Public Service Broadcasting

Light Rain, 11°C

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Public Service Broadcasting

Good live performance from this young band. Great visuals, including a model satellite, with LEDs in. Four main musicians supported by three bread players who provided some variety. Music translated well into stage, which was a surprise for an electronic band. Played wrote a few tracks from the Race for Space.

http://publicservicebroadcasting.net

The warm up band were good too. Fránçois and the Atlas Mountains.

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Day ride to Swindon for Swindon Bare Swim

Chicago, IL, USA

Day ride to Swindon for Swindon Bare Swim

We were very lucky today with our day ride from home to Swindon. The wind was string from the West, which pushed us with ease to Swindon.

We left at twelve, arrived at 4:55, cycling 48 miles, with an hour or so for lunch at the Neeld Arms in Grittleton http://www.neeldarms.co.uk/ . Lovely setting, welcoming landlord and good food and beer. We really enjoyed it and sat outside with our bikes and lunch. We had an hour or so to wait: in the Gluepot close by the Swindon Naked Swim. Nice evening in the spa, but it’s feeling a little cool at the moment. Also really enjoyed the dash back along the Concorde Way in the cool of the evening at 10pm. Have my Knog Blinder to light up those sorts of path. Works a treat.

https://ridewithgps.com/trips/4622821?privacy_code=bfo9hHBeOHlaS23E

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Steven visits Bristol

Bristol, City of Bristol, UK

Steven visits Bristol

Had a lovely visit from Steven while he and Craig were in the UK. Craig was over in Dublin for part of his CUP obligations.
Steven arrived in Thursday and went back to London to meet up with Craig yesterday. ON Thursday we had dinner at Dev’s which was lovely and had a good catch up. On Friday we took the train over to Bath and visited the Roman Baths which were much larger than I remembered, then we had lunch at the Roman Kitchen by the Cathedral. Afternoon was having a quick look at the Royal Crescent, and then we had four hours in the Thermae Baths which was very relaxing, watching men go by and just mooching. Into town we had a pizza at the Annexe and then watched The Imitation game on TV, very good. Saturday we headed over to Tyntesfield Stately home after Michael finished a dashing 18 mile cycle ride. Lovely visit, it was pretty impressive. Lunch back home, then a rest before heading out to the Cube Microplex to see Cruising with Al PAcino, which was really good, followed by Interior Leather, which was an awful remake of what the 40 ‘cut’ minutes might have been that had to be removed to avoid the film getting an X Certificate. The whole hour was a film about making a film ad very self indulgent. It make cruising looks even more professional! We searched for dinner up the Gloucester Road and finally got into the Xing Long, which gave us a lovely meal: Aubergine with Fish in a pot was tasty, as was the beef in green beans and asparagus and mushrooms. Then onto Sunday, we had a wander around town after parking at IOP: we wook inthe harbour, harbour ferry, lunch at the Grain Barge, Queens Square and the St Mary Redcliffe Church. Packed few days, I hope we didn’t tire him out.!

Michael took the train to London with Steven, and I went for a swim in the lake. 8 lengths of the full thing, with a souple of saunas – very lovely.

Steven looked very good and was happy. Great

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Winter Dippers AGM

Swimming Lake, Bristol, Bristol, City of Bristol BS10, UK

Winter Dipper AGM

Good AGM meeting and almost warm enough to sit out on the lawn for the duration, which we had to do because of numbers. Lots of enthusiasm to continue next year, and extend the swimming days. Alex is taking over as the next chair of Winter Dippers. We managed a group photo, out and in the water, but it was quite chilly. Couple of lengths (11°C), which was a bit colder than yesterday, but good to do this in the company of about 20 other swimmers!

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How Warm?

Swimming Lake, Bristol, Bristol, City of Bristol BS10, UK

How warm?

It’s been 5 or so weeks since I managed a swim and in that time water has warmed up to an amazing 13°C (last time it was 4.5°C). So the warm weather has made a huge difference. When I arrived I didn’t look at the board for the water temperature nor did I notice that the full length of the lake was open (from 10°C and above): so I put on my gloves and bootees and got a wonderful surprise in the water! Enjoyed my four length of the full length of the lake and no need for a sauna today to warm up. Summer temperatures are going to feel like a bath after this. Got my last stamp on the card, and my winter dippers badge. I did find stamping the card motivating.

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Bye Bentley

Few Clouds, 13°C

Bristol, City of Bristol,UK

Bye Bentley

After 18 years we finally put Bentley to sleep yesterday: very upsetting.
He had a lovely day in the sun in the garden with Michael, and the vet and her assistant were lovely and held him while he passed away. It was very dignified and lovely. Bentley was very dignified and stoic cat: he hardly let us know he was in pain and having problems in the last year and it was starting to get a bit too much fo us to watch him. His legs gave out last week and he was really distressed abd crawled into the kitchen with his back legs not working.

Lovely photo of him enjoying the sun in the back garden: but his gummy eye from his tooth infection is a bit visible.

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The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny

Went to the cinema with Duncan last night to see a live streaming of this Opera at the Showcase Cimena. http://www.roh.org.uk/productions/rise-and-fall-of-the-city-of-mahagonny-by-john-fulljames From the Royal Opera House in London, who has just had power restored after a major fire in London.

Loved Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill’s opera: and the staging using excellent projections onto cargo containers was fantastic. Some of the pieces were a little repetitve, but then maybe Mahagonny was too! Very clever staging for a great modern opera.

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Swan and Hammersmith

Swan and Hammersmith

Met Michael at Paddington and we spent from 10:15 to 16:00 in the Potchester Spa. Really lovely. Now in St Pauls hotel in Hammersmith. Amazing red brick building. Had lovely Thai dinner at a Fullers pub, Latymers, 50 yards away. Now at the Swan, passed it by loads of times on way to the Fitting Out lunch. Pleased to be here finally having a pint. Michael’s doing well considering he flew overnight from Boston.

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Weston Ride

Early morning ride from Weston Supermare

Despite being a bit hungover from dinner at the Glassboat last night, we made it onto an 8:25 train to Weston Supermare. Cycled out to the front and had a lovely bacon butty before a chilly descent along the coast, north towards Clevedon. Lovely bright day but a little too cold for the shorts we we wore. Tea and cake at Scarlett’s in Clevedon, opposite the pier.

Cycled 34 miles in total, and quite a bit of ascent. Home by 12:30 for bike washing! Then a big slug of time in bed! The new road bikes are proving to be really good, and ore comfortable that I imagined.

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Cycling from Sherborne to Bristol

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14 MARCH 2015, 19:22
We were using up a 50p leg of a return train journey that we’ll do at easter, and cycled back from Sherborne to Bristol with Paul. Long ride: 61 miles, with a couple of Garmin of routing mistakes (went into Glastonbury, and went wrong at Chew Magna). It was a cold and windy day with a brisk NE wind. Cycling into a 9 mph wind across the top of the Mendips wasn’t fun.

Managed to get home in the last of the daylight. Michael headed off at a faster pace from Wells after lunch to see if he could meet up with Tony and Gemma: he made it back 45 mins faster than I did!