Step One – Around the World

STEP 1 So its actually going to happen as last Monday I handed in my notice and am due to finish on 31st August. This was probably the biggest step to making this all happen 😀 There is no turning back now and with that comes the excitement. Too many of us are not living our dreams because we

Google Olympics Part Deux

Oh Google another day another doodle and this time basketball and this is just as addictive i’ve managed 39 🙁 but still a colleague scored 45!

Google Olympics

Ok this is massively addictive thanks Google 😀 I managed to get a score of 10.4 🙂 and for you none believes u can see its mine as it has the start of my email top right as I’m signed into Google,  still not a Bolt though is it.    

Raspberry Pi / Lego Time

The Pi to Eat beat all Pi’s. Well if you haven’t heard about the Raspberry Pi Project that’s grown out of Cambridge then get over to These guys have created the cheapest computer I have ever bought. I’m not going to explain to much on the Pi as you probably already know about it

RYLA, RYLA [Rotary Youth Leadership Award]

Firstly I have to say, “Thank you” to all the friends I have made from the course, also to “positive” Jack and his team and a special thanks to Justin and Pa our instructors for the week. So prior to the week what did I expect? Well I chatted with a couple of friends who

CSS child elements getting transparent from parents

The Problem If we want an element to have a semi-transparent background, and let whatever is behind it shine through, we have two options: Using CSS and opacity [which has been my preferred method up to now] Creating a 24-bit PNG background image The problem with using opacity in CSS, besides the annoying syntax to cater to all

There Last Climb, The Call of Everest.

Everest, we all know about her and we know people die there, chasing the Top of the World. Be it personal reasons and goals, raising for charity or to break a new record many have tried and succeeded. Many however have also paid with their lifes. I came across the following interesting image. One Day I hope

Nom Nom Nom – If you want to be Mosquito dinner…

Being a personal dis-liker of the little buggers I found this article interesting. I’m a big fan of DEET as it helps to keep them at bay. Some people are real mosquito magnets id say in in the middle and normally get my fair share of bites. Why do some people seem to attract bloodthirsty mosquitoes from all

BMC – Wearing Climbing Helmets: Yes or No?

Very interesting video by the BMC on climbing helmets, worth the 8 mins to watch and will make you think! Looks at the different types of helmet and covers a chat with top climber Neil Bentley on why he chose to wear a lid on the first ascent of Equilibrium, the UK’s first E10 [fair play] – he also talks

Mud, Sweat and Tears – Bear Grylls

Mud, Sweat and Tears are not required to read through this book, very enjoyable and easy to read. Every page is full of interesting information about and story’s about Bear. Its broken down into Parts and then the chapters are also very short this making it great to pick up and if you can put

Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know

Ranulph Fiennes, Mad, Bad & Dangerous to Know. Firstly if you have never read this and you enjoy outdoors and adventure you need this book. Not only will it inspire you it will get your imagination thinking about you next trip. It’s a book that’s an adventure from start to finish and great fun to

Gloucestershire Network

Gloucestershire Network have been through many sites over the last 5 years and finally are getting close to having something that is easy to use, friendly and on their brand. They started life on Modx system when I was their webmaster, a great solution and easy for me to use and manage if a bit

Time to Update and Complex

Something I have been meaning to do for a while is update some of my weaker passwords the following solution form Sophos is a cracking [or hopefully not]  idea. I also would highly recommend Keepass as a very easy and good piece of software.

Three Peaks Challenge – No Really I’m doing it!

Ahhhhhhhhhh! Ok so I’m actually going to do this. I’m very much looking forward to it and have decided to do it with The Meningitis Trust. So 11th May this Year I’ll actually do it, should be lots of fun, just have a few things to sort before then including; Get abit fitter and been

Decline in Map Skills, a Worrying thing?

Having just read the article from the Telegraph [full link at the bottom], that I saw linked on FB, I decided to share it here and add my views on it. Most of the comments in the article discuss that the sale of OS maps are in decline and that map skill are also in decline.