Wearing Synergy Swimrun wetsuit outdoors

Wearing the Synergy Swimrun wetsuit outdoors, for the very first time! You will have to take my word for it, it was very cold indeed!

Oh and after doing these photos, I drove over 150 miles home, still wearing the wetsuit!

Synergy Swimrun wetsuit

Synergy Swimrun wetsuit

Synergy Swimrun wetsuit + Neoprene Pup Hood

More photos can be found at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/wetsuits/synergy-swimrun-wetsuit/

VeloViewer Infographic : 23 November 2021 @veloviewer

Here is the updated version of my VeloViewer Infographic. Which shows all my cycling and walking data from 01/01/2021 to 23/11/2021.

So far, I’ve done 4,119 miles of exercise this year. Which is made up of just cycling and walking. All recorded via GPS. If done using steps, it would be 4,600 miles… If not more!

Also had 327 active days… Which means, I’ve done at least one cycle or walk each day this year!

Where it says running… That’s my walking data!

Dunblane railway station, tick!

Can now tick off Dunblane, railway station, which is the northernmost station on the National Rail network to be electrified.

Myself at Dunblane railway station

Dunblane railway station

Dunblane railway station

Many more photos at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/railway-stations/dunblane/

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 20/11/2021

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 6:20pm to 7:15pm | Sunday 21st November 2021)

Time-travelling adventures, following the exploits of the Doctor.

Top Gear (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 21st November 2021)

Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy McGuinness try to spruce up caravanning’s image by undertaking a sports caravan road trip. Plus, Chris heads to Silverstone to test-drive Lamborghini’s £250,000 Huracan STO.

The Lakes with Simon Reeve (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 21st November 2021)

The adventurer explores the impact of humans on the Lake District, discovering that the high number of visitors to Scafell Pike is damaging England’s highest peak and stretching the resources of mountain rescue volunteers. He goes wild swimming in the crystal clear lake of Buttermere, before taking a look at the less-fortunate Derwent Water, one of the many lakes now clogged with invasive New Zealand pygmyweed.

Inside Central Station (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | Sunday 21st November 2021) ** PICK OF THE WEEK **

Trainees Kia and Daniel get used to the realities of customer service, while staff cope with an influx of passengers heading to the seaside to take advantage of the hot weather. Over in Paisley, a busy shift for Scotrail’s hardworking CCTV staff throws up some dangerous-looking activity on platforms across Scotland.

Great British Landmark Fixers (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 29th November 2021)

The team build a Protection Deck and more then 300km of scaffolding cover the Edinburgh North Bridge, encasing it in an exoskeleton of constantly changing steel.

Hornby: A Model World (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 22nd November 2021)

The Intercity 125 gets an overhaul and the pressure is on to design two quick build models of the Ford Mustang in time for the summer holiday.

Shetland (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 24th November 2021)

Niven and Darren are arrested and brought to the station for interview, and while the businessman maintains a cool exterior, Perez senses the guilt in the doctor. The inspector finally brings the investigation to a climax – but has no time to rest when it turns out Donna has one last surprise in store.

Britain’s Scenic Railways (More4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 24th November 2021)

The documentary celebrates the 50th anniversary of classic movie The Railway Children with a steam train ride through the Yorkshire moors and recalls the winter storms that washed away the south Devon.

Scotland’s Best Dog (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | Thursday 25th November 2021)

Three more promising pups compete for the Scotland’s Best Dog title, with Bernese Mountain Dog Brannigan, Luna the miniature Jack Russell and Staffordshire Terrier Tonka showcasing their canine credentials.

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

Middle of November 2021 most popular photos

Below are the top five most looked at photos on this website during November 2021.

Number 1 (62 views) : First time in a hot tub
First time in a hot tub

Number 2 (23 views) : Synergy Swimrun wetsuit
Synergy Swimrun wetsuit

Number 3 (20 views) : Myself at Great Yarmouth railway station
Myself at Great Yarmouth railway station

Number 4 (18 views) : Synergy Swimrun wetsuit
Synergy Swimrun wetsuit

Number 5 (18 views) : Myself at Carlton railway station
Myself at Carlton railway station

Love these photos? Many more at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/me/2021/

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 13/11/2021

Doctor Who (BBC 1/HD | 6:30pm to 7:20pm | Sunday 14th November 2021)

On a planet that should not exist, in the aftermath of apocalypse, the Doctor, Dan, Yaz and Vinder face a battle to survive. Starring Jodie Whittaker, Mandip Gill and John Bishop.

Top Gear (BBC 1/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Sunday 14th November 2021)

Motoring magazine.

The Lakes with Simon Reeve (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 14th November 2021) ** NEW SERIES & PICK OF THE WEEK **

The adventurer explores the beautiful and unique landscapes of the Lake District, beginning by meeting Cumbrians with different visions for the future of England’s biggest national park. He talks to members of a campaign group trying to protect the remaining red squirrels, a traditional farmer who feels that his ancient way of life is on the point of extinction, and an 18-year-old student who runs a 1,500-acre farm.

Inside Central Station (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | Sunday 14th November 2021)

Staff help to arrange a marriage proposal under the station’s famous clock, while the Caledonian Sleeper is taking one brave young passenger to London. At the rail depot, the engineering team is hard at work making sure passengers enjoy the smoothest possible ride.

Scotland from the Sky (BBC 1 Scotland & BBC iPlayer only | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 15th November 2021)

James Crawford begins his journey with Scotland’s lost canal just outside Glasgow, and then travels back to the heyday of airship travel, the abandoned island of Mingulay. He also discovers the dark history of Inchkeith Island in the Firth of Forth, and ends on the Isle of Lewis, where archaeologists have recently discovered what might be a lost stone circle.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Monday 15th November 2021)

Tim Dunn visits the historic Grade 1 Curzon Street Station, to be reborn as part of the terminus for HS2, the rail link between London and Birmingham.

Hornby: A Model World (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 15th November 2021)

After visiting an original Mosquito at the de Havilland aircraft museum, Airfix designer Paramjit attempts to shrink the wooden wonder to 1:72 scale.

DIY SOS (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 16th November 2021)

Comedian Rhod Gilbert dons his hard hat as guest presenter for this ambitious build in Brandesburton near Hull, East Yorkshire. The team are joined by local volunteers to transform an overgrown 2.5 acres into a purpose-built adventure campsite for the St Michael’s Youth Project (St Mike’s), which receives funding from Children in Need.

Shetland (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 17th November 2021)

Having reached a dead end, Perez returns to the incident board in a fresh search for clues and soon finds that Carrie McAndrew, the chef on Eamon’s boat, was in debt to Niven Guthrie. Fiona Bedford also reveals that her husband is tracking her whereabouts, so must have known about her affair with Galbraith. Armed with this information, Perez delves deeper into Bedford’s movements on the day of Galbraith’s death. Meanwhile, as Donna grows weaker she asks Duncan for one last favour, a request that leaves him horrified.

Britain’s Scenic Railways (More4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 17th November 2021)

The documentary follows the route of the Hogwarts Express to Glenfinnan station, where a piece of railway history is up for sale. A Highlands helicopter ride reveals how climate change is threatening the line, and cameras follow efforts to restore a cherished steam locomotive to the Strathspey Railway.

Scotland’s Best Dog (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only Thursday 18th November 2021) ** NEW SERIES **

Proud pet owners and their hopeful hounds compete for the coveted Golden Bone trophy. Along with their proud humans, each week three pooches will be tested on a number of challenges before a panel of judges – dog-lover Kaye Adams, animal behaviourist River McDonald and SSPCA veteran, and dog trainer, Alan Grant.

Walking Britain’s Lost Railways (Channel 5/HD | 7:00pm to 8:00pm | Friday 19th November 2021)

Rob Bell explores the lost railways of Northern Ireland, starting in Belfast, where they helped to create a city and a world-renowned shipbuilding centre. Rob’s railway route takes him from the Irish Sea to the Atlantic coast, and, on a visit to Armagh, he learns of a campaign to restore the Belfast to Armagh route and visits the site of the Armagh railway disaster, which proved a watershed moment for railway safety.

Susan Calman’s Grand Day Out (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 19th November 2021)

The presenter explores Kent, and investigates the curiously named Leeds Castle. She also takes a look round Chatham and its historic dockyard, which, as it turns out, is home to not only the world’s only working Victorian Ropery, but also Britain’s only female master rope maker. Susan concludes her trip at one of the most iconic and recognisable views of Britain – the White Cliffs of Dover.

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

Various photos at Norwich railway station : 11-11-2021

It’s changed at Norwich railway station, since I last went in 2019. Back then Class 90s were still running on the London Liverpool Street – Norwich line. They are all know gone and been replaced with the much better Class 745s.

 Norwich railway station

Norwich railway station

Norwich railway station

Many more photos at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/railway-stations/norwich/

Berney Arms railway station, tick!!

Berney Arms railway station, has been on my list for a good number of years! It really did live up to my to expectations!! It could well be in my top 10 favourite stations in the UK…

Mark G, Cooper and myself at Berney Arms railway station

Myself at Berney Arms railway station

Berney Arms railway station

More photos can be found at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/railway-stations/berney-arms/

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