Sunday, 31 July 2011


Last week I went on a short holiday with my family to Bruges.  It was a really great holiday but it was a bit cold.

Bruges is such a pretty city, with its cobbled streets, canal through the centre, and beautiful old buildings.

We were on a Riviera tour so we had many activities already planned for us but we also had a fair amount of free time to see the city at our own pace.

A visit to Ypres was one of the scheduled outings.  It was amazing to find out that the whole city was just rubble after WW1 but has been completely rebuilt since (see picture below). 

We also saw some real trenches from the war that have been preserved.  No wonder trench-foot was common as, due to the Flanders clay soil, they all contained water even though it hadn’t rained for several days.

On a lighter note, we managed to sample some of the local Flanders cuisine – chocolate, beer, chips, and waffles.  On the last day we visited one of the 3 chocolate shops in Bruges that still makes its own chocolates (out of over 60).

One of the things we did in our free time (besides eat waffles) was going to a Harp concert.  At first I was a bit sceptical, especially when the man said he was playing songs he composed himself, but it was much better than I expected and a very relaxing way of spending time.

Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Chester Races

The company I work for won an award (the Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation) recently so decided to go to Chester races for the 'Ladies and Gents Evening' to celebrate.   We were in the open part of the course, rather than the formal part.  It saved a lot of planning what to wear as we went straight from work.

I didn’t place any bets but some of my friends did and one even allowed me to pick some of their horses for them (which sadly didn’t prove lucky).

We had a barbeque set up and so there was plenty of food.  Our marquee tent was right next to the 2 furlong marker (technical sounding at least) and the horses were only about five metres away when they passed us.

Sunday, 10 July 2011

Senna Documentary

I went to see the new documentary about Ayrton Senna with my best friend from work (IMDb page here).

I've heard critics say that you don't have to be a fan of Formula One to enjoy this film but we were already big fans and we really enjoyed it.

Although I’m a bit young to remember Senna, I have read Formula One books so know the stats and a bit about the history.   

I really liked the film as it showed Senna as a human rather than a list of statistics, as well as seeing his career progressing.


I haven’t been keeping my blog up to date recently.  I keep meaning to post but I have been so tired after work every day.

Work has been really good though – I’ve been making circuits and doing plenty of soldering which I love.

Also I got my university exam results back and I passed them all so I go into third year in September.

I will post what I’ve been up to as there’s plenty to share!