Managed to save up enough (amazingly we're getting paid extra for late-night work from time to time) to invest in a new training tool over the weekend: a Garmin Forerunner 305 GPS unit. It's pretty cool, giving a real-time speed/distance read-out, and the web service to upload the tracks to is ... passable. Does have some cool features such as RSS syndication, and allows each activity to be shown on Google Maps (sure as hell beats the massively undetailed map supplied in the PC link app). Unfortunately over the weekend got too enthusiastic while out in the rain and got a bit raw in the, ah, saddle region. Fun, yeah right. Ouch. Also the shop offering wetsuits to hire for August has opened up for this year... FEAR.
Also managed to make a quite successful attempt at rogan josh--- dealing with the yoghurt separating by whacking the heat up and boiling it to buggery :) It's amazing, too, how the cinnamon and cloves can fill the entire house in less than a couple of minutes.
Hopefully I will have a replacement phone soon... I got the impression from the CSR I spoke to last that I can just re-use one of the PAYT sim cards I've been given every time I upgrade, and just get it reassigned to my contract. Still, hopefully avoid losing the damn thing again.