Monthly Archives: February 2017

February 2017 Round-up

February is doing its usual slack job of nipping off two or three days earlier than more dedicated months, which means I’ll have to publish this old thing – the post that saves you reading the rest of them.


The new scale does seem more consistent than the old one, despite its unfortunate insistance that I’m heavier than I previously thought, so I’ll just have to accept these figures:

February 1: 240.5 pounds (17 stone 2.5 pounds, 109.1 kg)
February 28: 241.3 pounds (17 stone 3.3 pounds, 109.5 kg)

That’s a rise of 0.8 pounds (0.4kg), which is more of a daily fluctuation kind of change than anything to be alarmed about.


Oddly enough, I still do that. Though in a shocking development, I’m drinking less wine, which should begin to have an effect on the weight reports in dues course…


Not a lot of this. The motivation thingy is still hibernating, or something.


The monthly total is a mere 34.


Ummm, nothing, really. It’s been a quiet sort of month.

Weight and Stuff Report – 28 February 2017

Weight: 241.3 pounds (17 stone 3.3 pounds, 109.5 kg)
Steps taken: 2,543

Back down a bit today, how thrilling (not)

And talking of back, we’re back to my previously unprocessed archives for this close look at the top of Newcastle Civic Centre’s tower

Seahorses all the way up

Seahorses all the way up

Camera X-E1
Aperture ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed 1/680s
Focal length 200mm
ISO 200
Taken 13:32, 19 June, 2013
Location 54° 58.6848′ 0″ N 1° 36.62′ 0″ W

I must have another go at that with a bigger sensor and longer lens…

Weight and Stuff Report – 27 February 2017

Weight: 241.7 pounds (17 stone 3.7 pounds, 109.6 kg)
Steps taken: 3,204

Hmmm, up  a bit more, despite having my hair cut!

These new pound coins that are being released next month are being billed as hard to forge. Judging by Tigger’s demonstration here, I think the main thing is that they’ll be hard to carry[1]…

Big Money!

Big Money!

Camera iPhone 6s
Aperture ƒ/2.2
Shutter speed 1/35s
Focal length 4.15mm
ISO 50
Taken 16:12, 16 February, 2017
Location 54° 58.295′ 0″ N 1° 36.6337′ 0″ W

[1] Coin may not be actual size. Tigger may be as confused as me

Weight and Stuff Report – 26 February 2017

Weight: 241.3 pounds (17 stone 3.3 pounds, 109.5 kg)
Steps taken: Hardly any

As I suspected, yesterday’s low was a temporary wossname, and I’m back up today.

And what a fun day! My washing machine decided to break! Fortunately, I’d done one load, and I can survive without doing the rest until the service person comes on Thursday. Not a major catastrophic break, as far as I can tell – it’s just that the thingy that holds the control buttons has detached itself, making the buttons inaccessible…

Here’s another recent iPhone photo of part of New(Castle)2 and the cathedral, which has been mucked about with[1] a bit:

Black Gate and Cathedral

Black Gate and Cathedral

Camera iPhone 6s
Aperture ƒ/2.2
Shutter speed 1/640s
Focal length 4.15mm
ISO 25
Taken 13:15, 24 February, 2017
Location 54° 58.142′ 0″ N 1° 36.648′ 0″ W

[1] Technical photographer’s expression


Neil Young & Crazy Horse: Rust Never Sleeps Blu-ray

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This is, of course, not a new thing. It is, however, a moderately recent(ish) release on Blu-ray, which is my excuse for wittering about it now. This is a concert movie made in 1978 before the release of the album of the same name. Like the album, it’s a mixture of Neil doing his tender solo singer-songwriter thing and the glorious noise of Crazy Horse, his long-time collaborators for his louder work.

More about the music in a moment, after we get to the utterly bonkers staging. On a dark stage, with Jim Hendrix’s Star Spangled Banner and the Beatles’ A Day in the Life playing, we see a bunch of robed figures with glowing eyes, who bear no resemblance whatsoever to Jawas from Star Wars (it says here), set up outsized gear, notably a huge microphone stand. They make a lot of appearances throughout the show and add a certain delightful silliness to proceedings.

The silliness carries on when a cover is lifted off an oversized amp to reveal Neil, apparently just waking up in a sleeping bag. He then plays a selection of acoustic numbers, including the classic After the Gold Rush and the then shiny and new Thrasher and My My, Hey Hey (Out of the Blue).  All beautifully done, and  with superb sound quality on this release.

Then the fun really begins, with a full-on electric set with Crazy Horse being Very Loud Indeed. Seriously – this disc has the sound level waaaaaay up, so watch out for your eardrums, neighbours, people in nearby towns, etc.

They blast through a selection of some of Neil’s finest material up to then, including Cinnamon Girl, Cortez the Killer, the ever-wonderful Like a Hurricane (complete with large fan blowing Neil’s hair all over place) and the shiny and new at the time Powderfinger, with an encore of Hey Hey, My My (Into the Black). Then the credits roll to Chuck Berry’s School Days. But that’s not all! After the credits, Neil and the band return for Tonight’s the Night.

Total running time is a little under two hours, no special features, but those aren’t really an issue when the music is as good as this. Most of the tracks are included on the Live Rust album if you’d prefer to listen than watch, and the newer songs, plus a few more can be found on the Rust Never Sleeps album. Both recommended, as is the movie.


Weight and Stuff Report – 25 February 2017

Weight: 238.7 pounds (17 stone 0.7 pounds, 108.3 kg)
Steps taken: 11,061

Quite dramatically down again today, which is probably one of those anomaly things, and I’ll probably be back up by a similar amount tomorrow.

Just for a change, this isn’t from the archives, it’s from my phone, with a bit of editing. It’s the city Keep, part of Newcastle Castle, or New(Castle)2, as I prefer to think of it.

The Keep

The Keep

Camera iPhone 6s
Aperture ƒ/2.2
Shutter speed 1/550s
Focal length 4.15mm
ISO 25
Taken 13:15, 24 February, 2017
Location 54° 58.1282′ 0″ N 1° 36.6427′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 24 February 2017

Weight: 240.9 pounds (17 stone 2.9 pounds, 109.3 kg)
Steps taken: 3,135

Up another wee bit today, mutter, mutter.

Here’s another one from my deep archives. It’s an insurance salesman, I think…

Compare the Meerkat

Compare the Meerkat

Camera X-E1
Aperture ƒ/4.4
Shutter speed 1/500s
Focal length 128mm
ISO 200
Taken 13:09, 20 July, 2013
Location 53° 13.6053′ 0″ N 2° 53.195′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 22 February 2017

Weight: 240.6 pounds (17 stone 2.6 pounds, 109.1 kg)
Steps taken: 1,894

Down by a tiny amount today, but that’s better than up

Today’s archive photo is a wiiiiiiide view from the Tyne Bridge

The Tyne

The Tyne

Camera X-E1
Aperture ƒ/1
Shutter speed 1/120s
Focal length 300mm
ISO 200
Taken 15:08, 5 October, 2013