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Venice Trip Report

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Disneyland California Trip

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50 Books in 2014 Challenge

50 Books in 2014 Challenge

Reading is one of the best ways of broadening your horizons and this year I've set myself a challenge - to read 50 books by the end of the year. Simple, right?

I'm not going to say these are all going to be literary marvels, and that I'll be reading the like of Jane Eyre or 1984 weekly, but i'll try and put those into the mix. Most of these will be kindle books and I'm going to try and read as many free novels as possible. And I'm hugely interested in both technology and travel so expect to find quite a few books related to that too.

The challenge is a tough one, what with having to work on my final year project at University and the other two modules, my role as associate editor of Leeds Student Newspaper and working in the union every week it will be a case of needing to make time in order to read about a book a week. Plus, I only decided that I'd be doing this last week so I'm already about 6 weeks, or six books if you want, behind schedule - and book lengths can vary greatly.

My progress so far:
1. Universal Orlando: The Unofficial Story - (300 pages) - Finished on 17th Feb 2014 - 4.5/5 stars
2. Backpacked: A Reluctant Trip Across Central America (278 pages) - Finished on 23rd Feb 2014 - 4.5/5 stars
3. All the World's a Disney Stage: Performing for the House of Mouse (110 pages) - Finished on 29th March 2014 - 3.5/5 stars
6. How to Make Money Publishing Community News Online (202 pages) - Finished on 14th April 2014 - 3/5 stars
7. Mousecatraz: The Disney College Program (254 pages) - Finished on 16th April 2014 - 3/5 stars
8. Speedbumps and Potholes: Looking for Signs of God in the Everyday (128 pages) - Finished on 5th May 2014 - 5/5 stars
9. Currently reading: The Three (467 pages) - On page 64 out of 467.
Next: Life Of Pi (449 pages)
Next: Snatched (355 pages)
Next: Nineteen Eighty-Four (340 pages)
Next: The Lost Symbol (658 pages) 
Next: Animal Farm (154 pages)
Next: Sense and Sensibility (336 pages)
Next: East of Eden (620 pages)
Next: No Country for Old Men (322 pages)
Next: Cloud Atlas (545 pages)

The Grapes of Wrath (Steinbeck "Essentials") (468 pages) - In progress (26%) - Given up.

Books read so far in 2014: 8. 
Book pages read so far in 2014: 1691.

Last updated: 5th May 2014.
Photo: The Guardian.

Three mobile 4G roll-out

Three mobile 4G roll-out

Three is currently rolling out its 4G network. Rumours suggest that by 03/03/2014 most customers who are able for receive 4G in their area will have their devices updated to support the new higher-speed broadband.

By the end of 2014 fifty cities will be covered, with 98% of the UK population being covered by the end of 2015. This post aims to keep track of changes and the roll-out.

Last updated: Monday 30th October 2014.

4G enabled cities and towns:
  1. Aberdeen
  2. Ashford
  3. Bath
  4. Basingstoke
  5. Bedford
  6. Birmingham (and Lichfield and Stafford areas)
  7. Blackpool
  8. Bolton
  9. Bournemouth
  10. Bradford (mainly Southern areas)
  11. Bristol
  12. Cambridge (Central Northern and Western areas)
  13. Cardiff
  14. Chelmsford
  15. Colchester
  16. Coventry (North and central areas only)
  17. Crawley (Northern areas) and Gatwick Airport
  18. Derby
  19. Doncaster
  20. Dundee
  21. Edinburgh  (Western areas, none in city centre)
  22. Exeter
  23. Farnborough and Aldershot
  24. Gillingham
  25. Glasgow (Southern areas) and some areas to the East of the city
  26. Gloucester
  27. Grimsby
  28. Hartlepool
  29. Huddersfield
  30. Ipswich
  31. Leeds (and Harrogate, Barnsley and Shipley)
  32. Leicester (Central)
  33. Liverpool (North and East areas mainly)
  34. London - currently no coverage south of Croydon, in the Barnet area (North) and in the Epping/Hainault area (East). Also Bromley, Orpington, Banstead and Epsom and Leatherhead areas
  35. Loughborough
  36. Luton
  37. Maidstone
  38. Manchester and Oldham
  39. Middlesborough
  40. Milton Keynes and Bletchley
  41. Newcastle upon Tyne
  42. Newport (Wales)
  43. Northampton
  44. North of Newcastle-under-lyne/Stoke on Trent in the Chesterton/Bradwell area
  45. Nottingham (and Arnold and Long Eaton)
  46. Oxford and Abingdon 
  47. Peterborough
  48. Plymouth
  49. Portsmouth
  50. Preston (and Blackburn and Burnley)
  51. Reading
  52. Royal Tunbridge Wells
  53. Sheffield
  54. Slough
  55. Southampton
  56. Southport
  57. Southend-on-Sea
  58. Stevenage and Baldock
  59. Stirling
  60. Sunderland
  61. Swansea
  62. Swindon (Not in city centre, but to the north east of the city)
  63. Torquay and Paignton
  64. Watford
  65. Wolverhampton
  66. York

As we can see Three already has a service in quite a few of the 50 locations in promised - coverage in these locations will continue to improve throughout the year as more transmitters are turned over to 4G.

Here is what Three says the roll-out will look like by the end of 2014: