So, it looks like we (Medway) are in Tier 3 (Very High alert) from the 2nd Dec. No going to the pub just yet then. Yay!

Hue news: 3 more bulbs added to Chez Andrews. Went for white ambience, installed to the bathroom. Nice relaxing bath, here I come! 🛁 🧖‍♂️

The destruction of rainforests has got to stop. It’s sickening that this continues to happen despite it being understood.

If you’re scoffing cheap chicken, you’re supporting these practices.

www.theguardian.com/environme…

Microsoft restrict the use of certain characters in Microsoft Team Channel names. So, for example I can’t use a question mark in a channel name.

Teams channel 1

But it seems that they don’t restrict the use of emoji characters. Which I suspect is going to bring a great deal of joy to many once they realise.

Teams channel 2

Ironically, I can use the question mark emoji character. 🙂

Well, it looks like Michael Gove drew Ebenezer in this year’s Christmas Carol as he announced the policies and procedures that must be followed to celebrate Jesus’ birthday.

It’s certainly going to make for an interesting Andrews family Christmas with our four split-parent families, two grandparents and grown-up sibling families. Barely any of whom we’ve seen this year.

Perhaps we should draw names on a Zoom call - that seems the most fair approach if you ask me.

I can’t help but feel that this is all a little bit silly, even if you ignore the obvious comedy of Gove explaining how Christmas Bubbles will work. The rules are unenforceable, so people are either diligently following them to the letter or bending them to suit their own agenda.

I’m resolutely in support of the tier system (although think 1 and 3 need to be far more extreme) but can’t help but think that this Christmas thing is just a big ‘ol Boris bodge job.

Anyway, I’m sure it’ll be fine. More than ever, let’s hope for a white Christmas - that’ll throw a spanner in the works.

Boring post: Bought a new mattress yesterday, after spending months of having a sore back with our 4-year old Ikea one. Went for this Silentnight thing from John Lewis. Arrives tomorrow. Praying that it will sort my back out 🙏

Realised yesterday that when I moved my blog earlier this year I didn’t move the About Me page. This now explains why so many people have been puzzled as to who I am. Don’t worry, I’ve added it back.

Maybe I live in a bubble, but I don’t consider a £150 monitor or a £110 chair to be particularly excessive. …and I didn’t get any home ‘supplements’ from my work.

Financial Conduct Authority’s home workers get luxury chairs and screens

www.thetimes.co.uk/article/f…

Companies spend much more than that on equipment and furniture in an office setting, so why now is it an issue?

Our Prime Minister, ladies and gentlemen:

“‘tis the season to be jolly! But it’s also the season to be jolly careful.”

Just seen the update from Alex Thompson where he shows the damage to Hugo Boss. Looks very serious, but he’s confident that a temporary repair will do what’s needed to get back in the race. youtu.be/EJfhOBJAM…

How is it still not possible to archive a channel in Microsoft Teams? Our main Team a work now has 40 channels, most of them dormant causing unnecessary clutter.

There’s a UserVoice item for this: Ability to archive Channels. Vote!

For about two years, maybe three there’s been a small draft between our front door and it’s frame, it has really bugged me.

A man came and fixed it today. It took him less than 30 seconds.

Good start to the week. ☺️

Calm and crisp morning here in Upnor today. Ready for the week ahead. Let’s do this.

Very sensible. More urgently needs to be done here to stop a crisis in waiting. Alcohol is far too inexpensive and accessible.

Minimum alcohol price demanded to save thousands

www.thetimes.co.uk/article/m…

This has got to be satire, surely? No matter your cause, intentionally causing yourself financial harm seems like madness to me.

Don’t pay your mortgage, urge climate activists

www.thetimes.co.uk/article/d…

2nd episode of World’s Greatest Ships, the story of the Curry Sark, from tea ship to tramper to training ship, fascinating. I remember visiting not long before the fire. https://watch.amazon.co.uk/detail?asin=B084H3SDV4&territory=GB&ref_=share_ios_season&r=web 3:54 pm

Long day blogging today but feel like I’ve made progress. Finally have the first part on my great, great grandfather ready to post. I’ve spent countless hours and late nights researching him and putting facts together. Just need to prepare the images and I’ll publish. Exciting!

If you’re following the Vendée Globe, there is an absolutely fantastic daily report on the subreddit. Here’s today’s update (Day 13): https://reddit.com/r/Vendee_Globe/comments/jyj919/day_13_update/

Two magnificent new blog posts today, one on moving from Google Photos to Apple photos. andrews.io/blog/movi… and another on the different software I subscribe to or pay for andrews.io/blog/soft… Very busy day.

Just watched the first episode of World’s Greatest Ships, the story of how Sir Francis Drake circumnavigated the globe. Few bits filmed here in Chatham too! https://watch.amazon.co.uk/detail?asin=B084H3SDV4&territory=GB&ref_=share_ios_season&r=web

Just updated my blog to support Font Awesome version 5. Why? So that I can use the Micro.blog icon, that’s why.

Before you ask, yes, it took me way longer than it should have to make that change, but I got there in the end. 😁

Well, this is explains why Dom Cum scarpered so briskly

Boris Johnson told to self-isolate again after contact with Covid MP Lee Anderson

www.thetimes.co.uk/article/b…

So far, so good. 😊 The Music app in #BigSur certainly seems much better, I can’t quite explain what was wrong with it in Catalina but it seems better to me. Oh and everything else is working too (which I have of course just cursed….)

Well, this is happening #BigSur

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Potatoes 🥔