Tuesday 23 January 2018


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The ‘bubble mat’ from Amazon seems pretty good value – a quarter of the price of similar from office suppliers. Click the pick to find out more.

OFF into Glasgow early.

I drop Margaret off and hit McDonalds…breakfast bagel, coffee and free wifi. I’m there for three hours uploading video, blogging and working on some new Google search tools to find out how to get more organic search and visibility for gigs.

Next I drop off posters and flyers for the upcoming Glasgow show on Saturday 3 March. First stop is the venue – The Hug & Pint – then I go into town, park up and drop into Love Music before dropping more off at the Scottish Music Centre.

Shopping is next on the list. Chung Ying, See Woo then Costco where I wait 20-minutes in a queue of just six folks for a hotdog.

Some more shopping, then i pick up Margaret and we drive to Braehead where we have an appointment with the kitchen folks. We’ve been before, but only did a basic layout. Subsequent visits to Magnet threw up some great ideas, but we just can’t afford their prices. Ikea will likely come in around half the price!

Margaret’s not convinced tho’ and we’re going round in circles with ideas, costs and solutions.

It’s after 9pm when we get home. The anti-fatigue mat I ordered form Amazon has arrived. I’m pleasantly surprised how good it is given that it was twenty-odd quid as opposed to over £100 for the equivalent from office suppliers. While I;m loving the improvised standing desk, my feet were getting sore…hopefully this mat will help.

Saturday 13 January 2018


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Standing desk hack – a £5 ‘Lack’ side table from Ikea on the normal desktop is the ideal height for a standing desk…and when you wanna sit down again, just move the wee table!

UP early. A biog breakfast then off into Glasgow to take some pix for my pal Rab.

We spend a fun morning chatting, drinking coffee and taking photos. Hope they turn out OK!

Once I’m done at Rab and Stephy’s I head for Ikea too pick up a ‘Lack’ table. I revisited the standing desk idea during the week by grabbing a table from the nest int he living room, taking it out to the office and putting it atop the main desk. Worked pretty well. Much better than the pile of boxes and other precariously balanced objects i improvised from last time I tried it.

The oak table is a little heavy, tho’ – and, of course, belongs back int he house. A quick scan on Ikea’s website threw up the wee Lack side table…a black one for a fiver and a white one at £9.

When I get to the store I find the white one is reduced to a fiver as well. Perfect! I also pick up some tea lights for the tables at the upcoming Memorial Hall show on 10 February…and a sneaky hot dog to keep me going ’til I get home 😉

It’s after 3pm when i get back. A little later than I’d planned as I need to get the smoker going for the bacon-wrapped pork loin. By 4pm the pork’s on and will hopefully be ready at a reasonable time. Unlike the pulled pork or brisket – which take 12-14 hours and 18 hours respectively – the pork loin is usually done in three or four hours. The smoking shelter makes everything a helluva lot easier 🙂

While the pork’s cooking I make a start going through the photos I took earlier, getting them imported to the computer and a first sift done by the time the meat’s ready just after 7pm.

I wrap the pork in a double layer of tin foil and a towel, take it indoors and tidy up outside while Margaret prepares  load of roast veg to go with the pork.

Then follows a lazy evening watching The Voice – so much better than Britain’s Got Talent, X-Factor and all the other ‘tlent show’ shite – then Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation…i think we’e seen it before, but it’s still good.

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