Hot and Sandy

Travel writing, pictures and stuff for people I know. Quite a lot of cycling talk, and some semi-controlled ranting. Hiking, outdoor and two-wheeled stuff, perhaps a little computing when it's worth talking about. Meandering thoughts.

Friday, December 28


Happy Christmas everyone!  More soon, probably after the new year.  Be well.

Monday, December 24

Paris Video

Friday, December 21

Gallery's Back!

After a bit of wrangling with the beasts of cyberspace I've managed to get the photos back online, although I'm not 100% sure that old links will work.  I am also unsure of what the upgrade of gallery software will mean in terms of performance... Good news is that I can now have groups of registered users and I can password-protect albums of images.  Yay.

My 1988 Dommie failed it's MOT because there's a crack in the header pipe and it's noisy - fortunately I managed to get a replacement pair on eBay for £24 so no big drama.  Tomorrow is the retest, which will spell the beginning of a new era, I hope.  As well as fitting the crash bars, all the exhaust gaskets and seals will be changed, I'm having a new plug and (obv) an oil and filter change.

As well as the fail, I got advisory notes for small number plate (it's a trail bike, forget it), no rear reflector and appalling headlight aim.  Although I have the repair manual on PDF, I still had to take some of the bodywork off the bike in order to adjust the light - bummer.  Also still suffering from a weird bog-down at 4500rpm, which is only a problem some of the time.  When it sorts itself out the bike leaps from 60mph to 80mph in a few seconds!

More later, and I'll finish configuriing the gallery.  Must also fix the links on the blog side.

Monday, December 17


Thanks to my hosting provider comprehesively messing up the SQL permissions when they did a server move, the photo gallery is offline for a while.  Not going to have time to fix it for now, but when it comes back I might as well use the latest whizz-bang version, so there will be some more features I'm sure.  Other news is that Paris was lovely, we have a new digicam (awesome) and the BMW wheels are almost finished in paint.  New tyres ahoy!  Also some small upgrades to the Dommie in order to pass an MOT.  Woo.  Work is slow and tough.