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Archives for 2014

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.

Odiham Castle

I happened to be on a work related expedition to Hook near Basingstoke last Tuesday and since it was such a nice day I decided to go exploring once I was done. So I drove a little bit south to visit Odiham Castle! As ruined castles go, this one is pretty good, with informative information […]

Cheltenham

A few weekends ago I set off on another expedition to explore westwards through Gloucestershire. This time I walked from Kingham in Oxfordshire to Cheltenham. View Cheltenham in a larger map Around lunchtime I got to Bourton-on-the-Water which proudly claims to be the “Venice of the Cotswolds”. This seems a little extravagant: there’s one small […]

Can’t Spell Funicular Without “Fun”

I’m so overcome with excitement I can’t even hold the camera straight! While visiting my parents last weekend to help clean out my room.

Henley to Oxford (Second Attempt)

I tried unsuccessfully to walk all the way from Henley to Oxford last October. So now with peak daylight I had another go the weekend before last – and I made it this time! View Henley to Oxford in a larger map The section after the point were I gave up last time was a […]

Sticking with Firefox 24

Oh dear. I unwittingly updated to Firefox/Iceweasel 29 in Debian testing. What a mistake! My Firefox setup has remained basically the same since the 3.5 days with a nice unobtrusive layout where I have the menu, navigation buttons, and the address bar in one strip and the tabs below. Despite hours of hair pulling there’s […]

Adventuring

One neat benefit of having a car and it being nearly midsummer is that if you finish work sufficiently early there’s enough daylight for hours of evening adventuring! Some photos from where I went last Tuesday, near Watlington about half an hour up the M40 from my office.