Review of 2018

January 1, 2019

Dropped out of the habit of blogging even trivial notes this year, but here is the summary of the year.  From previous years we have 200920102011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017

This blog originally included a lot more about what I did or thought, now it is mainly ‘reviews’ of books read and only really so that I can check if I have already read something.  Enjoy…

Movies watched at Cinema

  • June: Screening of Time Trial movie with David Millar
  • Nov: Bohemian Rhapsody

Events (anything significant to remember)

  • March: an evening with Graeme Obree at the Mitchell
  • June: Screening of Time Trial movie with David Millar
  • April: Rum Tasting hosted by Plantation Rums in Tiki Bar on Bath Street
  • Aug: European Championships Women’s Road Race, Glasgow Green
  • Dec: Christmas Market George Square with faimly

Cycling

  • 2018 totals:
    268 rides
    142 days active
    136 hours
    1578 miles
    62729 ft gain
  • May 5: Drumlanrig Tearfund Challenge
    (poor stewarding and sinage, got lost)
    34miles, 3 hours, 2600ft, 11.6mph average
  • May 18: Mallorca Guided Ride
    47.5miles, 3.5 hours, 2500ft, 13.6mph average
  • May 24: Mallorca Guided Ride
    41.1miles, 3hours, 2500, 13.4mph average
  • Oct 16: Mallorca Guided Ride
    36.9miles, 2.5hours, 1700, 14.7mph average

BOOKS read this year….

  • Jan: Lee Child “The Midnight Line”
  • Feb: E.V. Seymour “A Deadly Trade (Josh Thane Thriller #1)”
  • March: E.V. Seymour “Final Target (Josh Thane Thriller #2)”
  • June: Richard Davis “The Saul Marshall Thrillers: Books 1-3”
  • Sept: Michael Connelly “The Late Show”
  • Nov: Michael Connelly “Dark Sacred Night (Harry Bosch Series Book 21)”
  • Nov: Michael Connelly “Angle of Investigation: Three Harry Bosch Short Stories”
  • Nov: Blake Banner “Dawn of the Hunter (Omega Series Book 1)”
  • Dec: Blake Banner “Double Edged Blade (Omega Series Book 2)”
  • Dec: Blake Banner “The Storm (Omega Series Book 3)”
  • Dec: “The Bartender’s Guide to Rum”

 

Holidays

  • March: Dalbeattie weekend
  • March: Center Parcs
  • May: HV Mallorca (2nd time abroad with kids)
  • Aug: Stayed in Dalbeattie for a few days, then
  • Aug: Stayed in Crail for a couple of nights
  • Oct: HV Mallorca (3rd time abroad with kids) flying from Manchester this time
  • Oct: Weeked in Inveraray with family

Other Highlights:

  • Turned 51
  • April: Lewis 5
  • May: Chris Froome won the Giro d’Italia
  • June: Lewis graduated Nursery
  • July: Trip to Isle of Lewis for uncle’s funeral
  • July: Geraint Thomas won the Tour de Fance
  • Sept: 1st cousins once removed moved into the flat
  • Sept: Simon Yates won the Vuelta Espana
  • Oct: Lewis started Shinty
  • Oct: Made a robot outfit for kids haloween
  • Nov: Rachel 2

Youtube uploads:

Running Totals:

  • 2009 – 23 books – 6 Movies – 4 gigs/events
  • 2010 – 33 books – 13 Movies – 10 gigs/events – 6 meals – 4 holidays
  • 2011 – 18 books – 2 Movies – 3 gigs/events – 1 meals – 3 holidays
  • 2012 – 16 books – 7 Movies – 3 gigs/events – 3 meals – 4 holidays
  • 2013 – 8 books – 2 Movies – 0 gigs/events – 1 meals – 2 holidays – 1 Son
  • 2014 – 1 books – 3 Movies – 2 gigs/events – 4 holidays
  • 2015 – 18 books – 2 Movies – 2 gigs/events – 3 holidays – 6 videos
  • 2016 – 34 books – 2 Movies – 1 events – 4 holidays – 4 videos – 1416 miles cycled – 1 daughter
  • 2017 – 25 books – 2 Movies – 1 event – 7 holidays – 3 videos – 1749 miles cycled
  • 2018 – 11 books – 2 Movies – 5 events – 7 holidays – 1 video – 1578 miles

massive catchup before end of the year…

December 31, 2018

OK so I stopped updating this back in March but need to do my summary of the year so here goes all the notes I can remember…

After the fantastic night with Graeme Obree at the Mitchell,..

Jan:

  • Book: Lee Child “The Midnight Line”

Feb

  • Book: E.V. Seymour “A Deadly Trade (Josh Thane Thriller #1)”

March:

  • Book: E.V. Seymour “Final Target (Josh Thane Thriller #2)”
  • Holiday: Dalbeattie weekend
  • Holiday: Center Parcs
  • Event: an evening with Graeme Obree at the Mitchell

April:

  • Lewis turned 5 years old
  • Event: Rum Tasting hosted by Plantation Rums in Tiki Bar on Bath Street

May

  • Cycling: Drumlanrig Tearfund Challenge cycle ride
    (poor stewarding and sinage, got lost)
    34miles, 3hours, 2600ft, 11.6mph average
  • Holiday: HV Mallorca (2nd time abroad with kids)
  • Cycling: Guided Ride – 47.5miles, 3.5 hours, 2500ft, 13.6mph average
  • Cycling: Guided Ride – 41.1miles, 3hours, 2500, 13.4mph average
  • Chris Froome won the Giro d’Italia

June

  • Lewis Graduated from Nursery
  • Books: The Saul Marshall Thrillers: Books 1-3 Richard Davis
  • Movie/Event: Screening of Time Trial movie with David Millar (met David Millar)

July

  • Trip to Isle of Lewis for uncle’s funeral
  • Geraint Thomas won the Tour de Fance

Aug

  • Event: European Championships Women’s Road Race, Glasgow Green
  • Holiday: Stayed in Dalbeattie for a few days, then
  • Holiday: Stayed in Crail for a couple of nights

Sept

  • Simon Yates won the Vuelta Espana
  • Book: The Late Show Michael Connelly
  • 1st cousins once removed moved into the flat

October

  • Holiday: HV Mallorca (3nd time abroad with kids) flying from Manchester this time
  • Cycle: Guided Ride – 36.9miles, 2.5hours, 1700, 14.7mph average
  • Lewis started Shinty
  • Holiday: Weeked in Inveraray with family
  • Made a robot outfit for kids haloween

November

  • Book: Dark Sacred Night (Harry Bosch Series Book 21) Michael Connelly
  • Rachel turned 2 years old
  • Book: Angle of Investigation: Three Harry Bosch Short Stories Michael Connelly
  • Movie: Bohemian Rhapsody
  • Book: Dawn of the Hunter – An Omega Thriller (Omega Series Book 1) Update Available Blake Banner

December

  • Book: Double Edged Blade – An Omega Thriller (Omega Series Book 2) Blake Banner
  • Event: Christmas Market George Square with faimly
  • Book: The Storm – An Omega Thriller (Omega Series Book 3) Blake Banner
  • Book: The Bartender’s Guide to Rum

 


Event: Graeme Obree at the Mitchell

March 19, 2018

Part of the Aye Write Glasgow Book Festival the audience with Graeme Obree was all to short.  I wouldn’t say he is a polished public speaker, more a rambling stream of asides trying to find a narrative.

However it was funny, fascinating and all too short.  It would have been great to have listened to Graeme for much longer and hear more of his achievements and struggles.


Review of 2017

January 2, 2018

The annual summary of stuff wot I have blogged about…

(see also 200920102011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 )

This blog originally included a lot more about what I did or thought, now it is mainly ‘reviews’ of books read and only really so that I can check if I have already read something.  Enjoy…

Movies watched at Cinema (well this year was two trips to the little cinema at Crieff Hydro, but every little counts)

Events (anything significant to remember)

Cycling

  • 2017 totals:
    331 rides
    169 days active
    153 hours
    1749 miles
    63635 ft gain
  • 26th March 2017: Wattbike No Excuses Falkirk Sportive
    : 45 miles : Moving 3h:58 : Total 5h:26
    : Elevation 2416 ft : Av Speed: 11.4 mph : Max Speed: 34.4 mph
  • 29th April 2017: Tearfund Drumlanrig Challenge
    : 57 miles : Moving 4h:42 : Total 5h:21
    : Elevation: 3040 ft : Av Speed: 12.2 mph : Max Speed: 30 mph
  • 10th Sept 2017: Pedal for Scotland
    : 45 miles : Moving 3h:34 : Total 4h: 03
    : Elevation 2142ft : Av Speed: 12.3mph : Max Speed: 33 mph

BOOKS read this year….

Holidays

  • Feb: Dunoon (50th long weekend)
  • March: Crieff Hydro
  • June: Craig Tara caravan weekend
  • (June: Lewis went camping with Granny and Grandpa)
  • July: Lake District
  • July: Isle of Lewis
  • Sept: Tayview Lodges with Reddicks
  • Oct: Sa Coma, Mallorca (First foreign family holiday)

Other Highlights:

  • Jan: started YouTube channel for Gaelic Nursery Books
  • Feb: new bike – Specialised Diverge A1
  • Turned 50!
  • April: Lewis 4
  • April: Resigned from Vestry and left St Silas after 25 years
  • June: New Dishwasher
  • Aug: New Washing Machine
  • Oct: Sa Coma, Mallorca First foreign family holiday
  • Nov: Rachel 1
  • Nov: Rachel Dedicated (and we joined) APBC
  • Dec: Joined Parent Council at SGG

Youtube uploads:

Running Totals:

  • 2009 – 23 books – 6 Movies – 4 gigs/events
  • 2010 – 33 books – 13 Movies – 10 gigs/events – 6 meals – 4 holidays
  • 2011 – 18 books – 2 Movies – 3 gigs/events – 1 meals – 3 holidays
  • 2012 – 16 books – 7 Movies – 3 gigs/events – 3 meals – 4 holidays
  • 2013 – 8 books – 2 Movies – 0 gigs/events – 1 meals – 2 holidays – 1 Son
  • 2014 – 1 books – 3 Movies – 2 gigs/events – 4 holidays
  • 2015 – 18 books – 2 Movies – 2 gigs/events – 3 holidays – 6 videos
  • 2016 – 34 books – 2 Movies – 1 events – 4 holidays – 4 videos – 1416 miles cycled – 1 daughter
  • 2017 – 25 books – 2 Movies – 1 event – 7 holidays – 3 videos – 1749 miles cycled

Book: Lawrence Block “A Stab in the Dark” (Matthew Scudder 4)

September 29, 2017

So I’m working through the Matthew Scudder series by Lawrence Block.  With some authors I read everything they publish in published order, other times I follow a single chracter and don’t care much if the author has other characters in his playbook.  That’s the approach here.  The Matthew Scudder novels so far are ok, I’m not enjoying the character as much as Harry Bosch or say Jack Reacher because there isn’t as much unraveling of the investigation.  But so far they are interesting enough to keep me working through the series.

bookIn this book the father of a murder victim Barbara Ettinger comes to Matt Scudder for help.  His daughter was the victim of ice-pick wielding serial killer who murdered 8 women nine years ago and was never caught.  Until now when recently released from a mental institution he is randomly picked up for carrying an ice pick and freely admits to the murders carried out nine years previously.  However, he only claims 7 murders and was locked up at the time of Barbara Ettinger‘s murder.  So the father who has come to terms with his daughter having been murdered by a serial killer has now to face the fact that someone she knew may have killed her and used the ice-pick murders at the time to make it look like another serial killer victim.

Scudders, often drunken, investigation is facinating turning up new leads on a long cold case.  This was a positive page turner and showed a lot more facets to Scudder’s character than the previous novels.


Book: Lawrence Block “Time to Murder and Create” (Matthew Scudder 3)

September 29, 2017

Small-time crook known as “The Spinner” leaves an envelope with Matt Scudder only to be opened if he is killed.  He is then killed.

bookThe contents of the envelope is the blackmail material Spinner has on three people.   Believing one of these individuals was pushed too far he just has to figure out which one and let the others off the hook.

Matthew Scudder is both a complex and simple character with a clear moral code that drives through everything.


Book: Lawrence Block “In the Midst of Death” (Matthew Scudder 2)

September 8, 2017

In this story a cop who is in hiding because he is reveling corruption in the Department is accused by a prostitute of being on the take himself.  He turns to Scudder for help because no one in the department would be willing to help.

It turns out he isn’t clean at all, the prostitute is being guided by someone else and there is a web of corruption that quickly turns to multiple murders…  Scudder drinks his way around the investigation and gradually makes sense of what is going on.