Friday, 1 July 2016

AC Fixed!

As posted yesterday, the upstairs AC was broken, so had to sleep downstairs as it was 32'C up in the bedrooms.

This morning, I got up and started to poke around the system, There was a very slight cool air flow coming in the vent on the stairwell and it also sounded like the fan was on in the ducting, but just very very quiet.

The maintenance guys were on the day off today, but I did request the security to get a hold of them yesterday evening, but no sign of them by lunchtime.

I went back to security gate again today and asked them to get hold of the maintenance guys as I need it fixing now.

10 minutes later, the guy turned up. I apologised for getting him out on his day off, but needs must and all that!

Maintenance had been 2 weeks earlier as the same fan was rumbling and I asked him if it was him that came round and he confirmed that yes it was him and it was one of the belts had snapped causing the rumbling.

He took the ceiling to bits in one of the bathrooms were the fans are in the void space and came out a while later and confirmed that one of the belts is stretched compared to the new one fitted before and they are not working together. He headed off to get a replacement, came back, fitted it and bingo we now have a proper sounding fan and lots of cool air from the vents.

Just to be on the safe side he also went out the garden AC units and topped up both of their gas pressures.

6 hours later and the temperature has only dropped around 3'C. There is so much heat stored in the walls and floors that it is taking ages to cool down! Another night on the sofa it is then!

I am not surprised it takes so long considering that it reached 49.4'c on the garden thermometer in the shade.

Slipped him a few bob for his troubles/disturbing his day off and away he went a happy man. :-)

Upstairs temperature ~6 hours after AC fixed.

AC failed upstairs.....and kids, NO FOOD UPSTAIRS! ANT ALERT!

Arriving home on Thursday evening to an empty villa. The wife and kids are away on holiday.

I went to dump my bag upstairs and get changed, and as I went up the stairs I was hit with a wall of heat.

At first I thought the upstairs AC system had been accidently turned off, but checking the controller it was on. I have a temp display sitting on it and it was 32'C!

Went to the security gate and asked for them to let maintenance know and get someone over as soon as. Well, it would be already knocking off time and tomorrow was their day off, so didn't hold out much hope. The security were also just shift changing and were in the middle of yapping, so guessed they would be distracted by their own chat and also forget.

Sure enough it is now Friday morning, 11.30am and still no sign of them.

Needless to say I slept on the sofa downstairs, as the AC was still working on the lower floor. It was quite comfy, but no curtains so when the sun got up at stupid o'clock I soon knew about it.

Last Night and Probably Tonights bed!
Later this morning I also noticed some tiny ants on the floor next to the sofa in the upper hall. They appeared to be coming in near the patio, but then after the initial check, found them wandering elsewhere. Full scale search mission was initiated!

They met up with their buddies just past the sofa and headed off on a wonderful journey!

The first ant motorway headed from the balcony patio door and through the hall to the stairs to the roof, the path went halfway up the stairs and then up the wall and disappeared into where the water tank is.

The second motorway headed from the intersection at the stairs, and towards Maya's bedroom and under her desk where they were settled down at 'Crumb cafe'.

The third motorway was a junction off the second into Sasha's bedroom where it headed towards her desk for another small eatery.

And finally the fourth motorway took another branch off the third and headed to Trump towers where Sasha has stashed some food cartons in the lower floor storage and then up the floors to the penthouse where they chowing down at an open Chocolate cafe!

Time to take out the RAID and then the Pif Paf. - Kill them off then I guess I'll be in cleanup mode!

This will maybe help the kids understand why we keep saying no food upstairs!

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Well this changes things for the future!

The Al-Shaheen field is operated by Maersk Oil in a Production sharing agreement with Qatar Petroleum (QP) and the contract is due to expire in mid 2017.

QP put out a tender for the field and last night it was announced that Maersk have been unsuccessful.

This could make for an interesting year coming up as the transition is all worked out and implemented. The Maersk Oil website has the following announcement:

Maersk Oil to leave Qatar in 2017 following Al Shaheen decision

27-Jun-2016 20:25

In July 2015 Qatar Petroleum (QP) invited a number of international oil companies to participate in a competitive tender process regarding the future development of the Al Shaheen oil field in Qatar. Presently Maersk Oil is the operator of the field and the current 25 year production sharing agreement expires in July 2017.

Earlier this year Maersk Oil submitted its bid in the tender. QP has today communicated that they have selected another oil company as partner for the future development of the Al Shaheen field.

“Maersk Oil presented a highly competitive technical and commercial proposition based on more than 20 years of technical knowledge and experience working with the Al Shaheen field,” says CEO in Maersk Oil, Jakob Thomasen.

During the past 24 years Maersk Oil and QP have together developed the Al Shaheen Oil field into Qatar’s largest off-shore producing oil field. Under the terms offered by Qatar Petroleum, a minority shareholding for Maersk Oil in the new joint venture would have created a marginal impact on the Maersk Group earnings in the years ahead.

Maersk Oil will continue to operate Al Shaheen until the end of the current license in July 2017. Leading up to the expiry of the existing production-sharing agreement Maersk Oil will work together with QP to support a safe and efficient transition of the existing operations to the new operatorship.

“Maersk Oil is growing as a result of improved operating performance and with major projects like Culzean in the UK and Johan Sverdrup in Norway, we continue adding new production through to the end of the decade. We will continue to deliver in the years ahead based on a strong operational performance and cost focus and ensure that our major projects are executed on time and on budget,” says Jakob Thomasen.

Maersk Oil will be redeploying a number of its employees which today are based in Qatar elsewhere in its global organisation. The majority of remaining employees in Qatar are expected to be offered employment by the new operator.

A.P. Møller - Mærsk A/S’ financial outlook for 2016 remains unaffected and no need for write-downs will occur. The Group’s reserves and resources (by end of 2015 2P + 2C of 1,141 million boe) will not be impacted by the expiration of the agreement.


Thursday, 23 June 2016

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Sunday, 19 June 2016

Ferocious Attack Kitten.....HaHa

Someone with a sense of humour at least on Facebook, posting their "Ferocious Attack Kitten" for adoption...

Can be found at this link..........

Posting Reads:

"Ferocious attack kitten is available for adoption to any home willing to accept him.

This destructive kitty has been trained as a proud warrior and will fiercely defend your house, even against you. Well-trained since 10-weeks of age to attack anything in his presence, he will protect your family from evil things, including the following:
  • insects
  • other trained attack kittens
  • babies
  • toilet paper
  • anything under a blanket
  • unwanted house guests
  • paper bags
  • floor rugs
  • Chuck Norris
  • Feet.
Great with children (assuming you don�t like the children). Probably best used for professional catfighting. He is housebroken, but only because he wants to be. This attack cat has trained himself to seek out his food anywhere you hide it and rip the bag open to feed himself, great for those who travel extensively. Also trained to drink water out of toilet bowls and dishwater from items in the sink. Knows how to open some doors. He will find you wherever you hide.

Neutered (trust me, you won’t want to him to procreate). Has not been declawed, but you'll figure that out really fast.

Understands and responds to a variety of vulgar and profane verbal commands. Has a very soft and furry belly, like a teddy bear - however he will bite your face if you try to touch it.

Willing to accept trades. Potential adopters must have experience with trained attack-kittens... please be prepared to show scars.

For the love of God, someone please take this thing out of my house."