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June 2016

Brugger Off

I'm putting this here and then I'm going to try not to say anything else on the subject for a while.

I'm disappointed and upset by result of the referendum. Not because we're (probably) leaving the EU. Us leaving may be the beginning of the fall of the EU and I can't tell one way or another how that will affect anyone in the world.

I'm hurt and ashamed because it's a measure of the sentiments of the people who live in the UK. 52% of you are leaning in a direction that I want no part of and don't want my son to be surrounded by as he grows up. I grew up in the tail of end of Thatcher's Britain and the UK today has the same oppressive feeling that you can sense when you watch the Young Ones.

I have some very good friends who voted out and they are good people so I'm certainly not tarring everyone with the racist brush but I've seen much fear and hate generally and I'm just saddened that this country is following the international trend and moving to the far right.

It's not an exaggeration to say that I'm pretty damn scared of the future with the US possibly about to vote in a right wing leadership too.

Don't tell me "it'll be alright" because it's not the fact of the decision that has me upset; it's what it tells me about the country I love. Or used to love. I don't know.


May 2016


I'm going to a Eurovision party tonight because I'm not the only person of impeccable taste who was away last week :)

I really don't know what it is about Eurovision that makes for such a fun evening but I've had a fantastic Eurovision party every year since I was at uni.

For the next 5 weeks, I'm at home alone as my wife and child are staying with family in Turkey. In order to make sure I won't be bored, I appear to have overfilled my calendar and now I find myself worrying I won't have a moment to myself. Ah well, busy is better than leaving myself open to the temptation of sitting in front of the telly for evenings on end.

I've ordered a Raspberry Pi 3 with the intention of setting it up as a retro gaming machine. I want something that can live permanently attached to my telly so that I can just pick up a controller and have a 10 minute blast on Sonic or Mario at the drop of a hat. I tried doing this before with my original Pi but it was just too slow.

In other news, I posted this on Facebook a while ago and decided it might as well live here too:

I'll be voting that we stay in thanks very much. I know the EU is far from perfect but I hate the idea of slumping backward into a world of tribes. Hating the other guy because he’s on the other side of a fence or believes in a particular magical sky man is ridiculous and childish and exactly the kind of thing we in the west deride and see as the cause of conflicts in the east.

I’m proud of my country. And like any prized possession, I want to show it off to everyone. I want free movement so that I can visit (and maybe one day live and work in) some of the wonderful places that other people are proud of.

I'm married to a foreigner; I frequently meet, work with, and have many friends who are foreign; I love travelling and being the foreigner. I’d love to be in a world where this post doesn’t make any sense because “foreign” and “country” don’t mean anything any more. It’s one planet, guys.

Try this one weird trick to help you realise why I think your ideas about borders are daft: You want tighter border control in the UK... Why the UK? Why not Great Britain? Make the Irish need visas to get in. Why not individual countries? Who wouldn’t enjoy a nice driving break while you queue for passport control at the Welsh border? In fact, why stop there; we could do this regionally! The great wall of East Anglia? County? District? City? Neighbourhood? Street? Why do you draw the line where you draw it?

If you must have a border, draw it around the planet for now. I wouldn’t mind working as a passport officer aboard the ISS.

Be excellent to each other and party on dudes.


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Today's discoveries

  1. Dorock have opened a new bar in Kadıköy and it's good :)

  2. A home win for Beṣiktaṣ means a crazy street party with fireworks, marching, and a lot of shouting.

    Uber thankfully provided us a taxi so we didn't have to walk through it all with our sleeping 4 year old.

  3. When all of your podcasts are on a server somewhere and you want to copy them to your mp3 player but all you have to hand is a Chromebook, you're in for some fun.

    Really. There's not enough internal storage to download it all and then copy over. There's no scp client. No command line from which to cd to the mp3 player and wget everything.

  4. rclone is badical!

    Really! rclone config holds your hand through setting it up and then it was a simple rclone sync ./podcasts google:/podcasts to get my podcasts folder copied into Google Drive. Once that was done, I could use the file manager to copy from Drive over to the mp3 player. Simples. Ish.

  5. Autocorrect helpfully invented my new catchphrase: Weird up!


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I'm currently having a very enjoyable holiday with my family in Bodrum. We're staying in an all-inclusive hotel by the beach. This is the first time either of us have ever had such a holiday; we usually like to go rushing around seeing as many sights as we can cram in to a few days before moving on to another place. It's the final night of our time here and I feel like I'm just settling in to it. Next time, we'll do two weeks. (By way of compromise, we had decided to do a week in Bodrum followed by a week in Istanbul/Adapazarı.)

The good

In what feels like a very short week of doing very little, here are some of my highlights:

Bodrum Castle

The castle doesn't look much from the outside and it advertises itself as "Museum of Underwater Archaeology" but once you get through the doors you realise it's a magnificent ruined castle with beautiful gardens and a smattering of museum about the place. We barely stopped to look at the museum pieces (mostly shipwrecks and amphora dredged up from the Aegean) and it took us a good couple of hours to walk around the castle. Do not make the mistake we made in a parallel universe by deciding we didn't fancy a museum that day!

Boat tour

There are a lot of places offering boat tours and I can only vouch for the one we took: Gencel Water Sports. The boat tour takes a full day (ours was 10:30 to 16:30) and stops off at a number of interesting locations around Bodrum. The highlights for me were Aquarium Bay: snorkeling with thousands of fish around; and the place that I can't recall the name of where I ticked off an ambition (I don't know why): to swim to shore. OK it was only 50 metres or so but it was in proper sea and I'm hardly an olympic swimmer ;)

In all, I did a lot of swimming that day.

Tent bar, Gümbet

This bar is hardly a tourist hot spot but it was a short walk from the hotel and we had a really good evening sitting and chatting with the barman (whose name is either Ricardo or Bora depending on which language you ask him in).

Spending a day doing not very much

This really was a revelation! One such day went like this: wake, breakfast, steam room, swim, turkish bath, beer by the pool, lunch, swimming, lazing around by the pool with a beer, swimming, lazing, beer, swimming, lazing, beer, beer and lazing, dinner, rakı, sleep.

As I said, neither of us had ever had a holiday that didn't involve loads of walking and sightseeing. I'm amazed at how much I enjoyed just relaxing.

The bad

On the somewhat less positive side I lost a filling and the hole is really annoying.

The unrealised

Next week: Istanbul, second only to Bruges in my favourite places list :)


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April 2016


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