Category Archives: Out and About

Holidaying in England: The S.S. Great Britain

After the wet weather in Southampton, the sun was thankfully shining in Bristol, and walking along the picturesque River Avon was a very pleasant experience. As with Southampton, my visit was primarily motivated by my interest in maritime history, and … Continue reading

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Holidaying in England: Southampton

Readers of this blog will already be familiar with my interest in maritime history in general, and the Titanic in particular. Having visited the museum dedicated to the Titanic in Belfast, and seen a piece of the wreck in Las … Continue reading

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Holidaying in England: The Crystal Palace Dinosaurs

Like a great many people, my original holiday plans this year were scuppered by Covid-19. Even when travel restrictions were relaxed later in the summer, going overseas felt too risky; some people I knew booked holidays to Spain and then … Continue reading

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My First Half Marathon!

Last Sunday, I was supposed to be running my first half marathon in Blackpool. But then Covid-19 happened. The event was put back to September, and various options were offered to those who had signed up. The new date happened … Continue reading

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Preston 10K – The Second Time Round

A year ago, I ran my first 10K event in Preston, with a chip time of 59:08. This year, having run two other 10K events in the meantime, I was especially eager to run this particular event for the second … Continue reading

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Jack Lousma, Skylab Astronaut

This Saturday, my granddad and I attended a talk by former U.S. astronaut Colonel Jack Lousma, organised by Space Lectures in Pontefract – they were also the organisers for previous talks I’ve attended by Ken Mattingly and Jim Lovell. Originally … Continue reading

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An Evening with Alice Roberts

On Friday evening, I went down to Sale in Greater Manchester for another lecture – this one by the fascinating Professor Alice Roberts. Professor Roberts’s career has branched in many different directions, and she began her lecture by talking about … Continue reading

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In Edinburgh: Snakes in the City and Harry Potter

My mum and I are both fans of the Nat Geo Wild series Snakes In The City, which follows snake-catchers Simon Keys and Siouxsie Gillett as they carry out their work in Durban, South Africa. Their job is to catch … Continue reading

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My Third 10K – With Ice Cream Bonus!

Today, I took on my third official 10K event: the Garstang Ice Cream 10K, recommended by a friend at work, and being held in support of the Garstang Ice Cream Festival next weekend. Having run 10K in two of the … Continue reading

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Running Update: My Second 10K

I last posted about running in December, and since then, I’ve continued to go out three times a week for most weeks. I’m definitely feeling the effects: I’ve both been losing weight and going significantly faster. In November, I┬ácompleted my … Continue reading

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