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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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Sunday, 11 September 2016

Trip into London

I went for a trip into London to see the 350th Anniversary of the Great Fire of London.  A wooden floating structure of a street of 17th century wooden houses designed by the US artist David Best in collaboration with Artichoke and built on barges by hundreds of schoolchildren and unemployed young people.

The sculpture was set alight on 4 September as a dramatic retelling of the story of the Great Fire of London of September 1666.  

More photos on flickr.

I also took a few photos around Blackfriars.

And from Blackfriars Station.
Also a few photos down Old Bailey

Tour of Australia (Part 6 - Melbourne)

Day 18 - We flew off to Melbourne.  We started with a visit to Queen Victoria Market before going to the hotel.  

The following day I went to the Royal Exhibition Building for the International Flower and Garden Show. 

I also had a walk around the city and came across the Eight Hour Day Monument - 888.  This was initiated in 1856 by the Eight Hour League who campaigned for 8 hours of work, rest and recreation and education.   

Later in the day we went out to Philip Island to see the penguins come ashore - no photos allowed.

The following day we went to Ballarat and Sovereign Hill, which is a living museum.

Our final evening of the tour we went on one of the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant. The meal was amazing and so was the atmosphere. 

A few more photos on flickr.

Tour of Australia (Part 5 - Canberra)

Day 17 - we left Sydney early to travel by coach to Canberra.   On route we had a coffee stop at Berrima, a place I had visited many years ago.    We then went on to Gold Creek Sheep Farm where the owners John and Bev and their son Craig showed us around. 

We then moved onto the city of Canberra where we stopped to have a look around the Parliament Building and the War Museum where we saw the daily memorial service. 

A couple more photos on flickr.

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.