Weight and Stuff Report – 6 May 2015

Weight: 210.4 pounds (15 stone 0.4 pounds, 95.4 kg)
Steps taken: 3,561

Down again today. The scale did show an even lower figure this morning, but it was a wee bit too low to be entirely believable, so I’m going with this figure instead.

Back to work today, where things were done.

Whenever I visit York, I always look, or rather listen, out for Ed Alleyne-Johnson, often to be found busking in the city. I’ve mentioned him before, and make no apologies for doing so again. The guy plays a gloriously purple electric violin through a bunch of effects pedals, and works through an ear-pleasing mixture of his own compositions and arrangements of popular songs. I’m particularly fond of his version of Muse’s Starlight, for instance. If you don’t get to visit York, check out some of his music – you’ll find stuff on YouTube, and he has several albums available on shiny round thing and download. Here he is at work. Just for a change, I used Lightroom’s colour sliders to get the effect I was after – boosting the purple and desaturating everything else highlighted the violin without me having to mess around with masks, selections or any of that nonsense.

Ed Alleyne-Johnson

Ed Alleyne-Johnson

Aperture: ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/200s
Focal length: 116.1mm
ISO: 500
Taken: 2 May, 2015

Weight and Stuff Report – 5 May 2015

Weight: 213.3 pounds (15 stone 3.3 pounds, 96.8 kg)
Steps taken: 2,087

Hmmm, today’s fluctuation is a rather large upward one. Not sure how that happened…

I had an extra day off today, stretching out the long weekend just that wee bit more. After dealing with the ironing that I’ve been ignoring for a while, I went into Newcastle and had my hair cut. Well, it had been a while, and I’d got to the stage where my head was looking twice its normal size…

I also picked up something I ordered yesterday. More on that later. Well, at some point. When I find a tuit, or some motivation. Or something.

Ummm, this was parked in York at the weekend:



Aperture: ƒ/10
Shutter speed: 1/200s
Focal length: 30.9mm
ISO: 500
Taken: 2 May, 2015


Weight and Stuff Report – 4 May 2015

Weight: 210.8 pounds (15 stone 0.8 pounds, 95.6 kg)
Steps taken: 4,931

No change today, just for a change.

Talking of changes, what with one thing and another (attacks of the lurgy, working, etc), I haven’t  had my almost traditional Frankie & Benny’s breakfast for quite a few weeks. So I remedied that situation this morning, then popped into Tesco’s for some top-up shopping and came home. I left again almost immediately to head for the MetroCentre. Not for shopping this time, but for the vintage bus rally thingy that was happening in the coach park. Loads of old and new buses were on show, which led me to a conclusion. Modern buses are much more comfortable to ride in, but the older ones look much more interesting. Various photographs were taken, and they’ll be appearing over the next few days, but for now, here’s something that, strictly speaking, isn’t actually a bus at all:

Not a bus

Not a bus

Aperture: ƒ/11
Shutter speed: 1/200s
Focal length: 29.3mm
ISO: 800
Taken: 4 May, 2015

Weight and Stuff Report – 3 May 2015

Weight: 210.8 pounds (15 stone 0.8 pounds, 95.6 kg)
Steps taken: 3,443

Down a bit today, in yet another seemingly random oscillation…

Not a lot done today, except an unusually productive trip into Newcastle, where I actually managed to buy the things I was planning to buy, and in a shocking development, didn’t buy anything I hadn’t planned to buy.

Here’s a photo from my trip to York. More about this later, probably. Assuming I get it together. Which may be a quite large assumption, going on previous form.

Worth a try?

Worth a try?

Aperture: ƒ/5
Shutter speed: 1/200s
Focal length: 41.3mm
ISO: 4000
Taken: 2 May, 2015

Weight and Stuff Report – 2 May 2015

Weight: 211.4 pounds (15 stone 1.4 pounds, 95.9 kg)
Steps taken: 7,588

Back up a bit today, mutter…

Having done the washing and shopping yesterday, I had today completely free, and while the weather wasn’t all that impressive, I decided to get out and about. I took myself and the X-T1 to York. Acts of photography were committed. Museums were visited. More of that later, as tuits allow, but first here’s something I spotted at Newcastle station. It looks like they’re refurbishing the toilets on one of the platforms. They’re closed off, and in that way people have these days, the contractors have put up a big sign which goes on at some length about their health and safety/being responsible policies. There’s all the expected stuff about not driving or operating machinery while drunk, and about making sure you know how to use things before actually using them, which seems quite sensible, but I was a little perplexed by this bit:

Don't code and drive

Don’t code and drive

Aperture: ƒ/2.2
Shutter speed: 1/120s
Focal length: 4.15mm
ISO: 64
Location: 54° 58.0952′ 0″ N 1° 36.9512′ 0″ W
Taken: 2 May, 2015

OK, the bottom bit is a bit obvious, what with those being legal requirements. The top bit starts well enough – not talking on the phone while driving, even on hands-free seems like a good policy. But, but. who the photon “programmes” a mobile device while driving? Leaving aside the little matter that in UK English, it’s usual to use the US-style “program” spelling for writing software, it does seem like a bizarre thing to ban. So presumably it’s Ok to have play some games or watch a video or two on a mobile device, so long as you don’t actually attempt to develop any new apps….

Weight and Stuff Report – 1 May 2015

Weight: 210.8 pounds (15 stone 0.8 pounds, 95.6 kg)
Steps taken: 5,507

Down again? Remarkable! Or something.

Having found it a moderately painless exercise the last two Fridays, I did my shopping after work again today, even though I’m not working this weekend. The only drawback with that is that it removes my excuse for the Frankie and Benny’s Saturday breakfast that I haven’t had for a while thanks to a combination of health and work.  Hmmm

Not only that, but I’m even getting the washing done this evening, so all I’ll have to do is the ironing…

But enough of such domestic trivialities. Here’s a boat in York:

River Trip

River Trip

Aperture: ƒ/6.4
Shutter speed: 1/1200s
Focal length: 23.3mm
ISO: 400
Location: 53° 57.5741′ 0″ N 1° 5.2107′ 0″ W
Taken: 5 July, 2014

April 2015 Round-up

In a quite shocking development, April has decided it’s had enough and is departing, which can only mean it’s time for the ever-popular monthly summary thingy.


The dreaded coughing lurgy (still not quite gone away, but now reduced to being mildly annoying) is probably responsible for much of this, but here goes:

April 1: 215.1 pounds (15 stone 5.1 pounds, 97.6 kg)
April 30 : 213.5 pounds (15 stone 3.5 pounds, 96.8 kg)

That’s a fall of 3.9 pounds (1.8kg), which is roughly the same as last month. If April had decided to wander off ten days earlier, it would have been even more impressive. But it didn’t, so this will have to do.


I was definitely eating less for the first week or two of coughing. This seems to be returning more or less to normal now…


I’m pretty sure that coughing counts. I did lots of that. The middle of the night sessions were particularly effective.


Another fairly quiet month – just 39 posts including this one


Had some busy times at work, but didn’t get up to much else. I blame the coughing.