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Sunset over Derwentwater

Having attended a great event with Jim Naughtie speaking about his latest novel at Theatre by the Lake, we took a stroll up to Friar’s Crag with this as our backdrop. 

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First ride of the New Year

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Going vegan

At the company where I work, we have an annual get together (known to us as the “Grand Meetup”). One thing that we all have to do at this event is deliver a four minute “flash talk” on any topic of our choosing. I gave a talk about my decision last year to adopt a vegan diet.

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A response to “Scottish Independence: Why I Am Voting Yes”, by Stephen McLeod Blythe

A colleague of mine wrote a great blog post about why he’s voting “Yes” in the referendum on Scottish independence. I have written a rather long comment in response, and have decided to post it as a blog post.

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Honister, Mark Weir and Tales from the National Parks

It has now been almost two years since we moved up to the Lake District. It has only been a little over three years since I first visited the National Park.

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James Joyce

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Underscores – One theme to rule them all

This weekend just gone, I gave a talk about the Underscores Starter Theme for WordPress. I don’t think the talk was recorded so I’ve created a narrated screencast version (apologies for the scratchiness, I think this was the microphone rubbing against my shirt!):

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Cuba 2014

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Patron Saint of Procrastination

I have decided to take part in the Writing 101: Building a Blogging Habit challenge. As it is, I have already almost failed as I was supposed to write something on Monday 2 June and the little clock in the top right-hand corner of my screen tells me it’s Tuesday 3 June, 2:12am…

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Border Country: The Story of Britain’s Lost Middleland

My (almost) local MP, Rory Stewart, has made a fantastic documentary about the border country. I say “(almost) local” because his constituency of Penrith and The Border actually stops just short of Keswick.

He puts forward a fascinating and largely forgotten history of the Border Country, the impact of Hadrian’s Wall, and how the historical records are broadly overlooked today.

The two parts are available on the BBC iPlayer for another four days, I’d highly recommend you watch them.