What’s in my carry on bag no. 2 on Flickr.
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…
Statue from Canton colonial area. on Flickr.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
Power station. on Flickr.
We pass this old power station every time we walk to Regent’s Park from home. It’s a block or so from Lord’s and across the road from a huge power station. It’s bleak.
Winterwonderland. on Flickr.
A rare chance to walk thru Hyde Park today on a work day. Brilliant winter day.
dd walking @ Liberty. on Flickr.
Liberty was so crowded today they opened staff only stairs and we got to see some lovely brick work that you don’t usually get to see. This is dd walking ahead of me as we fled the over crowded but best department store in London. The decorations this year are hideous, but they don’t hide the fact that this store is really extraordinary. Christmas is but a week and a bit away. Excited!
Take the plastic off!!!! on Flickr.
I used to write a diary. Only for a few years. Waaaay back when. And I was thinking today, in a taxi, coming to work, that in a way the photos I post on Flickr are my diary. Not too many words. A picture, and that’s about it. So I thought, next year, I should really start to do this every day. And I thought why wait ’til next year? So it’s 10 Dec, 2013 and it begins here. Not every day, but every so often, and always something that I want to recall if I’m lucky enough to survive to a “ripe” “old” “age” (although some would say I’m actually there now). So let’s begin…
And, just for the record, this picture is from 2011. Christmas. It’s a present I bought dd which Soxi wants. These are old old IKEA couches which thankfully we no longer have. I saw the same kitties on a pattern on a UNIQLO, er, t-shirt, undies, dress, polo, etc, etc.
Trojan in London. on Flickr.
For those interested in quirky bubble cars, there’s an excellent Trojan from the 60s being used as a prop in a store on Marylebone Lane in London. I know zip about cars, but this is an eye catcher. Lovely, really, so we took a snap. Looks like a Class A death trap. No seat belts, comedy seats, etc. I read on Wikipedia that the roof was removable so it could be used as an emergency exit if the front door got stuck in an accident.
Dusk near the Danube. on Flickr.
Even on exceedingly long work days there are moments of real beauty. This was taken as we were speeding back to the airport. One of those days. Up in time for a 7.15am flight and back in London around 8.15pm and home by fish. Exhausting but great store visits, and looking at some excellent work by our Austrian colleagues. Nice day.
Bob at the Royal Albert Hall. on Flickr.
Saw Dylan last night at the Royal Albert Hall. He is looking his age but his voice is amazing, and the band excellent. Read some so-so reviews before going but this exceeded expectations. Enjoyed this with Ben, Doug and Jane plus thousands of others.