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If Carlsberg did birthday parties...

If Carlsberg did birthday parties they still would not be anywhere near as good as the one I had at The Larder House and Library of Liquor in Southbourne.

I might be a walking advert for the place at times but this isn't a review, it's just what happened. Totally love the place.

Normally I don't do birthday things. Don't even like receiving cards as such a grumpy old man in that respect. Too much hassle organising, booking numbers, taking deposits, food orders and the dreaded sharing the bill at the end. Who had drinks, who didn't and all the unfairness that can entail. I do sweat the small stuff at times.

This past year someone picked up in the fact that I never do anything. The excuse of being away was wearing thin, so I decided to do something this year. Seeing as I hadn't done anything since my 40th birthday, when it wasn't even me that had anything to do with that as Angela did it all, I thought I would try and do something a bit different. It could have been Days Restaurant so the bill was known and people go up and buy their own drinks!

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I fixed some Apple problems!

MacBook Pro random crashing due to graphics card

Seeing as I get so much information from the Internet that helps me fix my issues, I thought I would repeat them here so they might help anyone else that stumbles across the same issue.

I have a mid-2010 Macbook Pro that began to suffer from more and more frequent random crashes and restarts. When submitting the error to Apple, the code seem to be pointing to something to do with the graphic processing. Searching the Net brings up scores of pages indeed point to the same sort of issue that many users had. A lot of people had the problem and seemingly from all the diagnostics and analysis, it became a known problem by Apple. The solder/glue that held the graphics card in place would break down over time due to the heat and cause it to fail.

This month Apple launched a repair program aimed at addressing these issue, but for people with 2011 models onwards.

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Whisky night at the Larder House

The Larder House has had many theme nights before but they have generally been midweek meaning I didn't get a chance to go but this one was on a Friday so I took the opportunity to try it out. Whisky expert Colin Dunn would be speaking there and I knew the food would be good.

It was a tight squeeze as we all huddled in the front of the restaurant, with all the tables pushed aside, waiting for things to start at 8pm. There was a bagpiper standing by the door but he must have already played by the time we got there as he didn't make another appearance that evening.

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