Anyone that knows me understands my view of beer; life is too short to be drinking shitty, tasteless toss. I much prefer to spend a little bit more money on the good stuff. I don't mind the style, country of origin or its ABV - if it's good, I'll drink it. So, I was chuffed [...]
During the glory days of Flickr - when it was a bit grubby around the edges but was by far the best image service on the Internet - you could post directly to your WordPress blog from Flickr itself. There was a configurable remote service that enabled direct posting, and it worked a treat. I [...]
So, it's 2016 and I'm not getting any younger. The last few years have seen me display some slight signs of the impending decreptude inherent in the aging process, of which I am hurtling through at an alarming pace. I'm 46, and for the first 40 of those years I was as healthy as you [...]
It's back to band tonight! I love my Christmas break, but I do miss my brass band too. We will be rehearsing the Regionals piece I should think: Essay by Edward Gregson. It's a lovely piece of music, full of descriptive sounds and should suit our band nicely. Here's a version of it from Youtube: [...]
Happy New Year! Well, wasn't 2015 fun? We had quite an entertaining year; I graduated from the Open University, got a new job, won the Area contest with my band Carlton Brass then finished a creditable 4th at the National Finals; Ruby continues to be gorgeous & is developing into a loving, funny, incredible human [...]
I've been attending the Nottingham Agile meetups over the last year. They've all been excellent, with loads of good presentations aimed at making us better software developers. Last night's meetup was about Scrum Masters (and how to be a great one). The talk - by the always helpful and insightful Chris RF - included an amazing [...]
Delph 2015: The Brighouse and Rastrick Band play 'The Wizard' from Richard Newman on Vimeo. There's something magical about a great brass band playing a march, and there are not many greater brass bands than Brighouse.
Seven years ago I did an incredible thing. I married this wonderful woman. Seven years later I am still very much in awe of her, still very much in love. Jo's capacity to love is wondrous to behold; I am a mere amateur in these 'feelings' stakes, being swept up in a wave of glorious [...]
https://flic.kr/p/qR3goz 9th February 2015 Nottingham University has this prominent bust of Sir Jesse Boot, 1st Baron Trent, outside its gates at Highfield Park. Sir Jesse was one of the University's most famous benefactors and one of the local area's more memorable residents. Who hasn't heard of Boot's eh?
https://flic.kr/p/r35Bvf 6th February 2015 Our beautiful daughter. I edited this in 'Perfectly Clear' on my iPhone, then processed in 'Oggl'. She looks so grown up!
https://flic.kr/p/qMEhAh 5th February 2015 The Beeston tramworks continue, and this junction with Middle Street remains closed south of Humber Road. It's been over 14 months and local residents are beyond fed up. I'm actually looking forward to having a working tram system, but my patience with the repeated delays is getting thin
https://flic.kr/p/qK9JRf 2nd February 2015 Mondays is tennis day for Ruby. This is a photo I've edited using Oggl to make it look more interesting. It uses the Salvadore lens, which adds some weird double exposure type effect