A Little Bit Of Culture…

…or as about as cultured as I’m going to get anyway.

Lots of people turned up to see Placido Domingo in the title role of the Royal Opera House’ s production of Simon Boccanegra

Appaantly it’s 25 years since the great tenor was first on a big screen production – I had no idea they’d been running that long.

Oh, and guess what? Yep, it rained. Well, of course it did, I was there!

Here’s a bad pano of the crowd just waiting eagerly

Big Screen 3 @ Trafalgar Square

Big Screen 3 @ Trafalgar Square

The woman handing out anti-BP leaflets got short shrift from the people where I was sitting. She didn’t look too stunned…

Going Walkabout…

…which, rather regretfully for males of my certain age *cough*, did not involve a naked Jenny Agutter.

Back to the point. A little trip to Ely, to do a bit more of the ongoing ‘”let’s-take-photos-in-as-many-cathedrals-as-possible” project.

You might think this preoccupation a little strange for an ardent athiest. Think away. Done? Right then. I might not be approving of the purpose for which the things are built, but I can very much appreciate the craftsmanship and architecture splendour they inevitably contain. They are magnificent buildings, after all, and packed full of history, art, style and things of interest, not to mention stories galore.

So, the latest addition to the ‘done’ list was Ely. And what a place it is. A lovely little town, and a truely magnificent cathedral. Here’s a view of the unique Octagon ‘Lantern Tower’:

Lantern Tower

Ely Cathedral's Unique Octagon Lantern Tower

This was constructed in 14th Century, and replaced the old central tower which collapsed – although thankfully no-one was injured when it did so.
The Lantern is 23 m (74 ft) wide and is 52 m (170 ft) high. From the floor to central roof boss ‘The Lantern’ is 43 m (142 ft) high. And looks it from underneath , I must say. (Click on Image to see it bigger on Flickr)

There is a fantastic roof as well, which you can see in this end-to-end panorama (Yes, it’s flawed – I’ll correct it when I get time -Click on Image to see it bigger).

Ely Cathedral Roof

Ely Cathedral Roof

And there’s the fascinating David Wynne sculpture too, titled “Mary Magdalene Recognises Jesus”

Mary Magdalene Recognises Jesus by David Wynne

David Wynne's "Mary Magdalene Recognises Jesus"

I was rather pleased with this one ๐Ÿ˜‰

And, after all this, I also managed to stick to the ‘no-chocolate, crisps or junk food’ diet which I’m going to need for a long while to come.

Go me!

Oh, and I forgot…

…There’s a new email address to go with all this shiny new-ness, too:


(You know what to do with the -AT- and -DOT- I hope)

I like email (subtle hint)

A New Home For Abstracted Reality…

A new home! Hurrah!

A new domain! Hurrah!

Some content…err, not yet. But all the old stuff should be there. Somewhere. Honest! Unless, of course, I’ve made a pig’s ear of setting up WordPress, which is quite likely ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thingiesโ„ข will be added soon to http://www.abstractedreality.org. Really, I will…

Sir Richard is in the house!

Hmm, it’s time to catch up on the PhotoBlog again. (Well, probably!).

I shall over the course of the next few days try to backdate all the posts I should have done in the last, err, 6 months.

Eek, has it really been that long?

Slap my wrist for being indolent.

Anyway, to start back off, here’s that icon of britishness, Sir Richard Branson completing the London Marathon yesterday.

In Butterfly wings.

The man’s a loony.

But then again all the best people are…


A nice little light show..

Speed of Light @ The Bargehouse, Oxo Tower.

…even if it is like the black hole of Calcutta in some of those rooms, making focussing rather challenging when you:

a) can’t see what you’re trying to focus on, and

b) can’t actually see the camera to focus it.

So it’s guess and hope time.

About 20 times before I actually managed to get something vaguely acceptable, but there’s persistence for you.

(And incompetence, but you knew that already, didn’t you?)

And thanks to Keith for the head’s-up on this one, would have missed it otherwise…(as usual!)

A Fistful of Rollers!

Oh, it’s time for the biggie in the UK Roller Derby worls, the arrival of the Texas Hustlers, come over here to train, teach and generally kick some butt at the London Rollergirls.

Here’s a nice, subtle image of the lovely Danger Joyce displaying the Auld Reekie motto ๐Ÿ˜‰

Held at the ExCel centre in Docklands, typically on a day when those lovely, people at TfL (/sarcasm mode) decide to close the DLR.

Still, a fab evening out, even if my back did hurt after lugging all that camera kit about with me. Not helped by missing the train by 5 minutes at Euston and having to wait an hour for the next, consequently crawling in at quarter to one.

Oh well…

Oh, I do love rail replacement buses…

And here’s oneof the action, too. Aren’t i good to you?

Paddy’s day!

Oh come on, what do you expect for the St. Patrick’s Day parade, yellow Ferraris?

(It has to be green for Paddy’s day, unless it’s Guinness, than it’s black, of course)

The Oirish certainly know how to party, a fact which makes this one of the more fun events in London.

Even if Asgeir and I became unintentional paparazzi by following the parade and somehow ending up in the middle of it ๐Ÿ˜‰

First Signs Of Spring

…barely, anyway.

Spring is rather reluctant to come this year, what with it being cold and wet all winter, nothing wants to seem to make the effort to bud.

But then again, I didn’t want to make the effort to get out of bed, so i don’t see why the plants should either.

Still, on my first trip to the wonderful Kew Gardens this year, at least there was some colour to look at…unlike last year when we went for free on new Year’s Day and it was BLOODY FREEZING

Down and Out.

Fox Sake getting rather abruptly shoved off course by Stefanie Mainey @ London RollerGirls Closed-Door bout – SuffraJets vs SteamRollers.

Wierd atmosphere, the closed door bout, and one I found difficult to really get into.

Still, they’re all lovely…