Friday, 19 October 2012

Attention to detail.

Rather frustrated with the result of painting the edge of the wooden platforms.  The hope was that I could blend in the edges to match the adjacent violet coloured mosaic tiles that run along the edges but which - rather irritatingly - don't quite reach the edges. (See earlier blogs).

As you can see, a row of nine 1cm square mosaic tiles doesn't equate to the 9.5cm width of the platform leaving an exposed edge of wood that I wish to disguise with paint.


The only suitable paint available in the house looked as if it might do the trick; but as you can see from the picture below the paint is lighter than the violet of the tile.


Last night I took the plunge and ordered the rest of the mosaic tiles plus adhesive.

Despite the generous discount and free delivery offered by Hobby Island, the total still came to £100.

I have to say, I was stricken with guilt: should I be spending this amount of money on covering wooden platforms for a very small model railway layout?

Have still not resolved that one.

However, it does make me determined to get the right paint for the edging job.

I'll have to get a darker version from B&Q. BUT, I now realise that a significant factor in getting a match between paint and tiles is the finish of the paint. It's not obvious from the photos but the tiles are very glossy whereas the paint is very matt.

So, it will be a darker and a gloss version of the paint that I'll be looking for.

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Hot Chip:

In my iTunes library, I've got three albums by Hot Chip:

The Warning, from 2006.

One Life Stand, from 2009

In Our Heads, from 2012

Over the last couple of weeks, I've played these three albums almost continuously. Not only am I not getting fed up with them, I'm enjoying them more and more.

Tracks that seemed merely OK on the first few hearings have grown and grown on me. That's a total of 34 brilliant songs to liften my heart.

This phenomenon of an album, on first listening, seeming to have only a few standout tracks while the other tracks appear to be there just for padding; and then, on subsequent plays, the padding tracks growing on one and sometimes themselves assuming a status of eternal favourites, is one I used to come across frequently in the 60s, 70s and 80s.

But with the advent of downloadable music, one can pick and choose the tracks one buys and so one doesn't buy the afore-mentioned padding tracks and thus never gives them a chance to grow on one.

This Hot Chip experience has reminded me of that lost joy.




This is a picture of Duffy covering a Hot Chip track: "Ready for the Floor".

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Alan Davies:

Saw this Essex-born comedian at Glasgow's Pavilion Theatre last night.

Very enjoyable. Can't stand rude and nasty comics (even if it's just a persona they put on).



The Pavilion last night.

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