December 2003


here is a random tent set up in the street. no reason as far as i could tell.
they probably set it up in the street as they weren’t allowed to erect it in a royal park:

band practice

as we get closer to christmas, life gets busier. it was band practice last night. the electric guitar, piano and me (bass) are out of shot (but not out of hearing range)



do they know it’s christmas

they’ve got a neat idea in london this year to project pictures on to buildings. even the queen’s allowed buckingham palace to be projected on.
here is the cover of Do They Know It’s Christmas on Wellington Arch (i think that’s what it’s called). It looked very nice.


there are a variety of things you aren’t allowed to do in London’s royal parks. including your washing it appears. people shouldn’t be airing their dirty laundry in public in my opinion.

advent day 3

day three of the advent calendar picture challenge – it’s a sleigh:
and here are the photos:
here is a slay(er) of dragons ie a sword
and here is my sledge which is a sort of sleigh i suppose in the garage loft:


allegedly is a weasel word which is used as an excuse to say something which is quite likely true.
probably is a weasel word which is used as an excuse to say something which is quite likely not true.
whenever i see probably on a sign i feel they should add what the probability actually is.
in this case it’s probably (less than 1% chance) that the best music in the world will be played there. unless they are talking about genres then it might be nearer 40%

advent day 2

day two of the advent calendar picture challenge – it’s a bell:
on the left is All Souls Church Spire (which may contain a bell) and some people dancing on Oxford Street (playing bells and drums)
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I go to All Souls whevener i’m free on a Thursday lunchtime. if you’re in town, come along too ! it’s the Christmas Carol service on the 18th december.
All Souls is next to the BBC building where i think they still do radio and TV broadcasts. I went in there for a meeting this afternoon but didn’t see anyone famous


you’ll be aware of my love of street cleaning machines. here is one refuelling.

electrical goods

people of the street have a lot of facilities made available to them by the council. here is a microwave and laser printer
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advent day 1

i had a chocolate choir boy in my advent calendar today and was a bit stuck for a photo as per my photographic idea.
luckily i’m not alone in my challenge and the blogging community has come to my rescue. so, many thanks to Feisty Girl for sending me this:
it’s an album sleeve of St Paul’s Cathedral choir from 1996 (a good vintage).
it reminded me that i used to be a choir boy so i went in search of old photos in my old family photo albums. unforunately my history seems to have dissapeared as only jane’s old albums are in the shelf in our dining room ! i’m sure my history hasn’t been destroyed, it’s just out of sight somewhere. a cold trip in to the loft proved unfruitful.
i’m sure my mother (another regular reader) will have a photo of me as a choir boy somewhere in her house. meanwhile i’ll keep on searching for my past …

my advent calendar disaster

i went off to get an advent calendar from the arty boutique called Paper Chase. I chose a nice one, but when i got back to the office and opened the door i found … nothing.
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i took it back and got a refund and went looking in other shops. they only seem to sell chocolate ones now, but i wanted one with a picture in it. i even found one which was a countdown to newyear and had 32 windows !
so i went to Marks and Spencers and asked the security guard. he said “the hulk one is the one for you mate. Look at it, it’s awesome”. i took his advice and purchased this very festive item:
and here’s what was behind door number 1:
it’s a little choir boy. where on earth am i going to get a photo of one of them from (without being arrested) ?


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let them sing

xmas decorations

people are starting to put their decorations up. i’m keen to get them up early (i have a santa that stays up all year and our Christmas Tree angel has been sitting on our telly for the whole year), but Jane likes to leave it until Christmas Eve. i think we’ll compromise on the weekend before Christmas.
However, i did notice this amongst some bins this morning. Someone is obviously NOT doing Christmas this year.

wet morning

it was very wet this morning. i became invincible and unafraid of anything by taking my glasses off and walking to work unable to see clearly. it was a bit weird to begin with, but i soon got to enjoy the freedom.
unfortunately, i did step in a lot of puddles and got splashed by lots of passing cars as i did spot these usual obstacles in advance.
here is the first thing you see when you leave paddington station on a wet morning. the whole of london glows red because of the steak house neon. there’s probably some metaphor for blood and meat there but that would be too clever for me.