Yesterday was Pedal for Scotland, the annual cycle from Glasgow to Edinburgh. It's the second time I have taken part, my first being last year. But I was concerned that I wouldn't be prepared enough for the 45 mile cycle.
If it seems when you scroll through your feed that everything looks similar, that’s probably because it is. That artfully constructed shot of your latté and avocado toast brunch? The shot of your feet dangling over the edge of a waterfall? You in the back of a canoe?
It’s been done before. To death.
I’m still not missing Instagram.
Dinner at the Atomium.
Epic drive-through beer shop near Spa!
It’s called Drive-In Andrien, and it’s one of the most surreal places I’ve been to. You drive in through a garage door, and you’re basically in the Costco of Belgian beer. Many beers were purchased, and our wallets are not that much lighter…
Chilling on Eau Rouge (or is it Raiddilon?) after the Belgian Grand Prix.
Belgian Grand Prix beer times. 🍺
It’s not lost on us that it’s 10:30am at home. But it’s party time all the time at the Verstappen stand.
We’re here at Spa-Francorchamps!
Campervan fun times
Haas pit stop practice.
Would you believe it! Our campervan is orange. We’ll fit right in with the Max Verstappen fans!
Tomorrow I set off on holiday for two weeks. I have scheduled some link posts for the duration of my holiday so that the mirage of my daily publishing is maintained. So if anything seems weirdly incongruous, or if I seem strangely unresponsive to any comments, that's why.
This time last year, Alex and I went on holiday to Lundy. The island was best known to me as one of those mysterious locations of the shipping forecast. Somewhere between the Irish Sea and Fastnet, wherever that is.
Don’t look down.
At the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead.
We really enjoy visiting Yorkshire Sculpture Park. It's a fabulous space, both outdoor and indoor. It's large enough that you can't comfortably see all of it in one visit, meaning every time you go you see something new.
A great piece of the little experiments TfL is carrying out in an attempt to improve the efficiency of the London Underground.
But it’s striking that the consensus of most of the experts in this piece seems to be that real improvements wouldn’t be possible without fundamental transformations in the infrastructure.
Short of building new stations and drilling tunnels for larger trains, we’re stuck, says Simeon Koole, lecturer at the University of Bristol. “I would be reluctant to argue there is anything specific about behaviour that makes it difficult to change, and focus more on particular material restrictions of the tube: the confined space limits the possibilities for redesigning tube cars and platforms and therefore for managing passenger flow and conduct.”
But as cities grow, perhaps any little thing we can do will be worth investigating.
This page was published in 2013 as a flashback to an article seemingly written in 2012. It underlines just how slow and painful a death Flickr had. Reading this six years on is a fascinating reminder of just what could have been.
By 2012, Flickr was already on its knees, having suffered years of mismanagement under Yahoo. That mismanagement is picked apart in excruciating detail here. The article ends by asking, is it too late to save Flickr?
Flickr’s last best hope is that Yahoo realizes its value and decides to spin it off for a few bucks before both drop down into a final death spiral. But even if that happens, Flickr has a long road ahead of it to relevance. People don’t tend to come back to homes they’ve already abandoned.
Six years on, Yahoo has lurched from laughing stock to irrelevance, while Flickr has finally been sold off to SmugMug. It’s a good time to reflect on this early days of Flickr and wonder if it could ever return. But as I already noted this year, it is probably far too late.
How Japan uses behavioural science (nudge theory) to keep its railways flowing efficiently.
Tokyo is home to the world’s busiest train stations, with the capital’s rail operators handling a combined 13 billion passenger trips annually. Ridership of that volume requires a deft blend of engineering, planning, and psychology. Beneath the bustle, unobtrusive features are designed to unconsciously manipulate passenger behavior, via light, sound, and other means. Japan’s boundless creativity in this realm reflects the deep consideration given to public transportation in the country.
Share is a word we hear a lot these days. "Share to Facebook" really means, "Lock away in Facebook". But sharing on Flickr really meant sharing — with the world.
Concorde at the National Museum of Flight, East Fortune.
You Are Still Here.
By Mona Hatoum, on display at Fundació Joan Miró.
We’ve had worse breakfasts.
The view from our Airbnb in Barcelona at 2am. Not bad. 👍
A different lunchtime walk today, at Braidburn Valley Park.
2017 is a year that showed that I have a lot to be grateful for. But even though I don't normally set new year's resolutions, I am setting myself three broad goals for 2018.
In March, Alex and I took a trip to New York. It was such a brilliant holiday that it has taken me 9 months to write about it all.
We often think of commuting as wasteful and inconvenient. But is it entirely negative?
This year I took part in Pedal for Scotland, an annual charity cycle from Glasgow to Edinburgh. I had never cycled anything like that distance before.
Get out of my office: how to switch to ‘walking meetings’ Move more. Get up and walk about. And I don’t just mean in the office. Go out for a walk, get some fresh air for a meeting.
Last month, Alex and I were one of 50,000 people to take part in a “once in a lifetime opportunity” to walk over the new Queensferry Crossing.
The odd thing about John O'Groats is that you would imagine it being like the edge of the world the way people talk about it. But once you get there, it doesn't feel like the edge of anything.
We covered the whole northern coast of Scotland in one day.
On a glorious day we saw a beautiful lighthouse, walked to a natural wonder and stayed at a campsite with the most incredible view.
The next stage of our journey took us to the North West Highlands Geopark, where the landscape was at its most dramatic.
This day's drive was a long one. In total, we spent over four and a half hours driving. But we just had time to stop off at a legendary beach before heading to the wonderful Badrallach campsite.
We continued our North Coast 500 by heading west. But we were a little disappointed by one of the area's main attractions.
Part 1 of a series of posts about the North Coast 500, a road trip that takes you on a circular route around the north coast of the Highlands of Scotland.
How my brother and I caught the bug at the world's most legendary motor race.
This month Alex and I took a long weekend break in Berlin. Despite almost getting caught up in something nasty, we had a brilliant time.
Jupiter Artland, which reopens for the summer this weekend, is arguably one of the area's greatest cultural assets.
Highlights from the most unique city I have ever visited.