Sunday, February 25, 2007
Where I usually go for a beer (which is far less often than it used to be). The Golden Lion has bits dating back to the 17th century and a pub has been on the site since around 1440. Not much of old Romford is left but at least this piece is a pleasant place for a drink.
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Well, you see that little thingee sticking up almost in the middle of the snow? That's what's left of last year's peony-colony. In a couple of months they will return. That's what keeps me going right now. Spring. There WILL be a tad of spring and summer this year too :-D
Graffiti or art? Well, this kind of "graffiti" I like to call "art" - street art. I love these small pictures that can be seen in sometimes hard-to-find places.
This MIB guards the house of the local newspaper. I hope they won't wash him off. He's handsome.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
I just have to show the temporary main library in Houston. In my opinion in a much nicer building than the normal one. The main branch is normally housed in the house behind this one, a 1970s building now being renovated (a little sliver can be seen behind this builing, on the right hand side). This older building was (I think) donated a long time ago to be the start of the library system. I love the tree in the front yard. Both library buildings are dwarfed by one of the downtown skyscrapers.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
Say neeeeeigh :-)
This is a building housing a gas insulated high voltage (220 kV) switchgear in Kuwait. I spent a few months there 1993-1994, trying to get it working (well, we were successful in our mission). Amazing place.
Kuwait towers, one of the important landmarks of Kuwait City. Partly destroyed during the war in the nineties, but in good shape when we came there a few years later. Sadly, that was not the case everywhere we went :(
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
This is - by far - the most beautiful place where I have ever worked.
Strömsholms Castle, some 20 kms west of Västerås, is a very small castle open to the public a few months every summer. No one lives there, it's a museum owned by the Swedish royal court.
(this was one of the places where I worked - in the café and as well as an assistant inside the museum itself - trying to make ends meet during/right after my studies.) <--- perrrrfect for a med student - don't you think? Taking care of an old wreck ;)
(ouch ouch ouch, that is NOT a nice thing to say, errrr, WRITE)
Initially it was built by Gustav Vasa, later it was rebuilt again almost from scratch in 1669. Some of the grounds from the Vasa-era remains, to be seen in the basement.
It does NOT house any ghosts. I was so disappointed to hear that :(
I really love the place, and despite being extremely happy that I have a better job now I still miss it from time to time.
Monday, February 19, 2007
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
The postcard is from my sister when she stayed at our cousin Andrea's guest house in Brittany. Andrea is Dutch but prefers France and Ireland. the little magnet betrays the touch of the not-wife
This is definitely the work of the not-wife but like Jean-Luc Picard there's nothing like Tea - Earl Gray-Hot!
Sadly this is my sole contribution to the fridge furniture. I still use fountain pens and the fridge is an excellent storage area for ink... oh and WD40!
Spill you beans! Tell me (i e show me) three things about your fridge, or rather what's on it (in case you're not the kind of stylish person who refuse fridge-photos and stuff. I tried to be, but I gave in to my fridge-ism again).
OK here goes, the Västerås-version of assorted fridge-ism:
Oh, the memories! Depeche Mode at Stockholm Stadion, a lovely summer night in 2006.
Magnetic writing pad, got it from friends. I simply CAN'T understand what they mean by that. Me, being the owner of many pairs of shoes? Hmpf!
Poor quality, but it's a photo of a photo, and it wasn't really sharp even to begin with (my mom took it, she's not really into photography :)). This is Astor, one of my cats, although he lives in Karlstad with my mom since three years now. He moved there to keep her company when her cat died (I had Izzy, and they really hate each other so this switching thing is a great idea, even though I miss him). He's a Norwegian Forest Cat, very handsome and extremely friendly.
Sunday, February 11, 2007
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Thursday, February 8, 2007
Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Monday, February 5, 2007
Sunday, February 4, 2007
On a hot Monday in July, at the Eiffel Tower, some people were working, trying to keep the order among the infinite masses of ice cream eating tourists.
(I'm not absolutely sure I'm the photographer of this picture, it might be my sweet travelling companion, but it is from my camera).
Saturday, February 3, 2007
This is one of the fountains in Trafalgar Square (just below the Alison Lapper statue). The figures are of Tritons and are all very classical but there seems to be something wrong with this picture- as if someone ate a dodgy kebab!
Friday, February 2, 2007
This has to be the best statue on display in London at the moment. It currently occupies the fourth plinth in Trafalgar square (this plinth had been earmarked for a statue of William IV, but nobody could be bothered to raise the funds!) A few years ago it was decided to use the fourth plinth to display challenging works of art.
The statue of Alison Lapper, an artist in her own right, got a mixed reception from the critics (what do they know?) but it has proven to be quite popular. Unfortunately its time on the fourth plinth comes to an end in April. The replacement does not look that inspiring, sadly.
By the way since you all use your real names I thought I would do likewise so no more jamsodonnell - not here anyway!