Lockdown language learning

As mentioned in Life under lockdown, I am currently trying to re-learn Latin, partly for self-fulfillment purposes and also because I’d like to be able to understand texts used when I attend classics and ancient history lectures, or when I deliver them and need to translate sections for notes. I’m also trying to re-learn French […]

Life under lockdown

Like most people in the UK, I have spent the last three weeks in lockdown, and experienced significant curtailment in social activities in the two weeks before that. At first I was somewhat blasé about it – after all, I normally work from home, I live by myself, and I walk to the local shops […]

The Brexit clock

Tick tock, tick tock That’s the sound of the Brexit clock Counting down the time until We leave the EU, by the people’s will MPs voted down the deal from May Whilst trying to keep ‘no deal’ at bay Thousands marched for a People’s Vote To keep the Remain idea afloat A petition was launched […]

A Spell to End School

As requested by Katy, here is a poem I wrote in primary school, which was published in All Aboard For Lancashire. I suspect if I was at school now I’d get called in under the government’s Prevent program for writing a poem about exploding the school, not to mention the wrath of the RSPCA for […]

Goals for 2019

I didn’t do terribly well on my goals for 2018: Improve photography skills: Failed, I can’t even find my camera. Finish Configuration Management with Ansible training course and deliver it at least once: Failed, although I have added another couple of exercises. Read 50 books: Success! According to my Goodreads challenge, I managed 70 books […]

Rixort Wiki

Over the last few years I’ve built up a collection of notes in various places on the wide range of topics I’m interested in. So that I can keep them all in one place for reference and editing, I’ve setup the Rixort Wiki. Read access is public, but only I can edit. Yes, this goes […]

Goals for 2018

This year has been a poor one for achieving the goals I set in January: Improve photography skills: Failed, although thanks to Lesley I have some resources to help me now. KAM Tools (software startup): Failed due to a lack of available time. Company is now being wound up. Training courses: Partial success, in that […]

Life update

Life has been pretty busy of late, particularly on the business side of things. I’ve been fully-booked since the beginning of March and this looks set to continue until at least the end of May. The fact that I am selling my time means that my business doesn’t scale, which has led a few people […]

Goals for 2017

Posted here mainly so that I have a reference: Improve photography skills to the point where I can take half-decent photos of trains. Start selling licences for KAM Tools (software startup with a colleague from a previous job). Finish and deliver training courses on Configuration Management with Ansible and Version Control with Git. Read The […]

Winter clearout

Over the years I’ve accumulated lots of books, maps and DVDs which I’ve rarely used. I don’t have enough space to store them all so I’m looking to sell them on at a significant discount. All items are in very good or excellent condition and most have only been read/watched a couple of times at […]