So I’m off to Amsterdam tomorrow, for a work meeting all day Thursday. I’ve been acting cool about it at work, but I’m actually as giddy as a kitten. I’ve been to Schipol a few times in transit, although the last time I was there it wasn’t in transit when it should have been, but that was my Boston adventure back in 2006/7. I’m not particularly giddy about the meeting, but I love travelling and flying, and don’t do it much these days. The meaning itself is actually outside Amsterdam, pretty close to Delft / The Hague, but my geography […]

"Spaced Out"

I have a 1Tb partition on my hard disk that I’ve reserved for storing my photos and videos (such as they are). When I specced the drive out I thought “that’s loads¬† of space – PC will need replacement before I run out of space.” I’ve been noticing that I’m down to my last 100 Gb – and put it down to my increased numbers of photos. But at 5Mb a shot, that’s still a lot of photos, and I have started being more ruthless with my deletions, and avoided taking video off the camcorder, and even then storing it […]


There’s been a couple of quite interesting posts by Bishops recently on the changing nature of the clergy in the Church of England, and I wanted to bookmark the links, as it can be horrendous finding these things again! First is by Tim Thorton (Bishop of Truro) on Shaping Vicars – http://www.freshexpressions.org.uk/views/shaping-vicars. Second is by Stephen Croft (Bishop of Sheffield) on Self-Supporting Ministry – http://bishopofsheffield.blogspot.co.uk/2013/05/generosity-humility-liminality-new.html


I realised recently that I have more or less achieved my last list of photographic ambitions I set 2 years ago (Picture This), and I’ve added some new ones to it since then. I don’t know that there’s any photos that I’m burning to take, but I do still have a few ideas I’d like to do. This is not a definitive list, but my thoughts are currently, in no particular order; Coffee beans Light spirals Portrait Good lighting Selfies Food Macros Street photography Flash-freeze (drips / splashes again). I think that’s enough to be going on with for now. […]

"Star Trek: Into Darkness"

Warning – Spoiler Alert! Went to see “Into Darkness” at the weekend. What an awesome film! I love what J.J. Abrams (and others) have done with this franchise, and the first outing was fabulous. At the time I commented about my appreciation of the fact there was no cheats way out of the paradox. Vulcan really was destroyed. Spock really was set adrift in time and ended up in a parallel timestream. The casting is superb, and the action relentless. I have a few quibbles (would Kirk really be the only person to think that all the senior starfleet officers […]


Four and a half months into 2013, and I thought now was a good time to take stock. Continue climbing regularly, 10 times over the year, and improve by a grade (to 6b+, think) – Pretty good so far, 4 times this year. The significant thing here is that I’ve learnt how to lead climb! I also have a fingerboard to attempt some training. Take a photo got every day – Yup. Go to the cinema – Not yet, but holding out for the new Star Trek in the next week or two… Go camping ¬† – Not yet – […]


Wow – not blogged for ever. Been so busy recently, and I think my all out assault on the Times Crossword has sucked up more of my time than I realised it had. Anyway, about to go to bed, so no time for a long one, but I wanted to at least put down a couple of markers. First of all, a Twitterless Lent. It wasn’t actually too hard, in the end, although I had removed the shortcuts off my mobile devices, which I’m sure helped. The interesting thing was how out I touch I felt with what was “Going […]

"Kitchen Nightmare"

I think No. 2 son has his first bad dream last night (at least the first that we were able to discern). He awoke in tears, crying out “the saucepans have gone, the saucepans have gone.” Given he doesn’t (typically) go to bed with saucepans, or indeed have them in his room, I can only conclude that he was having a culinary dream that went horribly wrong!!

"Slow Cooked Lamb"

Don’t often post meals, but this evening’s really was a stonker, and dead easy. It’s from Jamie Oliver’s recipe. Take a shoulder of lamb, poke with garlic, shove it in a pan with some veg, chopped toms, and wine, and cook in a low oven for 4 hrs, then shred. It’s going to re-appear in savoury pancake/wrap things tomorrow too! In pictures:

"Lenten Tweets"

I’ve decided to give up (reading) Twitter for Lent this year. I had originally couched this in terms of social media, but actually I can’t give up e-mail at work, and I hardly ever go on Facebook, so Twitter it is. That said, I’m not going to start browsing Facebook just because I’m off Twitter!!! For me, the purpose of giving up something for Lent is like an extended fast, and I’ve written about the point/benefits of fasting before. In summary, it’s a combinaton of self-denial, as a means of growth in discipline and self-control, sacrifice to indicate that I’m […]

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