CHINESE NEW YEAR AT CHISWICK HOUSE


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Chinese New Year was celebrated at Chiswick House with a spectacular display of large and colourful inflatable animals from around the world. The same display had previously been used at Longleat. We watched them being installed; and once the event had been opened, it was the perfect place to take children as night fell.

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TALKING ‘JACKSON POLLOCKS’: PAINTING ON SILK


This sequence of paintings on textured silk is an anomaly for this blog, concerning neither wildlife, countryside, buildings or any of the other random subjects usually featured. I just liked them. I wonder what you will make of them…

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If you like the ‘pictures’ in these photos, then you may enjoy the tie I will be wearing for our son’s wedding next month – a unique creation hand painted onto silk, despite which it cost an astonishingly small amount. And if you hate it, I’m still going to wear it anyway because although it’s not a tie I’d ever have imagined wearing (and I wear them only very rarely these days) I love it!

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A JELLYFISH IN OXFORDSHIRE: GOOGLE SURPRISES


There are various websites revealing the weird and wonderful oddities thrown up by the Google mapping projects. Google ‘Google Map Fail’ or ‘Google Streetview Fail’ for examples, including the location of Tessa Jowell inside the Houses of Parliament, complete with directions for reaching ‘Tony Blair’ in the time of 4 hours 40 mins. tumblr_l5i5rzwhj31qa0hs6o1_500The aerial mapping project has similarly revealed amazing vast drawings in remote desert regions, viewable only from the air; jet fighters laid up in municipal car parks; and Coca Cola logos in surprising places. By chance, I found one of my own when I was looking at the topography of the Oxfordshire / Wiltshire border.

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Mmmmm. Looks familiar, but out of place…
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Good grief – aliens have been at work…
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…and they plainly know all about undersea creatures on EarthAshdown jellyfish

A BEAUTIFUL 1928 STUDEBAKER CAR FROM OHIO… IN OXFORDSHIRE


THIS LOVELY CAR WAS PARKED IN A LAY-BY IN OXFORDSHIRE. Its owner was rightly proud of it, and its condition