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Friday 6 December 2019.  I'm already in 2020, well, I've just got some new specs which bring back 20:20 vision apparently.  Some trouble initially - should have gone to Specsavers.  I did.

Monday 18 November 2019.
  Had the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPV) today.  It should keep those nasty Streptococcus pneumoniae bugs and pneumonia at bay for the rest of my life.

Tuesday 12 November 2019.  It's flush-the-central-heating-system day.  Cleaner (Fernox F3) was added 7 days ago.  Now the brown/black sludge is drained off and the radiators are repeatedly filled and drained until the water is clear - well, more like the colour of apple juice.  Then inhibitor (Fernox F1) is added and it's good for another ten years.

Monday 28 October 2019.  First frost of autumn. 
It was 0.5C this morning - the fig tree did not like it and curled its leaves in rage.

Wednesday 23 October 2019.
 
Three holes in my arms - flu jab, shingles vax and blood sampled for numerous tests.  Pneumonia vax next month.  And I did not faint.
 
Saturday 19 October 2019.  Walked from Tenby to Saundersfoot along 4 or so miles of the wonderful Pembrokeshire Coast Path.  Stayed at The Grove in the 343 per night Bramble suite, for free! 
Sunday, we attended Bethesda church in Narberth - hear the minister preach without sermon notes. 

Tuesday 17 September 2019.  Had a splendid afternoon with 14 ministers at the Reading Evangelical Leaders Forum (ELF) speaking about bioethical issues.  Some want to take practical action against abortion.  We shall see.  I did my best to chivvy them along.

Monday 2 September 2019.  Took Lazy Lady off her moorings.  Not a great fishing season - the weather was poor so out only five times and caught only 76 fish, about half of which are already eaten.   

Tuesday 23 July 2019.  This morning / afternoon, we went fishing for the first time this year.  It was 23 mackerel caught on the 23rd.  So it was mackerel fillet in a white bread bun with horseradish and yoghurt plus some salad for lunch.  Two hours from sea to table - that is fresh, fresh fish. 

Wednesday 17 July 2019.  We launched Lazy Lady this morning.  It rained soon after.  Oh, for some sun, some calm seas and some fresh fish!

Tuesday 2 July 2019.  Yesterday a tiny chip of concrete flew in my right eye while I was angle grinding - yes, I was wearing glasses, goggles and a face mask.  A&E doctors failed to remove it.  Oh, the pain.  Today another A&E doctor rolled back my eyelid and washed out the offending grit.  The pain gradually subsided.  Hooray for the NHS!

Friday 14 June 2019.  Just finished delivering 9 lectures on bioethical issues, over three Friday mornings and with over 1,000 PowerPoint slides, at the London Seminary.  What a privilege.

Monday 20 May 2019. 
What a weekend!  Thursday to London Seminary.  Friday delivered 3 bioethics lectures.  Saturday chased Mr Bunyan around Bedford.  Sunday
witnessed our eldest grandchild, Esther (aged 15), and her father, Simeon, being baptised at Monyhull Church, Birmingham.  Soli Deo Gloria.

Saturday 4 May 2019. 
For dinner tonight, the last of last year's mackerel catch.  From the freezer and just about as tasty as if it were caught today.  Looking forward to this year's catch starting in July.


Saturday 20 April 2019. 
All the fence panels are now installed, even a home-made 535 mm wide one.  And they are as straight as straight can be.  And they look pretty.  Now onto summer project 2, the fruit and veg garden.

Tuesday 2 April 2019. 
The last post - seven 600 mm deep holes have been dug through recalcitrant shale and seven 1.83 m fence posts have been concreted in.  It's been a struggle that, thankfully, will not need to be repeated anytime soon.

Thursday 28 March 2019.  
 
National Orchestra of Wales concert at the Aberystwyth Arts Centre - the overly-brassy Borodin's Prince Igor and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 5 book-ended Rodrigo's wonderful moody Concierto de Aranjeuz played by the fabulous 24-year-old guitarist Thibaut Garcia.  A night to remember.

Wednesday 13 March 2019.  
  
My new passport arrived today, six days later than Wendy's.  The question is: will we ever use them?

Friday 1 March 2019.  
 
Dydd Gŵyl Dewi Hapus!  Happy St David's Day!  We applied for new passports online today, even taking and adding our own (unflattering) digital mugshots.  Cost = 151 + p&p!  Sent separately to the Peterborough and Durham Passport Offices - weird?

Monday 25 February 2019.  The warmest February day on record in the UK - it was 20.3C in Aberystwyth.  The first time a temperature over 20C has been recorded in winter.  I even had to mow the grass.

Wednesday 20 February 2019.  Fitted another cartridge valve to the Bristan shower.  The last one was fitted on 23 February 2018, so it lasted just about a year, but the boys at Bristan refused to replace it under their one-year guarantee because I had bought it the previous October.  There is a design fault and a lack of goodwill somewhere here.

Tuesday 12 February 2019. 
Fitted 26 kitchen cabinet handles this morning.  They were replacements for the 5-year-old, sub-standard original things which 'peeled'.  Good 'ole Magnet exchanged them free and gratis.

Friday 1 February 2019. 
We came out of a Dry January - it was not difficult and we felt neither better nor worse for the experience.  And 'no' we are not about to try going vegan!

Monday 28 January 2019. 
The Prunus nigra flowered - right on time.  Some serious snow is forecast for later this week.  I hope so!

Tuesday 8 January 2019. 
Happy New Year!  The oil man came today - 1,500 litres for 706.39 which is just 15 more than last year. 

Wednesday 26 December 2018.  Yes, I've made it - unlike the last two Christmases, I've got through the current festivities without being bed-ridden
by the foulest of colds.  'Hang in there until at least the New Year', I tell myself.

Tuesday 20 November 2018. 
The battery in the Renault Megane has died.  A 'cheap' non-Renault replacement costs a whopping 149.00 + 20% VAT.  At least Wendy won't have to wrap this as my Christmas present.

Monday 12 November 2018. 
It pays to shop around.  John Lewis asked for 199.84 to renew our home contents insurance.  Saga offered an identical - actually a slightly better - policy for 69.80.  It's called a no-brainer.

Monday 29 October 2018. 
The first frost of the season.  It was
-1.5C this morning - white and pretty outside, warm and cosy inside.

Wednesday 10 October 2018.  Back from a few days celebrating Wendy's big birthday at The Grove in Pembrokeshire - visited Narberth, Laugharne and St David's, walked Stackpole Quay, Barafundle Bay and Broad Haven.  Just lovely.

Mo
nday 1 October 2018.
  At last, finished painting the Tyrolean walls of the house, well the front half.  Two coats, mostly off a ladder.  That's enough - the back half next year.  And so end external renovations for 2018.


Monday 10 September 2018.  
Lazy Lady is off her harbour moorings and in our back garden.  The fishing season, at least, for us, is over.  A decent catch this year, a total of 138 fish from 14 trips out.
 

Friday 17 August 2018.  While my dirty, polluting, petrol-guzzling Renault Clio was in the repair garage, I was lent an eco-friendly, electric Renault Zoe.  What fun and a taste of the future when we shall all be driving such two-pedal, silent cars.  I was impressed - how the milk float has advanced.

Tuesday 7 August 2018.  The Brumettes (Esther 15, Rachel 13 and Naomi 11) are with us for the week.  Yesterday, we climbed Pen Dinas and swam in the sea off South Beach in Aberystwyth.  Today, an early start to climb Snowdon, the highest peak in Wales (1,085 metres or 3,560 feet).  It was a 2.25-h drive there, then a 3.5-h ascent (via the Llanberis path), a 1-h lunch and photographs at the summit, a 3-h descent, plus a 2.25-h drive back.  We were bushed.  There was 100% mist going up, but the sun came out on the way down.  Lovely all-round experience.  Tomorrow, Machynlleth market
then crabbing in Aberystwyth harbour.


Monday 16 July 2018.  Caught another 8 mackerel quickly this morning before the rain drove us back to the harbour.  Weve not seen rain for about 6 weeks - today's was a welcome 0.5 inches.
 

Saturday 14 July 2018.  Out fishing in Cardigan Bay for the first time this year - calm, blue, bright and hot.  Caught 8 mackerel to eat with the first of our runner beans and black cherries from the tree.  This is summer.

Friday 13 July 2018.  Up at 06.00 and out by 07.00 to the harbour to launch Lazy Lady - all calm and lovely.  Hoping for some serious fishing during the next few weeks.

Wednesday 27 June 2018.  The current heatwave hit a peak this afternoon - the mercury rose to a staggering 39C by our backdoor.  Some cooling rain would be nice.

Tuesday 19 June 2018.  Caught the 05.30 milk train to London to arrive at Euston at 10.13.  I had a meeting from 11.00 to 14.30.  Then it was the 15.43 train back to Aber at 20.20.  A new adventure!

Friday 15 June 2018.  Romeo and Juliet at the Royal Shakespeare Company's theatre at Stratford-upon-Avon.  Thrilling, gripping and at times frightening - what a wonderful production despite the modern dress and some trans characters.

Saturday 26 May 2018.  Renovating a tired lawn - over the last 10 days, I've scarified, fertilized, mowed, over-seeded and top-dressed it.  It now looks awful, but in a week or two it should look lush, like Wimbledon centre court.  Thunderstorms are forecast for tomorrow - excellent, just on time.

Tuesday 8 May 2018.  Finished painting Tyrolean end wall of the house with two coats of Weathershield masonry paint - 8 litres in total, up a ladder, for 3.5 hours each coat.  Phew!

Friday 27 April 2018.  Today marks 50 years since the Abortion Act 1967 came into force since then, there have been almost 9 million abortions in Great Britain.

Friday 13 April 2018.  A day in London.  Free concert at St James's Church, Piccadilly by the Solem Quartet (Haydn and Bartk - wonderful), Charles 1: King and Collector exhibition at the Royal Academy (OK, a bit dull) and dinner at Bentley's Oyster Bar & Grill (nice, but overpriced).


Friday 6 April 2018.  The first grass cutting of the year - despite the cold Spring, this is about the usual time to get out the Flymo.
 

Friday 30 March 3018.  At last the Prunus nigra has flowered, albeit sparsely thanks to a pair of hungry bullfinches - this is the latest date ever for our tree.  Could that be because of global cooling?

Wednesday 21 March 2018.  Collected a Renault Megane replacement key for the one we lost somewhere, sometime.   It cost an eye-watering 217.83 - that won't happen again.                                      

Tuesday 20 March 2018.   The Spring equinox, when the length of day and night are equal, and it's goodbye to winter and hello to spring.   It was -2.5C here this morning, but that is irrelevant. 
 

Monday 5 March 2018.  Our way out, the A44 between Aberystwyth and Llangurig, has been impassable for the last four days - the snow drifts were cleared last night.  We've returned to 'civilisation'.

Friday 23 February 2018.  Today I have painted the top of my desk with floor paint (yes, it's brilliant stuff) and replaced the valve cartridge in the shower (slightly tricky, but gratifying) - the triumphs of DIY.

Monday 12 February 2018.  The Big Clearance begins - long overdue, we have bitten the bullet by sorting, saving or shedding 40 years of household 'stuff' including toys, clothes, electronics and pure junk, even my fishing rod and reel that I bought when I was ten years old.

Monday 1 January 2018.  A happy New Year to all my (few and special) readers.  My cold is abating, the sun is out and a pheasant has just strutted up our garden - a happy New Year indeed!

Monday 25 December 2017.  Oh no, not again!  I have started a cold on Christmas Day.  This time, despite the malady, we have eaten well, with thankfulness.

Friday 22 December 2017.  Wendy's big Christmas present arrives - a tumble dryer.  Our house is now looking even more like a Bosch showroom with five such big German appliances in the garage and three in the kitchen.  Bitte schn.

Wednesday 6 December 2017.  Two men from Carpetright came and laid vast expanses of beige carpet throughout about half of the house.  It looks gorgeous.  But now its shoes off at the front door and all eats/drinks in the dining room - well, for a couple of months.

Monday 20 November 2017.  Mr Oil came early this morning.  1,500 litres for 691.43 - considerably more than last time, but that was 21 months ago.  We're now dreaming of a warm, white Christmas!

Wednesday 8 November 2017.  First frost of the autumn/winter.  It was -1.0C this morning, but wonderfully sunny.  The long-range forecast is for an Arctic winter.

Wednesday 4 October 2017.  'The length of our days is seventy years ...' (Psalm 90:10).  Yes indeed, today mine are.  And I am both content and thankful. 

Wednesday 20 September 2107.  After 13 years, my last day sitting on the magistrates' bench.  As everyone knows, those approaching 70 are quite incapable of making sound judgements.

Tuesday 19 September 2017After CT scans, multiple tests and numerous examinations, Wendy was discharged from Bronglais Hospital.  She is OK, dog-tired, but cheerful.  The headaches and aphasia continue but the former are readily controllable (paracetamol) and the latter is improving.

Friday 15 September 2017.  Yesterday, while I was lecturing at the Wilberforce Academy, Cambridge, Wendy had a sudden headache and lost her speech and comprehension.  When we arrived back at Aberystwyth we went straight to A&E and the diagnosis was an aneurysm in an artery of her brain.

Monday 21 August 2017.  An unusual purchase today - a bath and taps.  Yes, that old cast-iron bath is finally going to be replaced by a sleek Carronite model with smart Bristan taps and a cute pop-up waste.

Friday  11 August 2017. 
Just back from a jolly week with the family (8 adults and 8 children) at a farm cottage (sleeps 22) in the Brecon Beacons.  The area, quite unknown to us, is scenically beautiful.

Tuesday 1 August 2017.  Ordered a new carpet for the hall, lounge, landings and stairs.  It will be fitted in October, after the bathroom has been renovated.  Is there no end to home improvements?

Saturday 29 July 2017. 
Exactly 45 years ago we were married.  We celebrated in the Crickhowell area by climbing Table Mountain and staying at the Gliffaes Country House Hotel - wonderful grounds, decent food.


Friday 14 July 2017.  Sent off my driving licence application form (confusing and ambiguous) for the over-70s together with my old green licence (issued in 1977) and a truly awful mugshot.
 

Saturday 1 July 2017.  The pictures have been rehung, the doors have handles again, the sockets and light switches are back on the walls and two new smoke alarms have been installed.  Now onto the lounge!

Monday 26 June 2017.  Ah, the joys of home decorating.  The repairing and preparing and painting of just the hall and two landings have taken 3 weeks - those architraves, window frames, balustrades, skirting and ten doors.  Soon be over!

Friday 9 June 2017.  At long last we have a replacement for our written-off Clio.  It's another Clio, same shape, same colour, just with more updated gismos.  The registration is CV10 NLC to be remembered as Naomi Likes Cake.

Monday 5 June 2017.  To London, despite the terrorist attack on London Bridge two days ago.  Now a subdued city.  A National Gallery tour with Gayna Pelham - the best so far.  Dinner at Clos Maggiore (advertised as the most romantic restaurant in London) - one of the best so far.

Thursday 1 June 2017.  The official start of Summer.  Today we joined the 21st century and installed a dishwasher.  I have mixed feelings - I shall miss the nightly post-dinner tryst with my wife as she washed and I dried and put away!

Wednesday 24 May 2017.  Ran to Jones' drive and back in 25 minutes and 15 seconds - a new target to beat.  I've not run this route for 7 whole months and now I'm just 7 seconds slower.

Wednesday 17 May 2017.  Back to my young ways - twice round the village in 11 minutes 56 seconds, a BMI of 21.98 and a weight of 11 stone 3 pounds.  Some times I feel like Benjamin Button.

Saturday 22 April 2017.  My first run since 22 December, 4 months ago.  Once round the village in 6 minutes and 5 seconds - very pleased with that as a decent baseline on which to improve.

Saturday 15 April 2017. 
My Easter present, a Flymo hover lawnmower - a replacement for a 17-year-old model which 'died' last week.  I really wanted a ride-on mower - maybe next time!

Monday 3 April 2017.  To London - Apollon Musagte Quartet (Haydn and Arensky) lunchtime concert at the Wigmore Hall - wonderful.  Three seats along was a student I taught at University 30 years ago.  Then to Tate Britain for the David Hockney exhibition - mixed.  Finally to Pollen Street Social for dinner - superb and great fun.

Monday 20 March 2017.  Our very useful Renault Clio was written off today - a young driver rammed me nearside at an Aberystwyth roundabout.  Thankfully no-one was injured, but it was not the jolly First Day of Spring I had hoped for.

Thursday 16 March 2017.  A musical evening with the National Orchestra of Wales and Simone Lamsma playing Mendelssohn's violin concerto in E minor - superb.

Wednesday 15 March 2017. 
A spring day - I mowed the grass for the first time this year.

Saturday 11 March 2017.   After a three-month break due to illness, I'm back swimming on Saturday mornings - a cautious 10 lengths for starters.

Wednesday 1 February 2017.  The Prunus nigra flowered - neither early nor late.  Perhaps global warming is neither here nor there.

Tuesday 17 January 2017.  Message from JustGiving, 'John, you were in the top 5% of fundraisers for 2016.  Well done on raising so much for your cause.'

Monday 9 January 2017.  At last, emerging from a two-week humongous cold having sampled the full pharmaceutical panoply, including three mega-doses of antibiotics.
 

Sunday 25 December 2016.  A not so merry Christmas.  The Queen missed the Christmas day church service, and so did we.  Weve both had shocking colds.  We managed scrambled eggs for lunch and a Waitrose curry for dinner.  So we have postponed Christmas Day until at least tomorrow.  And we havent opened a single present yet.


Tuesday 20 December 2016I gave evidence at the coroner's inquest into the death by drowning of William Davies - see entry for 31 August 2016.  It was a moving hour with tears.  The verdict - death by misadventure.

Friday 18 November 2016This is the first anniversary of my running training - who'd have thought?   Today, twice round the village in 12 minutes 1 second.  Twelve months ago, I did once round the village in 8 minutes.  That's progress!

Thurdsay 17 November 2016.  A 94-mile-an-hour storm hit Aberystwyth this morning.  I was in court (on a 2-day trial) by the marina and saw/felt the full force.  This evening, a National Orchestra of Wales concert - Die Fledermaus Overture, Elgar's Cello Concerto (Leonard Elschenbrioch, soloist) and Brahms' Symphony No. 4.   A very mixed day.
 

Monday 31 October 2016.  I've never caught anything by beach fishing - until today.  This afternoon I hooked three dabs at Borth - just as the sun set.  Beautiful.

Wednesday 26 October 2016.  First frost of the winter - down to -1.5C so I had to scrape the windscreen before attending court.

Monday 24 October 2016.  Today I learned that my Bioethical Issues in now available as an ebook - https://www.dayone.co.uk/collections/ebooks-2/products/bioethical-issues-ebook

Tuesday 18 October 2016.  The tree surgeons - Joe, Stuart and Tristan from Arbcore - came to chop and trim several of our 30+ year-old trees, front and back.  Not the cheapest, but (apparently) the best.

Monday 10 October 2016.  Affinity meeting in London followed by You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966-1970 exhibition at the V&A and dinner at the Ritz.

Tuesday 27 September 2016.  Wendy and I attended Uncle Jack's funeral in Long Buckby, Northamptonshire.  About 280 people were present.  I read Psalm 23.

Thursday 22 September 2016.  It was exactly 40 years ago today, 22 September 1976, that we moved to Aberystwyth - how times flies!  It was a Wednesday.  And then it rained for a month.

Monday 12 September 2016.  My favourite (and only) uncle, Uncle Jack died peacefully in his sleep this morning at 10.20.  He had cancer.  We visited him at Northampton General Hospital last Monday.

Wednesday 31 August 2016. 
This morning, I spotted a powerboat circling wildly about 500m offshore.  I thought the crew had been thrown overboard.  I raised the alarm with the harbour-master.  The RNLI launched and recovered two men from the sea.  Sadly, one of them died.   The RNLI said that I saved one life - I wish it could have been two.  This episode has had a sobering eff  dire.  We caught just six mackerel, but the sunrise was glorious.  On raising the outboard back in the harbour, the tilt mechanism died.  Lazy Lady is now due for a major operation at a nearby marine engineers and it's probably a premature end to our fishing season this year.
 

Monday 1 August 2016.  Back from a couple of days of walking and eating in the Lleyn Peninsula celebrating our 44th wedding anniversary.  Also Esther, our eldest grandchild, became a bona fide teenager today happy birthday, Esther!

Thursday 28 July 2016.  Most, if not all, of the sponsorship money for my Wolf Run is now in.  It reads like this: online donations, 1,359.30 + Gift Aid, 224 + offline, 105.00 = a grand total of 1,688.30.  I always hoped I could raise 1,500 so I'm delighted.  And thank you again you generous donors.  And remember, it's never too late to add to the pot!


Monday 25 July 2016.  Picked all the cherries - hardly a bowlful, the poorest crop ever.  Most had rotted on the tree because of the wet, wet June.

Friday 22 July 2016.  We went fishing early this morning for the first time this season.  It was slow going, but we managed to land seventeen of the mackerel beauties.  Guess what weve got for dinner tonight?

Wednesday 20 July 2016.  Put Lazy Lady on her moorings early this morning.  Five-minute cloudburst just as we launched.  Plop! as I dropped my glasses overboard in the harbour - surprisingly found them later at low tide and Specsavers cleaned them for me.

Tuesday 5 July 2016.  A nice email message today, 'Your JustGiving page was one of the most successful of June.  Out of 67,626 fundraisers, you were in the top 5%!'

Monday 4 July 2016. 
First training since the Wolf Run, about 23 days ago.  The severe contusion and 'the mother of all bruises' on my left thigh have subsided.  Once cautiously round the village in 5 minutes 50 seconds - I'm pleased with that.

Friday 1 July 2016.  While we were watching A Midsummer Night's Dream at the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, Stratford-upon-Avon (wonderful play), Wales were beating Belgium 3-1 in the Euros 2016 (wonderful play).

Friday 24 June 2016.  The Referendum votes have been counted the UK is to leave the European Union.  A landmark decision indeed.  From now on, 23 June is the UK's Independence Day.

Monday 18 June 2016.  Yet another cultural day in London.  Affinity meeting, Russia and the Arts exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery and dinner at Scott's - we shared a turbot!

Saturday 11 June 2016.  The Wolf Run - did I finish course?  YES, of course I did!  It was tough, but great fun.  I have never seen so much mud.  See and read all about it here

Wednesday 8 June 2016.  My last training session before the Wolf Run.  Twice round the village in exactly 12 minutes.  Pretty pleased with that - the foot is feeling good.  Now two days of rest before the big event.

Thursday 26 May 2016.  My first tentative run for 17 days.  Once around the village in 6 minutes, fifty-six seconds.  My ankle held up - I am delighted (and relieved).

Monday 23 May 2016.  Another cultural day in London - Pekka Kuusisto (violin) and Nicolas Altstaedt (cello) at the BBC3 lunchtime concert at the Wigmore Hall, a guided tour of the National Gallery and dinner at Quo Vadis.  All lovely.

Sunday 22 May 2016.  The Golden Anniversary of my baptism.  See the address I gave at Carey Baptist Church, Reading, here.

Wednesday 18 May 2016.  In the last three days I've had private physiotherapy, an x-ray and NHS physiotherapy - nobody thinks the damage to my left foot is too serious.  Exercise and stretching are needed.  Maybe I'm optimistic, but it is beginning to feel somewhat improved.  23 days to the big event!

Saturday 14 May 2016.  Rather than running I've been swimming each morning for the last four days, even as early as 07.15 on Friday.  It's been fun and hopefully beneficial.

Wednesday 11 May 2016.  In the last two days I have seen my own GP as well as an A&E nurse and consultant.  None of them thinks my foot problem is a stress fracture.  They have prescribed rest, gentle exercise and analgesics.  I am frustrated.

Monday 2 May 2016. 
A standard training run around the village ended up with bad, bad pain in my left foot.  Oh dear, is this the beginning of something serious?

Monday 11 April 2016.  A busy day in London.  BBC3 lunchtime concert by I Fagiolini at the Wigmore Hall, the Delacroix and the Rise of Modern Art exhibition at the National Gallery and dinner at Koffman's restaurant at The Berkeley.

Friday 25 March 2016.  Another barrier has been broken this time the 30-minute trail at Nant yr Arian.  My time was 29 minutes, fifty-eight seconds.

Wednesday 23 March 2016.  My life has changed.  The Exchange Store has re-opened, after 20 years, in Capel Bangor ... and it takes the vouchers for The Times newspaper.  No longer will I have to drive 8 miles every day into Llanbadarn Fawr to collect my copy, from now on it's a brisk 250m walk.

Monday 21 March 2016.  That 12-minute barrier has been broken twice round the village in 11 minutes, 42 seconds.

Thursday 17 March 2016.  Went for another 5km run on the Nant yr Arian trail this time I followed the correct route.  Time 30 minutes, 34 seconds.

Friday 11 March 2016.  Somewhat inadvertently I've downloaded Windows 10 onto my PC.  Seems OK, so far.  A couple of glitches, easily fixed.  Postscript: loading Windows 10 onto my netbook was an entirely different experience.  The Uni Help-desk team tried and failed.  The problem is the machine's small memory because 10 needs about 13.5GB of space to download.  Anyway, eventually, and surprisingly, the Knowhow boys at Currys did it for a mere 20.

Thursday 10 March 2016.  Went for my first 5km run on the Nant yr Arian trail gorgeous day, beautiful scenery, soft, muddy running surface, but with some killer slopes.  Time 26 minutes, 41 seconds.  Postscript: in my enthusiasm (and ignorance), I missed some of the route direction markers, so this was a truncated run.

Monday 7 March 2016.  It is exactly two years since my Bioethical Issues - Understanding and Responding to the Culture of Death was published.  Thankfully, I don't have to live off its royalties.

Thursday 3 March 2016.  The day to increase my training run to 10km (six miles), the distance of the forthcoming Wolf Run.  I had hoped to run it in less than 60 minutes I did it in 55 minutes, 54 seconds.  Its a new landmark for me. 

Wednesday 24 February 2016.   The oilman delivered a bargain fill up - 401.63 for 1,500 litres.  That's over 335 cheaper than last time, 16 months ago.

Thursday 11 February 2016.   Twice round the village in 12 minutes, 29 seconds - my fastest ever and my hip is much improved.
 
Thursday 14 January 2016. 
 
The Prunus nigra flowered - is this the earliest ever?  It must be a benefit of global warming.

Wednesday 13 January 2016.  As the Beatles sang, 'It's getting better all the time.'  Once round the village now in under 6 minutes, in fact, in 5 minutes, 48 seconds. 

Saturday 9 January 2016.  A week of interval training - 10 x 90m sprinting followed by 10 x 90m jogging, plus a 5-minute starting and 3-minute ending of jogging.  Today was my best time, 19 minutes 45 seconds.

Friday 1 January 2016.  I celebrated the New Year by running my new 3-mile training route in 26 minutes 21 seconds.  That's just less than 9 minutes per mile - not bad for an elderly beginner.

Tuesday 22 December 2015.  The winter solstice - the longest night and the shortest day.  And I have a bad case of trochanteric bursitis, or hip pain.  Too much aggressive running is the cause.

Thursday 17 December 2015. 
The HAHAV (Hospice at Home Aberystwyth Volunteers)
charity's website went live today.  See it here.  I'm sort of the unofficial webmaster.

Tuesday 8 December 2015.
 
Getting better - twice round the village in 12 minutes 48 seconds, and it was raining.

Tuesday 1 December 2015.
  Wales becomes the first country in the UK to implement a scheme of presumed consent for organ and tissue donation.  Wendy and I have opted out.  Most of my reasons can be read here.

Monday 23 November 2015.  First frost of the winter.  It was -2C this morning, pretty but chilly.  My lap around the village has improved to 6 minutes 27 seconds.

Wednesday 18 November 2015.  I've started running again.  Once round the village in 8 minutes - I shall improve.  My previously dodgy left knee seems OK.

Thursday 12 November 2015.  My blood cholesterol level is 5.6 mmol/l and the all-important cholesterol:high density lipoproteins ratio is 2.7 - my doctor envies these figures.  

Tuesday 13 October 2015. 
I know that autumn is really here because I have just taken down the runner bean poles.  And it's cold and windy.


Thursday 17 September 2015.