OMG up at  just after 3.30 am this  morning. sleepwalked into the bathroom to get  ready for a day in London. Louis got a very short walk ,but even he looked at me like I was mental. We had to be ready for a car at 4.30 am to take us to the BBC studios  where |Mavis  was giving another interview. We anticipated the roads would be jammed and  we could be late.

But  there was little traffic and we arrived at the BBC at 6.30am. the program was not due  until 8.20 so we were escorted to the green room to wait for Peter. But his train was late so we missed our slot. So they recorded the interview which was on  Bbc south tonight.



One of them days. It started out trying to sort  the Door Bell. Mavis said take a look at it. So with it partially dismantled she sudenly  said OH NO we have lost the internet. I looked up and all the power on my end of the desk had gone. Panic Mavis with no internet is a Mavis you dont want to see. I  started checking . I  couldn’t see why. Oh dear now Ive got to start major sorting I have to get behind  book cases and  a stack of drawers all seems fine I checked fuses as I went. Next it was clear out under my desk  Loads of stuff trace the cable into  a cupboard  all Ok but still no power on desk all my stuff  Dead as a Do Do. Jumper off its hot now  Every thing   I checked had power bit by bit . having checked everything still no power. I  got a wandering lead and started plugging  bits in all work but not the last multi block that feeds it all. I don’t understand it . A cup of tea is in order. back to it again when I looked up and the red light was on OMG its all back on and I havent done anything?. So  began the restoration of  tidying up putting  it all back . Its been working now  for hours. I don’t know what happened . But Mavis is now back to the happy bunny ,thats all that matters.

A day at Brunel University.

What a day, up before 6 am walking louis up the lane much to his disgust. I am sure he was moaning its tooo early. We left here at 6.45 to get to the Station. Train to London. Then 20 stops and 2 changes on the Tube to get to Uxbridge. A Taxi to the uni. He got lost ,what a massive complex, we were lost on the ring road inside the campus. But  we found it. Stepped inside and bumped into  the first person we saw. Hello he said, you must be Mavis and Ray. With that we were escorted to a room to meet some of the other members . Would you like Tea, coffee? Soon other members came to join us and we all got chatting. what a lovely  bunch. We were taken on a tour to see their establishment. one piece of equipment was £5 million and it was a atomic microscope. It had a posh name I can’t remember. It worked on 100.000.00 KW. Wow, but  what it does is amazing. We were shown several other amazing scopes all doing amazing work. You just don’t know whats going on in these places. After chatting with these Doctors and physicists it was back to the room again for refreshments and lots more interesting chat. We both sides learned a lot. The journey home was a bit  of a mess we boarded the train in Victoria and we had to get off it had broken down the replacement was only  half the length and it was packed.

All in all its been an interesting day.



It was Marsden Day, the results were good again, Thats great. Its allways a worry waiting.

mavis  just didn’t want to go today she said she had a bad feeling.

An update on my back  this is  another good day despite the drive today, maybe after 3 weeks its finally begining to show results.

I have an appointment  Saturday  to discuss  results I had  visions  telling him that its not worked, i will hold judgement on that.



Strange. Today has been the best day  for my back since my op 3 weeks ago. Still no where near  sorted. And a nightmare  driving. But Its just been nigleing all day but not screaming. I was worried  what to tell  them on my follow up on Saturday. That his op  just hasnt worked. Now maybe the start of getting there.

Tomorrow will probably be back to  screaming hee bee jee bies


I worked on the banner  problem today. After redesigning the way it fitted it was all  done and  finally  superglued into place. AS I  put all my tools away Thinking its all done. I sudenly had a brainwave. Why did I make it so   complex. There is a much simpler way that I should have done. So Thinking how hard it was to erect it with the strong spring pressure,I was reluctant to  start over. But OK. I started to  un do all my work the superglue was sticking to my fingers But with a big pair of pliers and a few mins work I had undone hours of work. Now with my electric Drill a suitable Pin  and a plug. 10 mins and I had completely redsigned it. A much better  way of doing it. The previous was a bit hairy and with a nudge it could have all collapsed with a vicious whoosh like it did when it broke. Now my new design it will not collapse when moved or nudged. I might even tell the manufacturers that my idea is cheaper and better than the original.

Poor old louis has not been well today he has been lethargig and whimpering in pain his bowels are not too good. He has  had medicine and at the moment settled. I think he picked up a bug in the kennells. I will keep an eye on him. he got me up at 4 am crying.

An update on my back. Its been so bad today worse than it was before my op. I dont think its worked. Ive taken overdose of pain killers and I thik to much. I was so tired I could not keep my eyes open I dropped off for over an hour. Ive got to go out tomorrow on a fairly long drive. Driving is making it even worse.


A few problems today. It started with dropping  into a large pothole covered  with  a full  puddle of rain. Whack that woke my back up with a jolt that hurt.  Next it was a train  to London which stopped halfway   trees on the line we sat for 40 mins and they decided noone was available to  clear it so  we returned  home to be diverted. Had we stayed  onboard we would have been over 2 hours late for  our board meeting  a quick phone call and it was decided to cancel the meeting. Next a trip to my chemist  sorry we are out of stock. We can order it  for tomorrow.

I suppose as its the 13th  we must expect it.