Monthly Archives: October 2016

October 2016 Round-up

Another month has given up, rolled over and kicked its legs in the air, or something, which means it must be time for this old thing


Oh dear, a bit of a reversal this month

October 1: 213.4 pounds (15 stone 3.4 pounds, 96.8 kg)
October 31: 217.2 pounds (15 stone 7.2 pounds, 98.5 kg)

That’s an annoying rise of 3.8 pounds (1.7kg), which isn’t very good at all.


I probably need to investigate this…


Had a few walks, but still not doing all that much.


A moderate month, with just 39 posts.


Ummmmm. Been playing with my new camera.

Weight and Stuff Report – 31 October 2016

Down again today. Can this go on? Will I eventually get back to posting these things on the right day? Who knows…

Here’s another bird photo. This one seems to be having issues with the landing gear:

Leg down

Leg down

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/5
Shutter speed: 1/680s
Focal length: 140mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 22 October, 2016
Location: 54° 50.8217′ 0″ N 1° 20.3923′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 30 October 2016

Down again today.

Had a quiet day today, catching up with some houseworky stuff, but mostly not doing much due to a total lack of motivation. Mutter.

Here’s a bit of grungy decay:



Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/2.8
Shutter speed: 1/1250s
Focal length: 115mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 1 October, 2016

Peter F Hamilton – Night Without Stars

This is the conclusion to The Chronicle of the Fallers, which began with 2014’s The Abyss Beyond Dreams. It picks up the action long after the events of the previous book[1]. Thanks to Nigel Sheldon’s actions, the planet Bienvenido has been cast out of the Void into a distant location, where it accompanies some other planets which also made themselves unwelcome.

In a flashback, we learn that one of these planets was occupied by a bunch of the delightful Primes we encountered in the original Commonwealth series, mumble years in the past. These were disposed of at considerable cost, and time has moved on.

The main problem is still the Fallers (the invasion of the body snatchers type aliens), who are absolutely not about to unleash an apocalypse and take over the planet, oh no, they can’t be because the government says so.

The democratic (*cough*) government is running a space programme with the sole purpose of destroying the orbiting trees (now much closer to the planet following previous events). On one of those missions, the astronaut sees a strange object, and that’s what leads to the story…

The object turns out to be a Commonwealth pod, which had been stuck to a tree for a long time. Now freed, it lands, and a young man encounters it, and is given charge of a very unusual baby, who is definitely more than she seems…

Much of the usual multi-viewpoint fun and games follow, with the added bonus of finding deeply opposed characters equally sympathetic. Well, maybe not the Fallers. They’re not very nice at all.

The baby grows up remarkably quickly, and turns out to be a clone of a familiar character. This is just as well, as probably nobody else could have sorted things out quite so well.

Just when everything seems to be hopeless, as the definitely not happening Faller Apocalypse begins, help is found, and everything is sorted out quite nicely. Though in lots of unexpected ways.

Big book. Big fun, as always.

[1] Though there may be some wibbly-wobbly timey-wimeyness here and there

Weight and Stuff Report – 29 October 2016

Aha! Back up again after the downward drifts of the last couple of days…

This is a lovely coastal view. I preferred walking along the higher level for some reason…

Seaside stroll

Seaside stroll

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/11
Shutter speed: 1/600s
Focal length: 55mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 15 October, 2016
Location: 55° 2.6062′ 0″ N 1° 26.3111′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 28 October 2016

Down again? Can this possibly go on?

This is a slightly mucked about with[1] one of the Sage:

Sage Sketch

Sage Sketch

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed: 1/480s
Focal length: 16mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 1 October, 2016

[1] Highly technical photographical expression

Weight and Stuff Report – 27 October 2016

Hmmm, a random downward change today. How thrilling[1]

Here’s a tasteful clock tower in Carlisle:

Carlisle Clock

Carlisle Clock

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/9
Shutter speed: 1/210s
Focal length: 55mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 2 October, 2016
Location: 54° 53.6947′ 0″ N 2° 56.1621′ 0″ W

[1] Or not

It’s a frame-up!

When I processed that photo of the Brecon Mountain Railway’s lovely American-built engine, I just had to get a print. And when I saw the print, I knew I had to get it framed properly, by people who know how to do things properly, rather than Mr Clumsy buying a frame and trying to get things lined up properly.

So, a few weeks back, I dropped off my print at the Frame Shop, part of Newcastle Arts Centre on Westgate Road. Well, I say dropped off, but I actually had a nice discussion with a member of staff over materials, size of mount, and so on. And here’s the result. The photo doesn’t do it justice, really, but I thought I’d show it off anyway. The next job is deciding where I want to hang it. And the job after that is getting a similar frame for my bridges photo.

I’m very happy with the quality of the work, and I think it was worth the £58 it cost (plus the £20 for the print from Saal Digital). I don’t expect to have a lot of prints this size – so it’s worth the investment for the ones I really like.



Camera: iPhone 6s
Aperture: ƒ/2.2
Shutter speed: 1/17s
Focal length: 4.15mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 25 October, 2016
Location: 54° 56.8695′ 0″ N 1° 36.1972′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 25 October 2016

Mutter, mutter, up again today…

Here’s another one from Seaham. Jewels of the Sea is a series of sculptures inspired by tiny diatoms – unicellular thingies found in the sea. I think the real ones are a wee bit smaller than this:

Jewels of the Sea

Jewels of the Sea

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/170s
Focal length: 33.2mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 22 October, 2016
Location: 54° 50.7363′ 0″ N 1° 20.3046′ 0″ W