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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.

Overdue post

Hope everyone is ok today.
All my jobs done, bills paid etc. Thankfully. Thought it would be a bit tighter for money than it is this month after Crimbo.
Life at the moment is going ahead normally. Had a drama this week when we bought a new bed for our daughter only to find we could not get it round the bannister post on the stairs. She was soo looking forward to sleeping in it. After a lot of attempts trying to force it round the bend on the stairs, we eventually got it up there. Or should I say D, and our neighbours did while I was at work. G’s bedroom looks lovely now. More like a young girls room rather than a kids room. D did a great job sorting stuff out and tidying up etc. She’s worked hard bless her. Was all worth it in the end. We now have a happy daughter.
Work is manic at present. It seems like everyone wants to ring up and complain. You would think we were under staffed the amopunt of calls we have coming through. Got my appraisal this week. Not sure if I’m looking forward to it though. Time will tell.
Our neighbours, who we all get along very well with have all but eventually sold their house. They are very excited about moving to their new home. I cant blame them. For a young couple, they have done very well for themselves and deserve it. They will be missed a lot.
On a final note. My thoughts go out to those people in Australia where there are major floods. I do hope my friends on Twitter are not caught up in any of it and that their families are safe.

Best wishes

After all the alcohol has stopped flowing and the bad head has kicked in, well a little bit anyway, I would like to wish you all a happy new year. May 2011 be a good one for you.

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Ho Ho Ho lots of snow

Hi. I hope you are all gearing yourself up for the Christmas festivities. I am off work for about a week and really enjoying chilling instead of the stress of work. The snow is causing chaos in my area. Plenty of tailback and delays. At the moment its only a thin covering but with -6 temperatures. Even though the heating is on full, I can hardly feel it.
This week myself, D and G were at a friends 40th birthday party. We haven’t seen Jennifer for years. It was good to see her after so long. It was a very good night. Plenty of my favorite Guinness was consumed that night. The drive home in the near blizzard conditions was a bit scary.This is a video I took out of the back window of the car.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpWxgC5pZOs&feature=player_profilepage

Well, this afternoon I’m visiting work for our Christmas buffet and secret santa. Wonder what I will get.

My recieved gift

Last night, I spoke to my Uncle Tappy on the phone after receiving a Facebook message to ring him. He explained that he had just got a phone call to return back to the USA to do a book signing. He told me that he had a book for me and wondered how he could get it to me as he was leaving at 04.30 the next morning. Even though it was 21.30 at night I agreed to pop down to his flat which is a good 10 mile away. It was a nice relaxed drive down with hardly anyone on the roads. I got his and was given a signed book which he had wrote in partnership with another man. The bit I have read so far is enthralling. I couldn’t put it down. The only reason I did stop reading it was that it was 02.00 in the morning. I would really recommend reading this.

The Wildcats

Friday night saw me and D go to Cullercoats Crescent Club to see The Wildcats play. The Wildcats are basically a band that started in Cullercoats / Whitley Bay in the late 50s early 60s. The are partly responsible for The Animals coming to fame. The Wildcats guitarist, Hilton Valentine left and joined The Animals and my Uncle, Tappy, left and became their Road Manager.
It was a brilliant night. Fantastic music that brought a smile to everyone’s faces. It was great to see so many people that I had not seen in years. I also got to spend a couple of nice hours with my dad.
D was expecting it to be a bit boring with lots of old people but was pleasantly surprised to find the night really enjoyable.
Apparently they may do another gig next year. I cant wait.

Spooky

I thought I would let you know about what happened in our house last night. Simple enough, I was going up stairs to start my bath running. As I go to the top of the stair and stepped onto the landing and glanced left as normal towards our daughters bedroom. The door was open, but what I saw, very briefly was the outline of the top half of a person. No features, just the outline. It then just disapearred.
Every so often something happens in this house. It started after our daughter was born. Just when she was able to speak, her mother was lying on our bed with her getting her settled for bedtime when she pointed to the corner of the bedroom and said ‘Mammy, who’s that man?’ D could not see a thing but G, our daughter, kept staring into the corner. Another time, a similar thing happened. Again, when lying on the bed getting G settled. G started laughing and said ‘ Who’s that funny man dancing?’ and pointed to the same corner where she did on the previous time. Another time, a few years later, I was going through some old family photos when G picked one up and said ‘I’ve seen him before, and pointed to a photo of my Grandad. I asked her where she had seen him, but she couldnt remember. My Grandad died when I was very young. It is well said that young children are more open to things with them being so innocent and not corrupted by the normal run of the mill things that we are.
Another thing that happened was when D was in the shower and I was at work. I got a phone call from a rather freaked out D, who said she was in the shower and someone blew on her. It was like a cold blast. It shook her up a bit.
And the other thing thing that happened was one evening when I was talking to my friend on the phone. I had the phone to my right ear, and to my left was a wall. Me and my friend laughed about something and straight away at the same time, There was a clear, audible laugh in my left ear. Not a metalic sound like through a phone but a clear sound as if someone was right next to me. Remeber there is a wall there. I know some may say it could be your neighbours but we never hear them plus this was in close proximity, right next to me, not through a wall.
Due to other things that I have experienced over the years. I am a firm believer of spirits. I know a lot of people are not but everyone is entitled to thier own beliefs.
One day I might blog about things I have seen and experienced. One day.