Category Archives: Personal

Nike Sportband and Garmin 405: first impressions

I went to the London Marathon expo last night to check out the Garmin 405 primarily. I have to say that I wasn’t impressed. Even though the actual diameter of the bezel is quite small, the initial part of the strap (closest to where it joins the bezel) is rigid – I’m guessing to hold some electronics or the GPS antenna. So, on someone with small wrists like me, it looks pretty stupid as it sticks out the side of your arm!

Also, the touch sensitive bezel seems overly sensitive and a bit clunky to use and reacts to you brushing it (I’d probably knock it against my leg a few times a run!).

All in all, I wasn’t impressed so I didn’t splurge.

All was not lost though, as Nike were there in force and I had a nice demo from a lady on the stand for the new SportBand which interfaces directly to the Nike+ foot sensor, so no iPod needed. And at £40, I couldn’t resist so I’ve bought one. They do look very sexy indeed and definitely suit the more petite of us.


RAF Welford

I passed a very well built sliproad on the M4 just before J13 today. What really caught my eye was the trusty enigmatic sign "Works Unit Only" albeit done in the military red pattern.

A quick check on Live Maps found me my sliproad – following it up the hill reveals RAF Welford, the largest munitions dump in Europe (apparently).

Cool :)


Map image



I’m so glad that Skins is coming back to E4 in a couple of weeks. I’m even happier that the first episode features Maxxie, whose Dad is played by Bill Bailey. Can’t wait :)