Sketch of Jonathan Jones

Welcome to the home of Jonathan Jones. A software professional who likes to take photos and review things living in Switzerland.


A week's holiday to the Isle of Arran

The Isle of Arran is the Scottish island I have visited most often. This time we stayed in Whiting Bay. I enjoyed a hike up Arran’s highest point - Goatfell, lots of good food and even took an Alpaca for a walk.

Saturday, June 29, 2024

Automating the publication of my Out of Ten reviews using Zapier and Notion

Using Zapier’s free plan I attempt to automatically trigger the Github action workflow which publishes this website, whenever I add a new Out of Ten review to my Notion database.

Saturday, March 2, 2024

Back to Edinburgh for a mini zookeeper experience

My second trip report to Edinburgh - this time it was for the mini zookeeper experience at Edinburgh Zoo, a visit to Edinburgh Castle and the adjacent Camera Obscura. Edinburgh really loses none of its appeal over time and is a must visit.

Monday, November 13, 2023

A week in Balamory / Tobermory (Isle of Mull)

Tobermory was the filming location for the Balamory children’s TV show. We visited for one week to find the Balamory houses, enjoy some great food and take in all of the wonderful nature and wildlife on Scotland’s Isle of Mull.

Sunday, September 10, 2023

Three nights as a tourist in London

Three night trip review of London - including afternoon tea at Claridges, Buckingham palace summer opening, Chinatown dumplings and a great boat trip down the Thames with the Thames Clipper / Uber boat.

Saturday, August 26, 2023

A trip to the internet in 1996 with The Rough Guide 2.0

Prepare to be transported back in time as I delve into one of my all-time favorite books from my teenage years: The Rough Guide 2.0: The Internet & World Wide Web.

Saturday, June 10, 2023

Relaunching my personal website as

An overview of how I migrated to including a custom Hugo theme using Bootstrap, rendering my out of ten reviews from Notion and publishing automatically using Github Actions.

Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Google Cloud Run with Micronaut and GraalVM

App Engine. Google Cloud Functions. And now the pinnacle: Google Cloud Run. Here I build a container running (thanks to GraalVM) a natively compiled Micronaut framework application on Google’s latest serverless for containers offering called Cloud Run.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

First steps running a Cloud Task on Spring Cloud Data Flow

Everyone is talking cloud native. Spring might not be the newest kid on the block, but Spring Cloud Data Flow holds bags of promise. Here I give an introduction to Spring Cloud Data Flow and write my first Cloud Task.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Cold weekend in Copenhagen

A winter weekend break to Copenhagen - home of the Little Mermaid and many fantastic restaurants.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Ten days in Spain - Madrid & Seville

With ten days to enjoy Spain we eventually succeeded in buying a Renfe Spain pass and made our way to Madrid and Seville.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

60 hours in Edinburgh (festival time)

A 60 hour visit to Edinburgh, our old hunting ground during the August festival season.

Monday, September 7, 2015

Recent Reviews

Sprint S1

Nice series, which builds up well to the European championships in Budapest. The female sprinters were especially interesting.


Like with all these movies the more you Google the less accurate they become. But it was well made and the music was great throughout.


Good start and good ending, but too many threads and too much going on in the middle. Worth watching for Cumberbatch. And while not perfect the ambitious nature of the series is commendable.

Fallout S1

Never played the game, but this was really well crafted, scripted and acted; also very gory at times.


Very interesting and its long run-time flew by. It seems there are many historical inaccuracies in the movie, but the acting by Joaquin Phoenix is as authentic as it gets.

Stolen Focus

Not sure this breaks any new ground, but it presents (maybe sometimes one-sided) the research around flow state, how the modern world is affecting our concentration and delves into topics like ADHD.