Some of the things I do when I’m not working or volunteering. Or sleeping. Or writing blog posts.
Wanting to share what I’d found with the rest of the family (and practice my WordPress skills), I built a web site.
Don’t tell her I said so, but she’s quite talented in the cake-baking department.
Random things with Google Maps
Then I decided to do it ‘properly’, and pulled together lots of freely-available data into one MySQL database. One table holds the station information, a second holds patronage data for the last decade or so. A .php file joins them together to produce a .kml file, which I zip up into a .kmz file and upload to my server. I’ve started converting the pins to show company logos rather than just colours, so you can see who manages each station, and I’ll ‘soon’ be adding a table for the political data (MP, local authority, etc). The live preview might not show up here. Even the web has its limits.
Yes, I do go out once in a while, and sometimes I enjoy myself. It largely depends on who I’m with.
I’m a Leeds United fan – 15 seasons as a season ticket holder, up to the year that we escaped from the Third Division and got priced out. Also a follower of Borussia Dortmund and whichever teams the former Leeds United / Leeds Carnegie Ladies players are at.
I’ll listen to anything once, but not so keen on modern stuff. Anything from last century is fine, which probably explains why I listen to BBC Radio 2 so much. You can’t beat a bit of Trevor Nelson, Clare Teal or Moira Stuart (when she’s on). And Nemone’s Electric Ladyland on BBC 6 Music, just to be different.
I love cooking. Or trying to cook. It’s very relaxing and therapeutic (see also the Radio 2 listening and James May The Reassembler). But, cooking for one is difficult unless you halve the recipes, then freeze half of what you cook. So I bake as well, which means I have lots of goodies to share at work or with family and friends. I haven’t killed anyone yet, although that might explain the weight gain. Never got the hang of omelettes though. I’ll never be as good a baker as my sister and I’ll never be as good a cook as my friend Christina Soong, aka The Hungry Australian, but that won’t stop me.
Drink? If you insist. The best alcoholic drink invented is the Zombie. Light rum, dark rum, golden rum, orange juice, pineapple juice and ice. The worst alcoholic drink is anything with spiced rum and coconut. Or any foodstuff with coconut.
And I do a bit of writing, which is also very therapeutic (but not always as relaxing). Go have a look.