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March 2022 Update

Roughly every month I write an email that I send to my PaTMa mailing list with updates, news and property stats - pretty much whatever I've been thinking about or working on recently. Having been writing these emails for years, it finally occurred to me that I should start posting them here as well!

It's been a while since I …

Tags: patma

Variable substitution in docker-compose .env env-files

I was recently given an existing set of files to create a collection of Docker containers via the docker-compose tool. Unfortunately this rapidly led to some annoyances with variable substitutions within a docker-compose (.env) env-file. This is the kind of thing I mean:


The problem was that they don't seem to be supported in docker-compose 1.25.5 (as shipped …

Tags: technology

I've started a podcast!

It seems to be the thing to do these days, starting a podcast, so I thought I'd join in.

I've been a fan of property since I was very young. While my career has primarily followed other things, I've been a property investor (fancy term for a landlord) for nearly twenty years.

More recently I've also moved my main career …

Photo Friday: 2019-12-20

The "tree house" at (Chartwell)[https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/chartwell], and a view out from inside it.

Taken in August 2018.

View from the tree house

Chartwell tree house

Tags: photo-friday

Photo Friday: 2019-10-04

Another building focussed photo this week, this time with the Shard as the main feature. Taken as we wandered to The Tower of London.

Taken in August 2019.

The Shard across the Thames

Tags: photo-friday