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Telegraph Pole

December 7th, 2014

Really pretty sunset near my house this evening.


Fellow admirers of the humble telegraph pole may appreciate this website.


Burial Chamber

November 30th, 2014

Yesterday I was out exploring near Marlborough and stumbled across this ancient burial chamber just as it was getting dark. With the moon out already it was super creepy.


Apparently this is the “Devil’s Den” and if I had been foolish enough to pour water into the hollows in the capstone and demon would have appeared and drunk it! :-o

I’ve been experimenting with OSM Tracker to make maps for me. The results are quite good! It wakes up every 30s and stashes your GPS coordinates, which you can then export as a GPX file. I normally have my phone in flight mode while adventuring to save battery but running this in the background didn’t seem to drain it too badly. Not that I’d use it for navigation of course: OS Explorer 1:25000 FTW.

Some more photos below. Horny sheep was friendly!

Precarious Squirrel

November 15th, 2014

Everyone knows squirrels are stupid but this one seems extra doof: he has climbed up to the top of this tree (I’m on the third floor) and is swaying around in the wind!


Chasing Rainbows

November 15th, 2014

Last weekend I was having a rather uneventful day out exploring the western end of Berkshire when I was caught in a sudden and unexpected downpour. Afterwards there was this totally awesome rainbow! It looked like the end was about 100m away in neighbouring field. Unfortunately as I chased after it it retreated further away so no gold for me. :-(


There must be some special technique for photographing rainbows as all the photos turned out mediocre while the real thing looked amazing.

Here’s where I went: in a sort of fish shape from Cholsey back to the train at Goring.

Xcowsay 1.3 finally in Debian

November 4th, 2014

I was pleasantly surprised today when I did a dist-upgrade on Debian Jessie today and it upgraded xcowsay to version 1.3 which was released a mere four years ago.

Alarmingly, there appear to be bug reports! :-o Methinks I should be working on a 1.4 release…

Embraché the Weather

October 31st, 2014

The Bootsy says it so it must be true: warmest Halloween ever! I went for a walk to Bexhill with my parents and it was positively summery.

Also, much to my horror, I turned 30 today. :-o


And now for some happy news! You might remember almost exactly four years ago on this very blog I reported on the burning down of Hastings Pier. But now thanks to a huge fund raising campaign it’s being rebuilt and due to reopen next summer!


If You Go Down to the Woods Today

October 28th, 2014

…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 to be a little optimistic. However I think I’ve managed to reverse engineer my route:

Here’s a rather elegant tree that marked the northernmost limit of my explorations. Maybe in a few hundred years it can compete for Tree of the Year!


On the way back to Henley the sun came out! Making the most of the last day of British Summer Time.


I’m pretty sure I took a photo of these sheep earlier in the year when I was last in these parts and they were considerably smaller.


News at Bedtime

October 19th, 2014

This is the funniest thing I’ve heard in ages:


Staines Revisted

October 18th, 2014

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. The only interesting thing I came across on the way was this monument to the Magna Carta at Runnymeade that I forgot to photograph last time.


Trivia time! When King John went to sign the Magna Carta he travelled from Odiham Castle which I visted a few months ago.

Staines seemed largely the same as before. The museum was still closed. But I did notice a poem on the side of the lino sculpture! It’s called “Release Every Pattern” by Richard Price and Leona Medlin and reproduced here for your perusal.

Roll out the lino
from Staines to the world!
Release every pattern
from chessboard to twirl!
In every hopeful kitchen
let life unfurl,
bathrooms are artrooms
from soapsuds to swirl!
Roll out the lino
from Staines to the world!

Inspiring stuff!



October 17th, 2014

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 the season.