Author Archives: Steve Crook

Coast Path – Fowey to Pentewan

After a long break from Coast-Path walking, Colin Kelly and I set off from Fowey at 1045 and headed West. No particular goal was in mind but Colin thought it would be good to reach Charlestown. The first section to … Continue reading

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Another Ferret loss

Following the passing of Darcy earlier this year, today we lost Missy. She was the runt of the pack, much smaller than Darcy and almost a different species compared to the monster that is Tommy. After some rough calculations, based … Continue reading

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Terra Nova Saturn Bivi (Part 3)

Almost a year ago to the day, I bought the Terra Nova Saturn Bivi and blogged about my first impressions of it. Shortly after that I blogged again with some more impressions, having put it up and been inside. Now … Continue reading

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TalkTalk or more precisely lack of TalkTalk

For once TalkTalk got something right. They said they’d respond to my email and they did. Right on the 7th day. Their response was less than satisfying. Dear Mr Crook Thank you for contacting the TalkTalk Business Technical Support team. … Continue reading

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RIP Len Sassaman

I only met Len once at What The Hack in Holland back in July 2005 but chatted to him about Mixmaster on various occasions. I’ll never forget the exchanges between him and Frog-Admin in which Len always came out the … Continue reading

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Email to TalkTalk (2011/07/01)

In an attempt to clarify my requirements, I’ve emailed TalkTalk customer services. Sometimes these things are clearer in writing: Account Number: xxxxxxxx [Address scrubbed] Hi, On the 29th June, you transferred my broadband service from Nildram to TalkTalk. I was … Continue reading

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TalkTalk Business woes

A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by TalkTalk with regard to transferring my telephone line rental to them. As they already provided my Internet (as a result of their taking over Nildram), it seemed like a sensible move, … Continue reading

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Time running out for the broadband timetable

Back in January I blogged about the proposed Cornwall Super-fast Broadband roll-out. Of course, as a geek, I’m desperate for information about it, especially the timetable for when it’s actually going to happen. According to the faqs the timetable will … Continue reading

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Welcom Bay – Perrenporth

Don’t know why I’ve left it six months to publish this article. Oh well, better late than never! This was a walk undertaken by Tim Clayton, Colin Kelly and myself. We started from Welcom Bay on the 11th September 2011 … Continue reading

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It’s the little things

Just a quickie to say thanks to the driver from Burcombe Haulage who stopped in St Mellion village on the A388 during rush hour to let me cross over with my dogs on Monday evening. Apologies to the commuter zombies … Continue reading

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Last year Womble, this year Darcy

Last year I Blogged about the death of our Ferret Womble. Today it’s the turn of her long-time partner Darcy. Darcy was a polecat and always the wildest of our flock. When visitors wanted to hold one, Darcy was the … Continue reading

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UK ISPs – Monthly Usage Limits – silly silly silly!

Following yet another outage on my ADSL service from Nildram Pipex Tiscali Opal TalkTalk Business, I decided to take a look around and see what else is on offer. I do this quite frequently and with some enthusiasm. Then I … Continue reading

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2011 – Year of IPv6. Providing you’re not British.

As my first post of 2011, it was a toss-up between this and my annual mortgage statement. This won by virtue of annoying me more. Right so what’s IPv6 and why is it more annoying than a mortgage? IPv6 is … Continue reading

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DNSSEC – HOWTO for idiots like me

There seems to be plenty of DNSSEC HOWTO’s on the Web but I’m struggling to find a compendium of steps I need to perform in order to secure my zone and trust others. Securing a zone Before doing anything, it’s … Continue reading

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Great Links Walk

Yesterday Tim Clayton and I did a circular walk from Widgery Cross. It was the perfect day for it with blue sky and crystal clear air. The view from Sharp Tor was incredible with the North Coast clearly visible, along … Continue reading

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Fibre Broadband for Cornwall

BT is to provide super-fast broadband to up to 90% of homes in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, in the biggest rural fibre optic roll-out in the UK to date. This is great news for me and many others … Continue reading

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Terra Nova Saturn Bivi (Part 2)

A couple of weeks ago I wrote my first impressions on the Terra Nova Saturn Bivi. Now I’ve had chance to put it up and climb inside, I thought I’d share some more views. For starters I was completely wrong … Continue reading

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Bull(shit) Fighting

Today the most popular news story on the BBC News Website is this one about Bullfighting. Some would argue that it wasn’t Bullfighting but rather a show with lots of guys teasing a bull to make it chase them round … Continue reading

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Terra Nova Saturn Bivi

After searching through various tent reviews, I decided that the Terra Nova Saturn Bivy was for me. Today it arrived and as there’s precious little info out there about it, I thought I’d provide a few first impressions. Well for … Continue reading

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Ducks Pool

I did a walk on Sunday, starting from Whiteworks and following the path past Nuns Cross to Eylesbarrow. From there I headed to Broad Rock which I finally discovered last year, crossing Plym Ford on the way. The path from … Continue reading

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