Weight and Stuff Report – 24 July 2016

Weight: 214.1 pounds (15 stone 4.1 pounds, 97.1 kg)
Steps taken: Not a lot

What’s this? Down again today? Ever so slightly lighter than I was at the start of the year? Well, so it seems.

After yesterday’s long day out, I’ve been catching up with this and that, getting the washing done and sorting out some of yesterday’s photos, as you might have noticed. And here’s an extra one of the Red Bull Matadors, exclusive to this daily report thingy:

Red Bull Matadors

Red Bull Matadors

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/11
Shutter speed 1/500s
Focal length 353.4mm
ISO 250
Taken 13:11, 23 July, 2016

Sunderland International Air Show 2016 – the photos

OK, some more might appear individually over the next week or so, but here’s the gallery of some of my favourites. All were shot in JPG, and there hasn’t been much editing – a little spot removal, some cropping and a few minor tweaks. If you’re seeing this on Facebook, click through to see the photos in better quality.

Weight and Stuff Report – 23 July 2016

Weight: 215 pounds (15 stone 5 pounds, 97.5 kg)
Steps taken: 5,785

Down again today, which may be connected with having a long day out at the Sunderland International Air Show. Having done my shopping after work yesterday, I was free to make an early start, missing the crowds on the Metro and getting into my usual location not long after 10:30, giving me plenty of time to sit and relax before the show started at 12:45. And it was a very good show indeed, with lots to see in the air and an impressive beach assault by the Royal Marines. The only downside for me was that the Lancaster was unable to fly, but the rest of the show made up for it.

I took the X-T1 with the 100-400mm lens and the 2x teleconverter, which enabled me to get some shots I’m happy with. They’ll be appearing here over the next few days, starting with this one of this quite lovely Calidus Gyrocopter

Not Little Nellie

Not Little Nellie

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/14
Shutter speed 1/250s
Focal length 393.2mm
ISO 200
Taken 14:27, 23 July, 2016

What, you want more? OK, here’s a nice landing from the RAF Falcons:

Coming in to land

Coming in to land

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/11
Shutter speed 1/500s
Focal length 341mm
ISO 500
Taken 13:00, 23 July, 2016

Weight and Stuff Report – 22 July 2016

Weight: 217 pounds (15 stone 7 pounds, 98.4 kg)
Steps taken: 6,425

Shocking, up again today.

Here’s another one from Seaham – something about the roughly made computer repairs sign on a half-timbered building appealed to me…

Repairs

Repairs

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/11
Shutter speed 1/500s
Focal length 23.4mm
ISO 500
Taken 15:15, 16 July, 2016
Location 54° 50.2948′ 0″ N 1° 19.9223′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 20 July 2016

Weight: 215.9 pounds (15 stone 5.9 pounds, 97.9 kg)
Steps taken: 1,626

Back up a bit today, but still significantly lighter than for quite some time, so there. My Cunning Plan[1] may be working….

It was another warm day, with added thunderstorm action, though I missed that as I was at work, and it had all stopped by lunchtime.

Here’s a detail from Tommy, that quite wonderful statue in Seaham, which will require further photographic visits:

Tommy's Hand

Tommy’s Hand

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/3.2
Shutter speed 1/950s
Focal length 44.1mm
ISO 200
Taken 14:13, 16 July, 2016
Location 54° 50.386′ 0″ N 1° 19.9092′ 0″ W

[1] So cunning that I won’t reveal it just yet

Weight and Stuff Report – 19 July 2016

Weight: 215 pounds (15 stone 5 pounds, 97.5 kg)
Steps taken: 1,881

Down quite a lot today, but I suspect that’ll be an anomaly related to the rather warm weather. Yes, it’s been hot today, and still is.

Here’s one from the NRM – evidence of refreshments being enjoyed:

Vintage Refreshments

Vintage Refreshments

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/5
Shutter speed 1/60s
Focal length 55mm
ISO 6400
Taken 13:26, 2 July, 2016

Weight and Stuff Report – 18 July 2016

Weight: 216.9 pounds (15 stone 6.9 pounds, 98.4 kg)
Steps taken: 1,982

No change today, which makes a change from all the changes.

This is the lighthouse at the entrance to Seaham Harbour, seen from the far end of the pier with my long lens:

Seaham Lighthouse

Seaham Lighthouse

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed 1/1000s
Focal length 400mm
ISO 200
Taken 14:57, 16 July, 2016
Location 54° 50.3497′ 0″ N 1° 19.6061′ 0″ W

Andrew Cartmel – The Vinyl Detective: Written in Dead Wax

I have to blame Ben Aaronovitch for making me read this – he’s been quite happily plugging his friend’s book on Twitter. And, well, I have to say that drawing my attention to this excellent novel almost makes up for the delay in publishing the next Peter Grant book. Note that I said almost, Ben[1] – you’re not off the hook yet!

Andrew Cartmel’s name was familiar to me, of course. He was script editor of Doctor Who during the latter part of the Sylvester McCoy period, and is credited for something some fans call “The Carmel Master Plan”, though I seem to recall him denying there was any such thing. Anyway, he was definitely responsible for starting to make the Doctor a little bit more mysterious.

And talking of mysterious, what we have here is a rather nice mystery. And that’s leaving aside the little detail that unless I blinked and missed it, the hero doesn’t actually reveal his name at any point. Though he does acquire a nickname at a certain point in the story.

Our hero is a pretty much failed DJ with an obsession with jazz, a large record collection and two cats. He’s dragged into a whole new life when a business card he’d made on impulse some time before offering his services as the Vinyl Detective (you want an obscure record, he can find it, that sort of thing) turns up in the hands of a woman who arrives on his doorstep.

After a quick test in which he succeeds in not finding a non-existent record, he’s set the task of finding an obscure jazz recording. And that’s when it all gets interesting. For a start, there are others looking for the same thing, and they can get a bit rough (and we’re not just talking about sneakily outbidding you on eBay).

Wild adventures are had, complete with Dramatic Explosions, travel to multiple destinations! Gratuitous sex and violence (though fortunately not at the same time)! Confusion! Misdirection!

And above all, the question of why an obscure recording would be so valuable. What is the secret of the message written in the dead wax?

Well, I’m not going to tell you, you’ll just have to read it. It’s well written, manages to be funny and thrilling and has that “I’ll just read one more chapter” quality that kept me awake far too late.

There does seem to be a Cartmel Master Plan after all – there are two sequels lined up for the next couple of years. I’m looking forward to them.

[1] Not that I’m expecting Ben to actually read this, that was more of a literary device thingy

Weight and Stuff Report – 17 July 2016

Weight: 216.9 pounds (15 stone 6.9 pounds, 98.4 kg)
Steps taken: Not very many

Up just a wee bit today, well within normal variation range, or something.

Here’s another photo from Seaham. Taking pride of place in the harbour area is the gloriously restored lifeboat which served the area until a disaster in 1962. After a long and varied subsequent career, it was eventually bought in an almost unrecognisable state, then restored and brought back home, actually entering the harbour under its own power.

RNLB George Elmy

RNLB George Elmy

Camera X-T1
Aperture ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed 1/500s
Focal length 16mm
ISO 3200
Taken 14:25, 16 July, 2016
Location 54° 50.3039′ 0″ N 1° 19.6349′ 0″ W