A fitting tribute…

28 06 2012

It’s a glorious day here in London.

The sun is shining.

You can feel the happy mood of Londoners as a result.

Unfortunately you can also smell it.

Anyway, I popped down to Green Park today.

The Queen was unveiling a memorial to the airmen of Bomber Command who died during WWII.

Over 55,000 of the poor chaps.

Puts things into perspective.

A day at the office could mean giving up your life for something you believe in so that your family, friends and people who you will never meet or know will benefit.

You hope.

In addition to the unveiling, there was a flypast by five GR4 Tornados, which were followed by a Lancaster bomber that dropped poppies over Green Park (see video link below).

After listening to the Last Post and feeling the goosebumps, it was time to return to the office.

Time to return to normality.

See the video here – sorry it’s a bit blurred.

If you want to find out more about today’s event click here.

To find out more about Bomber Command, click here.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Create…

25 06 2012

This week’s photo challenge theme is ‘create’.

After some time thinking about this one, looking at JJ, spending more time thinking, it clicked quite quickly.

This photo was taken only a few minutes after JJ was introduced to the world.

His first skin-to-skin contact with his rather tired Mummy.

We had created something amazing.

Hello Mummy!

The adventures of Swervy Swerverson…

21 06 2012

I love people watching.

It can be quite addictive.

We’ve all done it.

Harmless enough.

Right up until you’re caught by the police leaning out of a tree trying watching the neighbour having a shower.

Figuratively speaking of course.


I’m fascinated with one chap in particular right now.

He’s on my journey into work so I see him on a regular basis.

I won’t go into details, just to protect his anonymity.

But he does have a given name.

Swervy Swerverson.

Here’s his brief and not particularly interesting story.

When he gets off the train he walks straight to the wall of the station.

Within seconds, he’s walking along with his shoulder pretty much brushing up against the wall, only moving to avoid fixed obstacles.

This pattern carries on until he has to disconnect and make his way to the escalator.

Avoiding the queue, he sneaks up the left (where people walk up the escalator).

Then he makes a cheeky swerve to the right cutting anyone up thereby not having to wait with everyone else.

But then he’ll dart back to the left and walk up the escalator.

Once through the ticket barrier, he goes back to clinging to the left hand side walls pretty much for the rest of his journey.

(I haven’t followed him to work.)

Woe betide you if you get in his way when making this swerve to the wall.

You will be swerved.

I’ve been at the business end of a swerve.

He’s a small chap but has the stopping power of an oil tanker breaking for land.

I don’t think he has one leg shorter than the other.

I don’t think he’s drunk.

I don’t think he has some weird magnetic attraction within his body to walls.

It’s just unusual behaviour.

But there is one good thing.

He keeps to the left.

Unlike most of the inconsiderate zombies making their way to work.

“Outta my way, Swervy Swerverson coming through.”

An award? Pour moi? Get away…

20 06 2012

I’ve picked up many awards in my time.

The 10 metre crawl.

Chief Whinge.

Worst dressed man in the office.

So it’s with great delight that I say thank you to Mondrak for awarding me the Liebster Award.

I’d like to thank my Mum and Dad, my friends…

The award rules are:

  1. The first rule of the Liebster Award is that you must not talk about the Liebster Award. Only kidding.
  2. Choose 5 up-and-coming bloggers with less than 200 followers
  3. Show your thanks to the blogger(s) who gave you the award by linking back to them.
  4. Post the award on your blog. List the five bloggers you are giving the award to with links to their sites. Leave comments on their blog so they know about the award.
  5. List five random facts about yourself that people don’t know about you.

It’s obviously a bit chain-maily but half the fun of WordPress is discovering new content, photos, opinions and so on.

That’s why I quite like the idea of carrying it on.

I’m not sure how you can tell if there are less than 200 followers in some cases, so here are some bloggers that I follow:

  1. Lynda Michele – I really like the images taken here, especially the latest series ‘Abandoned’
  2. Photo Nature Blog – some awesome shots of nature at play. Jeffrey has an awesome eye for nature
  3. Survivalcraft – I got addicted to this game when Abi went into hospital to give birth to JJ. Totally recommend it!
  4. The Food and Wine Hedonist – if the food featured here does not get your mouth watering, there is something wrong with you
  5. That Galaxy Far, Far Away – I love Star Wars but I don’t know much about the novels. This is the place to go to find out more

Five random facts about myself:

  1. If I could live another life, I’d like to be Kublai Khan (inspired by Conn Iggulden’s Conquerer series)
  2. If I won the EuroMillions, the first thing I’d buy would be a Bugatti Veyron
  3. I’ve never tried tripe but am willing to give it a go
  4. I’d love to see Mount Everest from the ground
  5. I’d love one day to write a book

So there you go.

I have you under my spell…

19 06 2012

I don’t mind admitting it.

I shed a few tears of happiness this morning.

Sat on the edge of my bed looking at JJ in his bed.

He looked a bit possessed as his eyes opened slightly and rolled around maniacally as if he sensed my presence.

Sleep smiling, his head rolled to one side, he smacked his lips and settled down again.

I started thinking how lucky I was

What a beautiful little so and so he is.

How fortunate after the tumultuous start, to have him in front of me.

Hopefully I’ll never take him for granted.

I’m sure to a lot of parents will say “I feel the same, I know what you mean!”

I’m also sure a lot of parents will say “Just you wait…”

In the mean time, I’m one very happy chap.

The Smile Hunter Diaries: Week 2…

18 06 2012

Yesterday was a very special day for me.

It was my very first Father’s Day.

Young JJ had been busy making things, posing for a card’s photo and buying things.

Considering he can’t talk, I’m very impressed at his efforts.

Long may that continue.

During this time JJ also managed to escape to Africa.

He thought he’d managed to avoid the evil Smile Hunter.


Not this time.

I tracked and hunted him down to capture this smile.

Even the wilds of Africa couldn’t put the Smile Hunter of the scent.

The African jungle could not hide JJ’s smile.

And don’t worry.

That poisonous looking frog was ‘sorted’.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Close…

17 06 2012

This week’s photo challenge theme is close.

“It’s a feeling, it’s a proximity…it’s people, it’s a place, it’s objects. They’re close.”

Quite a tricky one.

So here’s a couple of my takes on it.

A couple of shots taken of my niece trying to apply make up to my wife.

I love these shots because it’s up close and personal.

You can feel the concentration as she applied the make-up quite liberally.

You did want to look like a clown didn’t you?


But no cigar.

That’s what I was saying to the sea when Neptune sent this wave out to get me at Porthcurno Beach in Cornwall.

Surf’s up.

Yeah, time for one more photo…