Airport Full Body Scanning

Sunday, June 8th, 2008

I always get stopped by airport security. Maybe it's because I'm small and blonde and don't look like I'd cause trouble. Whatever the reason, I've experienced every form of airport security, from bomb sniffing machines (I asked if he'd ever caught anyone, he said no) to metal detectors. On my ...

Alphasmart Neo

Monday, October 15th, 2007

I've been researching a device I can take everywhere for writing. My handwriting is too slow and messy for a notebook. I can type at over 70 words a minute, so why waste time with a pen and paper? But a laptop doesn't cut it. They ...

Idealised Youth (Kouros)

Monday, May 28th, 2007

Idealised Youth (Kouros) Originally uploaded by travellingcharl. I photographed this 5th century BC Greek statue in the British Museum, London. The accompanying label reads: The kouros was popular in the 6th century BC as a type of sculpture representing the ideal of the male ...


Sunday, July 9th, 2006

Went to Greenwich today for the National Maritime Museum, but I found other interesting places. There aren't many original London pie shops left. They sell mash (packet mashed potato), pies, jellied eels and liquor (parsley sauce). I had a chicken and mushroom pie, gravy and mash. It wasn't bad, although ...

Wetland Centre London

Saturday, July 8th, 2006

Today I went to the Wetlands Centre London. They were adapted from Victorian reservoirs five years ago and they're the biggest wetlands project in Europe. If you like ducks, you should visit. Especially in Summer - I couldn't count the number of ducklings I saw today. They've done a wonderful ...

Wireless broadband

Monday, July 3rd, 2006

City-wide wireless broadband has finally come to London. It's been in Sydney, in the form of Unwired and iBurst, for years. It's called and it's only available in the West End at the moment.

Robbed again

Saturday, July 1st, 2006

What did I do this Saturday? Well, I had to cancel my UK credit card again. I used my netbank this afternoon, the only way to view transactions, and I noticed a transaction for over 100 pounds that I hadn't made. Though my credit card was in my wallet, it ...

366 Days A Year

Sunday, June 25th, 2006

This shopkeeper must need help from Doctor Who to live up to his sign. Speaking of Doctor Who: Doctor Who Update For Belinda Last nights Doctor Who, Fear Her, was one of the best and spookiest so far, involving kids drawings that come to life, vanishing children and the London 2012 Olympic Games. ...

Launch party

Thursday, June 22nd, 2006

Celebrated the launch of, Haymarket's new directory website, at a fabulous party at Debenham House, 8 Addison Road, London W14 8DJ. What a mansion! It was covered, inside and out, in opalescent blue-green tiles and it was utterly beautiful. The entrance hall was domed and had a ceiling covered ...

Goat curry

Wednesday, June 21st, 2006

There's an all you can eat buffet selling Indian and Chinese food on the way to the station. One of the dishes it sells is goat curry. I've never eaten goat before and I have to admit that I shudder at the thought...

By the Thames

Sunday, June 18th, 2006

Call me oversensitive but the last two words I want to hear in the same sentence are the words "Crypt" and "Cafe". The thought of sitting on a recycled church pew and drinking a cappuccino six feet above desiccated corpses puts me off my lunch entirely. But I must be ...

Portobello Road Market, Notting Hill and Baker Street

Saturday, June 17th, 2006

One last photo from last weekend. Here's a squirrel eating a pistachio in St James Park. Now to this weekend. Went out to a pub called The Old Fire House on Friday night with work friends. Old is right, they have a memorial to the victims of the Great Fire of ...

Silly Pictures from the National Gallery

Saturday, June 17th, 2006

A few silly pictures I saw last weekend at the National Gallery: An Allegory With Venus and Cupid by Bronzino. Monty Python Terry Gilliam used to wander this gallery when looking for inspiration for his animations, and if you look at the bottom left hand corner - it's the Monty Python ...


Thursday, June 15th, 2006

Sorry I haven't been posting every day. I work full time now. I'm up at 6.45am and I get back from work around 7 or later. It's a long commute and going out afterwards with work friends or food shopping makes me later. I spent Saturday at the National Portrait Gallery ...

Bag snatchers

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

I see evidence of bag snatchers at work everywhere in East Ham. This morning, not far from my house, I saw a handbag lying emptied on the ground and there was nothing left but a scarf, a hat and the bag itself. On the Greenway, on Saturday, I saw evidence ...

Kill your wife

Wednesday, June 7th, 2006

A real street sign, that I walk past everyday on the way to Upton Park station.

St James Park

Sunday, June 4th, 2006

Lovely Sunday. Walked around central London with James. Had lunch in China Town at Piccadilly, then walked past the Ritz to St James park. We had a quick stroll through the Ritz but didn't stop. They book up weeks ahead. Plus the place looked a bit tizzy. Tried a bit of ...

Contrails and British Taste Test #3

Saturday, June 3rd, 2006

It's a stunningly beautiful summer day. About 25 degrees, not a cloud in the sky. It makes it easier to notice all the contrails. London is such a busy place that it is impossible to look at the sky without seeing a contrail or ten, some in the process of ...


Friday, June 2nd, 2006

In a very nice gesture, considering I've only worked there since the 17th of May, I got a chocolate cake, and a card signed by everyone at work for my birthday today. Then everyone sang Happy Birthday, and bought me drinks at the Queens Head. I (and everyone else) took lots ...


Wednesday, May 31st, 2006

The days are drawing out longer than I would have believed, coming from a lower latitude. The sun is rising at 5am and setting at 9am. Solstice is around the 20th of June, so the days will get even longer.