Postgraduate studies completed and sorted out, finally!

I’ve gotten confirmation today, that I am to be awarded First Graduate Diploma in Information and Network Security. This will be awarded at the University of Limerick Winter Conferring, in January 2017. That’s a win for me, and the First level it is to be awarded at reflects well under the circumstances of the studies. At the time, I was working a full 40 hour week evenings and weekends, as well as full-time college work Monday to Friday. Working a 9-day week was not easy. So, I’ll have a decent piece of paper to show for the work done and …

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M.T.Cranium’s Winter Outlook 2016-2017

From his boards post in the weather forum here: “Winter 2016-17 Outlook: I am expecting a rather different outcome from last winter, and something a little similar to 2010-2011 which started out very cold and snowy, then turned much milder. This winter, I am predicting rather cold weather to start, from late November through much of December, and the opportunity for some significant snowfalls. It probably won’t be as intense as the cold or snow of late 2010, let’s say on the order of two degrees below average and 5-15 cm snowfalls possible in the period (recall that Dec 2010 …

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First hike with OPC

Last Sunday was a great little amble along part of the Kerry Way with the UL Outdoor Pursuits Club. I had signed up for another year of membership at the recruitment drive, and got told that the first event for the club this academic year was to be a hike along a 12km portion of the Kerry Way from Glencar to the town of Glenbeigh. The bus collected us all at the Stables at about 9am on the Sunday morning. Travelling down, chatting with old friends and making new ones on the bus, stopping to get the lunch we’d eat …

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New car for me!!

It became time to upgrade my car from the A4 estate I’ve been driving for the past 10 years, to something a bit more suitable for my needs. I travelled to Swords in Dublin last weekend to pick myself up a very nice and shiny beast of a bus! 2007 Mugello Blue Pearl Audi Q7S-line Quattro. 3.0 V6 Tdi engine, 230BHP (so far! Maybe a 300bhp update to come soon) 20″ 5-Spoke S-Line alloy wheels Adjustable air suspension 6-speed Tiptronic automatic, with paddle-shifters on steering wheel Black leather/alcantara S-Line heated electric sports seats Panoramic roof Bi-Xenon auto headlights Auto wipers …

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Citroen Jumpy Multispace, a little review..

On the recent kayak club Alps training and development trip, we rented a 9-seater Citroen Jumpy Multispace. I drove this tank of vehicle for some 3200 km across France, Italy and Slovenia. My impressions overall? I’d cry every day if this was my main mode of transport. It is really not a good vehicle. Things that were not good with it: The gearstick was extremely loose and felt more worn than the gearsticks in my previous Landrover 109, and this made selection of gears a best-guess at best all of the time. The window switches are in a really awkward …

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Way to go Tesco Mobile – cut off your paying customers..

See here: Pretty much if you’re on Tesco Mobile as a PAYG customer, they can and will randomly cut customers off until they provide a scan of a PASSPORT. Absolutely dismal policy. They didn’t require that level of documentation to set up the account and start taking the cash. To see then that they’ll actually completely stop service without any warning? Preposterous!

Fox 40s arrived and are on the bike.

My new Fox 4o forks are now on the V10. The 2016 Fox 40 Factory air sprung front forks had to be custom made as the 26″ option is no longer available from the UK distributer, so I got an option of what colour decals went on, so of course I picked the gold option. They look absolutely fantastic, with the gold decals, black lowers, and the golden colour of the Kashima anodising on the stanchions. I took the bike for a quick ride around the estate and the first impressions are that they are more plush, and definitely a better …

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Wishlist for a new trail bike – musings, hopes and dreams.

If I were building a new trail bike, what would I have? Well, it would be replacing the Reign X1 that I currently use as my XC bike. Any new bike will have to be light, full suspension, and able to handle my riding inaccuracies.. So far with a quick look around at what’s out there, this is what I’ve come up with. Santa Cruz Bronson V2 CC frame. Fox 36 Talas 160 forks Fox Float X shock XT groupset, 2×10 (or XTR Di2 if it’s more affordable) SLX or XT brakes (200/160) Enve 27.5 m60 wheels, Shimano hubs 760mm bars …

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Fox 40s on the way

I’ve just ordered myself a set of 2016 Fox 40 26″ forks, for my Santa Cruz V10.4 carbon framed downhill bike. The ability to adjust the forks is something that I have wanted to play with for a while. I’m looking forwards to giving these a run down the trails in Bike Park Ireland in a few weeks.. As a result of this upgrade, I’ll have a set of 2012 Boxxer forks, with J-Tech uprated internals for sale, with a full professional service on them. Great condition too.