Friday, 2 December 2011

Computer freezes randomly

My desktop computer has started to freeze randomly. I have found this blog which has a very easy to follow checklist of things I can do. So here's hoping one of them solves the problem.

Saturday, 26 November 2011

Another Brocken Spectre

Exactly a year after seeing my first Brocken spectre on Bow Fell, we came across another one on Coniston Old Man while in the Lake District this week. Here is a videoclip I loaded to YouTube and a picture. This time, you can see 2 concentric rainbows.

Monday, 4 July 2011

My Farm

I'm thinking of joining Sounds interesting for anyone wanting to know more about the connection between food and farming.  You can get involved with running Home Farm, Wimpole Estate owned by the National Trust.

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Desert Island Discs

I have just put together my Desert Island Discs and entered it here:

Mozart Requiem
Beethoven Violin Concerto
John Ireland Hymn "My Song is Love Unknown"
Bach Mass in B Minor
Handel Messiah
Elgar Dream of Gerontius
Rachmaninoff Piano Concerto no 2
Saint-Saens Organ Symphony

Also rans:
Bach Toccatas
Beethoven Symphony nos 3, 6 & 9
Beethoven Piano Concerto no 3 & 5
Mozart Piano Concerto nos 21 & 23
Mozart Clarinet Concerto
Vierne Finale from Organ Symphony no1
Franck Organ Final
Verdi Requiem
Faure Requiem
Faure Cantique de Jean Racine
Dvorak New World Symphony
Berlioz Requiem
Brahms A German Requiem
Bruckner Symhony no 4
Mahler Symphony nos 1, 2 'Resurrection', 4 & 5
Purcell Funeral music
Schubert Symphony no 8 'Unfinished'
Dvorak 'New World' Symphony
Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Allegri Miserere
Tavener The Lamb
Schostakovich Piano Concertos

It is so difficult to decide, but I wanted to include organ, piano, symphony and concerto as well as choral, and have all different composers.

See a fuller list of my favourites here:

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Check your e-mail addresses!

A Minneapolis couple decided to go to Florida to thaw out during a particularly icy winter. They planned to stay at the same hotel where they spent their honeymoon 20 years earlier. Because of hectic schedules, it was difficult to coordinate their travel schedules. So, the husband left Minnesota and flew to Florida on Thursday, with his wife flying down the following day.

The husband checked into the hotel. There was a computer in his room, so he decided to send an e-mail to his wife. However, he accidentally left out one letter in her e-mail address, and without realizing his error, sent the e-mail.

Meanwhile, somewhere in Houston, a widow had just returned home from her husband's funeral. He was a minister who was called home to glory following a heart attack. The widow decided to check her e-mails expecting messages from relatives and friends. After reading the first message, she screamed and fainted.

The widow's son rushed into the room, found his mother on the floor, and saw the computer screen which read:

To: My Loving Wife

I know you're surprised to hear from me. They have computers here now and you are allowed to send emails to your loved ones. I've just arrived and have been checked in.

I've seen that everything has been prepared for your arrival tomorrow. Looking forward to seeing you then! Hope your journey is as uneventful as mine was.
P. S. It sure is freaking hot down here!!!

Tubular Fells

Now for sale - an interesting map of the Lake District.

Friday, 25 February 2011

Lawrence Dallaglio on Desert Island Discs

Quotes from this morning's Desert Island Discs:

"Only a life lived in the service of others is worth living."  Albert Einstein

"You can earn a living from what you get but you only get a life from what you give. Take it from me baby, giving is always best."  Andy Ripley

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Verdi Requiem in Tewkesbury Abbey

I'm very much looking forward to singing in this event which is being held on June 4th.
For more details, see here:

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

The Bluebird Project

I can't wait to see Bluebird rebuilt.

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Mont Blanc

Just found this video about Mont Blanc which gives a good idea of what's involved in climbing the highest mountain in western europe.

Friday, 7 January 2011


For my own reference, here is my backup regime.

Carbonite subscription automatic
Windows backup weekly automatic to hard drive
McAfee free selected files

McAfee free selected files
VStuff free selected files
Dropbox free selected files

Mobile Phone
Windows MyPhone
PPC Pim Backup from FdcSoft