Weight and Stuff Report – 1 December 2016

Weight: 214.4 pounds (15 stone 4.4 pounds, 97.3 kg)
Steps taken: 4,070

Down by a teeny amount today.

Getting home was entertaining – an “incident” on the Tyne Bridge resulted in hugely delayed buses, traffic jams, plagues of frogs, locusts and investment bankers. Though I may have made some of that up.

Here’s another  view of some familiar bridges



Camera X70
Aperture ƒ/11
Shutter speed 1/110s
Focal length 18.5mm
ISO 200
Taken 12:28, 17 September, 2016

November 2016 Round-up

This is crazy! Another month gone? That means it must be December tomorrow, and I’m quite sure I didn’t order a December, I’d have remembered, or at the very least got the email acknowledgement. But silly as it may seem, it has to be time for the monthly thingy, so here it is.


I seem to have started to reverse the upward trend again

November 1: 217.4 pounds (15 stone 7.4 pounds, 98.6 kg)
November 30: 214.5 pounds (15 stone 4.5 pounds, 97.3 kg)

That’s a moderately respectable fall of 2.9 pounds (1.3kg).


Yes, still doing that. Though some of my eating habits will be changing next week, because of a thing happening that I’ll talk about when it happens.


Managed some decent walks this month, including a quite impressive one in Berwick. More to come…


A moderate month, with just 38 posts.


Well, there was a work-related thing a few weeks ago, that might (or might not) lead to some developments that might (or might not) lead to some changes. But more on that when things happen (or don’t), which is expected to be (or not to be) in January. I’d say I was sorry to have to be vague at this stage, but as it’s the kind of thing I do anyway, I won’t.

Weight and Stuff Report – 29 November 2016

Weight: 215.1 pounds (15 stone 5.1 pounds, 97.6 kg)
Steps taken: 3,772

Down another tiny bit today. How thrilling! (Or not)

I had my eyes tested today, which resulted in me not needing new (expensive) varifocals, so that wasn’t bad. The voucher for a free eye test was quite nice, too.

Here’s a slightly odd one for you:



Camera X70
Aperture ƒ/10
Shutter speed 1/200s
Focal length 18.5mm
ISO 200
Taken 13:09, 17 September, 2016

Weight and Stuff Report – 27 November 2016

Weight: 215.4 pounds (15 stone 5.4 pounds, 97.7 kg)
Steps taken: 4,846

Down again after yesterday’s random wossname.

Had a bit of a wander around some shops and succeeded in not buying anything, then came home and found a sufficiently large tuit to clear the dreaded ironing backlog. And that was about it…

So, no fresh photos this weekend, which leads me to this one from a moderately recent visit to Durham:

Durham Reflections

Durham Reflections

Camera X70
Aperture ƒ/8
Shutter speed 1/60s
Focal length 18.5mm
ISO 200
Taken 12:29, 19 September, 2016

Wilkie Martin – Inspector Hobbes and the Curse

This is the follow-up to Inspector Hobbes and the Blood, which I mentioned a few weeks ago. I had a lot of fun with that one, and I’m happy to say that this is more of the same.

Andy Caplet, our inept narrator, is still living with the unhuman Inspector Hobbes and still getting into trouble with no trouble at all.

This time round, there are reports of panthers which seem to mysteriously appear and disappear, and worse than that, a rather nasty property developer, Felix King has arrived in town.

Hobbes and Andy visit the local wildlife park to check if they’ve lost any cats, where they’re given some useful information

“Our leopards,” Mr Catt continued, “are particularly fine specimens and we’re hoping theyll breed soon. The female has already had a couple of litters at her previous zoo but, for some reason, our male doesn’t seem capable of making her pregnant, appearing to prefer cheetahs.” He sniggered. “We think he might be trying to pull a fast one.”

Yes, it seems everyone in Sorenchester has a taste for bad jokes…

We meet some perfectly nice werewolves (no trouble at all, really), though apparently there has been some trouble in the past.

Well, to cut a long story short, they got married, with my blessing, and moved into a council house in Wolverhampton where, unfortunately, there were allegations about inappropriate use of lampposts and a misunderstanding over a cat that resulted in bad relations with the neighbours. A very unpleasant situation arose and Les was hounded by vigilantes. When he complained to the council, he was howled down and in the end they had to do a moonlight flit.

I should point out that the Les mentioned isn’t me to avoid any more confusion than normal.

There’s a load of fun at a music festival, with Hobbes going undercover. Well, undercover for him, that is. And Andy is in danger of developing a romantic relationship with Felix’s sister Violet, which Felix makes very clear is not something he’s going to tolerate…

And I’m afraid I’m going to have to dip into spoiler territory here, because some gags are too bad not to pass on. Evidence has come to light that the reason the panthers keep disappearing is because….

“The word we use with werecats is transmogrify,” he said, “though, apart from that, you’ve got it. Of course, they can revert to human form whenever it suits them.”

Trans-MOG-rify? Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear….

There is, of course, lots of Deadly Peril, a fair bit of Andy getting knocked about and Hobbes being Hobbes.

Great fun, and just as recommended as the first book, and also available for not very much in Kindle form.