Meteorologicos 9

The weather is indeed scorchio, with much hotness. Last night I got to experience a mountain thunderstorm. It was impressive, despite having my eyes shut – a vain attempt at sleeping, not through fear! I could still see the lightning. The thunder echoed around the valley, making last night’s fireworks seem weak.

I am now back at my parents’ house after a long and boring drive. We decided not to go for a long camp after spending yesterday wandering for many hours, but making little progress. Are off to do a shorter and mpre interesting walk above Benidom the day after tomorrow.

Spanish TV is mental. Not quite as mad as Japanese TV, but it’s close. Tonight’s delights include dubbed over English films, dubbed over CSI or some gameshow involving a live bull and some people dressed like idiots. Unfortunately the game has been designed to remove the danger of a contestant being gored. A shame I feel. No doubt the show has animal welfare people chewing their TV remotes in disgust. Meanwhile the Spanish don’t care as it’s tradition. So, it would seem is letting off giant exploding fireworks as a massive bang has just gone off. Terrorism wouldn’t work here, the locals would think it a celebration and fetch out more wine.

Nobber stole my bike!

If I find you, you'll wake up in the river attached to a shopping trolley.
A person pushing my bike down the street after stealing it

Seriously… at 3:55 this morning a male human of indeterminate race, of average height managed to steal two bikes and a lawnmower (the whole lot being chained together in an attempt at stopping this… which worked once before when some other tit broke into our shed).

If you’re curious here is a pair of youtube videos I captured from my CCTV camera. This first one shows the thief happily strolling into our front gate and going around the side. The side where the back gate isn’t which is interesting to know… And this second video shows him pushing our bikes off down the road.

If you want reasonably cheap and not-too-bad CCTV cameras, go on eBay and find ‘dbPower’ PTZ IP cameras. Then make a Linux box work and use ZoneMinder to record images from it. There will be a blog post shortly explaining how to set them up together once a second one has been posted to me.

Tall and Small things

At the weekend me and Amy went to a village fete in a tiny village called Amcotts where Amy had a stall selling jewellery she’s been making. While we were there, a nice man on stilts made us a balloon animal. The weather was nice and sunny, but we were sat under trees so didn’t get sunburnt or too warm, however the weather was very windy.


While sitting under the tree a shield bug landed on my head. I’ve never seen these in person before but after removing it from my head the bug seemed quite happy to wander about on my hands, and since some local children at the fete seemed interested, I gave it to them to look at for a while. Later a bit of research taught me the shield bug’s real name is “Pentatomoidea” which is possibly the best name for a creature I’ve heard, and it is also known as a “stink bug” due to its ability to create a foul smelling liquid as a defense mechanism. Fortunately I didn’t learn that the hard way!

On the way home we stopped by the local wind farm to have a look. They’re in the middle of a set of fields and with some minor scrambling through bushes it’s possible to get very close. I can understand why people complain about the size of them and their location, but the only sounds made were a gentle whooshing sound of the wind and a curious whining sound from the nearest turbine. It was a very windy day so this might have been some sort of speed-restricting mechanism preventing the blades from spinning too quickly.

Look at the lens distortion on that photo!
Wind turbines in Scunthorpe

These photos were taken with my compact Ricoh Caplio GX100 which is proving to be a handy little camera, capable of taking some nice photos. It has a few characteristics in its operation you need to appreciate in order to get decent photos from it, but I find I can usually run the camera in Auto mode and press the shutter button. It has a great macro mode with excellent auto focus, ideal for capturing small creatures running over your hands!

Diggle Band Contest 2010

In this little corner of Yorkshire/Lancashire known as Saddleworth, they still celebrate the holiday known as Wakes Week, and Whitsuntide. Traditionally this is done by having brass band contests and a Whit Friday parade through the surrounding villages. Yesterday I went to the Diggle band contest which had bands from places as far as Switzerland playing.

Today is the Beer Walk, a traditional fancy dress walk that goes between designated pubs in each village in a circuit. Currently there are about 300 people in different costumes and varying states of sobriety. There’s a group of police keeping an eye on things, but amongst the other groups of people they could easily blend in as contestants!

More photos in the album here.

Sunday BBQ

My bucket BBQ needs more modifications, it’s still not good enough. Once up to temperature it cooks food OK, but the area of usable heat is quite small, you can only get two burgers on it. My next plan is to get some chicken wire and tinsnips. The inside of the bucket has a wire stand to keep the fire bucket off the inside of the outer bucket. This inner bucket has very few holes which soon block with ash making a very poor burning BBQ.

If I get rid of the inner bucket completely and – by using the chicken wire to stop the coal falling through – make the fire on top of the wire stand, there’ll be improved airflow and a bigger surface to cook on. The only disadvantage is the entire BBQ will become very hot and all the orange paint might burn off.

The tinsnips will be used to “improve” the airflow into the bottom of the main bucket. There’s nothing technically wrong with the BBQ’s design, but you do wonder if its designers ever tried to cook more than a single burger on one. It quickly becomes obvious that it is a pain in the arse to light.

In the future I will buy a larger BBQ that will work much better.

Infantry training: Training and War 1937

Infantry Training handbook, 1937

Yesterday I showed a technology book produced in the late 1940s that I picked up at a local car boot sale. In the same car boot, but on a different stall I found this curious looking book titled Infantry Training Training and war 1937 which has two date-of-issue stamps on it dating from 20th January 1941. I can’t read the stamps properly, but they say “home guard” on them which is probably why it has survived 73 years as it doesn’t look to have been read much, contains all its pages and is in very good condition considering its age. Someone has scrawled “P I G S Are snobs” inside the first few pages in white chalk for reasons unknown.

The book has a rather serious warning on the front cover stating

“Not to be published. The information given in this document is not to be communicated, either directly or indirectly, to the Press or to any person not holding an official position in His Majesty’s Service.”

FOUND – Nephilim bones and religious spam

The Internet, such a useful method of communication allowing both the normal and the slightly unhinged to communicate with ease. Spreading their information far and wide, causing much amusement to all. Today, having had a whole long weekend devoted to God-bothering it’s religious nutbags and giants…

Quite a lot of images in this one, so hit the ‘read more’ link…

Still here? So are the giants…

Hey warriors
How’s the bible reading? Please do share some insights, some new revelation?
Here’s something interesting for you to read.
We will meet first time this Friday at 9.30 a.m. LH to watch our first video lesson.
Sorry Andrew you can’t join us…i will try to pass you the DVD on friday after we finished and you have to return on sunday, i am sharing with another leader. thanks

Official picture of a giant, no photoshop used at all

Nephilim are the giants spoken of in biblical times by Enoch and the giant David fought against (Goliath). These Giants came about when the fallen angels had union with earthly women.

Gen 6:4
There were giants on earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bear children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.

Greece is a country known for having lots of giants

Num 13:33
And there we saw the giants, the sons of Anak, which come of the giants: and we were in our own sight as grasshoppers, and so we were in their sight.

Just to show that the Bible is true with history lessons that is applicable both then and today and it is not just a spiritual book only. So if He says that we must be born again to have eternal life and that He is coming back again, it means just that.

God Bless

Proof of the existence of Nephilim. (Greece)

This is amazing. Not that the scriptures haven’t already been proven true, but now more than ever here’s evidence for our times.

Hai! I can has dentist plz?