August 2006

bright umbrella

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a lovely chap walked round the pond at tintinhull gardens so the girls could draw him (and i could take some photos!). Every photographer should carry an umbrella like this with him (or take someone along to hold it on their behalf)
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and here they are admiring the garden
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hotel lifestyle

on tuesday night i got to the hotel late and i ate my room service dinner at midnight whilst reading the ‘how to stay healthy whilst staying in hotels’ guide. strangely enough eating burger and chips, followed by brownie and ice-cream wasn’t one of their recommendations.
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neither was drinking beer and eating peanuts (whilst looking out over athens) from the hotel roof bar last night.
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micro payments for car parks

A usual trick of car parks is to charge you for more than you need – ie they offer you three charging options: 2 hour or 4 hours or all day. They’ve gone the opposite way in Dorset where “10p buys you 8 minutes (approx)
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extreme packing aka right-sizing your luggage

i was a bit worried about the size of my hand baggage when arrived at heathrow for my flight to athens. i therefore decided to take evasive action and wrapped my normally very smart (ish) backpack up tightly in gaffer tape so it would definately fit the required dimensions. And it did.
Unfortunately i also wore my DM boots and spent an age in security undoing them and redoing them for their security scan !
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the strange holiday people coincidence

on the first day of our holiday, which was in dorset, a few hours drive from our home, we bumped in to work colleague Mark and his family.
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and the next day we were in a traffic queue on a thin road and looked at the car next to us, only to discover my cousing chris and his family were in it. they too were on holiday so we met up with them a few days later.
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and then the next day, at slime regis beach, we made our pitch (blanket down, buckets out etc) and esther spotted sue and steve and their children sitting next to us !
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so that was three totally unrelated friends/family on three consecutive days, all a long way from home !

Danish dog sign

Reader Hels sent me this great dog sign photo.
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she says “It was in a park in Copenhagen, Denmark. No idea what the English translation is, though! Also, the question mark wasn’t part of the picture, it had been added by someone with a black marker ”

jarvis cocker celebrity endorsement

i used to know Jarvis Cocker in a vague saying hello to each other if we passed in the street kind of way. he even complemented a swirly brown polyester shirt i used to wear with (missplaced) pride.
anyway, here’s an endorsement on a restaurant window in Brick Lane.
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vin’s no hot bikes challenge

Vin sent me this photo as a teaser to see if you could guess what it was from (he also sent me a picture of the actual thing which i’ll post when someone guesses it!)
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and the answer is …
a patio heater thing (well done matt!)
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the Reading Festival programme

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i had a picture published in the Reading Festival programme which has won me some festival goodies apparently (the mind boggles what they may be!). here is a corner of the page – mine is the action man
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