Kilburnlad | Welcome
Kilburnlad | Welcome
Hi, I'm Bob and this is my web indulgence.
I was born in Kilburn, London, thus my web name, which I try to use as a handle at all my social media locations. You can find out more about me on the Kilburnlad page.

I created my first personal web site in 2001 writing HTML code in a text editor. I now use RapidWeaver on the Mac, a design package that does most of the hard work for you but still allows a large amount of customisation.

This is very much a personal website in which I record my exploits on the river bank and on the golf course. There is also a photography gallery, reflecting another life-long interest, and a considerable number of film reviews, including many from French cinema.

When I retired in 2008, at the age of 60, I made a personal commitment to learn French. I have since written a book that I hope may help others who are considering learning this quite challenging language. I self-published in November 2018. To accompany the book I've created a similarly named website French at 60 and a dedicated Facebook page.
  • Blog Headlines
    Took the plunge and updated the iMac to Monterey
    I've held back on updating my iMac to Monterey. It's my workhorse and I didn't want to find myself with some applications left not working. I knew that my MS Office for Mac 2016 wouldn't be ...
    MacBook Air updated to Mac OS Monterey
    Things in Mac World tend to change quite regularly and we now have Monterey, the latest version of Mac OS. Unlike Microsoft, Apple are quite brutal in respect of backward compatibility for ...
  • Fenland
    We live in Fenland, in a town called Chatteris. The area has a Civil War history, nearby Huntingdon being the birthplace of Oliver Cromwell. The road from Chatteris to Ely is named Irton’s Way, after the Parliamentary general Henry Irton, son-in-law to Oliver Cromwell. It was constructed to convey troops from Chatteris to Ely.

    Our house also has a bit of history, being built on the site of a former ginger beer factory.
  • Golf
    Having acquired the Game Golf system as a Christmas present I added this section to the site in December 2015 as I thought I could use the Game Golf analysis as part of a Golf Diary. This will be for the general amusement of people like me, who are trying, often with limited success, to master the game of golf.

    I took up golf a few years ago after my wife, Helen, started playing. I had accompanied her to the course a few times and decided to give it a go, whereafter it sucked me in. It must be one of the most difficult and most frustrating participant sports known to man. I have the utmost admiration for those who can consistently play this game at a high level, and regard the top tour players with awe.

    A back problem and recurring sciatica led to me quitting in 2019, but if you you want to dip into some of my thoughts about the game, please have a look at the My Golf page.
  • Photography
    I've always enjoyed photography and bought my first 35mm camera when I was about 13, a Halina 35X. I progressed to a Practika Super TL and then a Pentax ME Super. The Pentax stood me in good stead until I could afford to enter the digital market. My digital Nikon Coolpix 5700 with its electronic viewfinder was a great disappointment after the superb optical viewfinder on the Pentax ME Super, and it wasn't until I bought the Pentax *ist DS that I felt I was approaching the experience of my film-based Pentax. More recently I upgraded to a Pentax KP, still sticking with Pentax as it has always served me well.

    My photography is incidental rather than planned, holidays being obvious opportunities. As an angler I have spent quite a lot of time by water, which provided me with wildlife and scenic opportunities. The garden is also an ever-changing natural studio.

    The galleries on this site offer a selection of the many hundreds of images that I've taken over the years. I also have a draw full of photographic prints and negatives that I doubt I shall ever have time to go through, let alone sort and scan.
  • Fishing
    January 2022

    The fishing pages have now been removed from this site as I decided to create a dedicated site for my fishing activities.

    In September 2020 I started videoing my trips and created a YouTube channel - Bob Goes Fishing. After a slow start this has now attracted a reasonable number of subscribers and the videos receive quite a few views.

    I thought it was appropriate to separate the fishing content into a dedicated site rather than directing people from YouTube to this personal website.

    The fishing content has in fact remained a feature of this site through a number of rebuilds and although it is in a way sad to see it go, I think the time has come for it to have its own dedicated web space.
  • Cinema
    Prior to Covid-19, we used to go to the cinema once a week in addition to watching the occasional DVD and films on Amazon Prime. In the spare bedroom we have a TV with an Amazon Fire dongle and that's where I watch mainly French language films while exercising on a static bike.

    The Cinema section of this site has the films that I have reviewed, including those transferred from my former Kilburnlad in Retirement blog. There is also a search facility to help find any particular film.
  • Web site design
    I dabble in web site design, as will be apparent from the fact you’re reading this on my web site. I also manage a site for my daughter, who teaches Pilates. And in 2018 I launched a new site, French at 60, in support of my book of the same title.

    A recent project was for the wife of a friend in France, who is an amateur artist. It's a fairly basic site but for the first time I used a CMS (content management system) approach that allows her to edit most of the content through a browser. It was also interesting to create a site in French.

    And more recently I moved my fishing content to its own domain, Bob Goes Fishing, having launched a YouTube channel of the same name in September 2020.
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