Have a great Christmas everyone, and thanks for reading this 396th post - and all the others!
Saturday, 25 December 2010
Friday, 24 December 2010
Monday, 20 December 2010
Friday, 17 December 2010
Monday, 13 December 2010
The combination of the cold (shaky hands) and the auto setting on the camera made it a bit difficult, but by resting the camera on railings or lamp posts to steady it, the results are just about acceptable.
Wouldn't it be nice to be a professional photographer who knew what he was doing, and what all those manual adjustments meant?
Thursday, 9 December 2010
Monday, 6 December 2010
Thursday, 2 December 2010
Tuesday, 30 November 2010
Friday, 26 November 2010
Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Monday, 22 November 2010
This is the famous (& expensive?) Bibendum restaurant in Kensington. The stained glass windows are copies of the originals and an appeal has gone out to locate them so they can be reinstated. Apparently they knew where they were until recently when they 'went missing'.
A rack of unused 'Boris Bikes'. We did see one in use during the day however.
Wednesday, 17 November 2010
Last night we went to the new Aylesbury Waterside Theatre to see the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
The theatre has only been open for two months so we thought we should go and take a look.
As we arrived quite early, we went to The White Hart (Wetherspoons) across the road which was itself only five months old. Very impressive. Amazingly, I had some of my Wetherspoons vouchers with me so was able to get a discount of 50p per pint. The whole place was very comfortable and the food looked good too.
The theatre was 'splendid' with bars and toilets on all levels and very nice lighting in the foyer. There's a lot of wooden blocks used in the decoration so it looks a bit like a giant Jenga construction which could be about to topple over at any moment. The auditorium is very good with comfortable seating and (from what I could judge) good acoustics.
Although the stage seems large enough, my only criticism is that the proscenium arch is not really big enough! There were several members of the orchestra hidden from the audience, and I would assume that the sound of their instruments was also somewhat hidden from the audience.
Would we go again? Probably. It's a bit of a way to drive, especially in the winter months and at £24.50 the tickets are a little pricey. The main thing that puts me off is the £2 booking fee PER TICKET!
Thursday, 11 November 2010
Tuesday, 9 November 2010
Years ago (when I was a boy!) almost every garden had their own display, and the first job on 6th November was to go round the garden and pick up all the dead rockets and retrieve the sticks - because they might come in useful, of course.
Now you have to go to Poundland and buy a huge pack of plant canes for £1 - how times change etc. etc. etc...