Daily Archives: Saturday, 2nd February 2013

Weight and Stuff Report – 2 February 2013

Weight: 221.1 pounds (15 stone 11.1 pounds, 100.3 kg)
Steps taken: 9.223

Up a bit today, which is only to be expected after last night’s big meal and small[1] drink. As it looked like being a nice day, I decided to get out and go somewhere. I took a while to decide, and the longer I took deciding, the less sensible some of the more distant options seemed, so in the end I went to Durham. As I arrived at the station at roughly the same time several million[2] football fans got off trains with the apparent intent of getting in the way a lot[3], it took about a week[4] to get across the concourse to the ticket office, so I missed a couple of trains. Fortunately, it wasn’t too long to wait for the next one, and I was soon in Durham. Durham city centre proved to be very busy, with more people than I recall seeing there before walking up and down the shopping streets. But the area around the cathedral was relatively quiet, and I had no problems getting some photography done. I took the Canon 5D Mark III and the 50mm f/1.4 lens on this occasion. Various pictures will appear over the next few days, but I thought I’d start with this one of the statue of the Marquess of Londonderry, which is a familiar landmark in Durham’s Market Place. I’ve seen this statue many times, but I’d never really noticed that the horse has such a messy hairstyle, or indeed its slightly wild-looking expression.

Crazy horse?

Crazy horse?

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/6.3
Shutter speed: 1/125s
Focal length: 50mm
ISO: 100
Taken: 2 February, 2013

I had a good wander around Durham, as the Garmin evidence shows:

Durham

Durham

Then I got the next train back to a crowded Newcastle, which was interrupted by some minor drama on arrival, as the British Transport Police had been called. The doors were kept locked until the train guard[7] had spoken to them, and presumably told them who to look for. Once the doors were opened, for reasons not revealed to the rest of the train’s occupants, a group of passengers were pulled aside for a chat.

[1] OK, that might have been a bit large, too
[2] Possibly exaggeration
[3] Well, I suppose they mighty have been going somewhere, but the effect was to get in my way
[4] Another possible exaggeration[5]
[5] Extra footnotes in this post just for Sherry[6]
[6] Hi Sherry!  :wave:
[7] Or whatever job title they’re using this week