Monthly Archives: July 2012

July 2012 Round-up

After a moderately soggy start, July turned out to be a bit less rainy than June, and there were even some actual warm and sunny days, one of which was kind enough to show up just when I needed it for the airshow.

Anyway, enough of that, and on with the eagerly-awaited monthly report.

Weight

July 4[1]: 223 pounds (15 stone 13 pounds, 101.2 kg)
July 31: 225.4 pounds (16 stone 1.4 pounds, 102.2 kg)

Oh dear. That’s a rise of 2.4 pounds (1.1 kg), which isn’t as bad as last month. And there were various things going on. So there

Eating

When I haven’t been away somewhere, I’ve generally been behaving moderately well, apart from maybe the odd extra glass[2] of wine. I should probably cut down a bit on those…

Exercise

Not a lot of walking this month.

Posting

I’ve been in the posting mood again, with this one bringing the monthly total to 64, one more than last month.

Stuff

OK, can I just say that I’ve taken an insane number of photographs this month – a total of over 1,900, which even allowing for the high-speed shutter games at the airshow is a lot. That takes my annual total so far to the highest since I started collecting my images in 2006. And there are still five months to go. Now all I’ve got to do is process more of those photos and get them on show.

Oh, and the image count on the Canon 5D Mark III is over 4,200 in the four months I’ve had it. It took me a year to get to that stage with the Mark II.

[1] First weighing of the month
[2] Or bottle

Weight and Stuff Report – 31 July 2012

Down by the teeniest amount today, which isn’t really much to get excited about.

I went for a walk at lunchtime:

Lunchtime Walk

Lunchtime Walk

My main motivation was to get some pictures of what I shall now have to call the former Bank of England site, because the building is now a pile of rubble that’s being rapidly removed, as you can see here:

What building?

What building?

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/13
Shutter speed: 1/320s
Focal length: 24mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 31 July, 2012
Location: 54° 58.322′ 0″ N 1° 36.6053′ 0″ W

And here’s a reminder of how it looked a couple of years ago:

Bank of England

Bank of England

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/160s
Focal length: 58mm
ISO: 100
Taken: 15 June, 2010
Location: 54° 58.322′ 0″ N 1° 36.6053′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 30 July 2012

Shock, horror, etc – down a bit today.

I had a day off today so I could catch up after the weekend in Liverpool. Did some shopping, washing, taking rubbish and recycling out, and a pile of ironing, including the bits I didn’t quite get round to last weekend.

Your picture for today is a sculpture thingy of a promising new band called the Beatles. You might not be familiar with them yet, but I think they’ve got a lot of potential. Even if Martin[1] doesn’t like them.

Beatles

Beatles

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/200s
Focal length: 105mm
ISO: 640
Taken: 28 July, 2012
Location: 53° 24.3904′ 0″ N 2° 59.1957′ 0″ W

[1] Hi Martin!![2]
[2] Hi Sherry![3]
[3] Extra footnotes[4] just for you because everyone knows you[5] wuv them[6] so much
[4] Like these[7]
[5] Sherry[2], that is
[6] Footnotes[4], that is
[7] Which Sherry[2] wuvs

Weight and Stuff Report – 29 July 2012

Well, here I am back home after that break in Liverpool, and despite eating lots more than normal, I’m only a wee bit heavier. Not bad, really…

We had a final bit of stuff today – popped in on the end of a handbell rehearsal with Michèle and numerous other ringers, then had lunch. Martin and Dennis dropped me off at Liverpool Lime Street station in plenty of time for my train home. And the train journey was nicely uneventful and on time.

More pictures and things to follow, but here’s a fun thing from Liverpool. They’ve got a load of these amphibious vehicles driving around and indeed in the docks. Cool.

Road? What road?

Road? What road?

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/500s
Focal length: 28mm
ISO: 160
Taken: 29 July, 2012
Splash!

Splash!

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/640s
Focal length: 28mm
ISO: 160
Taken: 29 July, 2012

 

Stuff Report – 28 July 2012

I had a good night’s sleep (nice big bed, very comfortable), and joined Martin and Dennis for breakfast, at the end of which Brian joined us after dropping Michèle off where she needed to be. We started the day with a bit of shopping[1], then went to the Museum of Liverpool, where we saw just some of the exhibits before joining Michèle and her bell ringing colleagues for lunch.

Then we went to the World Museum, where I was particularly impressed with the Wild Planet photographic exhibition which included some of the best nature photographs I’ve ever seen.

That took us up to past 3pm, so we agreed to return to our hotels for a break before meeting Michèle for a drink or two and some food later.

Your quick sample picture for now is the quite lovely tower on the Municipal Buildings

Municipal Buildings

Municipal Buildings

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/4000s
Focal length: 105mm
ISO: 320
Taken: 28 July, 2012
Location: 53° 24.4742′ 0″ N 2° 59.3044′ 0″ W

[1] Brian has a slight luggage deficit. His stuff is allegedly in the UK and will allegedly be delivered. Sometime.

Stuff Report – 27 July 2012

What? No weight? Well, I’m away again! My friends from Michèle and Brian from California[1] are visting Europe, and as their route took them from Amsterdam to North Shields[2] on their way to Liverpool, we arranged for them to pick me up in Newcastle this morning.

Our other friends Martin and Dennis also headed to Liverpool, and we all met up for a wander, a drink, a meal, and possibly another drink. Details and pictures to follow, but here’s a quick Liverpool image for you:

Roar!

Roar!

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/5
Shutter speed: 1/125s
Focal length: 58mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 27 July, 2012
Location: 53° 24.4142′ 0″ N 2° 59.5325′ 0″ W

It’s a rather lovely detail on a door.

Oh, and token Liver Building image

Liver Building

Liver Building

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/4.5
Shutter speed: 1/13s
Focal length: 75mm
ISO: 2500
Taken: 27 July, 2012
Location: 53° 24.4142′ 0″ N 2° 59.5325′ 0″ W

[1] Well, Brian is originally from Canada, but we all know he’s far too rude to still count as Canadian
[2] Not Newcastle as the ferry operator likes to call it

Weight and Stuff Report – 26 July 2012

Down a bit today. Not a lot else to say, so here’s a picture of Miss Demeanour[1], a Hawker Hunter with a moderately extreme paint job.

Miss Demeanour

Miss Demeanour

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/1250s
Focal length: 400mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 21 July, 2012

[1] The name comes from the reaction of some purists who regard the paint job as a major crime. Its owner prefers to say it’s a….

Well, that seemed to work…

Both iMac and MacBook Air have been updated to the latest release of OS X, known as Mountain Lion, or 10.8 if you prefer numbers.

No borkage observed so far – Crashplan has happliy sorted itself out, Dropbox has an update, everything else appears to work.

And just for laughs, I’m going to give the new version of Safari a run as my default browser. We’ll see if that breaks anything….

Weight and Stuff Report – 25 July 2012

Down a bit today. Motivation still absent…

While my MacBook Air is upgrading itself to OS X 10.8 (or Mountain Lion to its friends), I’ll give you another picture. This is a closer view of the Lancaster, showing off its enormous bomb bay, doors wide open.

Doors open

Doors open

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/13
Shutter speed: 1/500s
Focal length: 400mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 21 July, 2012

Weight and Stuff Report – 24 July 2012

Up another wee bit today, mutter, mutter, etc.

There may be another post later about something, but for now, here’s another airshow picture. Here we have the glorious trio of the Spitfire, Lancaster and Hurricane of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Good to see all three together – some years one or other of them has had a problem that kept it on the ground. And the sound of six Rolls Royce Merlin engines is always a joy. I can’t give you the sound, but here’s the vision:

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/1000s
Focal length: 400mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 21 July, 2012