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  • A real white horse (Sep 2017) - Today I visited the white horse at Uffington as part of a morning walk that covered the nearby Dragon Hill, the White Horse and Wayland Smithy before returning via Compton Beauchamp enroute back to Uffington. The walk took about 8 miles and just over three hours (part of the reason for the slow speed was […]
  • Walking to Wales (Sep 2017) - Yesterday I did a walk from Severn Beach to Chepstow via the old Severn Bridge (the newer one (M4) doesn't have a walkway/cycleway on it). This is a walk that is only recommended on days without much wind as you're quite exposed once on the Severn bridge crossing. Also worth noting that you're actually not […]
  • Weston-super-mare (Aug 2017) - Taken a couple of days ago, looking towards Wales from above the (sadly) derelict Birnbeck Pier
  • Westbury (Aug 2017) - Taken just a few days ago from nearby Westbury's White Horse. On this trip I discovered that the horse, while once from Chalk, was concreted over by English Heritage in the 1950's to preserve it. The fact that the horse was corrected in the 1700's means that there's isn't as much archaeology to preserve as […]
  • Clifton Suspension Bridge (Aug 2017) - This was taken in March 2015 from the Leigh Woods side of the Bridge (i.e., looking towards Clifton. It looks a bit weird (no roadway for example) as it's composed from images from both the north and south sides of the Bridge Parapets.
  • Knaresborough (Aug 2017) - A panorama I took while visiting Knaresborough last Septemeber.
  • Bristol Harbour (Aug 2017) - Another panorama from my visit to Bristol during the Heritage Days last year. I was near the end of the floating harbour when a flotilla of boats passed through the lock into the harbour - so the swing bridge across this end of the harbour was open while I was collecting this panorama.
  • Concorde Cockpit Mockup (Aug 2017) - Composed from a set of pictures I took in Bristol during the Heritage Days last year.
  • Panorama 1453 Historical Museum (Aug 2017) - Another panorama from my visit to Istanbul in 2012. If you get the chance to visit Istanbul this is one of the places I'd recommend visiting about half-way down the list of must visit places - if only to get a feel for a different viewpoint on the fall of Constantinople in 1453. This image […]
  • Istanbul Panorama (Aug 2017) - One thing I've been experimenting with over the past few years is using Microsoft Research's Image Composite Editor to build panorama pictures from multiple pictures taken from my phone (initially a Samsung s3 mini and more recently a Samsung s5 neo). So over the next few blog posts I'll show a few of the results. […]
  • Sleeping until top of the minute (Jun 2017) - I recently wanted my bash script (running on Ubuntu) to sleep until the top of the minute. The suggested code snippet from goggling is: sleep $((60 - $(date +%S) )) This works well, unless the current seconds count is 08 or 09. Bash interprets numbers starting with 0 as octal and 08 (and 09) are […]
  • Errata for 21 Years of The Chronicle (Jun 2017) - I recently printed a few copies of a collection of The Chronicles (PDF ODT). As you would expect I've noticed a few errors that had I spotted them before printing I would have fixed. I did do two proofing runs which did flag up quite a few other errors which were, of course, corrected. So, […]
  • Manually updating a Ubuntu kernel (May 2017) - For some reason that I've yet to get to the bottom of, on my Ubuntu server box the kernel wasn't getting updated (the header files to go with the kernel definitely were, but the kernel itself seemed to stay stuck. To manually update to a kernel level: sudo apt-get install linux-image-extra-4.4.0-xx-generic
  • Setting up ubuntu (Apr 2017) - Since I'm in the progress of setting up an Ubuntu machine on another older machine as a server I want to record my steps... All based on Ubuntu 16.04.2 LTS To ensure latest level of Ubuntu: sudo apt-get update sudo apt-get dist-upgrade To select 2D graphic effects instead of 3D: Add the older UI via: […]
  • Blaise Castle (Mar 2017) - Yesterday I upgraded my castle visit by taking a day trip out to Blaise Castle. This kind of trip is very possible to do when there's no trouble on the trains (I need to change at Bristol Temple Meads onto the Severn Beach line, so if there's a long delay on the line between Romsey […]
  • Bath Castle (Mar 2017) - Today I did a walk from Bath to Bradford on Avon via Bath Castle. I had originally planned to do a circular walk from the book On Foot in Bath by Andrew Swift, but changed course halfway through. The first part of the route, following the book takes you up to the hills east of […]
  • Emsworth to Langstone and back (Mar 2017) - Yesterday myself, Sue, Matthew and Brian arranged to take a walk from Emsworth to Langstone Harbour attempting to do a figure of eight so that we got two stretches along the shore line while still stopping for coffee and lunch along the way. The day started overcast but, as can be seen from the picture […]
  • Calgary (Mar 2017) - As I reported in my last post, I visited Lake Louise last week. As to get there I flew into Calgary, I decided that on the way back I would spend two nights in Calgary so that I had a day to explore this city rather than just use it as an airport. As I […]
  • Lake Louise (Feb 2017) - Last week I visited Lake Louise in Alberta, Canada to join Alasdair to celebrate his wedding to Erin. Getting there was actually pretty straight forward: a flight from Heathrow direct to Calgary, an overnight stay at one of the airport hotels and then a coach from the airport to the Chateau Lake Louise 1. After […]
  • Facebook (Feb 2017) - For reasons I'm not going to go into here, I recently reversed my facebook stance and gave in. That said, however, it did get placed in what I'm going to call a "facebook" jail. I added a new user account to my linux server. As that happens to be an ancient Thinkpad A31p1, it can […]
  • 100 Million seconds (Nov 2016) - According to the Arduino that is counting the numbers of seconds since I retired1, so it's probably time to record a few thoughts: As with most people I'm glad to have retired - the freedom from time pressure (in the main) is very liberating. The freedom to decide what I'm doing with a day is […]
  • Over 6 miles a day (Oct 2016) - I keep a track of what my pedometer says I've walked (actually I first multiply its claim by 5/6 - Walking 80 chains in the Combe Down tunnel gives a distance of 1.2 miles according to the pedometer, but 80 chains is only one mile...). I then keep a 100 day running total so that […]
  • Bath to Bristol (Oct 2016) - One of my minor goals has been to successfully walk all the way from Bath Spa to Bristol Temple Meads. My previous attempts have usually involved the Bristol to Bath cycle route (which follows the old Midland Railway from Bath Green Park via Bitton). This route, while flat like most routes that use old railway […]
  • Weight loss target reached (Sept 2016) - Back at end of May I discovered that my bathroom scales were reading about 10kg too low1. As result my BMI was 28 (deep into the "overweight" category) rather than hovering around 25. I therefore embarked on a programme to reduce my BMI to 24 by restricting my lunch and evening meals to 500 calories […]
  • Barcelona? (Sept 2016) - I've been enjoying my books giving city walks, and while the author sometimes concentrates too much on the architecture (and not quite enough on history in my opinion), it has lead me to this gem: (As this image is a stitch together of a bunch of pictures I took (and have then scaled down in […]
  • Maplin's Touch LCD Shield for Arduino (Sept 2016) - I've been playing around with Maplin's Touch LCD Shield. It's not a bad device (it does seem to be a little slow, but I suspect that's mostly down to the library being used to drive it. That said, I did take a while to get it working since there's not a lot of documentation for […]
  • Thoughts on Fossil (May 2016) - I've now been using fossil for about six months after I was unable to move my previous Rational Team Concert repository from one machine to another and it's time to do a small amount of reflection on that move. First of all I ending contributing to the fossil project to add the ability to add […]
  • Recovering from an Oops! Backup rollback error (Feb 2016) - After a problem with coretemp that hard crashed my CPU (at least that's what the symptom looked it), on the subsequent reboot, Oops! Backup reported that it attempted to rollback the backup that was in progress at the time. Sadly the rollback failed and left sufficient damage to prevent backups from proceeding. To be fair […]
  • running popfile as a daemon process (Feb 2016) - This is just a note to myself in case I need it 🙂 To run popfile as a daemon process on Ubuntu. I did the following: Created a popfile user and home directory and gave it a copy of the popfile executables and copied across its data into /var/popfile. Created a /etc/init.d/popfile file Issued sudo […]
  • running fossil as a daemon process (Feb 2016) - This is just a note to myself in case I need it 🙂 To run fossil as a daemon process on Ubuntu. I did the following: Created a fossil user and home directory and gave it a copy of the fossil executable and the website fossil file Created a fossil/etc/init.d/fossil file Issued sudo /etc/init.d/fossil start […]
  • Moving from RTC to fossil (Dec 2015) - I am a fan of IBM's Rational Team Concert, but have reluctantly decided that I need to move from it to something much easier on the operations side. My specific problem is that the Ubuntu machine on which I run the RTC server needs a clean reinstall1. Having tried (on my laptop that also has […]
  • Spider Caves Fixed (Nov 2015) - Yesterday I discovered that my spider caves plugin was broken (in fact it looks like it's been broken since at least the conversion to wordpress. All the problems I discovered have now been fixed 🙂
  • Iceland (Sept 2015) - Earlier this month I took a holiday to Iceland. Here's my attempt at summarising it! I flew out on a Saturday afternoon, arriving in Keflavik (the international airport in the late afternoon. Once at my hotel in Reykjavik. I set out to explore the local area around the hotel (ignoring the local city airport that's […]
  • Reaching Devizes (Aug 2015) - Earlier this week I took advantage of having the Portsmouth Harbour <-> Cardiff Central diverted to Swindon to travel direct to Melksham (on the single track line that joins Trowbridge to the Great Western Main Line. I did this so that could easily complete another section of the Kennet and Avon Canal, this time the […]
  • Whitehaven (Aug 2015) - (Aerial picture by Simon Ledingham, visitcumbria.com) I recently visited Whitehaven to meet up with Sue & Matthew as they sail their boat up to Scotland. As is usual for their travels, this wasn't the original plan (which was to meet up in Liverpool). I travelled by train, with my original plan being scuppered from the […]
  • Menu woes (Aug 2015) - If you've recently tried to use my top navigation bar, you may have encountered problems with the sub-menus disappearing as you try to move the pointer down into the sub-menu. I'm still working on that (I know the change that caused the problem is that I'm now using a custom menu for the navigation rather […]
  • Logic Puzzles (July 2015) - I'm a big fan of logic puzzles and way back in November 2009 I purchased Everyday Genius: Square Logic. It's a computerised form of KenKen. It provides a truely huge number of this kind of puzzle and today I completed all of the 6x6 puzzles (I completed the 4x4 puzzles in March 2013, and the […]
  • Wild Strawberries (June 2015) - Sometimes being lazy gets you unexpected discoveries. In this case wild strawberries growing in the patio.... In this case I'm sure if I'd tried to grow strawberries I'd have failed (and to be fair these are just a few millimetres in size).
  • Favourite Walk (Apr 2015) - In my spare time I do a lot of walks. That's not long distance walks, but more straight-forward, but still multi-hour length walks. Ignoring the walk into Romsey, the most common walk I do is to/from Bradford-on-Avon to/from Bath and last time I did this I took some photos to enable me to attempt this […]
  • Quiet (Apr 2015) - One of the reasons that you don't see many posts here is simply down to the fact that I'm an extreme introvert (from memory, on the Briggs-Meyers test I ended on the extreme end of I). I thus really enjoyed one of my recent reads - "Quiet" by Susan Cain (ISBN 978-0-141-02919-1). While I don't […]
  • Converting to WordPress (Jan 2015) - I've recently redirected my website to a WordPress driven site. While the page generation is longer (the Feeds page is definitely longer to generate), I'm finding the CMS capability to be much better than hand editing my pages. WordPress has a relatively well thought out design and philosophy, so we'll see how it goes. I, […]
  • Recently Read (May 2014) - I read a lot of books (enough that I have separate rooms for fiction and non-fiction bookshelves and that's still not enough!). Here's I'm going to attempt to record at still some of the most recent ones I've read and perhaps manage a few words. The most recently read will be at the top of […]
  • Holiday ('97) - The trip started in Perth (Australia) after a long flight from Heathrow. This actually helped me to avoid too much Jet Lag as I was able to stay awake until dinner time before going to bed on the first day. To past the time before then I did some exploring of the city and, much […]

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