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Fly-by coffee (note hat on edge of shot). Fairtrade sourced but says it's their "in house blend". It's not fussy, it's not bitter and the milk in the latté does make it sweet. Not dissimilar to McDonald's coffee and they do have a bean to cup machine so still counts as a real coffee even if it's all automatic.

#2wheeledcoffeemonster
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Initial review of the Caberg Droid modular crash helmet and I have to say I'm very taken by the styling and tempted to go back to a flip-up helmet but as a lot of my driving tends to be higher speed roads rather than round town driving I think sticking with a full face, for the noise more than anything, is probably the right choice.

Plus any helmet I want to get I need to actually try on as I have a large silly non-standard head shape which means helmet buying is always a chore.

What do you think, is the "bobba-fett" styling for you or do you prefer something more traditional?

#gear #motorcycle #motorbike
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Change is Good
+Trello​​, that fine, fine product found as the mainstay of family shopping lists, marketing article pipelines, #agile kanban boards (of course) and the best description of all: a digital post it note tool that just works.

As far as I can tell it's the core of many #productivity gurus' tools, such as +Chris Bailey​​, as it is so malleable. Collect thoughts, ideas and tasks in one column, sort, filter and prioritise them into another and then DO the work and track progress. Add family, friends and teams into the mix and you have improved communication, timely delivery and at the end of last year they added a "done" feature for due dates - little things.

The +Trello​​ team even run their own feature request boards through their own tool. Now the partnership with +Atlassian​​ is public knowledge I hope the two companies can bring great enterprise features to the masses such as identity management and great tools to the enterprise without quite so many chrome plugins required.

Good luck - PS please don't break Trello

#in
We're excited to announce that Trello is being acquired by Atlassian.
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Start as you mean to carry on
A slow but long run yesterday of over 10km with a half way stop to grab a picture of the sunrise, cold but what a view.

Used Google Fit to track the run, which it did admirably, but then when I came to share here the only way to grab the stats is the take a screenshot. Seems like a missed trick so perhaps back to Strava for my next run.

#running
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Taking the Volvo Home

6 years ago to the hour I took this photo. England was covered in a blanket of #snow and was struggling to cope. Sweden was covered in even more snow and didn't seem to notice.

It took me a while to dig the car out of the snow but that was rather hampered when the snow plough came past and buried the car and the drive in everything it had removed from the road. I laughed, I cried...I had another coffee and dug it out again. All surrounded by the wonderful winter-covered fields.

#photography #travel 
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+Alan Springett phew I thought was coming in 
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England can't cope if it snows. 🌨️⛄🚗💥
We say a lot of strange stuff. Here are some of the things we think are perfectly normal that may puzzle you slightly!
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Automattic Lightroom to Wordpress Plugin Released
What fantastic news to start the new year. I've already been working to bring some fresh updates to my website https://photography.liquidblack.co.uk and some other photographers that I work with and then the Wordpress team release a plugin that ties Lightroom into Wordpress directly - smashing - great timing!

A quick tweak to my workflow should make this an easy win; the only check I need to make is how the images are uploaded as I have configured images to get offloaded to Google Cloud for speed and resilience.

#photography #lightroom #wordpress #blogging #in
Our new Lightroom plugin lets you export direct from Lightroom to WordPress.com.
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Swedish Semlor with a twist
Really they're a delicious bun for "Fat Tuesday" before starting fast/Lent. But in Sweden (and our house when I can get away with it) these marzipan-filled, cream topped buns are eaten from new year onwards and I'm not complaining.

This particular variety smashes together, Semlor: the marzipan-filled cream bun with Princess cake: a green icing topped layer cake with jam, cream and custard inside.

+ScandiKitchen​ have been kind enough to test and post a recipe with pictures for making at home. Alternatively we could just rattle up on the train to their café in London and eat theirs 😊

#sweden #sverige
We tested the new Swedish craze of princess semlor (prinsesssemla) at ScandiKitchen - a hybrid of princess cake and Semlor. YUM!
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Battle of the run trackers
Last week I used Google Fit and found that it's functional but doesn't have the in-depth analysis that +Strava​ has to offer. Things like segments to compare with your past self and others. A social element of following and tracking others which is completely absent in Google Fit (doesn't bother me as both have sharing options but I know it's an essential feature for some). The Strava end of year videos get better and better too, they're going to struggle to top that again this year.

While this sounds like a glowing review I am disappointed too. Strava crashed about 3 times on my run (it's done this before) and it must be doing something terrible to the memory as it took out Google music in the background as well. Also missing, though I swear it was there before, is kilometer announcements. The pause run feature from the lock screen is not as simple as the one for my music controls so it's normally more reliable to unlock the device to stop at junctions, or to take a nice picture. It should be simpler.

Fix the sharing and add a bit more analysis to Google Fit and I'll probably stick with it (as I use it for activity and steps tracking already). Fix the crashing and niggles with Strava and I may be drawn back just so I can beat my segment times on the beach!

#running #tracker
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Just to add, get a Garmin , it solves all the crashing issues
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Horizon: Zero Dawn is certainly on my playlist for the coming year but there are some really interesting games in this show reel that I didn't even know about. Retro me will struggle to pass up on Wipeout

#gaming #ps4
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After the crowd funding campaign for www.allanimalrescue.co.uk they have a wonderful announcement this week that they have hit their targets and their doors will reopen next year.

Both of our dogs came from AAR and we have fostered between 20-30 dogs for them over the years. If you can help in anyway with volunteering or donations get in touch and they would love to hear from you.

#animal #rescue #in
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Secret Santa Success/Good Guy Gates
Getting Bill Gates as your secret Santa must have been quite the surprise-and to get some pretty awesome gifts too including some Zelda and Nintendo gear that's a little difficult to get hold of-that's attention to detail right there.

#in #christmas
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Helpful and cheerful staff. Small seating area inside too
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Don't take cards so quite a short visit.
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Bigger on the inside - very helpful staff
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Outside seating, great for people watching. Good for a summer frappachino or a winter warming coffee.
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Compact store with a helpful owner who knew just where everything was.
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Nice layout and has both cosy sofas, outside seating and a bar area for working. Could be a bit tidier but definitely going back.
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