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The things I do for Fire Pro Wrestling

There was a time when I would spend many an hour playing Fire Pro Wrestling Returns on the PlayStation 2, creating a raft of my own wrestlers, designing logos to go on the rings and “simming” matches… which is to say that I watched the computer play against itself. Now you might say that sounds incredibly geeky, and I’d say you’re right but I am a geek, so what do you expect from me? But Read more…

Love What You Do

It’s time for another look at something that makes me realise that life is tough, the second in my series “Adulting is Hard”.  This time I’m concentrating on the workplace. “The only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle.” – Steve Jobs When we’re young we have dreams about what we want to do when we grow up, be a footballer, pop star, Read more…

Life Sometimes Can Be a Drag

Today is the start of a new direction for my site as I begin to include a little more personal blogging. And this post is the beginning of a series I’m going to call “Adulting is hard”. Now before I get too far into this, I’m in no way in the worst possible position in the world. I’m not being persecuted, I’m not battling a crippling disease, and I’m not homeless. And I am both Read more…

Getting ready for Nerd Mart

On Saturday, 23rd July, I will be selling my wares at Nerd Mart, held at the Oasis Academy in Southampton. In building up to the event I’ve taken delivery of a lot of new Lego-style superhero figures, which I sell through Minifigs UK. I’ve deliberately held back on adding these new items to the Etsy store just yet, I want to give Nerd Mart the exclusive and make sure I have enough stock to fill Read more…

FM36: Lay of the Land

I’ve made it, my Football Manager experiment has reached 1st June 2036. So now, before I start my own managerial career into the unknown, let’s take a look at the world of football in 2036. Premier League After several years without a league win Manchester United finally won another in 2018/19. Between then and their 31st Premier League Championship in 2035/36 they traded the title with Manchester City on numerous occasions, in fact the only Read more…

Football Manager 2036

Recently I re-read some of the posts on this here blog of mine, specifically focussing on the Football Manager 2028 and Rebuilding Southampton in 2027 stories about my FM exploits. Both of those involved me playing FM and fast forwarding a bunch of time (19 and 12 years respectively) before starting to play, and they triggered an urge to dust off my copy of Football Manager and have another foray into the footballing future. The Read more…

Quick update

Hey guys. It’s not been three years between posts this time, but it’s still been a while and I’ve done quite a bit since I last wrote. So here’s the brief version for you: I was made redundant from Aviva and left in November (in fact my last day was the day after I posted the curry recipe!). I started as a Affinities Sales Team Leader at Ageas in February, a job with more responsibility but Read more…

Kitty’s Curry Recipe, AKA Chicken Khmer

Now for a first, a recipe on my blog! My lovely wife Kitty created this curry recipe herself, trying to come up with a Slimming World friendly curry that I’d actually like (I have pretty sensitive taste buds and can’t handle food that’s too spicy). It’s become one of my favourite meals and now I’m the one who always cooks it! We’ve cooked it for friends and family, who have all said how nice it is, Read more…

Welcome to AlBear.uk!

Hello guys, welcome to the new website! AlBear.uk is picking up where the old “Albie Talks” WordPress blog left off, albeit with a tonne of new features! There’s links to the podcast and the softball team I’m involved in as well as a shop where you can buy some of my poster designs. There’s also the complete back category of blog posts from the old site, and all my posts from ForTheGeek.uk too.

Moving on…

Forgive me readers, it has been many months since my last blog. And in that time… I’ve won a new Saints shirt on Twitter courtesy of Carling. Kitty and I have come up with an idea for a rude version of a classic board game. I’ve helped form a brand new softball team in Southampton, the Redbridge Raiders. I seem to have developed Obstructive Sleep Apnoea. I’m being made redundant from my role at Aviva. I’m going Read more…