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I Lost My Phone In Orlando

A couple of weeks back shortly after arriving at Orlando Airport I lost my Motorola Moto G mobile phone. I didn’t realise until I was half way to the hotel and with the phone still in flight mode I couldn’t use any location services to track it. Even more frustrating was the fact that the phone had everything I immediately needed on it – a US sat nav and the hotel address. Finding the hotel was pretty difficult after that, particularly as i was driving in the US for the first time.

I remember having the phone as I went to pick up the rental car from Alamo. Unfortunately the first car I selected had a problem with the rear seat belt so I had to unload all the cases from the boot and choose a different car. I’m pretty sure this is where I lost it.

I contacted Alamo and the Airport and hoped for the best. If I’m honest, I kind of thought that I might get lucky and someone would return it to me. I figured the kind of people picking up a large rental car wouldn’t be opportunists and if anyone spotted the phone they would make efforts to return it. It didn’t pan out like I’d hoped. I checked in with the airport and Alamo a few times over the next couple of weeks but there was no news.

The Moto G isn’t an expensive phone by any stretch.I deliberately went for a cheaper phone this time and part of that reason was replacement cost. It was more the hassle of changing passwords and attempting to chase it down that was a pain in the backside. I’d also planned on using it as a backup camera for the holiday

I attempted to locate the phone using Android Device Manager a number of times before eventually admitting defeat and organising a remote wipe from Motorola. This was partly due to the smudge security issue with a locking pattern. In the course of my life owning mobile phones, it’s the 3rd I’ve lost and not found, and perhaps the only one that I thought I would eventually locate.

Even now I’m still a bit gutted about it. I would have paid a reward to the value of the phone had it found it’s way back to me.

Who knows what happened to the phone. Maybe it was never found. Maybe it’s still sat in that rental car in flight mode with a flat battery. Or maybe it was found and a factory reset was performed and it’s now being used by someone else.


New Ukulele Website

After going a bit ukulele crazy lately and posting loads of stuff on here I’ve had a rethink and started stripping back a lot of that content. I’ve now set up a site specifically for anything ukulele related. If you’re into playing ukulele at all then head on over to Ukulele Go! to check it out.

I’ll be posting video lessons, bits of tab, gear reviews and basically anything that’s related to the ukulele at all there.

Recreating Baggio’s Penalty Miss

In the early 90′s there was a TV show hosted by Frank Skinner and David Baddiel called Fantasy Football League. I was about 15 at the time and it was one of my favourite programmes – football and comedy, what could be better?

Probably my favourite part of the show was ‘Phoenix From The Flames’ where Baddiel, Skinner and a former footballer would recreate a moment from football past. Off the top of my head some of the ex players that took part were Nayim, Alan Hansen, Ricky Villa, Ronald Koeman, Matt Le Tissier and a lot more.

20 years later and I still haven’t got over the desire to make my own Phoenix. Good Friday 2014 seemed like the perfect day, and it was. A few friends and I headed to Westbrook YMCA and set about remaking Roberto Baggio’s penalty miss in the World Cup final 1994 – one of the worst World Cups in recent history (South Africa was pretty bad too).

It was loads of fun making this and pretty tough at the same time – how the hell do you match a high angle shot when you’re on a pitch that has no tall structures nearby?

It’s hard to judge whether it’s good or not, you tend to be pretty biased when it’s you and your friends that have made it.

I’d love to make some more and probably will at some point so watch this space!