Sunday, December 21, 2014

I am the Walrus

The 2014 model making season was not as productive as i would have liked though there were a couple of really nice completed projects (and a couple which were not that good to be honest). The season ended with a refurbishment however. Project #019 from way back in 2011 suffered a mishap which detached its top wing. As i repaired it i though i would give it a fresh coat of varnish, giving it the glossier look i prefer these days rather than its original matt varnish finish. The Walrus looks pretty good, i might refurbish a few more old projects next year.

10 years of blogging

The exact first blog post i wrote has long been lost but i've been blogging regularly since 2005 so i guess we can mark 10 years of blogging next year. Most of my blogs have been on the Blogger platform like this one though for a time i had a habit of changing my mind about blogs frequently,  continually creating new ones and deleting the old. These days though i just leave the old ones to gather digital dust. A couple of examples are A Meta Blog which dates from 2008-9 and Daily Wild Flower from 2009.

My oldest living blog is my canal blog which began in 2009, it is still updated 3 times a week. When i began blogging it was pretty niche, then became mainstream and everyone and their dog had a blog, now blogging is seen as rather passé as the kool kids have moved onto Instagram or whatever is cool nowadays but i am ploughing gamely on and blogging on. I tend to use blogging platforms as a poor man's CMS in any event and seldom talk about what i have had for dinner.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Review of 2014 : August

The Summer rolled on, and the Commonwealth Games came and went sparking some happy memories for me of London 2012. One thing i did not do this year though was watch any live sport for the first time in a number of years, everything was on the TV.

A trip to Banbury was made this month, i like the place and Oxfordshire in particular as my ancestry there can be traced back to the 17th century! I also made my second visit of the year to the Severn Valley Railway, this time just going as far as Bewdley. I also took my Mum to London for her birthday, i had long promised to take her there and she took to the tube very quickly, using her Oystercard like she had been born there.

Artist of the month was Bob Dylan.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Review of 2014 : July

So July was a new start work wise, now in Solihull not Worcester. The job was similar but seemed a much nicer place and so far (fingers crossed of course) that has proven to be the case! Working at a business park and not in a city centre means there is a lot less to do at lunchtime, though it also means that are far fewer temptations to part me from my cash.

In a change from my usual photography practice where photos of trains were incidental and taken while (usually) going to a canal i began to do some dedicated railway photoshoots starting at Barnt Green. I also returned to Stratford for the river festival and made my long overdue visit to Coventry Transport Museum. I also returned to Perry Barr for the first time in over a year. I couldn't return or go anywhere near BCU for a long time but the pain has healed by now and i visited my old canal haunt and drove past my old workplace. Interestingly my ex-colleagues have now moved to the city centre at long last.

Artist of the month was Phil Reynolds And The Dearly Departed.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Review of 2014 : June

As we reached the Summer this Summer was very different to last year's which i spent mostly at home sweating while watching the Ashes on TV. I finished working in Worcester, the last 6 months had overall been good. I like Worcester a lot though the company i was working for not so much, though the people i worked with were great and i miss them.

As i had a week off before my new job started i decided to visit the Severn Valley Railway, i had been once before when i was a boy but never since and as my nightly commute through Kidderminster meant that i passed the SVR every day i thought it was high time i returned. Well i fitted 3 more visits to the great preserved line later in the year but thats a story for another day. I also went to the Plantbrook Nature Reserve, somewhere within walking distance of where i live but also somewhere nearby i really should visit more than i actually do.

In the middle of the month i had my graduation for my Masters which finally bought to an end 9 years of Open University study for me. I might do another course in future perhaps but have no plans at the moment. Artist of the month was Ane Brun for her haunting song that played during the final series of Wallander. The final episode was the first TV show to make me cry since... well the last episode of Wallander series 1 when Stefan died.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Review of 2014 : May

May saw me visit London again and do another long canal and waterway walk in East London, starting at Blackwall and ending with a trip aboard some visiting German Navy warships! The month ended with a second interview for a job in Solihull and this one was successful. However i didn't leave my Worcester job until the end of June.

One notable event towards the end of the month was being evacuated from my home because of a bomb scare! I did start gardening this month at last though did not do a lot, my usual meagre pea crop. I grew some chilli pepper plants indoors and they did quite well and lasted until the end of the year when they were killed off by the cold. I used quite a few of the chilli peppers from the plants, mostly on pizza.

Artist of the month was the wonderful When Nalda Became Punk.