2018, a Year in Review

For years now I have been keeping list and records of what I have been up to. This might be count of daily steps through to books read. All of this was nothing more than for me personal interest. However, recently several personal data aggregators have emerged which take data from multiple sources and present it back to you in a hopefully meaningful way.… Read the rest

Feeling Lucky Punk?

So how many competitions do you need to enter to win something? That is the question that I asked myself in late 2017.

TL;DR;
563 is the answer with seven yet to close.

Everyone wants to be feel lucky in some way or another which is why so many do the lottery, play poker or, back in the day, the pools.… Read the rest

Ghent 2018 – Day One – Orientation

By rights our journey to Ghent started yesterday in London when we met up with the friends that we are travelling with for a meal and a show. The less said about them the better (meal and the show, not our friends) as both were pretty mediocre although that wasn’t the universal view of all in our party regarding the show.… Read the rest

USA ’18 – Day 3 – Not so Fast not so Furious

Our drive along the 192 into the parks takes us past numerous eating establishments but at the very end there is a formal looking building with the words “Bob Evans” above the door. Initially I thought that it might be an estate agents or a realtor in the local parlance but a quick search identified it as a restaurant.… Read the rest

What do you mean mats aren’t included?

Those of you that are reading this and know me will know that I like my cars fast and, like many others, like top end marques such as Jaguar, Aston Martin and Tesla.

Helen and I have long talked about what our next car would be to replace the hated Vauxhall Insignia and had our eye on a nice new BMW 1 Series.… Read the rest

Kudos to Eddie Izzard

So last week I completed my Couch to 5k journey and despite not really enjoying it (I said in the last post “I have always found exercise to be a chore and derive no pleasure from it whatsoever” and I stand by that) I have continued with it as I am using it as a way to help me lose weight.… Read the rest

Couch to 5K

So I am happy to write this blog post now that I have finished the nine weeks of couch to 5k. For those that don’t know what c25k is it’s a nine week plan that gets anyone at any level of fitness from sedentary to running for 5K three times a week.… Read the rest

The Human Google Interface

I had a request from one of my sons recently where he was struggling to find something on Google (other search engines are available just not as comprehensive) and asked me to see what I could find. If there was a university degree in finding things on Google I’d have a first with distinction.… Read the rest

Always the Bridesmaid…

I have written about my younger son’s playing of League of Legends before. Yesterday was the culmination of months of games in the NUEL (National University eSports League) with over 300 teams having been whittled down to the final two with Mat’s UoB Storm pitted against Nottingham Bears.… Read the rest