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Best email of the day.....
Best email of the year actually... after some (slightly) slow customer service from Fast Lane couriers, they sorted my problem (well done!) and end by saying: We hope we have resolved this matter to your satisfaction, and we look forward to welcoming you back in the future. If I can be of any further assistance please don't hesitate to contact me. Heroic regards! Dan McGeoghan Fast Lane Support Top one Dan - heroic email!!

posted on: Thu, 12 Jun 2014 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Brancaster Staithe Gigapan
A vista of the coastline at Brancaster Staithe looking north across Scolt Head Island..... the students we took on fieldwork won't recognise this view as there is no rain.....

posted on: Mon, 02 Jun 2014 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Earth Gigapan
How much fun is this?!

posted on: Fri, 23 May 2014 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Kiev in the news
The video is just great!

posted on: Mon, 31 Mar 2014 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Louisville Timelapse
Stunning timelapse from Eric Stemen shooting in Louisville. Great explanatory article over at DPS. Sit back and enjoy! Louisville In Motion. A timelapse tour of Louisville Kentucky. from Eric Stemen on Vimeo.

posted on: Fri, 28 Mar 2014 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

The best part of life is...
....failing. Failing is absolutely vital to success and this is a nice piece picked up by Garr Reynold's in a recent blog (yes he of Presentation Zen fame....

posted on: Sat, 22 Mar 2014 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Toilet Humour 2
And a second and final..... great to see that there is both a sense of humour in companies and a great way to communicate a message. It grabs your attention (because its long), makes you laugh and makes you remember.

posted on: Fri, 07 Feb 2014 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Toilet Humour 1
Can't resist a little toilet humour every so often.... yes this is a real sign....

posted on: Thu, 06 Feb 2014 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Night skies....
Night skies by Mark Gee.... stunning. Make it wide screen, pump up the volume, get lost in the universe....

posted on: Thu, 07 Nov 2013 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Back after the hiatus.....
Long summer and very busy start to the term.....but back with some posts!

posted on: Wed, 02 Oct 2013 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Train Time: changing times
Love this side-by-side-by-side of the London-to-Brighton line shot by the BBC..... its a great social take on the trip and the article provides some interesting comments on the changes. Well worth a view

posted on: Wed, 28 Aug 2013 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Danny MacAskill 1
And for those of you that missed his first episode way back in 2009......

posted on: Mon, 08 Jul 2013 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Bike world speed record......
186 kph on a bike?? Astonish video clip below and nice write up over at road.cc...... and yes 186 kph, 48 year old frenchman, 1961 and a 130 tooth chainring!!

posted on: Wed, 03 Jul 2013 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Danny MacAskill - Imaginate
A second stunning video from Danny MacAskill with a big budget to match...... amazing stuff.

posted on: Thu, 20 Jun 2013 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

1926 London
Fabulous COLOUR film of 1926 London from the BFI..... what's startling (for me) about this is how little has changed in a lot of London, yet notice that there is no highrise and the streets are so clean. London in 1927 from Tim Sparke on Vimeo.

posted on: Mon, 20 May 2013 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Word for the Day: Pareidolia
I came across the word Pareidolia at 500px yesterday which I didn't know, so looked it up on Wikipedia. This is what it had to say: a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant.... Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records when played in reverse. Perhaps one of the most famous remote sensing examples (below) is the face on Mars..... we've all seen them and the WIkipedia page has some great examples.

posted on: Tue, 07 May 2013 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

CONFIRMED: CBC council officially provide no educational leadership
Well this week saw Central Bedfordshire Council organise an open meeting to "discuss changes to schools and academies in Dunstable and Houghton Regis" (something I've blogged about before)...

posted on: Fri, 03 May 2013 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Clear explanation of changes to education in Central Bedfordshire......
Watch...listen....learn.... Did you understand that?? No, neither did I. As a follow-up to my blog on educational leadership in Central Bedfordshire, I wondered where we had got to in informing stakeholders of the (not) clear direction and structured approach to change that we have in Central Bedfordshire....

posted on: Wed, 20 Mar 2013 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Burren in TimeLapse
A simply stunning set of time lapse photos taken with a Canon M5D Mk2/3 using a DIY rig to move the camera with a rising/falling rail. Make it full screen watch and be inspired.

posted on: Wed, 13 Mar 2013 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Light Painting Photos
A great series of photos for the Christmas season

posted on: Tue, 18 Dec 2012 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Lack of educational leadership from Central Bedfordshire UA?
As a governor at a school in Central Bedfordshire the last few years have been exciting times..... central government have pushed through a breathtaking raft of changes with the Academies programme a central plank....

posted on: Fri, 02 Nov 2012 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

New term, new students and.... new digs
Yes, that time has come, the first offspring departed for University and a new educational frontier (at Keele) awaits him....

posted on: Sat, 22 Sep 2012 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Infographic: Olympic Budget
A great infographic from the BBC on the Olympic Budget through time....well worth a view

posted on: Wed, 27 Jun 2012 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Wellcome 2012 Image Awards
Title says it all.... see science at its most stunning

posted on: Tue, 26 Jun 2012 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Never Second - a soap opera all of it's own
Well the Never Seconds blog continues to make international headlines. It's hard to imagine how taking a photo of your school lunch can generate such interest, and indeed have such an impact, but it does....

posted on: Mon, 18 Jun 2012 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

A year in the life of a securely locked bike.....


posted on: Thu, 14 Jun 2012 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Uber-cool bath toys
Yes really! Co.Design have reviewed two design classics that will shortly be available at the V&A Museum. More generally, they have a great set of articles that are worth setting up an RSS subscription for.... some great design "stuff".

posted on: Tue, 05 Jun 2012 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Are you out there?? Andy Wilson GIS MSc (09-11)
Andy (or someone still in touch with him!), wondered if you could get in touch. cheers mike

posted on: Sun, 13 May 2012 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Photos that make you say "OMG!"
A great selection of historic photos that just shout "O MY GOD". Fantastic!

posted on: Mon, 26 Mar 2012 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

X-Mini Speakers
Whilst at Heathrow I picked up some X-Mini Capsule Speakers. These are very small mono speakers that plug in to your mp3 player (aka phone) and run of a a small rechargeable internal battery. The volume and bass they generate is remarkable. Getting very close to the point of not needing a laptop - with my 500 albums on a 32Gb card in the phone and X-Mini speaker it makes a good portable sound system for the hotel. The phone obviously does all the comms and a bluetooth keyboard isn't too bad. Laptop still needed for hitting comms hard.....

posted on: Sat, 25 Feb 2012 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Things you probably shouldn't do in a microwave.....
Need I say more....

posted on: Fri, 10 Feb 2012 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Humax PVR Update
After the best part of a year since I reported on my new Humax PVR, I thought I'd give an update as the firmware has been upgraded a few times and I've finally gotten around to playing a little more with it....

posted on: Tue, 03 Jan 2012 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

80s throwback
Maybe I'm a bit sentimental for the 80s (or at least the music. Very sad of me!), but this YouTube video is a great mashup to the Phoenix track Lisztomania.

posted on: Thu, 07 Jul 2011 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Durness to Dover Done and Dusted
Well back to work and Durness to Dover is now finished. We did it the 800 miles in 8 days and have so far raised over 2000 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance. If anyone wants to donate then please follow the link off the event page.

posted on: Tue, 28 Jun 2011 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Durness to Dover
I'm turning 40 this summer (body feels far older!) so to "celebrate" I thought I would do a BIG bike ride. In the UK, Lands End to John O'Groats is the most common one as it connects to two farthest points on the UK mainland, however that seemed at bit "common". So instead the idea of "top-left to bottom-right" emerged (rather than "top-right to bottom-left"). I needed a co-conspirator (Adam) and from there a route and some dates emerged. I've set up a website over at Durness-to-Dover where we give some background blurb and a map of the route. And if you feel inclined, please do sponsor us for the worth East Anglian Air Ambulance where you literally will save a life.

posted on: Tue, 19 Apr 2011 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Just another Fedex delivery....
The Journal of Maps had a shipment of atlases delivered to Canada recently (our 2010 Best Map winner)....

posted on: Mon, 04 Apr 2011 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Humax HDR T2
I bought a Hummy PVR late last year principally to get HD reception. Of course HD isn't quite available in my area (strength of crystal palace transmitter just too weak) so just got to wait until april....

posted on: Tue, 08 Feb 2011 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Population swap?
Really nice map and explanation over at Strange Maps..... "what would happen if the world were rearranged so that the inhabitants of the country with the largest population would move to the country with the largest area? And the second-largest population would migrate to the second-largest country, and so on?"

posted on: Mon, 22 Nov 2010 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Mapping European Stereotypes
Something in this for everyone: http://alphadesigner.com/project-mapping-stereotypes.html Funny.

posted on: Mon, 20 Sep 2010 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry

Yes another story about OS monopoly
This time though its the Monopoly boardgame and OS have created a modern map showing the locations of monopoly squares in London....

posted on: Wed, 08 Sep 2010 | path: /fun | permanent link to this entry