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If You Go Down to the Woods Today

…you’d better watch out for the abandoned rusting circular saw and canister of unidentified hazardous liquid! This footpath has FAILED its health and safety inspection. So I was out adventuring near Henley this Saturday. I figured I knew the area well enough that I didn’t need to bother looking at the map. This turned out […]

News at Bedtime

This is the funniest thing I’ve heard in ages: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00pd34q/episodes/player

Staines Revisted

My previous visit to Staines generated quite some comment in the blogosphere. And now Staines has officially been renamed Staines-on-Thames surely it deserves a repeat visit? It’s been wet and dreary here for weeks so rather than head off somewhere remote and exotic I decided last Sunday to walk from my house over to Staines-on-Thames. […]

Conkers

I forgot to post some photos from a few weeks back. Here’s the Kennet and Avon canal near Midgham in Berkshire. The canal stretches all the way from Reading to Bath. Might be fun to adventure along sometime. On this particular outing I walked north east to Pangbourne through a forest covered in conkers! ‘Tis […]

Oslo Again

After a three year hiatus my work trips to Oslo have happily resumed. Our company recently moved into some office space at Fornebu just outside Oslo which is coincidentally quite near the Lysaker offices of my former employer. The office itself is inside a refurbished terminal building of the old Oslo airport. The new airport […]

Piggies Ahoy

Last Sunday I went adventuring in the downs near Newbury. Obsessive fans of this blog may remember I last visited Newbury five years ago but I only did minor exploring of the surrounding countryside. The highlight of the whole trip was when I unexpectedly stumbled upon a large encampment of friendly piggies! The piggies came […]

Metroland

I love almost everything about this programme: http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b00cyyqw/metroland John Betjeman was a legend, although he was very wrong about Slough.

Swindon Mini Adventure

I’ve wanted to re-walk the western half of the Ridgeway national trail for ages but the weather has either been too hot or too wet. This Saturday the weather looked good but the trains were plagued by engineering works. So I decided I’d make it into more of an adventure by having a mini holiday […]

Windmill

Can you spot it?! Near Turville in the Chilterns last weekend. The grass is so dry! Or, it was until it started raining.

More on Stuffed Dogs

The BBC today has an excellent article on stuffed dogs at railway station, including the beloved Station Jim of Slough: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-28420246 Favourite quote from the article: “Under the more corporate British Rail, they didn’t want things like dead dogs in stations,” says Tyson.