Friday, 19 May 2017

A Dismal Day

What is on the program today?

No much as far as I can see.
My bike will stay in the shed today, and I may be forced to get comfortable in my little office with my computer as a friend. It is amazing that I am prepared to make such sacrifices.

Sunday, 26 February 2017

A Night at the Opera

Well not quite - but a pleasant afternoon with the Australian Army Band in our magnificent Empire theatre.  This band was a bit different, because they not only played the traditional military marches, but they also performed a bracket of "big-band" favorites, and also some music and vocals from popular musicals.

Friday, 3 February 2017

Another Milestone

In the recent past I seem to have added a disproportionate number of blogs about bikes and related activities. and unfortunately here is another one, but this time it is a bit special.
Since I bought my current bike a few years ago, I have faithfully recorded every one of the training rides that I have done. This week my trusty cyclometer recorded my 300th training ride which brought the total distance up to 10,149 km.
My rides are now not quite as long or as fast as they have been but a brisk 30km in the clear air of my home town does wonders to my health. Of course the BMC drink bottle handed to me at stage-17 of the 2015 Tour de France by Rohan Dennis, definitely inspires me to carry on.
How long will it continue? Who knows - at an age approaching 81 years, every ride is a bonus.

Monday, 5 December 2016

EBooks made easy

Creating your own Ebook is quite an easy exercise, and in recent times I have created 3 ebooks covering various aspects of my historical family records, plus this one that records a visit to Europe to see a stage of the Tour de France in 2015
The main text of an ebook is written in HTML, which is the same language that is used on all web pages, but you do not need to be concerned about this, because the source text can be written in MS-Word (or any other text editor) and a software package can then be used to convert it into unfiltered HTML files for inclusion in the ebook.
There are lots of software packages available that are easy to follow, and which create excellent results.  I use Sigil which is a free package only 27mb in size which creates ebooks in the "epub" format. These ebooks can easily be converted to various other formats using Calibre.

Friday, 25 November 2016

Parking - Italian Style

We have all heard of the many narrow roads in the Piemonte area, and the associated parking problems.  It is always best to keep to the side of the road to allow other traffic to pass.
This motorist has made sure that the road is not obstructed.

Friday, 28 October 2016

The Stillness of the Morning

Two weeks ago we spent a couple of nights at the Sommerville tourist park near Stanthorpe. It is a large recreational area providing cottages, cabins, and an unlimited area for campers.
It is set on the banks of the Storm King Dam, and this scene in the early morning describes more than I could put into words.

Wednesday, 19 October 2016

The U3A class

Last Monday we were having a discussion at U3A on websites and I stated that private users have generally gone away from personal websites because they were a bit of a pain to update. I said that there were so many easier ways to publish personal stuff by Blogs and Facebook etc, and that a blog was by far the easiest way to put stuff up for general viewing.
During the meeting, I proceeded to open this blog and make that unplanned entry which took less than 3 minutes, simply for the purpose of demonstrating the procedure.
I think they got the message.
Now I can relax, and tend the animals on the farm.