20 Assorted Icons

Wednesday, April 19th, 2017 08:59 pm
debris4spike: (Guitar)
I have actually managed to get a set of icons made.  This is for round 3 of [livejournal.com profile] monthlyinspo  It is in many ways hard as we are given a theme of "Dark & Light" .... but I find the hard thing is deciding what images/theme to use.  So this set of 20 are a bit of a missmatched set of themes.  However they are all dark/light ... I hope!

Anyway here are my 3 teasers -

 photo rulesofengagement181_zpsjpa7o5ho.jpg  photo 320VampireDiaries0068_zpsie5x1hjo.jpg    photo DSC_0270_zpsojipc0qu.jpg

Here they are, if you want to peep )
debris4spike: (James - singing the blues)
One thing that I have managed to do over the last couple of weeks is make 20 icons for the first round of [livejournal.com profile] monthlyinspo ... the theme is "Blazing Blue". There were no other prompts, which I tend to find slightly harder.

Anyway, here are the three teasers :-

 photo DSC_0425_zpsycg9apnq.jpg    photo 11_zpsydhznl8p.jpg    photo 14_zpswklce1lj.jpg

The full set is here )
debris4spike: (Dad)
39 - Put your iPod on shuffle and write down the first ten songs that pop up.

  1. Pomp & Circumstance No 4

  2. All that she wanted - James Marsters

  3. Bad - James Marsters

  4. Katie - James Marsters

  5. Bless 'em all

  6. Blocking Brainwaves - Ghost of the Robot

  7. Bohemian Rhapsody - Queen

  8. Be Thou my vision

  9. Long Tall Sally - Elvis Presley

  10. Bye Bye, love - Everley Brothers

Honest. I didn't cheat 3 (4) are James Marsters.

40 - What were your highs and lows of the past year?

Obviously loosing Dad was the low point ... as was helping him to cope with loosing Mum and also his independence. Although I do have some good memories of some of those days.

So spending time with Dad was special ... as was my trip to London. I plan to go back to London in November again, and know I will see Dad again in Eternity.

The list of 365 questions can be found here
debris4spike: (London - Dr Who (+ James lyrics))
Day 23 → travel you did this year

Well, I did a lot of travelling to and from Exeter-Torquay, going to Church, taking Jiffy to the vets & hairdressers, as well as sorting out M&D's hose.

But my main 2 trips were -

a) Visit to Clacton to see Auntie Joyce (Dad's sister), as well as going to visit her in Colchester when she was in hospital. I plan to go to Clacton at the end of January as it's her 90th birthday.

b) My real holiday was a trip to London for remembrance weekend .... sightseeing, the cenotaph, and meeting up with [livejournal.com profile] deborahw37 . As you can see by the photos I have already posted.
debris4spike: (Queen)
For those who thought I had finished ... sorry, more London photos.

The last time I had been to Madame Tusauds was 1976, so not suprisingly things had changed.  However I did enjoy myself.  There were a few things that suprised me, the first being there were about 7 or 8 people who I had never heard of ... yes, a huge Bolleywood display.  Seemed slightly weird for a London museum.  The other thing that I was suprised was that of the chamber of horrors ... missing, although we had some sort of "whodunnit" talk.  Which seemed do false, but I suppose doing it every 5 mins must ve hard to keep exciting.

Anyway, I enjoyed it, especially the tour of the history of London, which was great, although not enough time to take it all in.

A few of the celebs )
debris4spike: Photogragh taken by, and icon made by <user site="livejournal.com" user="debris4spike"> (Sword of Sacrifice)
So, on the Sunday I made my way to the Cenotaph.  Security was strict, which was good.  The hour & half I was waiting I got chatting to a great bunch of people.

When I got there I had a great view, but then people shuffled around, soldiers and policemen arrived, and no view of Our Queen.  However it was special to be there (even if my feet did freeze by the end!!)

Security ... glad that's not me )

Pause for 2 minutes )

This is what they do with all the wreathes )
debris4spike: (Poppy Wreath)
The real reason I chose the weekend I did to go to London was to be there for the 11/11

The first year I was at college (1979), there was a bomb scare in our building and I walked over to see what all the people were doing.  And on the Thursday before that Sunday there is the dedication of the Field of Remembrance that is held in the grounds of St Margaret's.  I went every year until we moved to Bude.  Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother used to attend.  I have been down a couple of times since, and although I missed the service I did go to the field.

Every regiment has it's own plot, and I always used to go to The Northamptonshire Regt, as my Granddad was in that regt, and served 1914 - 1918.   He had died in 1978, which is why I went there the first time, but after that I got to know some of the other attendees and used to meet up with them.

This year I also wanted to go to the Home Guard memorial, as Dad had served with them.

Pause and remember )
debris4spike: (Barnabas - James in Caprica)
On the Sunday afternoon I went to the National Gallery. When I was at college in the early 80's we were almost next door. Yes I had gone around from time to time, but hadn't been back since 1983, so it was nice to sample the delights again

Wandering around )

And, this was my college for 3 of the 4 years.
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debris4spike: (Christmas - reason for the season)
Not great photos, but Christmas was getting organised ...

Happy Christmas )

And one special photo - a shop sign I saw.  For those who don't know, Dad's name was John, and Mum's middle name was Pearl

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debris4spike: (Stone sculpture)
One thing I do love about this museum is the geology section ... I could certainly have taken a few samples from there!!

See what I mean! )
debris4spike: (Giraffe)
Well, if you go to the Natural History Museum ... you have to see animals, don't you.

However one of the films Mum & Dad loved was "One of our dinasaurs is missing", and as you enter the building you get a great reminder of it.
One of our dinasurs is here )

And, as I said there are more dinasaurs to see .... here )

As well as a few of the other animals, including Guy the gorilla, as you can see )
debris4spike: (Stone sculpture)
I went to the Natural History Museum on the Saturday morning.

It is my least favourite museum in many ways.  For one thing I avoid the whole section of insects etc!!!

I am not impressed with the way the dinasaurs are displayed, which is one of the things everyone goes to see, but I think the bosses have tried making things too trendy, or something!!  Anyway that's my personal thoughts!!

For another I don't believe in evolution, but in creation, so tend to find some of the ways the rooms are laid out a bit weird.  However as that is personal to me it doesn't stop me enjoying the exhibits.

However if there is one thing I love about this museum is the building itself - it is stunning, and the more I looked, the more I saw ....Examining the bricks & mortar )
debris4spike: (Stonehenge)
On Saturday I went to the Britsh Museum to meet [livejournal.com profile] deborahw37 and to wander round the museum.  Like the other big museums there are some things you can see regularily and yet still see new things again.

Some of the many things I love about this museum is the stunning workmanship, both in the larger items, as well as the larger things.

Here are just a few images of some of the items in this amazing collection )

There are some more pictures here in case you are totally bored today

London Photos #6

Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 05:56 pm
debris4spike: (With DJ)
Here are a few more assorted pictures as I continue to sort through my London photos ... enjoy!

More wandering round London )

And, to show it was me wandering around London -
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debris4spike: (James - Moonshot)
I really can't remember the first time I went to the Science Museum, but I was probably about 9 - 10 (ie 1970ish) .... but every time I visit there is always something new to see, and something that I have already seen to re-discover.

Some of the many exhibits )

London Photos #4

Friday, December 2nd, 2016 04:06 pm
debris4spike: (DJ - plaited!)
This post is in two sections.  The first bit are a few images of here and there, seen on my travels.
Around and about )

When I lived in Upminster (end of the district line!), Mum was a Tupperware manager for 3 years, and her HQ was in Stratford .  She and I got to know our way round the roads back in the 70's ... we wouldn't manage to cope now.  This is where the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park was built

Looking for medals )
debris4spike: (Skull)
After my meal I headed to The Wallace Collection ... and here is what this is about, for those who haven't heard pf it ... although most of us vaguely know of Wellcome as a provider of medication, etc

Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853-1936): Pharmacist, entrepreneur, philanthropist and collector.

Henry Wellcome had an early interest in medicine and marketing. The first product he advertised was 'invisible ink' (just lemon juice, in fact). In 1880, he joined his college friend Silas Burroughs in setting up a pharmaceutical company, Burroughs Wellcome & Co. They were one of the first to introduce medicine in tablet form under the 1884 trademark 'Tabloid' previously medicines had been sold as powders or liquids.

When Burroughs died in 1895, the company flourished under Sir Henry's leadership. He went on to establish world-class medical research laboratories and amassed the world' s most impressive collections relating to medicine and health through the ages.

Wellcome Collection is now housed in the original Wellcome Building (built to Sir Henry's specifications in 1932), which is next door to the headquarters of the Wellcome Trust, his philanthropic legacy. His vision was to create a space to house his collections, where professionals could come to learn more about the development of medicine and medical science.

Established under Sir Henry's will in 1936, Wellcome is a global charitable foundation, which aims to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive. Politically and financially independent, Wellcome supports scientists and researchers to take on big problems, fuel imaginations and spark debate.

And here are a few of the exhibits )

I did go round the Bedlam display, but found most of it a bit vague, sadly.  I did like some of the work done by various "in-patients" trying to describe their symptoms ... but it's the sort of display you need to see a couple of times to get to grips with the feelings

London Photos #2

Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 05:24 pm
debris4spike: (London)
The delay is terrible - so sorry.  In actual fact I am off work again, with another chest infection.  I do certainly hope it doesn't last as long as the infection did in the New Year.

The decorators have finished for the moment.  So have some sticky paint at present, bur as of tomorrow I can start to get some of the pictures up in my hall.  The carpets ar due in a couple of weeks time, so can't get the bookcases back in the hall, or the furniture organised in the spare room.  But as I am really not great I have the perfect excuse not to push myself.

So, following my photos of the Florence Nightingale Museum, I walked a bit around the St Thomas's area. When I was in my first year at college in 1979 we did human dissection at St Thomas's, yet I couldn't work where we used to gI had dinner in County Hall, sounds posh I know, until I tell you it was a McD's!!! And then back over Westminster Bridge ... and as, ever the camera was busy.

Around Parliament regions )

I'm Back!!!!

Tuesday, November 15th, 2016 11:04 am
debris4spike: (London)
Wow, my feet are sore!  Yes, I will post photos, although not all the 750 I took!!!!

Highlights included being at The Cenotaph on Remebrance Day, having my photo taken with Yoda (!) ... and the star moment being spending a couple of hours with the truly lovely [livejournal.com profile] deborahw37 .... the British Museum, and coffee and cakes (of course).  Thanks Deb, next time I pay!

Just collected Jiffy, and Sarah assured me he was happy, except for the fireworks, but he managed to find somewjere safe to hide.  However he did spend quite a bit of time either sitting by the front door, or by his "case".  Yes, he was happy to see me, but great to see he was OK to give Sarah a cuddle as we left.

I have taken this afternoon off work in the end, to relax, and start the photos for you all!  Also I have the decorators here ... Yay, and they have told me next week they will do my hall, stairs and landings  So, this afternoon I must go and get carpets organised!

Well I had better get on - my washing is on the line, but I do need to finish unpacking, write some letters, and then look at some of my photos.

I will be spamming for the rest of the week!!!

btw, did I miss anything?
debris4spike: (London - Dr Who (+ James lyrics))
Somehow these last couple of weeks have flown by .... I have been at work, and carrying on with the gym.  So things are progressing well.

However I also have no painting work done yet, so am still living in a muddle still.  While things are in chaos anyway, I have decided to go ahead with the order for a granite work-top while life is upsidedown.  I will be getting money from Mum & Dad, so the money will be paid back to me, although until then the credit card has to carry the bill.

So, overall things are moving forward.  I am sort of aiming for my birthday in June to be pretty much sorted out.  That way I can take my time to begin to pull my life into some sort of shape.

Anyway, the real news is that as of early tommorrow I am off to London for a few days.  Jiffy is with doggy-sitters, so I just hope he's happy.  She is lovely, as is her housemate, so I think they will spoil him ... well, I hope so, anyway.

Lots to see & visit, and a great friend to meet up with.

So, prepare to be spammed with photos next week ... signing off till Tuesday at the earliest.


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