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From the sidelines

There were windsurfing races this weekend. I did not enter, for two reasons. The first is practical. I am a bit crap and the last two races I entered required I be rescued by the support boat. I didn't want to make a nuisance of myself again. The second is medical. My suddenly apparent heart condition means that I can no longer bump my heart rate up to the 150bpm…

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We’re number one!

A couple of years ago we learned the depressing news that Thailand's road accident deaths were so bad that only Libya had a worse record; and Libya had the excuse of being a failed state thanks to "liberation" by certain Western powers, and land mines. Thailand on the other hand was assisted by a lack of legislation, a failure to enforce the legislation that was in place; and a driving…

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Ang sila snaps

After hell's garden, Rick@Knees took us to Ang Sila temple. With previous cameras I have strictly been a RAW shooter, because that is what real photographers do (allegedly). But the PEN-F has a tempting dial on the front which gives you access to all manner of different effects from which JPEGs are made. I love the black and white settings, but decided to also try some of the others; partly…

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Wang Saen Suk

A day out with Rick@Knees to visit what is popularly known as the hell garden in Wang Saen Suk. After a couple of detours courtesy of Google maps which had the location in the wrong location; we arrived a temple where a cheerful bloke was having his ear inspected. There was then a pleasant stroll down an avenue with displays showing Buddhism's greatest hits. At the end of the avenue…

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Pirate Bay can fuck off

I have had my new PC for eight months. It has been reliable and zippy, until this week. Suddenly web pages refreshed slowly, a batch of photos took two hours to import rather than two minutes. What the hell was going on? I glance at the resource monitor revealed my CPU was overloaded all the time. The culprit was the the Chrome web browser, and inside the web browser it…

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Statins can fuck off

Having discovered that the arteries in my heart were home to enough plaque to restrict the flow of blood to my important bits; my heart doctor had one expected, and rather depressing, question: "what's your total cholesterol?" It's depressing because, as he said once I had revealed that my cholesterol is below average, your total cholesterol is not a good indicator for the likelihood of heart problems. No shit Sherlock,…

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Boat show shapes

It's the annual boat show at the marina and, according to the local PR machine, hotels in the area are at capacity; no doubt full of millionaires who want to purchase yet another yacht for their collection. Or not. Not much sign of wealth when we went there yesterday, but there were some boat related shapes to point a camera at. Yes, yes, Spike; but what about some human shapes,…

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Don’t go breaking my heart

On Wednesday we headed back to hospital for the CT scan of my heart. I was under orders not to eat anything after 0330; so it was an early breakfast before returning to bed for a snooze before we hit the road at 0630. Checked in on schedule at 0730, had a blood test to check that my kidneys could handle the upcoming onslaught; and then waited for the scan…

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