Heron Island, Great Barrier Reef, Australia

Saturday, 14 November 2015

If it's not too soon to say so:

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Secrets of movie-making

If you want a steady shot of a horse-bus rattling along, get a shiny car to pull it along.

Another day, another camera crew using the Old Royal Naval College as a backdrop for a period piece. It's turned up as the backdrop to films and TV programmes set at the time of the Great Fire of London, in Jane Austen dramas, and now in something evidently late nineteenth-century, complete with a hansom cab, assorted other carriages, a rather comedy-looking bobby and a rather rickety-looking tricycle.

Note, by the way, how the extras have to sit in the bus waiting for the shot as lunchtime rolls around, but the crew behind the camera tuck in. At least the hansom cab driver got something to eat while waiting.

Monday, 2 November 2015

Higher and higher

My long-awaited new mattress arrived this morning. Remains to be seen if or how it will help assorted aches and pains, but one thing is clear: it's a good 6cm deeper than its predecessor (which was also deeper than what I moved here with).

I suppose I could say my bed has been getting nearer to heaven, but these days that is less promising than it sounds.