Daily Archives: Wednesday, 31st Dec 2014

2014 Round-up

Well, 2014 is just about over, so it’s as good a time as any (well, better than most, really) for the annual summary thingy.


Let’s look at the numbers first, shall we:

January 1: 224 pounds (16 stone, 101.6 kg)
December 31: 216.7 pounds (15 stone 6.7 pounds, 98.3 kg)

That’s an actual drop of 7.3 pounds (3.3kg), which is the best I’ve done since 2011. Still got a long way to go, but I have a Cunning Plan which may help.


I’ve made the lowest number of posts in any full year since the site began. This either means I’ve been too busy to think of things to post, or I’m just running out of steam. Either way, at least readers had a better chance of keeping up with just 484 posts this year

2003: 2 posts
2004: 515 posts
2005: 576 posts
2006: 620 posts
2007: 747 posts
2008: 833 posts
2009: 718 posts
2010: 717 posts
2011: 770 posts
2012: 665 posts
2013: 607 posts
2014: 484 posts


I consolidated my Fujification by replacing two earlier cameras with the excellent X-T1. I started learning to play the guitar, though that’s been a bit neglected over the last couple of months. A further Cunning Plan is in place to get things moving there.

And finally…

Happy New Year to anyone and everyone who reads this stuff.

December 2014 Round-up

Ah. December appears to be giving up and going home, which means it has to be time for the ever-popular monthly summary.


It’s been another month of fluctuations

December 1: 217 pounds (15 stone 7 pounds, 98.4 kg)
December 31 : 216.7 pounds (15 stone 6.7 pounds, 98.3 kg)

That’s a statistically insignificant drop of 0.3 pounds (0.1kg). But at least it’s not a rise…


Well, it’s December, innit? Office party, meals with suppliers, Christmas in Wales, etc, etc….


Some moderate walks, but could do better….


The total, once I’ve done the annual thingy to follow this monthly thingy, will be 42, which is more or less average for this year.


Apart form the Hexham photowalk, it’s been a mostly uneventful month, which is quite normal…

Weight and Stuff Report – 31 December 2014

Back up a bit today, in a typical end of month, and indeed year, manner. but never mind. After a quick bit of shopping this morning[1], I decided to take the X-T1 for a final walk of the year. By the time I got to Newcastle, it was beginning to be a bit dull and overcast, which took some of my enthusiasm away, so I didn’t stay long. In any case, I wanted to be out of the city centre before it got crowded (there’s a parade thingy on, which might be nice, but it would involve too many people…).

The step count today comes from the iPhone rather than the Fitibit. My shiny new and allegedly better Fitbit appears to have died, possibly due to being even less waterproof than claimed. After having worn it in the shower (which should have been OK), it developed condensation and then a tendency to drain the battery in nothing flat. I’ll be taking that up with Fitbit later….

Today’s photo is a last look at something that’s likely to change. For many years, it’s been a fun thing to take photographs of the fragmented reflections in the glass wall around the Blackett Street end of Eldon Square shopping centre. But that end is to be redone as a restaurant quarter, with actual windows, so these reflections are likely to become unavailable. So here’s one I took today:

Time is running out

Time is running out

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/9
Shutter speed: 1/40s
Focal length: 56mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 31 December, 2014


[1] Croissants for tomorrow :grin: