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Medieval Cambridge with BT #fail

I find this so hard to believe in 2010:-

“Thank you for your email dated 09/02/09 in regards to the broadband speed at your new property.
The initial test on your phone line you should be able to support a maximum broadband download speed of around 512 kbps. The actual speed you get could be lower and is dependent on several factors such as whether you have any internal home wiring, our network management policy and the number of people using the internet at the same time. Speeds are generally lower in the evening at peak times. You can find more information on all of these on”

and where is this new property? you might ask – Well, its 1mile from the centre of Cambridge the so called heart of Europe’s Hi-Tecg Silicon Fen.

Thank goodness that Cambridge Cable (Comcast/Singapore Telecom) invested in all that fibre in 1991 (although sadly the fibre ends in the street rather than the house) so Virgin Media (who took over NTL who took over Cambridge Cable in the game of musical chairs that corporate UK loves) can offer 10MB, 20MB and 50MB speeds. Although amusingly they recommended I take on a Virgin telephone line as well because calls to their help desk would then be free!

22 Feb Update: @btcare on Twitter managed to sort it out. However, there is a £25 penalty to be paid for moving to Virgin and BT won’t let the house purchaser take over the telephone number!

Valentines day walk

Today’s walk with the Cambridge Rambling Club’s ‘A’ Team led by Jill started at Royston then the delightful village of Reed with lunch by The Woodman Inn at Nuthamstead.
We covered 15.5miles (compared to the 10miles with the B team last week in the same time!).

Making for a very pleasurable start to Valentines day l

Here is the Everytrail route and pics:-

Lovely Valentines day walk

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Amazing what you find when you clear out the cupboards – Stephen’s old A team sticker album!

Bringing up the rear

Today’s walk was a very modest 10 miler with the B team of Cambridge Rambling Club. 22 of us departed from The Green Man PH , allegedly in Shepreth but actually just outside Melbourn. We had two outstanding  bloggers  Ellee & Sally with us as well 🙂

I was designated the back marker, which was interesting for me. I realised for the first time that the back marker actually sets the pace whereas the leader sets the direction. Also, a good lesson learnt is how crucial it is that the leader makes sure they can always see the back marker!

The pace was at 2.6mph compared to the A teams 3mph+ the other difference is the B team spend substanially longer in the pub at lunchtime. The overall result is that in the same time we did 18miles last week we did 10miles this week.

Given the leisurely pace and been on my own at the rear, I was able to play with the latest 3.1 release of Everytrail for the iPhone. It has to be said its a real corker! works exceptionally well, even handling incoming phone calls without crashing. Plus talking pictures and annotating them is a breeze. A really cool feature is that it continues to work with the screen off and in the breast pocket of my jacket. The uploaded trail is here:-

Snowdrop Walk

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I also plotted the trip using my conventional GPS and camera. These are up on Everytrail too. The morning walk around Meldreth is here . The afternoon walk with the twitchers at Fowlmere nature reserve is here.