Vlog: Another one leaves the track

Yet another great member of staff leaves the Peterborough Greyhound Stadium. It’s getting very sad, lots of members of staff are leaving. Some of which, I have worked with for 4 years. Which happens most years in September, when they leave to start university.

When they do leave, we of course have to give them a great send off!

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 31/08/2013

The Lost Hero of 9/11 (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 2nd September 2013)

When the Twin Towers collapsed on September 11, 2001, almost everyone underneath them was killed. But two men were trapped, buried alive, 30 feet deep, under the rubble. As fires raged around them, the official rescue effort had been suspended, and they thought they were going to die, until they heard a voice shouting ‘US Marine Corps; can anybody hear me?’ This man then climbed down and saved them, before disappearing without a trace. His identity remained a mystery.

Silent Witness: Buried Lies. Series 1, episode 1 (Drama | 9:00pm to 11:00pm | Tuesday 3rd September 2013)

Edgy crime drama with the great Amanda Burton as the female forensic pathologist who has a habit of cracking the cases that the police can’t. A feature-length episode, originally shown in two parts. Suspecting that a drowned child had been a victim of physical abuse, Dr Ryan reopens another case involving a child’s death. The common factor, Gary Philips, was the mother’s partner at the time of the death three years earlier.

Bad Education (BBC3 | 10:00pm to 10:30pm | Tuesday 3rd September 2013)

School-based sitcom. Abbey Grove’s new term kicks off with the annual swimming gala and headmaster Mr Fraser decides to pay homage to the fact the UK recently hosted the greatest show on earth, Splash, by ending it with their very own synchronised diving competition. Alfie and his class don’t usually take part in the gala, but lured by a cash bet with deputy headmistress Miss Pickwell he decides to bribe them with a group trip to a restaurant and enter the event. The first day back is also a chance for Alfie to catch up with his girlfriend Miss Gulliver, but he’s shocked to find out that he isn’t in a relationship with her at all, and even more shocked to find out who she is actually dating.

Grand Designs (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 4th September 2013)

Kevin McCloud returns with a new series of the popular property show. Gwyn and Kate were desperate for more space for their growing family and had set on building a traditional new house for themselves. But their plans changed when they fell for a decaying classic 1920s cinema in the heart of their home town of Thorne in South Yorkshire. With little knowledge of either restoration or building, they boldly set about renovating and extending this wreck to make a family home. Their ideas about having a conventional place to live are thrust aside by their old school friend, an architect who convinces them to use concrete – and masses of it – to turn their dilapidated building into an unlikely homage to modernism. Behind the beautifully restored 1920s facade, brutal concrete walls emerge, as well as massive expanses of glass.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 10:50pm | Wednesday 4th September 2013)

Mayor of London Boris Johnson is the celebrity guest as he joins host Adam Hills and co-hosts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker to take a look at the weird and wonderful stories of the week, live in front of a studio audience. The show also features the all-encompassing question: Is It OK? Viewers at home and the studio audience are encouraged to ask this question about anything from the week, without fear of judgement, and the three hosts attempt to step into the minefield of sometimes difficult and delicate areas and answer the questions with their own unique insight.

Waterloo Road (BBC1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 5th September 2013)

School-based drama. As the school mourns the loss of Tom, Audrey gets out of her depth when she suspects new pupils, Lenny and Lisa, are being neglected. Elsewhere, newly qualified science teacher Sue feels the pressure while deputy head Simon harbours a secret.

The Railway: First Great Western (Channel 5 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 5th September 2013)

Documentary series following the working lives of the staff of First Great Western, one of Britain’s largest train operating companies. Problems arise when 15,000 extra passengers descend on one tiny station, tempers boil over when the Glastonbury music festival disrupts the regular commute, a station goes on lockdown when a man falls onto the tracks and a picturesque branch line receives a royal visit.

Mum and Dad are Splitting Up (BBC2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 5th September 2013)

With a third of British children living with only one biological parent, this simple but revealing film ventures into the heart of British family life to ask young people about their experience of their parents’ breakup. Based entirely on honest, intimate interviews with both young people and their parents, drawing out the complex feelings and secrets that took root in the family when mum and dad split up. In the process, both parents and their offspring find themselves asking questions of each other that have remained unsaid for years, and being frequently surprised by the answers.

Big School (BBC1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30pm | Friday 6th September 2013)

Comedy series set in a secondary school. Miss Postern warns the other teachers to be sensitive with troubled pupil Josh when his mother runs off with a Maasai tribesman. Perhaps giving him a part in the bold reimagining of Romeo and Juliet put on by the drama department will take his mind off things. Mr Church has lost his job as theatre critic for the school magazine, so Miss Postern steps in to watch the show with Josh’s dad for company. Could Mr Church be just a little bit jealous?

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.

Had a fabulous time in Skegness

I would like to thank Adam, Richard and Emilie for a fabulous bank holiday Monday in Skegness. Oh and big thanks Emilie for doing all the driving, oh and the picnic of course!!

Richard, Adam and myself at Skegness

More photos to follow. Once I get a copy of them, from Emilie :D.

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 24/08/2013

The Cycle Show (itv4 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 26th August 2013)

The cycling magazine show with regular presenter Graham Little including special guests and items and features on all aspects of bike riding.

Dreaming the Impossible: Unbuilt Britain (BBC 4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 26th August 2013)

Dr Olivia Horsfall Turner presents a series telling the stories behind some of the grandest designs never built. She looks at two instances where destruction created a clean slate and led to plans for revolutionary changes to Britain’s biggest cities. When London was razed to the ground by the Great Fire of 1666, architect Sir Christopher Wren presented King Charles II with a vision for a completely new city. Wren wanted the medieval winding streets and courtyards replaced by Parisian-style avenues and piazzas. However, although Wren’s design for St Paul’s Cathedral did become a reality London was reconstructed on essentially the same street plan. Three centuries later, Glasgow was beset by overcrowding and slum housing. Planner Robert Bruce proposed demolishing the entire city centre to create a 1940s vision of the future with tower blocks ringed by a motorway. Although his plan was not fully realised, many of his ideas were carried out and the M8 motorway is its most visible legacy.

Restoration Home (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Wednesday 28th August 2013)

Despite living in Kent, Geri and her husband decided to buy their dream home, Barnhill, in Devon without even commissioning a survey, but quickly discovered if they had, they might have run a mile. Barnhill was in a critical condition. As the restoration begins so too does a race against time to prevent it collapsing, and Geri quickly doubles her expected restoration budget. As efforts to save the gothic fantasy grow in intensity so too does its history. Believed to date back to the 18th century, Barnhill was always a subject of mystery and speculation in the village. The historical investigation could even explain the reason the original build was so poorly executed. As the financial cost of saving the house overtakes what it could ever be worth, Geri has to take some tough decisions. As Geri attempts to rescue the old house she starts to lose control of what the final impact of saving Barnhill will have on her budget, and on her.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm to 10:50pm | Wednesday 28th August 2013)

Dara O Briain is the celebrity guest as host Adam Hills and co-hosts Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker take a look at the weird and wonderful stories of the week, live in front of a studio audience. The show also features the all-encompassing question: Is It OK? Viewers at home and the studio audience are encouraged to ask this question about anything from the week, without fear of judgement, and the three hosts attempt to step into the minefield of sometimes difficult and delicate areas and answer the questions with their own unique insight.

The Railway: First Great Western (Channel 5 | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 29th August 2013)

Documentary series following the working lives of the staff of First Great Western, one of Britain’s largest train operating companies. Just two months into the role, Paddington’s duty station manager Simon Jeffery faces a major disruption as a fire has caused signal failure and all services are delayed or cancelled. On a Swansea to Paddington late-night service, train manager Jodie picks her way through the party-goers and tries to get boozy passengers on and off the train safely.

The Burrowers: Animals Underground (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10pm | Friday 30th August 2013)

Chris Packham reveals the underground world of badgers, water voles and rabbits. In specially created full-scale replica burrows it is summer, and all the burrowers face a new challenge – they must leave their home and learn to survive outside. The rabbit warren is full to bursting and, never seen before, two female rabbits are sharing a nest with 17 baby rabbits. For the first time, Chris and his team of experts use 3D mapping to reveal how a wild rabbit warren expands and evolves over time.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.

Cycled to/from work, third Wednesday in row

Well pleased with myself. Just got back from cycling to and from work (Peterborough Greyhound Stadium) for the third Wednesday in a row! So really hope that the weather is good next Wednesday. So I can make it four in a row!

I will now leave you with the route statistics. No point in posting the maps again. Since I used mainly the same route as the last two times.

Little Bytham to Peterborough Greyhound Stadium route statistics:-

  • Start time: 3:49 pm.
  • Distance: 22.48 miles.
  • Time: 1:35:08 (h:m:s).
  • Elapsed Time: 1:39:08 (h:m:s).
  • Avg Speed: 14.2 mph.
  • Max Speed: 29.1 mph.

Peterborough Greyhound Stadiumto Little Bytham route statistics:-

  • Start time: 11:08 pm
  • Distance: 22.39 miles.
  • Time: 1:39:37 (h:m:s).
  • Elapsed Time: 1:53:57 (h:m:s).
  • Avg Speed: 13.5 mph.
  • Max Speed: 29.8 mph.

Data from: Garmin Connect.

Lucas Cruikshank “Fred” comes out!

The US children’s TV presenter Lucas Cruikshank has publicly come out as gay in a YouTube video shot with British actress Jennifer Veal.

The 19-year-old made a name for himself through viral YouTube videos as ‘Fred’, before switching to kids TV on Nickelodeon.

Third ever 100 mile cycle

Yes, just done it again!! For the third year in a row, I have done a 100 mile cycle!! Next year my 100 mile cycle with be the Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100. That’s if I get a place of course!

I will now leave you with the route map, elevation graph, route statistics and photos.

Route map:-

19-08-2013 bike ride

Elevation graph:

19-08-2013 bike ride elevation graph

Route statistics:-

  • Start time: 11:21 am.
  • Distance: 100.08 miles.
  • Time: 7:45:44 (h:m:s).
  • Elapsed Time: 10:45:37 (h:m:s).
  • Avg Speed: 12.9 mph.
  • Max Speed: 32.3 mph.
  • Elevation Gain: 1,392 meters.
  • Min Elevation: 8 meters.
  • Max Elevation: 179 meters.

Data from: Garmin Connectconnect.garmin.com/modern/activity/361871039.

Photos from the cycle:-

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Glasgow 2014 ticket application

Glasgow 2014 XX Commonwealth GamesI have just filled out application form to try to get ticket’s for the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games!! Wish me luck! I have put my name down for the following tickets:-

  • Opening Ceremony – Wednesday, 23 July – 19:30 – 23:00
  • Cycling: Track – Thursday, 24 July – 11:00 – 13:45
  • Cycling: Track – Thursday, 24 July – 16:00 – 18:45
  • Closing Ceremony – Sunday, 3 August – 19:30 – 23:00

I really hope that I get some. Since Glasgow, will always be my home town and it’s one of the best places in the UK, if not the best. I like to think so anyway!

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