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April 30, 2010

more tests



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April 29, 2010

trying out new stuff

in the midst of upgrading the big grey guessing box and its accompanying chorus of new tricks [dual quad-core Intel Xeon Mac Pro, for those keen on the substance] slowly the many pieces of the digital jigsaw come together, though not always in the expected way it has to be said.

Ixus image captured and processed

Nikon image captured and processed

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April 27, 2010

one of the ones that didn't make it

[gravely voice] In a world with only four TV channels, in a time when Saturday night entertainment regularly drew an audience of over 11 million viewers and I designed games for Gladiators, here’s one that didn’t make it:


the cyclotron

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April 23, 2010

alive and well, and living in Huddersfield

one of these big fellas:


a four foot monitor lizard

and one of these:


they did tell me what it was but I forget...
the question is - where?

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April 20, 2010

The Strange Case of Upper Lane

This road sign has been bothering me for a while


Upper Lane is in upper case, except that the first letter seems to be lower case. Or so it would be in most typefaces:




But then some sifting around, in amongst the type trays, turns up a few faces where the capital U does have a spur, bottom left.


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April 18, 2010

Synthetic twang

Just what you don’t want – synthetic twang – when painting a surface, like a panelled door. What you do want is the soft give of a natural bristle. Preferably a long thick bristle for good pick-up and laying on, a feathered end for laying off and a chiselled edge for cutting in.


It’s getting harder and harder to find natural bristle paint brushes – the brushes that go thoop as you reach the end of the cross-stroke not twang.

The vibration resulting from the twang of these crude nylon bristles continues up the handle and makes the job seem like painting a balloon half-filled with jelly.

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April 16, 2010

continuing the theme of sun and foliage


the spring sun shining through our kitchen window

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April 15, 2010

more seasonal pictures


spot the daffodil

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April 14, 2010

Glory days


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April 09, 2010

Great Grandfather

James Coombes

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April 07, 2010

white goods

an early advert for kitchen appliances

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April 04, 2010

the art of the stylist





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April 02, 2010

several layers

just how many, I've forgotten,


you could always count the hands...

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