Where are you going?

Logo for Where are you going? podcast

One of my recent favourite podcasts is Where are you going? by the chatty and endearing Catherine Carr.

The premise is simple: Carr approaches strangers in the street or park and introduces herself, “Hello, I make a podcast where I ask people, ‘Where are you going?'” and then she listens and gently probes and during the next 5 to 15 minutes unearths the most extraordinary of stories from ordinary people.

But, let’s face it, nobody is truly ordinary—everyone has a remarkable story to tell, everyone’s experience and perspective is unique. And Catherine Carr, who has worked her whole career in radio, has a beautiful way of drawing these stories out through genuine intrigue and interest.

The episodes, which are released each Tuesday and Friday, are short but packed with detail and charm. It’s like everything that is great about BBC Radio 4 squeezed into a pocket-sized podcast.

Subscribe to Where are you going? where you usually find your podcasts, or listen to episodes online; also check out her Instagram account.

Right now, I’m going to stay seated at my desk to update someone’s website. After that, I have dinner to make for my children.

CSS hack to view more devices on BT Home Hub Manager

For my broadband, I use a BT Home Hub. On the whole, it’s been great, but one thing that has bugged me a little is on the My Devices admin screen.

Take a look at the small window they give you to view the device details, at most you can see only four devices listed.

Before: A small window allowing you to see the details of only four devices

I reckoned that I could something about that, so dug into the HTML and CSS code on the Hub Manager page.

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St Andrews class of 1993

I’ve just received my 30th anniversary graduation gift from the University of St Andrews: a short video clip of my graduation on Thursday 8 July 1993.

So, I uploaded it to my YouTube channel to share with the world.

In the video, I can be seen walking across the stage in the Younger Hall on North Street after my name is called, kneeling before Sir Kenneth Dover, the then-Chancellor of the University who taps me on the head with what are supposedly part of the breeches of John Knox while saying “Et super te” (and also on you), while Jim Douglas places my Bachelor of Divinity (Honours) hood over my head.

Then there is what my son Joshua referred to as the ‘action replay’.

The video ends with a view of the graduates congregating outside Younger Hall in the rain. These days after the graduation there is a procession down the middle of North Street from the Younger Hall to St Salvator’s quadrangle for photos and celebrations.

This brought back fond memories of my graduation day.

VW T-Cross for a day… or six

Volkswagon T-Cross

This morning, I dropped off my car at my local Volkswagon garage for a major service, an MOT, an air conditioning service, and some new windscreen wiper blades (which, knowing my luck, will probably turn out to be the most expensive part of this little adventure!)

I rather like the lottery of Which VW Car Will I Get as a Hire Car? Today, I got the VW T-Cross which was the largest hire car they could offer me.

Thankfully, as a 6’4″ 4XL kind of gentleman, I could get into it easier than the VW Taigo SUV they offered me last time which turned me and my three-herniated-discs-later spine into an origami puzzle trying to just step into the vehicle, let alone the fact that my head was pressed up against the ceiling.

If I want to downsize from the VW Tiguan that I currently have, this is a feasible option, although the boot is significantly smaller and probably won’t be large enough for all of the guitars that my children need to transport!

Update

Well, I spoke too soon. My car needs parts and they can’t get them until Monday now, so I have the T-Cross for a few days over the Easter weekend.

One a penny, two a penny
(Ho)T-Cross buns!

Update 2

Well, I was thankful for this car over the Easter weekend and halfway into Easter week. Having driven it for the best part of a week, and having taken it for a trip to Edinburgh I can see quite clearly that it is probably just that little bit too small for me.

One nice surprise was that I could (just) fit both a Laney VC30-212 (the Laney equivalent of the Vox AC30) and a Hiscox guitar case in the boot with some space even for a messenger bag and jacket.

A shout out to Barnetts of St Andrews for their first class customer service.

Simon Wilkes photographs

This week, I came across the photography of Simon Wilkes on Unsplash and … just WOW!

On a perfect spring morning Beverley Brook, a small but beautiful river that meanders through London’s Richmond Park, takes on a fairy tail quality in the dawn mist. Photo by Simon Wilkes on Unsplash
Autumn reds and golds on a misty morning in Richmond Park, London. Photo by Simon Wilkes on Unsplash

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