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Verona

Sep 19, 2014
Verona
Verona’s streets are a complete tangle; running around grand buildings and ancient stonework, overlapping, flowing, then snapping at right angles around an immovable church, little eddies of streets form courtyards without warning, run on and burst suddenly into a sunlight Piazza. Everything in the city shows you its age, ancient monuments or careworn apartments with crumbling plaster, peeling paint and worn wooden doors. The occasional freshly painted building seems alien and film set fake in its newness.

Life with the Nexus 7 Tablet

Sep 16, 2014
Life with the Nexus 7 Tablet
Eighteen months ago I joined the future and bought a shiny slab of technology, a 2012 WiFi Nexus 7. Since then many newer and shinier models have appeared on the market, so a long detailed review is less interesting than looking at the useful niche it has found in my everyday life: replacing paper. Still, for the curious, here’s the short opinion on the Nexus 7 itself: very nice screen, good battery life and a solid feel.

Valves

Jul 27, 2014
Valves

Ireland 3

Jul 20, 2014
Ireland 3
Wednesday 11th June When I ask the receptionist for the best public transport route to Connelly Station I get a puzzled look and am told it’s a 20 minute walk. Setting off on foot I decide that this means Dublin’s public transport is awful. If a city has good public transport its inhabitants work hard, and with a sense of pride, to avoid walking anywhere, even if that means three convoluted changeovers and waiting for longer than it would have taken to walk.

Ireland 2

Jul 6, 2014
Ireland 2
Monday, 9th June After trying to find an alternative I give up, accept some amount of self-loathing, and book myself onto a day bus tour of Connemarra. It’s a good deal really: same cost as a public bus return, seeing more than one interesting site and less chance of getting stranded in the middle of nowhere if a connection doesn’t work out. But it still feels like a defeat, like I’m being nannied on a school trip.

Ireland 1

Jun 29, 2014
Ireland 1
Saturday, 7th June The first thing I feel after arriving in Dublin is relief; a much delayed first flight and hurried change of aircraft mean I’m glad just to be where I expected to be. The worries of an alternate universe of expensive last minute hotel nights and rebookings fading and finally vanishing as my suitcase appears on the luggage carousel.

Ivy

Jun 1, 2014
Ivy

Leaves

May 1, 2014
Leaves
Stadtpark Hamburg

Thread and Self-Publishing

Apr 27, 2014
Thread and Self-Publishing
It ended well. Not spectacularly, but appropriately, well paced and without ruining the whole set-up with an anti-climax I’d been fearing since the mid-way point. I shouldn’t have set lower expectations because I knew it was a self-published book, but to my shame I did. Thread is well written and enjoyable. You quickly get pulled into Bartleby Flynn’s quest to hunt down the author of an unknown book he finds in the library where he works.

Prototyp Car Museum

Apr 18, 2014
Prototyp Car Museum
The Prototyp Car Museum smells, as it should, of petrol. If it didn’t I suppose they’d have to add the smell afterwards in the way supermarkets bake bread on site to make you hungrier. It’s not a large place, two floors of cars plus an exhibition in the basement about the 1950s racing driver Wolfgang von Trips , but nicely curated and laid out. Ludwig Zündapp F3 (1948) The exhibitions focus is on post-war racing, starting with cycle racers; small cars built with motorcycle engines, and then moving into the bigger leagues.