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What could possibly go wrong on a 2 hour train journey. Hamburg to Berlin


The background to the story was the fact that Berlin airports were closed down by a 2 day strike of ground workers earlier this week. Trains into Berlin were not surprisingly packed with slightly more irritable commuters than usual. 

That was how I came to be on a train bound for Hamburg.  People basically sat where they could with some of the signage for reserved seats confusing or wrong.

I was sat opposite a woman of maybe 30 years who was engrossed in a newspaper and had bought a cup of takeaway coffee and a bag of food for the journey. The train was an ICE train that travelled around 150-200 kph. Mostly the tracks were straight however my traveling companion was clearly unaware that around 30 minutes into the journey the train was leaning to my right quite considerably s it ventured around a bend at 190 kph. From the corner of my eye I could see the cup of coffee sliding off the table before I could do anything useful. The coffee splattered onto the floor and as the contents jumped into the air they splattered all over the woman’s clothes sitting opposite across the aisle.

 Her smart jeans were soaked along one side. She was not amused but said little before disappearing off in the direction of the toilets. The actual coffee thrower dashed off to get tissues and towels . 

Around 15 minutes later the pair were back in their seats. Not a word spoken. The coffee thrower pulling her scarf I presume around her face in a sort of reverse hijab seemingly in a vain attempt to hide.  Later in the journey a large flask appeared on the table opposite in almost seemingly a challenge to see if this woukd fall off in revenge! 

Very lastly as the coffee thrower packed her stuff to leave the train in Berlin she accidentally threw her Woolen hat at the same woman opposite! Watching all this and their reactions was pure cabaret. 

Finally the train arrived at Berlin and some food was needed. I queued at the first outlet for a takeaway roll. These rolls are superb and their is a huge selection in a cabinet . Maybe 100 on offer. The person in front of me while paying dropped a euro coin and it fell somewhere into the melage of rolls and sandwiches.  Not only did she need her Euro back seemingly but the coin could not be found . The girl serving was hunting between and at times inside the rolls! I guess biting on a Euro would not be so great . 

The moral to this story is if travelling eventually on any journey the cabaret will always arrive ! 

Amsterdam Food. A Photographic Memory


The Best omellete in Amsterdam

The Best omellete in Amsterdam

Coffee in Amsterdam

Coffee in Amsterdam

Make your own Magnum. Amsterdam

Make your own Magnum. Amsterdam

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Amsterdam- City of Curious Things and Curious People


Most people are aware of Amsterdam as a great city to have fun and observe life and people. Behind the obvious sights there lies a whole host of strange things and people, and some cute things as well. Amsterdam has the ability to both shock and enlighten. Walking down a city centre street I am not sure what shocked me the most, that a haircut coild cost 45 euros or that someone had written a book titled ” The Philosophy of Beards”. True that maybe a bottle of nice mexican beer came free too.

In Vondelspark a strange gentleman with a horse’s head was playing what I imagine was some sort of tambourine. I use the term playing lightly. He was making a kind of repetitive banging noise which only seemed to stop when we was given money, so I consider this a good cause to donate a euro too. Plus no scowling when I took his photograph.

There are many shops including a number that sell whole cheeses in sizes that must make an interesting hand luggage size. Shops where they close and put up nice signs such as ” we are sorry we are closing and will not be in your palate for a few days” instead of handwritten closed signs. Pizza restaurants where they say ” no cash” rather different from the UK sunday curry buffets where its cash only. I wonder why. Beer that is actually cold with glasses kept in the freezer. Coffee that not only tastes good but looks good and can be drunk by a canal watching boats and people go by. A shop where you can make your own Magnum, at a price though around 4 euros. Maybe the best omelette I have ever tasted. From an Irish Pub actually next to the Paradiso.

The Best omellete in Amsterdam

The Best omellete in Amsterdam

Musician with a Horse Head.

Musician with a Horse Head.

Not entirely sure that words can describe this? Vondelspark man.

Not entirely sure that words can describe this?
Vondelspark man.

Coffee in Amsterdam

Coffee in Amsterdam

Awful gifts Amsterdam

Awful gifts Amsterdam

Fake Tulips

Fake Tulips

awful Hat Amsterdam

awful Hat Amsterdam

Batman returns to amsterdam

Batman returns to amsterdam

Where is the last pair?

Where is the last pair?

Batman returns to amsterdam

Batman returns to amsterdam

Make your own Magnum. Amsterdam

Make your own Magnum. Amsterdam

Boat trips on the canals Amsterdam

Boat trips on the canals Amsterdam

Boat trips on the canals Amsterdam

Boat trips on the canals Amsterdam

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Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

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The Modern English Breakfast in Photographs


English Breakfast

English Breakfast

English Breakfast

English Breakfast

Rosmarino Restaurant Worcester Park


I bought a Tastecard a few years ago, 29£ per year giving discounts usually 50% on food and many restaurants in UK. to begin with their selection was limited but things have improved a lot. We picked this restaurant at random. We visited friday lunchtime having checked they accept the card then, not in the evening though on friday. We sat outside on a lovely large patio and all was superb. The menu is large enough to be good choice but not too large as to give too much choice.
Food was great. Starters of Bruschetta and Aubergine, main course of Sea Bass and chicken and asparagus, and dessert of apple crumble and tiramisu. simple Orvieto for wine. If we had no wine, no coffee and no service the food would have cost only 27£ for two using  Tastecard!
Really recommend here especially if you can sit outside. In fact even without the Tastecard the food prices are not so much more than other average food chains.

Rosmarino Restaurant in Worcester Park. Outside patio

Rosmarino Restaurant in Worcester Park. Outside patio

Sea Bass

Sea Bass

Chicken and Asparagus, with courgettes and roast potatoes

Chicken and Asparagus, with courgettes and roast potatoes

Peterborough- Is this Narnia?


I have nothing against Peterborough and indeed the people I met today at the football ground were pleasant and normal.  However it was a little like arriving in a parallel universe.  This is more easily explained using photographic evidence to support my case.

  1. In a short under the road tunnel connecting the car park to the football ground there was quite interesting graffiti but also what seemed like a perfectly good duvet, a suitcase and other bags. Almost like someone had left these items for collection. The presumption is a tramp but the quality of the items are better than some of my possessions at home
  2. The advert for Vista homes makes an interesting point but is sited very close to the underground tunnel and suggests that the tunnel is the place to live. In fact it states ” A brand new way of living that sets the benchmark for future housing”. In tunnels maybe?
  3. In the small catering outlet in the football ground two gentlemen serving food and drinks were pouring their hot water from a tap. Clearly they could be absent minded as there was a piece of paper attached stating ” Hot water not sauce”……..
  4. Wooden seats to sit on that reminded me of outside toilets at my grandparents house around 50 years ago.
  5. Bob the builder standing on the mud pile where the old terracing was sited complete with builders hat. His role to collect the stray footballs that were ventured over.

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Please vote for your favourite photo


Strawberry from the garden. My favourite photo of 2014.Copyright chris Bushe

Strawberry from the garden. My favourite photo of 2014.Copyright chris Bushe

Spider in Motspur Park Copyright chris Bushe

Spider in Motspur Park Copyright chris Bushe

Peregrine Falcon eating a chick.Copyright chris Bushe

Peregrine Falcon eating a chick.Copyright chris Bushe

coffee by the canal in amsterdam. Copyright chris Bushe

coffee by the canal in amsterdam. Copyright chris Bushe

Heron in Vondels park amsterdam. An old heron i guess.Copyright Chris Bushe

Heron in Vondels park amsterdam. An old heron i guess.Copyright Chris Bushe

Heron in Vondels park amsterdam. An old heron i guess.Copyright Chris Bushe

Heron in Vondels park amsterdam. An old heron i guess.Copyright Chris Bushe

Lemur at Twycross zoo.Copyright Chris Bushe

Lemur at Twycross zoo.Copyright Chris Bushe

Meercat at Twycross ZooCopyright Chris Bushe

Meercat at Twycross ZooCopyright Chris Bushe

Starfish point on Grand Cayman, as lovely as it looked. Copyright Chris Bushe

Starfish point on Grand Cayman, as lovely as it looked. Copyright Chris Bushe

Crab Spider in the garden one summer day. What was it doing thereCopyright Chris Bushe

Crab Spider in the garden one summer day. What was it doing thereCopyright Chris Bushe

Arctic Tern on Farne Islands.Crab Spider in the garden one summer day. What was it doing thereCopyright Chris Bushe

Arctic Tern on Farne Islands.Crab Spider in the garden one summer day. What was it doing thereCopyright Chris Bushe

Iceland geysers.Crab Spider in the garden one summer day. What was it doing thereCopyright Chris Bushe

Iceland geysers.Crab Spider in the garden one summer day. What was it doing thereCopyright Chris Bushe

Crab Spider in the garden one summer day. What was it doing thereCopyright Chris Bushe

Crab Spider in the garden one summer day. What was it doing thereCopyright Chris Bushe

Bird of prey at Painshill Park Copyright Chris Bushe

Bird of prey at Painshill Park Copyright Chris Bushe

The first apples ever grown on the small tree in the garden we planted 2 years ago. Copyright Chris Bushe

The first apples ever grown on the small tree in the garden we planted 2 years ago. Copyright Chris Bushe

Enormous Custard Cream Biscuits


Is there a better biscuit than a Costa enormous Custard Cream? So logical, make a biscuit of the size that one might want a cake to be.

Custard Cream. Copyright Chris Bushe

Custard Cream. Copyright Chris Bushe

Custard Cream. Copyright Chris Bushe

Custard Cream. Copyright Chris Bushe

The Best Way to spill Coffee


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