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Parenthood

Connor’s Been Baking

Helping mummy
 
 
Mixing the dough
 
 
Enjoying the fruits of my labour
 
 
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Photography Walking

Gordale Scar in the sunshine

Gordale Scar 
 
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Parenthood

My 1st Bike

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Parenthood Photography

It’s my birthday!

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Parenthood Photography

Merry Christmas to all!

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Parenthood Photography

“Handsome like my daddy”

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Parenthood

Look what we made!

Bean has certainly grown from this to… well, this!

1-day old Connor

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I.T. Travel

Reset Network Settings

For ages, I had a data blackout on a section of my commute to work. A number of queries to O2 & challenges to their unacceptable answers didn’t help.

Over the weekend, I found advice to reset all network settings which seems to have turbo charged my data connection. Even in that blackout section.

If you’re having trouble with data on the O2 network, I recommend resetting your device. On iOS6, you’ll find it under Settings -> General -> Reset -> Reset Network Settings

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Photography

Breakfast!

Bacon Bagel

Had back to back meetings far too early this morning but this set me up for the day.

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Photography Walking

River Wharf

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…below The Strid

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Photography Walking

Cavendish Pavillion at Bolton Abbey

Cavendish Pavillion

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Consumerism I.T. Travel

Apple’s Mecca in New York

Covered by a glass cube on 5th Avenue…

Apple's NYC Store Entrance

…descend a winding staircase into the pandemonium…

Inside Apple's NYC Store

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Photography Travel Walking

Inspiration for going walking

Basecamp, South Lake Tahoe provide the following motivation for exploring the local trails…

Take A Hike

…and…

Get Lost

And just in case you needed more information on what’s available, this might be the 1st thing you see waking up in the morning…

Lake Tahoe Draped Headboard

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Parenthood

On the pitfalls of choosing names…

We got talking about names. Not surprisingly, Vicky had already bought a book! So I’ve called bagsy on page 36, second column, fifth down from the top. Or page 42, third from the bottom, either column. I don’t even know if the book has columns on each page but they’ll do for me.

Alternatively, Larry Andrew Fleming or Leanne Amy Fleming – then I can tell Vicky she’s having a LAF!

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Parenthood

Introducing Bean!

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I.T.

Candy Shop

Black Marble held an Architecture Forum today and 1 of the facilities laid on was…

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Photography

Creating Shadows

I lit some tea lights when we got back from this afternoons walk. They created some interesting shadows!

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Craven Fitness Centre

Gym machinesIt’s been a long time since I was last in a gym. My view was why would you pay to exercise inside, staring mindlessly at a blank or mirrored wall when you could be climbing a fell, enjoying the view and getting lungfuls of fresh air in the process rather than the heady smell of sweaty bodies. Recently however, we haven’t been getting out walking as much as we’d like; I want to say everyday life gets in the way but that’s really only an excuse; it can get in the way sometimes but only if you let it!

Anyway, to placate the great deity that readily punishes us for abusing the only body we’ll ever know, I need to spend more calories than I’ve eaten recently. Along with that, there’s a ton of podcasts I should catch up on; both from a work and professional viewpoint, and others from a hobby/entertainment/personal growth stance. So, I am going to kill two birds with 1 stone; I’m going to spend time over the winter staring at that blank wall/mirror, plug in some earphones and catch up with the backlog of material.

All I can say is gyms have come a long way since I was last in one. Everything has gone ultra digital. There’s displays built into all the equipment now, letting you know exactly how well (or poorly) you are doing in your workout. There are preprogrammed profiles inbuilt so the only thing you have to do is select how mean you want the machine to be to you and then hit Start. Everything is timed, measured and recorded for posterity using your own personal smartcard.

There are the usual TVs on the walls but also immediately in front of you. So if what’s on the main screen isn’t to your taste, you can watch The Great British Bake-off instead, reminding you why you need to visit the gym in the first place. And if all that fails to peak your interest, you can plug your i-device & headphones into each machine for a more insular “head down and crack on” session. And that last option suits me just fine!

I don’t yet know what will happen in the Springtime. The aim is always to spend evenings exerting surplus calories somewhere, somehow. Perhaps, given the poor summer we’ve had this year, more and more calories will be spent staring at a sweaty version of me in the mirror.

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Walking

Whernside from Ribblehead

Start: Park at SD765792
Distance: 9.1 miles
Ascent: 1,573 feet

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The route:

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Walking

Buckden Pike & Great Whernside

Start: Park at SD967722
Distance: 13 miles
Ascent: 2,601 feet

The route: