Edinburgh Turing Festival

Steve WozniakI was at the Turing Festival this week, and started off by watching Steve Wozniak talk at the Edinburgh Playhouse. That’s a seriously large venue, and it was reasonably full. Perhaps it should have been fuller. Wozniak after all is the engineer who designed the early Apple computers.

He doesn’t have the ego that Steve Jobs had, but his attitudes are much more humane and collaborative. He had the hacker mentality, that he’d want to make things work and find out…

Goodbye Denmark, hello London drivers

London will feel dangerous when I get back tomorrow. Denmark’s drivers are incredibly well-behaved and aware of cyclists. Bikes have priority, for instance on roundabouts, which usually have a bike lane around the edge, making it clear that cars have to make way for you.

Bikes are kept out of the way of cars, as much as possible, though. Whether purpose built lanes, footpaths or spaces on the side of the road, you can expect that most of the time you’ll be cycling where cars aren’t allowed to travel.

Back in London, most days I see some sort of dangerous driving. Car drivers, I’m sorry to say, regard bikes as just another vehicle, that can be intimidated if needed. Bike reservations near junctions…

Up to Kolding

Today has been hot and tiring. I’ve arrived  in Kolding, with 50 miles to go tomorrow. It is more than I had hoped, but achievable as long as I leave early.

On the positive side, I’ve tried three types of Carlsberg beer, to see if they are any good. They are better than the average Carlsberg, but not perhaps outstanding. Maybe there are others I don’t know about.

I also had an interesting conversation with one Marianna (who is also cycling through Kolding and is from the Netherlands) straying into questions about the Dutch monarchy and the current political crisis. Funny that the Netherlands has a monarchy, courtesy of Napoleon. I always remember the Netherlands as an historic…

Trelleborg to Odense

It was a blazing hot day, as it has been for a while. People seem quite relieved that they are having some decent weather.

Trelleborg reconstruction

I got as far as Odense, about 50 miles cycling, having spent a couple of hours at Trelleborg. I haven’t had much time to spend in museums, but did want to visit at least one Viking site. Trelleborg is of course the most famous.

The…

Copenhagen: IT Pol and Danish digital rights

Niels Larsen, of IT Pol

I met Niels Larsen and a couple of the IT Pol (English pages) crew yesterday, so talked about the digital rights challenges in the UK and Denmark.

I talked about the current surveillance data collection proposals (the Comms Data Bill); and Niels and IT Pol told me about a few disturbing Danish policies.

Two…

Copenhagen: the Lord Nelson

I’m now in Copenhagen, spending a couple of days rest and meeting folk before cycling back to Esbjerg, where I catch the ferry home on Monday evening.

The journey south from Aalborg was hillier than the north and east. There are more deciduous woods. There is more wealth, which you can see in large farms and stately homes. It is pretty, but different from the rugged north. The peninsula that takes you to Ebletoft’s ferry has a landscape of rolling hills.

Zealand is similar, having small hills, forests and lakes. The bike routes are sometimes on quite rough paths, even close to Copenhagen.

Paul Maslen, a friend from college who lives and works here showed me a couple of the real ale bars in the centre of town, starting with the Lord…

Equipment

Tim Dobson asked me what my set up was like, so here it is. I can’t claim anything original or exciting, but here it is.

Camping

I used a very cheap one man tent from Gelert. It was too small for my luggage, so next time I’ll try to find one with storage space. Given it was summer, I used an oldish cheap sleeping bag, which I would change another time.

I bought a very small Thermarest roll up, inflatable mattress, which was very good and took little space in the panniers.

Cooking equipment

I took no cooking equipment, not least because I had no space. I wouldn’t have worked well, carrying oil, washing up liquid…

Leaving Aalborg

Getting a little impatient, I decided to leave Aalborg this afternoon, so I can be confident of making it to Copenhagen in good time. The ferry is at 1pm once a day, so arriving late could mean I was late for the meetings I’ve set up.

Bike, play area, Lindsholm campsite

As I left, I took some photos of the what must nearly never used childrens’ playground at Lindsholm, which was curiously nostalgic. I wonder whose children played with those toys, and how long ago, and if their parents are among the elderly clientele.…

Søgaard’s Bryghus: brew pub in North Denmark

Søgaards Bryghus microbrewery mash tun

Sat in Aalborg’s trendy brew pub, Søgaards Bryghus, with their working, polished brass mash tuns in the corner, and huge wall size photos of beer and bottles on the walls. I’m drinking a very hoppy and unpasteurised pint of cloudy Christmas ale. The folks around are ordering Half and Half and Porter and eating healthy looking food.

The pub sits on a square of renaissance buildings, in contrast…

Søgaard’s Bryghus: brew pub in North Denmark

Søgaards Bryghus microbrewery mash tun Sat in Aalborg’s trendy brew pub, Søgaards Bryghus, with their working, polished brass mash tuns in the corner, and huge wall size photos of beer and bottles on the walls. I’m drinking a very hoppy and unpasteurised pint of cloudy Christmas ale. The folks around are ordering Half and Half and Porter and eating healthy looking food.

The pub sits on a square of renaissance buildings,…

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