Just added a free tracker from http://www.statcounter.com/, it's currently near the bottom of the sidebar. I've set it up to allow guest access, so you can have a nosey around all of the options if you want, just click on the "Blog Stats" text below the badge to get access.
Behold - the Vango Spectre 200. Not exactly a super-lightweight backpacking tent, but quite good for less than 63 notes delivered.
It's been pitched in the back garden for the last 6 nights, not quite camping in the wild but it's the best I can manage at the moment Mind you, the weather's been dire during that time, 20cm of rain has fallen and there have been some tree-felling winds.
Anyway, it's quite black, but contrary to expectations it's quite bright inside, where there's plenty of room for 2 + gear.
The porch is a bit slim, but the inner can be dropped to make masses of space if it's needed.
There's quite a bit of storage space under the fly at either end, too.
I've spent one rainy night in it so far, and can report the following:
I'll post a proper review after it's been used in anger.
Welcome to the new blog.
I'll start with an apology to all you folk that have been following my old blog (http://bgontheweb.spaces.live.com/) using RSS feed readers - I know it'll be a hassle to change the settings to follow this one, sorry about that!
And then there all those hyperlinks to change on all those blogrolls...
Why the move? Well, Windows Live Spaces was fine as a starter blog, being a simple one-page format, but as my plans developed it was becoming clear that WLS would not be able to accommodate all that I want to achieve. This free WordPress blog is a step closer, I'll give it a try-out for a few months and then decide whether to stick with it or go for a full hosted WP jobbie and all the customisation potential that comes with it.
As (or should that be "if"?) you trawl around the site, please bear in mind that some bits are still in the construction phase, and others are experimental and liable to change. If you find any glaring errors, or just want to make your mark, sling me some feedback on the appropriate page, and I'll attend to matters ASAP.
Break out the virtual beers and grab a slice of cyber-cake...
BG is 45 today!
Yesterday I mentioned that I had some secret significant projects in the offing... Guess who was on the phone early the next morning, trying to get me to spill the beans? Nice try, WD, but you've no chance.
Yup, that's right. It's here.
But it didn't come from Gear-Zone, as they eventually condescended to respond to my emails, telling me that their supplier was still out of stock, that I would be waiting for weeks rather than days, and would I like a refund? Yes, I replied. It'll take up to 14 days working days, said the response. Suffice to say that copies of all of our email correspondence have been sent to the Visa Debit Card Services dept. of my bank, as per their request. I'm still waiting for that refund, though.
Oh, did I say that I had been in touch with their supplier, and that there isn't a stock problem there?
Anyway, I bought this tent (same maker, same model as the one that Gear-Zone can't supply) from Gaynor Sports, Ambleside. Ordered Saturday, arrived this morning. Top service, a good price and with free delivery. They'll go into the "Preferred Retailers" list on here as soon as I can sort it out. Tomorrow I'll be performing the standard "pitch it on the back lawn and try to stop the cat p155ing on it" test, maybe I'll take a few pics too.
Methinks that I'll be starting a new black-list on this blogsite. All I need is a catchy title. Contenders so far are: "Sh1te Retailers", "Thieving Robdogs", and ""These shops don't stock what they advertise (but tell you that they do) but still take your money when you order, then they sit on your cash, make interest and excuses, then claim that the problem is caused by their supplier". If you have any other suggestions, just let me know and I'll give them due consideration.