Monday, 27 April 2009


Blossom - cropped
Originally uploaded by nogbad the bad
In the orchard behind the house


Only available for a few more days but well worth a listen - it's a Radio 2 programme about Dylan's lyrics.

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Student again

Just when I thought I was having a rest I realised that the next course is starting. T189 now - Digital Photography. For the non-OU folk I'll translate the course code; Technology, Level 1. It's 10 points and runs for a few months (rather than the usual nine months for a 30 or 60 point course). Expect lots of arty photographs and hand-wringing angst over soft light or some such which.

Train film

Film I took this afternoon while waiting for Cal

It's a sign!

It's a sign!

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Reading the paper

Reading the paper

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Saturday, 25 April 2009

Friday, 24 April 2009

Thursday, 23 April 2009

Happy birthday

The Open University was established by Royal Charter in 1969. On April 23 of that year The Queen endorsed the proposals and asked for a Charter to be drawn up. This was to establish The Open University for the "advancement and dissemination of learning and knowledge by teaching and research by a diversity of means such as broadcasting and technological devices".

Happy birthday OU!

Diary dates

Diary dates

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Monday, 20 April 2009

Friday, 17 April 2009

Thursday, 16 April 2009

The biter bit!

Just found this while working through the blogs of the LCC group. Someone took a photo of me that I didn't know about. I look drunk!

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Monday, 13 April 2009

Steam railway's new station

This is the railway that Cal and I visited.

more about "Steam railway's new station", posted with vodpod

Sunday, 12 April 2009

Amazon FAIL

Open letter here. And the petition is here.

One needn't be GBLT to think this decision is wrong and to sign the petition. But even if you don't sign make people aware!

Saturday, 11 April 2009

Battle of Britain Memorial

Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel le Ferne

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New Romney International

New Romney International

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We're on the train

We're on the train - the smallest public railway in the world!

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Waitrose picnic for two

Waitrose picnic for two

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Be aware

You might already know that the rights of the subjects of Her Britannic Majesty are again under threat from the people charged with protecting us. Once again it's from our own government and once again it's in the name of protecting us from terrorism. This is a "catch all" used to cloak any and all erosion of our civil liberties. This time it's photography. You might not be aware that if you are taking a photograph in the street of, say, a loved one or your new car or an interesting post box and you catch a policeman or PCSO in the shot you can be asked to delete the image or you might have the film, memory stick or even the camera confiscated.

It's madness of course but it's being done in our name. John Naughton has a post rounding this up and there is more on Amateur Photographer web site (and others). Be aware and remember "The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing". Terrorism is certainly a threat to this country but so are the actions supposedly meant to protect us.

Thursday, 9 April 2009

40th Anniversary

more about "40th Anniversary", posted with vodpod from BBC Home page

Today is the 40th anniversary of Concorde's maiden flight. A rare example of a technology where we've subsequently gone backwards. Costs killed Concorde. I'm one of those lucky enough to have seen this wonderful aircraft in service and it really was beautiful.

Tuesday, 7 April 2009

Retired manager owns giant lizard

more about "BBC NEWS | England | Retired manager ...", posted with vodpod

The title doesn't really do this clip justice. Well worth a watch

Those crazy Dutch

Love it!

Saturday, 4 April 2009


A busy day?

"To mark the paper was the decisive act. In small clumsy letters he wrote:

April 4th, 1984.

He sat back. A sense of complete helplessness had descended upon him. To begin with, he did not know with any certainty that this was 1984."

Quote from here - (the complete book online) and image from here

And from a different source

"Early morning, April 4
Shot rings out in the Memphis sky
Free at last, they took your life
They could not take your pride"

Image from here, the lyrics are from U2 "Pride, In the name of love" for anyone not familiar with them.

Chalk stacks

Chalk stacks - Thanet (Botany Bay). More photos

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Seen in Broadstairs

Seen in Broadstairs

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Friday, 3 April 2009

Kent's beavers

more about "Kent's beavers", posted with vodpod

Thursday, 2 April 2009


Fresh tuna on a bed of steamed spinach and finished with a sauce of butter, lemon juice, capers and rough chopped parsley

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Beautiful sunny day in Maidstone

Beautiful sunny day in Maidstone

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Wednesday, 1 April 2009


The great thing about supporting Newcastle United is that there is always another Messiah round the corner.

Technology in action

The OU goes even greener

Lovely morning in Kent

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