We found a frog in the garden.

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@bristol science museum

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Made it to the top of Pen Y Fan

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This morning we made it up in sunny weather, ate lunch at the summit but got caught in hail on the way down.

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happy mother’s day

March 18, 2012 Leave a comment

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All your wishes are my command – Happy Mothers’ Day

March 18, 2012 Leave a comment
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Happy birthday paula

March 3, 2012 Leave a comment
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Happy birthday Joy

February 28, 2012 Leave a comment
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Faulkes Telescope Project images just in from Hawaii #astronomy

February 15, 2012 Leave a comment
We took control of the Faulkes Telescope this lunchtime and really enjoyed focussing on the galaxies that we'd preselected. It took a while selecting galaxies nearby (we didn't want to waste time moving the telescope from one side of the sky to the other), and we used a piece of software called Stellarium to help us. 
Anyway, here they are – next time we will devote more time to exposure on fewer images to give a better quality. 

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Climbing in Action Stations

February 14, 2012 Leave a comment
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Visit to Historic Dockyards

February 14, 2012 Leave a comment
We visited HMS Warrior (first Ironclad ship in Navy), Action Stations and enjoyed a nice boat ride around the harbour. 

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A walk in the icy forest

February 12, 2012 Leave a comment
It was really cold this afternoon walking around the forest – the boys really enjoyed skating around on thin ice. 

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Isaac’s homework – History – build a castle http://monki.biz/1s #minecraft

February 5, 2012 Leave a comment
What mark do you think he will get? I don't think the teacher will have seen a homework like this. Since shooting this video, he's added a lot more on to his castle, so he may have to video it again. 

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It’s here finally… RG26 2/10 #uksnow

February 4, 2012 Comments off
The boys have been out playing in it already, and the best thing is there's more to come. 

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Then this fellow pops up…

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and Joe went outside and took a couple. 

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This is more like it…

February 4, 2012 Comments off
Taken a bit later, with a fully recharged battery and from where I am sitting! 

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A good article on why e-books are being locked down just to keep the paper industry in business. monki.biz/1r

February 4, 2012 Comments off

Publishing is a tough industry to be in, no doubt about it. Things are rapidly changing and market forces are being swayed beyond the traditional publisher’s influence. Things are now so easy to share and distribute, that these old gate-keepers can no longer steer what people are looking at.

However, e-books are being subjected to this, so that instead of paper being pushed around and controlled,  instead digital files are being controlled and again, authors are being expected to go through the publisher, instead of dealing directly with their audience. 

This article (monki.biz/1r)  deals with these issues and in an attempt to educate people, perhaps try and free them from the constraints of big business so that they can start to author themselves more. 

Worse still, is the new apple iauthor software from apple, which will allow the writer to only release their writing through itunes – creepy or what?

 

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Visitors in our garden

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Took a couple of shots this frosty morning and then the battery ran out. I'll have to take some more once it's recharged. The birdfeeders are a lot more active now, so I should get some more active shots. 

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This video describes in layman terms what ACTA is http://monki.biz/1q

February 3, 2012 Comments off
You're not allowed to share ideas for free - 

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Keep the internet free – write to your politicians to stop ACTA – http://monki.biz/1o

February 3, 2012 Comments off
This article describes some of the things that politicians are discussing to enforce ACTA throughout countries. Basically it will prove the end of free internet, with websites being taken down for copyright infringement – this will mean that anyone who is accused of something that infringes a protected format (e.g. a DVD that has been encrypted and the user wants to watch it on a free and open source operating system) can be prosecuted. 

Also, there are cases where judges plainly do not understand the technology that is at play here – see http://monki.biz/1p for more information. 

Anyway, read the article and contact your politician to complain – if you reside in the UK you can use this example letter http://pastebin.com/FUSdnSLB and post it to  http://www.writetothem.com/. 

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Happy birthday Bill

January 29, 2012 Comments off
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Round the Reilly Ranch.

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