The Cone

A cone is a pyramid with a circular cross section. A right cone is a cone with its vertex above the center of its base.  However, when used without qualification, the term “cone” often means “right cone.”  So there.


Which way is up?

Canon EOS 5, Ilford 200 ISO



Too much colour stuff but I only had colour stuff on me that day.  No Ilford, just Fujicolour.

This lot are called The Stillwells.  They played an interesting acoustic guitar rock with a female vocalist who adds some smutty lyrics. Worth a listen although the band is no more.  They are another worthy entry in the annals of bands who have a go but don’t quite make it.  Glad to have caught them.


Tyne Bridge


Time to Redecorate

The writing is on the wall; it says ‘redecorate.’

peeling-paintbrick-wall abstract-(9)

Super Sunday

In celebration of this year’s Superbowl, here are some images from the 2008 NFL game held at Wembley between the New Orleans Saints and the San Diego Chargers.


The fans were in fine mood.  Unlike many sporting events, the crowd was unpartisan.  The ages of the London crowd went from school child to pensioner and the atmosphere was great.  There seemed to be shirts from every NFL team and lots of college, World League and Britball teams as well.

This is New Orleans quarterback Drew Brees taking the snap.

One of the issues with the UK broadcast of the Superbowl is the international commentary you often get.  As broadcasters believe that lots of new people who don’t know the rules will be watching, they use a dumbed down play by play which explains what’s going on.  The biggest game of the year and you get told what a forward pass is.  Can you imagine watching the FA Cup and the commentator tells you why the referee has a whistle?

Also, you tend to get ‘special guests.’  All year long, the TV company has coped with two men in the studio but now it feels the  need to bring in an ex player or two to change the atmosphere.  Even worse is the guest without football experience.  Don Johnson springs to mind as an example of a guest who spent four hours in the Sky Sports studio with only his experience of Miami Vice to see him through.

Chinese Dancer

Unusually for me, a colour picture.

A dancer taken at last year’s Chinese New Year celebrations.  The cloth is a stark contrast to the rest of the costume which is quite ornate and the striking make up.

This year it’s the Year of the Tiger starting on 14th February and festivities can go on for up to fifteen days in some parts of the world.


A cloud is a visible mass of droplets, in other words, little drops of water or frozen crystals suspended in the atmosphere above the surface of the Earth.  The condensing substance is typically water vapor, which forms small droplets or ice crystals, typically 0.01 mm (0.00039 in) in diameter. When surrounded by billions of other droplets or crystals they become visible as clouds.





These lights were taken from a moving car late one night (passenger seat, obviously).  I kept the shutter open for a few seconds and this is what it recorded.  – a smear of the city lights going past.

Canon EOS5, Ilford Film.

Medieval People

This medieval reenactment enthusiast is walking around the grounds of a castle playing a period instrument.  I’m not sure what it is but it might be simply called the Medieval Bagpipes – I should have been paying more attention.

This medieval babe is playing a lute.  This gentleman is also dressed in period costumer.  He appears to be taking a sly glance at his peers, perhaps thinking up some intrigue at court?