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Weight and Stuff Report – 24 July 2017

Weight: 238.4 pounds (17 stone 0.4 pounds, 108.1 kg)
Steps: 2,535

Up again today…

One of the joys of having a wander around York is running into this guy – I’ve mentioned Ed Alleyene-Johnson before, and make no apologies for doing so again. He makes some wonderful sounds, and is one of the few buskers I’ve seen who can really hold an audience.

Ed Alleyene-Johnson

Ed Alleyene-Johnson

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/5.6
Shutter speed 1/220s
Focal length 51.6mm
ISO 200
Taken 15:11, 22 July, 2017
Location 53° 57.4974′ 0″ N 1° 4.8458′ 0″ W

Doctor Who Christmas Special: Details!

A trailer and some details have been released. First, here’s the trailer:

So, we have a title: Twice Upon a Time, and lots of snow, to keep the Christmassy vibe. As we knew, it features David Bradley doing his best to recreate William Hartnell’s First Doctor. As we didn’t know (and the naughty boy kept this quiet in a recent Doctor Who Magazine interview), it also features the ubiquitous and quite possibly indigenous Mark Gatiss as a First World War officer. And it features something going wrong with time, so having two Doctors might just come in handy.

But most of all, it includes Pearl Mackie as Bill, which I think is a Very Good Thing – as we last saw her having been transformed from being CyberBill, she had no idea if the Doctor had survived, and he had no idea that Heather (her slightly soggy girlfriend) had appeared and rescued her, so the two of them can get together and have a nice chat before he turns into someone slightly different…

Weight and Stuff Report – 23 July 2017

Weight: 237.6 pounds (16 stone 13.6 pounds, 107.8 kg)
Steps: 4,852

Back up a bit today, mutter, mutter

I decided yesterday that I’d decide this morning if I was going to the air show. Well, a forecast of rain in the afternoon decided it for me, so I didn’t go. Apparently most of the display went ahead, but it seems to have been a bit wet – it certainly was here…

Here’s one from yesterday’s NRM visit – this exceptionally large engine ran on the Chinese rail network before returning to the UK, where it had been built.

Chinese engine

Chinese engine

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/10
Shutter speed 1/30s
Focal length 16mm
ISO 6400
Taken 13:52, 22 July, 2017
Location 53° 57.6425′ 0″ N 1° 5.7839′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 22 July 2017

Weight: 236.6 pounds (16 stone 12.6 pounds, 107.3 kg)
Steps: 11,133

Down again today…

As it was more than a little damp, I decided against attempting a visit to the Sunderland air show today. Looks like that was a good decision, as the weather did prevent a number of displays from happening (Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Sally B, the Falcons, the Blades), not to mention being dull and grey.

But I wanted to do something, so I went to York, having noticed that you can now get a day return for just £18, so long as you travel on Cross Country trains. As that’s less than half the usual cost, that’s a good deal – and Cross Country run enough services for it not to be a major issue. When I got to the platform, there was actually a train waiting, but it was very crowded , so having had a quick look, I got off and moved to the next platform, and waited about five minutes for a much less crowded train.

By the time I got to York, there was no rain in sight. I started with a look around the National Railway Museum, then had a moderately long walk around the city before getting a train back to Newcastle and coming home.

Here’s one from today. This is the rather lovely Merchant Adventurers Hall:

Merchant Adventuers Hall

Merchant Adventuers Hall

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/9
Shutter speed 1/400s
Focal length 25.7mm
ISO 200
Taken 15:04, 22 July, 2017
Location 53° 57.4592′ 0″ N 1° 4.7233′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 17 July 2017

Weight: 238.6 pounds (17 stone 0.6 pounds, 108.2 kg)
Steps: 1,782

Up a bit today.

Well, I survived going back to work.

This is St Fagans Castle, which you may note is more of a house than an actual castle, but apparently it was built over an earlier castle and kept the name:

St Fagans Castle

St Fagans Castle

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/8
Shutter speed 1/350s
Focal length 16mm
ISO 200
Taken 13:55, 5 July, 2017
Location 51° 29.2033′ 0″ N 3° 16.1397′ 0″ W

Not the Doctor you were expecting?

And so the Thirteenth Doctor has been revealed:

No doubt some people’s heads will be exploding because the new Doctor is less male than usual, but personally, I think it’s the logical conclusion of a process that’s been drip-fed over a number of years. I think it was in The Doctor’s Wife that it was casually mentioned that another Time Lord had been known to incarnate as male and female, there was the regenerating general in Hell Bent, and of course, lovely, bonkers, murderous Missy. So, it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise – it’s been widely muttered that incoming showrunner Chris Chibnall is going to be making some changes, and this is probably not the biggest.

And of course, now a precedent has been set, the “who’s going to be the next Doctor” game will be even more entertaining in future.

It’ll be a while before we see Jodie Whittaker in more than a regeneration scene – I think the next series will be later in 2018. But it’s going to be interesting…