What do the Grind Mountain Categories like Everest mean? | TodoVancouver

7 08 2014

Just finished my 27th ascent of Grouse Mountain (plus a handful of snow-shoe grinds too).

Because I pay the extra $20 to have a “grind timer” it records my speed and the metres of ascent. I actually do the BCMC trail rather than the Grind these days. The Grind is just too busy and I find the Lululemon too, er, distracting.

Once you get to the top there’s a TV screen listing that day’s results. Last week, I noticed a lady had done it 4 times that day… the slowest in 38 minutes!

A few weeks ago I noticed my name was no longer accompanied by “Mt. Elbrus” but now had “Mt. Kilimanjaro”. According to this blog entry, I have a mere 24 more to do before I get “Everest”.

What do the Grind Mountain Categories like Everest mean? | TodoVancouver.

Here’s the whole list:

  1. Mt. Kosciusko, Australia – 7300 feet, 2228 metres – 3 grinds
  2. Vinson Massif, Antactica – 16050 feet, 4892 metres – 6 grinds but need 9 total ( 3 from No.1 above plus the 6 for Vinson)
  3. Mt. Elbrus, Europe – 18510 feet, 5642 metres – 7 grinds, 16 total
  4. Mt. Kilimanjaro, Africa – 19341 feet, 5895 metres – 7 grinds, 23 total
  5. Mt. McKinley, North America – 20320 feet, 6194 metres – 8 grinds, 31 total
  6. Mt. Aconcogua, South America – 22841 feet, 6961 metres – 9 grinds, 40 total
  7. Mt. Everest, Asia – 29029 feet, 8848 metres – 11 grinds, 51 total




A thorny case for Sherlock Holmes – UK in USA

7 08 2014

August 1st is Yorkshire Day, but also marks the Battle of Minden in 1759. The 51st Foot (King’s Own Yorkshire Light Infantry), now part of The Rifles took part, and subsequently wore a white rose of Yorkshire in their cap to commemorate the day.

Now, some mysterious person sends 6 roses (to mark all the British regiments taking part) to the British Consulate General in Chicago every 1st August. Nobody knows who…

The game’s afoot!

A thorny case for Sherlock Holmes – UK in USA.

FCO - Minden Day roses received in 2010





Pyramid Power

23 07 2014

Only the English (well, Tata from India and Anglo-Dutch Unilever) could go to court over tea bags!

The flat capped Yorkshire (Indian?) tea folk lost to PG Tips’ “superior” brewing pyramids.

So it goes.

PG Tips triumphs as ASA rules pyramid teabags make better cuppa | Business | theguardian.com.

A cup of cha – via The Guardian





Been waiting a long time for this…

21 07 2014

I heard last year that there was a film about Alan Turing in the works. Turing – one of the fathers of modern computing.

Defined the theoretical “Turing Machine” as early as 1936 – a computer before there were such things. Only 4 instructions, but anything that can be computed could be computed on it.

Also defined a test for artificial intelligence. This gave birth to a simulation called Eliza – after Eliza Doolittle. From Shaw, not the waif-like singer.

Genius.

Gay.

One of my few heroes. Michael Faraday being another. Lenny Butler being foremost… but few will know of him at all. Your loss.

Opted for chemical castration – gay being a crime in the day, and all.

Allegedly insisted on being paid in silver in case the pound crashed. Buried it in a field… then forgot where he’d put it. Typical genius: no common sense!

Killed himself taking a bite from a poisoned apple… some claim this as the back story to Apple’s logo, though it’s denied.

Can’t wait… shame Keira Knightley‘s in it though. I’ve seen fence posts give less wooden performances.

Happy to see from the trailer that they actually filmed at Bletchley Park. I should know… I used to live just over the road.





A father’s missive

20 07 2014

I have two daughters.

Not unlike most fathers, I am proud of my children. Yes – my son too.

They will experience things I can’t even imagine – good and bad.

They are smart. They are considerate. They are, of course, beautiful. As every father’s daughter surely is.

Sure – they can be irksome too. They are, after all, human. They are not perfect.

They have many advantages I didn’t have growing up. The internet is an obvious one.

But some things have not improved in a generation. They live their lives in the 21st Century. And they live in a world where they are still considered “less”. For no reason other than what they do not have between their legs.

They have many advantages their mother and grandmothers did not have. But not all the advantages even their great-great grandfathers had.

This video refers to the US’s issue with healthcare access, and its control by the overwhelmingly male legislature. The same issues exist to a greater or lesser extent in many countries.

Things haven’t improved as much as they should have by 2014, but I have hope: my daughters have a voice. A voice that can be heard. Listened to.

I hope, as they launch themselves into the adult world, that they choose to use them. Choose to speak out for the things they feel worthy of their support. Against the things that need to change.

But if not, then that’s OK too. It is their right to make choices as they see fit – without my interference, or that of any other man.





Those Witty Swedes

30 06 2014

Years ago, I used to get a lift to the bus station with the father of my friend. He was a resolute Volvo buyer, so when I saw this home-made video advert for one of those classic box shaped tanks, I had a hearty chuckle! It’s by a Swedish artist and he employs all the classic tricks of “proper” TV car adverts for his classified ad.

It was such an explosive success on YouTube that he did a follow up for the V60. He reused a few of the themes, including pigeons and cat stickers and their hepatitis threat. This time though… a naked Swede!

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, but you can’t ignore ‘em!

#lolvo

 

RIP Trevor





BBC News – Why Icelanders are wary of elves living beneath the rocks

20 06 2014

Hey don’t knock it…

The evidence is scant at best, but still way stronger than well established world religions!

BBC News – Why Icelanders are wary of elves living beneath the rocks.

BBC- The Elf Chapel

BBC- The Elf Chapel








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