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My return to blogging July 29, 2009

Posted by britishbullblog in General, Personal, Questioning.
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It has been a long time since my last post and this has generally been down to the fact that my life has gone in a whole new direction. My 7 year relationship came to an end, so I moved to a new city, met new people and am now in a new relationship. My father was seriously ill with cancer, but is now in remission and this has made me re-evalute this whole life thing.

I can not work out whether, because life is so short, we should try and ‘achieve’ as much as we can or should we just seek to enjoy the time we have. Are we becoming to programmed to follow the well trodden path of: school > university > job > house > marriage > children > retire?

Are our motivations earlier in life simply a way of preparing for old age. You get on the property ladder to ensure you not living in a council bungolow when you’re 70. You have children to ensure there are people to look after you. You get a decent job to ensure you are not having to survive on a state pension.

I realise that you can gain huge amounts of satisfaction and enjoyment from buying a house, having a family, working in a decent job. I just wonder whether we are less open to individuals opting for an alternative path?

I guess I’m musing on this subject because I’m reaching that stage in life where I ‘should’ be thinking about buying a house, getting married etc etc…and it just seems a little overwhelming.

Anyway, please do share your thoughts.

It’s good to be back.

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A life changing sum of money October 24, 2006

Posted by britishbullblog in General, Personal.
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I was just thinking about my financial circumstances and wishing, like thousands of others around the world, that I had just that little bit more. However, most people are usually saying things like ‘I wish I had a million pounds!’ or ‘Wouldn’t it be great to not have to ever worry about money’. I do agree that being a millionaire would definitely have its benefits, but it’s a highly unrealistic prospect. I therefore started thinking about what would be a realistic life changing amount of money for me?

I realised that £9000 (16800 USD, 13400 Euros, 2011143 JPY) would actually be a life changing amount. Whilst this is still a very sizeable chunk of money, it’s nowhere near that million mark! £9000 would essentially allow me to clear the debt that I accumulated over my time at university and leave me with a clean slate and a fresh start, which to me would be life changing.

If you are honest and realistic, what would be a life changing sum of money for you? I would be interested to hear.

Another addiction for the list October 22, 2006

Posted by britishbullblog in Emailing, General, Internet, Personal.
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I think I have officially become adddicted to checking my emails. I have heard about other people also being addicted to this, but I never thought it would be me!

It is down to a number of contributing factors. The first, I now have a couple of blogs and am always wanting to see if comments have been made. Secondly, I have now set-up my mobile phone so that I can check my emails when I’m out and about. So I now find myself always reaching for my mobile when I’ve got a few spare minutes to see if my inbox has a new visitor.

I guess there are worse things to be addicted to, but I nevertheless dislike the idea of being addicted to anything. I see addiction as a real sign of weakness.

7 Continents Challenge – Update 3 September 15, 2006

Posted by britishbullblog in Geek, General, Internet, Personal.
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Well, here is the third update from the original post in this series of posts. After Lauro’s comment on Update 2 dated the 11th September I was expecting this third update to be posted a little sooner. However, it seems I have had a number of hits from the South American continent and can safely strike it from the list below:

1. North America
2. South America
3. Europe
4. Africa
5. Asia
6. Oceania
7. Antarctica

This now does just leave Antarctica, I really don’t know how I am ever going to get a hit from there! Anyone know someone that is currently doing research on Antarctica?!

7 Continents Challenge – Update 2 September 9, 2006

Posted by britishbullblog in Geek, General, Internet, Personal.
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Well, here is the second update from the original post in this series of posts. It seems someone has hit my blog from Kenya! Wohoo!! Thanks whoever you are! So, this just leaves 2 remaining continents.

1. North America
2. South America
3. Europe
4. Africa
5. Asia
6. Oceania
7. Antarctica

Checkout my bite! September 3, 2006

Posted by britishbullblog in General, Pain, Personal.
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Bite!

I became the host of some blood sucking insect for a short period over a week ago, but the damn thing is still giving me hell! So, I thought I should document this damage for future posterity and to remember that it really BLOODY itches!!!

7 Continents Challenge – Update August 31, 2006

Posted by britishbullblog in Geek, General, Internet, Personal.
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Well, here is the first update from the original post in this series of posts. Overnight I have had a couple of hits from Oceania! So, this just leaves 3 remaining continents.

1. North America
2. South America
3. Europe
4. Africa
5. Asia
6. Oceania
7. Antarctica

Banking should be like computing August 25, 2006

Posted by britishbullblog in Geek, General, Personal, Questioning, Whinging Stuff.
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I have a loathing for banks and most financial institutions for many reasons, but mainly because they have too much control over peoples lives. Anyway, if I could live my life without having to be associated with banks I would be a much happier person.

I know that I am next to useless at budgeting for future financial commitments. I can happily manage my rent payments for example as that is regular i.e. every month. However, things like utility bills, car repairs, house repairs etc…I am rubbish at budgeting for. Anyway, I was just thinking of ways in which banks could be improved that might help me overcome my inadequacies in this area.

It struck me that my problem is that if money is in my account I will tend to spend it, of this I am sure others can relate. So I thought why can’t you have a folder system for your finances, much like you do on a computer.

You could access your current account and then have a number of sub-accounts where you could set-up a standing order for a specific amount of money to go into each sub-account every month. So for example, you could have a sub-account named as ‘Car Repairs’ and each month (on pay day) £50 is automatically transferred. Come service time you would have a nice stash to cover any unexpected expenses. If that £50 had remained in my current account it would gradually get spent, leaving me in a familiar predicament of thinking, bugger, where’s the cash going to come from for this?

Now this should be possible, but banks (certainly in the UK) don’t like you having lots of accounts. Why?

Well, it’s more paperwork for the bank so you would be a more expensive customer. Secondly, banks like you screwing up because they make money of people who screw up.

Does anyone else suffer the same frustrations?
What do you think of this idea?

I would enjoy hearing your thoughts.

Old school mates August 21, 2006

Posted by britishbullblog in General, Personal.
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This is one of my old school mates. How awesome.

Do you have a showering routine? August 20, 2006

Posted by britishbullblog in General, Humourous, Personal, Questioning.
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I just realised that I have a really regimented shower routine. Is this normal?

I wash my hair, then my body (starting with my left arm, across to the right and then work down to my feet), completing with a scrub of the face.

I do it this way, EVERY time! Why?

Please, someone else tell me that they have a shower routine as well, or is it just me?!