Fathers. Brothers, and Sons

Frank Bello’s autobiography

As I said in a previous post, I have been trying to read more this year. Less ‘doom-scrolling’ through infinite social media feeds, more feeding my mind with other people’s insights and experiences.

I recently finished reading Frank Bello’s autobiography Fathers, Brothers, and Sons: Surving anguish, abandonment, and Anthrax, co-written by Joel McIver and with a foreword by Gene Simmons of Kiss.

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How to set up recurring events on the last working day of the month in Google Calendar

Google Calendar doesn’t support repeating events on the final working day of the month

This week, I thought it would be useful to add a recurring event to my calendar to remind me of when pay day is.

My company pays its employees on the last working day of each month. If the final day of the month is a Saturday or Sunday then they bump it back to the Friday.

But the last working day of the month isn’t an option in Google Calendar’s recurring appointment options.

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2 × 4K = why not!

My desk

At the weekend, while I was having a bit of a spring clean around the house, I moved the AOC U32E2WG6 31.5-inch 4K monitor onto my desk, to replace a Dell P2419H 24-inch Full HD monitor (that Joshua now has his eye on!).

The AOC has been plugged into the Xbox One X, but since all three children have their own gaming laptops, the Xbox hasn’t been used very much. And so neither has the 4K monitor. (I’ll get the Xbox plugged in behind the AOC, so it’s still an option.)

It’s rather nice now having two 4K monitors on my desk. Because… why not!

The Fear Bubble

The Fear Bubble: Harness Fear and Live Without Limits eBook : Middleton,  Ant: Amazon.co.uk: Kindle Store
The Fear Bubble

Over the last few years I have read mostly business, productivity and agile-related books that have helped me at work. This year, I have made it a priority to try to read more and to read more widely, from a variety of genres.

Last night I finished reading The Fear Bubble by former Special Boat Service (SBS) operator Ant Middleton.

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Beware the Ides of March

My dad (right) with his colleague David Brown on the set of the 1982–1983 IEE Faraday Lecture

“Beware the Ides of March!” So, Shakespeare’s soothsayer warns Julius Caesar in his play. It is a phrase now etched into the history of my family.

Today marks the 39th anniversary of my late father, Keith John Saunders, collapsing with what turned out to be the first of three brain haemorrages, on Tuesday 15 March 1983.

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