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Global_Highway_Man completed on 2018.07.16:
Global_Highway_ManLVL 7

Donate, give away or sell items you don't need.

The mattress at work, when used for a sleep over, is absolutely terrible! The springs have gone in the middle, so there is no give when someone lays down on it. It is agony on the back, and has caused many a restless night! Fortunately, I have an orthopaedic mattress and foam topper! It's been begging to be used, and to be honest I have a queen-sized bed, so a single bed mattress isn't really a necessity (if my wife's pissed at me, there's always the couch anyway … not that she ever is troubled to that extent though!).
So, I offered both items to work for £25.00. The guys thought it was a great idea and all chipped in, and now they have a new mattress which actually is comfortable, along with a foam topper! A. tried it last night, and said it was a fantastic improvement! So, a good purchase by them, and some money gained by me!
I also have a metal-framed fold-up bed, which I've also offered for free, since the existing bed itself has no airing. Maybe I'll be able to get rid of that too!

  • +300XP
  • ENV +8
Global_Highway_Man completed on 2018.07.16:
Global_Highway_ManLVL 7

Read or watch the news.

This morning, I felt like scanning through a local read called "The Grafton Press", which is a mini issue published by The Grafton Centre in Cambridge. The last two issues were interesting. This one, however, was a bit of a let down. Very few articles, and a whole lot about fashion. Nothing wrong with fashion, but unlike the past two publications, this was far from balanced.
However, there were some noteworthy stories and interviews:
The release of a book on consciousness by Dr. Hannah Critchlow entitled "Consciousness: A Ladybird Expert Book", which condenses the complex study of the brain and consciousness into an accessible read, and also leads to future possibilities about the extent of consciousness in plants and robots, and what that means for the future. Dr. Hannah Critchlow is one of the next big names in the fields of science, and her work on neuropsychiatry could be revolutionary.
A couple of stories on charities in Cambridge: One about "Cambridge Street Aid", a charity focusing on homelessness that hopefully redirects donations in a more productive way, and not accidentally making situations worse. £26,000 has been raised thus far. Also, the "Eastern Fostering Service", who's name is self-evident, highlighted the serious concerns of there being too many children looking for homes, but not enough families or people coming forward. Things have changed since the days of workhouses, but in the meantime there are many youngsters still needing a family out there.
Finally, a news story on the opening of a restaurant called "Amelie", which shall be focusing on Flammekueche - a dish dating back to the 14th century from a region in the East of France, close to the German border. Effectively, it's a healthy, light type of pizza, which can have both savoury and sweet toppings. I'll definitely be trying this one out when it opens!

  • +100XP
  • INT +2
  • CUL +4
Global_Highway_Man completed on 2018.07.15:
Global_Highway_ManLVL 7

Prepare yourself a healthy meal.

I had been promising my wife a nice Sunday dinner, so at home this evening I set about preparing a tasty and healthy meal. Plenty of vegetables, Cornish potatoes, herb and pepper-sprinkled fresh chicken (not pan-fried) and Yorkshire pudding, with a nice daffy of gravy on top. It was a triumph, and best of all I don't have to wash up now! I'm feeling more enticed to create more dishes in future, especially with our upcoming meal planning we've finally agreed on (whenever we start it)!

  • +85XP
  • STR +1
Global_Highway_Man completed on 2018.07.15:
Global_Highway_ManLVL 7

Call a friend or relative just to chat for a bit.

This morning was bustling with social activity on the horn at home!
Firstly, I spoke with my dad, and realised that he is now in a competition with his next door neighbour over who dies first. They share a large cottage, which was sectioned into two separate properties, and supposedly when one dies, the other shall take over the other half. So there's the motive! I just hope they do it fairly. I guess at his age, and approaching those twilight years, the inevitable feels more comical. My dry sense of humour gets it, but I know others may not find the punchline so funny.
Secondly, I spoke with my friend A., and have arranged a catch up with him and his wife. What should we do? Bowling? Meal out? Exploring? No! He wants an afternoon tea somewhere. Not that I am dissing it in the slightest, but now I am beginning to feel old. Still, a good scone and tea is a rather exquisite delight! Unless he means cucumber sandwiches and all that codswallop. In which case, I'll just skip to the scones!
Finally, a nice babble with mum, including how that completely barmy spaniel of hers went on a hunger strike for 48 hours, because he refused to eat a tablet for medicinal purposes. Apparently, all he did was growl and complain until finally the vet came up with some alternative, and now he's back to eating. Seriously, most creatures would pick out the tablet and pig out on the rest, but not T.! Apparently, starving himself and snarling was the only way to show his distain.
Fun in every conversation!

  • +70XP
  • CHA +3
Global_Highway_Man completed on 2018.07.14:
Global_Highway_ManLVL 7

Take some photos of interesting architecture.

This afternoon, my wife and I were pootling about Cambridge, just as an excuse to get out of the house. It was absolutely heaving today, but with The Big Weekend on in Parker's Piece, and England playing Belgium this afternoon, it was to be expected in honesty.
Anyway, I took this picture of the fire station and luxury flats, as it does catch the eye, overlooking the park. Cambridge is quite a low-rise city, so these tenements at seven stories high attracts attention. The lodgings don't have any corners - just a nice, smooth, oval curve. The fire station is in the same design, although with angles. The shape from above is made to look like an anchor. Previously, the site where these flats are now used to be entirely a 1960s-constructed fire station and training area, which is why the entrance (not shown) is actually designed like a wall of fire leading to the main apartment complex. It's been contrived by Glenn Howells Architects, and adds a fresh face to this section of this University city. In a municipality known for its history, it's also fantastic to see many futuristic creations like this cropping up as well, giving a really renewed addition to Cambridge.

  • +70XP
  • TAL +2
  • ENV +2
  • CUL +2
Global_Highway_Man completed on 2018.07.14:
Global_Highway_ManLVL 7

Read an article on something you don't know much about.

This morning, whilst outside with my wife having breakfast and enjoying the newfound peace from last night's horrific crooning from next door (seriously, the mother and youngest son cannot sing for love nor money, and sounded more like a knot of toads being ravished by cats on heat), during our usual random chats, my wife asked about how the whole carbon dioxide shortage was happening. I hadn't given it much thought, so we located a few articles online (ignoring tabloids, naturally).
It turns out it's occurred through a variety of accordances: The increase in alcoholic beverages and fizzy drinks being consumed during this time of year and the World Cup; ammonia fertilizer plants not opening up until later (these are the main producers of CO2); fuel premiums rising, whilst ammonia prices have stayed static; and the heat wave.
Despite the increased concentration of carbon dioxide in the air, it still only comprises 0.04% of the atmosphere, so syphoning it would not be efficient enough.
Fortunately, the ammonia plants are opening again, but it will still take weeks for things to return to normal. Until then, beverages, meat, packaged salads and some industrial processes amongst others will be under strain to meet demand.
Even if it's something I may not immediately pick up on my own, it always feels good to increase my knowledge.

  • +85XP
  • INT +2
Global_Highway_Man completed on 2018.07.13:
Global_Highway_ManLVL 7

Make something.

I would say about perhaps two birthdays ago, my wife gave to me - amongst other things - a crystal growing kit. This was probably done as a way of teasing my childish nature, but that box stayed faithfully unopened by my side of the bed for two years. So much so, that when I finally picked it up around two weeks ago, it was smothered in dust from where it was tucked behind my bedside table. Sneezed a bit taking it out!
So, I thought I'd try a small trial with it, and chose a random bag and three rocks from the set to see if it had gone out of date. As can be seen, it grew quite nicely, even though it took a few days for the crystals to form, rather than the few hours as advertised.
Next time, I'll make it prettier, but for now at least I know it still works. What did interest me though were the crystals around the rim of the cup it was in. The water was not high, and the orange powder was put directly onto the rocks. No mist came up as the particles left the bag, so I do wonder how they travelled there..

  • +85XP
  • TAL +2
  • CUL +2
Global_Highway_Man completed on 2018.07.12:
Global_Highway_ManLVL 7

Tell someone an interesting story, either true or fictional.

Yesterday evening, I was chatting with S. about sport, and I ended up telling her a story about one time at school when the rugby teacher decided to coach us about Australian Rules Football. We had little knowledge about it, and when the teacher replied "There are no rules" - well, that was a red rag to a bull! It was Armageddon on private school scale. I remember giving a suplex to one guy, and another basically clotheslining me. Bodies were everywhere, and the ball was really only a trivial part of the battle, as The Hunger Games took place across the pitch. At the end of what I could only describe as an extremely posh version of warfare, approximately one third of us were injured (from minor cuts to bruises to twisted ankles). We never again came across Australian Rules Football. Certainly not in the way our rugby teacher described it as!

  • +125XP
  • TAL +2
  • CHA +5
Global_Highway_Man completed on 2018.07.11:
Global_Highway_ManLVL 7

Cook a meal for your parents or other family members.

This is going to sound really bad, but this is the first ever time I have made a roast dinner from scratch, all by myself! It's quite horrific it's taken so long, but it turned out to be rather pleasing! My Yorkshire Puddings rose wonderfully, and cooking the roast potatoes with flour was quite a successful experiment. I managed to achieve this tonight, and the overall consensus was that it was well done. Best of all, nobody has died from food poisoning thus far. I'll probably get a better report tomorrow though.

  • +125XP
  • TAL +7
  • CHA +5
Global_Highway_Man completed on 2018.07.10:
Global_Highway_ManLVL 7

Learn how to play a new card game.

This morning at work, during a break, my colleague taught me a new card game called "Speed". It's a two player game, that is as brisk as its title suggests. I've put the rules below for anyone wishing to give it a go:

1. Two tiny decks, four cards on each deck, are placed face down. I'll call these the pre-existing decks. The remainder of the pack is dealt evenly between the two players. I'll call these the player decks
2. Each player places their player decks face down, and picks up the first four cards. You can only ever have 4 cards maximum per hand throughout.
3. Both players then choose one of the pre-existing four card decks and, at the same time, turn the top card over, so there should be two cards face up.
4. On each card, so long as a player has a card number that is adjacent to the face down card, they can lay that card down and pick up another from their player deck. This is done as quickly as possible. When neither player can move, each player then returns to the remaining face down decks of three, and step 3. is then repeated.
5. If the two pre-existing decks are used up, those cards placed down are reshuffled and split into two decks again. Then follows steps 3 and 4 again.
6. The winner is the one with no cards on their playing decks.

The best bit is, by being fastest to put the card down, you can block moves made by the opponent. It's actually quite a fun game, and quick to pick up. Pretty much everything about it is related to "Speed"!

  • +170XP
  • INT +2
  • TAL +4
Global_Highway_Man completed on 2018.07.10:
Global_Highway_ManLVL 7

Wake up to your alarm clock without hitting snooze.

This morning at 05:50, I was awoken by the rocking title track from the game "Killer Instinct", as I prepared to go back to work after a few days off sick. For some reason, I have been far too lazy to change the ringtone to a different jingle, so presently when my alarm goes off I keep thinking it's a call. I ought to switch to a new sound. In fairness, it's an amazing theme tune from a very underrated video game! It still got me up.

  • +70XP
  • STR +1
Global_Highway_Man completed on 2018.07.09:
Global_Highway_ManLVL 7

Stop yourself from self-criticism.

After traipsing around shops this afternoon, for undisclosed reasons I became very despondent and self-loathing, after taking into account some earlier events in the day. There are some forms I have to fill in from my sessions about obtrusive thoughts and what evidence there is for and against them. So, I completed those sheets and, when I had a clearer head, spoke with my wife about these worries and feelings of revulsion of myself to seek support. Speaking with her about the various points helped me to stop contemplating in such a depressive way. It felt a bit embarrassing, especially when I read out to her what my exact concerns are, but people cannot help if they don't know what's going on. Anyway, those views have since passed, and am feeling much better for talking it through.

  • +180XP
Global_Highway_Man completed on 2018.07.07:
Global_Highway_ManLVL 7

Watch a documentary.

At home this evening, my wife and I were coming to the end of a day recovering from stomach bugs (a really crap way to spend Saturday!), and we ended up watching a documentary of the legendary late magician: Paul Daniels. "Paul Daniels: My Life in Magic" was fascinating documentary that covered many aspects of his life. These included the Hallowe'en "Iron Maiden" illusion which almost got him fired; making £1,000,000 disappear from under the noses of security; to his influence on magic made by practically everyone since, and the Louis Theroux documentary on his wife Debbie McGee and their marriage. Not to mention the party set pretty much every kid in the 1980's had. Really remarkable to know how much he actually shaped the future of this art form, and also how he put more emphasis on showmanship than those who came before him, making him also enormously significant for how these shows would be presented in the years to come. Very entertaining, and makes you appreciate his skills much more.

  • +70XP
  • INT +2
  • CUL +2
Global_Highway_Man completed on 2018.07.06:
Global_Highway_ManLVL 7

Spend some time outdoors.

My wife and I spent part of the day around Letchworth today: England's first ever Garden Town. The design was to mix country and town seamlessly, and has influenced some rather larger cities, including Australia's capital Canberra and Stalingrad in Russia. It's also one of the two settlements (alongside Welwyn Garden City) to be used for the 2013 British movie "The World's End". This flame artwork is based outside "The Platform" pub, which in the film was known as "The Two Headed Dog". Oddly, not much can be found about this sculpture online, other than it was erected in 2009 and someone complained about it being too dirty (as it's copper, it weathers badly). Anyway, we were intermingling shopping with a trip out, and this was our choice today.

  • +70XP
  • ENV +3
Global_Highway_Man completed on 2018.07.06:
Global_Highway_ManLVL 7

Clean up your email inbox or social media profile.

This morning, I made a point to keep on top of cleaning my inbox. I didn't fancy the prospect of spending more time than necessary tidying up, just because I couldn't be bothered for the past several weeks. So, it was a much easier job this time round, and the inbox is orderly once again.

  • +170XP
  • ENV +2
Global_Highway_Man completed on 2018.07.05:
Global_Highway_ManLVL 7

Offer help to someone who could use it.

Mum's car insurance renewal came through to my email this week (she has no address), so I spoke with her and offered to help find a cheaper quote. So anyway, I had been rather slack at the start of the week, but today I intended to buckle down. Unfortunately, the website for the insurance wasn't recognising her policy number (and yes, I had inputted it correctly). In any case, I texted mum to call this evening so we could complete it. She called and decided to tell me there and then she actually wasn't bothered about finding a cheaper quote, as it had only gone up by £20.00 approximately. Ultimately, all that fretting about it was for no reason at all! Still, at least she's happy.

  • +70XP
  • TAL +2
  • CHA +2
Global_Highway_Man completed on 2018.07.05:
Global_Highway_ManLVL 7

Floss your teeth every day for a week.

Every morning, after breakfast, I have always flossed my teeth before taking a shower. I have good dental hygiene, but admittedly never "Reality TV" white. The thought of having horrific breath (so bad I can taste it) is abhorrent. The flossing is helping, and hoping my mouth feels healthy for many more years to come.

  • +200XP
  • STR +3
Global_Highway_Man completed on 2018.07.03:
Global_Highway_ManLVL 7

Memorize the lyrics to a song.

I came across this track on YouTube a few weeks back: "The Mariana" by Everything, Everything. Such a beautiful and amazing song about the crisis of male depression, and the pressures that are engrained in social expectations. In 2013, the number of suicides recorded were 6,233. 78% were male suicides, and since then three times as many men than women take their lives. Whatever gender, age, race or any other social grouping there is, each body has to deal with mental illness. It's something dear to my heart, and would recommend anyone who feels like they are in the Mariana to speak to someone about it.

Link to the song is here: https://youtu.be/3O7HpIlnxhU

  • +100XP
  • TAL +4
  • CUL +4
Global_Highway_Man completed on 2018.07.03:
Global_Highway_Man

Global_Highway_Man leveled up to lvl 7!

Global_Highway_Man completed on 2018.07.03:
Global_Highway_ManLVL 7

Write a piece of poetry.

I've been on and off this poem for the past few days … actually, correction: I've approached this within a few days about two or three times. Honestly, I wasn't really sure where I was going with this, other than it's partially about depression and in some measures about story from a fair few years back. It's in conjunction with my recent therapy, but self-taught. It's nice to be writing again after so long, but I have many improvements and much honing to catch up on. But baby steps, one at a time.
Overall, I felt this piece could be improved (too much focus on longer words at times), but hopefully my writing will progress as I practice.

  • +70XP
  • INT +2
  • TAL +3
  • CUL +1
Global_Highway_Man completed on 2018.07.03:
Global_Highway_ManLVL 6

Do something you find relaxing.

The house is my own this morning, so thought I'd chill and restart "Rimworld", after watching a video by ChristopherOdd, which reminded me it was hiding away in the Steam library of mine. I only played it with half my attention, so cannot remember all of the characters. The colony consists of: a geologist; a jeweller; and I am not sure what the profession of the other guy is, but she does have the psychopath, bloodlust and brawler traits, so not someone to mess with! I may end up starting again with another colony, but it was nice to get back into it. It's easy for me to forget how rich this game is.

  • +70XP
Global_Highway_Man completed on 2018.07.02:
Global_Highway_ManLVL 6

Spend some time outdoors.

So today I decided to have a potter about Cambridge. The aim was to spend some time to myself (as I don't get much of a chance to) and walk along The Backs. What actually happened was a spontaneous £90.00 clothes shopping spree, which oddly enough did not result in my wife's head exploding after I told her. She actually liked all bar one item, which she reckoned will possibly split. It was hot though, so a planned full day strolling about was rather ambitious. Another time perhaps Anyway, I did spend practically most of the morning outside, and did go through a couple of parks. This is one of the arrangements in Christ's Pieces.

  • +70XP
  • ENV +3
Global_Highway_Man completed on 2018.07.01:
Global_Highway_ManLVL 6

Eat a healthy snack when you would normally eat junk food.

Just now, I have decided to ward off the temptation of a chocolate brunch bar in favour of an orange. I really need to revise my diet, and alongside the exercise yesterday this would be a good step in the right direction. Unfortunately, my orange peeling and segmenting skills are … well, woefully dire! What's more, despite my use of tissues, the orange juice still made the laptop a tad tacky. That'll be difficult to explain to the wife.

  • +70XP
  • STR +3
Global_Highway_Man completed on 2018.06.30:
Global_Highway_ManLVL 6

Read at least one chapter of a book.

Early this afternoon, I settled down for a bit of a read of "The Stonehenge Legacy" by Sam Christer to have a bit of "me" time before my wife came back from work. What I ended up reading was what appeared to be a more interesting, but more terrifying version of "I'm A Celebrity! Get Me Out Of here!", as the Vice-President's daughter spent many hours in something described as a tomb-version of a medieval hanging cage, before being dragged out for a much worse time. These cultists are somewhat nutty.

  • +70XP
  • INT +2
  • CUL +2
Global_Highway_Man completed on 2018.06.30:
Global_Highway_ManLVL 6

Do jumping jacks.

As it's my first day off for a few days, I thought I would slowly try to turn over a new leaf, and restart exercising again. I did a few types of exercises this morning, but the most I did was 175 jumping jacks (in two batches of 75, then 100 respectfully). I think everything altogether took about 30 minutes for all the exercises, but it's a good start and I do feel rather better for it. I just don't want to go over the top like before.

  • +150XP
  • STR +6
Global_Highway_Man completed on 2018.06.28:
Global_Highway_ManLVL 6

Mail someone a birthday or greeting card.

Made a late-in-the-day rush to the post box to post a birthday card to my step-mum. My wife helped get the gift card sorted out, but with so many things going on, I almost forgot. It's been a very rushed day today, and not one of my finest ever. However, I think she should get the card on time.

  • +70XP
  • CHA +3
Global_Highway_Man completed on 2018.06.27:
Global_Highway_ManLVL 6

Take some photos of interesting architecture.

Near The Mall in Luton, there was St. Mary's Church, just across from where I was shopping with friends today today. It's been at this site for 850 years, and has been rebuilt throughout history, but the main work was in the 15th century.
The other interesting thing about this picture are the two circular-shaped clouds in the sky, which almost look like little puffs of smoke from a cigarette. It was very warm today, so maybe even the camera was hallucinating, but the effect is quite cool!

  • +70XP
  • TAL +2
  • ENV +2
  • CUL +2