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Petrol vs Diesel Prices

Thanks to my lack of motoring last month, I’ve been able to see the true difference a month has made on fuel prices in the UK.

Here in Peterborough I was paying 115.9p a litre at the end of April yet just 30-odd days later the price at the pumps is 130.9p!? What the hell happened in the world whilst I was in hospital?? I go away for a few days and the whole economy shuts down!

Similarly, the price of petrol has risen too from a paltry 106.9p to 115.9p/litre so why has diesel increased at a higher rate than petrol?

I find myself partially to blame…

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When Freelancing is a bad move

I can’t really remember much of the month of May, well not in a work sense anyway.

This is where freelancing really isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Yes you’re your own boss and you can roll out of bed and be at your desk, but when you’re seriously ill you start to realise how dependent you are on putting the hours in otherwise bills don’t get paid.

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Peterborough District Hospital

The NHS always gets a bad press with people reporting as they see it, but following a recent operation I personally can’t thank enough the doctors, nurses and staff at Peterborough District Hospital (PDH to locals).

With long shifts of around 12 hours a day I saw a number of different nurses including those from local RAF bases all of which had fantastic professional attitudes and really helped to make my recovery as comfortable as possible (which was difficult with various tubes sticking out of my body).

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Bank Holidays

Historially, public holidays in Britain are called “Bank Holidays” as they are days when banks are officially closed and therefore (traditionally) other businesses would close as they could not operate.

Bank and Public Holidays in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland

The expected dates of bank and public holidays in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland are as follows:

2008 Bank Holidays

England and Wales 2008 Bank Holiday Dates
New Year’s Day (Bank Holiday) 1st January
Good Friday (Public Holiday) 21st March
Easter Monday (Bank Holiday) 24th March
Early May (Bank Holiday, First Monday in May) 5th May
Spring Bank Holiday (Last Monday in May) 26th May
Summer Bank Holiday (Last Monday in August) 25th August
Christmas Day (Public Holiday) 25th December
Boxing Day (Bank Holiday) 26th December
Scotland 2008 Bank Holiday Dates
New Year’s Day (Bank Holiday) 1st January
January 2nd 2nd January
Good Friday (Public Holiday) 21st March
Easter Monday (Bank Holiday) 24th March
Easter Monday is not an official holiday, but many companies still close.
Early May (Bank Holiday, First Monday in May) 5th May
Spring (Bank Holiday, Last Monday in May) 26th May
Summer Bank Holiday (Last Monday in August) 25th August
Summer Bank Holiday is not an official holiday but many banks still close.
St Andrew’s Day (30th November or if on a weekend, the following Monday) 1st December
Christmas Day Public Holiday 25th December
Boxing Day Bank Holiday 26th December
Northern Ireland 2008 Bank Holiday Dates
New Year’s Day Bank Holiday 1st January
St Patrick’s Day 17th March
Good Friday (Public Holiday) 21st March
Easter Monday (Bank Holiday) 24th March
Early May (Bank Holiday, First Monday in May) 5th May
Spring (Bank Holiday, Last Monday in May) 26th May
Battle of the Boyne (Orangemen’s Day) 14th July
Summer Bank Holiday (Last Monday in August) 25th August
Christmas Day (Public Holiday) 25th December
Boxing Day (Bank Holiday) 26th December

History of Bank Holidays

Since 1871, British Public Holidays where banks were shut have been known as Bank Holidays.

Good Friday and Christmas Day are not specified as Bank Holidays in England, Wales and Ireland because they were already recognised as common law holidays.

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NES Controller Engine Cover

I like to think I’ve been around long enough to have an opinion on both games consoles and cars, after all I remember standing in WH Smith copying down a list of poke codes out of CU Amiga and playing Ikari Warriors on the NES so much that my thumb bled.

I’ve seen video games where real world cars are faithfully recreated and I’ve even seen cars that have had games consoles painstakingly crafted into them but this is the first time I’ve seen an engine cover fashioned in the style of a NES controller…

NES controller engine cover

The guys obviously got the time and an inkling of talent to come up with this so what’s next?

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