Thursday, April 17, 2014

Hanging Out over London

The blossom is out down South and I pay a weekend visit to Miss N in the smoke.

Apple blossom at Clapham
A short Northern line tube ride takes us to the South Bank
The seat of coalition power and the Houses of Parliament in the background.
Miss N spotted an addition to Henry Beck's map - a cable car connection between the Royal Docks and the Greenwich penninsular
A DLR ride later...
A short inter-modal walk later (not forgetting to Oyster scan out)...
Are we dealing with SI units or what?  m and ft?
We hit cruisng altitude of 95m and I spot the runway of the docklands airport.
Our gondola is buzzed by a BAe 146
Fine views to the west, the dome thing and Canary Wharf
The glorious Deptford gasometer
And to the east, the Thames barrier
Looking south, the London that I know and grew up in dominated by the the Crystal Palace and Norwood Hill TV transmitters
These Japanese tourists trying to find onward tarnsport links from the dome thing got somewhat lost by the looks of it.
The edifices of near failed parastic financial services - Canary Wharf from Greenwich penninsular as we look for a 188 bus to take us to Greenwich village.

We drive by bus through Greenwich village towards the Royal Maritime Museum  - the London marathon event is being set up for tomorrow

Lunch is a dome thing mega burger eaten al fresco.

The Emirates Air Line is worth a journey on a clear day and it gives a contrasting set of east London views compared to the London Eye.  The Greenwich penninsular is a little bleak and dominated by the dome thing, with high grockle factor resulting in long queues for restaurants. We managed to find a bus to take us to Greenwich village and sat open air by the river to eat lunch in a more relaxed and congenial atmosphere.  The river bus took us back to Waterloo.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Springtime in Athens


A flying visit to inspect the estate, the weekend visit to Athens was quite pleasant thanks.

Πλατεία Νέας Σμύρνης
A sundowner watching the aperitif go down (This pun does not translate well into Greek)

το σπίτι μου
βελτιώσεις στην ηλεκτρική ασφάλεια
παντού πήγα είδα Αφρική δίδυμα
Θεμιστοκλής γαρνιρισμένη σε κουτσουλιές
αλιευτικό σκάφος στο λιμάνι της Ζέας
δύο γεννήτριες σκατά απολαμβάνοντας τον ήλιο
κοίτα τι σας είπα μια Africa Twin και πάλι!
πετούν τα ψάρια και τα τσιπ
επιστρέψει στο αεροδρόμιο στο νέο σταθμό του μετρό
στο επόμενο επεισόδιο ένα ταξίδι σε μια γερμανική autojumble!

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

My Very First Honda

Never let me down and always started first pull.

Friday, March 28, 2014

One off the Bucket List

I have been intrigued from birth by the underwater world.  From early days I snorkeled in the bath and watched Jacque Cousteau's documentary films - The Silent World.  Many holidays in Greece were spent tracking jelly fish in the bays of Thermosifonos and other Greek islands previously occupied by the Italians and Ottomans. I wondered at the sponge divers of Kalymnos and their funny shuffling mihanikos dance and catchy song darla dirladada  Listen here in serbo croat----->SONG

Naturally then I jumped at the opportunity of diving into a 6m deep pit somewhere near York wearing proper equipment euphemistcally known as "standard diving dress".

Here is the Siebe Gorman admiralty pattern 6 bolt diving helmet
Discretion being the better part of valour, and claiming a potential "bad back" when advised that the diving dress weighs in at 67kg (including boots),  I moved myself to the back of the queue.

Here is the lovely Lisa being dressed by adoring dressers whilst her partner looks on
The spit cock - allows water in to allow the diver to demist the window.
Air is fed into the helmet through a surface supplied air hose and via a one way valve - this late innovation ensures that the hapless diver is not sucked up the hose when it is severed by a passing car ferry. 
No flippers here - strictly lead boots one size fits all
The whole dressing process takes around 30 minutes and requires at least 2 tenders.  The boots are applied just before the helmet.  The air rushes in as is quite loud.  There is no way to equalise the ears from pressure increase whilst descending down the ladder other than jaw wiggling and yawning.  Quite how the sponge divers of Kalymnos managed jumping off a caique escapes me.

Simulated view out

sponges and diver
Marathon man - found on the sea bed by sponge diver near Anti Kythera.

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

The Same Procedure as Every Year

Well almost...

Mrs N is a giraffe and I'm a cow.

And I was given plenty of advice on milking techniques during the Wiesbaden Helau Carneval Parade thank you so much

In other news:

Discovered in a second hand shop in Biebrich costing €0.66 - was this album Joan Baez's nemesis or is this a "music for pleasure" lookalike?

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Getting it Up

 Further to my previous I have been doing some post purchase internet research on Tipis:

Look like Germans installing the beer cooler

Outoor "Tipi Compact" Tent:
The "Tipi" - named after the Native American Indian tents (meaning "they dwell" = literal translation from the language of the Lakota, a Sioux indian tribe) - is very common in Europe today, especially in Scandinavia. It is chiefly characterised by its enormous height and is very spacious by design. The laborious and time-consuming process of pitching this tent using lots of poles is thankfully a thing of the past. The single central pole facilitates straightforward, speedy pitching, which one person can manage alone.
The central pole is erected, the guy ropes are fixed with pegs and that's it!
With this tent, which boasts Outdoor typical high quality, you and your crew will be sitting comfortably round the campfire long before the others are finished pitching their tents in the dusk.
Features and specification:
  • High-quality single-skin tent
  • Space for up to 6 people
  • Guy ropes and sewn-on loops ensure stability even in windy weather
  • Quick and easy to pitch by yourself
  • Always a comfortable climate thanks to peripheral and roof ventilation
  • Max. standing height: 2,50 m
  • Diameter at base: 4 m
  • Pack size: (WxHxD) 74 cm x 24 cm x 24 cm
  • Weight: approx. 9.5 kg
  • Hydrostatic head rating: 1,500 mm/cm²
  • Material: outer tent 100% polyester, tent floor polyethylene (waterproof)
  • Colour: olive/black

Friday, January 3, 2014

New Year Resolution

Happy New Year to you all!

Due to financial stress caused to the mighty Nikos World empire by the thieving Greek government, I resolve this year to go camping:

Bought for €59.99 at Louis Fun company in the post Christmas sales I may have blundered somewhat as I see that there appears to be a ventilation gap between the ground sheet and the tent.  The initial attraction of this tent is that I can stand up in it (height 2,50m) and lay in it (diameter 4m). Looks like I will also get wet in it and then freeze to death.

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