Monthly Archives: November 2007

Robin Hood – Get Carter!

Dearie me! I’m nearly a week late with this one.

The episode titles are getting progressively sillier, the storylines more and more unlikely, and the dialogue ever more ludicrous. And yet still I watch every week and enjoy it. Maybe it’s because the show is so amiably silly that it manages to get away with things that would normally put me off. Or maybe my critical faculties are at their lowest on Saturday evenings. It’s not as if it was on late enough to benefit form me having had a glass or three of wine first…

But enough digression. Last Saturday’s episode involved the Sheriff hiring a professional killer to retrieve the pact that Robin stole from him, and to kill Robin while he was at it. The killer, Carter, does an impressive routine with swords, before kneeling before the Sheriff and kissing his ring. And yes, the Sheriff did ask Guy why he never does that. Ahhhhh, innuendo. Where would we be without it?

Anyway, Carter manages to con his way into Robin’s camp (you know the sort of thing, Sheriff’s men rough up the villagers, stranger arrives and helps…). The much maligned Much thinks he knows Carter, but as ever, nobody takes any notice of him.

So it’s not at all surprising that some time later, Robin returns to camp to find that everyone has been tied up by Carter, who demands that Robin gives him the pact. Unless Robin would rather he killed everyone, of course.

A fight follows, which Robin wins far too easily. More silliness follows, including another fight which ends with Carter breaking down in tears. It’s the old story. His brother was killed in the Holy Land because he went on a raid he shouldn’t have, but the ever-noble Robin let it be known that he (Robin) had ordered him (Carter’s brother) into battle so people wouldn’t think he (Carter’s brother) was an idiot. And so Carter had wanted to kill him (Robin, not his brother, who was already dead).

And so the man hired to kill Robin joins forces with him (didn’t see that one coming, did we?), to trick the Sheriff. Much fun follows, with Robin playing dead. Carter eventually goes off to warn the king about the Sheriff’s plan, what with the last messenger not having made it.

All very silly, but still a lot of fun. Apparently Jonas Armstrong, who plays Robin, has announced that he doesn’t plan on continuing in the role after the third series, which is in production. Whether it will continue with a new actor remains to be seen. I can’t see it being a problem though…

Northern Goldsmiths

These are two versions of the same picture, with slightly different cropping and tweaking. I like the coloured floodlights on the stone of the upper floors of Northern Goldsmiths, and that’s what I was trying to capture. Now getting a long enough exposure to show off the stone meant that the much brighter light from the shop windows totally burnt out. I can’t make my mind up whether I like that effect, and the motion blurred people, or if it looks better cropped.

Northern Goldsmiths 1

Northern Goldsmiths 1

Northern Goldsmiths 2

Northern Goldsmiths 2

Nicely illuminated shop in Newcastle city centre

So, as I can’t decide, I’ll let the vast[1] Losing it[1] audience look at them both. If you have a preference, or an opinion, please leave a comment[2]

[1] In numbers. I’m sure all my readers are perfectly proportioned[3]
[2] Of course, if you think they’re both rubbish, don’t feel obligated to tell me :wink:
[3] Is that enough audience flattery? :tongue:

November round-up

Well, it seems that I haven’t quite lost the plot, so here’s the November round-up that I promised last month.


November 1: 219.2 pounds (15 stone 9.2 pounds, 99.4kg)
November 30: 216.2 pounds (15 stone 6.2 pounds, 98.1kg)

Difference: 3 pounds (1.4kg)

Less than one pound a week, which isn’t as good as last month, but it’s the first few pounds that are the easiest, so a slow down isn’t too disappointing at this stage.


I’m keeping up the sandwich and fruit for lunch routine. Sometimes the sandwich is a slightly larger one from Subway, but I’m generally being well-behaved. I’ve also reduced the amount I eat at weekends, when despite being generally less active, I was eating more than during the week. :duh:


Still walking at least half the time. Mostly walking to work and getting the bus home, but managing to persuade myself to walk home a wee bit more.


After a few quiet months, I made 74 posts in October. Including this one, I’ll have made 72 this month, with perhaps one or two more to come this evening. And I’ve still got a load of reviews to write…

Looking forward

December is likely to be a bit disrupted thanks to some celebration thingy or other which might change my normal routines for a week, but I’ll keep up the reports where I can.

A slight improvement

Well, I’m lighter today than I was yesterday, which is good, but more work is definitely needed.

I walked to work, but got the bus home.


Hmmmm, not sure what caused that, but today’s weight is up quite a big bit. Mutter, etc.

I walked to work, had a photographic stroll at lunchtime, and did some more photography after work, before getting the bus home. Photos will follow later.

The Great Court

Today’s picture is another one from my visit to London in August. This is the Great Court of the British Museum. The old Reading Room of the British Library has been reclad in white – partly to look good, and partly to hide the columns that support the stunning roof.

The Great Court

The Great Court

The centrepiece of the British Museum

I like this image a lot – the shadows cast by the roof framework are nicely interesting, and the people remind the viewer just how big the place is.

Drives me mad…

Hard drives, that is. A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned the sad demise of my old external hard drive. Well, at the weekend, I finally got round to taking it apart to see how it worked, and if it could be salvaged. Interesting thing. inside the heavy metal case was a small circuit board and two 250GB Western Digital Caviar hard drives – the kind I tend to buy for general use, as it happens. The circuit board is a RAID controller, which (to get distinctly non-technical) joins the drives together so the computer sees them as one big one. This is great for maximising storage, but not so great for security of your data – if one drive dies, you lose everything, as the files are spread across both disks.[1]

A bit of research revealed that the particular model of external drive I had has a tendency to die. Sometimes it’s the controller, and guess what? It seems they don’t make them any more, so you can’t get a replacement. But more often it’s the drives. Hard disks can (and do) die at random intervals, but it may be that the case design lets them get too hot, and so they can fail earlier than might be expected.

So I’ve bought a neat little thingy – a USB to hard drive adaptor. Basically it’s a plug with connectors for standard ATA hard drives, little laptop drives and SATA drives, plus a power adaptor with more connectors than seems reasonable. The first drive I tried didn’t want to talk at all, but the second one did mount. It was a bit confused, as it thought it was a 500GB drive, and after a lot of mumbling, Windows told me that it was borked. So, I’m reformatting it (to the correct size), and I’ll make some use of it. I’ll give the other one another look, but it looks like it was the source of those nasty clicking noises.

Oh what fun. The funnest bit was trying to add a card with extra USB ports to the computer. It didn’t like that at all, and refused to start with it installed…

[1] Some data recovery may be possible, but it costs a lot. Definitely not worth it in this case

Wednesday weight report

Well, well. Down again today, which is good to see.

I walked to work, but got the bus home. As I had a bit of an annoying morning, I let myself have a slightly more impressive lunch – a footlong spicy Italian from Subway. And very nice it was too. :yes: