Category Archives: Martyn

(Not) Frozen

Woke up on Tuesday morning to a fresh blanket of snow.

Which made the daily power walk all the more interesting.

It wasn’t as cold as I thought it would be – and by the afternoon the whole lot had melted away and looked as though there had never been snow in the first place.

This was my view walking alongside the canal.  Thankfully much of the snow was still fresh, and as such, grippy enough not to slide about like a clown.

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The runway and track had completely cleared by about 2pm – so thankfully Top Gear could go ahead with filming on Wednesday..

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2014: A retrospective


Went up to York for a week.  Had hoped to catch the BBC filming Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell at York Minster, but I was out by about two weeks (I was early – but to be fair, nobody told me if/when filming was going to take place – my finely honed psychic entertainment abilities failed me on this one – hahaha).

Fixed garden fence panels caused by recent storms.


The Top Gear team next door to the office continues filming the 2014 series on the test track (which our office overlooks).

By far one of the most popular guest appearances on the track is Aaron Paul (Jessie Pinkman from Breaking Bad)  who pops along to promote the Need for Speed  movie.   He is eventually declared the takes the top spot in the Star in the Reasonably Priced Car timings.  Most of the estate comes out to watch – by far the most popular guest this series.


I got fed up with Virgin Media and began to transition over to BT and Sky, running both services in parallel for a few months before respective contracts expire.

Alas, the BT Home Hub 5 gave me enormous problems with my Apple kit (MacBook Air, iPhone and iPad), forcing me to buy a Draytek Vigor router (which continues to serve me well).


Attended my very first science fiction/TV convention – Chevron 8.1, based on the Stargate SG-1/Stargate Atlantis TV series.  Didn’t like it very much, to tell the truth.  The talks from the guests were fantastic, and they were all very nice during the photo sessions, but this isn’t really for me.  But at least I can say I’ve tried it.


Turned 38.  Almost forty. *sobs*

Tried different blends of coffee, otherwise an uneventual month.


Sort out gardening/fencing issues.

Made friends with a lady in Seattle who shares the same love of film music and writing as I do.  She’s invited me over to visit, and plans are in place to do so in 2015.  Looking forward to exploring the Pacific North West (I’ve not travelled outside the UK for several years now).

July – August

Uneventual.  Work, work, work, etc.


Decide to move over to Android platform away from iOS.  Big mistake.  Well, not a big mistake, but still little things about Android annoy me.


Start to move away from EE and over to Three for mobile devices (phone and tablet).  Sold Canon DSLR because I just didn’t use it, and also sold the Samsung Galaxy Tab tablet in order to replace it with the new iPad Air 2.


Discovered Oscar nominated filmmaker Lexi Alexander (Green Street, Marvel’s Punisher: War Zone, Johnny Flynton) through various Twitter-related shenanigans.  Immediately warm to her approach to Hollywood (namely, it’s appalling on SO many levels).   Admiration increases when the Sony hack/leaks start in earnest.  Lexi is a filmmaker who knows what’s what and isn’t afraid to educate and speak out on the stuff that matters.


Finally paid off the huge sum of debt racked up by infertility treatment from the early(ish) 2000s.  This is a massive milestone and one that I am proud to have accomplished.  This wasn’t easy and I’ll be damned if I ever find myself in that situation ever again.

Here’s to a great 2015!