Is This The World’s Most Famous Ferris Wheel?

I am sat at the computer editing the last ever edition of the UK Geocaching Podcast and I was reminded of a live show that we recorded on Google Hangouts in February of 2015.  In the show I chatted with Lucie about a Trip she had taken.  Whenever I think about it, the first thing I think of is always this:

A view of the abandoned city of Prypiat, near the Chernobyl nuclear power plant

This is the ferris wheel in Pripyat, Ukraine, possibly the most famous ferris wheel in the world.  I have no doubt that I don’t need to explain the significance of the place further than to say “Chernobyl”.

This place scares the bejeezus out of me but I really really want to go see it.  Why?  Because at the same time as scaring me, it absolutely fascinates me and I have no idea why.

Also, there’s an Earthcache called Bennies Blowout Battle that I really really want to complete.  It’s not cheap top get there.  Assuming that it’s safe enough to fly into Kiev, the tour to Chernobyl is around US$100 per person for a day trip.

One day…


What The Hell Happened to August?

It seemed to go so fast!  I had three weeks away from work on vacation, a bank holiday and boom, it was done!

I found a total of 164 Geocaches (120 in North Wales), bought a boat – a Piranha Inazone 230, had a birthday – happens the same time every bloody year, and loads of other stuff not worth mentioning.

I am back to a normal routine now, weight is still shedding (due to weigh in tomorrow), exercise plans (but not actual exercise) are coming along and work drags as much as usual.

Here’s the exercise plan and goals:

  1. Weight loss will continue.
  2. Join the gym at work.
  3. Do the Couch to 5k challenge.  Over 9 weeks follow a set plan to run five kilometres.  I starts with interval training – run 90 seconds, walk 90 seconds – and ends with running 5k without walking.
  4. On the “rest day” for C25K head into the gym and do weight/rowing/cardio.
  5. Once I can run 5k, take part in a number of parkrun events.
  6. Work to bring the 5k time down under 30 minutes.
  7. Complete the bridge to 10k.
  8. Train for a half marathon.
  9. Run a half marathon.
  10. Run a marathon.
  11. Die happy.

I have no set timeline to complete this, it’s ongoing.  I first (I think) need to go back to the doctor about a persistent cough.  8 weeks in, I am now concerned it’s not a viral chest infection, but is asthma.  If it is, I will work round it.

I will write part 4 of the Writing Prompt, I started (Part 1 is here), I know where I want the story to go and am desperate to get it finished.  Any constructive criticism is gratefully received.

A Strange 7 Days

A few things have happened in the last week that, while not “knocking me for six”, have certainly made for a different week.

Scotland Beckoned

Tuesday 12 July 2016 I woke at 4am worried that I was going to miss my 0845 flight to Edinburgh.  Unsurprisingly I didn’t miss it.  In Perth for work I was able to spend the evenings doing as I wanted.  I thought I would go find some Geocaches.  In two evenings I DNFd five caches, found one traditional cache and one Earthcache.  That’s not a good ratio is it?!

fisherman2  I did, however get to walk along the bank of the Tay and spend a little time watching a fisherman battle with the piscine residents.

I don’t know if he was able to catch anything or not, he was a little far away for me to speak without shouting.  I suspect he was in some zen zone and wouldn’t appreciate me interrupting him!

I was also able to go to Kinnoull Hill Woodland Park for a walk.  I was originally aiming for a virtual Geocache called The Kinnoull Tower but the walk made me realise a couple of things (as I commented in my Found It log for “The Acorn Factory“:

  1. How tired I would be having risen at 4am, flown to Scotland from Southampton, worked the afternoon.
  2. My fitness level.
  3. The midges!

It rained too, so I turned round and headed back to the hotel.

Anyone For Duck?

On Wednesday night I had what I genuinely think is the best meal I have ever eaten.  On my own with nobody to share my experience.  I went to The Postbox in Perth.  It is number two in the TripAdvisor top 10 restaurants in Perth and the rating is very very well deserved!

People will attest that I am a simple bloke with simple tastes. When I was handed an a la carte menu I was befuddled.  What do all these big words mean???  Then I saw one I recognised.  Duck.  Sweet!  Let’s take a risk on that then.  This is what arrived:


I repeat, this is genuinely one of the best meals I have ever eaten.

Crappy Coughs

I got home from Scotland on Thursday afternoon and the rest of the week wasn’t much to speak of,  routine stuff – work, home etc.  Lottie came to visit on Sunday though:


Monday I was at work at 0700 and home again by 0800.  Doctor at 1020 and 30 minutes later I had an inhaler in my hand.  I don’t have asthma but I do have a viral chest infection.  Unfortunately antibiotics won’t do anything so it’s going to have to clear up on its own.  The inhaler will relieve the symptoms and open the airway which will help stop the wheezing and mean I can breathe.  The doctor reckons it will be three to four weeks before I am in good health again.