Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Bromley House - Skateboarding

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Picture 1 is from Reg's holidays and is of Kisdon Upper Force. Great photo Reg - great depth of field under the circumstances.

He knows that, in pictures, I prefer water to look like water, rather than the popular camera-club candy floss. This water really looks the part, even if a rather distressing colour.

If you open the link and scroll down to Kisdon you will see this seems to be the customary colour of the water. To save you from having to scroll down I had saved the particular entry via my 'Clipmarks' but can't get it to work properly. One can copy part of a webpage and 'blog' it directly.

Another learning curve to scale !

After a leisurely breakfast and a start on the papers we nipped down Nottingham to do Bromley House and collect a few bits from my favourite Tesco. I was fortunate as usual in finding a disabled parking spot, on Angel Row just outside.

While waiting for Y and under a threatening sky I was taken by the light on this building just up Chapel Bar, if indeed it is still so called. There used to be a Gents Outfitters there, who specialised in hats, ties and cravats and things.

The town seemed quite normally busy and while I was taking this picture a lad skate-boarded all the way down Angel Row. on the road surface, not the pavement and there was a chorus of harumphing from motorists and some pedestrians, as if he was committing some unspeakable crime.

I thought ....

"Where is the legislation making the Queen's Highway the sole perquisite of motorists?"

He was doing no harm at all and the incline and road-surface of Angel Row must be delightful.

I didn't manage to 'capture' him in action but Picture 3 is the lad 'resting' outside Tesco. He didn't skateboard down the pavement surface - perhaps that would have been unhelpful to pedestrians - but surely the road is OK ?

This evening we watched the last part of Francesco de Mosta's Mediterranean Voyage and the series has really appealed to us. Charming chap, lovely pictures.

One day last week I e-mailed the Julia Margaret Cameron Museum at Freshwater Bay thanking them for permission to take pictures therein and sending a link to the relevant blog-post. Today I received a super reply from the Administrator of The Trust thanking me for the coverage I had given in the blog. That's nice !

Comments

Bungus ...... I suppose I am lucky with my bedroom window view. Where the sun sets at this time of year there are no unsightly wires etc., - further round they appear though.

Whether or not the reduced traffic is due to school holidays the AA says it is down 20%

The full title of my blood place is the 'anticoagulation clinic'. I was trying to be brief.

I saw the news report about the Garden Gnome story (see also Rob's comment later) but my dislike of TV was further embedded when they faked the scene where the woman opens her front door and sees the gnome on her front step. This was clearly sometime later, when the necessary Camera crew had arrived. Why do they have to do this sort of thing ? I am unable to 'suspend my disbelief' to this extent. Fortunately the practice is unknown on radio. They simply tell you the story.

Jill ..... I am absolutely sure that the Crossword is an easier project when jointly tackled. Some clues we both find straightforward. Those which are more obscure usually fall to either one or the other. Y is good at the 'build up words' sort and I was the better at 'anagrams' (but Y is catching up fast). We are about equal at 'phrases'.

We are lucky with our views. But your access to Theatres, Art Galleries, Museums etc., we envy muchly.

anonymousrob ...... Your M1 experience is quite believable. This morning we came back from Nottingham the Watnall way and, as we crossed over the M1, Y remarked it was jammed solid in both directions. Often the A610 is too - due to the motorway roadworks.

The 'garden gnome' people had obviously remembered the idea from the source you encountered previously. As the idea was 'plagiarised' one feels some object other than a gnome would have been better.

Jill's 'teddy' idea is not a runner because you don't often see them in people's front gardens.

We missed the Longford programme on Channel 4 it got marvellous reviews. And, if Jim Broadbent is a natural for the Bungus part in 'Clinical Tales' I must do my best to catch up.

Quotation time ..... I promised, on finding lost books, some quotes from unusual sources .... here goes ...............

"The Eight Points for Attention are as follows:

(1) Speak politely.
(2) Pay fairly for what you buy.
(3) Return everything you borrow.
(4) Pay for anything you damage.
(5) Do not hit or swear at people.
(6) Do not damage crops.
(7) Do not take liberties with women.
(8) Do not ill-treat captives."

You've guessed it. They are from Chairman Mao's little red book, and were some of his instructions to his Army, during the Long March of some 8,000 miles.

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Kip calls. Catch you tomorrow.
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3 comments:

bungus said...

Reg’s cataract picture certainly does the trick.
I recall visiting Scotland for the first and only time (discounting Mull which is an island). It rained constantly and heavily. Sandra’s niece took us a tour of the local sights and every river we saw was that colour.

Nice Chapel Bar picture too.
While not wishing to be a spoilsport, I can appreciate that people might be concerned that the skateboarder could be seen as a danger to himself and others (cyclists, mtorcyclists?). The main problems are a lack of fear and brakes!

My infallible observation says that traffic is always down 20% in school holidays. There is, however, the possibility that it might more often be as little as 15%.
Why should we believe the AA anyway? They might have fallen off the wagon and be talking in their cups. I certainly tend to exaggerate when I’ve had a half.

'Anticoagulation clinic'.
My parents’ sisters covered in slime?

Reconstruction scenes for TV news stories don’t irritate me as they do you, but I frequently wonder about the solitary explorers who are obviously accompanied by an invisible fully-equipped camera crew and medical team. And it does annoy me when presenters of programmes that rob people of their treasures, or invite themselves in to criticise meals, are greeted as strangers on the doorstep.
But, on th eother hand, I find that Reg’s cataract picture certainly does the trick.
I recall visiting Scotland for the first and only time (discounting Mull which is an island). It rained constantly. Sandra’s niece took us a tour of the local sights and every river was that colour.


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Nice Chapel Bar picture too.
While not wishing to be a spoilsport, I can see that people might be concerned that the skateboarder could be seen as a danger to himself and others (cyclists, mtorcyclists?). The problem is a lack of brakes!

While waiting for Y and under a threatening sky I was taken by the light on this building just up Chapel Bar, if indeed it is still so called. There used to be a Gents Outfitters there, who specialised in hats, ties and cravats and things.

My infallible observation says that traffic is always down 20% in school holidays. There is, however, the possibility that it might usually be as little as 15%.
Why should we believe the AA anyway? They might have fallen off the wagon and be talking in their cups. I certainly tend to exaggerate when I’ve had a half.

'Anticoagulation clinic'.
My parents’ sisters covered in slime?

Reconstruction scenes for TV news stories don’t irritate me as they do you, but I frequently wonder about the solitary explorers who are obviously accompanied by an invisible fully-equipped camera crew and medical team. And it does annoy me when presenters of programmes that rob people of their treasures, or invite themselves in to criticise meals, are greeted as strangers on the doorstep.
But with radio, on the other hand, I often find that the pictures are out of focus.

What a pity that all armies do not follow Mao’s instructions.

anonymous rob ......
If gnome nicking was an Olympic sport, the latest round-the-world effort would have broken the previous record (and without wearing Speedos).
But perhaps RG is right and they should have taken the front doorstep or the pet moggy. (Imagine: “Puss, puss, puss, puss, puss?”).

I seem to recall seeing Jim Broadbent as Lord Longford several years ago. And yes, it was a superb performance (enough to make me forget who took the part of Myra Hindley).
But a cockney playing ME? Perish the thought.
JB was, of course, the original choice for Delboy in ‘Only Fools & Horses’ but eventually played the part of an ex copper and ex boyfriend of Del’s girlfriend/wife).

In the most unlikely event that I should take up the pastime of dogging, it would be more probably in Newfoundland (where I understand they do it under water) than in Labrador.

Now I await transport for my 3 weekly drip-trip.

Daivid said...

Mao delivers very similar sentiments to the ten commandments if you take out the ones that refer to god! They all seem to deliver a common sense approach to a civilised society.

anonymousrob said...

Whilst not wishing to denigrate Mao's Eight Points for Attention it may be pertinent that they were written when his Army was far from popular and, I assume, he was out to win hearts and minds. One way to do this, of course, is to differentiate yourself from the ruling elite and treat people with respect and dignity. Where were his Eight Points during the Cultural Revolution which, I understand, did untold damage to the country and its people.

The other day, on the Today programme I heard an article about how the Chinese had sent up rockets, just before the opening ceremony of the Olympics, to break up rain clouds. They interviewed some professor from Hong Kong who explained that the rockets disperse crystals which make it rain sooner than it would do otherwise. Thus it rained in a different place and not over the olympic stadium. There then followed speculation about how this could be used as a weapon of war by preventing arid countries receiving water. As this article ended I passed a lorry on the motorway from the firm J C Balls. Serendipity, I thought.

We missed Francesco's Mediterranean Voyage as we went to Little Den's for a viewing of the wedding cake. It looks fantastic and I wanted to try the icing and marzipan (I don't like fruit cake) but I wasn't allowed to touch it. Den said he stuck the icing and marzipan to the cake with gin!

Rob