Friday, October 21, 2005

At The Texas Embassy


Here's my dad and Brett at the Texas Embassy.

Mercedes Blanket


I suppose if you can afford a Mercedes 4x4, what else might you want to spend your money on but a blanket to keep it warm while it's parked on the street??

Enjoying Lunch?


Here's me, snapped by my sister, having lunch with my family at the Mulberry Bush bistro on Upper Ground. I was enjoying it more than it looks, honestly! We were just sitting down to a much needed lunch after a very tiring morning around town.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

The Autumnal Lake District

No particular rhyme or reason to these shots. They are simply the one's I liked best from this weekend's walking trip to the Lake District. (They are best appreciated at full-size, which you can view by clicking on them.)

Firstly, sun on the slopes of Helvellyn on Saturday morning.

Sheep may safely graze; a view near Thirlmere.

The slightly misty air bleaches the colours in the distance, but it's definitely an autumnal palette.

A view along the sunny valley floor towards the overcast hills in the distance.

During lunch we watched a group of climbers on a nearby crag. Here you see a couple of them after they achieved the summit.

I just thought it was a pretty view. Taken on the lower slopes of Helvellyn looking towards Thirlmere.

Another view from the base of Helvellyn, this time looking north(ish) towards Skiddaw.


A somewhat brooding view accross Thirlmere in the late afternoon.

Sunday morning was misty and sunny as we drove south towards Kendal.

And finally, a view north from the eastern side of Windermere.

Thursday, October 13, 2005

24 x 7 365

24 x 7 x 365

On the train this morning I am sitting opposite this chap. He has his laptop open on his knee and is hunched over his Blackberry, alternately scrolling up and down through his messages and frantically thumbing out replies. He looks stressed and unhappy and he hasn’t even got to work yet! This man represents a lot of what is bad about technology in modern society.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Look into my mind

Last night I took part in a Market Research discussion group. One of the things we had to do in advance of the session was prepare a number of pictures to represent ourselves and the things that are important to us. Speaking to our lodger, Clare, later (who is in the MR business) this is apparently a really good way of getting a handle on people; seeing what images they use to represent themselves.

So here’s your chance to get more of a peek inside my head. Below are the photos I used, along with the commentary I used while presenting them. Leave a comment to tell me what you think it all tells you about me!


Firstly a picture of London that I took on my lunch hour today. Although I come from the north of England and have lived in several places here and abroad, I now live in London and love it here! The city has a wealth of things to do and see.


It isn’t all wonderful though: I don’t like the crowds or the rushing, particularly when I have to take the train to work.


Most days though I avoid the crowds by cycling to work (this is my bike). An added bonus of cycling is it helps me keep fit.


This is my desk at work, where I seem to spend most of my time! My laptop goes pretty much everywhere with me.


I’m a bit of a gadget freak. This is my MP3 player, it doesn’t go with me quite as often as my laptop, but it also represents my enjoyment of music.


This is most of the team I work with indulging in one of our strange rituals; The Croc. It’s a child’s toy where a different tooth each time causes the mouth to snap shut. We use it as a way of deciding who has to make the tea. It’s great fun; we have a nice relaxed atmosphere at work and they are a good bunch of people.


Outside of work, my friends are important to me and I enjoy my food. This is a recent picture of my partner, Brett, and I having dinner with a couple of friends whilst on holiday.

Photo by Michael Cheetham

I also enjoy singing with the London Gay Men’s Chorus; great fun, plus we get to travel from time to time which is another of the things I enjoy. This last photograph is as an example of that love; me off in an exotic location!


OK, so that’s it. What did your psychoanalysis get from reading between the lines…?