All entries for September 2006

September 27, 2006

Guide dogs for the late!

Writing about web page http://newsbiscuit.com/article/charity-launches-guide-dogs-for-the-late

guide dog for the late

YES! Just what I need!

But do you think I could teach it to know which clocks I’ve put forward (all by varying numbers of minutes) in an attempt to be punctual?


September 15, 2006

Whitewater Punting

Ok. How can punting be deemed a suitably thrilling activity for the adrenaline junkies of the outdoor group to include it on their busy itinerary?

Perhaps we should have taken the punt out onto whitewater rapids? Could’ve been interesting, but I’m not sure we’d have got the deposit back (or punt for that matter) if we had.

Or would it be more exciting if I started this with a 999-Lifesaver style introduction?
(imagine Michael Buerk’s voice)

How Richard saved Tania’s life
For press officer Richard, the 10th of September 2006 started off like any other Sunday. He never dreamed that, before the day was over, people would be calling him ….”A Hero”...
Shocking images of a daring dive into the murky depths of the Cherwell.

Or maybe not.

Truth be told, it was a terribly civilised outing, gliding between colleges and admiring the sights… not quite the Pimms and picnic scenario of Oxbridge undergraduates, but getting there.

Of course, there were the odd encounters with hawthorn bushes which induced impressive outbursts of swearing- from me because I couldn’t get the stupid pole upright enough to push off from the bottom and from the crew because of the inconvenience of being snagged and scratched without warning.

Just a few photos for now- more to come.

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punting_2

punting_greenery

swanning around

Looking cool?
looking cool?

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Go girl, go!
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Philosophising on a jaffa cake…
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recording it all for posterity


September 12, 2006

devious dolphins

Writing about web page http://www.guardian.co.uk/life/feature/story/0,13026,989714,00.html

Thanks to John Dale for this link – amazing what dolphins are capable of!


September 08, 2006

Wallingford Bunkfest

Spent last Saturday at the Wallingford Bunkfest. Didn’t know what to expect- but it turned out to be an interesting mix of morris dancers, real ale and folk-music.

Can’t believe I bought a didgeridoo!! That’ll entertain my neighbours! As I was sitting at the busstop on the way back, practising (!) a bloke walked past who’d had a lesson with Rolf Harris (Mr Didgeridoo himself) once. Can’t beat that, eh? It’s not the most tuneful of instruments, but if you use your teeth and do little shrieks and coughs, you can get a whole range of weird and wonderful sounds…

me and my didgeridoo!

Spot the difference between my position and the real pro though…

the real pro

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bunkfest 1

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bunkfest 4

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The A-Z of ale!
beer tent

I wonder where these ladies come from? Any guesses?
morris dancers

According to their website , you can book these Hook Eagle Morris Men to deal with all sorts of problems:

Rain dispelled, Wars won, Tyrants vanquished, Sunrises Guaranteed, Crops fertilised, Earthquakes quietened, Floods mopped up, Virgins cured, most plumbing contracts executed and Beer and Donations actively encouraged.

Bookings also accepted for Major Events, Festivals, Weddings and other festive occasions (perhaps if you don’t like your new in-laws?)

morris dancers


September 04, 2006

do you mean this photo?

Follow-up to Tryfan from Alison's blog

Rich- Do you mean this one? Oops and now I’ve published it…

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Tryfan

Setting out in the sunshine…
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Don’t mess with the mountain goats…
Tryfan mountain goats


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Views on the way up…
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Me and Adam (or is it Eve??). As soon as we got to the top it started throwing it down with rain… but that didn’t dampen spirits…
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Is it radioactive? Has it come out of Teletubby Land?? Should we get the mountain rescue???
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On top of the world… (well Tryfan anyway)
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Sunshine (and the sea) in the distance
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Tryfan in the sunshine…
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