Procrastination

Mixed Media Monday

First of all, The Jazz Show went down a storm in my immediate circle; good feedback there. It was broadcast yesterday afternoon at 4pm – a return to form. I had been worried about playing music that was a bit more contemporary, up to date and…. well … not really the Jazz I love. I am a massive fan of the Progressive and Spiritual Jazz that was in London in the late sixties / early…

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Health

How I Got My Beach Body

I have eaten a few too many pies to make it to the beach this year. And, if I did, Greenpeace would confuse me for a beached whale. Pies, crisps, booze and cake – creaky hips and a stiff back; I am hitting forty soon and running out of time to play football for England. So, I have decided to get fit. The best course of action to get fit is to sit down and…

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Military Grade Tech, Over Here!

A mesh network (or simply Meshnet) is a local network topology in which the infrastructure nodes (i.e. bridges, switches, and other infrastructure devices) connect directly, dynamically and non-hierarchically to as many other nodes as possible and cooperate with one another to efficiently route data from/to clients. And, my house now has a Mesh WiFi Network. With a mesh, the lack of dependency on one node allows for every node to participate in the relay of…

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Creativity Review (Of Sorts)

1st Harrogate Film Festival: A Local’s Response

I have had quite a fun filled weekend, what with my Dad’s birthday meal (Happy Birthday Dad) and the recording of my radio show – however, what I want to blog about this post is the first installment of Harrogate International Film Festival. 1st Harrogate Film Festival: A Local’s Response :: At the time of going on sale, Harrogate International Film Festival had over 708 submissions from 56 countries worldwide across six competitions – as a…

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RetroVision

Me and the good lady wife, Kathryn, went to see the film T2 Trainspotting at the Everyman in Harrogate. Quite an occasion actually. It is the first time we have visited that cinema since it opened last year – what a cinema. All shiny and new. It pains me to say this, but it wins over the Odeon, where I used to work. The thing the Odeon has going for it is it’s faded grandeur.…

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Xmas 2k16 Mk. II

I almost feel nostalgic for writing this; why? Well, I will tell you at the bottom of the page. Today saw an above average early start for me – I was up at 06:30 but fully rested. We set the coordinates for Home Farm and set off on the 36 route to Ripon. It suddenly struck me, as we pulled out of Harrogate and went on to Killinghall, how beautiful the landscape looked dressed in…

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H. P. Lovecraft’s “At The Mountains Of Madness” by Icarus Theatre

The below is what Harrogate Theatre had to say about H. P. Lovecraft’s “At The Mountains Of Madness” by Icarus Theatre . Me and the good lady wife went along to it as a way of celebrating our fifth wedding anniversary. Five years of happiness. I write about the joy of married life all over my blog, so this post will be a review of the Theatre performance that we witnessed last night. Desperate. Incensed. Exhausted.…

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We’re Just Back From Happygate

…. and had a great time. We (Kathryn & myself) called down to Valley Gardens this morning to see our good friends Stewart and Karen perform (independently of each other) at the first ever Happygate. I was knackered from a night of ill thought out scheming but the weather was mainly dry but for one or two showers. Run by a committee of volunteers with any profits going to local community groups and charities, this…

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A Review Of The Unthanks In Harrogate

So, where does someone (me) start when reviewing a band that they do not know much about? Well, this is a review of The Unthanks in Harrogate. There are far more qualified people who could lay claim to being an authority on the matter – Indeed, I know very little about the scene they come from. However, they have a new fan out of me. There are no easy one-liners to capture who or what…

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Celebrating ‘Capability’ Brown & The Yorkshire Landscape

My wife and I took advantage of the hottest day of the years so far and journeyed in to town. First stop was Major Tom’s Social, where we supped, however the destination was always going to be The Mercer Art Gallery, Harrogate. Kathryn had spotted that there ‘was an exhibition about trees’ on at the gallery and further research yielded the familiar name ‘Capability’ Brown. It was part of a two stunning exhibitions and a…

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A Review Of “An Eschatological Bestiary” By Oz Hardwick

As ever on Ijo Pona, I only review things that I like; things that have inspired me, things that have moved me and things that just plain tickle me. An Eschatological Bestiary by Oz Hardwick is such a book. Billed as “…… [Eschatological Bestiary] offers symbolic visions, modern protest, and a complete exegetical interpretation of the dramatic rise of an apparently semi-permanent moral blank.” And, I can’t put the damn thing down. What about Oz?…

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A Review Of “Ebola: Behind The Mask”

Well, how should I write this review? Should I write this review of the book “Ebola: Behind The Mask” as a work of literature? As the work of a friend? As the work of a professional? In this review I will try and give an honest non-partizan account of what I got from “Ebola: Behind The Mask” by Andy Dennis & Anna Simon. Since it’s identification in 1976 there have been 19 outbreaks of Ebola.…

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We Visited North Bar Harrogate

North Bar Harrogate opened it’s doors on February 19th 2016 – just where GAME used to be near the Theatre: 2D Oxford Buildings, Cheltenham Parade, Harrogate, HG1 1DA As it’s site says – Joining the thriving community of independent businesses, North Bar are bringing their legendary commitment to excellent service, incredible beer and exciting drinks to Harrogate. Twelve taps, fridges fit to bursting with amazing drinks, excellent spirits and wines: Harrogate is a North Bar…

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