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Sneaking Sign

While I was in Norway I noticed something very alarming. They have two kinds of pedestrian crossing sign! The left-hand one looks like a normal crossing sign with the gentleman going about his business in the regular manner. But the one on the right is a sinister crossing. That guy is a) wearing a hat […]

Fornebu

I was back in Olso again last week and snuck out on my lunch break to explore the former airport at Fornebu. Now that the airport is decommissioned the area is a trendy office park for start ups as well as some of Norway’s large state-owned companies. It’s unusually warm this winter in Norway. While […]

Dunstable

Last Saturday was the most gorgeous winter day so far this year so obviously I wasn’t going to spend it indoors. Instead I embarked on an epic quest to reach the far away city of Dunstable in the county of Bedfordshire. One of my most exotic destinations yet! This was early morning leaving Chesham on […]

Found Photos

I booted up one of my old PCs over Christmas and found some photos taken on my old Sony Ericsson camera phone. They were all from around 2005 or 2006 when I was living in Winchester. Phone camera technology has moved on a lot in the last ten years: this one had VGA resolution and […]

Flowering Tea

The first time I was in Hong Kong I bought some “flowering tea” which I just re-found in my tea cupboard. Here it is in its packet. You get two in a tin. The first time I made it in my friend’s glass teapot which works rather better than a mug, but I only have […]

Eastbourne

On Monday it finally stopped raining, in the South at least, and I spontaneously decided to go exploring westwards along the coast to Eastbourne. The sunshine didn’t last however and the final ten miles or so were a somewhat bleak trudge along a featureless beach. Before the sun disappeared I took this photo of Bottle […]

Beeches Way

I always end up walking this route north of Slough around this time of year. It’s a really nice winter walk with lots of woodland and parks, like here at Burnham Beeches: I managed to finish in record time this year – it was still light when I got home! Mostly because I didn’t stop […]

Hong Kong Again

On the weekend I left Asia my friend Winni happened to be in Hong Kong for a wedding so instead of flying straight home I flew from Shanghai to Hong Kong and spent a few days exploring some more. I’d been to Hong Kong just a few months ago and really enjoyed it but this […]

Suzhou

Suzhou, about 100km west of Shanghai, was where I was working for a week. I liked it a lot better than Shanghai, but unfortunately I only had one afternoon and one morning to explore as I was stuck doing work things during the weekday evenings. Suzhou is apparently called the “Venice of the East” because […]

Signage

Caution! Crabs crossing here! They are like International Rescue but less ambitious. Civilisation should always be cautious.