Category Archives: Just life…

Up on the roof…

For the last couple of weeks I have been working near Victoria Station in central London, it’s been fun but I am getting bored of the commute into our fair capital. On the other hand, it does mean I’ve been able to read far more on my kindle than I have done in… oh, at least the first 18 months that I’ve owned the thing.

Admittedly I’ve only been reading the one book which has turned out to be a lot longer than I was expecting. But it has a musical that I enjoy based upon it so I figured I might as well read the book. And while knowing how the plot works has certainly helped I am impressed how much has been cut out.

For instance, there is a fairly minor character in the musical, who gets maybe, half a dozen lines near the beginning of the musical. In the book he gets a full 10%, indeed the first 10%. Having checked the wikipedia entry for this book it turns out that this is nearly 150 pages of prose… damn, I thought it was a lot.

Any how, this book that I am reading is a small novel written by Victor Hugo called Les Misรฉrables.

I think I may have it finished within the next few weeks. One of the things I do like about proper books is that you know how many pages you’ve got to read.

But back to Victoria, this is the view from the rood of the building I’m working on.

sunset over Pimlico

Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man…

You know your mind isn’t really here when you find yourself staring at books in the travel section of the library. I am one of those people that doesn’t take regular holidays, rather I wait, and wait, and wait, and then think “I’ve not really had a holiday for while have I?”. With the exception of a weekend in York to see the A4 reunion for Mallard’s 75th, I haven’t actually had a holiday since going to the Rugby World Cup back in 2011.

So I’ve been finding myself in the travel section of my local library looking at books. Where to go, where to go…??

My current thoughts are a trip to Bonnie Scotland, get up there before I need to use my passport to get in!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

There is also the interest in taking a trip on the Jacobite (the steam train that runs from Fort William – Mallaig), and a four and a half day archery tournament just over the sea, on Skye that is making the start of July very, very tempting.

The added advantage of doing the archery tournament is that I’ll get to see a few folk that I know up there. Which I think will be quite nice as I suspect I’ll not be able to talk anyone into travelling up with me. What with steam trains and archery tournaments are fairly specialist holidays!!

Putting words down…

I remember the days when I found writing words considerably easier than I do now. I don’t know what it is, but a few years back and writing seemed a whole lot easier, but recently (well, the last couple of years if I’m honest) I just stare a a blank ‘Add New Post’ screen with out a clue of what to write.

Or even worse, I get halfway through a post and then stop.


Then think, ‘God, this is rubbish’ and leave it.

Just because I am quiet…

I haven’t had a lot to say on here recently. I would normally say that this was I haven’t actual done much of interest (not strictly true) but after a friend posted “just because I don’t say much doesn’t mean I haven’t got a lot to say”, I thought, maybe I should say something as well… nonsense though it will probably be!

Alas, I’m not 100% sure that I do have a lot to say. One of those sad things that come about when the majority of my time is spent either at work or shooting. Or thinking about shooting. On occasion even thinking about work.

The thing is, it feels very much like my life has just stagnated… or, as I prefer to think of it, simply slowed down.

Maybe I’ll get round to changing up a gear… then again, maybe not! ;o)

Driving ‘long in my car…

Well, after my car spent more time at the garage than at home I was finally forced to concede that despite the fact that the only problem with my car is that *it thinks* there’s something wrong and so drops into limp mode… silly car…

So it has been replaced… and I am now a proud owner of a shiny Toyota Auris… and at this rate I think I’ll achieve what was it’s old annual mileage by the end of March!!

It has been a busy few weeks. Not only have I been having the good old Mon-Fri day job but we’ve had some weekend railway shifts over the last couple of weekends which I’ve also been doing (well, got to pay for new car!!) so I’m starting to feel it a bit now.

On the up side, I’m not working this weekend!! Instead, I’m planning on leaving to Telford about 6am Saturday, spend a full day taking photos and then after a night out in Telford it’s another 6am start it’s a drive down to The Valleys and a full day shooting before coming home… Then another early start to head back into London for a full day at the Hammersmith Apollo…

I suspect the weekend after is free for catching up with sleep… or at least is free at the moment!!

Old fashioned views…

I’ve always accepted that I hold views that some might consider rather old fashioned. This is something I’m quite happy to accept because sometimes just because something is old doesn’t mean it’s out-dated or has been superseded… though sometimes it does!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

So as I’m chatting away to a considerably younger friend of mine who was grumbling about this American boy who, despite mutual feelings of attraction, won’t go out with her because come the end of the academic year is heading back to The States. And after a bit of grumbling I was forced to through out the comment, “but I’m assuming you’re not actually looking for a husband just yet??” and the reply I got back did take me slightly by surprise..

why not…??? My main aim in life to get married and have kids… work etc is not really important to me…

Now I know a couple of people who are members of rather more traditionally bent religions whom I might expect to hold such a view, but with this not being the case I was just surprised.

Maybe I’m not as old fashioned as I thought I was…


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!!

Incidentally, the vintage electric locomotive is named ‘Sarah Siddons’ and is apparently named after a Welsh actress (5 July 1755 โ€“ 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!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

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!! ๐Ÿ˜‰

(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

Merry Christmas one and all!!

Is it too early to wish you all a very Merry Christmas…?? Considering my appalling blogging rate this year it might be an idea to wish you all a Happy New Year as well… ;o) I hope that you are all looking forward to the time of year.

I spend a most enjoyable evening, with an empty house, wrapping pressies for people and getting them all under the tree… and with a couple of days spare as well. Makes a change from wrapping them on Christmas Eve with Midnight Mass on the telly!!

I will have to admit, some of my Christmas cards might be arriving a little late… mostly due to the fact that some of them won’t be going into the post until Monday and as great as the Royal Mail is I’m not sure they’ll arrive on time… especially the ones going overseas. But some have already arrived so I’m going to take that as a win…

So, Merry Christmas to you all. Eat, drink and have fun!!

ps – and just in case…. Happy New Year!! ;o)