Daily Archives: Saturday, 31st Mar 2012

March 2012 Round-up

As another month fades away, and a whole quarter of the year gone, it must be time for the exciting monthly report.


March 1: 221.4 pounds (15 stone 11.4 pounds, 100.4 kg)
March 31: 220 pounds (15 stone 10 pounds, 99.8 kg)

That’s a drop of 1.4 pounds (0.6kg), which is a bit better than last month, but is also a huge improvement on where I was the last few weeks. Just need to keep that up…


OK, I admit it. Those extra mid-month pounds arrived when my lunchtime resolve cracked and I started on the sausage rolls. I’ve stopped those again, with almost immediate results…


Well, this is a definite improvement on last month’s dire record. I walked to work a still not impressive six times, four of which were in the last week, and walked home just once. Additional walks brought my total for March to 45 miles, which is 20 miles more than last month. Good progress there.


I’ve been a bit chattier this month, with this post bringing the score to a quite moderate 58.


I’ve been taking lots of pictures, upgrading my software and err, maybe something else too…

Weight and Stuff Report – 31 March 2012

Oh good, back down a bit today. Quite a difference – this time last week, I’d managed to bloat to five pounds heavier than I am today.

I walked to Tesco this morning, which is something I won’t be doing for much longer, as the shop closes in three weeks so it can be flattened and a new bigger one built. I see some online shopping in my future.

After a grey and rather damp start, it turned out a bit brighter, so I decided to go for a bit of a walk this afternoon. I started off with a visit to the Shipley Art Gallery, where there’s a rather good exhibition of portraits on, including some on loan from the National Portait Gallery. Worth a look.

I then wandered over to Newcastle, taking the slightly knee-bothering route of over the Swing Bridge and up Dean Street, before going to the Laing Art Gallery to see more pictures. I had a brief look in some shops, and then got the bus home. Interestingly, given its recent failures, the Garmin app on my iPhone was very well behaved, only losing the signal while I was in Eldon Square. That walk ended up being over 4.6 miles.

Newcastle Walk

Newcastle Walk

I didn’t take any pictures today, this was more of a pure walk day, so here’s something from yesterday. There were a load of gulls swooping around the junction of Grainger Street and Westgate Road, so I tried to capture some shots. This is about the best I managed:



Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/640s
Focal length: 118mm
ISO: 100

More pictures soon. Ish.

Sigur Ròs – Valtari

Oh, good. Those delightful etheric Icelanders are back with new material after a moderately long absence. There will be a new album in May, but for now there’s a video of a nicely atmospheric piece:

If you can’t see the video above[1], have a a look on the official website:

Sigur Ròs – Valtari[2]

[1] AdBlock will do that…
[2] Note: content of site may be different if you’re reading this in the future