George Ezra – Budapest

Another one from the “what took Les so long to notice” file. I’ve heard this track on the radio many times, but never quite concentrated enough to notice who was behind it…

Then last month, when I was in Wales, I saw a brief performance by George Ezra as part of the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage. I liked what I heard, but didn’t put two and two together.

Then a review in a guitar magazine reminded me. And I got round to getting hold of the album. And I’m hooked already. Here’s the video. Listen to the voice. And remind yourself that this guy is just 21…

I don’t think I’m risking much by predicting he’ll go far.

Weight and Stuff Report – 21 July 2014

Weight: 214.1 pounds (15 stone 4.1 pounds, 97.1 kg)
Steps taken: 4,774

No change today, which makes a change.

I did manage to get out for a short walk around town at lunchtime, with more steps than any day last week…

Today’s photo is from the National Railway Museum in York. This streamlined engine is the Duchess of Hamilton.

Duchess of Hamilton

Duchess of Hamilton

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/5
Shutter speed: 1/30s
Focal length: 21.4mm
ISO: 2000
Location: 53° 57.614′ 0″ N 1° 5.7617′ 0″ W
Taken: 5 July, 2014

Weight and Stuff Report – 20 July 2014

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

Up a bit today, but not too shockingly. Having been out and about yesterday, I’ve been having a quiet day in to get the washing done and catch up on some of the TV my TiVo has been recording…

Today’s photo is of a friendly face to be found near York Minster. This is one that the X-T1′s adjustable screen made easy to get without having to get down on the ground. It’s one of a number of faces around the edge of a low stone thingy.

Friendly...

Friendly…

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/4.5
Shutter speed: 1/75s
Focal length: 26.5mm
ISO: 200
Location: 53° 57.753′ 0″ N 1° 4.971′ 0″ W
Taken: 5 July, 2014

Weight and Stuff Report – 19 July 2014

Weight: 213.6 pounds (15 stone 3.6 pounds, 96.9 kg)
Steps taken: 10,582

Down again today. The weather forecast for today was for rain and lots of it. At one point, this area was covered by a Met Office Amber Warning, which means that while it’s not quite time to build an ark, you should probably have the materials to hand. This was downgraded to a Yellow Warning of rain[1], which means it’s quite likely to rain heavily.

But either way, it wasn’t really going to be a going out with the camera day, so I did some other things after the usual breakfast and shopping. I stated with a look around my local art gallery – the Shipley, which has some good stuff on show at present. There’s a selection from the gallery’s crafts selection, which ranges from tapestry to really nice sculpture. And there are two rooms featuring selections from the gallery’s collection that are not seen very often.

I then went to the Laing in Newcastle, which has a number of interesting things on. All that is solid melts into air is a fascinating collection of stuff relating to the impact of the industrial revolution. But for me, the best thing on show at the moment is Mariner 9, an enormous high definition video installation that’s described as:

Created using NASA’s own data, Mariner 9 shows Mars and is set 200 years in the future. The planet’s landscape is littered with the rusting remains of real and imagined spacecraft with some of them still showing signs of life – flickering, moving and transmitting data back to Earth where possibly there is no one left to receive it.

It’s huge and incredibly detailed. The battered old probes go through the motions of their original tasks – wheels spin, lights flicker, sampling instruments try to collect samples, while dust blows across the scene. It was previously shown in the Spanish City dome in Whitley Bay, where I managed to miss it. Don’t do the same this time – it’s well worth a visit to the Laing for this alone.

After that, I did some mild shopping and came home.

Today’s photo is another but of interesting architecture. This is another bit of student housing…

Random?

Random?

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/640s
Focal length: 200mm
ISO: 400
Location: 54° 58.3947′ 0″ N 1° 37.2896′ 0″ W
Taken: 12 July, 2014

The pattern of coloured tiles is a similar concept to that used on parts of the Gateshead town centre development. Must be a popular thing these days. I like it, anyway.

[1] I keep reading that wrong. Ewwww.

Weight and Stuff Report – 18 July 2014

Weight: 215.7 pounds (15 stone 5.7 pounds, 97.8 kg)
Steps taken: 3,103

As I expected, up again today, and the lack of lunchtime walks isn’t helping. Must try and get out properly next week…

Today’s photo is what I presume used to be a park-keeper’s house in Leazes Park. It’s been boarded up for many years, but now it’s been fenced off as well, with warning notices about the roof. I hope this means it’s going to be restored, as in its current state it’s making that end of the park look untidy.

Some work needed

Some work needed

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/220s
Focal length: 18mm
ISO: 400
Location: 54° 58.629′ 0″ N 1° 37.5409′ 0″ W
Taken: 12 July, 2014

Weight and Stuff Report – 17 July 2014

Weight: 214.5 pounds (15 stone 4.5 pounds, 97.3 kg)
Steps taken: 4,066

This morning’s weight was nicely down on yesterday’s. But as I’ve just[1] got back from a night out that may have involved one bottle of cider, and uncertain number of glasses of wine and some rather nice Indian food, that’ll probably be higher tomorrow.

Today’s photo is one of the interesting buildings going up as part of the Science City project in Newcastle:

Science City

Science City

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/9
Shutter speed: 1/1000s
Focal length: 20.5mm
ISO: 400
Location: 54° 58.3316′ 0″ N 1° 37.3319′ 0″ W
Taken: 12 July, 2014

[1] Preserving the fiction that this was written when I got home rather than a couple of days later

Weight and Stuff Report – 16 July 2014

Weight: 215.9 pounds (15 stone 5.9 pounds, 97.9 kg)
Steps taken: 2,750

Shock horror, up again today. And not a lot of walking either. And tomorrow may be worse…

But enough of that, here’s Queen Victoria standing in front of the Royal Victoria Infirmary.

Royal Victoria Infirmary

Royal Victoria Infirmary

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/600s
Focal length: 37.4mm
ISO: 200
Location: 54° 58.6909′ 0″ N 1° 37.1884′ 0″ W
Taken: 12 July, 2014

Weight and Stuff Report – 15 July 2014

Weight: 214.9 pounds (15 stone 4.9 pounds, 97.5 kg)
Steps taken: 3,771

And today’s random oscillation is an upward one, mutter.

I think a profound question is being asked here. I’m not at all sure what the question is, so it’s a bit tricky to answer it…

Good question

Good question

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/5
Shutter speed: 1/250s
Focal length: 55mm
ISO: 200
Location: 55° 2.9515′ 0″ N 1° 26.8235′ 0″ W
Taken: 12 July, 2014

I think I’ve got it

You might recall this photo from Llangollen:

Translations on a postcard...

Translations on a postcard…

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/320s
Focal length: 15.9mm
ISO: 400
Location: 52° 58.2372′ 0″ N 3° 10.2172′ 0″ W
Taken: 26 June, 2014

Well, I’ve now taken the time to work out what it’s saying. It’s playing with the way Welsh place names are often made up of a string of words to create a very silly shop name. It breaks down into this:

Y SIOP FACH GARDIAU WRTH Y BONT DROS YR AFON DDYFRDWY YN LLANGOLLEN

Which can be easily translated. First, going word by word:

The Shop Little Cards By the Bridge Over the River Dee in Llangollen

Or, rearranging into English word order:

The little card shop by the bridge over the River Dee in Llangollen

Which is exactly what it is, of course.

Weight and Stuff Report – 14 July 2014

Weight: 213.5 pounds (15 stone 3.5 pounds, 96.8 kg)
Steps taken: 3,394

Down again today…

I didn’t have much time for a walk at lunchtime, which wasn’t too bad a thing, as it just started to rain as I crossed the road from the sarnie shop. It rained a bit more this afternoon, but stopped in time for me leaving to come home, so that wasn’t a problem.

Today’s photo is a bit of art on Newcastle University’s Old Library building:

Interesting figure...

Interesting figure…

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/850s
Focal length: 55mm
ISO: 400
Location: 54° 58.8411′ 0″ N 1° 36.9269′ 0″ W
Taken: 12 July, 2014