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Monday, 4 May 2009

Off on my own (a bit)... and how to find my way about.

It's a bit of a shame I've not updated my blog of late - there's been plenty going on, just not enough time (or perhaps energy/inclination) to write about it!

I've getting out and about on my own, for example - up to the training centre in Worcestershire to assist with another VCS course just after Easter, and down to Worthing and East Sussex to visit some friends last weekend. I met up with with Richard Vobes - the UK's (if not the world's?) most prolific podcaster and recorded a show with him on Sunday evening. We had a splendid time, rambling on for an hour about beer, chocolate and radio - the results can be heard here (27MB MP3).

Me and Richard Vobes with BEER!Worthing Pier
Me and the great Richard Vobes with beer; Worthing Pier on a sunny Sunday afternoon

Worthing TravelodgeI stayed overnight in the recently opened Travelodge on Worthing seafront - they combined a small collection of run-down hotels that were going to ruin, and I believe they've done a good job of renovating them. The timing of the trip coincided with the £19 room promotion that Travelodge occasionally do, so it was quite a bargain, even though my room didn't look out over the sea! There was a lovely view of the downs in the distance, though, and the weather on the Sunday was wonderful.

Not so, unfortunately, on the Monday, which was spectacularly rainy. I had arranged to meet up with Sally, one of my housemates at University, whom I hadn't seen in over 15 years. It was fantastic to catch up, and although the dampness tempered a wander through the East Sussex countryside, the day zoomed by and it was a wonderful opportunity to see her again.

While I'm at work, I've been trying to get out for a walk at lunchtime, although it tends to be closer to half-past two when I can take a natural break, since things tend to happen over lunchtime. It's May already and I've not found any geocaches yet in 2009; I'm definitely going to have to remedy this!

Efficasoft GPS UtilitiesWhat will definitely help is a piece of GPS software for my i600 (or other Windows Smartphone) called GPS Utilities by Efficasoft. One of the really excellent functions it can perform is, when presented with a digital image of a map, it can overlay the position of the phone and waypoints onto it, and - after entering a couple of reference points - can be used as a navigation tool like that. I think I mentioned in an early blog entry that Ordnance Survey offer a 'get-a-map' free downloadable map, and with Google Earth installed, setting the reference points wasn't too hard, so I've managed to get them to work rather well on my phone.

Since the screen's quite small, it can't really be used for turn-by-turn directions but, with a 4km x 4km 1:50,000 zoomable map on the screen, it's perfect for finding footpaths, roadways - and, of course, the car to get home! I would say that GPSUtilities is definitely worth the £16 ($25) I paid for it.

That's about it for my gallivanting, I think - there's plenty to write about what we've been getting up to as a family... another blog entry will be on its way soon! In the meantime (while I'm feeling lazy) my tweets (www.twitter.com/syzygy) have all the news and photos.. with much fewer characters!

Posted by james at May 4, 2009 9:18 AM

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