I’m not used to starting work before the sun comes up. In my last job I was on 12pm-4pm, Monday to Friday. Despite being one of Europe’s largest clothing retailers, they rarely gave full-time jobs. Now I have a new job. Still retail, but nicer. Friendlier. More supportive, less exploitative and with far greater prospects for development and progression. Indeed, I’ve already received a promotion in the six months I’ve been there. However, there is a drawback to earning a bit more for a little more work: I have to start work at 6am most days.

The last time I started so early was over ten years ago. I’m simply not used to getting up so early (for work – I have an infant son, so waking early isn’t a new thing. It’s the working early that’s the problem). I’m a night owl; I’m rarely asleep before midnight. But lately, I’ve been heading to bed by 9pm and nodding off to old episodes of The X Files. It’s been tough, but most people do this every day so I have no grounds to complain, really.

I can’t wait for the morning when I get up, feel refreshed and then go to bed at a reasonable hour in the evening. I can’t wait to become acclimatised to the early starts. Tomorrow I have a lie in – I’m not starting until 7am. Luxury! And yes, that’s all I have to say. I’m sorry I’ve not written here in a while. I’ll do my best to do better.


Hobby Hog


So, I’ve got a new hobby. I bought my first (super-cheap) Ham Radio last week, and am studying toward getting my Amateur Radio Foundation License, allowing me to transmit! By Christmas, I’ll have a call sign and hopefully a logbook full of brilliant contacts with some new friends. I’m starting small (local) on VHF/UHF, but I’ll be talking to the aliens like Jodie Foster in no time, just as soon as I upgrade my kit (which I won’t be doing until I’m actually ALLOWED to transmit. Without a license I can only listen in). Already, without me actually saying a word, I’m having a great time!

The big question is, who else out there is into this? If you’re a radio ham, drop your call sign in the comments below and who knows? Maybe one day we’ll talk!

My Westworld Season Two Finale Prediction (Possible Spoilers)


In my opinion, the Valley Beyond is a secret Delos facility – completely off the radars of anyone else in the park, unknown to park management, security or otherwise – that houses the consciousness backups illegally “copied” from guests, along with Host-duplicate bodies of the guests waiting to be “filled” when the tech is finally perfected. Because the facility is so secretive, it wouldn’t do to have to travel through the park for Delos staff to get there, so there’s a vast underground railway leading from the outside world directly into the Valley Beyond. The facility was created by William, shown to Dolores early on and discovered by Akecheta sometime during its construction.
Each party seeking this location wants to reach it for a different reason:
– Dolores sees the facility and its secrets as a weapon to bring down her oppressors.
– Akecheta wants to lead his followers through the door and into the real world.
– William wants to destroy the facility, seeing it as his greatest mistake.
– Strand/Delos want Abernathy’s CU which is currently in this secret facility’s location.
– Bernard wants to get to there before anyone else, in order to avoid a total bloodbath.
– Ford (on-board Bernard) likely has another reason for wanting Bernard to get there.
I predict that Bernard (or Elsie, or William even!) will flood the facility, destroying the consciousness backups illegally copied from guest experiences, but NOT destroying the Host bodies waiting for said consciousnesses. These are the “Virgin Host CUs” discovered floating among the dead hosts in the lake. In doing so, I believe many hosts from Ake’s group will be killed, while Dolores and her army will escape – except for Teddy, who will at this point have tried to overthrow Dolores and failed. I think Elsie will die here, unfortunately.
Before the facility is flooded, I think Akecheta and some of his followers will escape through the Door, I think Dolores and her inner circle will also make it out. I also believe that William and Emily will escape this way, too, after he convinces her that this secret exit is the only one they’ll ever be allowed to leave through without being interrogated or worse. The season will end with Dolores and a small army bent on revenge, Akecheta and a peaceful gathering of Host followers determined to find peace, and William and Emily will make it out of the park and off into the real world. Season three will take place both in the real world, with Delos hunting Hosts that have escaped, and in the park as the board desperately tries to cover up this disastrous two weeks and reopen the park to new guests. 
What happens with Maeve is anyone’s guess. I think she will make it out of the park to be reunited with her daughter, but I think her escape may be more to do with a change of heart and a show of braveness from Lee Sizemore, releasing a half-constructed Buffalo host (above, as seen in the season trailer) to cause chaos in the Mesa, while he bundles Maeve up and gets her out of there.
I could be completely wrong. But there we are.