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This is my diary blog which I started when I retired from the Civil Service in April 2010. I like to include some of the things that I see and do with as many photographs as possible. Thank you for visiting my blog I hope you enjoyed it and will return to see what I have been doing. Or you could always join and be one of my followers.

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Monday, 29 August 2016

Remembering 1916 Exhibition

I found out about this local exhibition and decided to pay it a visit.The exhibition was at the Whitgift School, Croydon.   It is quite extensive and really interesting.   It was supposed to be closed on 31 August but by public demand it is remaining open until the end of 2016.

More photos on flickr.

Tour of Australia (Part 4 - Sydney)

Day 13 - we arrived in Sydney, a city that I love.   

I spent my time in Sydney visiting friends on each of the days we were there, I met up with Marg, Paul and Anne.

I did have time for a couple of sketches too. 

At the end of the organised tour I spent some time with some more friends in Sydney and I was taken to visit the Blue Mountains and it was spectacular.  There are photos of the rest of my visit on flickr.

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Tour of Australia (Part 3 - Cairns)

Day 9 - After our time at Ayers Rock we flew to Cairns, where it was very hot and humid.

This was my view from the hotel balcony I had a relaxing home on Day 10 so I did a couple of sketches. 

The following day it was a trip on the Kuranda Skyrail and Railway. 

Our last day in Cairns we went up to Port Douglas where we saw the lovely church, St Mary's by the Sea.

We went on to do a river trip to spot crocodiles 

Look heres one!

More photos on flickr.

Theatre trips 2016 continued,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

It has been a very good year and I have nearly beaten my record from last year and it is only August.  So since my last posting on theatre trips I have managed to go the following.

Funny Girl - with Sheridan Smith
Les Blancs - The Whites
The Maids
Sarah Millican (twice) and equally as good the second time too. 
Tom the Musical - yes a musical about the life of Tom Jones)
Brainiac Live - really for the kids but good fun
Guys and Dolls (again)
Doctor Faustus
Whose Line is it anyway
And this is my friend Mr Laurel - a one man show with Jeffrey Holland from Hi-Di-Hi
The Truth
Jamie Cullum & Friends
How the other half loves
Dave Gorman - a work in progress for his next TV series on Dave
The Bodyguard - with Beverley Knight and Ben Richards which was spectacular.

And a few more to come...........................

Saturday, 27 August 2016


A visit to Cliveden with my school friends on a hot and sunny day.   Beautiful day out with some lovely people.  A few of the photos and some more on flickr.

Annual Inspection of the Gibson Memorial Tomb

This is the Annual Inspection of the Gibson Tomb by the Churchwardens of St Nicholas, Sutton.  

Monday, 1 August 2016

Paignton Zoo

On a recent visit to a friend in Paignton we took a visit to the zoo.  It was a great day and we were very impressed by the zoo.   

The orangutans put on quite a display, especially this little young one.

 The parent was not entirely impressed and was more interested in eating. 

The giraffes are always so elegant. 

And in this shot I managed to catch a seagull in flight too. 

Jamie Cullum at Greenwich Music Time

I went my friend Debbie to the Greenwich Music Time at the Old Naval College, Greenwich, to see Jamie Cullum.  

First we saw Jacob Collier, a very talented young man. 

Then we had a fab time watching and listening to Jamie Cullum.

We had a lovely sunset too.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Tour of Australia (Part 2 - Alice Springs and Ayers Rock)

On Day 6 of our tour we flew from Perth to Alice Springs.  On arrival we took a mini bus out to the bush and we were shown how to throw a boomarang.   We then had a BBQ and were shown how to make damper with syrup all washed down with wine, beer or water. 

The following morning we visited the Telegraph Office, the School of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctors museum. 

We also saw the war memorial where we had a great view over Alice Springs. 

Later in the day we came to Simpsons Gap, this was gap where the telegraph was able to pass through.  
The next day we left Alice Springs for Ayers Rock.  We first saw the Olgas.

In the evening we had the Sound of Silence dinner which was amazing.  .We had local dancers
 Saw the sun setting and enjoyed a great meal of Soup, Lamb, Kangaroo and a selection of desserts

The next morning we were up really early to witness the Ayers Rock at sunrise, which is quite spectacular. 
More photos of the tour are on flickr.