Saturday, May 28, 2005
Sunday, May 15, 2005
Brett wants to take his rollerblades to Sweden next week, so he went for a practice on the Common after we'd had lunch. He looked a bit unsteady at first but soon sailed confidently off into the distance. Hopefully the confidence is warranted because he's left his phone behind with his bag; so if he's now sprawled in a ditch with a broken leg, I'm afraid he's on his own.
Saturday, May 14, 2005
It's amazing who you run into when you go looking for an empty sofa in Costa Coffee. Brett and I had popped in after lunch and who should we end up sitting opposite, but Pam and her daughter.
Pam (her surname still, embarrassingly, escapes me) and I both worked for Saga around the same time; while I was in Spain, she was in Portugal. She also took over from me running one of the Saga Hotels on the Costa Blanca when I left to work in the office. We also tended to run into each other at training sessions in Folkestone during the summer. I think she also did some touring too. It's perhaps indicative of the way that you relate as tour managers - always meeting in (and talking about) hotels, airports and venues - that I never knew she lived in Southfields, just up the road from Wimbledon. Pam is pictured on the left.
Attached are some photographs of a building that is going up opposite
Southwark Tube at the moment. I'm afraid I find it hideous. If it were a
regular cuboid glass office block, it wouldn't be too bad - at least it
would fit in with everything else - but in my opinion the strange overhang
destroys any beauty it may have had. It is very unattractive. It makes the
building look unbalanced and top-heavy. Who designed this? Particularly
with the occasional yellow panel in the otherwise glass and black
construction, it looks very much like a nursery school playtime with Lego
bricks. What on earth possessed Southwark's planning authorities to allow
Thursday, May 12, 2005
Friday, May 06, 2005
Thursday, May 05, 2005
Wednesday, May 04, 2005
Sainte Chapelle is a beautiful little chapel on the Ile de Cité, originally built to house relics now stored in Notre Dame. It is a beautifully decorated building; the upper floor almost entirely walled with stained glass windows. This picture is of the base of the platform built for thereliquaries.