A quiet Weekend



I was intending on getting a lot of household chores done this weekend and also get out to to the lovely Hartsholme Park to take a few shots but in the end we had a weekend doing nothing.  Every year I fully intend to get out to the park with my digital SLR and long lens and document the wildlife over the course of a year, getting out there at least once a month and I keep failing.  Maybe next year.

Doctor Who

This weekend the latest Doctor Who was announced.

The actor Jodie Whittaker has been chosen for that part. I am not sure why there has been the amount of discussion or outrage from some parties.  The Time Lords are aliens, the original creator in the 1980’s raised the idea of regenerations changing genders; and we have the Master and the head of the Gallifreyan guards regenerate and change genders so its well established if your a regular viewer and fan of the program.

The Headphone Socket

The iPhone is the one device that is always with me.  As a consumer of many video blogs and podcasts, I make heavy use of the iPhone’s headphone socket.

This year will see my iPhone reach three year old so I may replace it and pass this onto Caroline.  As the latest iPhone and I am sure this years phone will not have a headphone socket, its time to order a set of the Apple AirPods.  While I could use the Lightning port, as a heavy user the port is better used for topping up my charge so I have plenty of charge through the day.  I often make trips out on the motorcycle and you always want a well charged phone available just in case.

The Leica TL2 is released

Its been rumoured a while but yesterday Leica announced the Leica T’s replacement, the TL2.  The Leica T was a new step and direction for Leica. Some said it was the camera that Apple would make.  Machined from a piece of aluminium with a massive touch screen on the back to customise as you need.

The updated model features a more rounded hand friendly design with the sharp edges removed and all of the features that people loved in the first model.  For me what lets it down is the lack of viewfinder.

The Green Revolution

Here at home we are now in our third year of home energy production.  Over the last few years despite the efforts of some governments backed by the fossil fuel industry the writing is on the wall for traditional energy production.  Solar and wind are now cheaper then coal.

If every home had its own solar, each village a wind turbine, large wind farms out at sea with tidal and wave generation and storage systems, the grid would be much cleaner and flexible.

Currently about a third of our carbon pollution comes from transport.  Its with a lot of interest I have been following the developments of the electric car.  Despite the general perception of the public, electric cars are more then suitable for the majority of us who need cars.  The cheaper electric cars whilst only having a range of around 100 miles are more then suitable for the typical commute that is generally under 25 miles a day.  With most families having a couple of cars they could easily replace one with a short range electric car.

If your an electric car doubter and think they lack performance, range and practicability,  I suggest you check out the YouTube videos for the Tesla S P100D.

The reason for this post is that on Friday the Tesla Model 3 went into production, the first ‘affordable’ mass produced electric car that can travel over 200 miles, charge up over night, so always a full tank when you start your journey and it has a network of superchargers across Europe allowing your to recharge while you have your lunch break.  With very low running costs and low emission (none at the tailpipe), even if you factor in a dirty electric grid which keeps getting cleaner, even on financial grounds not to mention air purity grounds, making our cities cleaner its hard to not think that green is the way to go.

Our car is now over fourteen years old and we will definitely be looking at a car with a plug for its replacement.  What I am really looking forward to is an affordable electric BMW GS, now that would be fun.