Monthly Archives: October 2013

October 2013 Round-up

October seems to have slipped away without me really noticing, which might account for an illusions you may be suffering regarding this post appearing a wee bit late.


October 1: 219.6 pounds (15 stone 9.6 pounds, 99.6 kg)
October 29: 219.5 pounds (15 stone 9.5 pounds, 99.6 kg)

That’s as near to no change as makes no difference, so that’s what I’ll call it.


I’ve mostly been moderately good. Apart from being in hotels and eating the big breakfasts. And eating out while working away from home.


I’ve done a bit of walking, but not quite as much as I need to.


Another quiet month, with this report bringing the total to 47.


Ummmm, not a lot to report this month.

Stuff Report – 31 October 2013

Another weightless report from sunny[1] Bristol today. I had a moderately productive day in the office, then a walk back to the hotel followed by a walk to and from Pizza Express, which accounts for today’s step count.

Here’s a photo of an actually quite old statue of Neptune to be found in Bristol. It seems to have moved around the city quite a lot over the years…



Camera: iPhone 5s
Aperture: ƒ/2.2
Shutter speed: 1/1282s
Focal length: 4.12mm
ISO: 32
Taken: 31 October, 2013
Location: 51° 27′ 11.26″ N 2° 35′ 51.09″ W

[1] Well, not very

Stuff Report – 30 October 2013

Yes, it’s back to the weightless reports again. I’m in Bristol for a few days, which will be followed by a trip to Wales.

Here’s something I did earlier

Aaaaand reeelax

Aaaaand reeelax

Camera: iPhone 5s
Aperture: ƒ/2.2
Shutter speed: 1/24s
Focal length: 4.12mm
ISO: 320
Taken: 30 October, 2013
Location: 51° 27′ 2.02″ N 2° 35′ 10.5″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 28 October 2013

Hmm, down a bit today. I wonder what effect this evening’s visit to Las Iguanas will have on that?

Here’s another bit of fun with the 300mm lens…

What are you looking at?

What are you looking at?

Camera: X-E1
Aperture: ƒ/1
Shutter speed: 1/500s
Focal length: 300mm
ISO: 800
Taken: 26 October, 2013

Weight and Stuff Report – 27 October 2013

Up a wee bit today, ho hum, etc…

Here’s another photo from yesterday’s coastal walk. Filed under “things that make you go errr, what?”

Looks legit...

Looks legit…

Camera: X-E1
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/30s
Focal length: 55mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 26 October, 2013

For the benefit of anyone who didn’t get it…

In my recent post about Terry Pratchett’s I Shall Wear Midnight, I suggested that Tiffany Aching might possibly be getting a bit of a Michael Caine influence. This is what I was getting at:

Which is, of course, from one of the best British movies of its period. No, one of the best movies ever from anywhere. The Italian Job (beware of remakes or other imitations):

Terry Pratchett – I Shall Wear Midnight (Revisited)

Time to get back to the Great Terry Pratchett Re-read-athon, which is drawing to a close. This was the first Discworld book I read on a Kindle, and having read the previous 37 books in paper form, it was nice to get back to the smaller, lighter, not losing your page if you fall asleep version for this one.

I posted at some length about this book a couple of years ago, and once again, I don’t think I could improve significantly on what I wrote then[1], so I’ll refer you to that post in a moment. But I will follow up with some quotes…

I Shall Wear Midnight – the 2010 post

Here’s Tiffany finding the Feegles are around when she doesn’t strictly want them to be:

Tiffany looked down, and there was Rob Anybody, along with half a dozen others known variously as the Nac Mac Feegle, the Wee Free Men and, sometimes, the Defendants, the Culprits, people wanted by the police to help with their enquiries and sometimes as “that one, second on the left, I swear it was him.”

Tiffany appears to be channelling Michael Caine[2] at one point

“I told you to find him; I didn’t tell you you were supposed to pull the doors off”

And Tiffany struggles not to give the entirely correct response to an overbearing member of the aristocracy:

This needed some delicate wording. It did not get it, because the old bat gave a nasty little snigger and said “Well, child? Aren’t you going to try to turn me into some kind of unspeakable creature?”
Tiffany tried. She really tried. But there are times when things are just too much. She took a deep breath.
“I don’t think I shall bother, madam, seeing as you are making such a good job of it yourself!”

Quite. as I mentioned previously, this is an excellent book and nobody should be fooled by the “for younger readers” label.

[1] Apart from fixing one error that I missed at the time
[2] You were only supposed to…[3]
[3] No? Oh dear, what kind of readers are we getting these days?[4]
[4] See here

Weight and Stuff Report – 26 October 2013

Oh good, back down again today after yesterday’s blip[1].

As the weather forecast for tomorrow is looking a bit nasty, I decided to motivate myself to get out today. Did my shopping quite early, then headed out to the coast. I had a pleasant walk along from Tynemouth to Whitley Bay, at which point I decided I’d walked far enough and got the Metro back home.

I took the X-E1, and had a more protected play with the Samyang 300mm mirror lens. With some fiddling, careful bracing of myself and so on, I got a few pleasing shots. They’re not as sharp as you might get with a conventional lens, but they’ve got a certain something. Something that would be improved by using a tripod, but never mind. Here’s one of the many ships waiting to enter the Tyne:



Camera: X-E1
Aperture: ƒ/1
Shutter speed: 1/500s
Focal length: 300mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 26 October, 2013

If I hadn’t had to straighten a slightly wonky horizon[2], the whole length would have been there.

And here’s a view along the coast showing St Mary’s lighthouse and Blyth beyond.

On  a clear day...

On a clear day…

Camera: X-E1
Aperture: ƒ/1
Shutter speed: 1/500s
Focal length: 300mm
ISO: 640
Taken: 26 October, 2013

[1] Or whatever it was.
[2] See comments about tripods…