Walk / Don’t Walk?

I woke up this morning with the theme tune to “Sykes” in my head – its a TV sitcom from the 70s which we used to watch growing up. The show starred Eric Sykes, and Hattie Jacques as his sister, then there was Corky, the local bobby, + Mr Brown, the next door neighbour. All excellent character actors and very funny too! 

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Those characters remind me of the old Giles cartoons, they appeared daily in a newspaper from God knows, before the war, till way into the 70s – there were crazy looking characters like Granny, a sturdy looking victorian lady, and Chalky, the school teacher, Aunt Vera, a skinny woman who always had a cold, hence the hanky! There was a lot of love for the people in those cartoons, and in Sykes’ TV show too. 

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If you click this link, and click the random image button, you can see random Giles cartoons which show the way we lived over those 50yrs or so, amazing! So much has changed!


Eric Sykes was such a great guy, I don’t know him and never met him, but you can tell he’s a good guy just by the roles he played and the way he did them. Sykes, like a lot of his generation had been in WW2, thats how you got comedians like Spike Milligan, Peter Sellars, (and without doubt loads of others) I just looked up Sykes and it does say he started out entertaining troops – doesn’t surprise me at all.

Anyhow, I watched all those growing up, then years later, I saw an old film on TV called “One Way Pendulum” Sykes was in it, and some other guy who had some speak your weight machines in his attic which he was teaching to sing! LMAO That was a very funny idea for a story! By the end of it, he had them all swinging the Hallelujah Chorus! 😀

Go forward to 37mins, and you’ll see the singing weighing machines! 😀 😀

The last performance by Sykes which I saw was in the film “The Others” thats a pretty good film, perhaps he was thinking back to his memories of those war ghosts, thats a pretty chilling film that.


Later today, I had this little bit of song in my head going “Walk don’t walk, Talk don’t Talk” and I thought, what was that? Then I remembered, Boomtown Rats, “Rat Trap” well its like its from a completely different era – but its only a few years after!


Choice Selections!

There’s a time to live and a time to die, and as you get older, you realise if its your time – then its your time, and if its not – its not. 

Of course you still don’t really know which is which, so this wisdom is pretty useless!

I’m hovering over buying this triple CD by Hawkwind, its not that cheap to buy, but I’ve been in the market for some more Hawkwind for quite a few years, and I think this one could be the answer. 

So, you may be asking, who what why in the name of all thats unholly is Hawkwind? Well, they are of course a rock group, and will be in their 50th year in 2019 – wow! They didn’t really come onto my radar till 1986, when I went to the Reading Rock festival, specifically to see the Stranglers, but Hawkwind were headlining. This I felt was a bit of a crime, (I thought the Stranglers should have been top of the bill, after all, they had more hits, and were basically, better!) So anyhow, I watched the Stranglers, and it was really really something, the old numbers were hard rocking, and the newer ones came over very well within the set – I remember the moment they played “Always the Sun” the sun had just about set and the waves of Hugh’s guitar seemed to waft into my bonce causing something beautiful to occur. 

After that, Hawkwind came on, suddenly the crowd trebled in size, there was dancing and merriment, but I found it all rather irritating! What was the point of all this? Brains which could be filled with richness were instead turning to mush! Oh, some of it was interesting, at one point I was going to leave, as I walked through the crowd, towards the back of the field and the numbers were finally thinning out, I thought, no, this is silly, watch some more – I did, and it did get better, but I still wondered how 30,000 people (or whatever it was) could be so wrong!

This is from the actual one I was at – it later came out as a record – this segment has some lovely riffing on it – I’m in that crowd, with “the hump” cos its not Stranglers  🙂

Well, years passed, I’d still got my Stranglers records, (I still have them now), so what of Hawkwind? Well, lets see now, I was 22 in 1986, and by I think 98’ I’d done my degree so I must have begun that in 94’ at which point I’d have been 30 – Quite a lot had happened in that space between 22 – 30, I’d had about another 6 or 8 jobs, lived in about 6 different places, and finally somehow become a bit of an unemployed hobo dropout. 

Someone from the utube comments “If cannabis doesn’t cause brain damage, how come they all listen to Hawkwind?” Haha, I thought that was funny! 

The 3CD collection I’m going for has Ginger Baker playing drums on it, oddly perhaps, I don’t really associate GB with drugs, tho his drug use has been historically prolific, his playing is actually something rather special. I would go so far as to say he was the best drummer they ever had, tho not necessarily the best for the band, I think he may well have injected something new into them! LOL (I don’t mean that the way it sounds) GB in a documentary said he took heroin in order to learn new ways of drumming – I don’t think I’d go that far to improve my art, not even when I was young and crazy!

This is Hawkwind with Ginger Baker on drums

Everyone has to die someday, we all know that right? I mean, if I was to go to a party, I’d make sure I didn’t die there, common sense right? But for some people, thats the last thing they worry about – life’s a lottery! Some would say you go through all your life and you never met Jesus? Well, why would I? 

This song just popped into my mind! 😀

VNV Nation!

Hi, I was wondering if you have a few moments to talk about VNV Nation? Well, they’ve been going a while, and the VNV stands for “Victory not Vengeance” – the music is dancey inspirational sort of stuff, there are about 10 albums or so, the latest just released the other day, the first in 5yrs. 

 Its a new world now I think, I remember when I first heard them they were going into a sort of eco friendly phase, warnings about a dying world, and how we can all make it better – then it went into a new phase as the Iraq war took off and everything got darker. Before the Eco phase it was more romantic era I think, with songs like Beloved and so forth, but what do I know? I’m not a huge fan or anything, I just found myself surrounded by people who liked them, and got into it that way. Actually I was just thinking, what would ones musical taste be like if you were never influenced by others? Perhaps I’d only like banging noises and crashes of things like saucepans being dropped on the floor? Like really random? How do you know what is your musical taste, and what is other peoples influence over you? Same with art – I like a handful of artists enough to know I’m influenced, the rest are just on a scale of dross right up to quite interesting. Anyhow, I do like VNV Nation (I think) Ronan, the guy who writes the stuff amazes me – all that music what he done, its amazing! 

Hmmm, donuts are nice! 

Best thing about VNV Nation is probably the live performances, Ronan is never really happy till everyone is dancing, and isn’t it just the sort of thing you can’t stand still to? Well thats certainly true of the dancey ones, there’s always one or 2 floor fillers on each album, I guess they are there for the people who like to dance – dancing is pretty good isn’t it? 

This ones a bit of a lecture lyric wise, its called Chrome, I think its like a bit of a religious influence, Ronan is Irish, so its a bit like all that huh?

This one is called Arena, its another spiritual one, the music is so beautiful, and the lyrics too!

This is the one everyone likes the most, probably their biggest hit, its called Beloved

This is one of the ones I went too, (not my footage) but I remember it so well, they played a blinding set, then came back on and did Electronaught as a final encore – VNV are amazing live! People dance like its a rave!

Acting out

Today the bike and I are celebrating 70,000 miles – this is a big moment, for months I have been saying the bike has done 70k, but in reality, this was only finally achieved the morning, here’s a  photo I took last night


I actually saw the 70,000 clock around on the way to work this morning, As you can see there was just one more mile to go at that point, so as I clocked the magical 70k miles figure  I was thinking about how there is no stopping of time, not even for a bike – 

Talking of not letting go of moments, I was thinking about this girl from 20 odd yrs ago, she walked up and laughingly said “You’re not letting me go are you?” Well I ruminated over this, because I had no idea who she was or why she felt captive, its not like its every day someone approaches me that way. I’m actually quite caustic and unapproachable ordinarily, there is an inner obstinacy which always precedes me, but its true, I’m also retentive, and don’t let things go easily.

I was doing a teacher training course (for FE) at that time, it hadn’t gone well, About 6 months or so later, a girl again appeared on my viewing horizon and declared that I was never going to succeed as a teacher, and I ought to come and live with her, as she had a studio in her garden – I wonder now if it was the same person? Most likely it was – why didn’t I recognise her? I believe that I didn’t because she didn’t appear to be the same person – some people, if you can see their soul, if they reveal it, and if that soul has changed the next time you see them, of course you won’t recognise them. I was working too hard back then, nowadays I’m not working hard enough, cos I’m doing this aren’t I?!?

So anyhow, I thought she was off her rocker, I was interested, but this other guy who was with me at the time got rid of her for me, not realising that actually, I’m not Jesus, (that guy, fuck me, what a nut case he was!) I’m a lot less crazy now than I was back then, by comparison, its ludicrous, this guy was a grown man of about 50, telling a 30y/o all this nonsense like I cared!

I wish I’d found out more about that girl, woman, lady whatever, I should imagine she was a divorcee, with a sizeable estate to boot – but really, I’d have liked to know more about who she was, and why she picked me – what really inspired her? It took some bravery on her part to approach me that way twice, she deserved a better reception. What different levels / wavelengths we are all on, at different times. 

So – should we celebrate just that moment, or all day – like a birthdate? As for myself, I don’t know what time of day I was born, I never really found the opportunity to ask, (it seems a little inappropriate somehow) if I did I could take note at say 8:36 AM – thats probably the sort of thing I’d do – I wouldn’t have been born at all if I’d been fully awake I’m sure! 

New album out today by Kero Kero Bonito! (I saw her supporting Saint Etienne on a previous blog) she was great 🙂

The Wrong Trousers


I bought these trousers off the internet, right bargain, £125. instead of £270. (They are motorbike trousers) I’d already got the matching jacket, which was a good price at £185 instead of £230. or so – well the trousers arrived, they were in my size (L) and yet they were way too tight! I could hardly believe it, so I put them on and set off to try them out, but it was murder, causing severe abdominal cramps, bleeding and eventually death, so I had to admit, they didn’t fit – they had to go back – unfortunately, I had removed the tags, so very cleverly I bought a pack of tags off eBay (£1.)  reattached and returned them successfully – I then ordered the next size up (XL) from another vendor at £185. (still cheaper than full price £279.) I had to wait about a week, but I was eager to get them and was very disappointed when they sent me size L in error! Argh! So I’d have to return those too. This time I hadn’t removed the tags, so that should have been easy, but it wasn’t. The collection from my place had to be cancelled due to a funeral taking place – we had been asked by the neighbour to keep our narrow the street clear from 9-5 in order for a procession to pass. It then proved very difficult to get the company to return a second time for the wrong trousers collection – in the end, I convinced them and they went back. Now I wait in eternal torment, till I finally get my trousers in a size which may or may not fit!

In other news, I had this blog idea, about Love, with which to share with you, my esteemed readers, you see I had a very vivid dream about it a week or 2 ago, and thought I’d just set this out here for your perusal and elucidation, but sadly, my brain has since disposed of most of the precious info – the basics of the epiphanic lucidation was that in dreams, Love is quite different from the reality we are more used to!

One of the songs from the Simple Minds do that I recently went to which stuck with me was See the Lights – 

Well that was the gist of it – extraordinary really don’t you think?

This was more the sort of thing I used to listen too when I was a young romantic! 

But I liked stuff like this too:

Well thats another perspective, I always had a secret soft spot for Donna Summer

Its a bit outrageous IMO, I don’t really approve, but it just came into my head, so its going in!

Now I was just walking by a busker doing Mrs Robinson by Art and Garfunkel, but it was so dreadful, I recalled the Lemonheads brilliant version!

For reasons unknown to me, I occasionally get a Phill Collins song stuck in my head, not surprising I suppose, since he was permanently plaguing the charts in the 80’s – anyhow, its this one:

If you played that thru, I offer my condolences – WTF??

Oh yeah, this was meant to be about Love  – I like Gloria Estefan songs like Reach Higher is a good one, 

But you cant beat Heart! Its got the lyric “We walked in the garden, we planted a tree” You cant beat it! I’m quite moved! 😀 


Edit for new trousers!

I finally got the new pants / trousers through the post last Monday, they are a pretty good fit, for my fat belly, thing is, the pairs that I had the were too small were only small in the belly, but I liked the cut in the legs, now these ones are 3XL the legs are a bit more baggy than I’d have liked, its not as if my legs are fat, just my tummy – who has fat legs?? Do they just size up and up the whole thing? Anyhow, they aren’t too bad, the jacket is XL, not cos of my belly tho, it was the forearms which were a bit tight on the size L, so I went for XL, in the pants, I do have a soft belly, so its not like I’m riding around with a six pack going argh, I don’t care cos my belly is so tough! If one were to stroke my belly, I would actually purr, thats just the way my belly is, very soft and sensitive! Check it out, its a bit frightening actually not doing myself any favours here!



Bloody Hell !!!

Merry Xmas!

Just a quick one here – I was just sat at work thinking about this group “Cast” that I went and saw a few yrs ago, they played at Leeds Brundell club at xmas 2013, and I might have gone to that, but it sold out before I got organised, so I saw them the following years a couple of times and it was really good.

Its this sort of thing:

But also more moody ones like this:

But this is the best one:

I really like energetic music, I get quite excited 🙂  You have to imagine it being really loud, the drums were going Thump Thump Thump , and the guitar jangle jangle, and the guys voice was like really loud too, he has a good crisp voice that suits the music, I like his Liverpool accent too, I felt like it must be like watching the Beatles, when they did that last one, they did a really sad one just before it, so it really made the more up-tempo one sound all the better! 

Here’s a photo of the one I went too, I went with my old friend – we had a few beers and got the train home, which is fun, cos you get all the late night revellers (drunks) LOL 😀


Simple Minds +

Blimey, I went and saw Katy Tunstall, The Pretenders, and Simple Minds yesterday at Newark – turned out pretty good – weather was A-Ok, which was lucky, cos it rained Friday, and its raining today, but yesterday was fine!

The site at Newark is remarkable, Look! There’s a castle!


First up was KT Tunstall, I didn’t know much about her, she’s Scottish, witty, chats a lot with the audience which is always nice – a perfect warm up act, not that many people were there for her, but she won the crowd over effortlessly, she has talent alright, and she makes her own backing sounds with a loop machine and claps, shakes of maracas, bangs on guitar etc, then plays along to those – it really works well.



Next is the Pretenders, very good! Chrissie Hynde has always been someone I admired, great singer, she works that – and you can tell its not something she finds that easy, I mean, I could ‘feel’ her – you have to work at it to achieve it with your voice & you have to live to write those lyrics, she’s all that!



Finally, Simple Minds, thats where the blimey comes in! I didn’t know they were going to be so “out there” its like a religious experience seeing them, its worth checking out, I would recommend it. I bought their first big hit single back in the 80’s, but then I kind of went in a different direction and didn’t follow it up with more, I always thought they might have been something I’d like, and I’m still in that place, I don’t know wether it sounds better in the studio or live, that probably depends on what you like and how you like it – I’m not very good at writing this up am I? Anyhow, the lighting rigs were amazing, I have never ever seen such a lot of electric stuffs! Check out these photos! Amazing!




Motorbike ride

I went for a bike ride and found this place, little church, drainage ditch – nice little bridge, swans in the water, sheep grazing, all very cute, I find it amazing how people lived years ago – look at those scenes, there’s swans there in the ditch – probably thinking “What you doing round here? Go away!”

Later on I stopped off and took these photos, this is an area called the Isle of Axeholme, the weather was turning, first time in months really, it seems like summer is coming towards a conclusion. I was feeling a bit strangely happy at that place.

Someones humble abode

Then I just had to take some photos of these straw bails, cos it just was so striking!

Finally, this harvest scene – as you can see the weather was really getting overcast


My week off is nearly over, as is the heatwave we were having, good timing really I suppose – its tiring when its too hot. I got myself a book on Hieronymus Bosch, so I pick that up and start reading, and its all about all the religious symbols in his paintings, and how they were thinking back then. Of course he’s famous for the crazy paintings of monsters and demons, but I was just reading about the symbols in one of the more normal ones, (even those are a bit cranky by todays standards)


By Hieronymus Bosch – Web Gallery of Art:   Image  Info about artwork, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=12527711

Well whats that all  about you might think? Well the book talks about how there’s a little Owl there, and a smaller bird, (its on the stick down there) which its going to prey on, cos its evil, LOL Everyones evil in this picture BTW, but what gets me about it, is how different reality was for people back then, how it all made so much sense, cos of God and the Devil, but not much makes sense these days does it? I mean, who cares if anything makes sense or not? What is sense anyhow? You can believe whatever you like! Weird to read stuff like that I know, but i find it strangley fascinating!



A trip to Hawarth!

I thought I’d take an hr out of my not very busy schedule this week to blog about my recent trip to Hawarth – they have been talking on the radio lately about Hawarth Parsonage, as its where the Brontë family lived and it’s also the bi-centenary of Emily Bronte’s birth (30/7/1818)

I have the week off work! Hoorah! First things first, I had to fix the clutch on my motorbike, its been slipping for a while, so I took some advice from a very good web site about my bike model, and they were right – I followed that advice and hoorah! I went to the shops on the bike this morning, and it went like the clappers with no clutch slip whatsoever – this makes me a very happy man!

Anyhow, I had that bike since 2005, so its in its 13th yr, people keep saying it must be time to get a new one, but I’m just so happy I don’t have to cos she’s still going good!

Righto, on with the blog! Back in 78′ (thats 1978 yeah!) I, along with the rest of the nation was riveted to the TV series of Wuthering Heights!

Thats the famous window scene, where Heathcliff tries to get Cathy to come in at the window – it made an impression on me, I loved anything about ghosts, and unrequited love, tho I have to admit, watching it now, it was crazier in my memory – I would have been about 14, it was also the year Kate Bush had her song (Wuthering Heights) in the charts, so I may well have mixed it all up, as to be quite frank, when I was 14, I was bonkers!

I read the book years later, its a good read, tho not exactly modern, I didn’t find it that easy, but easy enough considering its 200yrs old – yeah, not bad at all! Of course you should read it, I wouldn’t say don’t, but I found the film and TV versions to be easier to enjoy.

Now of course that was Emily Brontë who wrote that one, her sister Charlotte wrote Jane Eyre, which is an excellent story, I haven’t read it, but I have seen the film, watched the TV versions etc, but what a coincidence to have 2 great writers in one family? As it turned out, the 3rd sister, Anne, also wrote a novel, now considered to be great, called “The Tenant of Wildfell Hall” so thats 3 siblings, all uniquely talented, and there’s a fourth sibling, male, named Branwell, whose life seemed to go awry, he ended up addicted to alcohol and laudanum. All four died within a few years of each other

Branwell – 24/9/1848
Emily – 19/12/1848
Anne – 28/5/1849
Charlotte – 31/3/1855

Well, having heard its 200 yrs since the birth of Emily Brontë, I decided to go on up to Hawarth and take a look at the house they all lived in, its still standing and is now a museum for their memory. There were people there from all over the world, come to pay homage as it were, so that was all very nice and respectful. The museum itself was pretty good, if you’re an ardent fan of the Brontës of course you’re going to want to go there. For me its only a 30 mile journey, and I’m always up for a day out, especially for something like this.

Here’s some photos I took, I expect these are views the Bronte’s would recognise,

Some views around the town centre

The Parsonage – now a museum, where the Brontë’s lived


The adjoining churchyard (there happened to be a cockerel wandering about) – it has been said that because the churchyard was so full, it may have been the cause of disease 😮

The moors – taken from the back of the parsonage!


The Cure!

Last Saturday  Went and saw The Cure live in Hyde Park London, so here’s my write up on that – for anyone interested.

Well set off on Sat morn, and got the train down from Yorkshire, 25mins into the journey they announced the train was buggered, and we’d all have to get off it and onto another train at Newark, it only took about 5mins to do that, cos the other train arrived right away, the down side was, it was already full of people, so we had to stand in the middle bit between carriages, (whatever that bit is called) it was roasting hot, with no AC on a very hot day – so this wasn’t much fun, standing the whole way.

Got to London, hotel allowed us to check in early, which was great, then off to Hyde park, just got there in time to see the last 3 or so songs by PALE WAVES.


They were great, really like them, its so nice to see a young band that doesn’t do rap! Why do young people have to rap all the time? Every time you go near one, they start with all the swearing and abusive raping – ok, seriously, their music is something I can identify with, or at least understand what they’re on about, its a bit weird some of her stage moves, but then she’s young, I assume someone told her it was cool, or she thought she’d got to do something – not that I was ever famous, but I feel for young people when they get fame, cos it often makes them go strange, so good luck to them, I hope it goes from strength to strength.

After that, we wandered off to this other stage at the back of the main one, and there was an add for PUMAROSA,


who Louise is a big fan off, and we didn’t even know they were on the list – so we dashed back across the site to the stage right at the other end of the place and caught the last 3 songs of her set, which was fine. I don’t know what she’s all about really, Louise has her album and likes it, it seems ok, its another youngster, bit kind of dancey and woosey, I don’t know what its about, probably really good!

After that, we went back to the main stage, where SLOWDIVE were playing, I don’t know what thats all about, so I ended  up going back to this other stage to see THIS WILL DESTROY YOU,


I never heard of them, but I liked the title, it turned out they were pretty good, I wasn’t destroyed, but if it had been indoors it might have done – I think the sound of that sort of full on thing is always better indoors, cos the sound doesn’t dissipate like it does outside. Anyhow, I enjoyed it, I might even buy some, but not sure, cos its not really my thing as such, tho I do dabble in a bit of that.

After that was done, I had to dash back to the main stage to see the EDITORS,



they were like one of my fav bands a couple of yrs ago, I like to go and see something where everyone is really into it, and its really got the proper support of a record label, with all that rock n roll – they’re great, but I kind of stopped caring a while ago, I’d go and see them again, but I’m kind of easy about it, it means nothing to me, I don’t believe in all that perfect life stuff anyhow, so why even bother? They got some good songs, but they aren’t really groundbreaking, I don’t really know what I like anymore, he’s got a good voice, fair enough.


After that, we must have gone round the back of the main stage and saw KAELAN MIKLA,



now that was something! She’s really weird, and so is their music, it was all in Icelandic, or whatever, so I never understood a word, but she looked and sounded great – its important in rock and roll, (or showbiz or whatever u cal lit) to look good, its no good looking crap, well, actually, looking like crap can be really good if it suits the style, so scratch that, Kaelan Mikla music is weird, and so is the look! Yeah, that was fab! Don’t know if I’d buy it, cos I got no idea what was going on, I got too many CDs already, seriously, I got stacks of them! I can’t buy everything – but I may do!

Had to leave that one, cos GOLDFRAPP



were due on the main stage, Louise is a mega fan, I like them too, and they were spot on, but not as good as they were when we saw them a couple of times before, its better indoors, always is. The sound was good, bette than it had been earlier, (I mean feedback, levels etc) but it was so hot, I don’t think people felt like dancing so much as just kind of gasping for drink and air!

I took a moment to take some shots from where we were stood, to give an idea of crowd / venue size


TWILIGHT SAD were on the other stage, I might have gone to se them if I’d known, but I didn’t know they were on, and I never heard of them before, but they’re meant to be quite good, so perhaps I missed out there?

After Goldfrapp it was INTERPOL I don’t know what they were on about, it was ok, went on a bit tho, I might have really gone for that, but they already been around 10 or 20yrs, so I felt like I missed the bus a bit on that one – I thought Interpol were probably better than Slowdive, but Louise thought it was the other way round.

I went and had a quick look at RIDE on that other stage at the back, but it was really chocka, it all sounded like more of the same to me, so I only took in 1 or 2 songs before dashing back to the main stage, thats the thing with these do’s, if you lose your place, you don’t get it back. We went and saw the Rolling Stones at the same place a few yrs ago, and cos I went off to get something to eat, we lost our spot, they came on just as I was scoffing a plate of mexican noodles or whatever, and we had to watch the thing from half a mile away, (instead of a 1/4)

Anyhow, got back to where we were, and The CURE came on – good sound! Enjoyed it, they were the best band on by far – good selection of songs, good sound on the bass and drums, Jools Holland once said its the most important thing to have a good drummer, and rhythm section, so they got that right, I think its true – all the best groups have that, tho I also like a lot of bands that don’t, so it doesn’t matter, ignore that! No really, it really adds something, just that if a band has a drum machine, thats fine by me, I like drum machines, synths and all that, but if they have a great drummer that is properly mixed up and sounds good, its such a bonus!


Robert Smith (singer) is a bit of a weirdo, but you can’t grumble, cos it suits the music. Anyhow, really enjoyed it, good night out! Bit knackered, cos it had been so hot, and we’d been standing up, or sat on the floor, and back up again, since I duno, 11am – 11pm? 

Next day, went round a load of places in London, so I might include a few photos of that – then went for train, and guess what? Cancelled! Had to stand / sit on floor the whole way home! Crap! Thats the trains for you – its thursday now, and I only now start to feel better after a weekend of hardship mostly, but also super dooper music I wouldn’t have wanted to miss out on – seriously, one of the best events  I been to for a decade or more! 🙂


Here’s the photos from Sunday, Buckingham palace (changing the guards) A new sculpture exhibit by Christo and Jean Claude on the Sperentine, (its a lot of barrels all stacked up) and and Michael Rakowitz’s Iraq thing, on the fourth plinth at Trafalgar Square, (they have a spare plinth there, left over from the 19thC, when they ran out of money, nowadays they have a different exhibit on the spare plinth – this is one of those ancient statues replicated, but cover in fig tin labels to signify something or other but it looks good!