Monthly Archives: January 2013

LU150…

This month is the 150th anniversary of the London Underground opening and in celebration this Sunday and next there have been some steam specials running on the District/Circle from Kensington Olympia to Moorgate. I may have snuck up to High Street Kensington to catch the first couple of runs…

It was suitably busy at the station, but I think it was worth going up… I mean, when are we likely to see this again…?? Well… apart from next Sunday, obviously!!
Met1

Incidentally, the vintage electric locomotive is named ‘Sarah Siddons’ and is apparently named after a Welsh actress (5 July 1755 – 8 June 1831) who amongst other things is known for fainting at the sight of the Elgin Marbles…
Sarah Siddons

Turning the page…

Last Christmas I was given a Kindle, which was all very exciting… I very quickly broke it and had to have it replaced, but after a year I just haven’t really gotten on with it. Which is quiet annoying because as an idea I do love it, and most people that I know who have gotten themselves an e-reader all seem to enjoy them.

I’m not sure whether it’s because most of the books I like to read aren’t available as e-books… or if it’s just because I like books. The heft and feel of them, plus the way you know how far through them you are simply by having them open. I do know in the year that I’ve owned my Kindle I’ve borrowed and read more books from my local library than I have read on the e-reader. Actually… I’ve probably bought more books from the library than I have for the Kindle!! 😉

In fact, I’m not sure I’ve used my Kindle since the end of the summer but within reach of where I’m sitting I’ve got;
Out of Oz – Gregory Maguire, (l)
The Hydrogen Sonata – Ian M. Banks,
Hubble: Window on the Universe – Giles Sparrow,
Dodger – Terry Pratchett,
The Revenge of the Dwarves – Markus Heitz (l)

and on the sofa is ‘The Man From Beijing’ – Henning Mankell (l)… I say on the sofa… I had to go get it to get the spelling right!! 😉

(l) – library book

The difference in people….

I have been thinking, which is often a dangerous thing, about people and their differences. I have a friend (I did mention that this was going to be dangerous) who tweeted her successes for her 2012 resolutions… there were a number of things, most of which I’ve already forgotten about, but two things stood out. One was a fairly impressive loss in weight (though personally I think a little too much) and the other was “to have read one book”…??

And that sort of struck me. I mean, one book?? There was a part of me that almost wanted to ask if it had pictures…. I mean. I know they say that people read a lot less these days, but to require a New Years resolution to read a book…

On the up side, maybe it’ll be the first of many!!

But because this is a new start to 2013 and I shouldn’t be too grumpy about things that aren’t really important (at the end of the day), thought I’d share this attempt at a “Little Planet” photo… which would have worked better if I’d have been able to sort the sky out… but I was still pleased!!

Little Planet