Bye bye Christmas


Bye bye Christmas, see you next year.
The festivities are over, along with the cheer.

The tree is down, the tinsel packed away.
The decorations on the tree could not stay.

Till next year we say, goodbye old friends.
The angel, the baubles, in the attic again.

The advent calendar is empty, all the chocolates are gone.
The mistletoe is redundant, after all the New Years fun.

The house looks so empty, the lights taken down.
Till next year, dear Christmas, then we’ll really go to town.

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Cafe Love

There was a young man with a belly,

Who spent too much time watching telly.

Enough was enough.

He trained to look buff,

Whilst wearing his favourite Castelli


A Limerick written for the “Cafe Love” @castellicafe competion

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Cycle Lanes are Bollards


My local ride takes in a hill at Gads Hill, right next to the school with the same name that was previously Charles Dickens’ house in Higham.

This hill has generally been a nightmare.  Not for the lung busting climb, but for the cycle lane.  At school closing time, you find this lane completely blocked with cars parking half on the pavement and half covering the cycle lane.  If this wasn’t bad enough, the “solution” to prevent cars parking in the cycle lane is, well, complete bollards.

The transition from cycle lane to the bollards is very dangerous.  Car drivers think you have room in a cycle lane, the reality is you are forced into the main flow of traffic with cars unaware that you need the extra room.  I really would like to hear the reasoning behind this “solution” from Kent County Council, Kent Highway Services, or whoever dreamt up the idea.

The school run traffic is notoriously bad in the UK.  If parking outside the school is a problem, please empower a warden at the school to issue warnings/penalty fares.  Or remove the cycle lane completely to make it clear that cyclists are sharing the road too.

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She brought joy to our lives and asked for nothing in return.  Just happy to see us, and go out for a run.  She followed us everywhere, we even took her to France.  She knew our body language inside out.

Big nose, we called her, affectionately of course.  I’ll never forget the sound of her paws.  Slipping and sliding on the wooden floors, those sounds are now gone, not heard anymore.

The empty collar, the redundant lead.  The forgotten water bowl, the half bag of feed.  The dog bed, the blanket, the scratches on the walls.  The memories of great times. Thank you for them all.

My friend, my running partner for nine years long.  Poor old Kaija has finally gone.   


Converted Tiny Letter to Kindle


Following on from the pyTinyLetter2Kindle script, here is what it looks like on the device.

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I’ve recently subscribed to a couple of newsletters available from the Tiny Letter service:

I’m enjoying reading these newsletters but I find them difficult to organise inside my inbox.  So I asked on Twitter for suggestions.  

@meeware suggested:


This really got me thinking.  I just got a Kindle for Christmas.  I didn’t realise that you can deliver documents to your kindle via email.

So it should be simple to cobble together a script to do that, right?  Right!

I’ve released this on github.

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Android on the Joggler


Purchased a 4GB USB stick from ASDA for £5

Downloaded the pre-configured blank image which creates the required 3 partitions on the USB stick:

Unpacked the downloaded image files

As I am using Windows, I downloaded win32diskimager to write the blank image to USB stick:

Inserted the USB stick and used win32diskimager to write the downloaded image, creating 3 blank partitions on the USB stick for running Android.

Downloaded the Android image “froyo_joggler_v1.1” from here:

Extracted the Android files and copied the files onto the “ANDROID” partition on the USB drive

The partition now contains these files:












Inserted the USB drive into the Joggler and booted.  

Booted into Android and loaded very fast.

Followed these instructions to change the language to English UK:

Works very well, but without Android Marketplace and next to no apps/functionality.

Time to find a better Android image with Android Marketplace and the ability to install apps, so we can unleash the power of Android.

Searched for a better Android image on the joggler wiki:

Thanks to James Taylor for his original post which got me up and running in no time.


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