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Dropping a Few Names

Dropping Names Sometimes I think dropping names is an odious thing to do. However I am going to make a list of the well known, famous, infamous (do I know any of these?) and perhaps people who aren’t famous but … Continue reading

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A brief encounter with David Hockney

I am writing this because some time ago Hockney, a devoted smoker, reported to the press that he thought smokers might be less likely to become infected with Coronavirus.   I think it was 1970 give or take a year.  … Continue reading

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The King Rufus – Eling, Hampshire

A hidden gem of a country public house My friend Andy and I on Friday night decided that we should have an afternoon out away from the confines of Milford-on-Sea and Lymington where we normally hang out. I suggested Eling … Continue reading

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Tuna – a tapenade take

I have always been quite fond of tinned tuna but my repertoire didn’t go much beyond a basic salade Niçoise wonderful as it is. Recently I have been doing a lot of snacking. I thought I would dream up a … Continue reading

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Pasta tomato and roasted red pepper salad

Pasta with tomatoes and roasted red pepper. This recipe was devised as a bit of a take on John West’s Mediterranean tuna salad. I like the above salad but I needed larger quantities and I also wanted a bit more … Continue reading

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Back again after a long time

I have been remiss in not contributing to this blog for ages, years in fact. The last couple of years have been interesting, I mean interesting in the scenes of the Chinese curse “may you live in interesting times”. My … Continue reading

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Chaat Masala

Many years ago (late sixties) when I was a student in Birmingham a new up market Indian restaurant opened in New Street, one of Birmingham’s main retail thoroughfares. It was in my mind anyway rather ludicrously named the Gaylord Indian … Continue reading

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Easy Russian Salad

Recently I felt nostalgic for tinned Russian Salad. I can’t remember which company supplied them might have been Heinz or possibly Crosse and Blackwell. What I recall was something like a macedoine of vegetables but with a salad cream/ mayonnaise … Continue reading

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Lunchtime at the Pig

Thursday 13th of March we went to the Pig. It should have been the previous day had it not been that Jersey Airport was closed owing to impossibly snowy conditions. I had not been to the Pig before yet I … Continue reading

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Great at first sight – Firstsite Colchester

The beginning of the title of this blog is borrowed from Rowan Moore of the Guardian / Observer. A neat pun which expresses some of his caution about the architecture. As an ex curator myself (Minories – Ikon Gallery) I … Continue reading

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The Number Four

I was listening to Alex Bellos on favourite numbers on Radio 4 and was fascinated to know that he had created a survey website asking people for views on their favourite numbers.  http://www.favouritenumber.net I went to this and informed that … Continue reading

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City of contrasts – Birmingham UK

Chinatown Canal, Birmingham This photo was taken in Summer Row close to where the old Birmingham College of Art Experimental Workshop would have been. Only a stone’s throw away from the brash new city centre. Note the contrast between old … Continue reading

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A quiet place in the New Forest

Royal Oak North Gorley Fo peace and quiet go to North Gorley, 2 miles south of Fordingbridge.  There is a small plain with wild cattle, horses and donkeys, tranquil ponds and a thatched pub. The pub serves good food and … Continue reading

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One of the dirtiest cars seen

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Signsmith van

Seen in Lymington on Easter Day.

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Another couple of Jersey tractors

Seen last August. I just love these old salty workhorses.

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Kooky flower pots

Near to the skip that I have photographed in Milford-on-Sea, Hampshire, England, are these kooky teapot flower pots.

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Skip in colour

This is the same skip as shown in the Zenit blog.  It’s quite organic -seems to grow and change every day. Oh, it’s not taken on the Zenit – this is on a Fuji Finepix AV, 14 megapixels.

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More Zenit b&w

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Citroën H Type light truck

This truck is owned by a painter and decorator, Ray Barrett.  It has been seen in Southern Road, Lymington, where he is working on a house exterior. It is in beautiful condition.  I don’t know if this was an original … Continue reading

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