We had lunch at the Old Fire Engine House in Ely today. That in itself would be worthy of a post because the food is pretty good, there’s an acceptable wine list and service is intelligent and excellent. But there’s a twist. I first went to the Old Fire Engine House sometime in 1970. That’s 50 years ago and it got me thinking. Which iconic restaurants have I visited way back and are still in business today? I say iconic (a) to narrow the field a little but also (b) to highlight ones with a certain distinctive character. There aren’t many and I can’t find one to beat 50 years.Continue reading
This month was a toss up between another butterfly and a little ego. Naturally the latter won. I last had my haircut 20 Feb 20 and this photo was taken 5 Jul 20 prior to my next haircut 8 Jul 20. I felt that I needed a record for posterity. Obviously I didn’t take this photo; all credit to Juni for framing the shot and then letting the camera take care of the rest.
The photo was taken with my Sony A77 ll with my Tamron 18-270mm lens, f5.6 at 1/200th, ISO320 and a focal length of 100mm. There’s been no post-processing, not even a crop.
It was the semi-finals of the FA Cup earlier this month and in these strange Covid times it was a pleasantly elegant pairing of clubs with both ties being London vs Manchester. Rather surprisingly perhaps Man City lost the first one to Arsenal and then Chelsea beat Man United in the second. So what?Continue reading
Monday: a freebie is always a delight and today I’ve been on the receiving end of one. It seems like a long time since the last one (maybe that’s a post for the future: 5 freebies I’ve enjoyed) but this one’s welcome on so many levels.Continue reading
It’s not new. We quite often need to determine what we will do given that there’s the possibility of a negative or improved outcome as a result. And there’s generally someone on the box, expert or otherwise, to explain it, put it into context and to provide some yardstick which might make it easier to comprehend.Continue reading
And it’s another nature photo this month. The butterfly’s a Meadow Brown.
The photo was taken with my Sony A77 ll with my Tamron 18-270mm lens, f6.3 at 1/200th, ISO100 and a focal length of 280mm (funny how that’s more than the spec of the lens).
There’s been no post processing beyond a crop to go from landscape to portrait. Perhaps I could go a little further to get rid of some of the open space at the top but that would constrain the rest of the image a little too much
I’ve been a long time supporter of the idea that you shouldn’t rewrite history, errors and omissions excepted, and I’ve got a bit of history myself: born in South Africa, 2 years living an expat life in Indonesia and then three years in Hong Kong. So you could say that I’ve experienced first hand the consequences of the colonial era and, to be honest, enjoyed it too.Continue reading
I’m not a great party goer, even less a party giver but there have been times when I’ve filled the latter role and it’s turned out rather well. They’re an eclectic mix and evoke multiple memories. It’s amazing what you remember when you set your mind to it. Sadly the photographic record is somewhat limited and even where there are photos they’re not as good as they might be.Continue reading
Every month I do a monthly report on my life as a county councillor. Rather sad I know but if you’ve got the job you need to do what goes with it.Continue reading