Archive for June, 2024

Life, the Universe, and Everything

Tuesday, June 18th, 2024 | Books

Life, the Universe, and Everything is the third novel in the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series. It tells the story of the robots of Krikkit and their attempt to destroy the universe.

It’s a great read filled with fun characters like Agrajag. Not fun for Agrajag, of course, but they’re not real so it’s fine. It does feel like an add-on to the originals, though. The first two novels wrap up nicely and this has to invent a whole new series of events to get the science fiction back on track. But it does and it’s entertaining.

Anxiety Leeds portal relaunch

Monday, June 17th, 2024 | Foundation

Two years ago, we closed down the Anxiety Leeds meetings. We’ve missed them, and despite the meetings ceasing we have still seen a lot of people accessing our website and looking for support. As a result, we have decided to expand the website to offer additional support.

This includes a wider range of sign-posting to different organisations to help people get the best support for them.

It also includes a new series of videos offering practical tips on managing anxiety. These can be found on our new homepage.

Michael Mosley, 1957-2024

Thursday, June 13th, 2024 | News

He made a lot of great science documentaries and will be missed.

Vicarstown parkrun

Tuesday, June 11th, 2024 | Sport

Last weekend I headed down to Vicarstown for some more parkrun tourism.

It is a somewhat rural location. The official guidance on getting there by public transport is “there is no public transport”. Once I left the motorway, the road wasn’t quite single track, but it wasn’t wide enough to have a centre line, either. Luckily, it was easy to find and there was plenty of parking.

Getting there by public transport. There is no public transport.

The course is an out-and-back on the canal towpath. There is one bridge but it is otherwise completely flat with no locks. Vicarstown claim to be the best parkrun in the country and their selection of drinks and cake available at the finish line makes a case for that.

There were a couple of milestones for me. I ticked off my V for the alphabet challenge. I completed every parkrun in County Laois (one of one). And I completed my 50th different parkrun event.

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe

Sunday, June 9th, 2024 | Books

The Restaurant at the End of the Universe is a novel by Douglas Adams and a sequel to The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. Like the first, it roughly follows the radio series but with more detail. It’s laugh-out-loud funny in parts and a fun read.

Russborough parkrun

Sunday, June 2nd, 2024 | Sport

Russborough House is a stately home turned public park and home to a parkrun. Beautiful hills, a lovely house and a nice cafe with cakes inside. The route is two laps on mixed trail with some nice shade when it is sunny. Not too hilly and free parking for parkunners, too.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

Saturday, June 1st, 2024 | Books

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy is a novel by Douglas Adams. Of course, you almost certainly knew that already. The type of people who read me blog and the type of people who like h2g2 almost certainly have a strong cross-over.

I’ve never actually read the novel because I was worried it would deviate too much from the radio series (the original and presumably best) and so I put off reading it. Now that I have, it is actually very similar to the radio series and basically the same story. But still worth a re-read.