Fickle as ever…

Fickle as ever…

Having plumped for Tracklogs and discounted Memory Map, I realised it would still be nice to have OS25 maps for the whole of GB. I found that Memory Map do them for 40% of the Tracklogs price and available immediately as a download! So I now have a pukka install of Memory Map…

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Digital Mapping (update)

Digital Mapping (update)

After a couple of weeks using Tracklogs, I’m happy with it. I haven’t gone for the full OS25 set yet because (a) it’s a bit pricey, and (b) the OS50 is much prettier for documenting walks (which I can create as GPX accurately with the OS Maps subcription). All my walk web pages have now been Tracklogised, and include (approximate before I had any GPS) a route card with whatever waypoints I want.

There was one problem
Digital Mapping

Digital Mapping

After many years of relying on “a version” of Memory Map for plotting walk routes, I’m venturing into new territory. Richard has been banging on for ages about something called Tracklogs, and I had no idea what he was on about – I assumed it was a GPS thing. But I checked it out, and it’s Windows, similar to Memory Map.

It does have some nice features that MM doesn’t have, and a wealth of route stats. It does mean purchasing pukka maps to be of any use, because the trial version provides only a small area of West Yorkshire. So, I’ve opted for the 50K map of the Peak District as a not-too-expensive trial (£14.95 + P&P). Annoyingly, they only distribute on CDROM, so I’m impatiently waiting for it to come through the post. (Why the hell they can’t provide a download I don’t know.) If it looks as good as I’m expecting, I might be tempted to fork out £250 for the whole 25K GB bundle rather than numerous selective 25K areas at £30 each…

Better cut the grass again…

Better cut the grass again…

Almost 4 weeks since I could be bothered to cut the lawns, and the back one has rapidly turned into a meadow! Still a bit reluctant to do so, because there’s a bumper crop of buttercups which looks quite good. Along with the usual clover and daisies, and an increasing “infestation” of hawkweeds – both Mouse-ear and Orange. All been keeping the bees happy.

New way to Manchester Airport

New way to Manchester Airport

Used 1stchoice1stclass taxis to get to Manchester for the first time. Very professional service all the way from the booking phone call, and just £65 one way.

Driver had just come from the airport over Woodhead and reckoned it was not worth going that way, so opted for the old “Pott Shrigley” route. Except that it’s changed now: still goes via Castleton and Winnats, but then get on A6, through to Disley, after which a new relief road has been built (A555). This takes you all the way to the airport, had very light traffic (around 07:30), and only a little longer in time than Woodhead on a good day. Kept moving all the way, and no motorway madness! With the bonus of seeing planes coming low across the road during landing.

There’s always a word

There’s always a word

With the world increasingly being governed by the incompetent and downright thick, I was wishing there were a word for this. And there is: kakistocracy.


A kakistocracy is a system of government that is run by the worst, least qualified, or most unscrupulous citizens

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kakistocracy

That just about nails it.

Words are heavy

Words are heavy

Just been looking at the notes we were given for the school trip to Paris in 1964. It seems that the French then charged different amounts to send a postcard to the UK depending on the number of words: 20 centimes for five words or fewer, 30 centimes for more than five! Mind boggling. I’d have just written one long “word” with no spaces.

Full English

Full English

What a week for the Premier League! All four finalists in the Champions and Europa League are English clubs: Liverpool v Spurs; Arsenal v Chelsea. This is the first time that one country has provided all four finalists, and is really pissing off fans from certain continental clubs (especially Milan and Juventus)!

The surprise omissions from these four are both Manchester clubs. City is surprising, as they are (grudgingly) being recognised as the best team in the world right now; United, less so as they are a complete shambles at the moment.

Who cares? It’s been a great week to watch some thrilling and dramatic matches. Liverpool and Spurs achieving “impossible” comebacks; Arsenal clinically dispatching Valencia at the Mestalla; and Chelsea going through on penalties against a very impressive Eintracht Frankfurt side. Thank gods that boring Spanish domination has ended.

Alternative Coverage

Alternative Coverage

Must say, I’ve been impressed by the quality of reporting of the two Champions League semi-finals by the New York Times (apart from their using the 3rd person singular for verbs associated with the team names). UK papers are often very similar in their reporting style and content, but the NYT has provided a refreshingly different angle.

Addendum
Perhaps there’s an explanation for this. The following morning, BBC Breakfast had on a NYT sports journalist: Rory Smith, English, who’s their “chief soccer correspondent” and based in Manchester…

What a comeback!

What a comeback!

After being (undeservedly) beaten 3-0 by Barcelona last Wednesday, the impossible has happened: a comeback greater than that in Istanbul in 2005 – and Liverpool again! I watched both, but this latest one was just unbelievable (a word used by all players – and Klopp – in post-match interviews).

The best I expected was a 2-0 or 3-1 win for Liverpool, as Barcelona should have been able to control the match, even in a hostile Anfield atmosphere – especially as Liverpool were without Salah, Firmino, and Keita.

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