It's Great To Be Back!
    By Patrick Lockerby | September 15th 2012 08:18 PM | 13 comments | Print | E-mail | Track Comments
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    Retired engineer, 60+ years young. Computer builder and programmer. Linguist specialising in language acquisition and computational linguistics....

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    It's Great To Be Back!

    I wish to apologize to all of my readers for being AWOL for so long without a word of explanation.  I have had a severe pain in my right arm from an unknown cause, and this has been made unbearable by any attempt to type.  This has left me unable to blog or respond to emails: indeed, for a very long time I was even unable to use the mouse and keyboard to check my emails.  My doctor cannot find a cause and suggests it is a trapped nerve.  It seems to be posture related: I can cycle - and have cycled - up to 44 miles in one day with only trivial aches.  The good news is that for the last few days my arm has only troubled me once.  Let us hope that the problem is now in the past.

    During my enforced vacation I have cycled many miles: often over 25 miles per day.  I don't know what it is doing for my fitness, but overtaking cars downhill scares the hell out of some drivers!

    I was sorry to miss all the excitement over the Arctic this season.  If I remain able to type I hope to make up for that by writing about the Antarctic.  It's going to be an exciting summer down there also!  Just for starters, here's the latest PIG news:


    Gerhard Adam
    Good to see you back.  You've been missed.
    Mundus vult decipi
    I have been looking for your Arctic ice reports many a time this season and missed your expert analysis, the more so since we seem to head into more extremes. I am a long term computer user (1979 onwards) and have taught myself to use the mouse with my left hand, thereby alleviating potential strain on my right arm and shoulder. It has an added benefit of a slight change in posture which seems to be reflected on the spine. Stay well!

    Welcome back, Patrick! I was wondering what happened to you. :-) I hope your arm and health in general will stay in shape from now on. Cycling will certainly not do your health any harm at least...:-)
    Bente Lilja Bye is the author of Lilja - A bouquet of stories about the Earth
    What a coincidence! Just a couple of days ago, I was thinking of how long it had been since we had heard from you! Looking forward to your next article about the Antarctic, health-permitting.

    Velkomin til baka!

    Have you seen the new ‘Vikings’ series on BBC2?

    Here, from my recent trip to the Oxford Botanical Garden, are two plants named after Queen Victoria.


    Robert H. Olley / Quondam Physics Department / University of Reading / England
    Welcome back!  At least you have a good reason.  I have just been too lazy to blog for a while. 
    Science advances as much by mistakes as by plans.
    Welcome back Patrick! I'm glad to hear you are feeling better.

    Thank you all for your kind words!

    Bente: "Cycling will certainly not do your health any harm at least...:-)"

    I don't know: it depends on so many factors.  Today a taxi did a u-turn in front of me.  I was powering towards a hill at about 25 mph.  Thank God for the inventor of cantilever brakes.  You may believe that I had an interesting conversation with the driver. ;-)
    Stay out of trouble in the traffic, Patrick! Be kind. hahaha

    I think I would have made the Taxi driver remember me for life if he'd interrupted a powertrip towards a hill. That is unforgiveable. In all cultures. :-)
    Bente Lilja Bye is the author of Lilja - A bouquet of stories about the Earth

    Þe Ænglo-Saxon Chronicle

    20th September 2012

    Traffic incident in Northumbria

    Yesterday there was an incident in York involving a collision between a Viking cyclist and a Saxon taxi driver. . . .

    Robert H. Olley / Quondam Physics Department / University of Reading / England
    LOLRF, you just made my day, Robert. :-D

    I am sure it must have been bloody both during and after the collision....hahaha
    Bente Lilja Bye is the author of Lilja - A bouquet of stories about the Earth
    Did the taxi driver at least drive you up the hill?

    Good to see you back, Patrick. :-)
    Glad to hear from you again. You have been missed. I kind of know what you're going through. I have a pinched nerve in my left arm.
    I've been reading Neven's excellent website all summer. I found his website through you some time ago.