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Hot-stuff!

Posted 19th November 2008 at 23:22 by Simo (Simo' Says...)

Over the last couple of weeks/months I've visited quite a few different chemical plants throughout Europe and the US. Whilst most of what I've seen has been pretty 'normal' for me, I thought I'd share a few interesting photos of some glass furnaces, as you dont get to see this type of stuff every day

I won't give too many details away, but these furnaces produce glass by melting sand and ash together at very high temperatures! The output from the furnace is a hot, sticky, molten viscous fluid glass, which very quickly solidifies (in a matter of seconds!)

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I touch...

Posted 17th November 2008 at 21:43 by Simo (Simo' Says...)

With all of the travelling I've been doing recently, I decided to treat myself to a new MP3 player. After looking around a little bit, I decided to get an Ipod Touch.

Suie told me of an offer at Argos, where you could get a 16Gb iTouch for £146... but it was one of those offers where you cant buy online, or pre-order and you have to buy in the store... and surprise surprise, there's never any in stock! After visiting Argos and a few other places, I realised this offer was for the older style Touch.

So... after a little pondering, I bough the new-style 32Gb version...
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Life in the US of A.

Posted 15th November 2008 at 00:28 by Simo (Simo' Says...)

It's been a week since I got back from my trip to America... I'm pleased to report that I survived

Things are definately different over in the US. I guess things were also a little more different from usual, as I happened to be there during election week. Although Obama seemed to win the election with ease, many of the people I spoke to out there weren't too sure on him. I guess only time will tell

The main thing that I rememebr from my trip is the food! There's masses and masses of it! Everything seems to be available in one size bigger than normal... or one...
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Leaving on a jet plane...

Posted 2nd November 2008 at 01:35 by Simo (Simo' Says...)

Over the last few weeks I've had to do quite a bit of travelling for work - Ive already been to Holland and East Germany... I have further trips lined up for Holland, France, Norway and Sweden.

But the next trip I go on starts in 6 hours and its to America. Ive known Ive been going for a few weeks now, but haven't really thought much about it. I've just finished grabbing PSP, iPod, laptop, clothes, etc together and am sorting a few last minute sax-p things out before heading to bed.

Having just looked at my travel itenary, it looks like I'll be experiencing quite...
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Tim-berrrrrrrrrrrrrrr...

Posted 23rd October 2008 at 23:41 by Simo (Simo' Says...)

I'm working in East Germany this week, close to Leipzig. I arrived at work this morning and got on with a meeting I had planned at 9am. At about quarter to 10, the meeting was put on hold and I was told there was something interesting to watch outside??

We walked across the site to an old semi-abandoned part, where an area had been barrier-taped, to restrict access. In the distance there was a team of guys cutting and torch-burning the base of a large chminey - I'd arrived at a demolition site!

The chimney in question was dis-used and was apparently costing...
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Laminate...

Posted 15th October 2008 at 23:12 by Simo (Simo' Says...)

So, myself and Suie are shopping on Sunday and somehow the crazy idea of buying new flooring for the conservatory crops up!? Random... yeah, I think so! I've always been an impulse buyer though

So, after a trip to Homebase and B&Q we load up the car with a trolley full of decent quality laminate flooring. We managed to get the exact same stuff from B&Q, but it was £8 per pack cheaper than Homebase's 25% discounted stuff. result! By the time we got home and moved all of the furniture out of the way, it was about 5pm. I wanted to get it all sorted by Sunday night really,...
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Gearbox Change & New Toys!

Posted 30th August 2008 at 23:42 by Simo (Simo' Says...)

Just before the French Car Show myself and DannySp8 fitted a new gearbox to my VTS , as the old box had suffered from a damaged crown wheel (again). It was a bit of a rush job to colelct a gearbox and fit it before booking the car for an MOT.

Unfortunately whilst fitting the box the clutch release bearing moved and became mis-aligned... meaning that the clutch was slipping constantly when driving - the car missed the FCS event

Anyway... in preparation for TRAX I am doing the same job(s), only this time, instead of the luxury of a ramp in a garage, I'm fdoing it...
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Space?

Posted 30th August 2008 at 22:55 by Simo (Simo' Says...)

After 2 weeks off on holiday today was my first day back into work! Boo...

I had to go in to authorise an important job to proceed. I thought I'd do a very brief blog as it involves a topic most people probably won't think about too much : - Confined Space Entry.

We've had to take a reactor offline at the plant as about 8 months ago the steam heating coil within the tank ruptured and caused lots of problems. ITs taken a long time to get money approved to replace it and for the exotic materials to be made, etc. I'm glad its getting fixed, put it that way! ...
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Fun in Fuerteventura

Posted 23rd August 2008 at 20:37 by Simo (Simo' Says...)

Well, myself and Suie have been over here for 7 days now and our tans are coming along nicely. I hear its been raining and sleeting back in the UK so we're not in a mad rush to come home

After coming out here with no return flight booked we've had to look online evry now and again to try and find a suitable flight home. Unfortunately next to no flights are available with it being school holidays but we have to be home before school's go back, as Suie works in a school. D'oh!

We eventually decided to play it safe and have now booked a return flight to Glasgow on...
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Holi-holidays...

Posted 18th August 2008 at 18:05 by Simo (Simo' Says...)

Well, it's that time of year again - holiday time!!

I work pretty damn hard both at work and also at home keeping sax-p running smooth, so I really like being able to get away and chill out and do whatever I like on holiday

Myself and Suie have flown back to Fuerteventura. We like it here. My parents have a holiday bungalow out here and its the perfect atmosphere for chillin' out!! I'm sat here in exactly the same spot I was back in March when the Saxperience Blog system was implemented. Maybe there will be some new sax-p toys appearing on this holiday... time...
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