Thursday, 23 November 2017

Filmed In Supermarionation!

The retailers are doing their level best to get the public to part with their hard earned. Looks like one supermarket has found my weak spot* but I will remain strong and will not give in to temptation LOL.

* But you can keep Terrahawks, if it's all the same.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Reading Minster

Had to take a trip this afternoon into Reading to deal with some financial affairs.

I ended up very close to the Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin, or Reading Minster for short, or St Mary's Butts as it was known as I was growing up. Apparently there has been a Christian place of worship on this site since the seventh century, while the current structure dates from the eleventh. It is also believed that in the 1500's the church was heavily restored using material from the ruins of the nearby dissolved abbey. Inside there are some very fine examples of medieval ceramic floor tiles; next time I have the opportunity I will try to take some pictures of them.

Stunning Sky

I promise no filters were used, this is how the early morning sky appeared. Wonderful isn't it?

Monday, 20 November 2017


I'd like to share this picture, taken on a recent walk. Superb colour for the time of year, don't you think?

Sunday, 19 November 2017

St Laurence

Chris Lee has created this excellent image of St Laurence church, Friar Street, with the town hall to the left and Queen Victoria to the fore. The old picture dates to about 1904. To the right buildings were destroyed by bombing during the war and rather "unfortunate" structures put in their place. As you might be able to tell the modern building line is somewhat different to the original as a result.

Saturday, 18 November 2017

Quick, Quick, Sloe

Sure beats standing in the cold picking the berries, pricking before adding to gin and waiting a number of weeks. But will it taste as good..?

Sunday, 12 November 2017


Ceramic remembrance poppies "planted" in 2014 at the Tower of London (credit: Historic Royal Palaces).

Monday, 6 November 2017


Found this little gem on a recent walk. I just need to research any possible Reading links...

Tuesday, 31 October 2017


Some will know that Reading's Oracle shopping centre is built on the site of the former workhouse of the same name. You can read more about the Oracle workhouse here. Famously pioneer of photography William Henry Fox Talbot (who had a shop in Baker Street, Reading) captured an image of the Gunn Street-Minster Street gateway in around 1845.

I found the below version recently online, showing the workhouse imposed (by Mark Porridge) on the modern street scene and new Oracle. The white building to the right is I believe one of the few surviving remenants of the original Oracle.

I also found a lovely picture of the gates themselves, when they were reused at 48 Tilehurst Road. This picture appeared on a postcard by Walton Adams in around 1910. Those gates have since been relocated to the town museum where they remain on display.

Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Six Pence

Many will be aware of the tradition of putting a "lucky" silver six pence in the Christmas pudding. Somehow the person serving always made sure the youngest at the table was the recipient of the portion containing the coin. A very popular and fondly remembered part of British- and I suspect Commonwealth- festive traditions.

With the advent of decimal coinage, people were encouraged to exchange their old predecimal coins for "new pence" and no new 6p coins have been minted in the UK for a long time. Until this year. Feast your eyes on this legal tender silvery loveliness. You can bet this shiny thing isn't going anywhere near a pudding!

Sunday, 22 October 2017


An awesome morning for a fine walk around the Holy Brook area.

Thursday, 19 October 2017

How So?

We have a new priority status at work, see below. I don't mean to be picky but you can't actually have degrees of urgency, can you? A thing is either urgent or not.

Likewise a woman can't be "very pregnant," a person being described as "extremely gay" or an animal referred to as "very dangerous." You get the idea. Why do we add unnecessary words to our conversations?