Monthly Archives: June 2011

June 2011 Round-up

Well, that’s 2011 half over, which brings us that bit closer to 2012, when we’ll all be sued by the Olympics organisers if we mention the date, the Mayan calendar won’t actually come to the end of a cycle, but the world may end anyway as I’ll reach a Dreaded Age Milestone. But enough of the future, this is a post about the past, the recent past, in particular this month


Yeah, I’m really, err, losing it here, aren’t I?

June 1: 230.2 pounds (16 stone 6.2 pounds, 104.4 kg)
June 30: 235 pounds (16 stone 11 pounds, 106.6 kg)

Difference: a quite shocking rise of 4.8 pounds (2.2 kg). The only good thing is that it’s a couple of pounds lighter than last week’s shocking peak


Yeah, been doing a lot of that.


Just a couple of lunchtime walks, and a distinct lack of walking to work. I blame my Kindle for making me want to read on the bus instead of walking.


Not quite such a Posting Frenzy as last month, but including this post, the total is 85, which is still quite a lot of stuff.


Not so much photography as last month, but I’ll be making up for that in July.

Weight and Stuff Report – 30 June 2011

And back up again today. Bother. And my knees have been making it quite clear that yesterday’s lunchtime walk was not at all to their liking. Mutter.

But anyway, here’s a picture from that walk. This is part of one of a series of slightly bonkers temporary garden thingies that are springing up around Newcastle. There’s the Grey Street Garden around the Monument, and this one is called Quayside Seaside. There’s more of it, but it was hiding behind a fence, so I’ll have to go back when it’s finished:

Quayside Seaside

Quayside Seaside

Spillers Flour Mill Demolition – 29 June 2011

In a quite shocking outbreak of tuitness, here are some of today’s pictures of the four mill demolition job. To get an idea of the scale of the job, take a look at the picture which shows one of the workers walking down the rubble pile…

WordPress 3.1.4 and 3.2 Release Candidate 3 – out now

There’s a new security update to WordPress 3.1.x which fixes a hole which would allow a user with Editor rights to get themselves higher level access. This kind of elevation of privilege attack is generally regarded as a Bad Thing. If, like me, you’re the only user of your WordPress site, then you’ll be less concerned about that particular hole, but there are some other security fixes, so it’s worth installing.

And for those brave enough to play with release candidates, RC3 is now available, and it includes the same fix.

Actual release of WordPress 3.2 should now be very soon – probably within the next couple of days unless something major breaks…

Full details and links from the official announcement:

WordPress › WordPress 3.1.4 (and 3.2 Release Candidate 3).

Lunchtime walk, 29 June 2011

I didn’t get round to checking on the Spillers Flour Mill demolition last week, what with the rain washing away all my tuits, or something. But as today started off bright and sunny, I took my camera to work and went for a walk at lunchtime. I was planning to walk along the Quayside, taking pictures as I went, finishing off at the flour mill and getting the bus back. Well, it all worked out apart from the bus thing. I just finished taking my pictures and was walking towards the bus stop, when the bus went past. Well, I didn’t want to stand around for ten minutes, so I decided to take a detour for some more pictures, then get the next bus. And so I took the pictures and quite nicely managed to miss the next bus, too. So I walked back to the office, taking my walk to over three miles, which is the most I’ve done for a while. Here’s the usual map:

Click the image to see a bigger version, or play with the interactive version at Gmap Pedometer.

Weight and Stuff Report – 29 June 2011

Mutter, up a wee bit today.

I had a bit of a walk at lunchtime, details and pictures will follow, subject to the usual excuses. In the meantime, here’s one more picture from my archive, taken hand-held on the Tyne Bridge one evening:

Express Service

Express Service

Nice bit of motion blur

Weight and Stuff Report – 27 June 2011

How exciting, down again today.

Time for another archive picture – this is the Tyne Bridge on a misty morning. Newcastle is somewhere behind that. Probably. Unless it’s disappeared into the Twilight Zone, or something.

Has anyone seen Newcastle?

Has anyone seen Newcastle?

The bridge looming out of the mist. A personal favourite.

Torchwood returns on July 14


And finally, we have a date for the UK showing of the new series of Torchwood.

For those who haven’t been paying attention, this series is a co-production between the BBC and a US network, Starz. Russell T Davies is still running things, and the surviving cast from Children of Earth will be back, joined by some CIA types for added fun.

It will be starting on BBC 1 and BBC 1 HD at 9pm on Thursday 14 July. More details will no doubt appear later.

The Doctor Who News Page: Torchwood: UK premiere confirmed for 14th July.