Jan 252011

Since October 2006 I’ve been self employed doing web design & hosting with Chris / Salt & Light Solutions, the odd bit of computer repair work and, primarily, doing the day to day admin for PocketGPSWorld.com‘s speed camera database. The latter essentially being a full time job (along with app development, web site stuff, customer support etc). I wouldn’t change it for the world.

Well, as the title suggests, working at home this way has it’s pro’s and it’s con’s…

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Dec 052007

For those thinking “it’ll be Christmas by the time he blogs again” well, you’re wrong. But not too far from the truth though!

Been stupidly busy sorting out poorly kids and poorly me as well as trying to get stuff sorted for the Christmas play I stupidly agreed to do…

I’ve been pretty busy with work stuff to – lots to do with PocketGPSWorld.com as usual but I’ve also recently finished the Migrant Workers Information Bradford site as well as completely redesigning the Jalapeno Drums site. The Jalapeno one is still showing the old site while we wait for domain names to be switched between hosts etc etc – all great fun…! I’ve also updated the portfolio part of my site at MaFt.co.uk/design so it’s not been a total loss!

That’ll do for now, I’ll try post more in the near future!


Now playing: Bowling For Soup – I’m Gay
via FoxyTunes

Apr 262007

These last two days have been a rollercoaster of mixed emotions.

Yesterday morning we found out that a good friend of Mrs-MaFt and myself had died suddenly and very unexpectedly. She was only 31 and has left behind a husband and 3 young boys (11 weeks, 3 years and 5 years). We still can’t really believe it but have to try and get on.

This morning was the total opposite as it was the extraction of Mini-Mrs-MaFt – a beautiful little girl weighing in at 6lb 8oz. Mini-MaFt loves her to bits (which is a good thing!). Pictures below – I’m tired and off to bed!

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Apr 172007

Well, I feel like David Beckham at the moment. We have a date for the Caesaeaeaserereasn Section (lots of problems with Mini-MaFt’s birth so we’ve been told Mrs-MaFt can have a CS again!) – it’s really weird cos the consultant said to us “so, is the 26th April OK for you?” but I was expecting them to just give us a date! I can make it to the big football game after all!

So, Mini-Mrs-MaFt shall be extracted (‘born’ doesn’t seem to describe the process effectively) a week on Thursday. We just need to decide on a name so I can get their domain name and website sorted a-la Mini-MaFt’s site.

See ya


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Dec 042006

Both Mini-MaFt and Mrs-MaFt are ill… great… puke and poo everywhere! Seriously!

It has just dawned on me how much I need to get done this week! Not only have I work to do but I also need to get some decorating done at the In-Laws. Then on top of that, tomorrow night we’re off to St Georges Hall in Bradford to see ‘Love So Amazing 2‘ – a collection of modern worship stuff. Mum and Dad are singing so we’re off to support them. Ro, Punk Worship bassist, is operating the projector for the night so he’s gonna spam it with PW2 adverts so I’ll have to get a photo of our massive promo!

I also need to get the laptop’s prepared for various events at church this week: Thursday is Brigades Christmas event, Saturday is PW2 and Sunday I’m on the rota to project the normal worship service… Thing is, I can’t get hold of the church laptop until Wednesday and I’m STILL waiting for people to send me what they want putting on it!

So, that’s about all!

See ya


Nov 012006

Had a pretty busy week last week! Monday we headed over to Blackpool to see the lights – I’m sure they get slacker each year… I remember the North end used to have loads of big displays at the roadside but there’s only about 10 or so now. Maybe it’s cos I’m getting older and everything seems much bigger and more fascinating when you’re younger! Mini-MaFt enjoyed himself even though it was flipping freezing!

Tuesday was Niece-C’s birthday party so that took up the best part of the evening then the day after was her actual birthday – so, again, another afternoon taken out! Working from home is great as it meant I could finish early in the afternoon then just make up the hours later in the evening!

I’m also enjoying Firefox 2 – particularly the in-line spell checker so as I type here it underlines spelling errors! Great stuff!

Then, my free time this week has been spent sorting out the stuff for recording the CD on Saturday and getting music sorted out for PW2… Busy busy busy!


Ta-ra for now, I have to get back to work 😉


Oct 092006

Right, I’ve spent the best part of the day on my new job. Working on behalf of www.PocketGPSWorld.com. I’ve still got some bits to get used to and learn but I seem to be getting the hang of it so far. The good thing is I’m working from home so can listen to music all day long too! So, if you visit the site during the day you’re actually likely to see what I’m listening to (on the left) as opposed to it saying “Nothing”.

Also, Grandma died at 7am on Saturday morning. We expecpected it but it’s like she was waiting until everyone had seen her before she ‘let go’. Mrs-MaFt says that sort of thing hapens a lot – she’s a nurse and deals wth death quite a lot. Well, she’s not in pain anymore.

And, finally, we had our first practise for PW2 on Saturday morning too. We got through a bunch of songs that we did previously but have made a start on some new songs, including som eChristmas carols too! They sound great 🙂

Anyway, back to work!


Oct 042006

Well, I’ve got to admit I feel a lot calmer now I’ve actually seen Grandma. It was a long drive to get down there but was worth it. She was very drugged up on pain killers but we managed to get a few grins from her and an almost ‘hello’. Thing is, I didn’t want to leave – it was like an admission that that was it I suppose. I’dhave happily sat there all day holding her hand but to actually leave was both weird and pretty upsetting.

Still, she’s had a long life, had her husband taken as a POW during World War 2 then lost him at a fairly young age (around 50 or so, I think), battled with three lots of cancer but remained optimistic for most of her life.

Not wanting to make this blog too morbid (what with the death of Tinkle the other week!) I’ll talk about something happier tomorrow! PW2 is on it’s way!


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Oct 032006

Well, I was going to be starting the new job today but we’re now having to drive down to Reading. Grandma is essentially on her death bed so work has been cancelled and re-arranged for Friday.

It aint gonna be nice going to see someone and saying ‘bye’ when you know you’ll never see them again. With her living so far away it’s been hard getting to see her, but at least she got to see Mini-MaFt last Christmas and didn’t stop talking about him for a week!

The chorus of that world famous Space Monkey Three song goes:

“Death comes around to all of us sometime,
At least in Heaven, there’ll always be sunshine”

Take your suncream Grandma, and I’ll see you soon.

Love Maff

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