A warning and Advice

By , On 18 July, 2014 10:21

This is somewhat of a serious post but please bear with me.

On Sunday just gone, I was bimbling around at home when I got a sudden pain in the chest. I thought it was down to me having shifted some stuff around in the house and maybe pulled a muscle. Was it that or something more sinister? I was in two minds what to do.

I thought about having a brandy and laying down for a while and rest it. I then considered the more sinister options and so to cover bases, I had two puffs of my GTN spray (out of date) and chewed an aspirin… no result. Another two puffs.. no result. Something in the intelligent part of my brain said “Wanker, dial the 9′s”, So I did.

Ambulance arrived, hooked up to ECG, which showed nothing. Second paramedic turned up and was put on ECG again. This the time the words from them were “Not good, we need to get going”. Oh fuck!

Blues and twos straight away. By now the pains were like nothing I’ve EVER experienced, Pretty much how I would expect to feel if I was being crushed under a car.

After about 10 miles and with 2.5 to go until we got to the hospital, the crew are told to turn around and go to Hastings, which is over 30 miles in opposite direction. Control were told by the crew “He won’t make it that far, were coming to Brighton – now”.

Anyway, was cleared for Brighton, arrived, straight to A&E and straight to theatre, where blockage was cleared (large blood clot) and stent implanted.

NHS have been beyond excellent, from call taker, medics, doctors, nurses, HCAs, to the domestic staff. Every single one did their bit. Hats off to you for making sure I’m still here.

The moral of the story?… any bad, unexplained chest pains, please ring 9′s you guys and gals – no fucking around. As I was told, they’d rather check you out and find it’s indigestion, than turn up to a stiff. I was lucky that I listened to the intelligent portion of my brain that told me to pick up the phone. I wasn’t that far off being brown bread. If you have a GTN spray, check the expiry date, if out of date, get a new one!

Heart Attack Revisited

By , On 15 July, 2014 13:04

Yup, another heart attack, four years after the last one. This one was scarier and more a lot more painful.

As with the last one, NHS staff, from the operator, to the paramedics, nurses and doctors were outstanding and certainly helped save my life.

Should be back home on Wednesday and will then obviously have loads of spare time to get the bloody webcam up and running properly.

Very Short Seaford Session

By , On 18 May, 2014 17:08

Picture of Alex castingDespite what the conditions and tide times told me, had a very short session on Seaford Beach yesterday. Alex desperately wanted to go, so out we went. Walked across to the beach at Edinburgh Road just before low water to a very bright and warm evening, with a flat calm sea.

Even though I doubted we would have a result, I set up his spinning road with a small 10g Dexter and off he went. He’s catching on well and now rarely needs my help to clear the usual problems, of tip ring jams, spool over spills etc. His casting is improving with each time we go and with his sometimes unorthodox style, he can now sling something as small as the dexter and respectable distance.

Picture of sunsetSaw a group fishing to our right, who I think had been there all day, as I had seen them there earlier in the day. When Alex was having a dip. Don’t know what sort of result they’d had, as it had been a bit busy during the day with normal beach users.

We didn’t stay long but long enough to witness another lovely Seaford sunset. I love this part of the day and am rarely disappointed with the view.

Live Video Feed

By , On 28 April, 2014 12:27

After a bit of fiddling, some cursing and tantrums, I’ve got the Live Video Feed up and working. At the moment, it would only seem to work with quicktime, so I’ll be doing a bit more fiddling and throwing a few more tantrums.

It may well end up being ditched if it puts too much strain on the server, in which case it will be back to refreshed static images only.

Anyway, hope it works out and people find it useful. >>>>>>> Live Video Feed

Can also be accessed via the drop down from the ‘Beach Cam’ link in the navigation bar at the top of each page.

Guitar Project Part 2

By , On 21 March, 2014 17:20

Annnnywayyy… after a disastrous incident with the guitar after the last posting, I had to take everything back almost to the primer. Tip of the day: while waiting for lacquer to cure, do not leave the item in a place where it could fall onto heavy, immovable objects covered in muck and fluff.

So having stripped it all, I decided on a change of direction on the colour scheme. Still using the same colours (as they were already bought) just in a slightly different way. I went for a more defined border and contrast between the red and the black.

New Scheme

…… Nice Shine

Nice Shine

…. Neck bolted onto body and angles checked.

Neck

…. Pickups, scratch plate and electronics installed

Electrics

…. Bridge and tail bar post inserts knocked into place

Nearly There

…. Bridge and tail bar posts screwed in, control knobs, jack and selector switch installed

Posts

…. Strings put on and she’s done. Nicely modeled by Alex

Done

… Another view

Mmmm

…. One more

Nice

So, almost done now. Just need to check and adjust (if needed) neck relief, sort out the action and intonation and she should be ready to go. Incidentally, the headstock decoration is a Celtic design owl (my favourite bird).

Hmmm, now gotta decide on what the next project will be

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