Wednesday, 26 January 2011


Been out cycling again, I hadn't really anticipated it but my mate Chris had been getting his car serviced in Dorchester, and decided to cycle down there to pick it up. Slightly mad.

Slightly madder was that I kept him company for about the first thirty miles (just under halfway for him), before I turned off to complete a circuit back to home. The route is here, and at just over fifty miles is my longest single ride. Must admit I always quite like the idea of going out for long, solid day's riding out on the bike, but somehow I always imagined it would be in June rather than January! Chris has tentatively mentioned doing a ride from Land's End to Salisbury (about 200 miles I think) over the royal wedding weekend, although I must first solve the problem of how to carry luggage on my bike. Hmmmmm.......

My knee was really painful the day after the ride, and I must keep an eye on that, although its ok now. That could put the kybosh on multi-day rides, but we'll see.

Have tentatively booked a summer holiday in Luxembourg, of all places. Near a town called Echternach, which I have visited a few times and found totally charming. Right in the south-east of the country, within easy striking distance of both France and Germany, so I suspect it will be a multi-country holiday. We may even come back to the UK via Amsterdam - if not there then Brussels/Brugge at the very least. So there's lots of places in there, many of them new.

Went for a job interview yesterday. Really livid, since it turned out the role failed one of my fundamental tests, but this had been obfuscated by the agent who set up the interview. Tosser. I know they stand to make a lot of money out of placing someone, but do they really think that people are so desparate that they will go for a job they don't want just to keep an agent happy? Well, maybe some people would. But all I see is that the guy wasted a couple of hours of my time, and that pisses me off. Anyway, I shan't dwell on it, its not particularly important in the grand scheme of things so I shall just write it down to experience. Much better to think happy thoughts about my bike!!

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Proud of myself

We've had a Wii for something like three or four years, until we noticed a few months ago that it would no longer read DVDs.

I was a bit fed up at first - I hardly ever use it and it just smacks of Alice not taking care of it, for example it is not unusual to find disks scattered around on the floor when she's been using it. So anyway, at the time I resolved to do......nothing.

I relented over christmas and from eBay ordered a new dvd drive from Hong Kong. This arrived Friday, and so yesterday I went through the complicated procedure of taking the Wii apart and fitting the new part. Very fiddly, there must have been a good dozen or so screws that I needed to undo, but I was guided by an excellent video on Youtube.

Never normally into sites like youtube, but this time it came up trumps. And the Wii - looks to be as good as new again, and all for less than £25. Great stuff!

Saturday, 1 January 2011

The Best Feeling....

Happy New Year, if anyone catches this post.

I've just had an active couple of hours, I haven't been able to get out on my bike through all the time I was off because of the weather, but despite today being very grey I was desperate to get out. So I've just had a lovely 30km/90 min ride out into the New Forest.

I get up the hills into the forest, and it really is the best feeling in the world. Okay, today it is very bleak, but you go up there at 7 o'clock on a summer's morning......wonderful. I'm so glad that I found cycling once again.