Sunday 30 May 2010

iar: toilet door II

Royal College of Art gallery - heaving metropolis (population: approx 7,700,000)

Saturday 29 May 2010

iar: magazine D

D = Digital Photo [Issue 130 June 2010 £4.99 pp 140]

lens flora

Friday 28 May 2010

railroad tracks V

Peter is a train conductor. He loves the Isle of Wight. He says that when it is sunny everyone is friendly and chatty. When it's raining everyone is miserable and sullen.

Wednesday 26 May 2010

Monday 24 May 2010

Sunday 23 May 2010

Saturday 22 May 2010


Today I climbed my first rock: small chimney (that groove in the middle, which is near another climb called 'Take That Effing Chalk Bag Off, Or I'll Nick Your Rope And Give It To Terry "The Chainsaw" Tullis And He'll Keep It For Ever And Ever' - honestly!) :)
My neighbours spent the day rinsing their entire 10-foot gravel path through a 10-inch sieve. That is also true.

Friday 21 May 2010

Wednesday 19 May 2010

the lidl moment

The queues in Lidl were legion. One would stand for hours, watching as the people in front slowly dribbled through buying inexpensive strangely named foodstuffs and groceries. 
Initially this was infuriating - why don't they have more people on the tills, can't they go any quicker, why does it take so long to scan three items, why is that person doing their entire weeks shop and taking as long to pack it away... but after a time I realised that it was futile and detrimental to get frustrated by this. Why did it matter how long it took? One just had to accept that it would take as long as it did. So now going into Lidl - I chill, I stand, I contemplate the world and experience life in the moment; as minutes of peace free from the usual distractions and pressures. For that moment - the Lidl moment - I am at peace. This has extended into other areas of my life too. So if I am frustrated by something I just think 'Lidl' and life moves into perspective, my frustration subsides, and I feel at peace with myself and the world.

Tuesday 18 May 2010

iar: magazine C

C = Crafty Carper [No. 153 May 2010 £3.50 pp 164]

feminine hygiene VIII

I found a mooncup! Not in some worthy healthfood co-operative or metropolitan department store - but in a small chain chemist in a small town. I'd heard of such things (see 'feminine hygiene II') but was never convinced they really existed. It was sat looking rather lonely on the shelf - the smaller size of the family. And at £22 it's definitely an investment piece! :)

Monday 17 May 2010


This is an old puzzle. I was given it in a maths lesson when I was 12. The teacher had a comb-over and died of a heart attack at 64. I would try and do the puzzle on paper, but could never get the answer right. Then computers came along ;-) It still intrigues me.

A man did a favour for a king. The king asked the man to choose his reward. The man asked for a grain of rice to be placed on the first square of a chessboard. He asked for this to be doubled on the second and all subsequent squares. How many grains of rice did he end up with?

feminine hygiene VII

the darker side of effective hand washing

Sunday 16 May 2010

hotel milk

hotels and B&Bs must have 4 cartons of UHT milk on each room's hospitality tray. it's a rule. this is regardless of the number of people staying in the room, the size of the cups, the number of teabags and coffee sachets, or even the price/poshness/star rating of the hotel.  
no more and no less.
i have only seen this regulation breached twice: the occasion of less milk appeared to be a rushed-room change, the occasion of more milk just seemed like a flagrant disregard :)

Thursday 13 May 2010

iar: magazine B

B = Bodyfit [Launch Issue May/June 2010 £3.50 pp 132]

Saturday 8 May 2010

surprising win


tub chair in Caffe Nero in a small town (population 30,340)

beauty amongst the grey III

beauty amongst the grey II

Friday 7 May 2010

Thursday 6 May 2010

already dead


slice of cooked lamb

Wednesday 5 May 2010

Tuesday 4 May 2010

railroad tracks III

going nowhere

Monday 3 May 2010

Sunday 2 May 2010

pink blossom

Saturday 1 May 2010

iar: magazine A

26 weeks - 26 magazines I've never read before (starting with the letter A... then B... then C...) - 26 different shops.

A = AnOther Magazine [18th Issue Bi-Annual Spring/Summer 2010 £6.95 pp 365+cover]

rainbow II