw something on a nearby wall. It stood out as the wall was covered in lovely green moss. What I found was a stone or rock which had a message on it. I decided to check it out and had a closer inspection. To my surprise the message was ‘don’t worry, be happy, with a drawing of a head on it which had a happy face. It looked like a child had drawn this. I have to admit, a big smile immediately came across my face. What a lovely thing to find.
When I told my friend about it, she said she was jealous as she had always wanted to find a kindness rock. Up till that point I had never heard of them before.

The Kindness Rock Project started in America, I think, I may be wrong, and has spread to many countries since.

Borrowed from thekindnessrocksproject.com ( which was difficult as the website is very slow)

WHAT IS THE KINDNESS ROCKS PROJECT….
GOAL#1: inspire others
GOAL #2: recruit every person who stumbles upon it to join the pursuit of inspiring others through small acts of kindness!

The Kindness Rocks Project, a grassroots kindness movement based on the simple idea that “one message at just the right time can change someone’s entire day, outlook, life” Our project promotes random acts of kindness in communities including, but not limited to, painting inspirational kindness rocks for others.

The Kindness Rocks Project was created as a simple reminder that we are all connected as human beings and we share more similarities than differences at our core. Exhibiting kindness and support for one another through random acts of kindness can have a great impact. With increased awareness, Kindness can become a connecting force for good re-connecting individuals and communities at large.

They have a Facebook page at Kindness Rocks Facebook Page

Personally I think the idea of the stones is a lovely idea and for one, it brought a smile to my face. What do you think? Have you ever found one of these? Leave a comment below.

Sunshine peace

It so relaxing sitting in the sunshine. There’s just something about it that bring a sense of peace for that moment in time. I’m sitting in. My van at the moment looking out across Newcastle Town Moor. This is where they hold The Hoppings funfair in the summer. 


Sunshine peace

It so relaxing sitting in the sunshine. There’s just something about it that bring a sense of peace for that moment in time. I’m sitting in. My van at the moment looking out across Newcastle Town Moor. This is where they hold The Hoppings funfair in the summer. 


A Thursday from hell

Well, where do I start? Pretty much yesterday was the day from hell. The night time saw me downstairs trying to get rid of restless leg more than I was in bed. My restless leg affects both legs at different times and recently has started to affect my right arm as well from the forearm to my finger tips. Yes, restless leg does not just affect the legs. 

I went to work and had to complete a pretty busy shift on about one and a half hours sleep. I have no idea how I did it but I did. That’s not all, on top of being so tired, I felt like I was coming down with some bug, as within 4 hours of being at work I had had to make 5 emergency dashes to the loo. My stomach was not happy. To be honest, my whole body was not happy. I just felt totally wiped out. Also it rained a lot so some of the driving conditions were pretty bad so had to concentrate really hard. As if that wasn’t bad enough, my back started aching as well. I felt like I was a right mess. 

The whole combination of things made it a really lousy day for me but I have decided to go and see the doctor about the restless leg and other stuff so we will see what she can do for me. 

As I write this, I’m sitting in the dark downstairs in the living room with restless leg yet again but at least the ill feeling has gone for now and my arm is not affected this time. Not as bad anyway. 

Enough of my woes, I hope your week has been good for you all, and happy Thanksgiving to all of you on America. 

Bye for now and take care

Steve  

I’m NOT a Celebrity, Let Me Be In It!

I remember just a couple of years ago, I’m a celebrity get me out of here, was the only, and I do mean ONLY, reality show I would watch. Yes I know our beloved Geordies Ant and Dec present it, and do a bloody fantastic job at it, but to be honest, it’s probably the only thing I can stand them in. For me the Ant and Dec steam train rolls on so they never seem to be off the T.V. so much so I am sick of seeing them. Anyway, this is not about them, its about the show itself.

As the years have gone by, I have watched less and less reality shows. I used to religiously watch Big Brother. It was a brilliant new concept in the beginning, then people started getting wise to it and saw that no matter who you were in the house, you could earn a bit of cash from the magazine’s, or get a T.V contract, even if you did not win. It seems every couple of months there’s a new idea for a reality show starting on our screen’s. Ask yourself this. All these wannabe’s that do the circuit going from one show to another, where do they always seem to end up? Or at least if the last 4 or 5 years have anything to go by. On I’m a celebrity get me out of here, that’s where. Is it really so difficult to get ‘real’ celebs to take part in the shows. By real celebs I mean, people who have worked damn hard and learnt their trade and started from the bottom working their way up to the top. These days celeb seems to mean something completely different. You can now be a celebrity for sleeping with someone, being involved in a scandal with someone famous, being YouTube, being a family member of someone slightly famous, making a complete fool of yourself on other reality shows, to the point your own family would disown you out of sheer embarrassment, after you do whatever it takes to get some attention. To be honest, I would not be surprised if some of them applied because the get a chance to shove a penis or testicles in their mouths, and doing it on camera, in their heads, makes them more famous and better liked. I’m sure a lot of them have this deep need to be accepted and liked. Maybe’s it’s a thing from their childhood, I don’t know. I’m no shrink, but they certainly seem to really want the attention to me.

I’m getting slightly off track here and getting on my soap box. My point is, hardly anyone in the jungle is what I would class as a celebrity. They have done nothing to deserve or earn that title. They haven’t worked at their profession since they were kids to get where they are.

For the second year running, I will not be watching the show. I have a funny feeling that I won’t ever watch it again if they continue using reality wannabe’s instead of real celebs.

That’s my rant over for today. Let me know your thoughts in the comment’s down below.

7 ways to stop your partner snoring. ( not exactly legal)

1: One of the most obvious ones is a nose clip thing. I am not sure how this is meant to work as my wife snores from her mouth not her nose. Some may find this works but we didn’t. This is a very humane method, the same as the age old gumshield device.

2: Smothering with a pillow. This one may require a bit of stamina as the snoring partner will more than likely try to fight you off. If you can avoid the flailing arms and legs, this method can be very successful. No more will you be bothered by a loud, rumbling, animal like noise during the night. You may find that once you get used to the quiet, you sleep like a baby. Note: You may require the expert help of specialist removal men to help dispose of the silent lump in the bed next to you, but I would advise using their services before you notice a smell of see flies.

3: Electric cattle prod. This can prove effective as well, but may lead to some undesired consequences. Such as the chance that one day when you least expect it, the prod may be used on you in retaliation. The use of the cattle prod, has significantly increased the rates of divorce in recent years so beware. I feel I should advise that, when using a cattle prod, if you notice a smell of bacon, this means you are using it on the person for more time than is required.

4: Moving your partner outside. This is done by whatever means you feel necessary but must be done without the snorers knowledge, as if they wake up then the end result could be you moving outside instead.
I have heard of someone who was sick if their husband snoring in his favourite chair that she pushed him to the front door, opened the door and left him for the night. This was during a blizzard. Obviously this could be a very handy method, if your partner looks great with a blue complexion, and they look good as a snowman. Moving you partner outside has loads of possibilities, depending on you strength, such as simply lying them on the car bonnet ( think of the healthy fresh air they will get), or physically inserting them into your wheelie bin. ( at least that way they stay sheltered).
Obviously if you live on the 25th floor of a high rise, it makes it a bit easier. It’s just a case of opening a window and giving them a helping hand. This has the effect of instant silence. Bliss.

5: Airhorn. This is an extra effective method, as not only would you wake your partner, but also the people half way down the street. So by your good deed, you could help loads of people get a good night sleep. How community spirited is that. A word of warning with this one is that it has been known to bring on heart attacks. No while this seems awful at first, the bright side is, you will have a peaceful nights sleep while your partner is either lifeless next to you, or in hospital receiving life saving treatment. Winner winner chicken dinner I say.

6: Duct tape / carpet tape. This can be similar to smothering by pillow (see number one), if you also cover the nose. Depending on the results you desire to have, either tape up the mouth, nose or both. Your partner may well thank you for this method is they are female, as removing the tape in the morning acts as an exfoliant. They will rejoice at how good their hairless face looks after you very thoughtful actions. This is a good one to score brownie points with your partner.

7: The Pinata. Again, this one is for those who are quite strong. Do not be afraid to call so special help in if needed for this. If your partner is snoring so bad, that you possibly cannot go on any more with no sleep, and the reflection in the mirror looks like an extra from The Walking Dead, then this is definitely one for you to consider. May sure you have a hook or similar contraption securely fixed to the ceiling in the bedroom. Tell your partner you are preparing for a kinky night as an excuse if they question it. When the time comes, and they are belting out the sounds of the worst storm to hit mankind, the get a thick rope, tie it round their ankles, and hoist them up to the ceiling gently so they do not wake up. This is where that baseball bat you have been etching their name into over and over on those sleepless nights comes in handy. NOw the methid of this is to imagine you are a child hitting a pinata to get all the sweets out of it, or as an adult, the pinata is full of nice, peaceful, never to be disturbed again, nights sleeps. Give it all you have with the bat, until you are satisfied, you wish for peaceful sleep has been granted. You may, for this method have to call in some very discrete cleaners, unless of course you have mastered the ways of Dexter from the TV show and used copious amounts of polythene to cover the room silently before hand.

Well there you have it my friends. I hope one of these methods helps you in your quest for a restful night.

Take care

Steve

(obviously this is dark humour, so if you do try any of these, on you head be it)