Bellerophon symbol, variation 7
Wednesday 1st January 2014

New Year's Day
P1017563.JPGSo we had Mouse, Simon and Liz round for dinner, drinks and general celebrations. This seems to be the only surviving photograph.

Saturday 4th January 2014

Dunno . . . 4th January . . . stuff
Yeah, I know . . . a lot of these pictures are very similar but I don't really have the time to work out which to keep and which to delete, so might as well leave 'em all in.

Thursday 16th January 2014

Now, do you mean 'driver' or 'registered keeper'?
P1167578.JPGWhen I've got the time, energy, inclination, etc . . . when I can be arsed I might explain this picture. I'm puzzled by the bit, "By parking, waiting or otherwise remaining within this private car park, you agree to comply with this Parking Contract . . ." Does that mean if a pedestrian waits within the car park that they too have, in effect, agreed to those terms and conditions? And what if someone insured to drive the vehicle belonging to the registered keeper violates the terms and conditions? In that situation, the registered keeper will not have agreed to the terms and conditions in the first place. Furthermore, if unable to reliably identify the driver, how come the DVLA are happy to pass details of the 'registered keeper' (and NOT the driver) to a third party without the permission of the 'registered keeper'? I don't think they thought of that. Yes, yes, yes. I know what you're thinking - Protections of Freedoms Act 2012, schedule 4, paragraph 4(1) - which seems to contradict a rather fundamental tenant of UK Contract Law. So . . . yeah . . . god knows.

Saturday 18th January 2014

Garbed in his pontifical robes
P1187586.JPGP1187581.JPGP1187579.JPGHere we are on a walk to the so-called 'Fairy Steps'. R****** and I spotted that people had started hammering coins into the bark of a dead tree. So why the hell not, eh? It's only 1p.

Sunday 19th January 2014

Bogle Crag and thereabouts

Saturday 25th January 2014

The Gregson Film Club

2001: A Space Odyssey For a while now I've been running / organising a private little film club. Here's the setup . . .

We meet up somewhere between every 6 and 8 weeks (usually!) at the Gregson Community & Arts Centre, Lancaster. Events occur on a Saturday night with the film itself starting at 19:30. Films are shown in the Gregson's own dedicated 25-seater cinema room. Further details available here.

Who gets to choose the film? Well, this is done on a random, names-in-a-hat, manner. I keep a track of who's picked a film and once everyone has had a go, the process begins again.

The general consensus is that the film to be picked remains a secret until everyone turns up at the Gregson for the screening.

We have but three simple rules:

  1. One in three. To be entered in the draw to choose the next film, you need to have attended one in three of the previous events.
  2. One in six. To remain a member, you need to have attended one in six of the previous events.
  3. No horror / gore films, except by prior notification.

The Film Club itself is a very informal, friendly affair. Sometimes afterwards some of us might hang around to discuss the film that we've just seen, or we might not . . . just depends.

We're always looking for new members who are into films, can spare a Saturday evening roughly six times a year and, erm . . . well, that's about it really. If you're interested or want to know more, contact me by any of the various means possible, or leave a comment below.


Sunday 26th January 2014

The authors recognised 82 species, including six described for the first time

Wednesday 29th January 2014

The Gregson Film Club, part 2

Ah ha! Domain purchased, new web-site created:

Friday 31st January 2014

infantry, cavalry, elephants, and chariotry
P1317651.JPGAs is so often the case, I can never seem to capture the beauty of wood on camera . . . the grain and how this is brought out by varnish, oils or whatever. A****** and I were playing chess as A****** has some kind of chess event with his local Scouts, so we were just brushing up on the rules and stuff. I admit to say that A****** took my queen and it was completely by accident; I simply was not paying attention.