who are you going to call

Who are you going to call

These red things are becoming a endangered feature in the UK landscape. This one was taken in “downtown” Mangersta on Isle of Lewis. As you can see them there Victorians knew how to make things, as the house has pretty much fallen down, yet the phone box still stands. Question is, does it still work?

I took this because of the podcast from BBC World Service, BBC World Update, Daily Commute : The Sunday Feature: Britain’s vanishing phone boxes, the Beep don’t have it online anymore but if you dig around I’m sure you can find it.

Tasmanian Bush fires 2013

Tasmanian Bush fires 2013

We arrived into Tasmania amidst of one of the worst bush fires in living memory. You hear and read about it but you really don’t know how bad it is until you see it. The total randomness of the fire – one house, tree or car gone to the ground and right next to it there is a house, tree or car totally unscathed bar a bit of ash.

Our hearts and thoughts goes out to the families who suffered, please donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery fond who are working hard to help.

Wild dogs

Wild dogs

We saw our fair share of “wild dogs” and even heard them fighting in the night. They were roaming the street living on what they found. Puppies left to fend for them self at the side of the roads. Drivers didn’t even try to avoid hitting them when ran out onto the streets, saw plenty of evidence of dog and vehicular “interference”. People threw things at them, kicked them away and hit them with brooms or whatever they had at hand.

Not something we were used to see.

Ghost School

Ghost School

Old school in Bannack, Montana and some of the rules for the teachers were …


You will not marry during the term of your contract
You are not to keep company with men
You must be home between the hours of 8pm and 6am unless attending school functions
You may not under any circumstance dye your hair
Your dress may not be any shorter than two inches above the ankle
You may not dress in bright colors

Going underground

Going underground

If you know me or have meet me ever, even for a short while. I’m sure that you have heard my rant about the Tube aka the underground public transport in London. I had to endure it the other day, lucky I only have to use this horrid thing once every three to four months. How can people do this every day, TWICE or even more ….. oh here I go starting my rant, I’ll get off my soap box.

Tedious link

Kerb crawlers

Kerb crawlers

Also “fondly” known as Chutney.

Yes they do look beautiful, wonderful colours and are just begging to be kicked about. Though do be careful: if they are wet they are as good as an ice rink. After a fall a few years ago where these little blighter took the front wheel away and I came down hard, wet leafs are now known as Chutney. Because of the mango coloured bicycle I was on was called that and the mess I have hit looked a bit like some too.

Bike parking

Bike parking

This a common sight in Denmark, bicycle parking. Not that I would do that to my bicycle letting it stand out there by itself. Freezing it tyres off in the winters and in the summer no shade or cold drinks for it. I do not how in such a great country and with such great people that they can be so cruel to their bicycles. Its right up there with cruelty to animals.

“Have you oiled your bicycle chain today?” should be right up there with “an apple a day, keeps the doctor away. And should be on your daily agenda like walking your dog or give a good friend hug.

Street party

Street party

Even though I was working yesterday it was good to see the street parties, when I went to and from work. I think I saw at least eight street parties. Best of all the roads were empty and the parks too, so it really felt like I was alone out there.

So we just need to get Charles to take over from Liz and then Jr to take over from Charles and the happy royal couple breeding fast. We will then have a few parties in fast succession, three coronations, a few baptising (they tend to breed these royals) and then some weddings when the little rascals have grown up.

Oh it will also get something else on the coins, notes and stamps it is getting a bit boring to see Liz every time 😉