Weight and Stuff Report – 19 June 2017

Weight: 237.4 pounds (16 stone 13.4 pounds, 107.7 kg)
Steps: 2,101

Down again on another hot day…

This is a sculpture called Signal, located in Saltburn Valley Gardens. I was going for a dramatic into the light kind of view:



Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/8
Shutter speed 1/480s
Focal length 16mm
ISO 200
Taken 13:46, 17 June, 2017
Location 54° 35.017′ 0″ N 0° 58.1286′ 0″ W


Weight and Stuff Report – 18 June 2017

Weight: 237.7 pounds (16 stone 13.7 pounds, 107.8 kg)

Up again today after yesterday’s big drop, but that was expected. Having slightly worn myself out yesterday, I stayed in bed longer than usual this morning, and had a quiet day in, getting the  washing and ironing done, what fun…

Here’s a view of Saltburn



Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/13
Shutter speed 1/250s
Focal length 25.7mm
ISO 200
Taken 14:28, 17 June, 2017
Location 54° 35.1416′ 0″ N 0° 58.2663′ 0″ W

Weight and Stuff Report – 17 June 2017

Weight: 236.2 pounds (16 stone 12.2 pounds, 107.1 kg)
Steps: 9,352

That’s a big drop today, but it’s a “just got home on a hot day” figure, so is definitely a temporary wossname.

Having done the shopping quite early, I took myself to Saltburn for a visit. This involves getting to Darlington (frequent comfortable trains from Newcastle) then getting an undersized, overcrowded and under ventilated cattle truck via Middlesbrough and Redcar. Once there, I walked down a mind-bogglingly steep hill, wandered around a park, strolled onto the pier, ride the funicular railway then came home on an even more crowded cattle truck (the previous one having been cancelled because the cattle complained, or some such reason).

There seems to have been an outbreak of knitting on the pier, which includes these guys. As I always say, everything is better with penguins, so here they are:



Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/2.8
Shutter speed 1/8000s
Focal length 55mm
ISO 200
Taken 14:03, 17 June, 2017


Tenba DNA 15 Messenger Bag

What’s this? Another new camera bag? Well, yes. You know how it is with bags, you get one that holds what you need, then you change some of your kit, and that perfect bag no longer quite does it…

Now for general days out, I still like my Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag – it’s big enough to carry my X-T2 and an extra lens or two, but not so big as to get in the way. But for going away, when I need to carry a laptop, cables, chargers, penguins and probably an extra lens, it’s not quite up to the job, so I was in need of something better.

I do have a larger bag, which I got when I was using Canon, but it has the problem of being too big to walk around with, and is a bit awkward to actually use. I even have a Billingham bag, which is nice, but I got that when I had an 11″ MacBook Air, and it won’t take the 13″ one I have now.

So, after much reading of reviews, watching of videos and muttering to myself, I picked this nicely versatile bag, one of a range in various sizes and colours. Mine’s the Graphite (grey to most of us) large model.

Here’s a promo video which shows off the range:

It’s big enough for a 15″ laptop, so even if I get a bigger one at some point, it should still be fine. The camera section contains the usual selection of movable dividers with lots of padding, and is deep enough to swallow my actually quite large 100-400mm lens in a compartment, with the X-T2 and battery grip with a lens attached easily fitting in the centre section. And that still leaves plenty of space for more camera gear. There are loads of pockets for accessories, chargers, cables, batteries, penguins and whatever else you need to have with you.

The laptop section is well-padded and includes a smaller section suitable for a tablet, which is neat. There’s a rain cover included – this comes in a pouch you can keep in the bag, which makes it a bit more flexible than the integrated one my huuuuge bag has. If you like to wear your bag messenger style, there’s a side strap to secure it,  but it’s easily removable it you don’t need it (which I don’t), so it doesn’t get in the way.

There are some external pockets – the usual wide document holder type at the back, and two smaller ones on the front flap, which could hold things you want to have to hand. There are nice big stretch pouches on both sides – ideal for water bottles or similar.

Access to your gear is either by opening the flap, which thanks to its nicely designed flaps, which when the bag is closed provide some weather proofing, folds back out of the way very neatly, or via the top zip opening, which opens widely enough to make removing the X-T2 and battery grip very easy.

Despite its quite impressive capacity, it doesn’t feel like a big bag – it’s quite deep, but the height and width look more like the kind of bag you might carry around all the time. It seems to be well-made and certainly looks good. First impressions are very good. We’ll see how it works out.

Fancy a nice cup of tea? Maybe not…

I was offered a cup of this “Turkish Apple Instant Tea” the other day:



Well, I tried it and found it was ever so slightly sweet. Well, so sweet that I couldn’t drink more than a few sips.

There’s a reason for that. Checking the ingredients shows sugar as the largest ingredient. And the nutrition information shows something around 94g of sugar per 100g.

So, when they say “instant tea”, they actually mean “sugar with a hint of tea extract”. You’d be better off buying some sugar and waving a tea bag over it….

Weight and Stuff Report – 13 June 2017

Weight: 239.8 pounds (17 stone 1.8 pounds, 108.8 kg)
Steps: 2,277

Hmmmm, down a wee bit today. How random…

This is the sanctuary knocker on the door of Durham Cathedral.

Sanctuary Knocker

Sanctuary Knocker

Camera X-T2
Aperture ƒ/4
Shutter speed 1/105s
Focal length 21.3mm
ISO 200
Taken 13:07, 11 June, 2017
Location 54° 46.4338′ 0″ N 1° 34.5845′ 0″ W

Readers of a certain age may recall this replica being featured alongside the now preserved original on Blue Peter many years ago. Well, they’ll probably remember what Simon Groom said about them.

It would be very immature of me to include this video including that and some other things from TV that could be slightly misconstrued, so obviously that’s exactly what I’m going to do.[1]

[1] As the Doctor once put it, there’s no point in being grown up if you can’t be childish sometimes