Archive for July 2012

Trapped   1 comment

Photo courtesy of freedigitalphotos.net

I am sitting at home, feeling somewhat trapped. There is some idiot, or should that be idiots, running in the middle of the road carrying flaming torches, a major bush fire risk if ever I saw one. They are being followed by a police car and a coach, why on earth don’t the police arrest them for causing traffic chaos.

Oh wait, the Olympic torch has arrived in Wimbledon. Its off up to the tennis courts; its a prophet of doom for the traffic chaos to come over the next three weeks. Now I’ve nothing against sport, international or local, and living here one is used to some small level of disruption during the annual tennis event. Its pretty minimal to be honest, mainly larger than usual numbers of people about late morning getting the busses from the station up to the courts.

I do think nine billion pounds is a lot of money to spend on a two week three day sporting event. With the savage public sector cuts, couldn’t the Olympics have taken their share of the pain, surely they could have coped with six billion instead, the other three billion saved could have been spent on the Police and the NHS.?

Furthermore, road aren’t shut during the tennis fortnight, yet for the Olympics loads of roads are being shut. Shops cannot have daytime deliveries to try and help with traffic flow, on the days when Olympians are actually playing tennis deliveries are restricted to between midnight and 6am. This is due to the new roof, that now allows play to continue until the local authority curfew of 11pm.

I suppose I should be grateful that tennis is not a paralympic sport, not that it would be played on a grass surface even if it was, so all the chaos will not be repeated, atleast locally to me, during September.

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Posted July 23, 2012 by bluonthemove in Travel, Wimbledon

This is quite funny   Leave a comment

I saw this on facebook, and whilst its not a post as such, I thought it might be a bit of harmless fun.

Acknowledgements to Barry Anderson.

Posted July 18, 2012 by bluonthemove in Uncategorized

Food, glorious food.   8 comments

A rather nice 2009 Spanish Shiraz from the Murcia region

I’m not a great one for restaurants in London, over priced especially if you drink wine and to be honest the food usually falls short of what I can do at home. So this is what I cooked as the main course for this evenings dinner, along with the 2009 bottle of Spanish Shiraz from the Murcia region of Spain, that was very much enjoyed.

I should point out, for my more sensitive readers, this post contains photos of dead meat!!

Dinner tonight was chicken breasts stuffed with cheese, mushrooms and garlic, wrapped in bacon and then roasted in the oven. They were then decorated with some peeled king prawns. It is quite difficult photographing food, better done in daylight when one can avoid shadows, but hey, I eat in the evening. They were then served on a bed of fettucine pasta in a white wine and cream sauce.

Before serving the decorative prawns were mixed into the pasta sauce, it was served up and the chicken breast placed on top of the pasta. The plate in the photograph was only used for presentation purposes.

Posted July 14, 2012 by bluonthemove in Food, Wimbledon

Trees   7 comments

I like trees, more so than most members of the human race if the truth is known. I sometimes think the phrase “as thick as two planks” is unfair to trees.

I went one time to Tenerife, on a freebie travel agents holiday, and as a result criss crossed the interior of the island many times, very much seeeing parts average tourists never did.

My travel companion and our Canarian guide

This was essentially a trip for divers, so the two non divers teamed up to investigate the walking opportunites that Tenerife has to offer. In case you are wondering dear readers, that slope is as steep as it looks, and the path as treacherous.

This is a dragon tree. Quite similar to the one in the Convent in Gibraltar posted by Britontherock

Having got a bit further down, the slope is now more gentle and we are getting a view down towards the coast. Oh look, free oranges!!

Orange trees. Growing wild, and self service.

At this point we are still quite high up, and although this picture only has a token tree on the right hand side, the views at this point were spectacular. Just wish I was a better photographer and hadn’t set the camera to a low resolution setting.

Spectaular view, token tree!!

Having safely completed our descent, we went for a posh lunch where we met up with the divers who had completed their morning dives. That afternoon we all went to a small town, don’t remember what it was called, but it had some nice trees in the town centre.

Foreground 2 locals, background church tower thing.

The church tower in the main square, from a different angle.

More church tower, less tree.

There are also trees in the leafy London suburbs. Here are a couple of photos taken in Richmond, South West London to finish off this post.

Deer feeding in the dapled sunlight in Richmond Park.

The old Richmond alms houses, in a beautiful tree lined setting

Posted July 14, 2012 by bluonthemove in Tenerife, Travel, Walking, Wimbledon