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Weight Loss Update

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Right, the weight loss is still going on, its been 9 weeks since I started and here are the results

19th July – 90.3KG

28 July – 87.3KG

4th August – 85.2KG

11th August – 84.3KG

18th August – 83.3KG

25th August – 81.9KG

1st Sept – 82.1KG

8th Sept – 80.0KG

15th Sept – 78.4KG

Tired and at work

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Didn’t sleep to well last night, am shattered today, I don’t usually drink coffee at work but had to order a large black coffee to stay awake.

On a lighter note I weighed myself this morning and was happy to see that i’m down to 78kg according to my scales, will see if that number matches up with the scales at tonights weigh in session. (it seems that my scale at home are wrong, I was 80kg when weighed)

My home in the office.

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Away from home

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Am away from home for a few days on a work related trip, hotel is okay thought the wifi is crap and am having ton use my iPhone as a mobile access point for my iPad, I should have brought my laptop instead of the iPad, oh well is only for a few days, let’s hope I stay sane.

Work Sec: ‘Give Brits Jobs, Not Migrants’

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Article title: Work Sec: ‘Give Brits Jobs, Not Migrants’
Source: Sky News – Fri, Jul 1, 2011

Article:

Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has issued a plea to businesses to take on jobless British youths – rather than migrant workers.
In a speech the former Conservative Party leader said the Government’s attempts to cut unemployment are doomed to fail unless immigration is brought under control.
He quoted new figures suggesting that more than half of new jobs are now being taken by foreigners.
Mr Duncan Smith called on businesses to recruit jobless British workers, rather than taking on immigrants.
“Good immigration is managed immigration – it should not be an excuse to import labour to take up posts which could be filled by people already in Britain.
“Controlling immigration is critical or we will risk losing another generation to dependency and hopelessness.”
His comments, in a speech to the Spanish Foundation for Analysis and Social Studies thinktank (FAES) in Madrid, appear to echo Gordon Brown’s promise of “British jobs for British workers”.
The former PM’s 2007 pledge was widely criticised – not least by Conservatives – when it emerged that around 80% of the jobs created during Labour’s time in power went to migrants.
But official figures unearthed by Labour MP Frank Field show 87% of the 400,000 jobs created over the first year of the coalition went to workers from abroad.
Mr Duncan Smith said: “We have to ensure that our immigration system works in the interests of Britain, enabling us to make a realistic promise to our young school-leavers.
“It is part of our contract with the British people.
“This Government is reforming welfare to make work pay, and to help people back to work.
“We are toughening sanctions against those who refuse to take jobs when they are available.
“But we also need an immigration system that gives the unemployed a level playing field.
“If we do not get this right then we risk leaving more British citizens out of work, and the most vulnerable group who will be the most affected are young people.”

Where’s the off switch

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Sometimes I wish I had an off switch for my brain.

I know it sounds odd but I never seem to be able to unwind/turn off, even when I’m laying on my bed or on a sofa my mind is racing through many thought’s and idea’s, when I get an idea for something I want to build/make my brain goes into overdrive thinking about what equipment I need and how I’m going to connect things what’s really annoying is when I try to put these idea’s onto paper (or notepad.exe for us geeks) my brain just seem to go blank.

One of my last projects what a rechargeable battery pack for my iphone, I mainly built this as I was getting fed up of my iphone battery running out.

Top 3 Anime DVD’s I own

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Appleseed
It’s 2131 AD and the future of the human race hangs in the balance. Female soldier Deunan Knute has survived a major war that has pushed the earth to the brink of destruction. Located in a bombed-out urban wasteland, Deunan is transported to the Utopian city of Olympus and reunited with her former lover Briareos whose body is now half man, half cyborg. In Olympus City, half the population is made up of Bioroids, a genetically engineered species with a limited life span who are designed without unstable human emotions in order to create a peaceful society and protect the remaining members of the human race.
Ninja Scroll – 10th Anniversary Edition
A peak achievement of Japanese anime, Ninja Scroll is a propulsive mix of samurai action-adventure and supernatural fantasy from writer-director Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Supernatural Best City). This is defiantly animation for grown-ups, complete with fountains of blood, plenty of naked flesh and (in both the subtitled and dubbed versions) some decidedly strong language. (Students of Japanese language could pick up some useful expressions.) The plot sounds like a 16th-century variation on The X-Files: an entire village has been wiped out by a mysterious plague and an antigovernment conspiracy of invulnerable demons seems to be responsible. A wandering ninja, Jubei, and his female counterpart, Kagero, team up to defeat the plotters. Jubei is a classic reluctant hero, agreeing to participate in the mission only after being fed a slow-acting poison; the antidote will be supplied after he cooperates. And Kagero, a looker whose embrace is lethal, is a femme fatale with a difference that seems distinctively Japanese: sexual contact itself is poisonous, especially for a warrior with a pure soul.
Yukikaze Collection
Unbeknownst to the general population, 33 years ago, an alien force, the JAM, opened an interdimensional gate in Antarctica to invade the Earth. In response to this threat, the unified forces of Earth formed a military unit to combat these aliens, successfully pushing them back to the planet codenamed: Fairy.
Even now, the war still rages on. Rei Fukai, a pilot of the elite FAF unit of the Special Air Force (SAF), flies the Yukikaze, an advanced fighter with a near sentient computer control system. However, the recent infiltration of human disguised-JAM agents has begun to blur the lines between friend and foe. As the SAF’s own fighters begin to turn against their own forces, the Final Battle for the skies of Fairy and control of ‘the Passageway’ to Earth will rest in the hands of Rei, and the only thing he can trust: the Yukikaze.

I’ve Arrived At Mykonos

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Just a short note to let you know that I arrived in Mykonos in one bit, had a slight delay on the way to Gatwick due to a track side fire but got to Gatwick eventually, had a good night at the Hilton hotel and got up at 3am, got the 6am flight and arrived here in Mykonos at about 11am.
Been in the pool, had a light lunch, just relaxing before deciding on what to do for the evening. biggrin.gif

James’s Journal Is Moving Home

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Hi Everyone,
Just a quick note to let you all know that “James’s Journal” is on the move, I’ve been hosting my website on my own server here at home for a while now and considering that the server is located in my bed room I’ve finally had enough of the noise, heat and the maintenance thats invloved with running a server so I decided a few months ago to find a hosting company that will give me more than one database and a decent about of webspace and last week I found the ideal company called Heartinternet.
Heartinternet are a UK based hosting company that offers a decently priced hosting solution and very helpful support staff. I bought the Home Professional account which is only £8.99 a month.
So to cut a long story short, I am in the middle of moving the site to my new hosting area, during which time you might see the odd “oops page not found” page.

Mother’s Day

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Whatever you do this weekend do not forget Mother’s Day, its one of those special times of the year where you can splash out on your mum and buy her a little treat, I’ve ordered for my mum a large bunch of flowers, a box of chocolates, a teddy and a ballon smile.gif.