Thursday, 27 April 2017

What is Wrong With This Picture?

The practically inclined amongst you will have immediately spotted the interesting design quirk.

Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Strong Arm of the Law

In the UK it is traditional for the police to carry only truncheons, whereas in France a choice of weaponry is available...

This photo was taken at Saturday's St George's Day fete.

Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Anzac Day 2017

Today is Anzac Day, the day when Australians and New Zealanders remember the dead of two World Wars, Korea, Vietnam (in Australia) and the various other wars that the countries have been involved in. There will be ceremonies at War Memorials in every city, town and village in both countries, with some being broadcast on television.

The War Memorial in Pittsworth, Queensland consists of a stone obelisk at the front of the Soldiers Memorial School of Arts. According to the newspaper:

PITTSWORTH, March 10. At an enthusiastic meeting held in the Shire Hall last night it was agreed almost unanimously that the fallen soldiers' memorial should take the form of a public hall. It was estimated that the hall would cost at least £2030.
The Brisbane Courier, 12 March 1921.

A link to the Australian War Memorial's page on the Pittsworth Memorial is here

Monday, 24 April 2017

Just Because I Can

I like this photo, it's part of an old wine press made by "Pressoirs Colin" of Montreuil. I took the photo at Chateau Gaudrelle where it sits, gently rusting, in the car park.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

St George

This is the Australian Hotel, St George, Queensland, Australia. It was taken at sunrise after a particularly spectacular evening of rock and roll. After playing from 8.00pm to 1.00am we sat on the balcony and had a couple of sociable drinks before heading to bed. After an hour or so I got frustrated chasing the bed around the room so went for a walk instead. We played St George a number of times over the years and always had far too much fun.

Part of the aftermath of that evening may be read about here.

Saturday, 22 April 2017

St Georges Day

Tomorrow is St George's day. He is patron saint of:  Preuilly sur Claise, Aragon, Catalonia, England, Ethiopia, Georgia, Greece, Lithuania, Palestine, Portugal, and Russia, as well as the cities of Amersfoort, Beirut, Fakiha, Bteghrine, Cáceres (Spain), Ferrara, Freiburg, Genoa, Ljubljana, Gozo, Milan, Pomorie, Preston, Qormi, Rio de Janeiro, Lod, Barcelona and Moscow. He is also the patron saint of the Boy Scouts, skin disease sufferers and syphilitic people.

To celebrate that, today Preuilly has its Foire de la St Georges, a fête foraine (a travelling fair, held on fixed dates in different places). There will be a couple of fun fair rides, some brocante stalls, and the local organisations will have displays and stalls selling stuff. The Fete is always held on the 3rd Saturday of April which sometimes brings the date into conflict with fairs in nearby villages, so one can never tell just how populous the event will be.

We will be there anyway, maybe for a lunch of sausage and beer. Which last year was very good.