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2015 Edit

Thought I would do a little self edit from the footage I got in 2015, ended up only using footage from one day, 6th April! So here it is:

Had a nightmare learning how to use Adobe Premiere Pro (first time editing with it) but quite happy with how it turned out. I then had more problems trying to upload it but eventually got it up today!

The reason I only used one days footage was that it was by far the best day with powder and good light conditions; it also didn’t help that I don’t have any videos of myself in Amsterdam and Val Thorens with Snowriders or in Scheffau.

/IAN

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More New Ski Kit

As you many have seen last week I got a new helmet; only due to the fact that I cracked my old one but that is by the by. I got a new version of my old helmet, the POC Receptor Bug, in green:

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I have just added some more new kit now too, some new ski trousers. Being a big Oakley fan I am part of their loyalty scheme and received a voucher from them for £5 just before Christmas. It was only valid until the end of January and seeing as I am only at home for the next two weeks and working next week this week seemed like the obvious time to go in and spend it! So I did and decided after rather a long time looking to get myself some Oakley Task Force Insulated Cargo Trousers:

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While I was there I also picked up some new long sleeved tops, this one is my favourite:

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If anyone else is as big a fan of Oakley as me I can’t urge you enough to get a Loyalty card! You get 5% off every purchase and discount vouchers at different times during the year equivalent to 5% of what you spend, or that is my understanding anyway. They also send you a voucher for your birthday too!

/IAN

Day Six – Christmas!

I woke up today to find that Santa had been and filled my stocking:

Sadly, I didn’t send my list off early enough to add a Lego 918, P1 or LaFerrari.

I don’t know what I would do if I wasn’t skiing on Christmas day, it is all I can ever remember doing! I decided to head over to Söll and say thank you to the people responsible for getting me down and to the hospital on Tuesday. After that it was off to join the rest of my family for lunch in the sun.

Skiline:

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Day Four – Not What The Doctor Ordered

Thankfully I am writing this from the comfort of the hotel rather than the hospital! I was discharged this morning with very few instructions:

  • Don’t do any sport/avoid body exertion for a week
  • Don’t watch bright screens/avoid audio-visual stimulation

Well before I was even given these I had already broken the second one having been watching YouTube since I arrived at the hospital, really enjoyed the latest MCM. I then proceeded to break the first one shortly after leaving.

After I was picked up I went in search for a shop which sold the POC Receptor Bug helmet, to replace the smashed one…

Smashed:

Which I eventually found in Söll, little change in colour and no stickers…yet.

New:

After that I stopped by the hotel to get changed and then go skiing. It was absolutely amazing, cleared my head and made me feel much better, perfect weather too even if there was a lack of snow and it was getting slushy. Went past the crash site before the end of the day.

Pictures:

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Skiline:

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/IAN

Scheffau 2015

So I thought I would do a quick update and also give a little warning before I head to Scheffau on Saturday. As I did last year I plan on hopefully doing a daily blog while away and just hope there is a little more snow! Webcams can be found here. Last year, it did get better.

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As the overly organized person I am I have been packed for over a week already…

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In other news, I am working this week to make sure I can afford to go to Amsterdam and Val Thorens with Snowriders next term. And other than that not much else is going on. Had ‘Family Christmas’ over the weekend as we will be away on Christmas day which was nice, now I am just counting down the days until we go!

Oh, I did finally get the brakes or my new skis and finally got them mounted:

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/IAN

New Skis!!

I originally wrote this post back in July (first started 28th July) after ordering everything but decided to wait until it all arrived and today it did! so without wasting anymore time:

I bought some POW Special Edition DPS Wailer 112RP2s

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So back in July I decided to spend the money I earned doing my summer project on a set of the POW Special Edition DPS Wailer 112RP2s, 190cm length, and they have finally arrived! Also order a bunch of other bits and pieces that you might have seen on my Instagram earlier (t-shirts, cap, stickers, poster etc.) as it seemed sensible to do it in one big order and also benefit from the free European shipping during Dreamtime. I need to give a big shout-out so Andrew Leary at DPS and all the DPS ‘Custom Ski Fitting’ guys; Andrew talked me through which ski to go with to best compliment my Head Oblivion’s and sorted out my whole order, some amazing customer service! So here are some of the official pictures of them:

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Specs:

  • 141/112/128
  • Pure3 Construction
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Also need to say a big thank you to Erme Catino at DPS for sending me a few high-res pictures of the manufacturing processes for DPS Skis:

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And all the other bits and pieces I ordered (there is quite a bit…):

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So as I mentioned at the start they finally arrived today and being the sensible person I am I had arranged for them to be sent to work (Liverpool) not Uni as someone is always available to sign for them, but that meant I would have had to wait until I either went home or get them sent to me and possibly miss the delivery so when I heard my lecture this afternoon was cancelled I jumped in my car at 2 and drove straight over! Super easy drive there and I finally got to unwrap them after a 3-month wait:

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After that I headed home for food before driving back to Leeds and avoiding the many accidents along the way: one over turned tanker, one vehicle fire and a crash involving a lorry and a van towing a trailer; but thankfully it only added an extra 15 minutes or so to the normal journey time. Once back I started attacking everything with the masses of stickers I had been sent:

So many stickers:

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Helmet:

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Bike:

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I also have one on my laptop and these 4 that I will probably put on my car before heading up to Edinburgh at the start of next month for BUDS (British University Dryslope Championships):

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And that I think is it, the big bit of news I have been sat on for quite some time although a lot of you who know me well will have probably heard me going on about this for ages and I did edit my ‘Ski Gear‘ a while ago once I had ordered them during Dreamtime and had the order confirmed which some of you may have noticed.

All I need to do now before I can use them is head down to Nottingham to see Jon and get them drilled which I will hopefully do on the 21st November ready for Christmas skiing!

/IAN

Films, Films and more Films!

My second post today and it is a bit of a confession:

In the last week I have watched 10 films at the cinema…

Granted it is quite sad but I enjoy the cinema and seeing as I was on my own for the whole week (my family were on holiday in Norway) I thought I would make the most of my Cineworld Unlimited membership so it didn’t cost me a penny (except my £16.90 a month charge for the card)! So here is what I have seen, only one repeat viewing:

Sunday: Mission Impossible – Rogue Nation

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Monday: Paper Towns

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Tuesday: Absolutely Anything

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Wednesday: Nothing!
Went to Leeds to give keys to one of my new flatmates so didn’t go to the cinema, instead watch Terminator – Genisys in the flat.

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Thursday: Hitman – Agent 47 AND We Are Your Friends

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Friday: Straight Outta Compton

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Saturday: Pixels AND Vacation

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Sunday: Nothing!

Or at least I can’t remember going to see anything and don’t think I watched anything at home as I was editing some GoPro videos.

Monday: Hitman – Agent 47 AND The Bad Education Movie

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Plus: The Legend of Billie Jean AND Tracers

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Ok, I have to admit Monday was a little ridiculous but it was a Bank holiday after all! Also the reason I went and saw Hitman again was that I was taking my brother and cousins to see it.

I have seen too many films now in such a short length of time I am not going to bother doing a review on every one; I did want to see Fantastic Four but it was so bad apparently that they only had it on twice a day at awful times so didn’t get a chance. The most annoying thing about going to the cinema is the 30minutes of adverts before the film even starts!

I must say if any of you are like me and watch copious amounts of films then I can highly recommend getting an Unlimited Card as it is so much better than watching bad quality online/waiting until it is ‘ok’. No films this week as I have a few bits and pieces to sort out, getting my bike serviced and changing a few parts. I am looking forward to this weekend though as there are loads of new releases I want to see:

Friday: American Ultra AND The Transporter – Refueled

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Saturday: Me And Earl And The Dying Girl AND Dope

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And that is about it in film news!

/IAN

Road Trip

As I got a week off from my project I decided to go on a little road trip and visit a few friends dotted around the south of England as I never normally get the chance! So here are a few details about the driving and what I have been up to:


Day 1 – Hertford

Stats:

  • 3:29h
  • 62.2mpg (average)
  • 54mph (average)
  • 186.9mi

The first day of driving was down to Hertford to visit my friend and old housemate, from first year, Georgia. Really nice to see here since she is now working with IBM on a placement so won’t be around Leeds for a year and I hadn’t seen her since before exams so it was super nice to catch up. Nice and comfy first drive, saw a two Ferrari 458 Speciales and what looked like a McLaren flying down the other side of the M6 Toll but didn’t have a chance to snap a picture.

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Day 2 – Southampton

Stats:

  • 2:08h
  • 63.1mpg
  • 48mph
  • 102.4mi

After visiting Georgia the next stop was Southampton where I was staying with Sophie my skiing buddy from Engelberg. Had a relaxing afternoon before heading to the Common for a picnic, beautiful weather and tasty food.

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I was intending on staying with Sophie for the rest of the week and heading to the Isle of Wight with her however she ended up in hospital with an allergic reaction on Tuesday night so that never really happened.

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Day 3 – Bournemouth

Stats:

  • 0:52h
  • 57.2mpg
  • 41mph
  • 35.7mi

After we decided I would go to the island with Sophie as she was just going to be curled up in bed for the rest of the week I headed over to Bournemouth to see Jim as I hadn’t seen him for 2 years (since we went on a holiday to Spain after sixth form) so it was awesome to see him again and how he was doing. He is currently doing animation at Bournemouth Uni and loving it!

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Forgot to take pictures at Jim’s annoyingly.


Day 3.5 – Back to Hertford

Stats:

  • 3:02h
  • 63.3mpg
  • 50mph
  • 153.3mi

After seeing Jim I headed back to Georgia’s super late (left at about 22:30, hence being day 3.5) to stay the night before driving back home on the Thursday morning. I need to say thank you to Georgia for putting up with me arriving at a ridiculous time in the morning! It was such a good drive as the roads were so empty and I could just enjoy my music and cruise along.

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Day 4 – Home (Chester)

Stats:

  • 3:39h
  • 66.9mpg
  • 49mph
  • 180.8mi

The final stint of driving was back home from Georgia’s, had a stop at some services for lunch and replied to a few messages from the guys on the team for the project as to how to test the new symbol servo mounts but sorted that out no problem before heading home.

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Got overtaken on the M6 Toll by a train of Great Britain Cycling Team Vans:

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Arrived home to find out my mum and dad had been in a car accident:

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Now I am just having a play around with Windows 10 that I just downloaded before writing this.

/IAN

Red Bull Harbour Reach

I went down to watch the Harbour Reach event run by Red Bull in the Albert Docks in Liverpool on Saturday and decided to have a play around with my camera, forgot my QX10 lens annoyingly so no good quality close-ups but that did give me the option to try the Time-Burst function on my Sony Xperia Z1 Compact. I also took a few still photos and some videos so here are some pictures from the day:

Frames from Time Burst Pictures:

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Stills:

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I also posted a video on my Instagram on the day:

Already planning my next few weeks, only 3 weeks of my project left! Heading to the Red Bull Air Race at Ascot next month (15th August).

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Only going on the Saturday but the schedule looks packed:

09:15  Calibration Flight at the Racetrack
10:00 CHALLENGERS – Training
11:00 Doors Open
12:00 Pilot Parade
13:15 Side Act – Apache
13:30 MASTERS – Training
15:00 CHALLENGERS – Qualifying
15:45 Side Act – FMX4ever
16:00 MASTERS – Qualifying
17:00 CHALLENGER CUP
17:10 Side Act – Danny MacAskill Drop and Roll
17:30 Side Act – Chinook
17:45 Side Act – Breitling Wing Walkers
17:55 CHALLENGERS – Winners Ceremony
18:00 Pilot autograph session
18:30 Doors close

Definitely looking forward to this!

/IAN