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Archive for the month “December, 2014”

The Animals of Painshill Park en-route to Farthing Wood


Painshill park in Cobham surrey is a wonderful place for walking and nature. Each season allows the park to be viewed differently. These photos are from Winter time. Cold Swans. Dancing ducks. Air bubbles under the lake. Woods.  Enjoy.

Painshill Park Cobham. Copyright Chris bushe

Painshill Park Cobham. Copyright Chris bushe

Painshill Park Cobham. Copyright Chris bushe

Painshill Park Cobham. Copyright Chris bushe

Painshill Park Cobham. Copyright Chris bushe

Painshill Park Cobham. Copyright Chris bushe

Painshill Park Cobham. Copyright Chris bushe

Painshill Park Cobham. Copyright Chris bushe

Painshill Park Cobham. Copyright Chris bushe

Painshill Park Cobham. Copyright Chris bushe

Painshill Park Cobham. Copyright Chris bushe

Painshill Park Cobham. Copyright Chris bushe

Painshill Park Cobham. Copyright Chris bushe

Painshill Park Cobham. Copyright Chris bushe

Painshill Park Cobham. Copyright Chris bushe

Painshill Park Cobham. Copyright Chris bushe

Rubber Duc. This band could be massive in 2015. You heard it here first.


One of the biggest musical finds for me in 2014 was Rubber Duc. A South African trio whose members are:

Nick Jordaan – Vocals, Guitar, High-hat

Brendan Campbell – Backing Vocals, Lead Guitar, Kick

Sheldon Sham – Saxophone, Percussion

I found them thanks to my daughter working out in South Africa. The first discovery was that they have 3 songs on Spotify. And of course You Tube videos. Their musical genre really means or meant nothing to me “ folk swing”. They are relatively new launched in 2013. The songs have great lyrics and meaningful ones at that.

The most recent single has a great video . It’s Alright

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zlUBFxL8jt4

‘It’s Alright’ is about the beauty and freedom of individualism. Whether you are rich, poor, crazy, sane, quiet, loud, shy, a couch potato, an intrepid explorer, all about the treble or all about the bass, it’s alright to be who you are”

But maybe the most sensational song and the lyrics are superb is Stay with me

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H8mz5kuyQmw

And the original song I heard . Aint’t nobody got time for that.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r2fsdQEcLS4

The You Tube quote says it better than I can

“Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That” is a satirical musical look at living in South Africa today. In true Rubber Duc style, it is a quirky and humorous “quack” at current issues… All the stuff we simply don’t have time for! “

 

Given some luck and exposure this band could be huge. Their music is up there with the best I can find at the moment and their songs and lyrics quite unique. Where else will you hear a duck quacking in every song?

 

Some great images from the net. Enjoy and spread the word please.

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Paintings by Vincent Van B for Xmas 2014


IMG_8544 Painting Vincent Van B

The Best Photos of 2014. Maybe.


This is the time of year that I frantically try and complete a calendar for 2015.  Here is the short list of my photos. It has been a strange photographic year really. Some memorable shots but maybe not as many as in past years so it has been relatively easy to get down to a final set of 22. all help appreciated in helping me choose the final 12.

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Could this be the Smallest portion of Cottage Pie ever?


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On a recent business trip I stayed at the Dalmahoy Marriott hotel, a pleasant hotel about 8 miles from the Edinburgh city centre.  I ate my meal in the bar area, called Zest, where one might either have a drink or have a normal dinner.  My choice was Cottage pie, allegedly ” traditional cottage pie”. The cost 14.95£ which for me is fairly high firstly for cottage pie and secondly for any meal in a kind of bar, that does not equate to Gastropub by any stretch of imagination. Please judge for yourself if this size portion is reasonable and feel free to pass this onto your friends too.

The plate is shown clearly and is a small dinner plate!

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New Painting by British Artist Vincent Van B


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A new painting entitled Poverty. 

Please do spread the word on this new and exciting young artist. He comes from a hairdressing background, where hairdressing and not painting exist.

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Spain is not an average country. Few examples of total madness. Enjoy


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Anyone who has travelled to Spain knows that “mañana” culture is the norm giving a happy relaxed feel to the place. Wherever you go there are examples however of quirkiness, oddness or even madness/stupidity. Lets take the Miracle Bar in Benalmadena Costa where you can drink Paint. Vehicle registrations that consist of the number 0000. The most eveil appalling food in the so called ” VIP” lounge at Malaga airport. Enough, I thought so. The try some Rocked salad…….

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Miracle Bar Benalmadena Costa

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Miracle Bar Benalmadena Costa

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Anyone fancy flying over Ukraine? Seems some do


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For me this is worrying. I would not be happy to be flying over Ukraine at the moment.

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The Curious Curves and Edges of Indianapolis


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Indianapolis is actually an interesting and under rated city, the obvious capital of Indiana. Full of bars and restaurants but maybe lacking a little of that extra excitement that comes with some other large USA cities. Nevertheless a good place to visit. Having today a little time to stroll around and see things in temperatures that at best were freezing and at worst well below with serious wind chill factor to add in.

Some curious things to report. Firstly in this weather the denizens of Indianapolis are being exhorted to sit outside to eat and drink their food and beer, not only that but on the corner of two busy streets.

imssageThen as always there is portion size to consider. Something I clearly did not do well today. A cinnamon roll that could feed a family seemed to fall into a bag and then into my mouth for a mere…

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Hong Kong Food , PuPu Platter and Deep Fried milk. What did the Hairy Angry Crab make of it?


I am sure that Chinese food is wonderful, it is just that to me it is not. I do not like the look of it, the smell of it, the taste of it nor the ingredients . Seemingly everything that I dislike gets included, mushrooms, prawns, shrimps, oysters, unspecified meats, raw meats, raw fish and so on……so although i seemed to survive 3 days there, i have lost weight, feel hungry and never really want to eat at/near/in a chinese restaurant again please. Things that I will avoid, Hairy Crabs, Angry Crabs, Pu Pu Platter,  deep fried milk and in fact everything. And in fact my sympathy is with the crab, if I were a Dungeness crab, I too would be angry being plucked from my tank alive and eaten.

The saving grace were the chinese tarts, there were a lot of chinese tarts in the hotel, blueberry ones, and at 5 pm they were released from their captivity and plunged into the lounge, where I devoured them.

pu pu platter

pu pu platter

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Hairy Crab

Hairy Crab

Chinese Tart. Blueberry tart

Chinese Tart. Blueberry tart

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Popcorn Ice Cream

Popcorn Ice Cream

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