Saturday, 24 July 2010

Everyone else is taking pictures of St Crispin's Asylum, Northampton, so why shouldn't I?

Harriet and I hit the road today to try to track down the Moosterious lion, part of the Pride of Northampton, a bizarre but enjoyable scheme to put colourful fibreglass lion statues all over Northampton.  They are all in well advertised locations, apart from the one that looks like a cow, Moosterious.  He keeps moving around and was in St Crispins.  Harriet is as obsessed with a cow/lion as any 4 year old (okay, probably more than average) but we were disappointed to find he had moved on.

Or "mooooooved" on as Heather put it.

Anyway, since we were by the old derelict St Crispin's Asylum and I had a camera and a zoom lens, I took the chance to take some photos.  I am well aware that this subject is well covered on the Internet already but you can never have too many pictures of crumbling clock towers.


The impressive clock tower


The frozen clock faces, complete with pigeons


A door, oddly halfway up a wall


The empty windows


You can never have too many empty windows either.

Monday, 19 July 2010

Mr Tobes is (a terrible) two

Toby has finally turned two this weekend, and we knew about it!  He has been teething again for a week or two anyway, plus starting to get some rather amusing tantrums.  Then on about Wednesday he got a cold, which appeared to develop into full-blown manflu within about an hour.  He had a bit of a temperature and a runny nose, so reacted to this by stopping eating and sleeping and becoming very angry with the world. 

Our floors have never seen so much beating of fists.  At one point (protesting about something, though he quickly seems to forget specifically what once he is “in the zone”) he went halfway up the stairs, sobbing, and starting to softly bang his head on the steps.  Scary. 

Anyway, he had his birthday presents (I hope he doesn’t think he is being rewarded in some way for this behaviour) and loved them, especially the dinosaurs, of which there were many.  Harriet thought they were great too, being a 4 and a half year old tomboy they were just up her street.  Cue lots of tussling over who was going to play with the baby T-Rex. 


Then we had a teddy bear’s picnic at the park which everyone enjoyed.  Except Toby, who was beside himself in a tantrum haze of anger.  And strapped into his Phil N Teds most of the time to avoid people getting hurt.  The baby dinosaurs ate his share of the snacks.


Then more pressies, including a PlayMobil Whale (with researcher boat!), which has quickly become his Favourite Toy Ever (see below, he looks like he is about to kiss it).  Trouble is, when he gets angry and is carrying the whale he is a bit more dangerous than normal, being effectively armed with a club.


I did my usual job of trying to fake a happy family event by taking pictures from the right angle.  See below the front and back shots of two toddlers lying next to one another.  The front one shows that the birthday boy’s emotions are not what they should be!

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Tuesday, 13 July 2010

Clearly faked policeman seen in Raoul Moat BBC News Story

As the tragic and disturbing news story of Raoul Moat going crazy and being on the run in the North of England came to and something even more disturbing happened.  As a sign of the kind of cutbacks we can expect to see over the next few years, the BBC did not send someone so far north to actually film the police operation, but instead clearly faked the photos they used.

In this example taken from the BBC News site on the 10th July 2010 they have used a random guy told to "look like an angry policeman" and given a "gun", though in this case it seems to be a water pistol.  They put a WW2 helmet on him (sprayed black, 'cos police stuff is often black) and with "police" written on it in A-team letters just in case anyone was in some doubt what they were going for.