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2017

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Yes it has been some time since I posted on here and that is only due to the fact that I had an iMac failure, that god-dam graphics card failed me yet again, thats twice now in the last 6 years, so this has hindered me in getting posts to my blog. 
The cost for the repair was so ludicrous for the age of the machine that it was better money spent putting it towards to a new machine. 
Luckily with the new MacBook Pro, the power to post again is just at my finger tips.

Four, Two, Me

Some see cars as practical, others see them as luxury items or a means to show off that head turner thing.
There is one thing we all share when looking for a new car, the common ground is affordability. How much will it cost to run, will it increase my insurance and will my road tax go up.
All the common factors that ultimately decide what our next set of wheels will be.
I have for many years seen my cars as practice, means of getting from A to B and something comfortable for a just over six-foot individual, something that not many car manufacturers seem to take into account, that all allusive head and leg room.
Recently I did want that head turner thing at a price I could afford.

Jezz Baby

I started with cars that had four seats but most of the time I would only ever use two of them, myself and a passenger so I then ditched the four-seater and opted for the two-seater cars that meant having that added advantage of a little more power and pull away due to less of a load and also being the fact I only drove automatic cars that would give me the extra added oomph when pulling away, more often at a set of traffic lights.

Jezz Clio

My cars driven have not been many, I stared at the car that I learnt to drive in, a Clio and from that, I went to something that was practical at the time, a Jeep. I then wanted something with a little pose factor and grabbed myself a 207cc convertible and still sticking with the convertible thing I then opted for a city car, the Smart for Two soft top, at the time an impulse buy and probably not my smartest of moves, yes it was economical, good on tax and petrol but that was about it.

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Jezz Smart ar Test Drive

Everything went out of the window with my next car.
Yes, I went for a Mini Coupe.

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I have been driving it for a while now and I have got to say besides the immense pose factor and complete head turner car, it has been one of the best drives, the most tech-induced car and when I need it this car goes like stink, whoosh it is off, must be the turbo sorts engine kicking in.
So my opinion on this new car, well the next car has a lot to live up to, I don't think I be getting anything other than a mini again, they just seem to put all the best tech in their cars and safety gadgets and for a price that is far more affordable and reasonable than that of other high end luxury cars that only a select few can own.

PSVR

VR has arrived, with all three major headsets now on the market, and a number of other options also coming on stream, it is safe to say VR is here for the foreseeable future. Out of the three main options “Sony’s PSVR” has the best chance of gaining enough of a player-base to make gaming on VR a commercial option for developers.

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I have had my PSVR headset for a few months and I have found it to be very immersive, highly playable and above all an experience for everyone.  I tested it out an a few friends and Wayne and I often play games together on it, one thing the developers have added is the support to make sure no one is left out, either the wearer or the onlookers.

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The set up is not overly complicated, once you get around the mass of wires and follow the simple numbered set up instructions you will be ready to go in 5-10 mins. Putting on the headset is something that takes a little bit of practice. The visor slides out, and the band expands via a button on the back of the headset to fit over your head. The weight of the headset is taken onto the top of your forehead and the visor just gently slides up to your face.  I can safely play a PSVR game for a few hours without any discomfort but that took me some time to do so as VR takes a little time for your mind, body and senses to get used to it.
While in use the tracking is actually very good, not only can you look around in 360 degrees but you can lean in to get a better view, stand up, crouch down and move around the play area freely.
It is strange how a game that looks so basic in construction and graphics soon becomes so immersive and with the accompaniment of 360 sound via the inline headphone jack it makes for a sometimes too real of an experience.

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Outside of the VR games the PSVR does have some additional functions. You can view 360 VR videos via the Media Player, you can also utilize Cinema mode to watch Netflix or Youtube or play non-VR games. This essentially puts the game on a massive cinema screen.  With a recent update to the PS4 there is now an option to be able to watch 3D content without having to worry about 3D glasses, in the VR headset content jumps right out at you.
Motion Sickness is a big issue for VR. It is pretty simple, your eyes and brain are fooled into thinking you are moving, but your body knows it is stationary. The result is you can start to feel unwell after a short time, the symptoms are quite like travel sickness if you suffer from that. This varies from person to person and I found that keeping some ginger sweets next to my gaming area really helped, it only took a few weeks of daily gaming before I became a VR pro and did not need to worry about consuming vast amounts of ginger.
One downside to the PSVR being so new, is that developers like to keep on throwing us gamers these so called VR experiences but really they are nothing more than glorified HQ video demos that cost and arm and a leg for maybe one or two views, I found it easier and far cheaper to go on youtube via the VR hub and take my experiences that way.

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Some games require move controllers and if you was lucky enough to have had them from your PS3 then at least one thing is for sure, you will not be hit by the now over priced move controllers that are on sale today. 
So I guess one question stands.
Is the PSVR worth getting?  
Hell Yeah!! I love that whole new gaming experience and the bundle deals now are so much better than on first launch, you get way more for your money now.

Driveway

Way back in March of 2015, shortly after we moved in to our new place we had already made room for two cars but after many a time of me driving onto the driveway the mud beneath my car finally moved and slowly created a dip where my back wheels would eventually sit.  So after a few phones calls and a break in the weather, Neil came round with another work college to give the driveway some much needed attention and now we have a lovely driveway to put both cars on, no dips, its all smooth.

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Mod Man

Do you ever look at you closet and think, what shall I wear today?
I sometimes get stuck in a rut and think, shall I just put on a pair of joggers and a baggy top with some sneakers.
Since working at Waitrose I spend most of my day in a uniform and then when I get home I change into something casual or my jim-jams, but I have found increasingly since being in a group that also has a large social calendar then it also means that there are occasions that I have to wear something a little bit more than just casual.
For years I have never really had a style other than what felt comfortable to wear and that fitted, but since losing so much weight I can finally get into something more than casual sporty wear and I also now have a meaning and need to do so. Life has become a fashion parade again, my own style, clothes that fit on me and not just hang off of me and now not just an unnamed brand.

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Okay I may never get into they styles that the youngsters are wearing today, but then how quick they change maybe it is not wise to either.
I have discovered that H&M have a good range of clothes that are trendy, stylish, smart, value for money and above all not in silly sizes. I can choose to shop in store or via an app, so I guess when I don't have time to go to my nearest store I always have a delivery service to fall back on. Another app I like to use to show me more styles and also from other outlets is a very clever app called 'Mallzee', its a tinder style app but for clothes, you simply search a style of clothes and then swipe left to disregard and swipe right to add to your favourite list. You can then choose to buy or if you are still unsure or a total bargain hunter then you can set up a price drop alert for that item or all your chosen items. It is simple and transparent with how to order, how much delivery will cost and several options about returning items, you can even choose where you want your items to be delivered to if you do not fancy the home delivery option.

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The other place I choose to shop for styles that are a little bit out of the ordinary is Amazon but this does mean that there is no universal size guide as we all know that one designers idea of a medium is another designers idea of a large. Okay so it does mean that I have to order and possibly reorder again but with my prime account its easy to get delivery to an Amazon locker for collections and returns.
So now I have plenty of choices of what to wear and where to buy it from my next big drama is getting out of the rut of wearing the same things that I feel comfy in, I push myself to step out of the box and wear something different and that people do not expect to see me in, 'Fashion Surprise' is what I call it.
Now having such a choice of different clothes is one thing, but remembering what I have actually bought is another, yes I organise my closet in colour order and styles but to remember what best goes with another item or wondering do I have say a red top to go with those dark grey jeans is another problem all on its own and when I am getting ready to go out the last thing I want to be doing is trailing through rails and draws of clothes and then having the dilemma of having three or four choices when all I want is just the one choice.
Thats when I stumbled on the Mod Man app. Its simple to de-clutter your style and organise your closet with the Mod Man app for men, by snapping the pictures of your clothes and shoes, and organising them with Mod Man, you can browse and search your clothes or add new clothes anytime and anywhere.

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The other great thing about this app is to be able to store your chosen outfits and give them a name or description so for the next time you want to wear a casual red funky number then you just take a look at the section of the app called your 'Lookbook', you can even if you wanted to be really finicky add your underwear to the app so you now what is most comfortable to wear under your clothes.

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If you are still unsure of what best goes with what then there is also a 'Inspirations' section to the app to guide you as to what also would look good with what you own.

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So now in the palm of my hand I can buy my style, choose what to wear from my digital closet and now I am just awaiting the next social gathering.