March 4, 2007
Jubilee Scalextric Grand Prix
Jubilee Church in Maidstone recently held a Scalextric Grand Prix. I went along and managed to win the trophy for Best Driver shown below.
It was an afternoon of good fun for all the participants and hopefully it will become a regular event. I can’t remember the last time I won a trophy so I thought it would be worthwhile documenting this moment in history 😊 Scalextrics has certainly moved along since my teenage years with the advent of digital cars and trackside equipment.
I’ve also uploaded a short video clip of a race taking place on the track.
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March 3, 2007
Polar S410 Heart Rate Monitor (HRM)
I’ve owned a Polar S410 for a couple of years but never blogged about it - it’s getting a bit old and I understand its now been replaced by the RS400. Since I’ve recently started a new exercise programme I’ve been using it to record my exercise timings and related heart rate information. Once I’ve built up some interesting statistical data I’ll probably blog on the polar precision performance (PPP) software used to download, store and analyse the exercise data.
According to the HeartRateMonitor site:
The Polar S410 heart rate monitor is a great performer. Polar has built upon the old Polar S210 with the addition of computer communication via SonicLink to transfer the training data from the monitor to PC and UpLink to load the settings from PC to monitor. This gives the user the added advantage that data can be analysed with the software (supplied). The Polar S410 HRM utilises one complete exercise storage file and five header files with 99 data points in the memory. The user may also note lap information.
The user enjoys easy storage and analysis of the exercises over a long period so progress is easy to check. Advanced technology also ensures there is enough memory for storing all your exercising information. The Polar S410 may also be attached to a bike.
BASIC FUNCTIONS of Polar S410
FITNESS FEATURES of Polar S410
RECORDING / MEMORY FUNCTIONS of Polar S410
The Polar S410 is certainly a great watch and has lasted me a long time. However, it doesn’t have a GPS so I’m now looking for a heart rate monitor that also has this capability. So far, it looks like the Garmin Forerunner 305 is a good bet but by the time I get around to buying a watch of this nature there may be a few more competing models on the market.
April 2, 2006
360 degree panoramic view of Uhuru Peak, KilimanjaroI came across this site the other day which provides you with a 360 degree panoramic view of Uhuru Peak on Kilimanjaro. It shows the Western Breach, Reusch Crater and Mawenzi.
You’ll also find the story of the climbers who took the pictures here.
Another really good panoramic view of the summit is available here. According to the web site:
This was taken on top of Mount Kilimanjaro on November 2, 2001. The locals call the mountain "Kibo", and the summit "Uhuru" which means "freedom". It's 19,345 feet tall, making it the tallest peak on the continent of Africa (and hence one of the "seven summits" of the world). If you want to see more pictures from my journey, check out the trip journal. The sign in the picture says:
Congratulations. You are now at Uhuru Peak, Tanzania, 5895m AMSL.
Africa's highest point.
World's highest free-standing mountain.
One of the world's largest volcanoes.
It's a Quicktime VR movie, which means you can click and drag in it to "look around". Try it!
What's really nice about this summit view is that you can zoom in and out and also move the picture up and down. Pretty clever stuff · Email this article · Comments () · Permalink · Categories: Climbing, Kilimanjaro, Sport