Monthly Archives: May 2017

May 2017 Round-up

Well, that’s the end of May[1], so it must be time for the traditional monthly thingy.


Yet more oscillations, with a new low, but that didn’t last:

May 1: 239.8 pounds (17 stone 1.8 pounds, 108.8 kg)
May 31: 239.1 pounds (17 stone 1.1 pounds, 108.5 kg)

That’s another insignificant drop of 0.7 pounds (0.3kg)


Yeah, still doing that


I managed some moderate walks last week.


The monthly total is a slightly above average for these days 40. Blame the Doctor for that.


Errrrr, naah. Nothing to say, really.

[1] Absolutely not a political reference. I wouldn’t dream of such a thing.

Weight and Stuff Report – 29 May 2017

Weight: 237.8 pounds (16 stone 13.8 pounds, 107.9 kg)
Steps: 4,305

I’m having another fairly quiet day – I did go out for a few hours to have a wander around Newcastle, mostly to stretch my legs and get a bit of air.

This duck either wasn’t keen on having its photo taken, or was rushing to get into a better position. Or something.

Duck Attack!

Duck Attack!

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/10
Shutter speed: 1/80s
Focal length: 140mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 24 May, 2017

Weight and Stuff Report – 28 May 2017

Weight: 238.2 pounds (17 stone 0.2 pounds, 108 kg)

Hmmm, down a bit today, who’d have thought it?

Today was a quiet day in, getting the washing done and not recovering at all from any drinking that might have happened yesterday, oh no.

I think this chap is trying to lure people inside…



Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/11
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 55mm
ISO: 320
Taken: 25 May, 2017
Location: 54° 53.0129′ 0″ N 1° 39.6824′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 27 May 2017

Weight: 238.9 pounds (17 stone 0.9 pounds, 108.4 kg)
Steps: 5,851

Up another bit today…

Today involved meeting a friend for lunch. Wine may have been involved.

This was the elderly engine I rode behind at Beamish the other day

Steam Elephant

Steam Elephant

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/420s
Focal length: 26.6mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 25 May, 2017
Location: 54° 53.0022′ 0″ N 1° 39.412′ 0″ W

Andrew Cartmel – The Vinyl Detective: The Run-out Groove

Having enjoyed the first in this series, I ordered this one well in advance, without being prompted by Ben Aaronovitch this time, though he has been happily promoting his friend and comic book collaborator’s work.

Once again, the apparently nameless narrator[1] is called on to find an obscure record, and once again the request leads to an investigation, Deadly Peril and some excellent gags.

Our anonymous hero is now living with Nevada, the only slightly scary woman he met in Written in Dead Wax. The two cats are, of course, still around. They’re on the trail of a rare single recorded in the 60s by Valerian – that’s the band and the stage name of the lead singer, Valerie Anne Drummond, known by some as “the English Joplin”. This is by the request of Valerian’s brother John[2], who wants to find out what happened to Valerian’s young son, who disappeared shortly before her suicide.

Much fun follows, with assistance from friend Tinkler, a slightly odd photographer, an only slightly burned out guitarist and an egotistical psychologist. One of more of these people may not have the Vinyl Detective’s best interests at heart, but if you think I’m going to drop any spoilers, think again!

There’s loads of fun with a clearance sale that could be a little more final than usual, help coming just when it’s needed, and more mysterious deaths than the average Agatha Christie novel.

And it’s all done in a lovely style, with such delights as

So we left some biscuits for the cats along with a Road Atlas of Great Britain open to the correct page, in case they wanted to see where we were going.

Not to mention a nod in Ben’s direction:

“We’ve got some ducks like that on our estate,” I said. “They swim in Beverley Brook.”

(And if you don’t get that reference, you’ve got some more reading to do.)

Great, page-turning[3] fun. Buy it.

[1] This might be a reference to 30s hardboiled detective fiction. Or not. Maybe Andrew just couldn’t decided what to call his hero
[2] And unless I blinked and missed it, Andrew showed admirable restraint in not dropping in a “bulldog” gag
[3] Or Kindle-button-pressing fun in my case

Weight and Stuff Report – 26 May 2017

Weight: 238.2 pounds (17 stone 0.2 pounds, 108 kg)
Steps: 1,524

As I expected, yesterday’s weight was a temporary wossname, and today’s more hydrated weight is somewhat higher. Apart from a quick trip to Tesco’s for some supplies, I’ve had a quiet day in – I had the annual service of my boiler today, and once that was done, I couldn’t motivate myself to go out again, so I didn’t.

Here’s one of the residents at WWT Washington. In the interests of clarity, I should point out that this is a pheasant, not a peasant, and certainly not a Bessant.

The Pheasants are revolting!

The Pheasants are revolting!

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/4
Shutter speed: 1/300s
Focal length: 196mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 24 May, 2017

Weight and Stuff Report – 25 May 2017

Weight: 235.8 pounds (16 stone 11.8 pounds, 107 kg)
Steps: 9,078

What’s this? Down again? To another new low for the year? Apparently so. Well, it is another “just got in from a moderately active day” figure, so it’s still probably temporary, but I’ll treat it as a sign of something or other.

I was thinking of not doing anything too active today after yesterday’s warm walk with the birdies, but I persuaded myself that it might be a good day for a return trip to Beamish. After all, I do have another three months on the “come back as much as you like” ticket I bought last time. So I headed to Gateshead and has just a short wait for the bus to Beamish. This being a relatively quiet weekday, I didn’t need to wait in a queue, and was soon able to have a good wander. It was a bit warm for too much wandering, but I did my best, stopping only for a quick lunch (rather good sausage roll and Fentiman’s lemonade, which I enjoyed in the shadow of a suitably large tree. After a ride behind a very old engine, I headed for the bus stop and came home.

Photos have been taken and will appear as the tuit supply permits. But for now, here’s one of the buses that run around the site, along with some lovely trams.

Beamish bus

Beamish bus

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/7.1
Shutter speed: 1/400s
Focal length: 47mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 25 May, 2017
Location: 54° 53.0195′ 0″ N 1° 39.8154′ 0″ W