Monthly Archives: May 2009

Tiggercam is coming back

This is a public service announcement on behalf of Tigger, who’s been popping up here quite a lot lately. I think he’s missing the attention he used to get at Tiggercam, which has been on a prolonged hiatus[1] while I’ve been distracted by other things.  So I’ve decided to take the path of least resistance and revive the site.

The new version will still have the intermittently live webcam view of some of Tigger’s many manifestations, and thanks to WordPress’s built in gallery function, and a little bit of Flickr, lots of other Tigger pictures.

Yes, that’s right – the new Tiggercam will be based on WordPress, and will use a theme much like the one you can see here. Only with different colours. The new “sticky post” feature in WordPress 2.8 means it’s easy to keep the live Tiggercam picture at the top of the page, and have updates appearing below.

You can have a look at the new Tiggercam if you like, but please bear in mind it, like the version of WordPress it’s running on, is in beta. Bits may or may not work, things may appear and disappear at random, and it may occasionally not work at all, dependng on what I’m doing with it at the time.

[1] Which sounds like something you should see a doctor about

May 2009 Round-up

Another month seems to have slipped past me. Where do they all go? Anyway, here’s the summary:


May 1: 216.8 pounds (15 stone 6.8 pounds, 98.3 kg)
May 31: 221.8 pounds (15 stone 11.8 pounds, 100.6 kg)
Difference: A quite disturbing rise of 5 pounds (2.3 kg)

While there have been some fluctuations, there have been a lot more ups than downs. Obviously.


Yes, well. Still suffering from lack of self-control at lunchtime, which I’m sure is what does most of the damage.


Errr, yes, well. I think I managed to walk to work once. I really do need to find some of that motivation stuff.


Oooh, well. It’s been a busy month for stuff here at Losing it[1]. Including this report, I’ll have made 112 posts this month, which makes it the busiest month since May 2008, when I somehow managed 153 posts. Not only that, but I introduced a whole new look for the site. Now if only typing burned more calories…


I’m still mostly failing to get out and about with the camera. I keep meaning to, but somehow I don’t quite get it together. Ah well, maybe in June…

Robin Hood – A Dangerous Deal

Well, after last week’s silliness, Isabella is settling into her new job as Sheriff. Robin visits her late at night and suggests that she should work with him rathet than for Prince John. She declines, and makes her view quite clear by cutting his escape rope while he’s still climbing down it. The next day, she holds court, wher she freese Meg, a young girl charged with the quite serious offence of refusing to marry any of the men suggested by her father. Meg’s quite firm on the matter, which impreses Isabella, who seems to be developing some distinctly feminist tendencies.

Rising to the occasion, she tells the people that she’s a whole new kind of Sheriff, and announces that her dear brother Guy will be executed. But before she can make any more announcements, her husband, Squire Thornton arrives,  and announces that he’s the new Sheriff. He’s just about to get a little rough, when Meg tells him that she knows where lots of gold is buried, and he cna have it if he’ll stop being a pantomime villain nasty to Isabella. He has Meg put int he dungeon, in a cell next to grumpy Guy, and gets Isabella to lead him and his guards to the forest, where she does a bit of digging…

While Kate starts to show her feelings for Robin, and Meg taunts Guy a bit, Isabella finds some gold. Soon they find a cunningly hidden burial mound, full of Norse treasure. They’re watched by Robin and the gang. Tuck explains that the treasure was buried for the long journey to Valhalla. Allan asks if that’s somewhere near Norwich.

While Meg and Guy start to have a nice chat[1], Thornton continues to loot the mound, pausing only to kill one of his men for looking at the gold the wrong way[2]. Of course, Robin’s team have hijacked the cart, and with a bit of an attack to distract Thornton, it should have all gone nicely. But Much, who’s been making puppy-dog eyes at Kate for ages, is somewhat distracted by seeing her with Robin, and manages to get knocked off the cart by one of the guards.

Everyone runs off, including Isabella, who, when she meets Robin, asks him to help her.[3] Thornton is separated from his gold thanks to the old voice of thunder trick, which leads to Robin and the gang having him taken away to the local madhouse[4].  Isabella, having been escorted back to Nottingham by Little John, does some more ranting after getting Meg out of the dungeon.

Meg, having had a nice chat with Guy, feels sorry for him, and takes him some food, which leads to more soul searching. Much, being, err, much upset about Kate and Robin, wanders off in an unspecified direction.

Isabella, being devious, writes a letter to Prince John, apologising for whatever it is she’s done, and saying that she’s got a present for him. The gold? Or something else? Meg borrows her keys, and tries to free Guy, but quite naturally is caught by Isabella, who decides that all men are quite nasty really, and that Meg’s obviously too far gone to save, so she can be executed along with Guy. This makes very little sense[5], but it does establish Isabella as being a wee bit bonkers, which may be relevant later.

Much sees Isabella and a small entourage riding into the forest, which doesn’t alarm him too much, until he sees the much larger collection of guards following behind in as stealthy a manner as you can when wearing armour.

And sure enough, when Robin and the gang meet Isabella, the chests she’s brought along don’t contain gold, but odd bits of iron, and the soldiers surrounding them probably aren’t there to just say hello. It all looks pretty bad until Much arrives with a bunch of horses that the guards had left in a convenient place, and the gang ride away…

Back at the castle, it’s time for Guy’s execution. Robin and the gang are there to steal some gold, but when they see Meg is also to be executed, there’s a slight change of plan. Isabella does a big speech about Guy being “an enemy of the people”, Guy pleads for Meg’s life, Robin shoots the axe out of the executioner’s hand, Thornton turns up, Guy escapes with Meg, but Meg gets slightly stabbed, and Isabella gets a bit upset.

Thornton chases Isabella into the castle and says he’s going to kill her. She begs for his forgiveness and he gets close enough for her to stab him ever so slightly fatally. Robin and Kate arrive just in time to see that Isabella doesn’t need any help actually, and leave. Meg dies in Guy’s arms, but not before he tells her that she’s really helped him. Robin and Kate start getting to know each other better, and Isabella orders that all Thornton’s men are to be killed to make sure no messages get to Prince John. Oh, and next time, it’ll be Robin that gets killed…

Quite delightfully silly and nonsensical, really. But from next week,it looks like things might get more interesting. Flashbacks! The truth about Guy’s past! And Robin’s!

[1] Oh dear. This was a bit much…
[2] Kind of a “did you spill my pint” taken to extremes…
[3] Given the number of times she’s changed sides, you’d think he’d be a little bit wary…
[4] And if he says anything about being Sheriff of Nottingham…
[5] And is therefore quite normal for this series

Death on a Branch Line – Andrew Martin

Yes, I’m building up a good head of steam on the Jim Stringer books now, so much so that I’ve nearly caught up. This, the fifth in the series, was first published last year. It’s set in the hot summer of 1911, with suspicions and general paranoia about German activities running high.

It’s a weekend in July, and Jim’s supposed to be taking his wife Lydia to Scarborough for the weekend, but after a chance encounter with a man being taken to Durham, where he’ll be executed on Monday morning, he changes his plans. Off they go to a small village called Adenwold, the place where Hugh Lambert[1] apparently killed his father, and where his brother John is more than likely to be killed before the weekend is out. Jim believes Hugh to be innocent, and sets out to do what he can…

And it all gets a wee bit complicated – there’s a mysterious cyclist, a man with some German documents, and a nice collection of local characters. Jim decides it’s all a bit much, and sends for his Chief Inspector, who turns up as expected. Jim gets a little confused when he realises that the Chief arrived in Adenwold before his telegram was sent. Jim also tries to persuade Lydia to return home, to keep her out of the danger that he is sure is not far away, but she’s not having any of that…

As with the other books, it’s a good, entertaining read, with a mystery that takes a lot of solving. But the murder is only part of the story, which ends up getting Jim involved in deeper matters than he’s ever seen before. And there’s lots of gratuitous railway detail, of course. Good fun, worth a read.

[1] The man being taken to Durham

I think Tigger’s up to something….

Readers who’ve known me a long time occasionally ask if I’m ever going to reactivate Tiggercam, a site I ran for a few years. It’s still there, but without the daily (or thereabouts) Changing of the Tigger, it’s not all that exciting. Well, unless you’re a Tigger fan, it probably never was, but some people liked it.

Well, I think Tigger is trying to arrange something. Here he is, apparently deep in conversation with that dragon who followed me home from Cardiff.

Tigger and Dragon

Tigger and Dragon

And he’s been investigating my wine:

Don't bounce it!

Don't bounce it!

And even my whisky[1]:



In fact, I think he did more than investigate the whisky, judging by how subdued his bouncing is this morning…

So maybe it is time to think about a new version of Tiggercam, if only to keep him away from my booze!

[1] That’s the Macallan 10 year old, there.