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It is just before 11pm on Wednesday 30th May and I have just watch the finale to series one (or Volume One as the producers would prefer to call it) of Heroes! I stepped up my game and watched four episodes back to back last night. This was after my marathon session on Monday and Tuesday night. What can I say? I am really looking forward to the second series, which the BBC have already bought (strange when they are still yet to screen the 23 episodes I have just watched!). Super heroism, is one of my favourite genres and this series appealed to me in a way like no other. I should really qualify that statement by making it quite clear that I have not seen that many television shows, particularly US imports. I was surprised to discover that Executive Producer, Timonthy Kring, was also responsible for Teen Wolf Too (a movie I have not seen, as it surely could never live up to the original). With most shows, I can be quite disciplined and watch one episode a week, even if I have the whole boxset on DVD. Somehow, this show got right under my skin and I was hooked almost from the word go. Two characters appealed to me, Hiro from Tokyo and of course Mohinder from Madras. Not knowing what was coming next, not knowing how the story would end, it all added to the suspence. Sure, the series will always be listed as a drama but it is a pure scifi dream. There is a spin off Heroes Origins coming soon and then series two which should fall in September. I just cannot wait. In the meanwhile I have downloaded the ‘web comics’ (all 35, 538 megabytes worth!) to read over the weekend to kill some time.
It has been over two weeks without broadband and thanks to a television show, I have not gone completely insane but I am missing every aspect of my online life. My Dad got a call from Sky this afternoon in response to our letter of complaint and was given the activation date of 6th June. Although they did say the service could be switched on earlier depending on BT. By then, it will have been three weeks out in the wilderness. There is a sense of relieve that the ball is in the court of my new ISP and I am not tearing my hair out trying to get people to respond on the phone or to e-mails. However, there is a small sense of apprenhension, as I read the stories on Sky User of users spending hundreds of pounds on phone bills and going months with no active broadband connection, some going as far as to cancel their Sky connection. Fear not, Teg will return, it is just a few more painful days to go through.
Been waiting for a while but it is finally here. Just another football match? Another friendly? Friendlies are pointless, aren’t they? Not if they are the first England game at the new Wembley Stadium. There could only be a handful of opponents that founding country of the game, could play and Brazil are perhaps the most gifted and entertaining to watch. Who would have believed that by the age of 25, I would have seen Brazil play on English soil, not once, twice but three times! However, the previous two occassions will not compare in anyway to tomorrow evening. Why? It will be my first ever England international (at senior level) at the home of football. Need I say any more?
At exactly 4.30pm on Bank Holiday Monday afternoon I received a text from Pav. It was a picture message with the following text, “Sorry to rub it in but I’ve hit a new record!”. Part of me wanted to throw my phone at the wall, part of me wanted to jump for joy. I still do not know which feeling I felt most! I will let you judge for yourself, but something tells me the Guinness Book Records will not been in touch anytime soon mate!
Trust me, you do not appreciate the godsend a broadband internet pipe is, until it is gone. Then, I suppose that is the case with most things, the heart always longs for something that is no longer there. It has been nearly exactly three days without the broadband at home and I am truly suffering, particularly on a Friday night. Normally I would blog, download some new tunes, read up all the latest news on various blogs, forums and discussion groups and generally look forward to whatever the weekend has in store. Instead I find myself on the computer as usual, but very much offline. A strange experience, particularly for me, as I have been online in some shape or form for the past five years and before that, would always hog the phone line with dial up. Pav mentioned that it was a viable option (while on MSN at work this morning) but I prefer to continue cold turkey. Once you have broadband, going back to dial up would be a killer and there is very little I could achieve on 56k, apart from perhaps checking my e-mail. I wonder how long my counter will have to clock up before I am switched onto to Sky broadband. The latest update is that Orange still have a tag or marker on my line and it takes them up to ten days to get this removed by BT Wholesale. My discussions with BT Wholesale have proved the most shocking, from their records Orange have not even been in touch to have the tag removed. When I go back to my former ISP, I am told that it takes up to five days for it to appear on their systems. Strange how in 2007, the digital age, I am stuck between two different stories and more crucially no online access. I am sure I will survive but it is hard work, a tough test.
Left work at 5pm this afternoon and headed over to Pav’s place. He was not there, and as I pulled up on his drive, it started to rain. Great(!) I had booked in the A3 for a full auto detail this weekend and was handed the keys to the trusty and rusty Rover. How do I even begin to describe driving the dark blue, M-reg car from Caversham back to Wycombe. The steering is feather touch light, the clutch loose and the brake squeaky but somehow I made it back home in one piece. You could tell the original engine had been replaced by a Honda model, it over revved at the finest of touches on the gas pedal. I am really looking forward to picking up my clean car on Sunday evening. Plans for the weekend? Not much really, FA Cup final tomorrow but beyond that nothing really exciting.
Last night at approximately 11.30pm, I switched off my computer as normal. However it would be the last time I would have broadband internet access until my line is cleared and I switch over to Sky broadband. The count down starts here. I expect to be without broadband for two weeks but the wait could be longer as I am in the hands of Orange, BT, and then Sky. Not exactly shinying lights in terms of customer satisfaction recently.
The broadband connection finally went live at Sheffield Street, at around 5pm on Wednesday 8th October. Two souls had been waiting patiently, for the big, “switch on”. For one, it would just be a case of normal service resumed, for the other, it would be an brand new experience, unlike no other. Once the configuration had all be set correctly, thanks to those lovely people down at technical support, we were up and running. I had received an e-mail from my housemate, over six weeks ago and it had suddenly become a reality, “we’ll be setting up a home network and broadband connection, if you are interested…” Of course, I was. The benefits of having an internet connection on your doorstep, are too obvious and dull to waste noting on my blog, but not having to trek to the Queens building just to check my Hotmail, is of immense benefit.
Music wise, I’ve listening to a variety of music over the past two weeks. Of course, Kazaa-Lite was downloaded, before I had a chance to breathe, and eMule followed quite swiftly behind. A song, I had heard several times, during Fresher’s week, was known to me only by the title, “Turn Me On”. I was soon informed, by my dear friend Sippy, that the artist was Kevin Lyttle, with the help of Alison Hinds. I downloaded about four different versions of the song, by 5.15pm. The song is released today and it is hoped that it makes the top ten. In total, I’ve downloaded some twenty songs and four albums since the broadband pipe went ‘live’ and the downloading continues…
Audio page updated to reflect the changes to my music database.
Erasure, whom I mentioned in my blog, early last year around 19th January, are releasing a single this week. Well I should be clear and declare, re-releasing, but “Oh L’amour” has been remixed and rehashed for a modern pop audience. To date, I have not heard it played on the radio. To be honest, I have not been listening to that much commercial / music orientated radio stations in the past few weeks. The only time I would do such a thing, was if I was commuting some 600 miles a week. (I don’t think so…!) I am looking forward to seeing how well the electronic duo, do on Sunday in the Top 40.
Some of my dreams lately have been edging on the level of completely bizarre. I’m not sure if my new surrounding have anything to do with my dreams, but the content has been extremely peculiar. Mixed up images of friends from primary school, people I hadn’t seen in over ten years, and strange meetings with the Terminator. Not sure what has been happening. Maybe my diet has something to do with?
England played with great resilience in Istanbul at the weekend. As always, when in mattered, they put in the performance to answer their doubters and prove that England are still a force to be reckoned with on the international stage. Hopefully, all the uncertainty regarded Sven can be discarded and the Swede, left to make plans for Portugal, 2004. I’m looking forward to the tournament, as always, they come at a crucial point in my academic life:
I’ve quickly adjusted back to University life and am enjoying being back in Leicester. Of course, I miss home, High Wycombe does tend to hold some happy memories for me, and as much I miss my family and friends, I know there is a job to complete here. The culmination of four years of good work, needs to be seen through to the end and I’m not going to start letting people down, as perhaps, I have done in the past.
So, the month slowly draws to a gradual close. At least we have a long bank holiday weekend to enjoy before September, and the heavy burden that month brings comes along. Don’t expect any further updates than today on the site, although depending on what happens on Monday.
Finally, got my ADSL broadband connection live on Monday. I have downloaded over 100 songs in the last week. My mp3 collection has grown from 1432 tracks, to an
amazing 1550. An increase of 118 songs, in 5 days! I have also completed downloading 4 current albums, in record time. It just proves the difference a broadband connection can make, plus the benefit that I don’t clog up the phone line every time I go online. All further details about my audio collection are on my audio page.
Not many other updates to the website. I really want to hear from you people, and find out how you firstly found out about my website, and what you would like on these
pages. What you currently like, and what you think could be taken off.
Another week glides by, but one which is quite remember on a number of levels. The weather throughout was very good, culminating in a extremely sunny and hot weekend. I have enjoyed the weekend, especially with the great weather. Work, was hectic and demanding, as per usual. It ended however, on a rather relaxing note. I was taken to Newmarket Race Meeting on Friday 26th. This was an experience, being my first time at a race course. The evening racing was great, and then there was Jools Holland, entertaining, to end the evening. I was hoping, to be on the FreeServe broadband service by Tuesday evening. However, due to a fault in the line, it has not gone live yet. Hopefully, by Tuesday, I should be on the service. My list of MP3s pending download, is just getting bigger and bigger. I haven’t really updated the site yet. Nothing major, just a few bits and pieces on a few pages. I am saving myself, until the broadband service comes along. I have been e-mailing quite a few people over the weekend, trying to get back in touch with friends, from both my home town, plus also those scattered across the country currently on their industry placements. Not had
much of response yet, but think I should give them some time to reply.
Another week passes us by and the weekend we so come to love, follows the same routine. As much as we would like to be stuck in that magical world in between Saturday morning and Sunday evening, Monday morning glares its ugly head way way too quickly. Broadband has been delayed until Tuesday. Its a pain, because I was looking forward to using the high speed connection this weekend. Never mind, give me time to get a long list of MP3s I want to download together. As with regards to updates to the site, a few pages have had slight updates, nothing major yet. Perhaps next week….