Weight and Stuff Report – 24 November 2017

Weight: 233.5 pounds (16 stone 9.5 pounds, 105.9 kg)
Steps: 3,274

Hmmm, up again today. Mutter.

Here’s the last of my previously uploaded but not posted photos, which means I need to get out and take some more.



Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/2.8
Shutter speed: 1/5800s
Focal length: 23.4mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 26 March, 2017
Location: 55° 1.0408′ 0″ N 1° 25.0344′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 21 November 2017

Weight: 231.6 pounds (16 stone 7.6 pounds, 105.1 kg)
Steps: 2,073

Up a wee bit today…

I’ve seen these stickers planted in various places in the area. I haven’t bothered to find out what they’re about, as knowing might spoil the obvious gag[1]

Well, that's great...

Well, that’s great…

Camera: X70
Aperture: ƒ/4
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 18.5mm
ISO: 640
Taken: 16 September, 2017

[1] Which is in the caption[2]
[2] Which you won’t see if you read this on Facebook and don’t click through to the actual site

Weight and Stuff Report – 20 November 2017

Weight: 231.2 pounds (16 stone 7.2 pounds, 104.9 kg)
Steps: 2,513

Back down a bit today.

Here’s some more coastal windy thingies. Well, you might just be able to see them in the distance.



Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/10
Shutter speed: 1/640s
Focal length: 55mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 17 June, 2017
Location: 54° 35.167′ 0″ N 0° 58.4776′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 19 November 2017

Weight: 231.8 pounds (16 stone 7.8 pounds, 105.1 kg)
Steps: 2,153

Up a bit today. Another day of no exciting activities, unless you’re the kind of person who finds ironing exciting, in which case you’re welcome to do mine in future.

You’d think this sheepish character would be a bit more worried-looking, as he’s at the Royal Mint. That is where mint sauce comes from, right? All that stuff with coins is just a cover…



Camera: iPhone 6s
Aperture: ƒ/2.2
Shutter speed: 1/3800s
Focal length: 4.15mm
ISO: 25
Taken: 22 September, 2016
Location: 51° 33.2333′ 0″ N 3° 23.2522′ 0″ W


Weight and Stuff Report – 18 November 2017

Weight: 231.3 pounds (16 stone 7.3 pounds, 104.9 kg)
Steps: 6,648

Down again today, such excitement[1]!

No photo trips this weekend – just did a bit of shopping involving towels[2] and some thingies to connect to a thingy that I haven’t actually got yet.[4]

Here’s another one of Hylton Castle:

Hylton Castle

Hylton Castle

Camera: X70
Aperture: ƒ/9
Shutter speed: 1/180s
Focal length: 18.5mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 26 August, 2017
Location: 54° 55.3652′ 0″ N 1° 26.5984′ 0″ W

[1] Well, not really…
[2] So, yes, I really do know where my towel is[3]
[3] Obligatory Douglas Adams reference
[4] Details when the thingy is in my possession


Weight and Stuff Report – 17 November 2017

Weight: 232.1 pounds (16 stone 8.1 pounds, 105.3 kg)
Steps: 2,698

Down a wee bit today.

And it’s down into the depths of time for this view of Tynemouth Priory taken earlier this year:

Priory ruins

Priory ruins

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/9
Shutter speed: 1/100s
Focal length: 47mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 26 March, 2017
Location: 55° 1.0717′ 0″ N 1° 25.1291′ 0″ W

REM – Automatic for the People 25

This is the latest in that ever-popular long-running series known as “let’s make Les feel really old”. Yes, it’s a whole quarter of a century since REM released this magnificent album. I’d enjoyed their earlier work, particularly Fall on Me and Losing My Religion, but this took things to a new level, with some of their greatest songs, all beautifully arranged and produced to something approaching perfection. If later albums weren’t quite so powerful, so impressive, so bloody good, well, that scarcely matters, because not that many albums by anyone are quite as good as Automatic.

There’s bounciness and bonkersness[1] in Man on the Moon, retrospective wistfulness in Try Not to Breathe, and much, much more. It might be a bit of an obvious choice, but I have to single out Everybody Hurts as the album’s greatest moment. Dealing with sorrow, despair and more, but uplifting, hopeful, and quite honestly beautiful. The video always stuck in my mind – loads of people stuck in traffic, and we see their innermost thoughts a subtitles while the music and Michael’s voice offer light in their darkness. Glorious. One of those rare moments where popular music is more than the sum of its parts, and where I’m even tempted to dust off words such as “transcendent”. But don’t worry, I won’t make a habit of it.

The 25th anniversary edition is available in a variety of collectable editions at prices ranging from “not bad” to eye-watering. I used my Apple Music sub to get the equivalent of the thee-CD edition, which includes the remastered album, a live performance featuring most of the album plus earlier songs such as Losing My Religion, Fall on Me and Radio Free Europe, and a selection of demos and early versions of songs from the album, including Michael’s Organ, recognisable as Everybody Hurts.

The original album still stands as a wonderful piece of work, and the extras are well worth a listen or six.

[1] Yes it is a word, so there

Weight and Stuff Report – 16 November 2017

Weight: 232.5 pounds (16 stone 8.5 pounds, 105.5 kg)
Steps: 3,673

Up just a teeny bit today.

Talking of going up, the new bridge being built in Sunderland is quite tall – so big that you can see it peeking over the horizon in this view taken from Hylton Castle

Building Bridges

Building Bridges

Camera: X70
Aperture: ƒ/9
Shutter speed: 1/450s
Focal length: 18.5mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 26 August, 2017
Location: 54° 55.3718′ 0″ N 1° 26.5645′ 0″ W