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
So how many competitions do you need to enter to win something? That is the question that I asked myself in late 2017.
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
It seems that this has become a bit of a “thing”. This is the fifth year of getting out post Christmas to work off some of the chocolate consumed and make the most of our National Trust Membership. You can see the previous entries here, 2014/5, 2015/6, 2016/7 (either didn’t do it or forgot to write about it that year) and 2017/18.… Read the rest
The Reading Toy Run has been going since 1985, so slightly longer than we have lived in Reading but we have never been to see it, which is quite shocking. This year we made amends for that.
The toy run is a charitable exercise bringing together lots of bikers who ride through the outskirts of Reading each carrying a present for a child.… Read the rest
Our final day in Ghent and once more we set out from the hotel to find somewhere for breakfast. We stumbled upon a place that looked nice inside but also had a wonderful array of baked products in the window, including the one shown above.… Read the rest
Despite the hotel having the word “pillows” in its name evoking soft dreamy bed times I actually didn’t sleep that well last night. Maybe it was the different pillows? Anyway, we hadn’t booked breakfast in the hotel as while it is convenient and there is usually a large selection it is often overpriced for what we actually eat.… Read the rest
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
I’m a sucker for a bit of Genesis and since the demise of the band opportunities to hear them live have disappeared although, to be fair, I thought that the last time the band played together (in 2007) they were pretty disappointing.… Read the rest
While at the Edinburgh festival this year we went to see a parody of the musical Hamilton based on the F1 life of Lewis Hamilton, something that has obviously been begging to be done. If you were an F1 nut, as I am, you’d have greatly enjoyed the pastiche.… Read the rest
It was my birthday this weekend (thanks for the best wishes, cards and cake!) and as a special treat to myself I arranged to go up to London to ride the Mail Rail.
Mail Rail is the name of the narrow gauge railway that ran underneath London and was, until 2003, how Royal Mail transferred post across the city. … Read the rest