Signal Hill Fire timelapse

Incoming from @TheLifeOfByron on twitter – his timelapse of the fire on Signal Hill this morning:

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Well done to the fire crews who (finally) attended (Byron was struggling to get in touch with them):

…and got this under control.
And thanks to Byron for capturing it in such a creative way.

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Kayak love

Not the canoe boat thing. No, I’m talking about the website and especially the app.

Kayak isn’t new. Even I have been using it for years. I don’t travel overseas often, but when I do, it’s indispensable and thus, it remains one of my favourite apps.

You can use it to book cheap flights and hotels, but then travelstart is probably the best local option for that. You can use it to track flights, but you’d probably want to go down the flightradar24 route for that.

So why Kayak? Because its biggest strength is that it is particularly brilliant at compiling your itinerary, and it has a genius way of doing it. Each time you get a confiramtion email from your airline, you car hire place, your ferry, your hotel or your train company (or whatever), simply forward it to kayak and they put everything together in a handy little virtual pack for you.
You can see the bare bones of this at a glance (flight numbers, times etc) and then with a single click, you can get the detail (seat numbers etc). It even stores the original email for you to refer back to if you need to.
Oh – and you can share the itinerary, either as a read-only or a collaborative editable file.

So simple. So brilliant.

One last thing – a really nice touch on the latest update is the app background changing to a photo of your destination. Suddenly, I’ve got Tinsley Viaduct and those infamous cooling towers on my phone and it’s piquing my excitement to head to the frozen North.

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Not a virus, but a vineyard. We had a decent time at Cape Point Vineyard this afternoon, with stunning views and a posh picnic.


That dam featured koi carp, catfish, tadpoles and a terrapin. Yes, seriously.

Then it was back home and straight into the swimming pool. The upcoming UK weather is going to be a bit of a shock to the system.

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Loadshedding EP

Once again, it’s dark. Well, it’s not, because it’s light, but if it were dark, it would be dark. Yes, we’re being loadshod once again.

There was plenty of warning this time around and yet some people still seem to be confused, despite the best efforts of the City Council and Eskom to keep them informed. These individuals then react with anger. It’s proof that you simply can’t legislate for stupid people, I guess.

Me? I react with creativity. It’s been a while now since I’ve written any music and I’ve decided that I’m going to write an EP with loadshedding as my muse.
It’s early days, but already, there are song titles forming in my mind. I sense that a mixture of genres will ensure mass appeal.

The folk classic: Peggy, Don’t You Open The Fridge
The rock ballad: I Never Knew I Wanted Coffee (Until The Power Went Out)
The electronic dance piece: Generator X (Dubstop Remix)
The boy band pop hit: Solar, So Good
Some hip hop: Crap Traffic –  It’s A Four Way Stop Thing.
Oh, and obviously a death metal tune about Eternal Night, or something.

Like I say, this is just the bare bones. Now I’m going to hang some riffs and one (or more) soaring vocals on them.

You’re probably going to love it.

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Crossrail is the new rail system which is going to cross London. No, I don’t know where they got the name from, either. But here are some details:

The Crossrail route will serve 40 stations and run more than 100km from Reading and Heathrow in the west, through new twin-bore 21 km (13 miles) tunnels below central London to Shenfield and Abbey Wood in the east.
When Crossrail opens it will increase London’s rail-based transport capacity by 10%, supporting regeneration and cutting journey times across the city.

Sounds lovely, but those are just words. In more interesting news, however, they’ve just released some new photographs of the tunneling work taking place underneath the city and they’re fairly impressive, so I thought I’d point you in that direction.



While the project itself isn’t due to be completed until 2018, about 90% of the tunneling has already been completed and that makes up 23 miles (37km) of tunnels under the capital.

These tunnels will also be really useful as bomb shelters when the Russians attack London.

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