Other Links

I have a very busy work life but I like to take time out to relax. My hobbies? Surf around my pages and you'll figure it out. Here is a collection of links that was originally a page where I just put my bookmarks. Feel free to surf around as an introduction to the wider world of the World Wide Web... you might find something you like.



Lots of fun to be had at:


Here are the best coffee sites (I think I'm addicted to caffeine): If you want to make a proper cup of coffee, remember that 1 shot of espresso is made from about 7.5g of coffee and (brewed with a 25% ratio) equals 30ml ≈ 6 teaspoons by volume. 1 ristretto (short pour) = ½ this amount (15ml) by volume and 1 lungo (long pour) = ½ more (45ml) by volume. Also, coffee should be brewed at about 90℃ with 9bar water pressure pulled for about 25-30sec. Note that milk is steamed at 100℃ so sometimes coffee shop bought drinks taste "burnt" because the barista hasn't let the machine cool down after steaming the milk before making the espresso shot.
Also note that many modern recipes are bastardised shop versions (like those incorrectly described in Wikipaedia), not the original Italian recipes as shown below (so for instance, if you ask for a Latte in a coffee chain, they will serve you a drink with the top portion made of froth, which is actually not a Latte but is in fact a Latte Macchiato):
cappuccino cappuccino: ⅓ espresso & ⅔ frothed milk.     latte macchiato latte macchiato: ⅓ espresso & ⅓ steamed milk & ⅓ frothed milk.     latte latte: ⅓ espresso & ⅔ steamed milk.
café au lait café au lait: espresso & steamed milk in a 1:1 ratio.     espresso macchiato espresso macchiato: espresso & thin layer of frothed milk.     flat white flat white: espresso & frothed milk in a 1:1 ratio.
mocha mocha: ⅓ espresso & ⅓ chocolate milk & ⅓ steamed milk.     americano americano: espresso & water in a 1:1 ratio.     ice coffee ice coffee: ¼ ice & ⅕ espresso & ½ - ⅔ milk (± 1 tblspn syrup).


One of my new acquisitions is my tropical freshwater fish tank, detailed on my internal page Aquarium Page.



Another one of my pride and joys is my internal page Hi-Fi system My Hi-Fi, so for those audiophiles out there...

My 2nd System: This consists of a FlatCapped UK Flag Naim CD5i CD player going via UK Flag homemade Intrcncts to an internal page Chinese Flag AVC/VAL EL34 Valve Amplifier wired via some UK Flag ChordCo Carnival Spkr Wire going to my UK Flag Tannoy Precision 6.1 Speakers.

My internal page Headphones: I have an eclectic selection including my USA Flag Westone 4R, UK Flag Bowers & Wilkins P5, German Flag Sennheiser Momentum, Swedish Flag RevoNext QT2S and Japanese Flag Sony XBA-2. These are fed by my South Korea Flag Audinst HUD-mini USB DAC going via UK Flag homemade Interconnects to my UK Flag Musical Fidelity X-Cans hybrid triode valve Headphone Amplifier.


I mainly like Science Fiction and my best five (alphabetically) are:




Raspberry Pi.

I have now got a new gizmo which you can see over on my internal page Raspberry Pi Page. I find it very useful when acting as either a media server, an arcade machine or a very effective DNS level ad-blocker (which is what I currently use it for).



As well as keeping fit and playing badminton, I also like:


Here are only some of the places I've been to over the recent years:
Some countries I've been to

More links will be added later if I find any good ones.

1st Established in 1996