Rifle Run 2018

February 28, 2018

This year I’m raising money for ABF The Soldiers’ Charity — they provide support for soldiers and veterans from the British Army, and their immediate families.

It’s a 10km race but there’s a twist — if I can’t shoot straight I’ll have to run further. For each miss I have to run an additional 250M. With three rounds of shooting I may end up running 15km!

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As ever I pay the entry fees and any associated costs so all money raised will go to ABF The Soldiers’ Charity.

I hope you’ll consider making a donation to this amazing charity.

Many many thanks,




Restoration Women

January 21, 2015

I watched a fascinating TV show last night presented by the historian Dr Lucy Worsley called Harlots, Housewives and Heroines: A 17th Century History for Girls.

In the programme Dr Worsley talked about life for women in the mid 17thC focusing on a series of intriguing women including a traveller, a playwright and a soldier.

If you’re in the UK you can watch the show on BBC iPlayer from the link above or alternatively read more about the series in her article.

One of the women mentioned is Aphra Behn and after just a quick glance I’m already hooked. Take for example the first sentence from her novel The Lucky Mistake…

“The River Loyre has on its delightful Banks abundance of handsome, beautiful and rich Towns and Villages, to which the noble Stream adds no small Graces and Advantages, blessing their Fields with Plenty, and their Eyes with a thousand Diversions.”

The Lucky Mistake by Aphra Behn

The Bodleian has a digitised copy of a 19thC edition of her works:
“The plays, histories and novels of … mrs. Aphra Behn. With life and memoirs,
London, 1871”. You can download PDFs of the volumes from the Bodleian catalogue record. The Lucky Mistake is in volume 6 and starts on page 224.

Remote Desktop ScreenSnap

August 13, 2008

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Originally uploaded by markysparky628

While testing my VPN setup Remote Desktop got a little confused and let me connect to itself!

Creating this rather nice ‘hall of mirrors’ effect


July 29, 2008


Welcome to Yet Another Blog!

I first started blogging back when there was’t any software for it — i created a simple publishing system using UserLand Frontier to post about my trips to Japan back in early 2000. Like many sites it got abandoned as the web moved on. While teachingElectronic Media at Oxford Brookes University I set up ExpressionEngine for the students’ blogs and would post about web development.

This is probably my 3rd or fourth attempt at a blog so we’ll see if it lasts!

I hope you’ll join me for the ride…