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"Who is the more foolish, the fool or the fool who follows him?" Obi-Wan Kenobi
Thanks for starting this Nige, I was really stuck for something to do in all that spare time I've got these days.
365 days? that's a whole year, right?
OK, let's see how it goes.
For anyone reading this who's not sure what it's about;
Our good (and slightly twisted) friend Nige has thought up another cracker.
Start a new blog and post a self portrait every day for the next 12 months. That's 365 posts, one a day, every day, without fail, of the same subject. Simple? yeah, right.
These other eejits are doin'it too! Join us!
My defective ear
365 Degrees of Kyoob
My left ear
Slice of life
Treated myself to a 10-20mm wide angle zoomer!
And I see another chance for a DailyMe
Boet took this one, with my camera, while we were waiting for "the girls" to join us.
Like most Mobloggers I'm not that happy on "the wrong side" of the camera, but I quite like how this one turned out.
I've no more picture ID's tucked away so it's back to this sort of daft stuff.
This is my digital tachograph card.
It replaced the old analog tacho-disks recently.
Now "they" can see everything, and I mean everything, that I do. Half a rotation of a wheel is enough to trigger a "driving" response so, for example, if you're on a break and you have to move up a couple of meters to make space for someone else, or say a better space becomes available and you want to move into it, you can't, basically. It would register that your rest period had been interrupted.
It measures driving hours and rest periods to the single minute and, in some countries, the police use that information to catch drivers out:
If you only took 44 minutes break instead of the statutory 45 then, according to the letter of the law, you didn't take any break at all.
If you couldn't make it into a parking bay on time and drove for 4hrs and 31 mins (4.5hrs being the max permitted continuous stretch) then you could be hit with the same penalty as if you'd driven for say 6 hrs straight.
If you started a new day after resting for 8hrs and 59 minutes then you've been working "round the clock" (that's why you sometimes hear on the news of commercial drivers having been driving "non-stop" for days and days. They haven't, usually)
The tachograph was brought in decades ago to put a stop to dangerous abuses of driving hours guidelines,
It's become a bureaucratic minefield of rules (and vague & varying interpretations of those rules) used to suck money out of professional driver's pockets.
Hammer the serious abusers of the driving hours regs, they're a danger to you, me and anyone else that gets in their way, but don't use it as a cash-cow.
21 years ago I left the army and didn't quite make it all the way back from
Germany to the UK, Holland got in the way.
Being a little stubborn, I never applied for Dutch citizenship and have kept
my UK passport and nationality all this time. This means I keep having to
renew my residence status every 5 years.
Or I used to, I think they've kind of accepted me now, when this one ran out
they said I didn't have to bother anymore.
This little boy went out to buy a paper and ended up joining the army.
Sweet 16 and packin' heat!
Yes, it's not just obscure African states that use child-soldiers, the good
old UK does it too.
Me & my mate Ian on route for the boat.