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15 August 2016

10 top tips guaranteed to improve your artistic composition


"The first 9 tips were amazing, but the 10th blew my mind!" 

Don't you just hate cynical blog posts that promise so much and then deliver so little!

We both know that there are no rules that guarantee better artistic composition. Where would the fun be in that?

Regular readers will have twigged to the fact that I have become obsessed with lino-cutting in the past month or so. It's literally all I think about at the moment. Ha ha. Such are the burdens of madness. In trying to learn this new skill it's made me think about all manner of things. I'm going to share some of my thoughts with you right now...

31 July 2016

Stepping out with the xiaomi mi band 2

Do you remember my posts on the Mi Band? It's been a while since I mentioned it. There was a time when it was all I could talk about. I bought one for me and loved it so much that I also bought one for Mrs Uke... whether she wanted one or not. Ha ha. She wore hers for about 3 months, but gave up in the end when it crashed and she lost her unbroken streak of hitting her steps target. She's such a terrible loser!

I've kept it up, but to be honest I'm struggling to get the steps in at the moment. Too much sitting on my arse writing blog posts! Ha ha. If only that was true.

About a month ago I was on the hunt for a replacement band for my mi when I discovered that there is now a newer model available. Can you guess what happened next?


 Here it is... the Xiaomi Mi Band 2. You'll have no doubt spotted one big improvement in as much as it has a screen.

The old Mi Band was pretty basic and in a way, this was it's strength. You got a daily step count and it counted your Zs while you slept. It even buzzed when you got phone calls, and could be used as an alarm. The upside was that you got a small, light band that lasted for an unprecedented month on a single charge... all for about 11 quid. Brilliant!

Can the Mi Band 2 live up to this?