Sad news

16 April, 2010

I was more sorry than I can say to learn this evening from a Rufus Wainwright documentary that Kate McGarrigle died in January.

Here’s Rufus with Beauty Mark, which is about his mum.

Rufus Live at the Verbier Festival, singing ‘Little Sister’

4 August, 2008

This is just so enormously cute and lovely that I thought I’d point y’all towards it 🙂

Whiz across there, click on ‘play’, hover over the screen with the mouse and then move the slider that comes up to 01:33. Enjoy!


Roclites, Insul-Mats, Rufus Wainwright…

4 August, 2008

Inov-8 Roclites – peeling sole problem continuing?

I remember that there was a bit of a fuss a couple of years ago about the way soles were coming away from some of the Inov-8 shoes. Inov-8 replaced a pair of Roclite 315s for me when it happened in the Pyrenees, and I know they replaced a lot of others too.

The story at the time was that the problem had been solved and wouldn’t recur. However, the same thing has just happened to the brand new pair of Roclite 315s that I took to Corsica.

Does anyone know whether this is still a widely reported issue? I’m going to send them back: peeling soles after 5 days’ use (and maybe less, because that’s the first time I looked) isn’t acceptable. It’s a great pity, because they’re truly excellent shoes otherwise.

Insul-Mat mattresses — lots of punctures?

Also, and while I’m complaining… I’ve now got 2 InsulMat mattresses with a multitude of tiny punctures. The first was a MaxThermo (I think) and the second is an Ether-Thermo6. I think they’re different names for the same thing. Anyway, they’re the v. nice lighter alternative to the Exped Down Air mattresses for those of us who find T-Rests too thin.

The first one was fine for about 18 months until I discovered the problem when I woke up in the middle of the night in the Pyrenees last year. I didn’t bother to complain, but simply bought a replacement (3/4 length this time) last August. That one has already gone the same way, though. I spent ages battling with the bloody thing in the bath trying to locate the holes, but although I applied about 7 patches it’s still going down. I wrote to Pacific Outdoor about it before I went to Corsica, but they haven’t replied.

Has anyone else experienced or heard tell of this?

Lovely Rufus

Just in case there’s anyone who hasn’t come across the wonderful Rufus Wainwright, here’s a clip of him singing my favourite of his tunes: Danny Boy (no, not that Danny Boy).


Rufus Wainwright — Danny Boy

Eep! Just noticed this somewhere. Time to run…