Jeremy Clarkson is fired & his followers take to twitter to abuse Oisin Tymon!

So Jeremy Clarkson punched and verbally abused a colleague and rightly so got disciplined (fired for his unacceptable behavior). Some Top Gear followers have forgotten wrong versus right and are blaming Oisin Tymon, the victim in this whole ridiculous fiasco and they have taken to twitter to show their frustration again the man. Do you know these people below?

Note: the tweets below in text belong to folk who are so ashamed of their original tweet, that they have since removed the abusive tweet or their accounts. (I am not doing the same).

These folk are happy to threaten and abuse on a public website TV producer Oisin Tymon because he took a smack in the mounth, and got verbally abused and did nothing about it! That is right, he didn’t report Jeremy to his managers, that was done by Jeremy. Jeremy Clarkson got himself fired, but has probably got Oisin Tymon losing his job as well. There appears to be no winners here.

It just goes to show how stupid these people are above and below for venting their anger online. Not only is it abusive, but it is also visible for the world to see. We get to see the worst of people in a time when they should be supportive of the victim no matter how famous or loved the abuser is.

No one should be glorifying Jeremy Clarkson. Yes he is a funny and lovable character who has made the Top Gear show what it is, but there is nothing acceptable about his aggressive behavior. I feel for the likes of James May, Richard Hammond and even Oisin Tymon as their jobs on the Top Gear show are effectively over.

For the record, I have reported every tweet embedded on this website for abuse or harassment or if they have threatened violence or physical harm AND I have blocked them.

More filth below:



How could The Proteas lose that cricket game?

Disaster! South Africa beaten by Pakistan in the cricket world cup at Eden park, New Zealand.


A game we should have won with ease. Even more disappointing as I was up the whole night.

Our wicket keeper/opening batsman De Kock has not being playing well in the world cup, so why on earth did they let him open the batting again with Amla? Doh! Isn’t it obvious? Put JP Duminy in at 2 with Amla and put De Kock in at 7, where he had less pressure to perform with the bat.

SA should not have lost that match. Trying to smack balls so early in the game is just plain silly. Where were the openers building a base?


AB De Villiers is an awesome player, batter, wicket keeper, fielder, but when it comes to being a captain or a bowler I think some of his decisions some of the times are crazy, almost desperate.


Why did he think he and JP Duminy should bowl a few overs? They were smacked all over the small field. After two overs one could see it was a bad decision, yet he persisted. They cost us 77 runs for one lousy wicket. They lost us the game.


When Steyn came into bat AB should have said “this is the game plan; we get 2 runs per over, a 4 or a 6 for the bad balls. I am the stronger batter, stand in your crease and do not move for 4 balls”.

AB would take the lead and hit everything he could for a six or four or nothing, and by ball 5 or 6 they would look to take a single to get AB back on strike. Get ready to run on ball 5.  There was no need for the tail end to come in slogging. Bad captaincy. :-( he should have said something early on.

My worry for SA is their bowling strategy is a little weak, which is putting pressure on AB’s decision making.


If AB gets that right they will do well.  AB needs to become a good leader ASAP, who makes good decisions most of the time. Failing that, they got one more game to fix a few problems and then its big win or go home time.

Personally I think they should give the captaincy to Amla. He has a calm bald head and has proven he can do the job as seen in test match cricket.

Pakistan played well and took advantage of the poor batting  decisions. It was a wonderful game to watch, but not from a South African point of view.

Flashing BlissPop ROM Lollipop 5.0.2 on Samsung Galaxy Tab S (SM-T800).

We just got the Samsung Galaxy Tab S. Our first tablet. It is an awesome 10.5″ Super AMOLED 2560 x 1600 pixels tablet, measuring 6.6mm thick. It is super fast with its Exynos 5 1.9GHz Octa-Core processor. 3GB of RAM on board means this tablet is a beast.

This is Android 5.0.2. Lollipop with the Apex Launcher.
This is Android 5.0.2. Lollipop with the Apex Launcher.

My only gripe was the dreadful Samsung Touchwiz software that is bolted onto the Android 4.4. Kitkat operating system. Not that it is a major problem because I am very familiar with flashing ROMs and in this post I am going to tell you how I flashed a Lollipop 5.0.2 BlissPop ROM onto it.

NB: Before going on, do realize once you attempt any of the instructions below, the chances are you are voiding your warranty. My post below was what I did, which means I was happy to void the warranty, you might feel differently. Also accidents happen, instructions can be misread or misunderstood. Please don’t leave a comment telling me my instructions have caused your tablet to be bricked. The instructions or links below are not mine, only the links I have followed, which happened to work for me and my model of Samsung tablet. 

  1. Root your device. Here are the instructions for rooting: – If like me you experience a hanging “disabling KNOX” message after running SuperSU, don’t fear, just reboot your tablet (or read here: ).
    NOTE 1: If you have Micro USB Jig Download Dongle, it will work allowing one to enter into Download mode.
  2. Install TWRP recovery. Here are the instructions for installing the latest version of TWRP: (it references Odin v3.0.9 on the website, but the file it gives you is Odin v3.0.7. Here is a the link to Odin v3.0.9:
    NOTE 2: If you have Micro USB Jig Download Dongle, it will work allowing one to enter into Download mode. NOTE 3: I had a heart stopping moment / issue when I needed to exit out of the Download mode and realized I was not able too. If you get stuck in Download mode, to exit you need to press the Power Key and Volume Down button at the same time for about 10 to 15 seconds. Pulling the battery out is not an option on the Samsung Galaxy Tab S.
  3. Download the BlissPop ROM. – Files and instructions from the XDA Developers forum are here: NOTE 4: Do follow the instructions on the website. Don’t forget to download the GAPPS package. There are choices on the website.
  4. Before I flashed the ROM, I downloaded an app off Play Store called TWRP Manager. This app allows you to Install, Backup, Restore, and Wipe your device all using TWRP. This utilizes OpenRecoveryScript to complete these actions. Using this TWRP Manager I selected the BlissPop ROM, the GAPPS file and some extra zip I wanted flashing, and it did everything for me. After an agonizingly long reboot it was all good.
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The About Tablet showing Android version 5.0.2 and my Model SM-T800
A lot clearer Settings Area. This is a very customizable ROM, almost everything can be changed to your liking.
A lot clearer Settings Area. This is a very customizable ROM, almost everything can be changed to your liking.

A Samsung Galaxy Tab S for £244 – Bargain!

Patience is a virtue they say. As much as I like new technology, gadgets, mobiles and electronics, buying them when they first come out is a no-no and a waste of money. We were in John Lewis over the weekend having a peek at the laptops and tablets, not really wanting to buy anything, when Jo noticed a cabinet containing pre-owned reduced items and there was the ‘Samsung Galaxy Tab S‘.


It is a 10.5″ 2560×1600 pixel Super AMOLED Display, which is Samsung’s latest all bells and whistles tablet and it was only £244, marked down over a hundred pounds. Even cheaper than a recent Black Friday discount day. ;-)

We called one of the attendants who opened the box and the device had not been touched. It was in perfect condition, in fact it looked like the box was the only thing that had been opened by a previous owner and because of this, John Lewis say they will not sell it for the full price, hence the lovely discount. Bargain!

It is an awesome tablet. Light and thin with a thickness of just 6.6mm. It has 3GB of RAM, Octa Core Samsung Exynos 5 1.9GHz Processor, built in GPS, a massive 7900mAh battery, Bluetooth, WIFI, SD-Card support up to 128GB and all the multimedia features one comes to expect from Samsung. It came with Touchwiz (chuckle chuckle) and Android 4.4. Kitkat.

To say we are Samsung crazy is an understatement. We now have a Samsung Smart TV, we each have Samsung Galaxy Note 3 phablet, Jo has an all-in-one Samsung PC and a net book, so this tablet will definitely compliment all of them well.

I chuckled above because I am not a big a fan of Samsung’s touch wiz interface, which they bolt onto Android. They also fill the tablet with bloatware and kak software, which may be useful for some, but not us, so it didn’t take me long to start searching the XDA Developers forum for a new Lollipop Android 5.0 ROM for our Samsung Galaxy Tab S. I found one and it is called BlissPop ROM, which I will post about next.

Watch “Nobody Tells This To Beginners” on YouTube

A really good video.

The quadcopter L6052 by Lishitoys is so much fun.

You don’t need to spend a fortune to have lots of fun. As mentioned in my previous post I got given a radio controlled helicopter from my secret santa. Yes it may have been a kids toy or gadget, but it was one of the best presents I had received in along time. It was very simplistic and allowed me to fly around the lounge for 8 minutes at a time. It got me watching YouTube videos on radio controlled helicopters and I discovered RC quadcopter.

One particular chap called “Quadcopter 101” has done many reviews on all sorts of RC models and has a great website for folk starting out in RC Quadcopter, not to mention dozens of YouTube videos.


He recently reviewed and recommended the Lishitoys L6052 quadcopter, so I followed his advice and bought one. It cost $35 from . As it was so cheap I wasn’t expecting much from it, but I have been pleasantly surprised. The fun factor versus the price is incredible. The L6052 is well built. I’ve crashed it loads of times in the house (obviously not the best place to fly it), but it is strong and has withstood some big crashes without any problems. It comes with  blade guards to protect limbs and furniture against the spinning blades, so it is great for large rooms, but the best place to fly it is in a field or park (or desert).

We have a large park right across from our house, which I have rarely used, but it is the perfect space for this quadcopter. One of quadcopter 101 videos showed the reviewer attaching a keychain spy camera 808 #16 micro HD camera to the belly of the quadcopter. The whole camera weighs a mere 17 grams. The video quality was incredible and the views from the sky quite amazing. So I bought one of them as well from It was a little more pricer than the quadcopter at £36 but it offers 720p HD video recording and its a must have accessory for your quadcopter. Spare batteries are also a must as the standard battery (500 mAH) gives one 8 minutes of flight on one charge. I have bought 5 extra batteries. They were £15 for 5.

Yesterday we flew the L6052 quadcopter with keychain camera for the first time. I will do a separate review or thoughts on the 808 #16 micro HD camera next time. For now though here is my first video.

Of course if one has deeper pockets and wants to spend closer to £1000, there are some very nice sophisticated quadcopter models available on the market, which offer bigger batteries, HD photos and video, GPS 3 axis stabilisation, waypoint programming and 2-3km range. Do a search for DJI Phantom 2 Vision + or Parrot Bebop. They are very nice and maybe one day when my ship comes in I will get one. But for now this quadcopter and camera for less than £70 is really good fun. I am going to be documenting my progress here and on YouTube.

Radio controlled helicopters are fun.

My secret santa got me an Air Lightning radio controlled helicopter for Christmas. It wouldn’t be too far from the truth to say it gave me the most excitement over the festive season especially since it has been cold and wet outside.

Silverlit Air Lightning

The picture above is about the size of the helicopter, maybe a little smaller. It took me a few attempts to master the controller/transmitter buttons but after many flights around the lounge I got the hang of it. Then I read the manual and discovered even more tricks to control its flight.  (I should have read the manual first ;-) )

It is a very manoeuvrable for its small size but light and sturdy at the same time. I’ve crashed it a lot into the wall, radiator, TV stand legs etc. and it is still going strong. It takes roughly 15-20 minutes to charge for 8 minutes of flying time. Movement is up and down, left and right, but it is possible to get it to move in a forward direction while flying clockwise.

I’ve been looking at a lot of videos on helicopters recently on youtube and there is a massive RC Quadcopter community online. I’ve looked at hundreds of models but this little beauty L6052 Quadcopter has caught my eye.


Check out the video by Quadcopter 101. It has some serious moves and speed for its size.

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The guy doing the video seems surprised at how good it is for the cheap price.  I found it at for £22. seems awfully cheap. I will let you know how it is when I get it. I’ve ordered one from the site. :-)

Goodbye 2014.

One way to judge a year, is to look back at all the photos one has taken during that year. Our 2014 album is full of wonderful locations and stories, which is surprising as it has been one of the busiest years ever.

The year kicked off with me saying farewell to CMA/S&P Capital IQ and the CDS markets. After 7 years I had achieved all I could and needed a new challenge. Fortunately I didn’t have to go far, as in the same building and also part of McGraw Hill Financials was Platts.

With the new role came a lot of new challenges as well as some travel, and my first business trips to Singapore, Houston and Atlanta. The first trip was for two weeks in Singapore, where my new colleagues filled my brain with commodities and oil knowledge and filled my stomach with good local food. ;-)

Next up was a week in Houston to meet the team and to see how they worked in relation to Singapore and London. Our team interacts with a lot of people at Platts and I had to get to know how they worked. Of course there was a lot of eating as well. I could see a lot of similarities between Singapore and the Houston office. :-)

I had one day to myself in Houston and so visited the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center (JSC).  Texas is known for big things, and the Saturn V AS-512 was an incredible sight.  The rocket was huge and basic looking. It was housed in a massive hangar. Some clever minds put this bad boy together and got man into space. My photo below does not do the rocket justice.


The Saturn V remains the tallest, heaviest, and most powerful rocket ever brought to operational status and still holds records for the heaviest payload launched and largest payload capacity to low Earth orbit (LEO) of 118,000 kilograms (260,000 lb).


At Easter we visited Tenerife in the Canary Islands. It was an amazing short break. The island is dominated by the still active El Teide volcano, which has created the rugged and mountainous landscape, with black sandy beaches. We stayed in the South of the island at the Sandos resort called ‘San Blas’. Despite the weather being mild and mostly overcast we still managed to return to England with a tan.


In May we traded in our 7 year old Skoda for a brand new Nissan Qashqai 1.5DCi Tekna. Click the link and read all about it.

In June we watched Nascar racing at Brands hatch race track in Kent. The weather was perfect. There were hundreds of cars on display and the racing was excellent.

Summer in July was truly here so we decided to go camping. We picked Bedgeberry forest for our first camping trip and had to book a few weeks in advance, which meant we had no control over the weather and typically the afternoon that we arrived it was drizzling.

Camping M&J2

Fortunately it cleared up during the night and the rest of the weekend was lovely and hot. We also went Go Ape, which is located high up in the trees and visited the the 320 acre Pinetum, which contains over 12,000 trees and shrubs (including 1,800 different species) from across five continents, many of them rare and endangered.


July was also F1 at Silverstone. Jo was there to capture the moments and was treated to a wonderful display by the Red Arrows and got to see the F1 parade and some close racing by Alonso and Vettel.

July was turning out to be a busy month. My birthday present was a visit to the Shard to admire the amazing views from the highest building in England.

The Shard 3

In September we sailed the Thames on a Dutch tall ship as part of the royal Greenwich Tall Ship festival. We boarded at Woolwich Arsenal and sailed all the way up to Tower Bridge before turning back and pausing at Greenwich to watch a firework display before heading back to Woolwich Arsenal.

It was a lovely summers evening with a full moon. If you were in London that night you must have seen the car being carried by the helicopter. Apparently it was for some new jaguar advert.

The highlight of our year though was our ten day road trip through France, Belgium, Germany and Austria.  The main goal was to go and watch the Red Bull Air Race in Spielberg Austria for the two day event and then to visit Salzburg, the home of Mozart.  It took us 2 days to drive +- 950 miles. We stopped over in Wiesbaden in Germany for one night with a friend of ours and stayed in a hotel in Obdach, Austria the following night.

We got to Spielberg on the Saturday morning and checked into our campsite, which was perfectly located in a large field right next to the Red Bull Ring track. Yes we camped as there were no hotels available for this weekend.  We pitched our tent amongst the hundreds of camper vans.

It was late October and probably not the best time to camp especially since the campsite and track were right in the mountains. In fact there was snow on the mountains. It was freezing cold once the sun went down. The first night was the worst because we didn’t know what to expect. We also were not allowed an open fire, which meant we couldn’t warm up besides it. I found getting drunk solved the problem, just a few beers, a cigar and a couple of small bottles of Jagermeister did the trick (jokes it didn’t help).

red bull - freezing cold cigar and beer

The racing was incredible. We had wonderful grand stand seats with a view of the entire track. This was the last race of the year. There were three contenders going into this race and any one of them could take the title. The favourite was the Austrian (go figure) and the second favourite was a British pilot called Nigel Lamb. He was our pick because he was older and er’ British :-). He didn’t disappoint, but check out the photos below. Who do you think won?

No, not the Austrian with his aeroplane surrounded by photographers, instead the yellow Breitling belonging to Nigel Lamb. Neither pilot was at their best on the day and came in 2nd and 4th, but it was enough to give Nigel the championship, which was excellent and made the long drive and freezing cold nights worth it.

So that was our year. There was more, but it would take ages to write about it. We need to upload some more photos into our gallery.

Soon 2015 will begin and we will start all over again.
Here are some up coming events for the Bowen family.

  • Trips to the US and Singapore.
  • Holiday to South Africa to see the other Bowen and Wilkinson’s World.
  • Driving experience at Thruxton.
  • Holiday in Cannes, France.
  • Camping in the summer time.

Happy New Year!

This is your LIFE.

An excellent choice of words that I believe in 100%.

We have a new WordPress theme!

twenty fifteenWe just upgraded to WordPress version 4.1 and there is a great new theme called Twenty fifteen. It looks really good especially the fixed sidebar image.  So we have uploaded a few photos of Bowen in random places and they will appear in random order whenever a page is loaded.

Although looking at the theme image above I am not quite sure why my image appears on the sidebar and not on the header.

I found the answer in the theme. It says, “Applied to the header on small screens and the sidebar on wide screens”.

When viewed on a mobile one should see something like this:


Excellent results achieved using Devolo dLAN 650 triple +

My Devolo dLAN 650 triple + arrived today from Amazon.

Set up was a breeze, I literally plugged  them into the wall and plugged a network cable into each of the ports. Then pressed a button on the side and repeated the steps on the second adapter. It took less than 2 minutes and everything was up and running. It was effortless.

Network set up: Upstairs I have plugged in the dLAN 650 triple + with one computer so far. Downstairs in the lounge I plugged the router into the dLAN 650+.

Devolo speed test

Results: There is small application one can download from the Devolo website called Cockpit, which measures the speed between adapters as well as allow one to name the adapters, switch on or off the lights and troubleshoot if the need arises. One can also update the firmware from Cockpit.
As you can see I achieved 342Mbs speed, this from a house that has 25 + year old wiring. No bad at all.

Let it be known that AVForums tested these Devolo dLAN 650+ power line adapters and I quote;

During our tests we received a superb maximum throughput speed of265Mbps which is not far off the ‘theoretical’ 300Mbps you could receive. The ‘up to’ 600Mbps speed quoted by Devolo is based on both the uplink and downlink speed, so is still a little misleading to the average consumer, who might be expecting those sort of speeds. We do hope one day the Powerline Adapter manufacturers are a little more transparent in their marketing.

So overall I am very happy with the Devolo power line adapters.

Devolo dlan 650 triple plus from Amazon

Hello Devolo dLAN 650 plus goodbye unsightly CAT5 cables

I have always been a firm believer that a wired network is a lot better than a wireless network. WiFi is great and easy to set up, has good security and is perfect for mobile devices and PC’s, but when it comes to downloading and sharing large files from the Internet or watching high-definition movies or playing multi-player gamers on PlayStation or Xbox, a wired network is essential.

The disadvantages of a wired network throughout the house is the unsightly grey or white cable running along the floor skirting or up and over the door frame. (Yes I didn’t box the cables when I ran them ten years ago). Over the years our network cables started to suffer wear and tear until one day recently during some renovations work our wired network came to a halt.

So this evening I purchased the Devolo dLAN 650 Triple Plus Start Kit. 

The idea is simple. Use the existing power cables in the walls to run a secure home network from the wall socket the router is plugged in to another wall socket where a computer or gaming console or Smart TV or printers is plugged in.

This starter kit has two units. One unit has a single gigabit port, which the router will plug into and the other unit has 3 gigabit ports for multiple networked devices.

This particular model claims:

  • High-performing 600 Mbps for lightning-fast data transmission.
  • With the integrated electrical socket, no power outlet in your room goes to waste.
  • Gigabit Ethernet.
  • Automatic encryption! Active protection against unauthorised access.
  • Minimal energy consumption with the innovative PowerSave technology from devolo: continuous, intelligent and fully automatic.
  • Includes dLAN® Cockpit software for home network configuration on a computer (Windows, Mac OS® X, Linux®), which is great because I run all  three OS types in my home network, so it will be interesting to see the performance.

The various reviews I have read have been very positive. Our house was built in the late 1800’s, I am not sure when our electrics or wiring were put into our house, but we have over 48 wall sockets throughout the house, so I am guessing fairly recently.

TechRadar did a review back in April 2014 on this hardware and they gave it the thumbs up – you can read their review here. They did the test in a Victorian house and had very good results so I am looking forward to putting the Devolo dLAN 650 Triple Plus Start Kit to the test.

I will post an update in due course when we have fully tested this solution. I am hoping it will prove successful, which means I will have saved time and effort rewiring the house.