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Greetings from the London Eye...
Fresh back from Spain and currently on a day trip with the family. Normal service will resume shortly.
Pandemic based rituals are invisible when holed up in an isolated Spanish villa. Everything seems far away from the enclave. In between chiseling repair jobs off a list I’d venture into town. Once you have managed the initial five minute climb, it’s down hill all the way. My cheap second hand bike squeaking and clicking it’s way through socially distanced streets and past masked interiors.
When not toolbox in hand I managed a little amateur radio. Glad to have a QSO with EA5IAT. A guy called Vincente. I’ll need to learn some Spanish if I’m to have an actual conversation over the air. Rural radio types in that area only speak Spanish and Llengua Valenciana.
Other down time involved eating, drinking and staring at the sun.
But all too soon my seven days in the sun were over. I’ll need more time out there if I’m going to restore the place to it’s pre-pandemic glory. I’ll let you know when the Spanish sanctuary is ready for visitors. Possibly via this email.
So after getting all the covid paperwork together the flight back to England was easy enough. And today we are enjoying the sights and sounds of London.
Just been chatting to G6JXA from the top of the London Eye. I’m not sure if that’s technically allowed.
Here are some other things that caught my attention this week. Although I only got the internet installed half way through.
Sirli Raitma has been taking the most amazing photos of her mother.
Definitely missing an ‘endo’ at the finale of this video.
I am partway through watching the Apple TV series Foundation.
Having read the trilogy as a kid and pretty much forgotten the plot, I have no Idea if this is close to the original. It’s keeping me interested though.
What a mad Ad.
I’m currently reading ‘The Memory Police’. I downloaded it earlier in the week because of the price more than the cover. Really enjoying it though. A fantastic dystopian read. Short paragraphs make it an easy book to pick up when you have a few minutes.
The cover of the book is featured in this article looking at ‘The endless life cycle of book cover trends.’
New prototype embeds BBC sound archive in the real world. via @MinxLJ
YouTube gets serious about podcasting and Amazon has plans for live audio.
Just incase you have had to head back into work and miss working from home… these sounds might help you.
No surprise to see Aldi in Spain. Or that it sells local produce.
I ate and drank well and often in Spain.
I also had to shop for tools when I got there. I managed to fill a toolbox for just shy of 100 Euros. I’m told wages aren’t bad in Spain and that they go much further than they do in the UK. Despite the pound not being at it’s best I still found Spain pretty cheap.
If only I had a European passport.
If you are looking at upgrading your action camera, DJI has an interesting new offering to compare tot he GoPro Hero 10.
Just got the 11th edition of the Kindle Paperwhite.
It’s way faster/brighter/clearer than my 6 year old kindle but I’m struggling to get it to sync with Calibre, my ebook management software. Hopefully there will be an update soon.
The year on a page.
And here is a cheaper one.
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Interesting breakdown of the ‘well to wheel’ cost of electric cars versus hydrogen powered.
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The history and mystery of Yemen’s Well of Hell.
Where have all the digital nomads gone?
I could have done with this new Mac OS translation feature in Spain.
The Uselessness of Useful Knowledge.
I should be in the UK for the foreseeable. Let’s do something interesting.
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“ I am afraid we must make the world honest before we can honestly say to our children that honesty is the best policy” ~ Sir Walter Bessant
See you out there.