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old weekly news items from 1999 when I was 40

news 2016.01.03 sunday

6 hits this week 13309 total.

Monday caught up with mad max fury road again.
2x round the village circuit in the warm sunshine 15 mins 20.
Into town for lunch, coffee and cake at m+s.
Bought a small jet washer in the sales.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
At last, updated the play list on the phone and in the car.

Tuesday 2x circuit in the dark before sunrise 15 mins 35.
Winter sunshine.
Got a new exhaust of the van.
Found out that lemmy had died.
2x circuit at sunset 15 mins 36.
Interesting to hear about artemisia gentileschi.

Wednesday very windy and dark.
A bit of tidying up.
Evening improved the intonation on the new bass.

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New year's eve 2x circuit at sunrise in the wind 16 mins 52.
2x circuit in the late morning winter sunshine 15 mins 37.
A bit of shopping at tiny tesco.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and at the sovrano caffe.
Late afternoon the rain returned.
As usual stayed up with later until all the pops and bangs had finished.

2016

New year's day slightly frosty.
Afternoon we went for a walk in the grey, cold wind up the hill and back down the lane.
Heard a buzzard along the way.

Saturday wet.
Into town to set up an executor account.
Lunch, coffee and cake at gardenbarn.
A bit of shopping at rugby tesco.
Popped over to see stuart + kris.
Set up the futaba t14sg telemetry to speak through a kitsound mini buddy snowman.

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Caught up with the xmas university challenge.

Sunday wet.
A bit of shopping at morrisons and m+s.
Put the xmas tree away.

news 2016.01.10 sunday

10 hits this week 13319 total.

Wednesday caught up to stage 3 of the dakar rally.

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Friday morning frosty.
Caught up to stage 5.

Saturday rain.
Into town for lunch at the bus stop cafe.
Coffee and biscuit at m+s.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Bought another boombar.
Evening we caught up with pulp fiction.

Sunday 2x round the village circuit at sunrise over the permaslime 16 mins 09.
Caught up with the bridge season 1.
Over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.
Popped in to see stuart + kris.

news 2016.01.17 sunday

6 hits this week 13325 total.

Sunday adrian visited.
Caught up to stage 7.

Friday frosty.
Caught up to stage 11.

Saturday frosty.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and cake at m+s.
Evening we caught up with jackie brown.
Sleet, and some snow through the night.

Sunday white.
It seems winter has arrived.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.
More light snow.

news 2016.01.24 sunday

8 hits this week 13333 total.

Sunday caught up with stage 13 and the summary of the dakar rally.

Tuesday frosty - saw -4 degrees.

Friday warm again - saw +12 in the afternoon sunshine.

Saturday into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and cake.
A bit of shopping at morrisons.
Home early for a bit of tidying up.
Evening we caught up with waiting for godot.

Sunday 2x round the village circuit in the wet 16 mins 49.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.
2x circuit over the permaslime 15 mins 56.

news 2016.01.31 sunday

11 hits this week 13344 total.

Wednesday the modem router stopped working.

Thursday a new netgear n300 modem router.

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Saturday cold sunshine.
Saw a kestrel down the lane.
Bought a new battery for the van.
Into town for a late lunch at not browns, coffee and biscuit at m+s.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.

Sunday rain.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.

news 2016.02.07 sunday

10 hits this week 13354 total.

February

Wednesday morning some sleet.
M6 broken again.

Thursday M42 and M6 broken again.

Saturday rain all day.
Over to ryton gardens for lunch, coffee and cake at the stock pot cafe.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Evening we caught up with la grande bellezza.

Sunday 2x round the village circuit in the early morning sunshine, past wide puddles 16 mins 25.
A little tidying up.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.

news 2016.02.14 sunday

6 hits this week 13360 total.

I keep forgetting to mention nice to see tracey ullman back on tv.

Monday morning saw a badger cross the road in front of me in the dark.
Evening really good sighting of the iss coming over from the W.

Thursday caught up with the end of war and peace.
Frosty morning.
Afternoon it was announced that the ligo detectors had successfully seen gravitational waves.
Evening we went out to see the deadpool film.

Friday off.
The pheasant, jackdaw and a magpie in the garden.
Lovely bit of winter sunshine.
Lunch at tiny tesco, coffee and cake at m+s.
Cleaned the car.

Saturday up early and down the m1 to steve's to meet up with jes and christine for the london bike show.
We went out to eat in the evening.

Sunday back up the m1 in the cold sunshine.
Lunch at the services.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.
1x round the village circuit in the icy wind 8 mins 34.

news 2016.02.21 sunday

14 hits this week 13374 total.

Monday off.
Frosty sunshine.
A woodpecker in the garden.

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Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and cake at m+s.
Evening a minor sighting of the iss.

Tuesday morning frosty -5 degrees.

Wednesday heavy rain.

Thursday off.
Lovely cold winter sunshine.
Fired up the r6.
We went for lunch at coombe abbey.

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A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
My 2nd optimate 4 arrived.

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Evening a long sighting of the iss.

Friday off.
Frosty sunshine.
The pheasant in the garden.

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A bit of tidying up.
2x round the village circuit 15 mins 40.
Saw a kestrel.
Afternoon dave visited.

Saturday grey, then rain.
Into town for lunch at the bus stop cafe, coffe and biscuit at m+s.
A bit of shopping at morrisons.
My adapter for the new style optimate 4 arrived.

Sunday windy.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.

news 2016.02.28 sunday

9 hits this week 13383 total.

Tuesday nice to see fresh meat back on tv.
And waldemar januszczak telling us what the renaissance is and isn't.

Wednesday morning frosty -5 degrees.

Saturday 1+ round the village circuit in the cold E wind, aborting the 2nd lap when the rain started 9 mins 43.
Later pumped up the tyres for 2x circuit in the cold sunshine 15 mins 04.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and biscuit at m+s.
Popped into b+q to look at bathroom stuff.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.

Sunday still cold.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for coffee and cake and a bit of shopping.
Fitted the 2nd boombar to the bike for 2x circuit in the low sunshine 15 mins 30.

news 2016.03.06 sunday

6 hits this week 13389 total.

Monday frosty -4 degrees.

March

Saturday wet.
Horrible day as a neighbour slowly removed a beautiful willow tree.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and cake at m+s.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Some hail.
The tree still gradually disappearing.

Sunday frosty sunshine.
2x round the village circuit in late morning sunshine 15 mins 05.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.
A little more hail.
Still a bit of tree left.

news 2016.03.13 sunday

8 hits this week 13397 total.

Monday frosty -2 degrees.

Tuesday frosty and beautiful low sunshine in the morning.

Wednesday sustained heavy rain.
Evening roads still flooded.

Friday morning fog.
Afternoon brilliant sunshine.
Popped over to have a tour of the new site.
Over to leamington to drop off the car for its 87500 service - severe traffic problems with the m40 broken.

Saturday picked up the car.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and cake at m+s.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
2x round the village circuit 15 mins 11.
Evening we went to the big church to see the choir of trinity college cambridge.
Misty as we returned home.

Sunday sunshine.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.
Pumped up the tyres and took the fujin for a short ride in the low sunshine 4 mins 45.

Still the same bit of tree left.

news 2016.03.20 sunday

8 hits this week 13405 total.

Tuesday caught up with the film riddick.

Thursday caught up with the end of the 2nd series of happy valley.

Saturday into town for lunch at the bus stop cafe, coffee and biscuit at m+s.
We now have a moved hmv.
A bit of shopping at morrisons.

Sunday equinox.
Supposed to be the 1st day of spring, but just grey and cold.
Afternoon a bit of sunshine.
Over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.
2x round the village circuit 14 mins 54.

Added a jquery countdown to the eu referendum.

Still the same bit of tree left.

news 2016.03.27 sunday

14 hits this week 13419 total.

Tuesday caught up with the film tower block.

Wednesday caught up with the motogp from qatar.

Friday off in the sunshine.
A bit like spring.
2x round the village circuit 15 mins 35.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and biscuit at m+s.
2x circuit in the late afternoon low sunshine 15 min 16.
Started reading the quantum gravity book.

Saturday 2x circuit in the cold grey wind 16 mins 07.
Over to dunchurch for a bit of shopping.
Lunch, coffee and gelato at summersault.
Afternoon rain.
Over to lutterworth for more shopping.

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Sunday morning an unexpected bit of sunshine.
2x circuit in the wind 15 mins 54.
Updated the clocks that do not sort themselves out.
2x circuit in the even stronger wind 14 mins 55.
Afternoon heavy rain.

It seems the remaining bit of tree is to be left alone.

news 2016.04.03 sunday

10 hits this week 13429 total.

Monday off.
More rain.
Brightened up a bit later.
Over to pcworld to buy a canon pixma mg5650 printer/scanner.
Into town for lunch at the herbert, coffee and cake at m+s.
New wipers on the car.
Took the fujin for the longer ride in the blustery sunshine 9 mins 51.
Set up the printer/scanner.
We went for a walk round the village circuit at sunset.

Tuesday caught up with the rather lovely end of fresh meat series 4.
The htc 1 mini 2 has stopped vibrating.

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April

Friday the ducks have returned. 3 this year.

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Saturday morning light rain.
Now 4 ducks.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and biscuit at m+s.
A bit of shopping at morrisons.
2x circuit in the afternoon sunshine 15 mins 40.
Some time in the garden.

Sunday 2x circuit in the wet 15 mins 33.
4 ducks and a pheasant.
Sunshine later.
It seems spring has sprung.
Took the r6 for a ride down to the allotment to see carol and kris.
Over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.
2x circuit in late afternoon sunshine 14 mins 41.
Took the fujin for a short ride - no time as computer not working.

Swapped to the monster logo.

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news 2016.04.10 sunday

8 hits this week 13437 total.

Tuesday caught up with the motogp from argentina.

Wednesday back to 3 ducks.

Friday back to 4 ducks.
Caught up with a 2000 ad documentary.

Saturday 2x round the village circuit in damp sunshine 15 mins 11.
Some time in the garden sunshine.
Into town for lunch at the bus stop cafe, coffee and biscuit at m+s.
Long delays up to the a45 island roadworks.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.

Sunday 2x circuit in the cold sunshine 15 mins 26.
A quick look at daffodil sunday.

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Afternoon over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.

news 2016.04.17 sunday

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Wednesday caught up with the motogp from austin.

Saturday caught up with macbeth again.
2x round the village circuit in the N wind and sunshine 14 mins 46.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and biscuit at m+s.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Evening we went to see the jungle book film.

Sunday morning slightly frosty.
Over to wolston to fly the simply.
Lovely sinshine, and a light wind, but the ground very wet.
The telemetry doing a great job through the kitsound snowman, managing to navigate some thermal activity on the 3rd flight.
30 secs motor time levelled out to about 100m each time.
Probably need to increase the threshold for the descent tone, which can get rather annoying.
back home, surprised to find the old charger saying the pack was still "overcharged" after 3 ascents.
The new balancing overlander charger does push a little more into the cells.
2x circuit 14 mins 57.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.
Cleaned the r6.
Took the fujin for the longer ride 9 mins 30.
We went for a walk around the village circuit at sunset.

Still reading the quantum gravity book.
Interesting idea that neutrinos are actually massless, and their oscillations are due to interactions with dark matter.

news 2016.04.24 sunday

9 hits this week 13460 total.

Saturday morning 2x round the village circuit in the cold sunshine 15 mins 18.
Into town early to look at velux windows, then lunch at not browns, coffee and biscuit at m+s.
A bit of shopping at morrisons.

Sunday morning 2x circuit in the cold, low sunshine 15 mins 11.
Here are 3 of the 4 ducks.

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Afternoon over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.

news 2016.05.03 tuesday

12 hits this week (1w+) 13472 total.

2d late due to may day.

Tuesday heavy wet hail shower.

Wednesday morning frosty.
Caught up with the motogp from jerez.
M6 broken.
More hail in the evening.

Thursday morning frosty.

Friday morning frosty.
Afternoon over to alf england to drop off the r6 for a service.
The van rolling through 150000 on the way home.
We went down the pub to eat.

Saturday 2x round the village circuit 15 mins 06.
Over to alf england to collect the r6 with new chain and sprockets.

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Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and biscuit at m+s.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.

May

Sunday up early, and off down the a46, m40 to oxford to see otway at the bear.
Lovely sunny morning, but cold.
Lots of people streaming up the high street from magdalen and the choir.

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Excellent breakast box, orange juice and coffee at quod.
A short wander past the radcliffe camera with live music playing outside the vaults, up turl street, broad street, and back down george street, past new theatre, to the car.

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On to thornhill for london.
Too early for lunch, and with shops closed until lunchtime, just a walk down oxford street in the sunshine.
Lunch at bar san valentino in greek street.
Bought a strap and a lead for the 5 string bass.
Wandering back down oxford street, saw tommy and mary.

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A bit of a sit down in the warm sunshine with the pigeons at marble arch.
Home at 19:00.
We caught up with flowers.

Monday off.
2x circuit in the windy sunshine 15 mins 04.
Into town for lunch, coffee and biscuit at m+s.
Afternoon haevy rain.
We went for a walk around the village circuit at sunset.

news 2016.05.08 sunday

10 hits this week (1w-) 13482 total.

Wednesday the car rolled though 900000.

Thursday and Friday warm and sunny - top down on the mx5.

Saturday 2x round the village circuit in warm sunshine 15 mins 00.
Off down the m1 to see lush at the camden roundhouse.
Lunch at london gateway services.
Parked the van very close thanks to just park.
We had a quick look at the nature reserve.
Saw dragonfly.

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A long wander around camden and the stables.

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Orange juice and a sit down at cafe loren.
Soup, coffee and cake somewhere on chalk farm road.
Impressed by the architecture of the roundhouse, and the views down the road, but not by the no readmission.
Excellent to hear the lovely miki berenyi play again, and all the familiar lush songs. It's been a long time.

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Back up the a40, m40.
Short break at oxford services.
Home at 01:45.

Sunday warm sunshine.
2x circuit in the hot sunshine 14 mins 47.
Over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.
Cleaned the car.
Took the fujin for a short ride in hot sunshine 5 mins 02.

We seem to have skipped spring and gone straight into summer.
I don't suppose it will last.

news 2016.05.15 sunday

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Monday still hot.

Tuesday steady rain all day, some of it heavy.

Wednesday more rain.

Thursday hot again - top down on the mx5.
Caught up with star wars 7 again.
Evening bat survey.

Saturday 2x round the village circuit in the cold sunshine 15 mins 46.
The conker tree is reaching for the sky.

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Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and biscuit at m+s.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.

Sunday pumped up the tyres for 2x circuit in the cool sunshine 15 mins 08.
Caught up with the bridge series 2.
Took the monster for a ride over to b+q.
Popped in to see adrian.
Cleaned the monster.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.
Caught up with some of the nw200.
Took the fujin for a longer ride 9 mins 27.

news 2016.05.22 sunday

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Sunday caught up with the rest of the nw200.

Monday over to wolston for the scale evening in perfect weather.

Tuesday caught up with eurovision.

Wednesday carol took the mx5 for an mot.
We do seem to be back down to 3 ducks.

Friday caught up with powers.

Saturday rain.
Into town for lunch at the bus stop cafe, coffee and biscuit at m+s.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.

Sunday 2x round the village circuit in warm sunshine 15 mins 14.
Took the r6 for a ride and refuel.
2x circuit in the warm sunshine 14 mins 39.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.
A bit of rain.

news 2016.05.30 monday

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1d late due to a busy sunday.

Sunday evening we went for a walk.

Monday m6 a bit broken.

Wednesday caught up with motogp from mugello.

Friday the mx5 is 5y and 91000+ miles.

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Saturday 2x round the village circuit in the warm sunshine 15 mins 27.
Caught up with the hateful 8.
Took the r6 for an mot.
Popped in to see carol at the allotment on the way back.

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Into town for lunch at not browns, caffe e gelato at etna.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Took the fujin for a short ride 4 min 57.

Sunday 2x circuit in the cool grey wind 15 mins 00.
Sunshine later.
Out for lunch at the stock pot cafe.
Over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.
Afternoon the sunshine returned.
Cleaned the car.
2x circuit 15 mins 02.
Cleaned and fired up the 848.
Took the fujin for a short ride 5 mins 07.

Monday off.

news 2016.06.05 sunday

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Monday grey wind.
Finished the quantum gravity book.
Lunch at morrisons, coffee and biscuit at m+s.
Again a bit of sunshine in the afternoon.

June

Saturday 2x round the village circuit in the grey 14 mins 57.
Caught up with the iomtt practice week.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and biscuit at m+s.
A bit of a look at motofest.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.

Sunday 2x circuit in the grey humidity 14 mins 57.
Caught up with the iomtt superbike race.
Afternoon glorious warm sunshine returned.
Over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.
2 buzzards circling in thermals over the church as we set out.
Took the 848 for a ride in the hot sunshine.
Took the fujin for the longer ride 9 mins 47.

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Week missing due to isle of wight festival
news 2016.06.19 sunday

18 hits this week (2w) 13546 total.

1w late due to isle of wight festival.

Monday caught up with the iomtt sidecar race.
Hot and top down on the mx5.

Tuesday caught up with the supersport race.
Hot and top down on the mx5.
Evening caught up with the superstock race.

Wednesday off in the hot sunshine.
Lots of packing/preparation.

Thursday up early and off down the a46, m40, a34 to portsmouth and the wightlink ferry for the isle of wight festival.

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Stopped for an early lunch at chievely services.
A little early, stopped at portsmouth sainsburys for supplies.
Crossing at 14:00 over fairly smooth water in the hazy sunshine.

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A short drive over to the festival site.
A long walk down to the camping areas.
Wanting plenty of space we wanted the emptiest field, but no, security were waiting for the other to fill up 1st.
Waited with a few others for about 3h in the hot sunshine before they announced that they would not open it until tomorrow.
Giving up, we put up the tent in a too small space, unable to get the tension to keep it up properly.
Anyway, headed over to the arena to have a look.
Main stage closed until friday, we heard a bit of status quo while walking past the big top.
As ever, lots of noisy fairground rides.
Walking back to the tent, disappointed, but not surprised to see people setting up in the still nearly empty last field.
A noisy night with shouting until about 02:00.

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Friday desperately short of sleep.
With nothing much on in the arena until later, we took the shuttle bus into newport.

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A quick look at a guitar shop.
Lunch at the blue door.
Coffee and cake at caffe isola.
Had a look at the roman villa.

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Back to the site on the bus by a roundabout route with the 1 way system.
Saw kerri watt in the big top.

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A bit of a wander, then to the hard rock cafe stage.
Saw a bit of the second sons, before the dolls.

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Back to the big top for gabrielle aplin.

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Coffee and cake in the octopus's garden.

Tired, I stayed for the sereophonics on the main stage at dusk - flames shooting out of the top of the stage towards the end.

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Then joanne shaw taylor in the big top.

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A quieter night, with light, steady rain in the early hours.

Sarturday into the arena in time to see the lounge kittens - not, as they were on earlier than clashfinder said.
Just in time to hear the end of the last song.

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Over to the hard rock cafe, where we saw lucy may.

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Back to the big top for simon townshend.

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Back to the hard rock cafe for a bit of the sounds of sirens, followed by ben montague. View slightly obscured by big blue blond girl.

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A bit of the corrs in the distance on the main stage.

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Back to the big top for the dolls main set.

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Turning into a nice sunny evening, still with green grass in the arena.
Saw a bit of the kills in the distance on the main stage.

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Stayed for the start of iggy pop.

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Dashed back to the big top for most of the buzzcocks.

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Stayed for the damned.

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Heavier rain in the night, but only light in the morning.

Sunday worried about making the crossing tomorrow morning we booked a b+b and packed the tent away and dropped it off at the van.
Lots of seagulls flying about, waiting to clear up as tents disappeared.
Nice and sunny by the afternoon.
We headed back to the big top in time for the faily rain.

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Stayed for gutterdammerung.
Sadly lacking in contrast on a screen projection with daylight from the side.
They could have used the 2 large monitors to the sides, but they wanted you to look through the screen to the live band.

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Back to the car park, and on to the b+b, once again giving the headliners a miss on the distant main stage.

More rain in the night.

Monday grey, with plenty of time to the ferry, stopping for a while at the pub down the road.
Wandered down to the sea to see the boats come and go.

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Crossing at 11:00.
Saw a small hovercraft overtake us.
Heavy rain along the m275.
Stopped for lunch at sutton scotney services.
Popped in at the allotment on the way back.
Home at about 15:30.

Tuesday off.
2x round the village circuit in the damp, past puddles 15 mins 07.
Caught up with the iomtt zero, lightweight and senior races.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee, strawberries and biscuit at m+s.
A bit of shopping at morrisons and m+s.

Thursday the r6 is 7y today.

Saturday grey.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and biscuit at m+s.
Caffe e gelato at etna later.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Evening we saw deadpool again.

Sunday 2x circuit in lovely dry sunshine 14 mins 51.
2x circuit 14 mins 44.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.

eu referendum next week.
4 days to go until disaster or not.

news 2016.06.26 sunday

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Monday solstice.
Evening over to wolston for the vintage event.

Thursday eu referendum.

Friday the result.

Disaster it is then as the uk votes by a narrow margin to exit the eu.
The decline starts here.

Saturday 2x round the village circuit 14 mins 57.
Off down the a46, m40 to oxford for the exeter college grand gaudy 1975-79.
Park+ride bus stop has moved to george street.
We arrived in time for coffee and cake in the rector's lodgings.
Many students heading home. Nice crow on the lawn.

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Down underground to the saskatchewan room for a talk on the new cohen quad on walton street, due to open this year.
Sadly, no actual tour due to a crane being removed from the construction site.
Lunch in hall, including a spectacular explosion near the entrance, which turned out to be very close thunder, with very heavy showers.

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We skipped the history of the college talk, and went for a wander to find a printer shop to do full size extension drawings.
Back to college where, after a quick look at the chapel, remy took us to have a look at my old 1978-9 room on staircase 9, overlooking the back quad.
It took a bit of finding, as there are so many rooms off that staircase, including those overlooking broad street.
Eventually found it, or rather them, as it has been divided into 2 separate rooms - almost unrecognisable.
We also had a look at the underground music room, which no longer contains the upright piano.
A quick wander around the shops.
A bit of a problem finding the bus stop, as water eaton has been renamed parkway, but it was actually in the same place.
Got very wet in the impressively heavy showers.
A bit of shopping at the kidlington sainsburys.
Stopped at morrisons for a refuel.
Home about 19:10.

Saw the end of the muse set from a very wet glastonbury.

Sunday 2x circuit in the wet wind 15 mins 48.

Been watching more of glastonbury, including zz top, wolf alice, band of skulls.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.

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Monday caught up with the full set from wolf alice.

Tuesday caught up with the full set from band of skulls.
Caught up with the motogp from a very wet assen.

Thursday 6y since I lost my job.

July

Friday caught up with the full set from squeeze.

Saturday 2x round the village circuit in the damp, windy sunshine 15 mins 54.
Caught up with the start of the muse set.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and cake at m+s.
A bit of a look at bathroom stuff.
Took the 848 for a lovely ride and refuel in the late afternoon sunshine.

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Sunday 2x circuit in the early morning sunshine 14 mins 47.
Caught up with stage 1 of le tour.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.
Took the fujin for the longer ride 9 mins 37.

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Monday evening met adrian at the cadmac meeting.
Saw a hedgehog in the garden after sunset.

Friday evening into town for carol's dance event.
Caught up with powers.

Saturday into town for lunch, coffee and sundae at not browns.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Evening we watched the hateful 8 again.

Sunday 2x round the village circuit 15 mins 00.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.
Saw a buzzard take off from the road in front of us.
Cleaned the r6 and took it for a ride over to see adrian.
Took the fujin for the longer ride 10 mins 22.

Struggling to keep up with le tour.

Week missing due to europe
Week missing due to europe
Week missing due to europe, and work of course
Week missing due to europe, and work of course
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4w late due to europe, and work of course.

Monday saw the hedgehog again.

Thursday morning m6 broken in the sunshine.

Friday evening the remainder of packing for italia 2016.
We watched the end of powers series 1.

Saturday the 848 is 6y today.
Caught up with a bit of the rodrigo y gabriela set from t in the park.
More packing.
8815 miles on the r6.
Afternoon down the a46, m40, m25, m20 on the r6 to ashford to meet up with jes, christine, steve at a b+b.
Stopped at warwick services and cobham services.
Usual slow traffic round the m25 S of london.

Sunday refuel and down the remaining m20 to eurotunnel.

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Supposed to be on the 11:20, but swapped to the 10:20 as we were reasonably early.
A rushed breakfast and coffee before loading.
Christine's croissant was taken by a seagull.
Actually got moving about 15 mins late.
Impressed to find mobile phone working in the tunnel.
Less impressed by the lumpy track and uneven braking.
Straight off the train, the motorway, the big roads, onto the tiny, empty d roads of northern france.
Stopped for a drink at a café in licques.
Nice chat with a chap in french and english about france and the uk.
Strong sunshine by this time.
Rather scary when the sat nav sent us down a long gravel track, but managed to stay upright.
Stopped for a drink at la petite sirene in beaumetz-lès-aire.
Nothing to eat though, it being dimanche.
Stayed overnight at what used to be a campanile (now a prim hotel) on the edge of cambrai.
A short walk to eat at the buffalo grill.
Nice velux window.

Lundi skipped breakfast and rode into the main square.
Coffee but no croissants, as most places seemed to be closed.
Went for a wander in the hot sunshine, finding the fun shop front of l'hair du temps that carol and I had found a few years ago.
Heard the bells chiming in the campanile of the hotel de ville.

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4 bikes 14, 15, 16 making my 09 bike look rather old, but still the most beautiful.

Anyway, back on the road.
Stopped to buy some patisserie from a supermarket at bohain-en-vermandois.
A small bust indicating it as where henri matisse grew up.
A quick rest at montcornet.
A long stop for cool drinks and a lie down in the shade by the church at grandpré.

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Entered verdun through the impressive fortifications.
Stopped at a café overlooking the meuse for cool drinks and decided to try to stay.
Internet search found nothing suitable, but christine went looking and found the hotel saint paul.

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Managed to park the bikes right outside reception.
We went for a wander and ate at the restaurant l'inconnu on quai de londres on the NW side of the river.

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Wandered back to the hotel at dusk. Signs showing the temperature as +30 degrees C.

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Mardi onwards SE in the cooler air of the morning.
Stopped for cool drinks and coffee at pont-à-mousson.

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Temperature continued to climb to about 32 degrees C.
Stopped somwhere non descript with a canal and nowhere to park, ending up on the pavement, but a chance to cool down (a bit).
Continued E, crossing the rhine by bridge near gambsheim into deutschland.
Suddenly crawling along through lots of rush hour traffic, in terrible heat, we eventually stopped in a car park in what turned out to be achern.
I just lay down under the bike and had a nap.

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Soon found the hotel sonne eintracht with a private car park round the back.
Out for a meal and a wander around the centre at dusk.
Remarkable falling men fountain.
By this time the scottoiler reservoir was empty, probably due to the oil viscosity being lowered by the heat.

Mittwoch after a good night's sleep in a lovely room, a good buffet frühstück on the top floor overlooking the many trees in the cooler early morning sunshine.

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A refuel and up into the cooler hills of the schwarzwald.

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Stopped somwhere in the hills for cool drinks before joining the beautiful b500 schwarzwald-hochstrasse tourist road.
Slightly spoiled initially by the enormous vehicles maintaining the verges.

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Onwards SE through open countryside, stopping for cool drinks, coffee and a shared cake at risstal metzgerei at ingoldingen.

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Aiming to stop overnight at lake constance we rode through rush hour traffic to the edge of the lake in the centre of friedrichshafen.

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Busy with people on holiday, messing about on the water, we failed to find anywhere nearby, ending up at the hotel föhr to the W.
Quiet parking round the back, and nice enough rooms, but we couldn't cope with the jolly music in the restaurant, even leaking into reception, so went out to find somwhere to eat
Finding nothing within a reasonable distance, and getting late in the evening, we bought some stuff from the rewe convenience store just over the road.
Donner und blitzen in the night.

Donnerstag it had clearly rained in the night, but dry enough now, if a bit grey.
OK buffet frühstück without the music.
Headed E onto the autobahn and into austria.
Saw some sort of bird of prey over the fields to the right before the 1st services, for kaffee und apfelstrudel.
It got very scenic and brightened up a bit, although we were mostly blasting past it all.

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Decided to stay the night in in austria.
Light lunch at the services.
Rode along the S edge of innsbruck, passing just N of the the airport, before turning S and up the brenner pass.
Spectacular ski slopes, looking a bit strange without snow.
Horrendous queues and roadworks up the smaller roads, passing under the elevated motorway above.
Stopped at steinach am brenner for cool drinks, before selecting the hotel wilder mann, just a few meters away.
Bikes in the garage.
Nice evening meal, including apfelstrudel again.
We went for a wander at dusk. Usual fast flowing mountain streams.

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Freitag heading S to italia.
Much cooler, setting out with an air temperature of 18 degrees C.
I was the only 1 to notice when we crossed the border.
Lost the others going up the tight turns up the jaufen pass.
Though I might see them stopped at the top, but no.
Stopped at a fermata del autobus on the way down, to take some photos in the grey.
My green and red coil locks and white owl showing the italian tricolore.

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Caught up with them at st leonhard.
Still very german, but we were still in the tyrol.
Onwards S through merano to fondo, stopping for drinks and pizza in the central piazza outside the cinema.

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More greyness and thunder in the distance, so we put on the waterproofs.
Heading SW we soon passed through the charmingly named arsio.
Rain became more steady as we rode along the passo del tonale, stopping for drinks along the way.
Probably very pretty, but spoiled by the rain.
Put my camera away in the dry inside my tank bag.
As we lost altitude, it brightened up a bit, with proper sunshine as we stopped for a refuel at the delightfully named aprica.
Great fun descending on the other side round tight turns using the rear brake on a good road surface.
Thought we were heading back under the low clouds, but it actually stayed sunny.
We arrived at piazza garibaldi in sondrio, and found the hotel europa, with underground parking for the bikes.
We ate at the hotel.
In the italian way, not much choice of food, but an excellent meal of pasta al ragu, vino bianco and some sort of coffee cheesecake.
Benvenuti in italia.
We went for a wander at dusk, with the sky looking rather ominous.

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Sabato an exciting ascent of the ramp from the underground parking, setting off for lago di como as the rain started.
After much weekend traffic and tunnels, we eventually arrived at the iconic spot of menaggio piazzetta for caffè at hotel du lac.
So annoying to return after 25y to see it in the pouring rain.

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Anyway, not much point in hanging around.
We headed W to lugano, then N into switzerland.
In the relative dark of the rain, I had put my sunglasses away, and they fell to the road.
Fortunately, we were stopped at some lights, I heard them hit the ground, and managed to retrieve them.
Stopped at some services, mainly for a rest, and to feel sorry about the weather, but we also bought motorway vignettes.
Put my phone away into the dry inside my tank bag too.
Rather annoying to get stuck in traffic jams and roadworks, being completely stationary for a few minutes.
Stopped at the services near airolo for a refuel and a break.
By this time the rain had stopped and the sunhine was returning.
My owl was looking very bedraggled, wet and covered in road dirt.

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I didn't realise we were about to enter the gotthard road tunnel.
No doubt missing some spectacular scenery of the pass above.
It soon got very hot in there, made worse by full waterproofs.
I clocked it at 12.7 miles since refuel, but apparently 10.5 miles long.
I don't like swapping the temperature sensor while going along, but jes said it got up to 33 degrees C.
Whizzed past lots of mountains and lakes, eventually arriving at the centre of lucerne, where some sort of music festival was going on.

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Selected the hotel alpina.
Had a bit of a look at the festival and the food stalls, getting separated from the others.

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Lacking any swiss francs, and not wanting any in change, I bought some sandwiches from the coop underground at the station and took them back to the hotel.
Rough night in the most expensive hotel of the trip, with no air conditioning, no view, and people shouting in the street outside.

Sonntag usual puddle of suds around steve's bike where he had cleaned it earlier.
Aiming for a shorter day, we decided to stay within switzerland, and just headed NW.
Stopped somwhere along the way for drinks.
My owl now fluffed up nicely, washed in soft rain water, and sun dried in the warm breeze to let the dry road grit fall away.

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Ended up in francophone delémont.
Lovely new ibis hotel, with underground parking for the bikes.
Not much happening on a sunday, but time for an afternoon nap.
We went out for a wander and something to eat.
Needed to charge my camera, but the swiss sev or europlug sockets would not accept the euro standard round bodied adapter.
The hotel in lucerne had a mixture.
Lots of other ways to charge the phone, but the camera charger lead must use a uk socket.
Asking at reception produced a free loan of a universal adapter.
Found out that chris froome won le tour again.

Lundi skipped the fairly expensive petit déjeuner.
A lovely ride through sweeping roads and forests in the relative cool of the morning.
1 of the quietest border crossing ever - just a sign by the side of the road saying france.
Thanks to shengen.
Stopped somewhere for excellent café et pain au chocolat.
Later stopped somewhere by a corn field, probably for a reboot of the sat nav.
Birds of prey wheeling in thermals above a nearby copse of trees.

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Stopped for lunch at le traiteur de la place in bains-les-bains.

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On to neufchâteau, where we stayed at hotel eden.
It could also be called enormous flower pot town.
Out to eat at a bar, then a wander around town at dusk, including up the hill to the old town and the church.
Statue of jeanne d'arc in a small square - I had seen signs for domrémy not far away.

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Mardi onwards W.
We stopped to put on waterproofs for the rain in the distance that never arrived.
Stopped at joinville for drinks.
Normally we would go though it N to S, but we were going E to W.
Stopped at a supermarket to refuel and get out of the waterproofs.
Lost the others on the way out, but headed W anyway.
Eventually stopped to look at the map, as I knew we were heading for château-thierry, now in hot sunshine again.
They turned up while I was still navigating.
We carried on W for a while and stopped at piney for lunch. Lorries and huge agricultural vehicles occasionally thundering past.

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At some point a deer bounded across the road in front of us, disappearing into the crops.
Stopped at a leclerc at sézanne for cool drinks. Also had a quick look at the music cds.
On through montmirail.
Arrived in town at rush hour, crawling along.
Ended up at the ibis to the W.
Relatively old, but a nice setting on N bank of the marne.
The solar impulse 2 completed its trip round the world.
Something to eat outside, then a wander down the river, but the centre of town itself was too far away.

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Noisy outside through the old velux window from all the wildlife on the river.
Mostly birds, but I guess there would have been bats too.
Had a look for an android app for bat detection, but it seems the standard microphone can't handle the higher frequencies, requiring a separate ultrasonic usb microphone.

Mercredi getting bored with northern france, and being within striking distance of home, decided to head home.
Again lacking any english channels on tv, had radio 4 on the phone.
It was great to have unlimited roaming data, but I don't think I saw 4G at all.
The marne looking lovely in the morning sunshine.

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We set out together N up the d1 towards soissons for a while, before the others headed W for the coast.
A bit strange to be alone in france, but the temperature was good in the sunshine, and the traffic light.

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Took the bypass around soissons, but missed the turn for san quentin, ending up heading NE for laon instead.
Got onto the autoroute a26 there and blasted for home.
Stopped just after half way at the services for a bit of lunch and café, and refuel.
Put my fleece on as it was getting overcast and cooler.
Usual quiet roads with an annoying cross wind.
About 10 euro toll, then it started to drizzle.
Onto the a16 to the tunnel sous la manche.
Found the exit coned off.
Got off at the next exit and explored coquelles, looking for another way in.
Eventually fired up the sat nav on my phone, tucked it into the top of my tank bag, and went back and got onto the a16 again and entered from the other direction.
Typed in my flexiplus reservation at the barrier, got my boarding pass, and straight onto a train - easy.

Stopped at clacket lane services for a refuel.
Rush hour m25 to S of london a complete nightmare, filtering for miles in the heat, sunshine, and my fleece.
Stopped for a meal at beaconsfield services on the m40.
Not been there since we collected the fujin.
Removed the fleece.
Home just before 20:00.
Trip B said 2075.4 miles. Now up to 10890.

Here is a map of more or less where we/I went.

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Thursday 2x round the village circuit in the morning sunshine 15 mins 16.
17 years since we bought the house.

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Friday 2x circuit in the grey 15 mins 30.
Caught up with the motogp from a wet sachsenring.
Cleaned the r6 a bit.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and cake at m+s.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Cleaned the car.

Saturday we went to london.
Soup, coffee and cake at paul.
Bought the ballad of halo jones.
Coffee and cake at the cake at brown hart gardens.

Sunday afternoon over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.
Popped in to see stuart + kris.
Refilled and primed the scottoiler on the r6.

August

Friday the gpz is 30y.
Evening we went out to see the film suicide squad.

Saturday 1x round the village circuit in perfect weather sunshine 8 mins 31.
Out for lunch, coffee and cake.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.

Sunday windy.
Caught up with le tour 2w late.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.
Took the gpz for a ride over to see adrian.
Took the fujin for a short ride 5 mins 09.
We went down the pub to eat.

Monday m6 broken.

Tuesday m6 broken again.

Saturday 1x round the village circuit as the rain started 7 mins 34.
Into town for lunch at not browns, caffe e gelato at etna.
Went looking for, and eventually found the weaver's house.
The gps on my phone seems to have stopped working.

Sunday 2x circuit in the early morning grey 15 mins 27.
Out for lunch at blooms garden centre.
Over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.

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Sunday late afternoon we went for a walk around the village circuit.

Wednesday the airlander 10 made its 1st flight from cardington (since 2012).

Saturday wind and rain.
Into town for lunch at the bus stop cafe, caffe e gelato at etna, bumped into adrian + family in town.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Evening we caught up with the film chico y rita.
Grapes growing over the front door.

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Sunday 2x circuit 16 mins 11.
Caught up with the film ran.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.
Took the 848 for ride down to the allotment.

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Week missing due to reading, and work of course
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1w late due to reading.

Monday finished reading the ballad of halo jones.

Tuesday hot and top down on the mx5 - saw +31 degrees C ouutside.
The gps on my phone started working again, maybe because I turned mobile data off/on?
Sat in the garden at dusk listening to the bells and the bats.

Wednesday the airlander 10 flew again and crashed.
Evening we caught up with the film the master.

Thursday off.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and biscuit at m+s.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Lots of packing.

Friday up early for more packing.
Got away a bit late, and off down the m40, a34, a4074 to reading festival.

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Stopped anyway for the traditional stawberry tart and coffee at S oxford sainsburys.
Unusually dry and dusty, under the blue sky sunshine, down the bumpy track to white parking.

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It has been so dry this year, that they didn't bother with the usual metal road along the edge of white camping.
No sign of the usual migrating geese, maybe just too hot for them?
As usual, far too hot to be putting up a tent. We got the main structure and inner up, locked up the barrow and trolley, threw everything else inside, and headed for the arena.
A different arrangement this year, with camper vans in white camping, allowing a more direct route to the bridge.
Arrived at festival republic just in time to catch the last 2 songs of the white miles set.

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Lunch.
Over to the alternative tent for a while.
Saw a bit of transviolet in festival republic.

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The end of superheaven in the pit.
Back to festival republic for anteros.

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The bbc introducing stage has a new tent.
Saw happy accidents there.

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Down to the main stage for die antwoord.
Needing to cover up under the direct sunshine, with very little shade there.

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Back to festival republic for the sherlocks, where the bouncing beach balls were fun.

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Back to bbc introducing, where we saw a bit of muncie girls.

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Saw a couple of paragliders over the river.

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Back to festival republic where we saw a little of lost under heaven.

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Heading back at sunset, with low sunshine past the nme tent.
Rather disappointed with the nme, as most years there is some great stuff in there, but we weren't interested at all.

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Stopped at street pastors for a hot drink, biscuits, a sit down, and a game of dominoes.
Also attempted to level the table football with some of the jenga pieces.
Quite a nice skyline over white camping as we descended the bridge.

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Quite a peaceful night, not really bothered by the approaching jet engines, eventually resolving itself into train noise.

Saturday morning steady rain at about 06:00, as forecast, but clear by breakfast of orange juice, grapes, coffee, bacon baps cooked on the trangia.
Heard just a few geese migrating down the river.
As usual, plenty of space in white camping.

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A bit grey and cloudy, but still dry, as we headed over to the arena in plenty of time for lunch, seeing a bit of holly walsh in the alternative tent along the way.
Settled down near the mixing desk for clutch on the main stage. Saw what was probably a buzzard flying over the river.

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Saw a little of tuff love at the festival republic.

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Back to the alternative tent for daniel simonsen.
Back to festival republic for inheaven.

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Lunch.
Main stage for slaves. Grey with a short rain shower.

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Saw a bit of milk teeth in the pit.

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Main stage for a bit of eodm. Sunshine returned.
Back to festival republic for vant.

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Had a quick look at the bbc introducing stage, then headed back to the tent before dark.
A bit of sleep before hearing the whole set from the headliners, only interrupted by the occasional train thundering past.

Sunday morning same breakfast, then we put the tent away.
Got rained on going back to the van.
Already damp, and with heavy rain forecast for 14:00, and no must see bands on the list, we decided to go home early.
The gps on the phone not working again.

Stopped at infinity on the a4074 and had lunch just beyond at h cafe.
Passed harcourt arboretum, which we must visit 1 day.
A bit of shopping at morrisons.
Stopped at the allotment.
Home about 15:00.
Caught up with the motogp from brno.

Monday off.
1 of those perfect weather days.
Into town for lunch at the herbert, coffee and cake at m+s.
Over to lutterworth for a bit of shopping.
Took the fujin for a short ride in the late afternoon sunshine 4 mins 58.

Tuesday m6 broken.

September

Saturday 2x round the village circuit in low sunshine 15 mins 40.
Into town in the rain for lunch at not browns, coffe and cake at the italian caffe.
Bought the clutch cd psychic warfare.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.

Sunday pumped up the tyres for 2x circuit in the damp, windy sunshine 15 mins 48.

Week missing due to rain, oxford, and work of course
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1w late due to oxford.

Sunday afternoon over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.
2x round the village circuit 15 mins 38.

Monday m6 broken.

Wednesday caught up with the motogp from silverstone.

Friday morning caught up with the film the assassin.
The m6 broken again.

Saturday morning rain.
Into town for lunch at not browns.
Noticed that the council house was open for viewing, so had a look.
Continued over the bridge to the guildhall, where the detectorists were showing their finds, and blast from the past were demonstrating some old style woodwind instruments and a lute and cittern.
Coffee and biscuit at m+s.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Evening we caught up with joanna lumley's japan.

Sunday morning 2x circuit in the cold sunshine 15 mins 54.
We went to oxford for the open doors event.
Off the bus in george street, we had lunch at jamie's italian (no he isn't).
Past the buskers of cornmarket street, along the high, and down king edward street, to have a look at oriel college.

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On to merton college.

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Back up high street, past the radcliffe camera, and a busker with a pilgrim harp.

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A bit of shopping at oxford services.
Home about 18:15.
Took the fujin for a short ride 5 mins 20.

Tuesday caught up with the motogp from misano.

Wednesday m6 broken.

Thursday morning foggy.

Friday caught up with the film her.

Saturday morning 2x circuit in the cold wind 15 mins 47.
Took the 848 for an mot.

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Into town for lunch at the bus stop cafe, coffee and cake at m+s.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.

Sunday morning 2x circuit in the cold sunshine 15 mins 53.

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Sunday 2x round the village circuit 15 mins 07.
Over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.
Had a look at willoughby.

Monday morning rain, and the m6 broken.

Tuesday my 2nd htc one mini 2 arrived.

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Thursday equinox.

Friday started configuring the htc.

Saturday 2x circuit 15 mins 53.
More htc set up.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and biscuit at m+s.
Saw a bit of new york brass band in broadgate.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Evening returned to dunchurch for "variety" acts in the village hall.

Sunday morning damp.
2x circuit in the late morning damp sunshine 15 mins 04.

news 2016.10.02 sunday

14 hits this week 13689 total.

Sunday afternoon over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.
Pumped up the tyres and cleaned the r6 for a ride over to see adrian.

Monday 2x new rear tyres on the car.
Caught up with the motogp from aragon.

Thursday morning rain in the dark.
Afternoon m6 badly broken.

Friday rosetta was dumped on the comet.
Evening we caught up with the film bicycle thireves.

October

Saturday 2x round the village circuit in the cold, just after sunrise 15 mins 44.
Into town in the rain for lunch at not browns, coffee and cake at m+s.
Carol bought a motorola g4 play.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.

Sunday morning 2x circuit in the cold, damp sunshine 15 mins 50.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.
Cleaned the car.
Took the gpz for a long ride in the late afternoon low sunshine.

news 2016.10.09 sunday

9 hits this week 13698 total.

Monday m42 broken.

Thursday morning m6 broken.

Friday black turkeys at the services.

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Saturday 2x round the village circuit 15 mins 23.
Over to leamington for lunch, coffee and cake at the corleone caffe.
A bit of shopping at sainsbury's.
A bit more shopping at m+s.
Evening we saw the film when marnie was there.

Sunday 2x circuit in the cold sunhine 15 mins 21.
2x circuit 15 mins 04.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for coffee and cake and a bit of shopping.

I think we can say the autumn is upon us, now that some of the trees are turning.

news 2016.10.16 sunday

10 hits this week 13708 total.

Sunday evening the white fungus is due in the garden about now, and there it is. 3 this time.

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Wednesday afternoon m6 broken.
The white fungus is about fully grown now.

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Friday the white fungus is gone, with only black stalks remaining.

Saturday morning 2x round the village circuit 15 mins 52.
Down the fosse way to batsford for lunch and a walk round the arboretum.
Maybe a lttle early with it colour coded orange, but a lovely sunny afternoon.

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Coffee and cake back at the cafe.
For a change we turned right at the exit, through the pretty bourton on the hill and on to chipping camden.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.

Sunday rain.
Afternoon sunshine.
We bought a humax FVP-400T 1TB.
Over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.
Took the 848 for a ride over to see adrian.
Took the long way back.

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news 2016.10.23 sunday

12 hits this week 13720 total.

Tuesday caught up with the motogp from motegi.
Morning m6 broken in the rain.

Wednesday schiaparelli plummeted into the surface of mars.

Thursday 8y since we finished paying for the house.

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Friday afternoon we took the gpz and monster for an mot.
The monster in need of a new battery.

Saturday into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and biscuit at m+s.
Over to ducati coventry to arrange a service for the 848.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.

Sunday 2x round the village circuit in the cold wind 16 mins 23.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping in the wind and low autumn sunshine.
A sweet chestnut from the tree in the garden.

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We went for a walk around the village circuit in the late afternoon low sunshine.

news 2016.10.30 sunday

14 hits this week 13734 total.

Tuesday caught up with the motogp from phillip island.
The new motobatt mb16au for the monster arrived.

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Thursday the 3rd optimate 4 for the monster arrived.

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Saturday 1x round the village circuit in the damp autumn air 8 mins 31.
Over to ducati coventry in the drizzle to drop the 848 off for a service.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and biscuit at m+s.
A bit of shopping at mega tesco.
Stopped at the farm shop on the way home.

End of bst.

Sunday 1x circuit in the damp 8 mins 24.
Changed the few clocks that don't sort themselves out.
Fitted the new battery to the monster.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.
Took the gpz for a ride and refuel in the grey.
Took the very long way back.

news 2016.11.06 sunday

8 hits this week 13742 total.

Monday morning misty.

November

Tuesday caught up with the motogp from sepang.

Wednesday morning frosty.

Thursday morning frosty.
Afternoon m42 broken m6 broken.
Home in the dark.

Monday morning rain.
Afternoon m6 broken again.

Saturday morning over to ducati coventry in the cold sunshine to collect the 848.
Stopped for a refuel at mega tesco on the way home.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and cake at m+s.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.

Sunday caught up with the film rush.
1x round the village circuit in the bitterly cold N wind 8 mins 19.
Afternoon rain.
Over to lutterworth for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.

news 2016.11.13 sunday

7 hits this week 13749 total.

Tuesday morning frosty -4.

Saturday rain.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and cake at m+s.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Evening we went out into the dark to see the film arrival.

Sunday a bit of sunshine.
1x round the village circuit in the damp 8 mins 30.
Afternoon over to lutterworth in the low sunshine for coffee and cake, and a bit of shopping.

news 2016.11.20 sunday

8 hits this week 13757 total.

Sunday afternoon we went for a walk round the village circuit.

Tuesday caught up with the motogp from valencia.

Saturday frosty sunshine.
We went to london.
A bit late getting away, straight onto a bus at thornhill.
Mysteriously diverted off the westway at hammersmith, followed by a slow crawl down to the river.
Eventually dumped at victoria after 2h on the bus.
Apparently delayed by some protests going on.
Lunch, espressi and cake at le signore.
Up through green park to picadilly.

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Through leicester square to fopp and denmark street.
Back through the pillars of hercules to soho square, up rathbone place to hobgoblin.
Back down oxford street, past the new tesla shop.
Nice to see tommy and mary again.

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Long drive in the dark, in light rain.
Home about 20:50.

Sunday rain.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for coffee and mince pie, and a bit of shopping.

Been reading some more algebraist.

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news 2016.11.27 sunday

9 hits this week 13766 total.

Monday off in steady rain.
Out into the rain for lunch at the little owl, then the nec bike show.
The mx5 rolling through 98000 miles on the way.
Bought a shoei qwest.

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Still raining on the way home through the usual nonsense on the m6 in the dark.

Thursday morning m6 broken.

Friday afternoon m6 broken.

Saturday 1x round the village circuit in the grey 8 mins 30.
A bit of sunshine later.
Into town for lunch at the bus stop cafe, coffee and mince pie at m+s.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.

Sunday morning grey.

Added this year's xmas advent calendar.

news 2016.12.04 sunday

12 hits this week 13778 total.

Sunday afternoon low sunshine.
Over to lutterworth for coffee and mince pie, and a bit of shopping.

Monday off in the low sunshine.
Up early to drop off the van for some work.
Collected the van again as part not available.
Into town for lunch at not browns.
Coffee and cake at m+s.

Tuesday morning frosty -5.
Home in the dark -1 already.

Wednesday morning not really frosty, just extremely cold -6.

December

Thursday morning not so cold -3.

Saturday into town for xmas lunch at not browns, coffee and mince pie at m+s.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.

Sunday morning frosty again.
Put the xmas tree up.
Afternoon over to lutterworth foe coffee and cranberry crumble, and a bit of shopping.
Cleaned the car and took it for a drive.

news 2016.12.11 sunday

10 hits this week 13788 total.

Monday off in the frosty sunshine.
Lunch at morrisons.

Tuesday morning fog, m6 broken.

Wednesday morning warm, m6 broken.
Evening finished reading the algebraist.

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Friday set up some new web space.

Saturday over to coventry ducati in the rain for the open day and see a motogp bike fired up in the workshop.

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Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and mince pie at m+s.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch, including the xmas double radio times.
Home in the dark, through heavy rain.

Sunday damp sunshine.

news 2016.12.18 sunday

11 hits this week 13799 total.

Sunday 1x round the village circuit 8 mins 40.
Afternoon over to lutterworth for coffee and mince pie, and a bit of shopping.
Evening we went out into the dark, past lots of xmas lights to leamington and the loft theatre to see green and matthews with jude rees do a brief history of christmas.
Home in the fog.

Monday off in the grey.
More set up for the new web space.

Tuesday morning fog.
Afternoon rain.
Started reading 3 moments of an explosion.

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Friday evening we went out into thick fog to see rogue 1.
Home in even thicker fog.

Saturday up late.
Into town for lunch at the bus stop cafe, coffee and chocolate tart at m+s.
A bit of shopping at dunchurch.
Home in the dark fog.

Sunday morning grey.

news 2016.12.25 xmas day

11 hits this week 13810 total.

Sunday 1x round the village circuit in the damp 8 mins 54.
Afternoon a bit of sunshine.
Over to lutterworth for coffee and lemon tart, plus a bit of xmas shopping.

Monday off in the grey.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and tiffin at waterstones.
1x circuit in the grey 9 mins 13.

Wednesday winter solstice.

Thursday morning frost and fog.
Evening we caught up with the film mr turner.

Friday morning the car rolled through 99000.
Home early in the afternoon wind.

Xmas eve late morning 1x circuit in the damp windy sunshine 9 mins 06.
Into town for lunch at not browns, coffee and pain aux raisins at m+s.
Popped in on the way home to see adrian + extended family.
Evening nice to see the return of blankety blank.
Had a bit of a go on the fender 12 string in drop d - that xmas sound.

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Xmas day morning a bit of warm sunshine.
Xmas lunch at home.
Afternoon we went for a walk up the hill before sunset.

For those who missed the advent calendar, here is what it looked like closed and open.

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Added a browser icon.

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Tidied up the menu links with separate javascript calls.

Swapped to the winter trees logo.

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