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Monthly Archives: September 2006

I spent last week in York at the Information Communication and Society conference.  My notes from the event together with (in the most part) Ben’s notes are on the Technology and Social Change blog.  I also presented my own paper, “Blogs: Motivations Behind the Phenomenon”, which I will post here soon.


Anousha Ansari, the first female space tourist, is keeping a blog of her amazing experiences. She gets 3 batches of email access per day, and so I assume someone is then posting the email to her blog. The whole thing sounds truely amazing (motion sickness aside) – but for some reason the thing that brought it all home to me the most was when she describes the smell of space as she enters the airlock between the shuttle and the ISS. She can actually smell space – and apparently it smells of cooking. Could this be a result of the gazillions of BBQ’s in space also known as stars? Or perhaps its the leftover smell of the big bang? Either way – space smells – how cool is that!!?!

I had my folks come to visit this weekend and had the task of working out where in the area we should visit. When I first moved to Ipswich I had very poor knowledge of the area, but now that I’m in my 5th (!) year here, I’m getting a better measure for East Anglia. It turned out that I had too many places I wanted to take my parents for the time they were here. So I thought I’d list the some of the great places to visit here for next time they’re down and for anyone else who’s interested:

The Suffolk Coast
There’s so many small towns along this very unspoilt coastline which are great to visit and very different from similar towns along the south coast. Particular highlights are Aldeburgh, Southwold, Walberswick, Thorpe Ness, and Dunwich. Aldeburgh and Southwold are the largest of the coastal towns. Aldeburgh sports a fantastic ice-cream parlour in the summer with a huge array of flavours as well as a tiny little cottage along the sea front that neatly fits into a single car park space. Southwold has its own pier, a lighthouse and a great little restaurant called the Blue Lighthouse.

Further in-land is Framlingham. It’s a tiny little market town but the pride of Framlingham has to be the huge medieval castle which is free to walk around the outside but you pay a fee to go in the grounds.

Norfolk Broads
Further north lies Norwich and the Norfolk Broads. I’ve not spent a huge amount of time in Norfolk, but the Norfolk Broads are well worth a visit. I spent some time in Wroxham which is on the north west side of the broads. Here you can hire a boat in units of one hour to chug along the broads. We hired one for just an hour, and in September (just after peak season) the price was £13.

Pinnmill is a tiny little hamlet on the way to Shotley from Ipswich. It’s right on the river Orwell, along with a great pub called the Butt and Oyster, which has apparently played host to Colin Farell and Ewan McGregor when they were recently filming nearby. The pub is right on the river and has a really good menu – especially worth checking out the specials. There’s also a nice walk along the river from Pin Mill.

Shotley Gate
A small town from which you can see Harwich and Felixstowe across the water. On the way into Shotley there’s some impressive views of the *huge* cargo ships that dock at Felixstowe. There’s a nice walk along the beach at Shotley, and there’s also the marina on the Felixstowe side – can see the lock in almost constant operation on the weekends.

A couple of weeks ago I was emailed by someone asking to use one of my photos from flickr in a magazine. I agreed and was offered to have the magazine sent to me upon publication. I soon forgot about the exchange, half-believing anything would come of it. This morning I arrived at work to find a copy of Motoring & Leisure magazine on my desk containing, on page 36, my photo of the QEII bridge that I took with my old K750i cameraphone! So thank you Sarah of csma for using my photo!

Ever wondered what would happen if you animated several long-exposure photos?

No, I hadn’t until now either.  Oh, and there’s more.