Big Garden Birdwatch 2015

January 25th, 2015 at 20:39

This year I used technology to count at least some of the birds……

There were, as you can see, several. Mainly Blue Tits and Greenfinches but also a Redpoll for the first time….probably wouldn’t have noticed if not for the camera taking the shots automatically.

Not my first embedded video I think but probably first from YouTube…a bit small when embedded into the old classic Planarchy layout isn’t it?

Snowdrops

January 10th, 2015 at 19:19

…are finally up and ready for action in the garden this week so presumably spring is on its way…..

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Le Tour Comes to East London

July 8th, 2014 at 10:57

Inspired by Witchy’s reporting of the Tour coming past the Coven and by the entirely chance intersection of the Tour de France coming to the very bit of East London that I happened to be working in that day Planarchy is alive again for one day. East London was so excited even the DLR got redecorated…..

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This particular bit of London didn’t get much attention from the Caravanne…indeed were the often present Police speed trap in place yesterday they’d have had a field day as the pre-Cycling vehicles whizzed through, late for Queenie presumably. Thus the first thing we got a decent view of was the official Tour road-sweeping truck….

And then before the riders comes the special Tour roadsweeper.

The first riders to come through were somewhat slower than most but much smilier!

Followed by the first riders who whilst being much slower than t
Then finally the race leaders…..er, racing along.

Finally(!) the Tour leaders.

Then just as the rain eased a little, the Peloton came into view….

and then less than 120 seconds later, the Pelloton.

..and just as quickly departed….

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Followed by a lorra, lorra bikes without riders…. and to think I’ve been wondering how to safely mount two bikes on our car!

Even the bikes without riders whizz past.

Just as we think it’s all over we spy some stragglers….

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All over too soon but a memorable experience nonetheless, possibly even better than when we stumbled across it half by accident in Paris (who’d have thought it would go there too?) many years ago.

Larger versions of pix and a couple more too, here….

 

Time lapse test post

June 6th, 2013 at 13:14

Just a test really, to see what embedded versions of like.

Night Sky from Nic Hamilton on Vimeo.

Hmm, can’t really see the stars. Better on the larger one that this links too but even there t’internet seems to have stolen rather a lot of the stars.

Testing 7,9,8…

May 4th, 2013 at 21:42

Blah de blah…

Kick-Ass

May 29th, 2011 at 12:40

Finally we got around to watching a DVD that’s been sitting around since Xmas, at least…..and it was every bit as as clever and witty as everyone was telling me. Apart from the excellent writing particular mentions must go to Nic Cage for his wonderful Adam West impersonation whilst Big Daddy and to the young Chloe Moretz as his delightfully dysfunctional daughter. Such an excellent performance in such a violent role for a young girl brings to mind Natalie Portman and her performance in “Leon”. I can only hope Chloe’s future career is more promising since Nat hasn’t, IMHO, made a decent film since (although I think she has made a lot of money and won an Oscar or two).

Recommended.