Saturday, April 30, 2005

Dinner at Bofingers

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From top to bottom, left to right:

Rich C, John W, Nick B

Ping, John G, Me

Brett, Jeremy & Rich C (again!)

Read more here.

Welcome champagne

Welcome champagne

The train left spot on time. There are at least ten other LGMC choristers onboard, along with some of the Pink Singers (a mixed gay choir from London.)
The stewards have just brought the champagne around, along with the lunch menu. The Kent countryside is sliding gently by the window and I'm sliding gently into holiday mode. Next stop is Ashford, then Frethun in France.
See here for the rest of the trip.

Waiting at the station

Waiting at the station

From left to right: John G, Rich C, Ping, Nick B, John W and Jeremy in the departure lounge, having discovered that our First Class tickets were in fact 'Second Class' First Class and didn't give us access to the Premiere Lounge. I feel cheated now, as I was looking forward to the star treatment. The vote from the LGMC jury? Eurostar: Nil Points.

Thursday, April 28, 2005

Paris, Can You Handle This?

Paris, Can You Handle This?

Here's the London Gay Men's Chorus' 2005 Tour Logo (As displayed on our tour t-shirt.) The finale of our set for Various Voices (in Paris next week) is a fantastic medley of numbers by Destiny's child, which includes 'Bootylicious' from which the slogan is taken. Although you can't really tell in the picture,the t-shirt is royal purple. Quite appropriate for a bunch of queens, eh?

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Tuesday, April 26, 2005

Second Breakfast

Second Breakfast

A bowl of cereal will only last you for so long. Had a top-up three hours
along the road. So far the journey has been fairly smooth. It looks like
leaving so early to miss the traffic has worked well, as I'm now well north
of London.

My chariot for the next couple of days

My chariot for the next couple of days

Creature from the Pit

Creature from the Pit

To be honest, I'm amazed I'm even out of bed at this time of the morning!

Saturday, April 23, 2005

Cycling in Richmond Park

Today was about cycling. Bruce and I had agreed to take a spin around the Wimbledon Common/Richmond Park area for a bit of exercise. Bruce is new to cycling and I am out of practice so we took it fairly easy but we did manage to do a circuit of the Park without too much effort.
Cycling in Richmond Park

It was overcast with occasional spits of rain, but even so the open space was refreshing and the views were good. We even came across one of the deer herds grazing beside the cycle track – although in typical style, I managed to forget to photograph them for the blog!

We took a break at the Pembroke Lodge where there is a cafeteria and restaurant. The terrace has spectacular views out over the village of Ham and the Thames towards Twickenham – although to be honest all you can see is greenery for miles. There is only the occasional building visible to suggest there is civilisation out there. I’m not sure the impact of the view really comes across in the photograph – I fear you need a much more expensive camera than mine to be able to capture that depth.

Cycling in Richmond Park

The local bird life seemed to enjoy the terrace too as there were a species of black bird that looked related to ravens or crows that kept scavenging scraps from around the tables.

Cycling in Richmond Park

On the way home Bruce proved that modern technology doesn’t let you escape, even in the most idyllic places, as he got a call from his parents.
Cycling in Richmond Park

Apart from that though, we made it home without incident and agreed we should do it again in the weekends to come. I need to get into shape for the London to Brighton Ride anyway, so that would be a good thing!

Bruce having just ridden up Wimbledon Hill

Bruce having just ridden up Wimbledon Hill

Thursday, April 21, 2005

Gaetan steps up

Gaetan steps up

The highlight of the day at work today was Gaetan and Jon finally playing
their tennis match.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005

Porn is the way forward!?

Porn is the way forward!?

This is the cover of a computer professionals magazine I received today. The article that the cover is advertising turned out to be pretty dull IT fodder though (unsurprisingly?): It notes that 'adult content' providers are way ahead of the IT giants in providing easy-to-use video to the desktop and mobile devices... and that's about it. There's nothing more you can really say than that. No matter how advanced are the likes of Playboy and The Sun, you just can't see HP and IBM turning to them for advice. [Oh that they would! Might make your average IT-joe's life more interesting...!]

Monday, April 18, 2005

Sunday, April 17, 2005

Post V&A dinner

Post V&A dinner

Here are Brett, John W & Rich at the post-event Italian.

Read the background here.

Delia McHargue

Delia McHargue

My man cooking me breakfast pancakes on a Sunday morning. The man is a hero!

[c.f. Delia Smith]

Saturday, April 16, 2005

This is the First Post

This is a picture I'm using to test photo posting