Busy Week

29/10/2010

I’ve had a busy week
Tuesday Worked the Bar for an evening with Shirley Wiliams
Wednesday it was Gervase Phinn (He writes about his experiences as a School Inspector in Yorkshire)
Thursday was me time went to Cardiff first to see Simon Pegg & Andy Serkis in Burke and Hare, they took surprisingly little liberty with the story except what happened to Hare and Dr Knox.
But it was a great film I don’t think it will do too well in the States and Canada especailly as it is full of Cameos of Simon’s mates.
Then I went to Dr Who Live (yes on my own, surprisingly there were a lot of adults without kids, even some couples! including straight couples)
But the show was great mind you bit miffed the London shows had Matt Smith performing live, and It looks like they had extra Darleks, but Cardiff where they film it had filmed segments! (gives a hmmph that a rabbit would be proud of) But it was great it had a reasonable story line to include as many monsters as possible, and hearing the theme and incidental music live was great. (sorry no pics a; Not allowed b; bad photographer in first act c; second act they did something to the lights to make all the pictures streacky ( I believe that the technical expression is ‘Alienation’ and is induced by adding a high frequency pulse in the lights that makes average digital cameras unusable)
Friday Working the bar again at Cinema at the Drillhall as we are showing ‘Invictus’ I expect a thirsty crowd
Saturday Might be doing the door and bar for a charity concert by a String Quartet
Sunday Putting a hearing loop in during the day and doing the Bar again for a Halloween Show in the evening by RT Madam Rhondda Tannoy (aka Craig Downes international Opera tenor). I’m going old school as Dracula al a Bella Lugosa I hope that I can remember how to do the bow tie.

Too knackered to write this Saturday

11/10/2010

I’ve already spoken of the Drillhall were I volunter (must remember to take camera) well The Chepstow (itty bitty indy) Bookshop has steady been building a reputation;

First best independant bookshop in Wales and the West and just missing out on the best in the UK

This weekend was named one of the 50 Best Bookshops in the UK

The Owner was very modest and didn’t tell anyone he was a Costa Book Prize  judge in 2009

Well it meant a busy Weekend Friday we had General Sir Richard Dannett and Chepstow being a Garrison Town as well as being close to other military towns and bases, the SAS regularly pass thru on the way to the Breacon Beacons where they train it was a full house and a thirtsy crowd.

Saturday morning was Alexander Maccall Smith First time we had a morning event that he made as a detour to Cheltenham Festival.  But if you can go to one of his events (It was over an hour of Him talking then answering questions) go He was charming and very elegant in Crushed Strawberry Trousers and exteremly funny. (If you contact me I could divulge what JLB stand for? if you promise to keep it confidential [Apprently in Edinburgh this means telling only one person at a time])

In the evening there was a play which was surprisingly good being a production to get as many WWII songs into a show as possible, and including nods to the whole Homefront war movies ever made

I’m having a break and not helping out on Tuesday when Ken Follet is doing a turn, about His new trilogy just as The TV started advertising The Pillars of the Earth mini-series.  So bet that will be a sell out

Sorry been quiet

30/09/2010

Sorry I havn’t posted nor commented but my old PC was ailing and has finally died.  Now I start working out how to use this platform

But as a catch up, here is some photos off Abergavenny Food Festivals latest art

Flowers and bees at Abergavenny Food Festival 2010

Flowers and bees at Abergavenny Food Festival 2010

Flowers and bees at Abergavenny Food Festival 2010

Also some interesting chocolates

Marmite and Marmite Extra Old Truffles

If you don’t know Martmite is a spiced salted yeast extract, But despite I hate Marmite the mix works as I had some during my tutored tasting called ‘Chocolate Alchemy’

But the food festival isn’t just food, wanted to buy this

Great Animals of Africa Sculpture

Unfortunately it was both too expensive and too heavy

Seal takes it easy

31/08/2010

From the BBC, a great source of Qte

Link

Sorry can't post pictures from the Slide show but a seal has decided to lounge in a nice soft dinghy rather than hard rocks

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Clearly bears enjoy the pot as much as the honey

19/08/2010

From the BBC

'Tame' bears guard Canadian marijuana farm

Canadian police with bears Officers were initially worried, but the bears sat around and watched the raid

Police raiding a marijuana farm in western Canada were astonished to find black bears apparently guarding it.

However initial alarm wore off when officers realised the 10 or so bears did not behave aggressively and were in fact docile and tame.

Police believe dog food was used to attract the animals onto the farm in British Columbia.

But they say the bears may have to be put down if they have become accustomed to living around humans.

Two people were arrested in the raid.

The five police who went to the farm near Christina Lake, close to the US border, to dismantle the marijuana plantation were amazed when the bears loped into view.

"They were tame, they just sat around watching. At one point one of the bears climbed onto the hood of a police car, sat there for a bit and then jumped off," said Royal Canadian Mounted Police sergeant Fred Mansveld.

In Canada, feeding bears is illegal as it leads to bears associating food with humans and increases the likelihood of bears coming into towns and cities to look for food.

Conservation officers are deciding the fate of the bears 

I bet once the Bears are taken away from the Farm and nop longer have the Pot plants to nibble on they will become mighty hunters again Even if they are tame why do they have to be put down can't they be used top educate people about Bears

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Another Simon’s Cat Video Enjoy

18/08/2010

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Another Simon’s Cat Video Enjoy

18/08/2010

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The Height of Bad Manners

18/08/2010

Just back from lovely Lunchtime Concert, by a Brass Quintet.  But I can't believe that someone sat in the froint row wearing ear defenders!  Not just ear plugs but a full proper set in bright red, why did He attend a concert or why not sit at the back sans the defenders

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Cats are smarter than Rabbits Cats have secretaries

08/08/2010

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You might be wanting to order this book?

06/08/2010

From the Daily Mail and other papers

My Favourite Animal Families

More photos here from Authors Website

Animal family album: The incredible and touching photos that show parental love is universal

By Mail Online Reporter
Last updated at 4:42 PM on 5th August 2010

A stunning new book by a renowned photographer will melt your heart – with images of family love between members of the animal kingdom.

One photo shows a baby orangutan in Kalimantan, Borneo, perfectly mimicking its mother's hand movements – just like a toddler.

In another, taken in Africa's Masai Mara, a tiny baby elephant hides at the feet of its family – sheltering from pounding rain.

Mum-brella: A baby elephant shelters from a storm beneath its mother in one of Steve Bloom's remarkable pictures

Mum-brella: A baby elephant shelters from a storm beneath its mother in one of Steve Bloom's remarkable pictures

Steve Bloom's 'My Favourite Animal Families' showcases some of the best pictures of baby animals that he has taken over the past 14 years.

On his travels to get these images Steve, who lives in Kent, has taken in every continent – including two trips to Antarctica.

The book's text is by author David Henry Wilson, whose works include the popular 'Jeremy James' children's series. Although 'My Favourite Animal Families' is aimed at kids, the pictures are so spectacular they will appeal to people of all ages.

Spot the difference: A cheetah with her cub

Spot the difference: A cheetah with her cub

Spanning almost every habitat across the globe, from the African plains to the frozen Arctic, animals of all kinds have been captured on camera in acts of paternal caring.

Steve said: 'When shooting these pictures I was working to an underlying theme of anthropomorphism'

'I want to take kids reading this book into another world, but also to demonstrate that animals, like us, are sentient beings.' 

Everybody has an embarrassing Dad who's always cracking jokes - even this seal

Everybody has an embarrassing Dad who's always cracking jokes – even this seal

'A good example where this worked very well is the baby elephant. Humans don't like being lashed by the rain and the calf shows clearly here that elephants don't like it either. This little one was happy to shelter under its mother.' 

'Through showing behaviour like this, I hope we can increase child readers' appreciation of the animals and help them to connect, so that they understand the importance of these species.'

'They exhibit some behaviours similar to humans and showing people this can hopefully stimulate interest and education.'

We ARE smiling! A mother and baby hippo in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, captured on film by Steve Bloom

We ARE smiling! A mother and baby hippo in the Okavango Delta, Botswana, captured on film by Steve Bloom

Other astounding and touching images in the book show an adult chimpanzee giving an infant a helpful piggyback through tropical rainforests, while another shows a giant panda rubbing noses with its tiny cub.

Other animal families gracing the pages include cheetahs, zebras, hippos, bears, gorillas, lions, seals and orangutans.

Readers are treated to over seventy intimate photographs presenting fourteen species of wild animal, handpicked to show a wide variety of animal family types in different environments around the world.

A baby penguin adn his proud parents pose for Steve's camera in the frozen wastes of Antarctica

A baby penguin and his proud parents pose for Steve's camera in the frozen wastes of Antarctica

Each animal family is featured over four pages, with Wilson's text exploring different facets of family life, from feeding and grooming to playing and hunting.

'My Favourite Animal Families' from Thames & Hudson is available for £9.99 in all good bookshops from August 16.   Signed copies can be ordered from http://www.stevebloomshop.com

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