Monthly Archives: January 2018

January 2018 Round-up

Well, that’s the first month of the year out of the way, with just this old thing to wrap it up.


A general downward trend this month:

January 1: 227.3 pounds (16 stone 3.3 pounds, 103.1 kg)
January 31: 220.6 pounds (15 stone 10.6 pounds, 100.1 kg)

That’s an quite significant drop of 6.7 pounds (3kg), and if the month had ended a couple of days earlier, it would have been an even more significant 8.1 pounds (3.7kg).


I’ve been getting smaller, less impressive sarnies most days, and now it’s been going on a while, I think it’s safe to mention that I’ve cut back so far on wine drinking that I hardly ever do it…


I’ve managed three photographic outings, and I’ve been for a short walk every lunchtime – just to the other end of Grey Street, usually, but that’s more than I’ve done in quite a long time.


It’s been a quiet month, with this post taking the total to 35. Which is still more than one a day…


I bought a crystal ball for photographic fun. And some changes are coming, but don’t expect any details here for another month or so…

Weight and Stuff Report – 31 January 2018

Weight: 220.6 pounds (15 stone 10.6 pounds, 100.1 kg)
Steps: 2,768

Up another bit today, sneaking me just a wee bit above the 100kg mark, mutter.

This tasteful door knocker can be found in York:

Knock, knock...

Knock, knock…

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/2.8
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 24.2mm
ISO: 500
Taken: 20 January, 2018
Location: 53° 57.4903′ 0″ N 1° 4.8453′ 0″ W
Exposure bias: +67/100EV

Weight and Stuff Report – 29 January 2018

Weight: 219.2 pounds (15 stone 9.2 pounds, 99.4 kg)
Steps: 2,803

What’s this? Down again? Well, so it seems to another new low for the year.

Here’s a view of Hexham Bridge

Bridge in a ball

Bridge in a ball

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/4
Shutter speed: 1/500s
Focal length: 34.2mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 27 January, 2018
Location: 54° 58.5663′ 0″ N 2° 5.7228′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 28 January 2018

Weight: 219.7 pounds (15 stone 9.7 pounds, 99.7 kg)
Steps: 5,059

Down again today, and it’s another new low for the year, taking me below the dreaded 100kg point for the first time in a long time.

This is an interior view of Hexham Abbey:

Hexham Abbey

Hexham Abbey

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/20s
Focal length: 16mm
ISO: 6400
Taken: 27 January, 2018
Location: 54° 58.2886′ 0″ N 2° 6.1453′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 27 January 2018

Weight: 220.6 pounds (15 stone 10.6 pounds, 100.1 kg)
Steps: 9,204

Shock, horror, down again today.

After the usual shopping, I took myself, the X-T2 and my crystal ball to Hexham for a wander and a play. This included a look around the Abbey, evidence of which will be  appearing over the coming days, but for now, here’s a bandstand:



Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/2.8
Shutter speed: 1/750s
Focal length: 20.6mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 27 January, 2018
Location: 54° 58.2527′ 0″ N 2° 6.2612′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 26 January 2018

Weight: 221.6 pounds (15 stone 11.6 pounds, 100.5 kg)
Steps: 4,074

Down another bit today. The plan is working, or something

This is Clifford’s Tower in York, part of the original castle

Clifford's Tower

Clifford’s Tower

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/9
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 36.5mm
ISO: 250
Taken: 20 January, 2018
Location: 53° 57.3798′ 0″ N 1° 4.7954′ 0″ W

Charles Stross – Dark State

Well, here we are with the second volume of the trilogy Charlie began with last year’s Empire Games. All the threads from the first volume are coming together, with tentative diplomatic moves between Timeline Two (the almost but not quite our world) and Timeline Three (the rapidly developing one that’s being assisted by refugee world-walkers from Timeline One, which isn’t all that important any more, having been nuked by the US in the earlier trilogy). Of course, it couldn’t be that simple, with rival agencies working to different agendas, Cunning Plans that probably won’t become altogether clear until the final volume appears next year and, as they say, much much more.

There is a distinct possibility that all the political wrangling in the two main timelines could be made slightly less important by events in another timeline, where an investigation into a small black hole occupying the location where the Earth should be wakes up something that really should have been left to have a nice lie in. Have the ancient Forerunners been revived? Will they be a bit cross? Will they casually wipe out the annoying lifeforms in a couple of timelines? Or will they just need some really good coffee? All these questions might be answered in the next volume, but in the meantime you’ll have a whole pile of cliffhangers to think about, so thanks for that, Charlie, mutter….

Like everything Charlie does, it’s page-turning, entertaining stuff, with lots to think about. And there’s a useful essay at the end going into some detail about how Timeline Three got to where it is in 2020.

Weight and Stuff Report – 24 January 2018

Weight: 222.4 pounds (15 stone 12.4 pounds, 100.9 kg)
Steps: 2,571

Back up today, shocking, etc…

Today’s photo is a quick test of a new toy. So obviously, Tigger had to get into the act.

Mystic Les Predicts...

Mystic Les Predicts…

Camera: X-T2
Aperture: ƒ/2.8
Shutter speed: 1/50s
Focal length: 47mm
ISO: 6400
Taken: 24 January, 2018