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Weight and Stuff Report – 18 September 2017

Weight: 231.9 pounds (16 stone 7.9 pounds, 105.2 kg)
Steps: 1,971

Up again after yesterday’s dramatic low, which is only to be expected…

Here’s another bit of Seaham sculpture. This is Lord Byron:

Mad, bad, etc

Mad, bad, etc

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/3.6
Shutter speed 1/1250s
Focal length 80.4mm
ISO 200
Taken 12:33, 17 September, 2017
Location 54° 50.2185′ 0″ N 1° 19.8687′ 0″ W

Shop sign of the week

Wordplay in the names of shops is a fine old tradition. This one is nice – sadly, my brain didn’t register the presence of the street sign, so it’s partly out of the frame. This is on Church Street, Seaham, which might have provided some of the inspiration:

Lamb a speciality?

Lamb a speciality?

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/8
Shutter speed 1/125s
Focal length 33.2mm
ISO 200
Taken 12:29, 17 September, 2017
Location 54° 50.2239′ 0″ N 1° 19.9552′ 0″ W

(I don’t have to explain this one, do I?)

Weight and Stuff Report – 17 September 2017

Weight: 230.7 pounds (16 stone 6.7 pounds, 104.6 kg)
Steps: 8,416

What’s this? Another new low for the year? Who’d have though it?

I took myself and the X-T1 to Seaham for a return visit today. It was dull and grey most of the time I was there, but hey, ho, never mind, etc. I still got a few photos that have a bit of potential, so it wasn’t too bad.

This is a detail of The Coxswain, a memorial to RNLI crews who served Seaham. As you have probably guessed, it’s by Ray Lonsdale, who created the larger and more famous Tommy.

The Coxswain

The Coxswain

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/2.8
Shutter speed 1/1400s
Focal length 140mm
ISO 200
Taken 12:45, 17 September, 2017
Location 54° 50.2812′ 0″ N 1° 19.6142′ 0″ W

Artificial Stupidity at its finest

I saw something on Twitter relating to the West Yorkshire town of Halifax – a place I’ve passed through on the way to Manchester, but never got round to visiting. It looked interesting, so I thought I’d have a look on Google Maps.

I typed in the name of the town, and was given these helpful suggestions:

I still haven't found what I'm looking for

I still haven’t found what I’m looking for

Yup, a long list (I’ve cropped it for convenience) of branches of the Halifax (a former building society, now a bank).  I looked, and looked, and that’s all I was offered.

Hmmmm. So, I did a web search. And it wasn’t until part way down the second page of results that any references to anything other than the financial institution was offered.

Silly Les should have been more specific. A search on the map for “Halifax, West Yorkshire” did come up with the expected result.

Of course, you’d have to know that Halifax was in West Yorkshire to know to do that.

I can see that offering moderately local businesses as a prime option in search results can be useful, but surely if what you’ve entered is the name of a town, there’s at least a chance that you might be looking for that?

Oh, and I’ll definitely be going there, just not yet….

Weight and Stuff Report – 16 September 2017

Weight: 232.2 pounds (16 stone 8.2 pounds, 105.3 kg)
Steps: 5,845

Woo, hoo, down again today, yay, etc

It’s been another showery day – intermittently wet enough to put me off going anywhere for a proper day out, so I just had a short wander in Newcastle with the X70, and got some nicely random shots, including this:

This way!

Newcastle reflections

Camera X70
Aperture ƒ/14
Shutter speed 1/60s
Focal length 18.5mm
ISO 640
Taken 12:41, 16 September, 2017

 

Weight and Stuff Report – 15 September 2017

Weight: 232.6 pounds (16 stone 8.6 pounds, 105.5 kg)
Steps: 2,285

Down a wee bit today. It’s been a day of what weather forecasters like to call scattered showers. Very brief ones, carefully timed for

  1. About ten seconds after I left the office to get some lunch
  2. Just as I was leaving to go home

Mutter.

Here’s a reflection from a dryer day:

Baltic Boating

Baltic Boating

Camera X70
Aperture ƒ/10
Shutter speed 1/160s
Focal length 18.5mm
ISO 200
Taken 14:00, 2 September, 2017
Location 54° 58.2321′ 0″ N 1° 35.9323′ 0″ W