Wednesday, February 25, 2009
But it doesn't work on my HTC Oxygen with zfree WM 6.1 firmware and I've had no responses on my Google Help thread here. I have to fix this before Herrington finds out!
What have I tried?
1. Not being stupid and am typing in the password correctly :)
2. Google Maps is fully functional otherwise
3. Can get to and log in successfully to the Google Accounts SSL page
4. Running the latest version of Maps without any GPS functionality enabled (or even present on my rusty old HTC Oxygen!)
5. No permissions exist regarding the network connection.
6. Tried a regular gmail account, with and without the "@gmail.com" domain
7. Tried my custom domain Google Apps account, with the domain obviously
8. Tried disconnecting cellular data connection before firing up Latitude (to let it establish its own connection).
9. Tried the random bizarre suggestions like logging in and out of Maps repeatedly etc, listed in other discussions.
The book is actually a spoof of an account written by Bill Tilman, called The Ascent of Nanda Devi, which unlike most mountaineering accounts is amusing and well-written in itself.
A bumbling group of British mountaineers mounts an assault on Rum Doodle, a slightly higher neighbor of Everest, in Bowman's parody novel, which was published in 1956 and became a classic within the climbing community.
Bowman cobbles together a wide-ranging crew of lovably clueless climbers, including the puffed-up narrator, Binder, and a misguided guide named Humphrey Jungle, who constantly gets lost and turns up in unlikely places. Other prominent members include measurement-obsessed scientist Christopher Wish as well as linguistic expert Lancelot Constant, whose chief talent seems to be ticking off the porters from the indigenous tribe called the Yogistani, who speak through their stomachs via a series of indecipherable grunts.
Early on, a memorable mishap occurs, in which Jungle ends up falling into a crevasse and the rescue effort consists of the rest of the crew joining him while they get soused on "medicinal" champagne.
The late great Bill Bowman himself
Bowman also offers a couple of predictable chapters as the group goes in circles and then proceeds to climb the wrong mountain, and he spends an inordinate amount of prose on their suffering at the hands of the sadistic cook, a Yogistani named Pong.
Bowman manages to sustain a very thin conceit for a large number of chapters, although the silliness can at times be sophomoric. He redeems himself somewhat with an amusing "surprise" ending that features the 3,000 Yogistani porters involved in the expedition, and overall he proves himself to be an entertaining humorist who has much to offer for readers who like their outdoor humor dripping with understated British irony.
A new introduction by Bill Bryson (advertised in type bigger than the author's name on the book's cover) will draw readers who would otherwise almost certainly have missed this comic treat of a reissue.
“Bowman… has much to offer for readers who like their outdoor humor dripping with understated British irony.” -- PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
“I just love this book. Everything about it is nearly perfect… hugely enjoyable and brilliantly sustained.” -- From the Introduction by Bill Bryson
“Wonderful…Rum Doodle does for mountaineering what Three Men and a Boat did for the Thames and Catch-22 did for the Second World War.” -- THE SUNDAY TIMES
In short.. buy this book!!
Sunday, February 22, 2009
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Highlights include the marvellous Navigation Inn in Barrow-upon-Soar, the pretty Swithland Reservoir, passing the Great Central Railway, the "undulating" (!) Woodhouse Eaves to Nanpatan stretch, and of course the canal itself. Lowlights was mostly the terribly muddy condition of the stretch of towpath approaching Barrow (from the north).
Distance: 17 miles.
Passing by the weir as we cross the canal
Abbot at the Navigation
In other exciting news, MapMyRide.com seems to have the ability to work out altitude, and will draw route profiles etc for you. Clever stuff. Oh and I've come across Audax UK, the organisation for serious long-distance cycling in the UK. These guys are the real deal - London to Edinburgh return cycle rides done in 60 hours etc. I have been sorely humbled!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Come in the summer to enjoy the cricket on the green with a nice pint!
A marvellous painting of Aldborough Cricket by Brian Lewis
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Haha, yes it's true, my account has been suspended until 2024 on the Pub review site www.beerintheevening.com. Why? I don't know, although it could be to do with the latest thread I started on their forums, which was openly critical of the site admin, Chris. Why be critical? BeerInTheEvening is a pub review site I have been loyal to for many years - I have contributed several reviews to the site, and rated many more pubs.
Monday, February 02, 2009
So after an inch or two of snow, the whole country grinds to a halt. No buses in London, and the Waterloo and City line is suspended due to severe weather. **THE WATERLOO AND CITY LINE**??! It’s entirely underground! If a tsunami had hit London I might understand, but how precisely has the Waterloo and City line been affected?