Taking Guard. Cricket at Lords. 2014. on Flickr.

At last, it looks, feels and smells like summer. Better yet, the cricket has begun. We got down this morning for the first session at Lords to see Middlesex against Northants. Slow. Quiet. Full of quirky, middle aged men. A bus load of Indian tourists arrived and sat near us for an hour, wrapped up in coats and scarfs…just feet away from an English bloke, shirt off, sunnies on, reading The Sun.

I only took a few pics today, but of them I liked this one the best as it shows the bustling activity that occurs between balls being bowled. Bowler walking back to his mark, the batsman centring his bat, the fielders taking position, umpires getting ready.

Bliss…

The tropics. on Flickr.

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A couple of new editions of some of my fav books. Bought these for a project I’m doing at work.

Spring is coming… on Flickr.

At last, it’s beginning to feel a lot like SPRING! Nice drinks after work after a pretty full on meeting in the morning and then a walk back into Chelsea before jumping in a cab to come home. Feels like summer will be nice this year.

Relax-O-Cat on Flickr.

It’s Sunday evening and as usual Zaggi is awaiting some tidbit of food from our dinner. Sadly it’s a Burmese curry tonight. Distinctly not cat-friendly. So instead she goes into a deep snoozy relax-o mode awaiting the nibbles that never come…

Burp. on Flickr.

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Dinner at Hotel in HK from a few weeks back. I think this is pretty normal fare for me. Laksa. Red wine. Football (Aussie Rules). Work. Sleep.

What’s in my carry on bag no. 2 on Flickr.

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The second in a series of “I’m so bored with travelling that I’ve decided the only way to amuse myself is to take a photo of what’s in my hand luggage when travelling” photos. And here it is…

Cloud over London. on Flickr.

After taking off to fly to HK for another business trip, the clouds were amazing. Awful storms in England lead to beautiful stuff above ground level.

UDD PIG on Flickr.

Big Boy. on Flickr.

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Nice day spent yesterday wandering bits of Hong Kong on a rare Sunday here due to a split work week. Great day where the biggest crowds in this incredibly crowded city were in the Apple Store at ITC. Somewhat less crowded was the Hong Kong Museum of History, at which Big Boy, an example of the plastic industry, is kept prisoner in a small glass case along with dozens of other 60s toys.

I’ve lived in East London for 86 1/2 Years. on Flickr.

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"I like to walk because I see things that I would never see, like boats and ships and strange people’s faces."

Gift. From. dd

Brown and Cony. on Flickr.

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A Christmas present for dd from Japan. Took a little time to get here and then some customs and “handling” charges from Royal Mail…then through the door and out the box! They sit and watch as we while away the two week break working on our annual projects, watching a lot of cricket, walking, having lunch. Nice :-)

Round the Horn. on Flickr.

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This is a detail of a lovely old 1930s board game I bought a couple of years ago. It’s called Round the Horn and is one of a series of games from De La Rue, the folk who make the UK bank notes (among others I believe). This venerable old company had a strange, board game related interlude in the 20s and 30s where they made a range of board games, the most notable of which was Stumpz (a great old cricket game) and this one, Round the Horn.

For many years I tried (without much effort, it must be said) to discover why this company which was famous for playing cards and money, made some really rather excellent and thoughtful board games for a period of time.

As luck would have it I was contacted via a web site I run by the Grandson of the inventor. He put me in touch with his father and then Uncle. I chatted in 2011 with Stephen Goodall, the son of the man who invented both games.

That inventor was Charles Goodall, who went later to Waddingtons, the famous British board game maker (now sold on to Hasbro, I believe). The interview was long and interesting, and covered a range of things, but mostly about Charles inventing the games in the 1930s after his father’s company, Goodall and Sons, was sold to De La Rue. Goodall were a well know playing card company for many years.

I really must find the time to write up the interview properly.