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Archives for July, 2010


I thought this was a wonderful radio documentary on the decline of the steel industry on Teesside: *sniff* http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00t5zp5/Archive_on_4_Redcar_Made_of_Steel/

Henley to Reading

It’s been ages since I last explored westwards along the Thames, not since last September in fact. So today I walked the nine miles or so from Henley down to Reading. I struggled to find much interesting to take photos of, but here is a picture of the bridge at Henley showing the slightly threatening […]


Yesterday evening I went for a walk around the remains of the Roman town of Calleva Atrebatum at Silchester a few miles south of Reading. Silchester is rare in that it was abandoned after the end of the Roman empire, leaving the walls, an amphitheater, and various other archaeological bits largely undisturbed. It’s a very […]

A tasty paprika stew

Unusually for me, I here recommend a foodstuff! It’s a synthesis of a couple of different recipes I found, so probably not authentic Hungary-food, but quite tasty. Things you will need: Stewing beef Onions Potatoes Bacon Beef stock Paprika Caraway seeds Garlic Some of these ingredients seem a bit suspicious but they’re probably OK in […]

Kew to Battersea

What interesting things exist between Kew and Battersea? I set off yesterday to answer this very question. It turns out there are quite a lot of bridges and some mud. Only about another 16 miles and I will have walked all the way from home to the Thames barrier!


Blodgett just reminded me of another useful tool we made a few years ago: cowshell! Cowshell provides a more user-friendly interface to the Linux shell by wrapping the output in multi-coloured cows. Here is an example session: Cowshell is a Perl script that you can acquire here. You will need cowsay and maybe some Perl […]