Month: March 2022

Ian Curtis Portrait in Maccesfield

This week, 25th March 2022, marked the unveiling of a new portrait of Ian Curtis portrait in Macclesfield. Painted by the Manchester based street artist Akse_p19.

I’ve showcased Akse_19‘s work before and this is the second portrait of Ian Curtis which has been done on Mill Street in Macclesfield, next to the Bus Station.

The first of Akse’s Ian Curtis portraits is in the Northern Quarter in Manchester.

As some might know Ian Curtis lived in Macclesfield, he was born in Stretford and died on the 18th May 1980 at his house in Barton Street in Macclesfield. He was laid to rest in Macclesfield Cemetery and his memorial stone can be found near the chapel of remembrance in Macclesfield Cemetery. This is the third replacement stone as the original was stolen in 2008 and again in 2019.

Ian Curtis was the lead singer of the band Joy Division and his memorial stone is inscribed with the title of one of their hits “Love will tear us apart”

This portrait of Ian Curtis is absolutely fantastic and brightens up the area with one of Macclesfield’s adopted sons.

If you’re in Macclesfield then its worth just going to have a look at this as the quality of this is amazing, especially when you know its been done with spray paints.

Here are a few of my photos of the Ian Curtis Portrait on MMill street in Macclesfield.

Ian Curtis Portrait in Macclesfield

Macclesfield Pride 2022, 9th July

Its been announced that Macclesfield Pride 2022 will take place this year on the 9th July in the Market Place in the centre of Macclesfield.

For those that dont know where this is in Macclesfield, this event will be located outside the town hall and the poost code is SK10 1DY and will be a fun filled day of events and attractions.

Final of the Macclesfield Pride 2022 Karaoke competition

There will also be the finale of the MaccPride karaoke competion. Heats are being held in April and May at local Pubs and Bars. More details are below and on the the website.

Karaoke Competition info

Dates and location for the Macclesfield Pride Karaoke Challenge 2022 heats at 17/03/2022

  • Start time is 8.30pm unless stated at venue.
  • Independent judges.
  • Trophy for all Grand finalists Sat 28 May Pack Horse Bowling Club.
  • Winner of Grand Final £50 cash and chance to perform at MaccPride Sat 9 July.
  • Solo or duets- over 18.
  • Enter on the night £3 each contestant, and can enter more than once.


Further details email


Macclesfield hasn’t had a Pride event now since 2019 because of the events of Covid, so this should be a good one folks.

Find out more about Macclesfield Pride 2022 by clicking on the MaccPride logo below. Or if your business wants to get involved then please send MaccPride a message via the Contact form on the MaccPride™ website.

How to fix an NVIDIA Error Code 43, Nvidia display adaptor issues

How to fix an NVIDIA Error Code 43, Nvidia display adaptor issues

I’ve got quite a few clients over the past couple of years with Nvidia Quadro cards who keep having this recurring Nvidia Error Code 43 issue, and with this they get corruption of the screen and random rebooting issues.

This seems to be irrespective of whether they have Windows 10 or Windows 11.

This Nvidia Error Code 43 issue is quite easy to fix and in all cases so far it’s only taken a few minutes to sort the problem out.

However, because of the frequency of this occurring half of the customers that have had this issue have now replaced their NVIDIA cards with the different manufacturer’s card.

So, how do we fix the Nvidia Error Code 43 issue?

First of all, you need to check that this is the error that you are getting and you can do this by opening Control Panel and then going to Device Manager.

You will more than likely notice that the NVIDIA card is already showing an error as it will have a yellow triangle next to it.

If you right click on the name of the graphics card name and go to properties, this will bring up the details of the device and on the first page there will be a box which says device status. If your video device is not working it will more than likely say, error 43, within this box.


How do we fix this Nvidia Error 43?

Well, the first thing that you need to do is download the new drivers from the NVIDIA website, this is the support page:

Select the make and model of your video device and then the operating system. Once done click the download button.

Warning: NVIDIA drivers are huge in size and typically expect a 400 to 700 MB download.


The process

Now, this is how we will repair our installation but first, we need to remove the old drivers.

Go into Control panel and then select “Programs and Features” and Scroll down the list until you find the NVIDIA drivers.

Depending on which NVIDIA card you have, I’m going to focus on the quadra devices which are installed in most of the offending machines I look after, these also have the audio drivers. So the screenshot below has the audio driver and the video driver visible and some of you may have the desktop manager software installed as well.

You need to remove all three of these as we are going to do a new installation shortly.

Once removed you may be asked to reboot your machine.


I have encountered machines that will blue screen once the drivers have been removed and this blue screen may invoke the Dell recovery. Let the Dell recovery do its thing so that you can get back to the desktop.

Once the computer has rebooted fully it’s time to do a fresh installation of the NVIDIA drivers that we downloaded earlier.

Find the downloaded driver installation package and double click on it. Unless you specified otherwise this will more than likely be in your downloads folder.

Once the installation is started you will be asked whether or not you want to do a default installation or a custom installation.

Please use the custom installation option as the default installation may give you the same issues as before, this will become clear in Step 2.

Step 2, you will be asked which components you wish to install. My advice is only to install what is necessary which are the audio and video drivers unless you absolutely must have the desktop manager I would only recommend the first two options.

There is a cheque box on this page that says “Perform a clean installation”. Make sure that this box is ticked otherwise you may be left with the same problem as before.

Click the next button and let the drivers install.

Once finished you may be asked to reboot your computer please do this.

Once rebooted your display should be corrected and if you go into the control panel and device manager the yellow triangle should have gone from your NVIDIA device.

To summarise this is not a full fix for the problem and it may reoccur again in the future. I don’t know why it keeps reoccurring but this procedure so far has yet to let me down when it has reoccurred.

I hope this information was useful in sorting out your Nvidia error 43 problem?

Prescription issues again

It’s Jan 2022 and I’m having prescription issues again, this time because of a shortage of drugs. After last time’s problems, I don’t need this!

I use Gender GP as my prescribing agent, and this has never been an issue but this time the issue has been getting my prescription fulfilled.

Having decided to use an online pharmacy this time as I’ve been working away most of the week and getting to chemists would have been an issue.

Within 2 days of sending them my prescription, I received an email saying they were having trouble sourcing my Estradiol and they would send all my prescription when they had them. I told them I was short and could they send me a few weeks’ supplies. Which they did!

Two weeks later I’d heard nothing and emailed them again, and again was told “Sorry we’re struggling to get hold of Estradiol and Synarel. We’ll send you what we can get when we can get it.”

A week later I received one tub of Estradiol and one Synarel nasal spray. Disappointing as this is only months’ supply of Synarel.

I email them again and again, the same email “Sorry, we’re struggling to get supplies”

I’m getting worried now as I only have a few days’ supplies left.

I run out and stress the urgency to the pharmacy and they dispatch another month’s supply next day delivery but say they are struggling.

We’re now into March and I still haven’t received the full prescription. I received my last two boxes on 16th March, some 2 months after my prescription date.

It’s so frustrating and causes so much anxiety but the situation is such at the moment that it looks like my next prescription will be the same!

The death dream

Let’s get straight to the point with this one I keep having this recurring nightmare which I’ve dubbed “the death dream”.

I don’t actually die in this dream but it feels like I’m going to do, but I wake up. Each time it’s getting harder and harder to wake up!

In the dream what actually happens is, I’m nice and sound asleep and comfy when I feel somebody climb in bed with me.

Behind me, and as they put their arms around me, to cuddle me. The feeling then is that those arms begin to suck the life out of me. Like my life force is draining away into the arms of whoever has got in bed with me.

I feel like I’m being suffocated, my heart rate slows down, my cognitive functions diminish and I feel like I’m about to pass away!

I don’t know whether it’s my desire not to die or whether my subconscious forces me to wake up, but the dream is the same each time I’ve had it.

Last night was probably the most difficult as I actually struggled to wake up and then once I had woken up I could not get back to sleep.

I got up at 3 am and went for a walk!

I think I’ve had this dream now about two dozen times.

I’ve had suggestions from friends that I’m scared to be in a relationship or it’s as a result of being in an abusive relationship.

Others have said it’s because I’m not in good health and need to see someone about this as I might have an undiagnosed illness.

I think it’s time to call my therapist again as I don’t think my doctor would take me seriously on the whim of a dream!

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