I have noticed an increasing number of retailers promoting Black Friday sales in the last few years, but this year I have been inundated with "special" offers. The concept of Black Friday makes sense in the USA where a large proportion of the population have a four days off work due to the Thanksgiving celebration being on a Thursday. Anyone promoting Black Friday here is just partaking in a cynical marketing ploy.
This is going to sound like one of these moans that things ain't made they way they use to be. It will sound like that because that is exactly what it is. The last time I bought a pair of safety wellies that really lasted was in 1994. They were purchased in a local hardware store, were a great fit, certainly not expensive and lasted me until 2010. I didn't realise it at the time but they were a landmark pair of wellies; durable in a way that modern wellies aren't. Even after a long serviceable life as footwear they fulfilled one more purpose as a gasket for a hot water tank, however that is another story.
Travelling the West Coast of Scotland from Sutherland down to Galloway I have been amazed at the number of road signs that have been peppered with bullet holes. Signs with writing on them seem to be particularly popular although the small passing place signs are also frequently used. It is mainly road signs on single-track roads and quieter "A" class byways in upland areas that are affected. I haven't seen the same thing on the East Coast but that might be because I don't drive around there so often.
The image below is a screenshot of the weather forecast for my home area by the Met Office for today August 1st, 2015. The "feels like temperature" (centigrade) was wildly optimistic as it didn't feel anything like that warm. This should be the height of summer but I had to light the wood burning stove today as it was too cool to sit around without heating.
For a few weeks now my laptop has, on an intermittent basis, been playing a two second musical alert. Is my CPU burning so hot it is about to imitate a China Syndrome? Is my fan spinning so fast that it resmbles a pulsar? Could it be my battery is about to explode? Maybe it is just an incoming email matching a particular pattern. The thing is I have no idea what the alert is for as there is no accompanying visual confirmation. I certainly don't remember manually setting any alerts. It is driving me nuts!