Friday, 12 April 2013
Friday, 15 March 2013
Thursday, 14 March 2013
Monday, 3 September 2012
Was it really that long ago? News Internation or Fortress Wapping under construction for Murdoch and his nest of vipers. Not may people watching either! Contrast with what the same scene would look like now.
Monday, 20 August 2012
We visited the palace at the suggestion of my faughter Roisin. Her dissertation for her degree in history at University College London was on the enlightenment and the policies of the Hapsburg Emperor at the time. The palace was occupied by the Hapsburgs. The excellent audio guide provided during our tour - the Grand Tour of forty rooms was supplemented by Roisin's excellent additional information about the Hapsburg family and Maria Therese's occupation of the palace in here widowhood.
Thoroughly recommended but overall, we found Vienna an otherwise disappointing city with nowhere that for us provided the "wow" factor that cities like London, New York, Paris or Washington do.
Our trip over eight days through Tyrolean Austria was otherwise fantastic, we liked places like Steyr, Fussen, Salzburg and of course the stunning mountains.
Thursday, 26 July 2012
Our green method of getting everyone to the cemetery on time and in a large group. We took 72 people to my Mum's funeral in this beautiful Routemaster.
That is a minimum of 14 car journeys that did not have to be made.
Here for my late mum's funeral. She reached the not too bad age of 86 having been raised in rural Donegal in Ireland, she arrived in Whitechapel in London in the late 1950s with my dad where she reared three kids.
We gave her a great send off. This pic shows the Shard as viewed from the Cemetery and Frankie Ash, one of the mourners.
Tuesday, 10 July 2012
It is just a wonderful device that bears lots of exploration and best of all, it is not a saddo Blackberry nor a iPhone - (nice looking products that rarely last more than a few months before the screens smash or they break down). And who wants to lock themselves into Apple's little world of "we know best" about what you can or can't have as an app?
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
Monday, 29 March 2010
You can read a well-reasoned argument as to why you should opt out here:
Sunday, 7 February 2010
Holiday Autos piece of shit Dollar Rent a Car, Dubai
Originally uploaded by Danny McL
Sunday, 27 December 2009
Check out some fantastic pictures taken by urban explorer Slaterspeed from the top of this tower on Flickr:
Sunday, 20 December 2009
I have been working in the Sunbury area for a couple of weeks.
Coming home towards the Chiswick flyover, I came across this scene. The driver had managed to crash their two and a half month old Landrover Freelander 2 into one of the hefty concrete islands that are designed to stop trucks using the flyover.
Somehow the person (note the avoidance of perjorative terms here) driving this vehicle had wrecked the front left hand suspension and wheel and come to rest around 30 yards after the concrete island. Of course this created a massive tailback stretching back southbound.
How do such people pass their driving tests?
Sunday, 1 November 2009
Stunning polychromatic statues (painted to you and me) and pictures depicting Jesus, Mary, various saints and towards the end of the exhibition, an extraordinary statue of Mary Magdalen contemplating the Crucified Jesus my favourite piece, the statue of Mary Magdalen.
Thoroughly recommended and on until 24 January 2010. For more information see here
Monday, 12 October 2009
This one went to University with my daughter and immediately fell victim to a drenching in pineapple juice. The on / off button and zoom controls are completely gummed up - regretably it is "kaput".
That said, these are tough cameras. The other Ixus 70 got dropped onto boulders at Kimmeridge on the jurassic coast and whilst the lens took the full force knocking off the plastic inner covers and the metal face plate surrounding the lens, it still worked after I forced the then diagonally protruding lens back into place.
Recently, the camera got dropped again by another daughter's friend onto concrete dislodging the front metal body from the rear part.
Liberal application of Duck / duct tape has restored it to life (until the next accident at least).
Tuesday, 15 September 2009
Looks like all the good food her mum gave her from an early age has paid off. She got great A / AS level results and starts at University College London (UCL) in September 2009 to study History.
As the first of our family to go to University, we're enormously proud of her. She attended a Hackney Comprehensive school and a Tower Hamlets primary school, she has never had a day's private tuition in her life and for the past year has also been working part-time in The Body Shop recording excellent daily sales, as she says herself, she "has a life" and she also passed her driving test and regulalry "borrows" the car.
Rosin's first tandem skydive, California - 2008
We look forward to seeing this next phase of her life.