Earlier this year we went on a trip to Malaysia. When we were in Penang, we took the bus to Georgetown and found some street art. I’ll stick them up here bit by bit.
Here’s the first, enjoy.
Found this cracker of a mural when I was out at lunchtime today.
Tonight was the last night of the basic photography course I’ve been on, and it was time to have a laugh with photoshop.
Yesterday, we took the bikes up to Callander (a very nice little town that I can recommend visiting), and cycled along the side of Loch Venachar.
I knew that you could circumnavigate the entire loch, but we weren’t interested in cycling on roads yesterday, and stuck to the cycle route on a very quiet, almost car free road which followed the side of the loch. We turned back when the path dropped onto forestry tracks, but more because it was raining, and we were getting a bit wet, than any other reason.
Looking at a map, we were well past the halfway point, and it would have probably only taken another half hour to get to Brig O’ Turk and the tearoom there. Maybe next time.
We finally got bike racks for the roof of the car. OK, we actually got a new car that has roof racks, but either way, we can now get the bikes to far flung locations and go for a ride.
At the weekend we took the bikes down to Troon, and cycled along NCR7 to Prestwick, and then on to Ayr, where we parked up, had a bite to eat, and then headed back to Troon and the car.
Round trip of about 18 or so miles (that’s an average between the road sign millage, and the distance Map My Ride told us it was (20 and 16 respectively. Personally I’d take the road signage as the more accurate, but until I get a Garmin or something, it’s as close as I’ll get).
Anyway, the pic below was taken at Prestwick beach, which is about halfway between Troon and Ayr. Think since Karen is using a “sit-up and beg” type bike, due to backache on her mtb, then, this is a pretty decent distance. Next stop Largs and the ferry to Cumbrae.
The photography class I’m taking, took to the streets of Glasgow last night as dusk fell, to have a go at using the cameras on full manual mode, and experimenting with the settings.
It was a great night, that made you look up and see the buildings of Glasgow as you’ve never seen them before. There’s a lot of beautiful buildings with some really intricate work on them, but they’re so high up that people never usually see them.
Anyway, here’s a couple I took last night. I’m pleasantly surprised.
Couple of pics I’ve taken in Pollok Estate since starting on the photography course. I think they’re better that what I’d usually get (quality wise at least),
So I’ve started on a basic photography course at the local collage. It’s running for 8 weeks on a Tuesday night. I think I need to do this as without it, I’ll probably never take the camera off the automatic setting, and that would (a) be a shame, and (b) a waste of money, as I could have opted for a cheaper point and shoot rather than the bridge camera I went for.
I used to use (and still own) a 35mm SLR, and my wife was wanting to get me a digital one for my birthday a couple of years ago. On the advice of a friend who’s a photographer, I went for the bridge. His reasoning was that it’s a fair bit cheaper, and while I can’t change the lenses, it has the features of an SLR, so I can find out if I want to use them or stick to auto. If I use them, then I can upgrade to an SLR, and worst case is that the bridge is a really good camera to take on holiday and keep handy for snaps, when I’m not planning to take pics, and having to carry about a larger SLR.
If I DON’T use the manual features, then it means money hasn’t been wasted on something that won’t be used, so it’s a win-win.
Since the auto feature is banned in the class, and we’ll be using manual all the time, I’ve already started looking as SLR’s in the camera shops and drooling a little, so I think I know how this is all going to pan out.
The shop got the problem with the bike sorted, so that’s great. The tension on the rear derailleur needed adjusting.
I really need to do a wee course on bike maintenance, as I feel that things like this, I should be able to do myself.
In other news, there’s a been a deluge of emails in work over something really simple. It really was a case of too many people getting involved, and every time I opened my email there was another going on about the same thing. In the end I went down stairs and spoke to the person I was needing a signature from, and she agreed with me that it was a storm in a tea cup.
People need to actually READ their emails before responding, and cc-ing other people in just adds to the noise and makes getting a solution to something really simple, that much harder. A fine example of ADMINISTRATIUM – the densest element known to mankind. Once administratium gets added to a situation, it can take forever to solve.