Happy first birthday wishes for LNER’s Azuma trains

Happy first birthday to LNER’s Azuma trains, which celebrate a full year, since being launched into passenger service.

LNER Azuma at Grantham railway station
LNER Azuma at London King's Cross railway station
Old, meets new at Grantham railway station
LNER Class 800 Azuma 800104 at Grantham railway station

Many more photos can be found at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/trains/class-800/

Middle of May 2020 most popular photos

Below are the top five most looked at photos on this website during May 2020.

Number 1 (113 views) : Hunter inline skinsuit Team Britain 2018
Hunter inline skinsuit Team Britain 2018

Number 2 (42 views) : Castelli Body Paint 3.3 Speed Suit
Castelli Body Paint 3.3 Speed Suit

Number 3 (35 views) : Hunter inline skinsuit Team Britain 2018
Hunter inline skinsuit Team Britain 2018

Number 4 (31 views) : Hunter inline skinsuit Team Britain 2018
Hunter inline skinsuit Team Britain 2018

Number 5 (27 views) : Hunter inline skinsuit Team Britain 2018
Hunter inline skinsuit Team Britain 2018

Looking for a new host…

Think it’s time to give me with my current host! Been with them since 2003. But in the last number of weeks, my website has been going off-line at least 15+ times, a day for around 5 minutes at a time.

All they keep telling me to upgrade to WordPress Hosting plan. Which is no use to me at all, since I need access to more than one database! One to host the main part of this website, then another host Zenphoto, also need subdomains. So why would I pay more, but get less?!?!?

At least during this lockdown, I’ve got time to sort things like this out!

So here is list of the main things I need:-

  • Free Website Statistics (AWStats) – Use them for my photos stats
  • Free SSL Certificate (Let’s Encrypt)
  • FTP access with at least of support for SFTP and SCP
  • At least 50 GB of hosting space
  • PHP at least version 7.5
  • Need at least 5 subdomains
  • Need to be Linux server
  • Unmetered traffic
  • Also want 99.9% Uptime Guarantee! (So not going off-line around every hour, like my current host)

Sure I have missed things, they are main ones!

P.S. My website went off-line at least 3 times, while just doing this blog post! That’s how bad it’s got!!

Now done 60% of #walk1000miles – 2020

walk1000miles - 2020That’s me now done 60% of #walk1000miles. So 599.94 miles down and 400.06 miles left to go!

Keep up-to-date with all my cycling and walking adventures over at www.strava.com/athletes/gsvalentine

Will be doing vlogs again soon!

All going well, I will start doing new vlogs again from this Wednesday. Not done one since, 21st February… So about time, I fixed that!

What should you like me to talk about? Also what, should I wear for it?

So far on Twitter, people have posted the following:-

  • If possible and it’s not raining anything white
  • Spider-Man suit but without the wetsuit underneath this time
  • All 12 wetsuits and Lycra?
  • Lycra, obviously
  • Your new Team GB skinsuit
  • Skinsuit!
  • Either the new England Skinsuit, or your Zone3 wetsuit?
  • Hooded wetsuit

Did 103.2 miles of cycling last week!

So pleased with myself, I did 103.2 miles of cycling last week. Making it the most miles, I’ve done this year in single week. But of course, that may sound great… But I’ve done 100 mile in single cycle before. So will only be extra happy, when I got closer to doing, 200 miles in single week!

At least one good thing, about not going back to work, till at least July (can see it, being much longer) and being told by the UK government, we can go out take unlimited outdoor exercise. I will not feel so bad about doing much longer cycles!

Here are some of my favourite cycling photos from last week.

Castelli Body Paint 3.3 Speed Suit
Hunter inline skinsuit Team Britain 2018
Hunter inline skinsuit Team Britain 2018
Hunter inline skinsuit Team Britain 2018

Of course, many more photos can be found at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/me/2020/

All the roads, I’ve covered so far in 2020

Loving this map from VeloViewer which shows all the roads, I’ve cycled on so far during 2020! Over the coming days, weeks and months, will trying filling in even more of the squares!

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 09/05/2020

Paddington Station 24/7 - 14/05/2020 BT TV appOff the Tracks: Inside Central Station (BBC Scotland/HD & BBC iPlayer only | Sunday 10th May 2020)

Staff and passengers of Glasgow Central Station celebrate its 140th birthday with a special party on the concourse, while supervisor Allison helps rescue a young owl.

The Architecture The Railways Built (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Tuesday 12th May 2020)

Tim Dunn goes behind the scenes at London’s King’s Cross station and finds out about the disused funicular railway hidden in the Avon Gorge in Bristol, blasted out of the cliff.

Paddington Station 24/7 (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 14th May 2020)

Documentary following 12 months of Paddington train station and the Western network, following the staff, engineers, drivers and signalers who keep the railway running. Cheltenham races sees thousands of extra passengers arrive – many of whom fancy an early morning tipple – while chaos ensues when a passenger chases a fraudster round the station, accusing him of selling her out-of-date football tickets. In Swindon, the control room staff hear that heavy rainfall might cause flooding and block the mainline to Cornwall – leaving them facing a big decision.

The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm| Friday 15th May 2020)

A 500-mile journey across South Africa in a luxury hotel train, which travels between Pretoria and Durban on the coast over the course of three days. The first stop along the way is Nambiti Private Game Reserve, home to rhinos and elephants, before moving on to the country’s most famous battlefields and the Drakensberg Mountains. Passengers have a chance to explore the ancient art of the San people and visit a vineyard that produces some of South Africa’s finest wines. Narrated by Bill Nighy.

Portillo’s Empire Journey (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 15th May 2020)

Michael Portillo tells the story of how a small island on the edge of Europe built the biggest empire the world has ever seen. In the first episode, Michael travels to India to uncover how the British East India Company – the world’s first multinational corporation – raised a private army to create an empire. Beginning his journey in the slums of Kolkata, he explores the ruins of the grand residence of Clive of India, who became the undisputed ruler of Bengal – amassing a vast personal fortune and making millions for shareholders in Britain.

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

Bourne to Saxby Railway line photos : 08-May-2020

Time to restart a project, that I started back in 2014. Which was trying to take a photo of every bridge, tunnel and viaduct, that still remain on the old railway line between Bourne and Saxby.

So here are some photos of old line, I got during today’s cycle :).

28 Bridge on Bourne to Saxby railway line
28 Bridge on Bourne to Saxby railway line
28 Bridge on Bourne to Saxby railway line
28 Bridge on Bourne to Saxby railway line
37 Bridge on Bourne to Saxby railway line
37 Bridge on Bourne to Saxby railway line
37 Bridge on Bourne to Saxby railway line
37 Bridge on Bourne to Saxby railway line

Check out www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/england/bourne-to-saxby-railway-line/ for the photos, I’ve got so far, plus a map! 🙂

lululemon Move and Stay Connected Challenge ✅

lululemon Move and Stay Connected ChallengeThat’s me completed yet another Strava challenge, this time the “lululemon Move and Stay Connected Challenge

Please do check out my profile at www.strava.com/athletes/gsvalentine and better still follow me. Oh and do remember, if it’s not on Strava, it did not happen! FACT!!!!

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