about JohnH

Sorted, fit. Current activities are photography, hiking, motorbiking, trail biking, music, geology/geoscience, dinner-at-home, travel and more.

100GB M-disc media and writer

I’ve taken delivery of a M-disc Blu-ray writer and some 100GB BD-XL discs, fresh from Japan. The interest is that the latest Blu-ray discs have 100GB or 125 GB capacity, which is quite useful for photo storage, especially so if you wish to archive digital negative files, which are much larger than .jpg or .png files commonly used for finished photographs.
M-discs are supposed to be the best for archival, much better archival stability than ordinary writeable DVD or Blu-ray discs. Storage estimates are based on accelerated ageing tests in extreme conditions, these suggest that, once finalised, M-discs have an estimated archival life of up to a thousand years.

Read more: M-disc photo negative files archive

Birthday Picnic on the Cornwall Coast Path

Birthday Picnic on the Cornwall Coast Path

“Happy Umpteenth Birthday” the card said, so I guess that kind person makes me still a teenager. We hiked out from St. Ives along the South West Coast Path on the way to Lands End, we saw a dolphin down in one cove. We stopped for my birthday picnic around Cape Cornwall; perched on a rock with a view of a seal basking in the warmth of the surface water and the Atlantic, warmed by the Gulf Stream.

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Clifton College, Bristol

Clifton College, Bristol

Day out to Clifton College, Bristol, my first time back there for 45 years or so.

Read more: It’s good to see the School we knew?

Merry Christmas 2018 and Happy New Year 2019

Merry Christmas and Best Wishes for a Happy and Heathy 2019

2018 was another really great year, living every moment. Here are some of my highlights:

and a set of great rides in the spring: Why I love riding in Provence - 2

Selfie at Television Centre in West London

Selfie at the famous spot at Television Centre in West London; this was after meeting for lunch with friends who are still working round there. Note the absence of East Tower. Weird to walk in straight off the street, no ID pass check or turnstile - the Commissionaires had long gone by the time I achieved a BBC staff pass.
The "Goons" patrolling wear different colours now that TVC is no longer owned by the BBC and no longer the hub of British television.The BBC sold the site but television is still made there; however only three studios have been refitted as well as some office space; most of the rest of the building is now residential, ie flats/apartments.
Far more of the site is now open to the public in a way it never was under the BBC; although  it is subject to the same rules for photographers as a shopping centre, so just a snatched selfie this time.

Read more: Television Centre 2018