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I've no pictures from last week so have another from the week before. This is the approach to Housesteads fort from the East. Imagine what that must have been like when both wall and fort walls were more than a couple of feet high!
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From a display at the Robot Exhibition at the Science Museum.



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At the University Open House during Liverpool Light Night


For context, John Higgins was giving a talk to go with an exhibition of his art in the Victoria Gallery and Museum, where the Open House was taking place.
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You can't quite appreciate the full effect since I wasn't pointing the phone at the bird in question!
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As usual I am doing this entirely for my own enjoyment. I'm therefore in two minds about setting up a fund-raising page. People do tend to ask about it, and I've done so in the past but it was quite nice not to be fund-raising when I did the Great North 10K last summer. On the other hand, I've raised in the region of £80 to £100 quid each time I've done this which is not to be sneezed at.

I don't know. I'm half minded to fund raise for All Out to continue evacuating people from Chechnya, but I can't do that through Just Giving and I get the impression people like Just Giving as a donation platform more than just randomly giving money to charity *dithers*.

I have also entered the ballot for the London marathon. There is, as I understand matters, about a 1 in 10 chance of getting a place, so this effectively puts the "are you going to do something crazy like run a marathon?" question into the hands of the gods.
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The first batch of Star Wars crochet figures.


B. somehow managed to mistake C3PO for Chewbacca. He claims it was incorrect choice of yarn colour on my part (TBH, it isn't really golden enough, but choosing yarn colours on the internet is non-trivial and it was called "gold").
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This has never bloomed before (just goes to show what a persistent gardener and a bit of tlc can achieve, I suppose). We think it is a camelia.
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I've been following the Moogly Crochet Blog for a while and found myself increasingly taken with the fortnightly squares that were being posted as part of their "crochet-a-long" so, once I had finished B's vast crochet thing, I set about making the 2016 sqaures (this was in August, there was a lot of frantic catch-up crocheting). In theory I was using leftover bits of wool, but I ran out of these about halfway through and had to buy more - this became increasingly stressful since the original supply of wool I had acquired on the cheap because it wasn't being produced any more.

Anyway, the final result is this blanket:





I have already started on the first of the 2017 squares and have bought all the wool except for one colour I am as yet undecided about.
purplecat: Programming the Eniac Computer (computing)




Image of a Lego Rover on top of a giant abacus in front of a reproduction of the Manchester Baby (the first stored-program computer).
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The other day, I wondered what had become of Sir Gareth, an old boyfriend. When I knew him, Sir Gareth was a postgraduate physicist, a member of the Arthurian society, and his sister was married to the local Lib Dem candidate. Some weeks after we started going out my father regaled me with a garbled story about how said candidate had turned up on his doorstep, persuaded him to rejoin the party and mentioned, in passing, that his wife was called Louise and wasn't that a coincidence. Sir Gareth was entirely mortified by the whole thing.

Anyway, Sir Gareth happened to have a very distinctive surname so it was not difficult to translate my idle wondering into substantive action. I thus discovered that his wife (who has given simply loads of interviews that appear all over the Internet and, TBH, I'm not sure why I'm continuing to use a synonym here since they would probably welcome the publicity - the company in question is Honeybuns) started a baking business while studying for a PGCHE and expanded it when they moved to Guildford when Sir Gareth got a programming job there. In 2003 they bought a farm in Dorset, Sir Gareth gave up programming and joined the team and now they run a bakery business in circumstances that sound distinctly River Cottage. They sold gluten-free "mini-bites"* and I thought these, given the back story, would amuse my mother as a birthday present.



This is my Mum, with her gluten-free mini-bites in their refillable tin**.


* In fact my mother, who read all the literature that came with them, has now discovered that all their products are gluten-free and there is a gluten-free cookbook. She is quite excited by this. Given the hundreds of interviews all over the Internet, I'm sort of surprised I missed this fact.
** We were all deeply impressed by the concept of a "refillable" tin. What innovations will people come up with next?

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