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The Electric State - 31.07.2021

   books

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electric state

Swedish artist Simon Stålenhag's book grabbed me from the first glimpse of one of his illustrations. I just read the hardback but you can see all of the artwork on his website.

An earlier book "Tales From The Loop" was made into an amazing TV series.


Rod Hull and Emu - 08.06.2021

   video  humour

I challenge you to find a better piece of visual comedy than the first six seconds of this clip:

Absolute genius!!


A Garden Visitor - 06.06.2021

   photo

Dragonfly

According to the Woodland Trust:
"Dragonflies eat other insects, such as flies, midges and mosquitoes. They will also take butterflies and even smaller dragonflies. Prey is normally caught in mid-air, with the dragonfly using its long legs to catch its quarry. the food will them be carried to a perch where it is eaten."
Ancestors of present day dragonflies living 300 million years ago had wingspans of up to 28 inches: you won't catch me flying around the back garden!
(Picture taken with my OnePlus phone)

Edit: It's a damselfly! They do eat other insects and have many similarities to dragonflies.


Walking on Sunday in the Sunshine - 31.05.2021

   video

Lasham, Weston Patrick, and Upton Grey yesterday. An idyllic walk in perfect late spring weather.


The Harrow Way - 10.05.2021

   photo

Quite a pleasant evening tonight. Not quite the sunset I'd hoped for, but still very nice to get out.

I've used duck duck go extensive scientific and mathematical methods to estimate the number of leaves on a mature beech tree. The number? Around a quarter of a million, give or take a few. The beech trees where I took my photos sometimes make it seem as if it's raining leaves. Magic!


Sweets! - 09.05.2021

   food

Had a lovely time reminiscing about chocolate bars and sweets today with Tina, Carol and Ken. I'm no longer going to eat any confectionery younger than me! A Bounty Bar will be ok, but not, unfortunately, a Picnic. A surprising number of these have origins in the USA, but we'll ignore that and list them anyway.

Here's a list of all that I can find:

1612 Pontefract Cakes
1864 Jelly Babies (originally Unclaimed Babies)
1866 Fry’s Chocolate Cream Bar
1869 Kendal Mint Cake
1881 Rowntree's Fruit Pastilles
1899 Liquorice Allsorts
1902 Fry’s Milk Chocolate (5 Boys)
1905 Cadbury’s Dairy Milk
1908 Toblerone
1909 Wine Gums
1910 Walnut Whip

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Danny - a YouTube Sensation - 29.04.2021

   video

YouTube constantly throws up interesting, niche and quirky content. Danny seems to be the current flavour of the month. Dive into his channel, settle down with him and his portable table and chair, and savour the northern charm and culinary excellence which runs though all his videos. Mmmmmmmmmmmmm...

If you watched this, now imagine Danny taking his table and chair abroad. India, USA, Japan, France - the possibilities are endless. Please do, Danny, once we are able to travel again.


Twanguero: Cannonball Rag - 29.04.2021

   music  video

SWEET!!


Beatles in Basingstoke - Brilliant! - 29.04.2021

   music  photo

The Beatles in Basingstoke

The fab four look really pleased to be on the Magical Mystery Tour bus in Basingstoke with the Stag and Hounds pub in the background. If there's one place I can't imagine them visiting it's Basingstoke!

Thanks to Ken for unearthing more information.


Elizabeth Cotten: Freight Train - 29.04.2021

   music  video

Elizabeth Cotten has a fascinating backstory. Just one detail: the youngest of five children, her parents never named her, just calling her "Li'l Sis". She chose her own name when the teacher asked her name on her first day at school.