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A lot has been happening in the last week, in the last year …

Posted by on 10:35 pm in Uncategorised | 1 comment

By this time last year I was back home in London.  Yesterday was the first anniversary of my return and I spent most of it in a tiny B&B room here in Barcelona … Yes, there really about 50cm between the foot of the bed and that thin chest of drawers and there’s about a metre between the bed and the other chest of drawers and 1.5m to the doorway, in which I’m standing to take that.  The staff here ( are lovely and it’s very central in Barcelona.  I think I’d recommend it as a place to...

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A year ago today I made it into Compostella

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Wow.  As today went on it sank in on me that this might have been the day that I finally arrived in Santiago de Compostella and it was. That’s a silly little sketch of such an important day.  Actually, I find I have far less memory of it than I would have supposed, or than I’d like.  It’s interesting to try to cast my mind back without first reading any blog post I did back then.  I know it wasn’t a great day as the road switchbacked up and down.  Here, as I’ve finally succumbed and used Strava (,...

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Much ado about … Tourette’s syndrome and other things at the Globe

Posted by on 9:16 pm in Uncategorised | 0 comments

I must learn how to write a blog one day.  Yes, something for the todo list.  Hm, put “Learn how to manage a WordPress web site” and “Sort out how to embed route tracks on interactive maps in WordPress web sites” too while we at it.  Ho, hum, yes, my todo list is a monster, it never actually seems to get smaller. OK, this isn’t about todo lists and good intentions but it is a post about yesterday, despite having had a remarkable day today and despite having remarkable cycling days from a year ago all queuing up...

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I missed Toto’s first birthday but discover that I’m dilatanty

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[This got edited 9.ix.17 as daughter rightly pointed out that the bit about dilatanty didn’t make much sense as it was.] That does sound rather like the title from a Winnie the Pooh story “In which Christopher (Robin|Evans) forgets Toto’s birthday and makes an interesting discovery”.  Oh dear, I can see I’m in danger already of going off at tangents and perhaps getting draw into Vinni Puh ( but we’ll come back to that another night. My 2017 life does seem to have...

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Bank holiday weekend

Posted by on 8:18 pm in Uncategorised | 0 comments

In the UK it’s been one of our bank holiday weekends, which means that Monday, today, has been a holiday for many people (anyone not in areas that can’t stop, like the NHS etc., workers in those fields, at least, those who have proper contracts, get to get a day off in lieu of the holiday they missed if they work a bank holiday).  It’s also been really consitently hot and sunny for the first time in a couple of weeks.  On Saturday J and I watched two whole episodes of “Cardiff Singer of the World” which actually...

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I must stop wittering about IT and hard/sofware: wetware rules!

Posted by on 8:31 pm in Uncategorised | 0 comments

I really must stop wittering on about IT … well, so my lovely daughter tells me!  Actually, what she said, and she and J were meticulously careful about this, was that two posts in a row about IT is as far as I can reasonably go.  I know they’re right but I did turn to some R today and it went really smoothly.  When you find some R code you’ve never really played with much before generates a nice picture like this from some data in someone else’s paper … … in perhaps an hour in all from inputting the data,...

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Inching forward in the cybersphere … is very distracting

Posted by on 9:22 pm in Uncategorised | 0 comments

Unless you are severely visually challenged and accessing this blog via some wonderful tool that reads things aloud for you, you will have noticed that the visual changes continue.  (Oh, and if you are visually challenged and do get this blog aurally, do get in touch with me, I’d love to hear from you!)  I fought on today with the new system and it’s eaten perhaps four hours of the day.  Having said that, I do seem to have made a bit of progress.  It’s a bit like cycling with a flat tyre, no chain and only one leg and...

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Rejoining the journey

Posted by on 8:22 pm in Uncategorised | 0 comments

This has been a hiatus.  From last Wednesday to Monday (16th to 21st) I was down in South Wales visiting my parents and that overlapped in dates with the week I had not cycling with J last year (12th to the 20th of August back in 2016).  As anyone who has followed this site/blog will have noticed, today’s post is also reappearing in a cosmetically rather different looking format.  In fact, much of the last two days, since I got back from South Wales, has been taken up with trying to get my head around how best we as a family should be...

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Going further off piste, with detours to Leicester and Durham

Posted by on 10:51 pm in Uncategorised | 0 comments

Oh no!  Firefox just crashed on me and lost the last ten minutes typing.  Ouch.  OK.  Starting all over again. I didn’t manage to blog at all yesterday.  I went up to Leicester to facilitate a focus group with people who had kindly agreed to take half an hour out of their therapy, and give us half an hour of their own time, to talk with us about experiences of discussions with mental health professionals, doctors mainly, about psychotropic medication.  The focus group was excellent and really brought back very good memories of working...

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Going a little bit off piste

Posted by on 12:05 am in Uncategorised | 3 comments

Today started with breakfast with a man J had worked with in India.  He’s borrowing our appartement in the French Alps. (Oooh, aren’t we posh?! Well yes, in some ways.  Ho hum.  Now that really is an issue I need to deal with here some time.)  Anyway, it’s great to think it’s going to get a bit of use this summer and it was lovely to have coffee and remember good times, both summer walking times and winter skiing times, that we’ve spent there over the years.  Hence the “off piste” phrase I suspect....

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