A veteran Westland Wasp helicopter parked in the car park in front of my local Morrison's today. And no, the pilot had not just landed to pop in for a pint of milk and a tin of cat food, it was being used as an attraction to raise money for charity. You could enter a draw with a first prize of a helicopter flight - hopefully not in the one pictured above (click on the photo for a much larger and more detailed version), as it was over forty years old and looked it close up. It looked about as agile and robust as an old brass bedstead.
Have you ever thought about how environmentally harmful the sending of Christmas cards is? Think - the amount of resources that go into making the cards, transporting them to the shops, then the fuel used to deliver them - and then they get thrown in the bin. Not good. I have resolved to send very few cards this year - and I will try and hand deliver those I do.
You can view my Flickr online photo album here. Only not if you are behind my company's corporate firewall and content filter. Sorry work colleagues.
Talking of the environment, I actually think global warming may have some very pleasant side effects. Imagine strolling through the native olive groves of Barnsley, or quaffing an excellent vintage Chateau Neuf Du Peckham. We would all save a fortune on holiday travel, that's for sure. The thought of Belgium under thirty feet of water does have a certain charm as well.
Erith has a Wikipedia entry - the only trouble is that it is very dry and factual, and does not really give a true feel for the town. I was out for a walk earlier this afternoon, and as I passed the local tattoo studio, a sign in the window advertised tattoo gift vouchers - "The ideal gift for a loved one at Xmas." Quite. Erith in a nutshell.
Ian, Tim and I will be going to Twickenham next July as we have managed to get tickets to see Genesis on their reunion tour. I have seen them before, back in 1987, during their pop / rock period, and they were very good. I, along with a vast majority of their hard core fans was always much more keen on their older "proper" progressive rock material they played in the 1970's though. Bass pedals? Check? Two drummers? Check. Double neck guitars? Check. More keyboards than should be able to exist in any one place at the same time? Check! I am hoping that the set list of the forthcoming gig contains some of the old classics. I have found a very good version of "The Firth of Fifth" online and I am posting it below. If you are not familiar with the track, it is just over eight minutes long, and does take a while to get going; please bear with it though, as you will hear probably the greatest ever Prog Rock band at their height during their 1977 "Seconds Out" tour, playing a song which absolutely defines symphonic progressive rock. Take it away....