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kimbofo
London, UK
Interests: Music, travel, exploring london and discovering new pubs., cooking, reading, photography, blogging, cycling, drinking guinness and g&ts (not together, mind)
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After a few weeks of experimenting with this blog, I'm now going to call it quits. It was fun while it lasted and I thank everyone for leaving so many lovely comments and "favouriting" many of my posts. You can continue to keep up with my antics at kimbofo, and I'd be delighted if you "followed" me over there. So long, and thanks for all the fish! Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2009 at Duckspeak
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The landmarks, from left to right: Sea Container's House, OXO Tower, ITV building, London Eye and the National Theatre. Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2009 at Duckspeak
I reckon it's probably the UK and this is Gemmell's attempt at warning us about what lies in wait if we don't start easing up on all the surveillence and paranoia that pervades British society.
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Simon, the cover depicts the main character dressed up as a nun; she's holding a cheque for 5,000 euros in one hand and a picture of Bono in the other (just in case you don't know what he looks like - hahahaha). She wears the nun's outfit as one of her ploys to meet Bono (she knocks on his door, claiming she's raising money for charity). Oh, and I'm all better, thanks. It was a couple of weeks ago now... I'm a little behind in my book reviewing.
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Nov 20, 2009
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The things you stumble upon when you go for a lunch time ramble. I discovered this intriguing sign on the former site of the Barclay & Perkins Brewery (1781-1955), which is just behind the current Globe Theatre. Apparently General Haynau, from Austria, was not a very popular chappy because he had a reputation for flogging women. When he toured the brewery on a trip to London in 1850 two drayman jumped off a cart and beat him up. That it's commemorated on a street plaque 160 years after the fact suggests it must have been quite a beating! There's more... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2009 at Duckspeak
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Nov 18, 2009
Yea, he had the accident in England. He emigrated to England in 1970 and settled in Manchester. You're right that it's written in a kind of dispassionate style, but even so I found it remarkably moving. I'm not sure why, but something about it does get under the skin.
Toggle Commented Nov 18, 2009 on 'The Emigrants' by W.G. Sebald at Reading Matters
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From a menu picked up in Edinburgh recently... What does fried pizza taste like, I wonder. And what the hell is a wolfdog sausage? Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2009 at Duckspeak
Oh, I fell out of my hammock too. I'll never look at a sleeping bag the same way again! ;-) Oh, my review is here: http://kimbofo.typepad.com/readingmatters/2009/10/legend-of-a-suicide-by-david-vann.html
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Nov 17, 2009
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It's hard to imagine that London was bombed so extensively during the Second World War. And yet, there are little reminders everywhere, such as this inlaid cross in the grounds of Christ Church in Southwark. Every time I walk past it, and read the little plaque nearby, I can feel the goosebumps erupt on my skin. On 17th April 1941 Christchurch was set on fire by enemy action and the church cross fell in flames on this spot. These stones mark where the grass was scorched by the burning cross Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2009 at Duckspeak
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Thanks, Michael. It's hard not to take a great photograph of Venice's waterways though; it's such a beautiful city.
Toggle Commented Nov 17, 2009 on Memories of Venice at Duckspeak
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I fired off this picture at about 2.30pm today when I was taking a lunch-time stroll along the South Bank. I hadn't really paid attention to the sky until I saw it through the viewfinder of my BlackBerry. Suddenly, it took on a life of its own: a swathe of fast-moving grey clouds on a powder blue background. Little glimmers of sunlight were shining down, turning the surface of the river into a mirror and illuminating the buildings on the north side so that they glowed a pleasant and warming gold. Looking at this picture now you'd be forgiven for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2009 at Duckspeak
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Prompted by the news that Venetians held a mock funeral for their city yesterday (because the population has dipped below 60,000), I decided to hunt out some of my Venice photographs. I've been to Venice twice -- for a few days in 2002 and a week in 2006 -- and it remains one of my favourite places on the planet. These four photographs were snapped on that second trip (in which I came down with a rather nasty case of pneumonia). You can see my two Venice galleries on smugmug or check out some of my favourite piccies on my... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2009 at Duckspeak