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Apols

for the lack of posts - the weather has been a bit pantish and therefore few if any pictures have been taken. I shall be back with more in the New Year. Meanwhile you will no doubt have been fascinated to notice that I have posted slightly more frequently in 2006 than in 2005 - see stats, right> (you have to click on the little arrow to close up the tree and get the stats together).

Last one from tonight I promise

More Fog, More London, More Eye

London Eye again, also with Fog

London Eye again

Building Art

South Bank pollarded

South Court, Store Street 11th December 06

Tuesday: One All

On the plus side, the nice lady at Sainsbury's showed me how to open the new bags after you have taken them from the stand at the checkout, so the day hasn't been a complete waste of everybody's time. Less positively, Amazon continue to astound with their appalling service: just how long does it take to deliver a tiny pair of headphones? Weeks, apparently: order placed 27th November. Arrival? Erm, not yet. The fact that they have them down as weighing a kg might, of course, have something to do with it and may also explain why they are charging £5.00 for postage. The things in question? These:

I really am going to be shafted, of course, if they do weigh a key.

More Products: The Business Card

Welcome to the Venice of the East

The smell was the same but there, I'm afraid, the similarities ended.

India 1993 / 4

Iranian Visitor

Hello to Mrs Lemon's Iranian visitor, whoever you are - if you can provide a link to any blog you have out there I'd be happy to host it and have a read / look over any pictures (tho' my ability with Parsi is non-existent and my Arabic is limited to samak, biss and fundug which makes for very short conversations).

Fishing Equipment, Cochin, India, early 1990s

T-shirt 3

T-shirt design 2

T-shirt anyone?

Photoshop Layers

Layers. For a minute there I thought I had the hang of them but no, they've popped off out of my increasingly befuddled brain. Anyway, while they stayed I was able to complete the above, my interpretation of how the British Museum might look in a thousand years.

Aww ain't he cute? (title courtesy of MySpace etc etc)

One more from the weekend

You might think this is underexposed but that is the way I like it.

On the Beach

Crosby 2nd Dec 06

Eco lighting 2

West End 28th Nov 06

Unretouched.

Eco lighting? Sth Bank 28th Nov 2006

Incoming, Seaton, Cornwall, 25th November 2006

Tamar 26th November 2006

Union Inn, Saltash, 26th Nov 06

Tamar, 26th Nov 06

Storm Clouds over the Tamar, 26th Nov 06

Tree Rats? Oh I think not.

OMG how cute is that?! (This title taken from MySpace)

You can almost see his little nose twitching...

A'dam 19th November 2006

A'dam 19th November 2006. Imperative #2

A'dam 19th November 2006. 2nd thoughts?

A'dam 19th November 2006

A'dam 19th November 2006

A'dam 19th November 2006. Shared lunch.

A'dam 19th November 2006. Back to the 70s?

Enjoyment 16; Life 8.

12 - 6.30 a.m. sleep.
6.30 - 7.15 a.m. Fight off the inevitable.
7.16 - 8.15 a.m. Get "ready" for work. Wonder if God ever had to do any ironing.
8.17 - 8.23 a.m. Walk to station. 89% of this time spent standing waiting for lights to change on 316. Pray I don't meet anyone I know.
8.something or other depends when the train driver makes it - 9.00 a.m. Standing two inches from other slaves and broiling (winter - air con off; summer - air con not working; windows - not openable since installation of air con). At Pretoria a.k.a. Putney listen to braying £75,000 p.a.-ers tell me to "move down the train". Move down the train.
9.00 - 9.15 queue for bendy bus + bendy bus journey. No longer catching fire. More standing up unless I want to take one of the seats made for midgets. Or is it dwarves? (Dwarfs? Sp?).
9.15 - 12.30 Work. And coffee.
12.30 - 1.30 Lunch.
1.30 - 5.45 Work. And tea.
5.45 - 6.15 Walk in rain to Waterloo.
6.15 - whenever train turns up. Throw cash at…

Animalia

How simple it must be to be an animal. No dealing with humans, no answering the phone. Food, sex, sleep, rearing youngsters and going to the toilet. No ironing, worrying about aging, no fretting about what you said the day before in that social situation / work scenario in which you were uncomfortable. No more standing on packed trains wondering which of your fellow commuters had a bad Chinese the night before. No more wishing you had a gun when you were in Oxford St.

Car Thieves - Us or Them?

The BBC reports that car hire companies are going to start taking thumb prints when you pick up your vehicle from their offices (special shout out to those car hire companies at Galway Airport btw - there you also have to pay an "airport surcharge". Nice. You mean we could avoid the surcharge by walking the 15 miles into town? How kind). I suggest the tables are turned and that when you phone one of these nasty companies you warn their licensed thief I mean sales rep that you are going to record the call. You also then run a lie detector and watch it explode when you ask about all inclusive insurance. "Oh no sir, no problem - that is the price you will pay" is what you hear on the phone; when you turn up at the office the price you were quoted is with an excess that exceeds the total value of your home.

Sth Bank again

Great Euphemisms of our Time no. 49: Standby Mode

Variants of this euphemism include "sleep" and "hibernate" modes. They all mean the same thing though: Stand by, your computer is going to be borked.
After attempting to enter this "mode" you will have to pull the plug and start it again as it never works. Also known as "f*ck the environment, they'll have to leave their PC on" mode.

One more mystery solved

Want to see what a man with a firework firing out of his anus looks like? Well thanks to the glory that is the Interwebs, at last you can.
Having watched the video you may well not be terribly surprised to learn that said gentleman is currently in his local hospital.

Moonlit Thames 6th November 2006

Stalinist States

Left and right come full circle, it seems, in the USA where there are complaints about draconian new travel measures (see Mrs Lemon's passim). This time, however, it is slightly more serious as Old Right reports:

Forget no-fly lists. If Uncle Sam gets its way, beginning on Jan. 14,2007, we'll all be on no-fly lists, unless the government gives us permission to leave-or re-enter-the United States.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (HSA) has proposed that all
airlines, cruise lines-even fishing boats-be required to obtain
clearance for each passenger they propose taking into or out of the
United States.

Old Right (forgive me, I know nothing about them, their site not normally being somewhere I would go for a read, although in these changing times perhaps a rethink is required) goes on:

When the DHS system comes into effect next January, if the
agency says "no" to a clearance request, or doesn't answer the
request at all, you won't be permitted to enter-or leave…

Heron 5th November 2006

Thames Traffic 3rd November 2006

No liability?

Ah, the dear, sweet, liberal folk over at the Guardian. You will want the Ricky Gervais podcast but you won't like the EULA-style nonsense that goes with it:

GNM will not be liable for any damage or loss suffered by any person relating to or resulting from the use or download of the podcast and GNM accepts no liability for infection by virus or other contamination or by anything that has destructive properties. You may not copy, reproduce, alter, republish, broadcast, make available to the public or otherwise use the podcast except for your personal, non-commercial use.

(Where "GNM" is Guardian News and Media). So it goes like this: Here's a podcast that, were it stuffed with malware, spyware or a trojan or two, we would disclaim all responsibility for. Nice. And probably completely bogus.

UPDATE: No liability, either, I suspect, when the 23rd Nov Shameless American Tie-in Thanksgiving Download doesn't (download that is).

Safe in their hands

At nj.com they have news that security staff at Newark airport "failed 20 of 22 security tests conducted by undercover U.S. agents last week, missing an array of concealed bombs and guns at checkpoints throughout the hub's three terminals". Good news if you want to get a gun or bomb on board, bad if you like a bottle of drinking water with you when you fly.

Light Pollution

Ghost Runners

Skater, South Bank

South Bank London

South Bank London

Car Crash Gerberas 2

Seat, Kew

Temple of Bellona, Kew

Car Crash Gerberas