Weight and Stuff Report – 22 July 2017

Weight: 236.6 pounds (16 stone 12.6 pounds, 107.3 kg)
Steps: 11,133

Down again today…

As it was more than a little damp, I decided against attempting a visit to the Sunderland air show today. Looks like that was a good decision, as the weather did prevent a number of displays from happening (Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Sally B, the Falcons, the Blades), not to mention being dull and grey.

But I wanted to do something, so I went to York, having noticed that you can now get a day return for just £18, so long as you travel on Cross Country trains. As that’s less than half the usual cost, that’s a good deal – and Cross Country run enough services for it not to be a major issue. When I got to the platform, there was actually a train waiting, but it was very crowded , so having had a quick look, I got off and moved to the next platform, and waited about five minutes for a much less crowded train.

By the time I got to York, there was no rain in sight. I started with a look around the National Railway Museum, then had a moderately long walk around the city before getting a train back to Newcastle and coming home.

Here’s one from today. This is the rather lovely Merchant Adventurers Hall:

Merchant Adventuers Hall

Merchant Adventuers Hall

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/9
Shutter speed 1/400s
Focal length 25.7mm
ISO 200
Taken 15:04, 22 July, 2017
Location 53° 57.4592′ 0″ N 1° 4.7233′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 17 July 2017

Weight: 238.6 pounds (17 stone 0.6 pounds, 108.2 kg)
Steps: 1,782

Up a bit today.

Well, I survived going back to work.

This is St Fagans Castle, which you may note is more of a house than an actual castle, but apparently it was built over an earlier castle and kept the name:

St Fagans Castle

St Fagans Castle

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/8
Shutter speed 1/350s
Focal length 16mm
ISO 200
Taken 13:55, 5 July, 2017
Location 51° 29.2033′ 0″ N 3° 16.1397′ 0″ W

Not the Doctor you were expecting?

And so the Thirteenth Doctor has been revealed:

No doubt some people’s heads will be exploding because the new Doctor is less male than usual, but personally, I think it’s the logical conclusion of a process that’s been drip-fed over a number of years. I think it was in The Doctor’s Wife that it was casually mentioned that another Time Lord had been known to incarnate as male and female, there was the regenerating general in Hell Bent, and of course, lovely, bonkers, murderous Missy. So, it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise – it’s been widely muttered that incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall is going to be making some changes, and this is probably not the biggest.

And of course, now a precedent has been set, the “who’s going to be the next Doctor” game will be even more entertaining in future.

It’ll be a while before we see Jodie Whittaker in more than a regeneration scene – I think the next series will be later in 2018. But it’s going to be interesting…

Weight and Stuff Report – 16 July 2017

Weight: 238.2 pounds (17 stone 0.2 pounds, 108 kg)
Steps: 7,170

Up another bit today…

As it’s the last day before I go back to work  :wah: I decided I should make an effort and go somewhere, so I headed for the station for one of my “I’ll decide when I see what train’s next” days. Seeing that a suitable train was due to leave in just ten minutes, I bought a ticket and headed to Hexham on a very full cattle truck 🐮

Once there, I walked down to Hexham Bridge, a fine 18th century construction, and eventually found a good position to get a clear shot:

Hexham Bridge

Hexham Bridge

Camera X70
Aperture ƒ/10
Shutter speed 1/200s
Focal length 18.5mm
ISO 200
Taken 13:19, 16 July, 2017
Location 54° 58.4918′ 0″ N 2° 5.7299′ 0″ W

I then had a wander around the town and got a train back again.

Weight and Stuff Report – 15 July 2017

Weight: 237.9 pounds (16 stone 13.9 pounds, 107.9 kg)
Steps: 4,927

Up again today…

I didn’t do anything particularly interesting today – just a wander around the shops[1] and getting the washing done.

This is one of those ships waiting to enter the Tyne

He ain't heavy...

He ain’t heavy…

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed 1/1600s
Focal length 400mm
ISO 200
Taken 13:31, 14 July, 2017
Location 55° 1.1114′ 0″ N 1° 25.0517′ 0″ W

[1] Though I did excitingly remember to buy the kitchen foil I forgot to buy when I did my main shopping

Weight and Stuff Report – 14 July 2017

Weight: 236.7 pounds (16 stone 12.7 pounds, 107.4 kg)
Steps: 5,722

Gasp! Shock, horror, etc – down again today.

I decided to do my Saturday shopping a day early: note to self, don’t do this unless you can get to Tesco’s early. It’s full of people at 10am on a Friday.

Having survived that, I took myself to Tynemouth for a visit to the Priory (my English Heritage card was complaining about not having enough exercise). I had a play with my 100-400mm lens, wandered a bit, ate the sandwich I’d taken with me, then got a bus back to Newcastle, did a little extra shopping in the Co-op and got the bus home.

Human brains are really good at seeing patterns, especially ones that aren’t really there. When I looked at one of my close up images of the stones of Tynemouth Priory, my brain told me it could see a face. Spooky[1]….

Who's face is that?

Who’s face is that?

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/2.8
Shutter speed 1/2400s
Focal length 55mm
ISO 200
Taken 13:54, 14 July, 2017
Location 55° 1.054′ 0″ N 1° 25.0725′ 0″ W

[1] Note: Image may have been rotated, cropped and tweaked to make the alleged face easier t see.