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Jonathan Seyghal
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Attended Bath Spa University
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Oh +Strava you're too clever, figuring out I went training with my sis today!

#cycling   #ridelondon  
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The new weekly issue of The Economist is now available to view via our website and apps: 

To view our leader on Russia and Ukraine go to: 

This week’s covers:
Worldwide ex Asia Pacific: Insatiable
Asia Pacific: China's future
The cities that will change the world: A 14-page special report
April 19th – 25th 2014
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Invasion, groan.  Democracy is selectively enforced in Ukraine.  people invade buildings in protest of government 2 months back, much emoing when some get hurt.  2 months later Ukraine people against the government again and this time send in the military et all and no emoing about the hurt protesters.  Seems a like discrimination in news reporting in many ways.  Sorry I'm not towing the EU/USA agenda on Ukraine.  Don't want them as EU members as they are currently and respect there right to choice.  Just do not see a country that has few years back stolen gas supplies from the EU pipeline and also whilst getting subsidised cheap gas, still accumulated a huge debt.  Now they have to pay the full price, I'm sure they will be much better in there fiscal management and with that, they are not in a fit state to join the EU and yet that is not being mentioned.  

But feel free to have a different view upon things.  Though I do not support military action against a countries own nationals (no Russians) and I also respect Crimea wanting to be part of Russian again.  I just fail to see how the EU/USA et all can selectively discriminate when it comes to democracy they say they uphold.  Did the UN and Russia demand the EU sort out the people holding buildings 2 months go, those pro-EU people, no they did not.  Now they are pro-Russian people and that is all that has changed, it is hard not to see complete hypocrisy being played out for some agenda that I want nothing to do with as it seems somewhat unfair.

But yeah, cute geographic covers pushing some editors direction.  Russian and China evil one steals your land and the other steals your air.  Yet Germany is the biggest dirtiest brown coal producer on this planet.  brown coal being the really bad stuff.  Now if you look at Russia as a collective like the EU, they ain't that bad, free choice and least Crimean people had a vote unlike most if not all EU members.  China, well it is probably environmental up with London 50 years ago or so air quality wise.  Back in the day we had London smog, other countries slow to catch up and to move past that.  If China complained about London air quality 50 years ago would we respond any different than China does now, actually probably respond less well.  But China admits it has a problem, so will only improve.
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This will be a nice 2nd camera app on my Moto X, purely for Photo Spheres and with that one of the very few advantages the Nexus 5 held over the Moto X is now gone (the remaining one being wireless charging).

"Photo Sphere. Immersive 360 degree photo spheres let you look up, down and all at up to 50 megapixels! For the first time available on non-Nexus devices."

Get yourself this app +Suzanne Seyghal Buckingham if you fancy making Photo Spheres anytime.
Today we’re launching Google Camera, a new app for your Android phone or tablet that makes it easy to take quick photos and videos. And being behind the lens just got more fun with new creative picture modes.

Sleek Design. The 100% viewfinder gets out of your way while capturing the maximum resolution of the scene (no dropped pixels). And the extra large capture button is easy to press so your eyes never lose sight of the subject.

Lens Blur. Emphasize the subject while blurring the background for an SLR-like shot with shallow depth-of-field (or bokeh). You can even change the subject in focus after taking the shot.

Improved Panorama. New higher resolution panoramas capture the full width and detail of a scene.

Photo Sphere. Immersive 360 degree photo spheres let you look up, down and all at up to 50 megapixels! For the first time available on non-Nexus devices.

Google Camera is now available on the Play store (, and works on all phones and tablets running Android 4.4+ KitKat. We’re just getting started, and in the months ahead we'll make Google Camera available to more devices, helping make photography easier, faster and more fun.

Check out our Research Blog to learn more (
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Did you know... there's a 'secret' Cowboy Wild West set in Edinburgh?

You'll find it off Springvalley Gardens, past Morningside's charity shops. It looks like an unassuming driveway so keep your eyes peeled!
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Wow +Suzanne Seyghal Buckingham, 9th fastest woman on this climb out of Raynes Park... on your first training ride!
Let's shave 14 seconds off, beat 'harriet m's time and move you into 8th!
I love +Strava!

#cycling   #ridelondon   #strava   #stravasegment  
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Only one choice of sock for such an 'early' ride today.

#sockwars #socks   #sock   #cycling  
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Actually, just 2! Hope to go out on the weekend to make it 3 though. Perhaps Saturday, looks like rain coming in Sunday.
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The world just became a slightly better place!
Vertical Video Syndrome - A PSA

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Thank you, Google.
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Oh. I thought it disables taking the video unless you force it.. I fear people will still ignore the animation. 
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    Admissions Administrator, 2010 - 2013
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London, UK - East Molesey, Surrey, UK - Wimbledon, London, UK - Albacete, Spain - Berlin, Germany - Worcester Park, UK - Bath, UK - New Malden, UK
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Was in Saint Paul's Cathedral Choir (singing solo on one album no less), have a photo of mine on the album art of a Jean Michel Jarre album and was featured on Dutch TV clearing up dog poo in a documentary about a dog shelter in Spain! Truly a life well lived. Also, I've had the honour of Google's own Matt Cutts +1ing one of my comments to a post! I made the Google+ 'What's Hot' list with a post reaching close to 2000 +1s and close to 1000 reshares! I've had a comment on one of my posts from Vic Gundotra!
  • Bath Spa University
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Cosy would be the word to describe this Costa, one of... FOUR in Kingston, that happens to exhibit a little individual charm. Tucked in on the corner of an old building and ideally located just on the Market square, this little place offers yet more of the standard, and usually just fine Costa fare, but in a nice setting. When the sun doth shine, the tables are out on the market place for you to soak up the rays; more typically, when the sun is away, inside is where you might stay and it's small but well formed. In the busy front section you'll find some nice perches near windows to watch the market-goers... going, but round the corner is a more secluded area which, while windowless, is sufficiently cosy to warm one and help you pretend you're not in the middle of a shopping hell. Service in this Costa might be considered a tad below average, but it's still one of the places in Kingston I'd look for for a coffee, perhaps as it's relatively away from the main hive (the Bentalls-stretch).
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I like me a Pret, so kill me. Yes, McDonalds owns some of it, but to me that doesn't take the sheen of this wonderfully different chain for me. Not only does it deliver on it's promises of fresh food prepared on the premises (evidenced by some of the offerings being sold out, a good sign, really), but the offerings change and can be wonderfully different and creative; you will not get better in any of the other familiar high street cafes. The decor is generally done well in Prets and this one is just fine, airy, nothing special, but a much needed retreat of sorts from Eden Walk which can often be heaving; grab a table in the back for an extra-dose of calm. The food is lovely and the coffee, not the best, it's their sole raison d'etre after all, it fine. But the food, oh the food, perhaps I'm fooled by the sub-par offerings of the 'competition', but it can be so heavenly. The avocado wrap always seems just right... and I've had it so many times. To top it off, the service is generally excellent. Pret is ready to serve and will not disappoint.
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3/5. It's Okay. How did you know that'd be the review? Because it's a Starbucks. Say what you like about them, but they're pretty consistent in delivering that... Starbucks feel, look and taste; so good at it that they're hated for it in fact. That being said, they can be a haven when one doesn't know where to get one's caffeine fix (or are simply desperate for one); though in this age of Google Maps in one's pocket, it's very easy to simply search 'coffee' and find a unique and different 'local' place rather than this chain. As is then, I rarely frequent this place, there's simply no need, at least in Surbiton. We're spoilt for coffee choice in Surbiton with Starbucks, Costa, Nero etc (in fact counting the Nero within the station, we've 2!) but we also have lots of charming local places, which actually deliver good coffee and a unique atmosphere that don't feel like chains. That said, as hinted at, this Starbucks, as all Starbucks tend to do, deliver on Starbucks products, at Starbucks prices, with Starbucks taste, with that Starbucks music and that Starbucks 'vibe' of sorts. Still strange to see people choosing this place on the high street when there are much better options available though.
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reviewed 2 weeks ago
A little treat, it has to be, it's expensive! Situated in the swanky Burlington Arcade, just off Piccadilly, Laduree is not your run of the mill coffee pit-stop, oh no no! It's a bite-sized treat, something perhaps to allow yourself on a nice trip up to town when you're prepared to spend a little more than usual in order to give yourself that 'holiday' feel; a mini-Paris in London? I might as well write at this point that this review is not for the wealthy, I am not; if you are wealthy, pop in, gorge yourself, have a cup or three.... for those not blessed with riches, you'd probably have to remortgage your home to do that. When I visited, I choose just one of the famous macaroons ('oh, another silly tourist' must have thought the superbly dressed waiter inside the cramped and slightly tacky interior) together with a double espresso (usually amongst the cheapest drinks, not here). I believe those 2 came to around £5. My 'dining' partner also enjoyed a single macaroon but drank a hot chocolate which was about the same price as my extortionate espresso but was incredible; a proper thick and heart-stoppingly heavenly concoction, good value that one. We sat outside, which is on a table on Burlington Arcade so not completely outside, as you can't sit inside. Inside it's a cramped place hugging the wall where there is just enough room to view the huge range of macaroons on offer. Place your order and the waiting staff, trained well enough to look down upon you just the 'right amount' will correctly place said macaroons onto a plate for you and serve you at your table. So the place is a little treat, a little spoil, for fun; the 'amuse-bouche' of eateries before you visit a proper place to fill yourself. A nice place perhaps for a pauper to visit on a date up in town, after a film and before the trip back; leaves a pleasant aftertaste (if you're not paying).
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Meh, it's Costa, in a bit of a strange (but kind of central on the high street) location. Much like the Starbucks chain it kind of but doesn't ape (and is 2nd only to in terms of having most stores worldwide, wow), you know what you're getting with a Costa. Whilst Costa used to be a nice, almost sadly 'alternative' alternative to the Starbucks, any charm it once had is mostly gone. The same food on offer in each store, the same poor prices for simple things such as a cheese and tomato sandwich (ooh heated, well worth it...). The coffee is good, I'll give them that, and the setting with the vast glass exteriors allowing in much light is preferable to the Starbucks rival near directly opposite and as such, should you insist on plumping for one of the big 2 coffee chains, Costa's your pick in Surbiton.
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I'm not sure you'd visit this cafe just to visit the cafe, it's inside the wonderful Museum of Childhood and as such as is a loud and lively place, but within those walls, it's a haven of sorts providing much needed energy in lovely coffee and cake form! If familiar with Benugo one supposes one is fairly familiar with this cafe (and most cafes, no?), your usual parade of caffeinated drinks are available and served here with aplomb, together with some truly incredible cake offerings, better than your standard cafe fare I must confess. Still, it's the stomach of this wonderful museum and as such is very much a part of it, tables placed in the open atrium of this vast space, the sounds of happy (and often not so happy) children reverberating around the place will accompany your Latte. A joyous mix really.
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WOWWOWWOW! I came here for the Magic Circle christmas show, a wonderful christmas present and it was one of the best outings of my life! I've had a soft-spot for magic for years and have made no secret of mentioning this to people, one person got the hint and I am so glad they did. Firstly, the building. It's in a rather strange place to be honest, a spooky backstreet that would fit-in on the set of a murder mystery/Sherlock. That door is there and promises much.... Inside you are greated immediately with a wonderful spiral staircase that, with the thanks of various mirrors, seems to go on forever somehow.... You'll find a museum in the basement which, unless you're really into magic history, may leave you cold (there is a Sooty in there though, he's a member)! There is also a bar area and kind of reception room with a statue of the founder, good for functions one would imagine. During the christmas show all these areas were littered with magicians doing close-up tricks and it was amazing. Finally, we have the theatre itself, it's small, of course, but complete. It's a proper fine theatre and of course nice and intimate, as magic should be. I'm so glad to have gone and really hope to return. I can't wait...
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