Monthly Archives: August 2016

August 2016 Round-up

What? Is that August over already? Well, so it seems, which means that Autumn is creeping up on us, the nights will be drawing in and other such things. But more importantly, it’s time for the monthly summary: the post that saves you reading the rest of my nonsense. Though you might want to look at the pictures. Some of those are quite nice.

Weight

More movement in a downward direction…

August 1: 215.3 pounds (15 stone 5.3 pounds, 97.7 kg)
August 31: 214.3 pounds (15 stone 4.3 pounds, 97.2 kg)

That’s a smaller drop this month of 1 pound (0.5kg). It’s quite likely that the reduction in the amount of reduction may have been related to my no wine in the week plan going slightly overboard. Or some such mixed metaphor.

Eating

Yes, well. Still eating, and slightly failing to not drink wine. Gradually reducing the amount, though.

Exercise

I’ve been out a bit, went to Birmingham twice, walked a bit there, took some photos in various places, but still not all that active really.

Posting

Another quiet month, with a total of just 36 posts.

Stuff

Hmmm, not a lot, really. Though it has been quite warm.

Weight and Stuff Report – 31 August 2016

Up a wee bit today, normal daily variations, etc, etc

Here’s an interesting thing from Birmingham:

Spitfire?!

Spitfire?!

Camera: X70
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/80s
Focal length: 18.5mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 21 August, 2016

The propellor actually moves in the wind. Nice.

Weight and Stuff Report – 30 August 2016

Down another wee bit today, good stuff, etc.

This is the former church, now a sort of shopping centre, in Tynemouth. Once known as The Land of Green Ginger, if memory serves[1], it now goes by the shorter version of Green Ginger.  Which is why it’s in black and white.

Green Ginger

Green Ginger

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/500s
Focal length: 20.6mm
ISO: 320
Taken: 26 August, 2016
Location: 55° 1.0565′ 0″ N 1° 25.5527′ 0″ W

[1] And it often doesn’t

Weight and Stuff Report – 29 August 2016

Down again today…

For my Bank Holiday Monday, I headed into Newcastle, had a bit of a wander, met a friend for lunch, which may have involved a healthy refreshing fruit drink[1] or two, and then came home.

Here are some interesting reflections on Birmingham New Street Station

New Street

New Street

Camera: X70
Aperture: ƒ/9
Shutter speed: 1/210s
Focal length: 18.5mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 21 August, 2016

[1] Grapes are fruit, I rest my case

Weight and Stuff Report – 28 August 2016

Dearie me, up again today. Shocking, or something.

After yesterday’s loooooooooooooooong trip to Blyth, it was time for a quiet day in to get the washing done and generally relax. So that’s what I did.

This is another view of Tynemouth Priory, from the outside this time:

Tynemouth Priory

Tynemouth Priory

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/10
Shutter speed: 1/500s
Focal length: 55mm
ISO: 250
Taken: 26 August, 2016
Location: 55° 1.1532′ 0″ N 1° 25.2998′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 27 August 2016

Back down today, good stuff.

After the traditional Saturday shopping, I persuaded myself that I really should make the effort and go to Blyth to see what I could of the Tall Ships Regatta thingy. Sometimes, I really shouldn’t listen to me. This really turned out to be a Bad idea. I got to the Haymarket bus station by about 11:30, and got on a bus, which was pretty damn full, but that was OK. What was less OK was the slight problem that everyone else in a 300 mile radius[1] was also going to Blyth. Only they weren’t on the bus, they were all in cars, and they were all in front of the bus. The result was incredibly slow progress from Whitley Bay onwards, so that what normally takes just over an hour, if the timetable can be believed, took nearly Three Hours. So, I wasn’t in the best frame of mind on arrival. Now sometimes I can deal with crowds of people, and sometimes I find them unbearable, especially when many of the people concerned seem to have a slight issue with looking where they’re going, or with deciding to randomly stop where there’s no room to get around them, and apparently trampling on them is considered rude, so I couldn’t do that.

It didn’t help that the layout of the port meant that views of the tall ships were very restricted (quite apart from all the people in the way), so I didn’t get a lot of photographs to make up for the annoyance (a few good shots would have transformed me from Mr Grumpy to Mr Happy…), so after a look around, I left. Though this was a struggle, as the crowds seemed to have got worse. I managed to get on a bus almost immediately, and that was only moderately delayed getting back to Newcastle. And now I’m home.

Here’s one I did manage to get today:

Wouldn't get me up there

Wouldn’t get me up there

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/10
Shutter speed: 1/500s
Focal length: 51.6mm
ISO: 250
Taken: 27 August, 2016

[1] This is an estimate. Possibly exaggerated for effect

Weight and Stuff Report – 26 August 2016

If you’re reading this on Facebook, make sure to click through, or you’ll miss an more interesting photo than the one of me, and loads of words about my day off.

Back up a bit today, ho hum, never mind, etc.

Having worked in Birmingham last weekend, I decided to make the most of the long weekend by having an extra day off, which is what I did today.

I was awake at least as early as usual[1], and once I’d aught up with things, I headed into Gateshead to do some essential tasks:

  1. Renew the travel pass that expired the day I went to Birmingham, so I won’t need to keep buying individual tickets
  2. Pick up my prescription from Boots (I take these pills, you know)
  3. Pour the contents of my penny jar[2] into the machine[3] in Tesco’s

All tasks were completed successfully. The final one was more successful than my best guess – I was hoping for around £100, but it turned out to be £131 after the machine’s commission, which came in handy for my next set of tasks

Well, having got up and out moderately early, something was missing: breakfast. So I went to Frankie & Benny’s, where for a change I had their larger “Pappa Grande” option, which comes with more bacon, and extra sausage, a big potato rosti thingy and a slice of black pudding, which was previously removed from the menu. Oh, and toast is included. It was a big breakfast, and I ate the lot, making lunch unnecessary today. And it seems it’s a good job I went when I did, as the owners of the chain are reported to be planning to close the Gateshead Frankie & Benny’s, which isn’t good at all.

After that, I went to Newcastle for more essential tasks – it was time to buy coffee beans from those nice Pumphreys people in the Grainger Market. And then I needed a haircut. Well, I’ve needed one for about a month, but never seemed to have the chance at lunchtime, and everywhere is too busy at weekends. The cheaper place I usually go to had a lot of people waiting (all seats taken), so I went in search of alternatives. The more expensive place I’ve been to in the past is now appointments only, which doesn’t work for me, so I decided to give Supercuts a try. They’ve been around forever, but for some reason I’ve never been in. They’re strictly walk in, no appointments, and I was told I’d have to wait half an hour. Well, there were seats, the ambient temperature was comfortable, and I had my iPhone with me, so I said that was fine. In the event, my wait was closer to ten minutes[5].

After a brief discussion, and a quick attack of the clippers, my hair was washed, cut, styled and generally given a good seeing to. Price was a wee bit cheaper than the more expensive place, but quite a lot more than the cheaper place, but they don’t do the washing bit there, being more of a standard barber.

So, err, here’s the hair:

That'll be me

That’ll be me

I came home briefly, picked up my X-T1 and headed out, with no definite plan in mind. I decided it was a bit late in the day to aim for Blyth to see the Tall Ships (maybe tomorrow), so I settled for a short walk along the coast from Tynemouth, and then a bus back to Newcastle, and another one home.

Here’s a view of the old pool at Tynemouth. There is talk of restoration and making use of it again, which would be good. It’s also a view of the beach. It was also a test of Snapheal, one of the MacPhun tools, which I used to remove some humans who got into the shot where I didn’t want them to be. Silly humans.

The old pool

The old pool

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/11
Shutter speed: 1/500s
Focal length: 16mm
ISO: 250
Taken: 26 August, 2016

[1] Though I did go to be early, so waking up early may be related to that…
[2] I call it a penny jar, but it gets all my change from 20p coins downwards, so maybe I should rename it
[3] These things no charge 9.9% commission, which is a bit steep, but I’d rather pay than spend hours sorting, counting and bagging coins, not to mention queuing in the bank several times[4]
[4] Mine has limits on how many bags they’ll take in a single transaction, and I’d have had loads
[5] This was either luck, or clever management of expectations[6]
[6] AKA the Scotty time estimate method

Weight and Stuff Report – 25 August 2016

Down again today, which may be more randomness, or may be a sign of something, or err, something else.

Here’s a tasteful interior from Beamish

Tea is served

Tea is served

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/180s
Focal length: 18.2mm
ISO: 6400
Taken: 6 August, 2016

Weight and Stuff Report – 24 August 2016

Ooooh, substantially down today. Must have recovered from all that restaurant activity in Birmingham.

Here’s another view of Tynemouth Priory

Through the arch

Through the arch

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/11
Shutter speed: 1/500s
Focal length: 22mm
ISO: 1000
Taken: 13 August, 2016
Location: 55° 1.0568′ 0″ N 1° 25.0829′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 23 August 2016

Up a wee bit more today, and can I just say

Owwwwwwwwwwwwwwww!

Yes, it seems the manual labour, crawling under desks and other such things in Birmingham has caught up with me. My dodgy shoulder has returned to a state it hasn’t been in for months: it hurts even when I’m not moving. And the rest of me feels worn out and tired. It seems that I really am getting too old for this kind of thing…

Here’s something a bit less shiny from Birmingham:

Decay in pastels

Decay in pastels

Camera: X70
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/140s
Focal length: 18.5mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 21 August, 2016