Minecraft / Discord Policy

I’ve always romanticised about the idea of living in a commune but in reality, perhaps setting up an open minecraft server is the closest I’ll come. If you’re not familiar with Minecraft, it’s an open world (well, an infinitely procedurally generated world) that enables participants to build and create things. It’s as complicated as you want it to be. There’s a misconception about video games being for children. Most video gamers (including myself) are adults. The average age of a Minecraft player is 24! The beauty of Minecraft is that kids and adults can play the game and get totally different, yet satisfying, experiences from it. But it’s this inter-generational nature of Minecraft that can be problematic.

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Gaming – my history

On a few occasions, I’ve bought a game and found that I already have it in my collection. To mitigate this, I decided to maintain a list of games. (I seem to have inherited this propensity toward collecting and cataloguing things from my Dad). I found a great website that has information on a massive array of titles; and this has invoked yet more nostalgia for me.

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Motorcycle CBT

I must be in some kind of mid-life crisis: I decided to learn to ride a motorbike. The thought had been in my mind since I’d sat on a colleague’s bike a few years back. I loved the feeling but without any knowledge of riding bikes, I was like a small child on a pony ride at the beach. I would regularly see the convenience people enjoyed in Spain, hopping between places in lovely weather on a scooter, and thought this is a lifestyle for me.

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Nostalgic about Chatsworth

There’s certainly nothing like a return to your home town to invoke feelings of nostalgia – I can certainly connect more with Cinema Paradiso. Every nook of my home time offers up memories so I realise I must have explored quite a bit in my youth but perhaps one of the most nostalgic places for me would be out of Chesterfield, in the Peak: The Chatsworth Estate.

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Vehicle Checklist

A company I worked for had abdicated responsibility to maintain their fleet of cars by making individuals perform car checks when using a ‘pool car’. Nobody knew what they were looking for so I made this checklist to help everyone out. Somebody may find this useful and at the end of the day, being in a safe car could not only prevent injury or save your life but could save lives of other road users/pedestrians.

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