Monday, 15 September 2014

French HO scale card buildings

Arrived today through the post, this HO scale corner building which I ordered simply because I liked the picture on the website. But once I've folded it up, I will find a place for it on the layout.



In a corner position, adjoining two other buildings
Maybe I'll locate it here.
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Currently listening to:

Glad I've rediscovered this CD which has been sitting in a cupboard unplayed for 10 years.
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Last night's dinner:

Roast beef in a mustard sauce plus 3 veg
I find roasting beef to be a very hit and miss affair. So, this time I poured some oil over the joint, let it sit for 20 minutes and then wrapped it in foil and placed it in a VERY hot oven for 90 minutes; for the last 10 of which, the foil was peeled back. My theory is that the foil prevents the meat drying out. The result was most acceptable; but might have been anyway, regardless of how I'd cooked it.


Today's lunch:


Roll mop herring plus salad.
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Currently reading:

More on predicate logic:


Ultimately, I'm hoping to analyse such sentences as: "Any experience of consciousness entails consciousness of 'I'."

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Drumming practice update:

For some reason I wasn't in the mood today but forced myself to do an hour's worth in front of the mirror.




Sunday, 14 September 2014

SNCF to Romania

Some months ago I reported that some of the BUDD inspired railcars that were in service in the Paris regions  from basically the 50s up to last year had been given an afterlife in Romania Just found on the web some photos of them in their new livery.

My HO scale version of the BUDDs.
And in Romania

This looks to be a slightly different version.
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Currently listening to:



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Last night's dinner:

Black pudding with blue cheese on top

Plus scallops

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Currently reading:

Internet articles on Predicate Logic.

I preferred his paintings of the outback.
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Drumming practice update:

Dampening the sound with towels

Makes me less self-conscious about practising.


Saturday, 13 September 2014

Samba drumming: encouraging progress

Some tinkering is required to the backdrop of these buildings - note the plain orange between the theatre and the yellow building; and the black side to the church.



So, I removed the sheet of black card that had been propped up against the side of church and slipped it in between the theatre and yellow building.


I think that makes for a better visual dynamic - but more tinkering is required.

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Currently listening to:


Leisure Muffin
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Last night's dinner:


Take-away Chicken chow mein
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Currently reading:

When David Niven was 10 years old he was expelled from his Public School, and in his memoir, "The Moon's a Balloon", he recounts the following traumatic incident which occurred when, in disgrace, he arrived back in London by train (on his own of course) on his way, so he thought, to stay with his mother on the Isle of Wight.

Instead a man boarded the train before the young Niven had a chance to get off.

Absolutely hilarious.

He seems to have recovered from the incident.

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Drumming practice update:

Tremendously enjoyable session at the Saturday morning Samba class. But we played everything at an incredible tempo and I was forced to revert from playing with my newly acquired highly practised arm movements to the verboten rapid wrist rotations.

In other words all that "good practice" went out the window in the heat of battle. But, it was significant that I actually enjoyed making my contribution; that's real progress.

The heat of battle somewhere else.




Friday, 12 September 2014

Gorgeous George

Made great strides today towards establishing 'theatre land' on my diorama.




The backdrop and a few other things will have to be sorted, but basically, it's OK.

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Currently listening to:

Sheer brilliance from 2002.
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Last night's dinner:


Smoked haddock, cauliflower and broccoli in cheese sauce.
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Currently reading:


This is one funny book.

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Drumming practice update:

Solid hour in front of the mirror.
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Miscellany:

Went a cycle along the side of the Clyde this afternoon. Then up into the city centre and back down to the Clyde again.


But first, a reminder of the Clyde we cycled along yesterday.


Passed Bell's Bridge and for the first time witnessed it opening.




Then called in at St Andrew's Cathedral and prayed the Stations of the Cross.


The Second Station: Jesus is given his cross to carry.
Then cycled up into the city centre.


Then back to the cycle path along the banks of the Clyde where I spotted the maverick politician and orator, George Galloway. He readily consented to a photograph and we had a brief chat about model railways. I told him the photo would go on my blog. No problem. I also told him that he was in good company since I'd taken a photo of John Major a few weeks ago and included it in the blog.

A  gentleman.
Repeatedly, in his  political diaries, Chris Mullin describes George as one of the great parliamentary orators of our times.  He never used notes, ("not a scrap of paper in sight", says Mullin) yet he delivered speeches, incisive and intelligently constructed, which could last for anything up to 45 minutes. Apparently, the House always hushed when he stood to speak.




Thursday, 11 September 2014

Roof finished on Lego building.

Finished roof on Lego corner block.




Inserts for doors and windows of restaurant still to be made.
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Currently listening to:

January edition of the Optimo podcast on Rinse FM.

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Last night's dinner:

Fantastic meal at what might become a favourite haunt, The Cornhill House Hotel near Biggar.


Smoked salmon coronets

Lamb shanks

This morning's hotel breakfast:


Stupendous
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Finished reading:


Continuing to read:


About to re-read:

This covers the same period as Bacall's book. Interesting to compare.

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Drumming practice update:

Did an hour of stick practice followed by 20 minutes of walking round room with drum  - the latter is still difficult for me.

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Miscellaneous:

Yesterday we had a scintillating cycle around Clydesdale and then overnight at the fantastic Cornhill House Hotel.

Tinto
 Tinto is for me what that hill-shape was for Richard Dreyfus in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.




A fly fisherman up to his waist in the Clyde.




The piers for the old railway line from Coulter to Symington.

View from Hotel bedroom window.