Sun, Sep. 21st, 2014, 11:45 pm

Tracey decided to treat us to holiday in Fuerteventura. We flew out from East Midlands airport with Jet2 on Saturday and arrived at our hotel - Costa Tropical - just before they stopped serving dinner, so we got fed and had a drink by the pool before retiring.

Today, after getting the hotel to move us to a different room because the internet was crap, we went for a walk to a nearby beach and wandered around for a while before getting a taxi back to the hotel (there is a free bus but we haven't sussed that out yet). The hotel is a bit scruffy and the "all inclusive" is a bit misleading as a lot of "extras" are charged for.

After lunch, we took the zig-zag path to the front, where we found a rocky and rather dangerous looking meeting with the sea. We stayed on the pah but some braver souls were spotted at the water's edge. There were chipmunks too.

This evening we ate at the hotel and had a few drinks at the hotel bar. Tracey went to bed and I had a couple of pints at the Crazy Goat bar. Now back in the room waiting to post a story on line after midnight, when the embargo is.

Sun, Aug. 3rd, 2014, 10:35 am
Bristol Beer & Blake's 7 pictures

Here are my pictures from last week's Bristol Beer & Blake's 7:

Sat, Aug. 2nd, 2014, 03:46 pm
Satellite 4 pictures

I've put up my pictures from Satellite 4, this year's Eastercon in Glasgow:

Mon, Jun. 16th, 2014, 09:02 am

I moved to Nottingham ten years ago today.

Thu, Jun. 12th, 2014, 03:24 pm
Blake's 7 Caged

Here's my review of Caged, the sixth and final episode in the current series of full-cast Blake's 7 audios from Big Finish:

Mon, Jun. 2nd, 2014, 02:58 pm
Taipei Zoo pictures

I had a work trip to Taipei in April, but found time to see the giant pandas at Taipei Zoo. Here are the pictures:

Fri, May. 30th, 2014, 11:53 am
Beers to drink while watching the World Cup

Here's my suggestions of what beers to drink while watching the World Cup:

Wed, May. 28th, 2014, 10:19 am
Maths lesson

A press release issued by Vauxhall Motors yesterday opened up with the following paragraph:

"A Vauxhall Motors commissioned survey, entitled, ‘Are we nearly there yet?’ revealed over 1 in 9 (93)% of 5-18 year olds are occupying themselves with a phone or tablet during long car journeys. However, traditional car games such as i-spy, car snooker and waving at other drivers, are not completely out the window. It seems the survival of the traditional car game has lasted the test of time despite the introduction of new technologies, with over 1 in 8 (87%) of parents encouraging children to play games not involving technology."

Methinks it is time for some PR person to go back to school and learn about percentages.

Tue, May. 20th, 2014, 08:36 am
Bristol Beer & Blake's 7 - Saturday 26th July 2014

The date for the next Bristol Beer & Blake's 7 will be Saturday the 26th of July, so make a date in your diaries:

When: Saturday, 26 July 2014, 12:15 PM

Where: The Knight's Templar, Unit 1 Temple Square, Temple Quay, Bristol, Avon, BS1 6DG.

All science fiction fans are welcome to this friendly pub gathering.

To get to the pub from the (railway) station, you walk straight through
the ticket gates and foyer, ignoring the main exit to your left, and out
into the covered car park. Go straight through the car park and out, and
you'll be on the path leading to Temple square. As you arrive in the
square, the pub is the large glass-fronted building on your left.

Here's how to get to the pub from the station

The event goes from approx 12.20 to 7pm, though some of us may stay longer.

If this is your first time and you don't know any of us, let us know what you look like and roughly when you'll be arriving so we can look out for you.

The Facebook event is:

Mon, May. 19th, 2014, 08:10 am
Blake's 7 Wobblevision - The Syndeton Experiment

The Wobblevision team gathered at Satellite 4 (Eastercon) to reproduce the BBC radio play The Syndeton Experiment:

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