October 2005

a lovely night out

the girls are away for a few days so jane (my lovely wife) and i took full advantage of our free weekend by going to Sonning Mill which is a great place.
here’s the view from our table (the people who were sitting this had already gone through to the theatre)


pubbish is a good word. it was written on a piece of paper outside a publisher’s office near where i work so perhaps it’s a contraction of ‘publishers rubbish’
but i think it better describes the feeling of wanting to nip to the pub. “i’m feeling a bit pubbish. fancy it?”

three back legs

a strange dog, but also no eyes and ears (and what’s going on with the chap bottom right?)


i’ve taken a shot like this before but the light wasn’t as good as yesterday

bird flew

it’s a day for sequences today, so here’s a sequence of a pelican flying in st james’ park
they never seem to get very high
it seems to be about shaking your wings enough to fling yourself out of the water
before giving up and splatting back down in the water

the interesting trolley man

eagle eyed vin spotted the interesting barrow man here and asked for more details, so here he is in a sequence of four pictures i took from up the Monument a few weeks back.
here he is with a ‘customer’ ?
tidying up
preparing to move off
on his way
and that’s all i have. it looks like offal in the trolley. or perhaps it’s poultry.

the hottest day

it was as hot as summer’s day today, official the hottest day ever or something (for October i think). and london was packed. the BBC has some interesting weather news here
i had a meeting on the south bank and took my big camera to get some decent shots. unfortunately i’m clueless so most of my photos were rubbish (i need to go on a course …)
anyway, it’s also half-term holidays so london was full of tourists, especially just here.

grass van

i think i took a picture of this van once (or one similar). vin sent me this to illustrate his comment here.
vin also sent me the excellent bird photo and i now want to see a vin-blog !

reunited !

can you believe it, i managed to reunite this chap with his lost travel card! hoorah for a happy ending.
in all my time collecting photos for davescollections, this is the first one i’ve reunited
for those interested in the story of reunition:
from the ticket i knew his local train station, so i found which train operators run out of that station and phoned their lost property department. they put a note with my phone number in his file and when he went in to buy his replacement ticket he got the message to phone me

ian hislop

i spotted ian hislop in front of me as i whizzed by tate modern on the way to a meeting. he nipped in to this cafe before i caught up with him, so i took this dreadful photo through the window !
i think you can still tell it’s him !

royalty passing

here is the queen’s husband prince Philip in a car.
and here is another car with someone important in. they should really put their names on the outside so we could identify them easilyer