Marillion – Tux On

June 28, 2009

Apropos of nothing much at all, here is the wonderful Fish-era Marillion track Tux On.

Food Festival

June 28, 2009


Today has been a busy one, with a christening to attend this afternoon. Before that, however, we went to the Children’s Food Festival which was being held by the Northmoor Trust on the land they steward around the village of Long Wittenham in South Oxfordshire. This is the part of Oxfordshire where I grew up and have lived on and off for all of my 36 years. The picture above was taken today as we walked to the event, and shows the lovely landscape of South Oxfordshire – one of the reasons I like living here.

The event was great fun, with lots of practical things for Miss Fleet to do (planting things to grow, milking a (fake) cow) and lots of delicious things to sample. As always the Ladies in Pigs in particular had some delectable things to try.

P6280010.jpg Later in the morning we spotted a young lady who was wandering the fields dispensing pesto from a large receptacle on her back. The weather has felt very thundery in the last day or so and I must confess that I did wonder what would happen in the event of a thunderstorm, and whether the unfortunate promotions girl would be identifiable after the immense detonation which might result if she was struck by lightning! (Before any experts write in (perhaps, say, a passing olive oil impresario), I know this wouldn’t actually happen, but it made me giggle at the time!)

It was great to see lots of excellent British food being promoted. and also most heartening to experience an event dedicated to getting children to try food which is more out of the ordinary than they are used to.

Good Timing from Q Magazine

June 27, 2009


Pictured on display at the entrance to Borders in Oxford, and apparently rushed out as mine hasn’t appeared through the post yet, it appears that the Editor of Q magazine has had a major stroke of luck with his choice of cover story for the August edition!

Blue Nile – New Album?

June 27, 2009

232607 BigRab at the Ben Lomond Free Press brings us the fantastic news (as reported on the Today Program) that The Blue Nile are planning a new, fifth and (it sounds) final album, and a tour. The Blue Nile are not exactly prolific, having released four sublime albums in 30 years, so this is quite a big event.

For those who are unfamiliar with the band, the film below marries their track Saturday Night to the paintings of Edward Hopper… a marriage made in heaven.

Hopefully the album will include the fantastic new track in the clip below, which the band played at their live gigs a couple of years ago, although given the glacially slow gestation of Blue Nile tracks and the extraordinarily high level of quality control it’s more than likely that this track has been long discarded!

UPDATE – Neither BigRab nor I noticed that in fact this Today segment dates from a year ago, so too much excitement might be premature. Oh well. I stick by my prediction of 2013.

I suspect I will live to regret this…

June 26, 2009

18102008023.jpg …but I have just signed up to take part in the 2009 Brompton World Championships at Blenheim Palace in October…. It’s over a 13KM course with what is described as a Le Mans style start (i.e. one has to run to and then unfold the Brommie before setting off…) I am rather looking forward to it, but think some training will be required beforehand to avoid total humiliation… I have taken the precaution of self-streaming myself into the slowest category!

Separated at Birth

June 25, 2009

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Left – Dominar Rygel XVI of Hyneria, Right – Rothmans

Rothmans and Dominar Rygel XVI (from Farscape)

Diminutive stature – check

Insatiable appetite – check

Extreme flatulence – check

Talent for getting into scrapes – check

(Updated for Spelling)

Relaxing Evening

June 24, 2009


I am on baby sitting duty tonight as Mrs Fleet is off at some meeting or other. Rothmans and Miss Fleet have gone to bed with surprising ease, so I have taken the opportunity to sit out in the garden with a nice Cuaba cigar and an equally nice glass of Rosé.

The picture quality isn’t great as I am using my Nokia E71 at the moment. I have an N85 as well, but I prefer the E71 for everything except it’s inferior camera.