The days add up

As I lay awake at 3am this morning a thought slowly drifted into my sleep addled brain. “You’re 42” it said, “and you left the UK in 2003, fourteen years ago.”

Great, my brain was throwing numbers at me instead of sleeping, and it’s a persistent thing.

“You do realise 14 is a third of 42, don’t you?”

Now my brain did a little jog, it knew it had won and woken me fully with this surprising fact.

So here I am pondering what it means to have spent the last third of my life living somewhere other than the land of my birth. I still speak with a recognisible English accent and in my sleep still dream of driving Warwickshire’s country lanes to visit friends, but I wouldn’t change the adventures I had. I know that if I had to go back and spend the rest of my days in England I’d forever be driving folks mad with tales of life overseas, and how things are in other places.

I know there are many adventures still to come!


Headline time

I’m a news junkie. I don’t believe the hype, I want to see good quality coverage from multiple sources and breaking news so fresh I can still hear the splinters tinkle on the floor. In doing this I’ve found there are a few places I tend to wander more than others and in the interest of sharing here they are:

Print and Online



Climate Change Indicators in the United States – From the EPA website January 24, 2017

The Earth’s climate is changing. Temperatures are rising, snow and rainfall patterns are shifting, and more extreme climate events – like heavy rainstorms and record high temperatures – are already happening. Many of these observed changes are linked to the rising levels of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases in our atmosphere, caused by human activities.

EPA has released the 2016 edition of Climate Change Indicators, which includes seven new indicators and a feature on climate and health.

EPA partners with more than 40 data contributors from various government agencies, academic institutions, and other organizations to compile a key set of indicators related to the causes and effects of climate change. The indicators were originally published in EPA’s report, Climate Change Indicators in the United States, which is available from the links below.




A fix for Wi-Fi Cycling on the Samsung Galaxy S5

My Samsung Galaxy S5 has never been the most robust phone around. The battery never kept a charge too long, and the idea of having the “location” services switched on for more than when they were essential was a luxury I could not afford.

Recently I noticed the battery performance had changed again. My phone was running hot, and the battery life crashing from fully charged to less than 30% in a matter of an hour or two. At home all seemed fine, but if I went out the phone would rapidly fade on me. It turned out that when I switched off the wi-fi because I was away from my home network the wi-fi was cycling itself on and off about once every 4 seconds. This constant activity was causing the heat and drop in battery performance.

Most searches suggested a factory reset, or clearing the cache, which seemed over the top or inappropriate. However, after a dig through Reddit for a few minutes I found the answer in the thread “Is my Samsung Galaxy S5 fried? (Wi-Fi on/off loop)“.

As I’d stated at the start, I keep “Location” switched off, but do have the “Improved Accuracy” setting “Wi-Fi Scanning” checked. Now until recently this would only become a factor if location services were enabled, but for whatever reason (an app update, some background system update, etc.) this service is now activiated even if lcoation is switched off.

So to fix the problem go to: Settings – Location – Improve Accuracy = Wi-Fi Scanning and disable Wi-Fi Scanning. This should stop the wi-fi scanning occurring even when the location services are off.