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In preparation.

The plan to head south as far as Fortrose and park up for the winter was all set.  I was getting stuff  together and prepping the trailer.  I had looked at but not booked the ferry and was waiting for the man who was building the box to go on the trailer.  The idea was to protect the bike and other stuff from the weather and prying eyes.  It seemed a simple task, just a frame and some sheet alloy with a tarp for the roof.  4 weeks he recons but could do it in less.  Anyway I rang him over a week ago, we have had three short weeks, Easter and Anzac and something else, cant remember. so no box for the trailer.  I had set myself  today as the start day for the trip [10/05/17].  just as well I did not book a ferry.  I have been waiting for an MRI scan to try and see if they can find out what’s up with right eye after the cold I caught on the plane coming back from Dubai.  This was November.  Talk about slow. it took until February for the CT scan to be done then another 6 weeks to tell me they could not find anything so I need aa MRI.  Lo and behold they sent me a letter last Monday giving me an appointment for the 16 of May.  Close on 6 months and I am still no nearer to resolving the issue. So the trip is now scheduled for the 17th or 18th of May,  I feel pretty sure that it will take the hospital months to get the results and unless it life threating I am sure any consultation can be done over the phone or on skype,  so I am going.

Still not heard about the trailer but that should be this week. Then all I have to do is pack and set off.  The ferry booking can be done as I get near Wellington.  As I don’t have a particular arrival date I can get whatever ferry is available.

I have ben having trouble with my laptop for some time now.  Its an ASUS and about as much use as a chocolate tea pot.  I bought it a couple of years ago because it was small.  I should have done more research.  Yes its small but it also has the smallest memory, just big enough to run the operating system.  Add anything else and it just cannot cope.  Streaming video is just about impossible.  It charges through a USB port but for some reason will not charge from the USB outlets on the bus, only the If its plugged in to the mains.  As I am off grid all the time this means I have to use the inverter which knocks hell out of the house batteries at night. I think I mentioned that I had signed up for Wireless Nation Urban Broard Band in the last post.  After initial hiccups it seems to be working well although it is yet to be proven out in the Wop Wops,  Having invested in this program I thought we need to do something about my computer.  Now in a flash of brilliance or maybe not.  I though, Hey! we live on a bus.  I have loads of space tucked away in the back of cupboards, under the bed or under seats.  Why not go down to RS components or PB Tech and buy the bits to build my own PC and secrete it around the bus.  If it was all Bluetooth then the bits could be scattered around the bus.  As space was not a concern then this could be a super computer, may be even do a bit of Bitcoin mining.

With this in mind, off I pop to PB Tech in Manakua.  Now the problem starts with the power supply.  I have endless amounts of 12 volt DC. so first thing I have to establish and obtain would be a transformer that will bring my 12 volt, up or down to meet the PC requirements..  Lovely guy asked if I needed some help but he couldn’t  grasp the concept.  All PC run on DC power but usually have a transformer where the main 240 volt AC plugs in..  I am looking to get 12 DC to whatever, 7v,15, 5v. I have no idea?  “Why don’t you just buy a laptop and charge it through the cigarette lighter port.”  think he was missing the point.  Anyway to cut a long story short.  he said “how about one of these. A compute stick by Intel. Plug it in to the HDMI port on your telly power it from the USB port on the telly.  You will need a Bluetooth or wireless keyboard and mouse and Bobs you uncle.

The spec was good and the memory could be expanded with an SD card.  Not in stock right now but can get it too you in 5 working days.  So went away to think about it.  Did a lot of research and ordered it on line.  Acquired a wireless keyboard and mouse and bought a set top camera for skype.

Anyway it all arrived as promised but not quiet as the  man said. It plugs in to the HDMI port and there is a handy link cable for the stick.  The stick is about 110mm long 10mm thick and 40mm wide and using the cable, can be plugged in without blocking other ports on the telly.  The power was were it went wrong. It was not a conventional mini USB port but a special which plugged in to a power adaptor, which incidentally also had two extra USB ports, one for the keyboard/mouse dongle and one for the camera or a USB hub..

Other than having to still use the inverter but at least it is only on while I am using the computer not all night trying to charge some manky old laptop., it works fine.  set up was painless and the SD card meant I could transfare my photos, music and files across. It takes up no space at all but there are cables everywhere.  and when its not connected, what do you do with all this stuff.  Biuld a cupboard to put it in under the telly.  so that’s what we did.  All neat and tidy like.





On the year rolls on

Well May halfway through and Dubai getting hotter by the day.  Sat out on the deck on Tuesday but very humid.  Spent Easter in Cyprus with my Daughter and grandsons so much swimming (for the boys not me) and much eating (me not the boys).  A bit different for them as Cypriot Easter is a big thing and done a bit different from the UK.

I took my Eggbot so we could draw on eggs and we blew the eggs afterwards so the could take them home and keep them

Next two week’s I was on my own so stroll to the local tavern for beer and souvla every lunch time and a sleep in the afternoon.  Really relaxing.  Back to reality now back at work.  I don’t want to be here anymore all the fun has gone out of the place.  Never mind.  On a brighter note I submitted my Visa application for New Zealand.  If and when that comes off then Vroom like a rat out of an aqueduct I’ll be gone.  Think that’s it for the middle east and me.  35 years.


9 o’clock, not a woman washed and Park Lane full of Spanish Captains

Where has the time gone.  Last year seemed to end on all things bad. I had to have Capucino put down just before Christmas but hopefully this year will be more positive.  Christmas and New Year went okay and I then had a quick trip to Goa to sell my bungalow there. One less headache to worry about.  Another quick trip to UK to sort out Barbara’s probate and my income tax and off hire the flat I had taken while B was ill.

Now fostering two white Persian cats.  They are hard work but lovely animals, couldn’t call them pretty though.  What with brushing their coats and wiping their eyes they are a full time job.

My trip to Goa was strange as its the first time I had been away as a single person, whole new set of rules to learn.  Quiet lonely at times.  Flew Air India.  outward-bound was cattle class but hat to up grade to business on the way back.  Cant be doing with the smell and the bad manners.

UK was also Business class as Emirates had a special offer on so spent much of the flight out. standing in the bar on the 380.  Back on a Boeing 777,  not in the same league as the Airbus.

Now booked my flights to Cyprus for Easter and to meet up with the Grandsons and our Lisa.  Will have to organise an egg hunt on the Sunday.

Weather in Dubai getting warmer though we di have a hell of a storm over the weekend.