Thursday, 24 April 2014

Some more HO scale figures arrive.

Noch, Faller and Preiser are three German manufacturers of HO scale plastic figures. Those that I ordered to populate the nightclub street have arrived. (The Chinese made figures are still in transit somewhere in the middle of the ocean.)

The revellers made by Faller.

A couple and a bloke reading a newspaper from Preiser.

Street musicians from Noch.
The street down which they will stagger.
Currently listening to:

Auntie Flo on Rinse FM

Last night's dinner:

Scallops, fried potato and broccoli
Currently reading:

Persevering with this - not hugely gripped.
Miscellany 1:

The view from my desk.

Miscellany 2:

Another solo Samba practice session today.

With only this chap for company.

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Preiser HO scale cafe tables.

Spent an hour last night gluing teeny little spindly plastic legs onto microscopic plastic table tops.

A reminder of what the end product should look like.

Currently listening to:

I don't have the CD whose cover is  pictured below, also by Scientist, but what a cover it is.

Last night's dinner:

Vegetable pakora
My wife's chicken tikka
My chicken curry.
All the above eaten at the Shenaz restaurant, Glasgow.

Currently reading:

The Mitchell Library
In desperation last night, went to one of the largest libraries in Western Europe - the Mitchell Library in Glasgow and with half-closed eyes chose 4 books from the fiction shelves totally at random. I didn't even look at their titles when the librarian was processing them at the desk.

My reasoning was that since I'm incapable of choosing decent books with my eyes fully open, this random method might be more successful.

It wasn't - all of them were utterly hopeless.



Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Teeny-weeny details - HO scale.

Just realised that these teeny cafe tables will need crockery, cutlery bottles of wine etc.

Holding a table top between my fingers.

As you can see, from the pictures on the back of the box, Preiser do seem to manufacture the requisite dishes etc for the table tops, although, I haven't hunted any down on the internet yet.

I was going to make some myself either from FIMO or teeny pieces of card.

Goodness knows how anyone creates an N scale cafe - N scale being half the size of HO scale.

But here is one:

Currently listening to:

Since downloading these Optimo podcasts, my iTunes expenditure has plummeted.

Last night's dinner:

Marinated artichokes, roasted red pepper and lettuce.

Fried potatoes and lemon sole.

 I was extremely pleased with the presentation of this meal. But, it was absolutely tasteless!!

Currently reading:

Sticking with it.

Tried out a hi-hat at my snare drum lesson today.

The pedal (use with left foot if right handed) has a very pleasing action.

Monday, 21 April 2014

Preiser HO scale plastic tables for cafe.

Decided to use typex and red felt-tip pen to add check table cloths to the Preiser tables.

Started with the parasol.
Then the table tops.

Verdict: Awful - will have to do them again, tomorrow.

Currently listening to:

Last night's dinner:

Over done vegetable pasta bake.
Currently reading:


For me, every morning begins with approximately 45 minutes of intercessionary prayer ie beseeching God to intervene mercifully on a list of individuals who each face challenges of various sorts. This has been the pattern for many years.

However, recently, I have had my doubts about the validity of this approach. Perhaps, I should just let God get on and be merciful if he sees fit. Perhaps he does not need me to point him in the direction of any individual human being. And so on, and so on.

In fact, so exercised have I been about this issue that last week I approached the young parish priest and said that I might arrange an appointment to seek his advice on the matter.

The only voice that seemed to say "Keep going with your routine; don't abandon it just because you can't justify it rationally," was that of St Therese of Lisieux who spent her whole life doing nothing other than praying for missionaries - that was her mission.

Nevertheless, I was in a quandary.

Then this morning, I got a clear answer; and, from an unexpected quarter.

On the way back from morning Mass, I acquired my first puncture and had to walk the bike home. As a result, I met a neighbour who herself was returning from Mass, but at another church.

We spoke of Christian matters and in particular her cancer. I mentioned my quandary and she immediately responded.

"You must not stop, Tony. That is your vocation. God has placed all these names in your heart."

Which is what St Therese would say.

I felt full of certainty that this was the answer that I was looking for.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Why I like the books of Joseph Conrad.

No time for railway today, so here are some wonderful layouts pictured on the web.

See comments on Joseph Conrad below.
Great use of  photo-landscape backdrop
Currently listening to:

The Optimo podcast for April on Rinse FM - uplifting to the nth degree; where n is very big number.

Last night's dinner:

Forgot to take photograph but it looked exactly like this:

Spaghetti and green pesto.
Currently reading:

What I love about Conrad's writing is his use of plain vocabulary in unexpected ways. English was not his first language and I've noticed this same facility in my Chinese, Spanish and Colombian friends when they use English..

Here's a young sailor  in "Chance" describing his arrival, at almost midnight, at the quayside. He's tired, anxious, loaded with baggage and is looking for his first ship. He finds it. See above photograph of model railway set at a quay side for the general idea.

"the spars were big, the chains and ropes stout and the whole thing looked powerful and trustworthy. Barely touched by the light her bows rose faintly alongside the narrow strip of the quay; the rest of her was a black smudge in the darkness. Here I was face to face with my start in life."

"smudge" - brilliant choice of word.

Easter Vigil:

Last night attended the marathon Easter Vigil at St Paul's, Whiteinch.

Taking photographs was difficult, obviously: a) it was dark, and b) people were looking at me askance.

Proceedings started outside the Church where a fire is lit.

Snapped this after everyone had gone back into the Church.

And, now the altar is fully adorned once more to represent the new life of Easter.

Snapped this 2 hours later after the service had ended.
Yesterday's unadorned altar.