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Tour of Wales

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Next week we’re off on a cycle tour of Wales exactly a year after our LEJOG. The plan is to cycle from Chepstow - Swansea - Fishguard - Aberystwyth - Shrewsbury using NCN routes. About 450 miles in seven days (60 miles/day). We’ll be camping and carrying all of our equipment.

Follow the journey on my twitter feed ( and I will post images along the way.

Posted: Wednesday, May 26, 2010 at 10:53 AM by jochta


Once In A Blue Moon

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Well it’s a long time since I posted isn’t it? Just been busy on Twitter instead I suppose. It’s appropriate therefore that I post a new image of a partially eclipsed Blue Moon which happened on New Year’s Eve. It was a lovely sight and I was lucky with a break in the clouds which allowed the Moon to peek out right around mid-eclipse. Although only 8% eclipsed it’s always an unusual and beautiful sight. A Blue Moon is the second Full Moon in a calendar month BTW and happens about once every 2.5 years. Which is even rarer than me posting on my blog. Must do better!

Posted: Sunday, Jan 03, 2010 at 12:43 AM by jochta


40 Today

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Forty today! This is the banner that Redsmartie kindly created. My grumpy Xbox 360 avatar really makes a statement I feel! Actually I’m feeling pretty chipper about being 40, loads of attention FTW.

Went for a curry and beers last night with Dabe and WildCardZero, just been for a Thai meal for lunch with three girls from the office. I should be 40 more often! Now for a relaxing afternoon until Chowny turns up to discuss websites a bit later.

Nothing planned for this evening apart from relaxing with the family. Ace!

Posted: Wednesday, Dec 17, 2008 at 03:01 PM by jochta



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All this cycling is doing me some good I think! Feeling fitter than ever at the moment, 80-odd miles cycling a week plus usually two table tennis matches is doing me good. I finished 5th on the cycling hall of fame on GPS-Sport in November. Burnt a total of 14,731 kcal (apparently), cycled 284.78 mi (458.30 km), and cycled for 20h26m31s. Not too bad I think!

The weight has been falling off me too, it’s really nice when people I’ve not seen for a while notice in surprise how much weight I’ve lost. I’ve lost over 1.5 stone since September now (~10kg) by eating more sensibly and doing more exercise. I’m looking forward to when Wii Fit tells me I’m in the ideal weight bracket for my height, not far to go now!

Posted: Friday, Dec 12, 2008 at 05:21 PM by jochta


Trophy #2

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I know you’ve been waiting for it eagerly since I posted Trophy #1 and here it is.

This one was awarded for being runners up in the Pembroke Cup competition in the Newbury league. Don’t worry, there isn’t going to be a Trophy #3 entry.

Posted: Tuesday, Jun 17, 2008 at 03:04 PM by jochta


Trophy #1

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This is the first table tennis trophy awarded to me for the past season. Best player in Division 3.

Best player means the player with most wins and not necessarily the ‘best’. There were at least three players in the Division were better than me but didn’t win as many matches. This has been the traditional method of working out who wins the best player award for many years.

Posted: Friday, Jun 13, 2008 at 01:43 PM by jochta



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My first table tennis final for many years! Last night my West Ilsley team took on a 1st Division team in the semi-final of the Pembroke Cup handicap competition. And we played out of our skins, the best table tennis I’ve ever played at times. I actually beat two of the 1st Division players from scratch!

The final is in a few weeks and might be played during the closed championships, which means we will have an audience. Next Tuesday I’m playing in the semi-final of the Bidmead Cup in the Didcot league, could it be two finals in one season?

The annoying thing is I’m playing a Division 3 league match tonight and I know I will revert to defensive mode as it’ll work against the opponents, instead of the exciting free-flowing table tennis I played last night.

No pictures of the lunar eclipse last night, it was mostly cloudy although I did glimpse the eclipsed Moon very briefly.

Posted: Thursday, Feb 21, 2008 at 12:55 PM by jochta


So Behind

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Why am I so behind in my life? I’m really going through a can’t be arsed phase of my life at the moment. I’m convinced I’ve got the first symptoms of mid-life crisis. I really need to get on top of some things, my life is just drifting and I’m wasting it.

Posted: Monday, Nov 19, 2007 at 02:46 PM by jochta


The Album: Part 4

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This is it the final part….

16 - The Cure - Boys Don’t Cry

Well we don’t do we? Or we’re not supposed to anyway.

17. Hazel O’Connor - Will You?

From one of my favourite films, Breaking Glass. This is a lovely moment in a traumatic film and I’m a softie for a good saxophone solo and there is a cracker in this song.

18. Roy Orbison - I Drove All Night

This belongs to the 7” single days again. The lyrics are quite funny, I drove all night to make love to you, is that all right? No, I’m tired, now bugger off!

19. The Pretenders - I Go To Sleep

I used to go out with a girl who looked exactly like Chrissie Hynde and The Pretenders were one of my favourite bands (still are) at the time! Chrissie was and still is gorgeous.

20. Radiohead - Motion Picture Soundtrack

The song I want played at my funeral! I will see you on the other side, maybe a bit maudlin but it will be my funeral, so tough!

Posted: Thursday, Mar 29, 2007 at 11:51 AM by jochta


The Album: Part 3

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Here comes tracks 11 through 15….

11. Scaffold - Buttons Of Your Mind

The Scaffold were famous for several 2 minute ditties, silly songs. Many people will know many of them, Lily The Pink, Thank You Very Much, Ging Gang Goolie, Liver Birds etc. but might not know the name of the band who wrote them. This track was on the B-side to Lily The Pink which was coincidentally #1 in the singles chart on the day I was born. Another two minute piece of fluff it has my all time favourite lyric.

And I wonder if I ever knew the more elusive inner you,
For the buttons of your mind were difficult to find and my fingers far too clumsy

I sometimes give off the wrong impression of myself to people, which is somewhat deliberate it has to be said. Stand offish, non-approachable, scary, grumpy, taciturn are all words that colleagues have used to describe me! Ah, if only they knew the more elusive inner me smile

This is one of two tracks on the The Album that I had to buy as I only had a vinyl version of the song.

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Posted: Wednesday, Mar 28, 2007 at 11:37 AM by jochta

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