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Happy birthday [livejournal.com profile] na_lon.
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I have been given a watercolour painting by an artist with a near-illegible signature.
Paintings )
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That means it's time for the photographic competition when [livejournal.com profile] apademek and I try to outdo each other with our photos. So far I'm trailing a very poor second.
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This year, the categories are flowers, birds, Winter scene, trees, four legged friend and down on the farm. I sorted through my phots and came up with ones that I felt were good enough to show  and stood a reasonable chance of getting in the top three. As with last year, I have a serious contender in the birds category as [livejournal.com profile] apademek has a superb photograph of a little green bee eater that posed on the fence of Luxor Temple.


This is my entry for "down on the farm". Not living on or working at a farm limited the choice somewhat. However, whilst in Egypt we went to the Agricultural Museum and this relief was one of the exhibits. This shows a scene from the tomb of Mereuka, dyn. 5, at Saqqara. It was sufficiently off-the-wall (pun intended) that I hope will appeal to the judges.


This is the four legged friend (fiend?). [livejournal.com profile] apademek is using a picture of Melchett so I decided not to use my really cute picture of him asleep with a paw over his nose. Besides, having a four-legged friend that can eat everyone else's four-legged friend seemed fun.This was taken in Mexico, at Lake Coba.


Flowers, part of a display that was put around the village church door in October 2010.


Birds. I didn't have a picture of a real bird to rival the one I entered last year. Hence, it was time to get creative. This is a scene from the Botanical or Zoological Garden in the festival temple of Tuthmosis III at Karnak. These scene shows animals and birds that Tuthmosis III encountered on his Syrian campaign.


Trees. Again I wanted something different. We had been to Batsford Arboretum earlier in the year and I had some nice shots of pretty trees, some of which were in flower. I also had a photograph of a ceiba tree at Tikal, in Mexico. At the time I only had a compact digital camera and that didn't have a wide enough field of view to get the whole tree in. This old stump had washed up on the beach near Tulum in Mexico.


Finally a Winter scene. This is St. Swithun's in Merton with a nice dusting of snow back in December.  The church authorities have taken to illuminating the church to raise money. £5 gets it lit up for an hour or so.
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The weekend that has just gone was the annual church crawl where we take operabuff round a number of architecturally interesting churches. We have done this each year since about 2001. The closer-in churches have all been "done" and now we have to travel further afield and stay in a B&B for a night. This year operabuff chose to go to churches around the Wash, stretching from North Norfolk up into Lincolnshire. To help plan these triops, [livejournal.com profile] apademek and I like to get hold of the itinerary so that I can plan the route and [livejournal.com profile] apademek can sort out the accommodation. Overall, this seems to be a reasonable way of planning the trip providing nothing has been changed.



Ugly faces, dogs etc. )
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In case you're missing the cricket...

Cricket )
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I have just received the application form and category list for the village produce show. Category 59 is "Decorate a Wellington".

Your challenge, [livejournal.com profile] wellinghall , should you choose to accept it, is to decorate a Vickers twin-engined medium range bomber, and I will then enter it into the show. The magnificent prize would be an A5 sized certificate if it came in the top three.

Formula 1

Jun. 28th, 2011 07:35 pm
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Today I was at a conference on wireless electronics that was held at the Williams Formula One conference centre. I won't bore you with the details but I did get to look around the museum there. This isn't open to the public but attendees at the centre are allowed to look around it. There were numerous cars there, going back at least twenty years, showing how the designs have changed over the years. These were original vehicles, as driven by the likes of Coulthard, Button and Senna, and valued at >£50,000,000. Unfortunately, the only camera I had was the one on my 'phone so the pictures are not of the greatest quality.

Bad piccies of racing cars )
And especially for [livejournal.com profile] muninnhuginn 

One for the Green Arrows? )

Postcards

Jun. 25th, 2011 08:53 am
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I was trawling through an auction website's latest offerings when I came to the section where the lots that aren't coins or stamps are listed. Amongst the ephemera, football programs and so on was a section on postcards. In there were the usual bits and pieces that people have hoarded and these collections get snapped up by postcard dealers who then sort them and sell them. Just as an experiment, I Googled for postrcard + Merton, then added + Oxfordshire and finally -college. I wasn't expecting to find anything relating to an obscure Oxforshire village but I did get one hit. This was listed as Merton Church,  1913, printed by French, postmarked 1913. So, despite not having a railway or a metalled road to the village (the road got done in the 1930s), someone did come and photograph St. Swithun's and produce at least one postcard.
The pretty picture. )

This shows the church and to the left, the school yard in what is now The Old School House. At the back of the yard is a set of gates that lead to Church Cottage. These days, the school yard is gone and is a garden with fruit trees, there is a second wall running parallel to the one that demarks the limit of the graveyard and this forms the access to Church Cottage. There are three graves besides the path, close to the church gate on the right hand side. The most recent of these is dated 1895 so the photograph was taken sometime after that.

Other than the fact that the school is now a private dwelling (and home to the arch-enemy, Oedipus, aka Ginger Ninja), nothing has changed very much.

Maybe there are others in the series as I found one for Weston-on-the-Green, also by French.: Weston-on-the-Green. Weston otG is a few miles from us, across the railway track, and if someone was prepared to produce postcards of there, maybe there are others of Merton.

Beowulf

Jun. 20th, 2011 09:57 pm
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Just found this, for all Beowulf fans...

http://www.howitshouldhaveended.com/videos

Scan to the bottom and look for Beowulf.
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to [info]sally_maria . Have a great day.
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...to [livejournal.com profile] rustica . Have a great day.
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Thought I ought to share this picture of a happy person.
Holly )
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Have a great day [livejournal.com profile] gayalondiel 
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Happy birthday [livejournal.com profile] muuranker 
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I won't say that it was on the lawn...
Bird )
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I've had two "spurious" replies to recent posts. One was from someone blathering about books, the second, this morning, was about a source of e-books and contained Cyrillic text. Is anyone else receiving these or have I got my LJ address onto some spambot's mailing list?

Census meme

Mar. 8th, 2011 05:02 pm
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So, the form arrived here, and a spare for number 4 as well. Quite how we fill in a census form for that we don't know. Anyway:

2001 I think we had just moved to the Tithe Barn. If not, it was 8B Aldsworth Court, Witney.

1991 140, Manor Road, Cogges, Witney, working for Lucas Aerospace.

1981 Hmmm, that's a bit of a stretch back into the dim and distant past. I think I was living at 423, Hanworth Road, Hounslow. The street is correct but I can't remember the house number. I was working at Thorn EMI Electronics at the time.

1971 9, Hayfield Avenue, Boston Spa, West Yorkshire. Still at school, two years off O'levels.

1961 131, Hetton Road, Leeds 8. On the 6th. September, I started at Coldcotes Infants School.
It's also the year that I got chicken pox.
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1. Make a list of 5 things that you can see without getting up.
Clock
Bedside cabinet
Wardrobe
Duvet
Pillow
Optional extra - Melchett's backside as he sprawls across [livejournal.com profile] apademek .

2. What flavour is your toothpaste?
Mint

3. What are you wearing now?
T-shirt, jeanes, watch, spectacles (it's not cold enough to bother with socks).

4. What's your occupation?
Consultant.

5. What do you hear right now?
The happy sound of s dying Sony Vaio cooling fan, occasional traffic, hopeful collared doves.

6. Who was the last person you hugged?
Melchett.

7. What is/was for dinner?
Sausage casserole.

8. What did you do today?
Replied to a few emails, went shopping at Tesco. Combed the cat who is moulting at a phenomenal rate.

9. Dog person or cat person?
I saw dog on sale at a Chinese airport snack shop but didn't try any. Otherwise, cat.

10. If you had to change your name, what would you change it to?
Jocasta Shufflebotham.

11. What was the last thing that you bought?
Bread, milk, onions.

12. If you could afford to go anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Terrace of the Leper King.

13. Favourite band/musician?
Pink Floyd.

14. What book are you currently reading?
Chris Beckett "The Turing test".

15. What are you doing this weekend?
TS accounts, being a chauffeur...

16. If you could play any musical instrument, which one would you play?
Souzaphone

17. What are you doing tomorrow?
Chasing a large German corporation. Writing an invoice.

18. What are you looking forward to the most?
Dinner.

19. Does anybody else have the feeling that there should be a no. 20, but it got lost somewhere between you and the original poster?
Is there now a law against stopping on a prime number?
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Osiris and [livejournal.com profile] apademek - can you spot who's who?

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I thought I'd show this before [livejournal.com profile] alitalf posts a few pictures of his own...



I added the black ring to show him, skiing out on a vertiginous black run, Grand Couloir. I'll let him talk about the difficulty of the run.
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