Tuesday, 26 April 2005

Round Robin written 26 April 2005

Well, This has been hanging around awhile so I had better write something and pass it on before I am in the dog house.

Uummm, where to start?

Your letters. 

Michael, thank you for writing. I had to read it to Melissa I am afraid, because she couldn’t. Please use neater writing. You have been busy. I am still thinking about decorating, although I did wallpaper the kitchen last, I can’t remember how long ago it was. Ben seems to be very unsettled, but, hey never mind, he probably earns more than me. Shane is you life problem. Don’t know. I shake my head. Linda’s having an op some time – great, I suppose. Good luck with it.

Graham, I can’t see a letter from you, so I guess you dipped out. Mum, your letter told me all I knew apart from some views. I suggest we start a blog online, and add to it as we feel. Michael will have to invest in a pc and we’ll just email him with the URL so he can type his bit in and add it to the scroll – at least we’ll be able to read it.

If I have had any news you  already had it by email, but here’s a bit for Michael to read  in 2 months time when it gets round to him.

WEB

I use Mozilla Firefox web browser at work (unofficially) and at home (officially). It’s far superior to Microsoft Internet Explorer, has loads of  extensions and is a pleasure to work with. My current extensions at home are Addblock, Tabbrowser, Stumble Upon, ColorZilla, Html Validator, ViewSourceWith, AutoCopy, Autofill, CuteMenus, Hotmail Tabs, Image Zoom, Resize Search Box, Show Image, Translate, DragtoTab, MileWideBAck, SessionSaver, Pong, and Wizz RSS News Reader, and I use the Walnut for Firefox Theme.


WEB SITES

I turned a tidy little sum in for the past 4 months online trading, mainly due to the success of ResortSeller.com – I recently added an RSS feed to the site, along with forms for people to fill in for onward mailing to the advertising employers. I have not had any success from Stay-4-Free.com as yet, although a small number of people have asked to stay at the resort in Malta for free. TimeshareUK.com has had a small income from advertising affliates, and from people trying to sell or rent their timeshares.
All this is fairly time consuming, checking emails, tweaking web pages, uploading advertising from my customers.

For a laugh, I bought http://votemichaelhoward.com http://votelibdem.com and http://voteukip.com – only US4.97 a year each.

WEB ACCESS

NTL recently upped their Broadband access terms. Originally I was on 100kb broadband. This was upped to 300kb last year, but has now been upped to 1MB, all for £17.99 a month. At least it pays its way.

WEB BUSINESS

I made contact with Dave Harris, and had a boozey night out in London, catching up with him. I worked at BP with him for the last 7 to 8 years. He gave up travelling to work 2 years ago and now helps his wife sell candles from Something-for-the-wickend.co.uk – turnover £30,000 per month he reckons.

WEBBED FEET

No – sorry, that was a joke.

KIDS

Melissa is writing a play starring herself and her friends. She’s planning to do costumes and scenery as well.
Both had good reports recently from school. Robert seems to be struggling a bit concentrating on his reading.
Brownies were out in force in Hemel Hempstead on Sunday just gone, including Melissa. They held a service in the open air in Gadebridge Park, then trooped out of the park onto Marlowes, and moved down to the civic centre. Hardly a parade at all. My camera didn’t go off properly, so I never got any pictures of her in this event.