The MAMILs left Grendon Underwood at about 9, having indulged in a little unscheduled bike servicing. Our diligence in looking after our machines may not have been sufficient though since we had to stop five minutes later to attend to a light malfunction on one of the bikes (still, at least its owner hasn’t had a puncture yet!)
Milton Keynes presented a problem – we got impressively lost, and probably doubled the distance travelled in our meanderings through its roads, cycleways and footpaths. We were all heartily glad by the time we managed to escape – so much so that we lost our self control on entering Woburn and stopped for a well earned cuppa and a sausage roll – an early lunch at 12.
By 1:15, we had to stop again – and this time in order to repair a puncture. No prizes for guessing – and there may be forfeits later.
2 o’clock saw our arrival at the Golden Lion in Shefford for lunch. Guinness’s Hop House lager is going down far too easily – and Steve tells us that there’s a brewery that we can tour this evening in addition to the entertainments on Sunday.
We arrived at our first night stop, in Harston (Cambridgeshire), at 4:30 and promptly cracked into the beer. We’ll be wandering on the microbrewery a little later – and staggering home some time later.
I went to an excellent boarding school called Adams’ Grammar School. It was nothing like Hogwarts – in fact, to pinch an elegant turn of phrase from Guy Ellis, it was more like a Borstall run by Liberals. In the nicest possible way – I mean it fondly, and I think that Guy does too.
When we provoked the Masters or Prefects then one punishment that might have been handed down was ‘Bill’s Will’. A simple enough task, all we had to do was copy out the Will of William Adams, as laid out on the boards on the walls of Big School. Sadly, this punishment has been lost to history – a pity because it was more stimulating and educational than merely doing lines. Continue reading
It’s been a struggle. It’s been a trial. But Innecto has now been ported to macOS. If you’ve got a Mac (any kind, as long as it’s running macOS 10.10 or newer) then you can enjoy Innecto on your desktop or laptop computer as well as on your tablet or phone. Continue reading
There’s lots of news for 45RPM Software this month. New releases, and a Facebook business page set up for us by our Facebook communications director, Sue deNym (I know, I know!) Check out the Facebook page (link at the bottom of the page), and like and follow us for all the latest news on 45RPM Software’s newest and greatest releases.
Speaking of which… Continue reading
The population of our country is too high, and getting higher every day. Our environmental impact is too large, and getting greater by the day. The two are connected. The more people we have in this country, the greater the impact on our scarce resources. Continue reading
I was very dismissive of the BBC micro:bit when I first read about it. A sub-RaspberryPi computer which cost more than the RaspberryPi Zero? Really? And if the measure of a computer’s power is what you can achieve with it, the BBC micro:bit doesn’t even stack up very well against its venerable forebear – the 1981 vintage BBC Model B. After all, with the Model B you could word process, do spreadsheets, communicate, play Elite or Exile and more besides. With the micro:bit, more memory and more powerful processor notwithstanding, you can’t do anything like as much. A bit pointless, surely? Continue reading
So, the ride is over – and, as you may have read in Sarah’s excellent blog post, I crossed the line having omitted only one stage (which, given the atrocious conditions with strong head winds, I don’t feel at all guilty about). Martin feels that he has unfinished business with the Newcastle to London – a point which I entirely disagreed with when I crossed the line on Sunday. Continue reading
So, Ride24 has started. Weather warnings aside, Pascal and Martin are riding and only have 315 miles to go (though hopefully a lot less by the time you read this). They look pretty fresh-faced on the starting line, even (dare I say it?) a bit relaxed. Continue reading
In less than 12 hours, Pascal and Martin will be underway on the ride of their life! Pascal has just rung home after a last minute bit of serious ride prep (see the photo) to steady their nerves for a 9am start. Gulp! (And indeed, GULP! – You know who you are!) Continue reading
With about five days left until the big event, I’m trying to be sanguine about my chances. Deep down I’m thinking “Oh shit, oh shit, oh shit – what have I signed up for?”, and those deep down voices are clamouring pretty loudly – making it hard for my optimistic little squeaks to be heard. I think Martin is feeling a little nervous too, although I quite like his mantra “It is what it is – we’ll give it our best shot”. Continue reading