Sunday, December 30, 2007


The gym

Sue and I have just joined Fitness First - no doubt like quite a large proportion of the population after Christmas. At least we didn't have to pay a joining fee anyway. I used to go down the gym quite a bit but fell out of the habit as I didn't feel inspired to go there any more.

In the sales I also bought one a set of those bathroom scales that measure your body fat etc. Apparently, I'm 10st 9 lbs, 13% body fat and 33% muscle mass. I'll have to see if that change significantly when I use the gym regularly.



I spent Christmas this year with the in-laws to be, in Kintbury. As you can see, we managed to fill the entire back of the pick up with Christmas stuff!

Anyway I was made very welcome by Sue's eldest and mum with lots of food and champagne, especially imported from Spain.

The house is next to the Kennet and Avon canal so we were able to take a walk around the village and along the canal on boxing day. I got to see Terence Conran's house (Barton Court)!

Friday, December 21, 2007



I've given up on Windows XP and installed Ubuntu on a spare disk I had. Everything seems to work just fine. I can even run a virtual windows PC on the odd occasion I need to. At least now the PC doesn't get slower and slower the old it gets like an XP box.


More bikes

A couple of weeks ago I went up to the Peak District for the xrv xmas meeting. I went up on the Friday night and stayed with my parents so I was well rested and breakfasted when I rolled up to the Wild boar Inn at the appointed time. All I can say is that it was a good job I had my heated jacket and handlebar muffs as it was snowing! Having lived in Surrey for so long, I was somewhat taken by surprise.

Once we all got going, we soon got warm. Lunch was, apparently, in Whaley Bridge. However, it was a bit disconcerting to hear the man with the map walk up to one of the locals and ask "So, which town are we in". In his defence, he did have a very soggy map as when it wasn't snowing, it was raining.

I have to admit that I did wuss out of the last lane and went back to the pub. It was late, the lane looked like a medium sized river and I was tired. The rest of them gave it a try, but had to give up in the end and came back to find a very smug me hogging the pub fire.

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