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Archway, Henry Burton Court

My daily photo can allow me to lose myself on the web as I try to work out what the photo is actually of and it's specific history. During my London photos this happened frequently, with my Monmouth/Trefynwy and wider Wales snaps I'm gonna need to give myself hours each day. So, this turns out to be an archway (for no apparent reason than it looks good) in Henry Burton Court and Almshouse for the elderly just off Glendower Street . These Grade II listed almshouses were funded by Colonel Henry Burton, V.D., and Mrs S.E. Burton and built in 1928. This almshouse charity caters for: [elderly] persons who have resided for more than 5 years within the Monmouthshire area. Both cats & dogs generally accepted, but not to be replaced. I have spend ages trying to find anything about the Burtons but have returned with nothing. Anyone out there able to point me in any useful direction?

I've Put It On The Internet

Here's a small but powerful way to remember that "online" is not a place you own, it's an ever changing and amorphous mass of other people's computers. Don't say, "I've just shared it on Facebook for you", "I'll tweet that on X/Twitter", "I'm gonna post it on Instagram.", "I'll pop those photographs onto Flickr" ... or any other social media websites and apps you use. Definitely do not say, "I've put it on my Facebook page". This is wrong on so many levels. No, just say, "I've put it on the internet. You can see it at [app|website]" and think, "It's on someone else's computer for you."

The Bridge Home

Despite having a wonderful time in London it was good to be heading west and over the bridge to home, Wales .

AI Generated Images, 2024

The " AI bubble " that we're currently experiencing started on 30th November 2022 (a Wednesday for those asking), the day OpenAI released ChatGPT (Chat Generative Pre-trained Transformer) and everyone and their dog went bonkers for it, AI, and the new world order. As I write this I am yet to experience anything astounding in my life from any "AI" from any tech company of any size. I have noticed that Google Assistant is getting worse, Google Maps is slower, but apart from that (which I assume is "AI" related), nothing. Note: I am yet to work with any organisation that utilises "AI" in anything more than, "Ooh, look, shiny new toy". Generative "AI" is actually what ChatGPT, Gemini, and many other types of "AI" are, systems capable of generating text, images, videos, code, or other data using generative models, often in response to prompts. I am not impressed by text or code, I should be but rarely am. I will alway

9 Lessons From A Dude [video]

Tim Minchin gives some wonderful advice for everyone no matter what stage of life you're in: You don't have to have a dream.  Don't seek happiness.  Remember it's all luck.  Exercise. Be hard on your opinions. Be a teacher! Please! Please! Please be a teacher. Teachers are the most admirable and important people in the world. You don't have to do it forever but if you're in doubt about what to do be an amazing teacher. Just for your 20s be a teacher. Be a primary school teacher. Especially if you're a bloke. We need male primary school teachers. Even if you're not a teacher, be a teacher. Share your ideas. Don't take for granted your education. Rejoice in what you learn and spray it. Define yourself by what you love. Respect people with less power than you. Finally, don't rush.  Thanks Tim Minchin. There is only one sensible thing to do with this empty existence and that is fill it. Not fillet. Fill it. And in my opinion, until I change it, life

Years Of Me & Sherlock Holmes

Having been a fan of the Sherlock Holmes books (which are a true documentation of actual events, they are) since my early teens imagine my 1987 delight on learning that there is not only the 221B Baker Street museum but a pub just down the street from Trafalgar Square. My girlfriend at the time, Jean, took this snap of 20 year-old me outside the pub. Last year a 56 year-old me asked a fella outside the same pub to take a similar photo. I will always smile when I look at this photo.

Puttin' On ...

🎶 If you're blue, and you don't know where to go to Why don't you go where fashion sits? Puttin' on the Ritz Different types who wear a day coat Pants with stripes and cutaway coat, perfect fits Puttin' on ...

The Pirates! In an Adventure With Vicky, Bert, And Mike

A delightful and funny movie * that has given me a stack of awesome Mr. Bobo monkey butler GIFs . I love the concept of Queen Victoria being part of a society of world leaders that dine on endangered creatures and becomes outraged and murderous on not being able to eat Polly. As for the rest of the Victoria and Albert Museum , hmmm, it's quite the collection of 'stuff' . Rooms packed with statues next to corridors displaying iron gates. There's gold in there however you need both a plan before entering and a focus of need combined with a high level of adventure and a serendipitous loving mind. * such a shame that Sony didn't pick up the next movie , would've been awesome.

Marchfest 2024

Marchfest , NZ's Big Little Craft Beer Festival, ".. a unique craft beer and music festival celebrating it’s 16th year. Held in Nelson, at the top of the South Island, and set in the beautiful, traffic-free environment of Founders Heritage Park." Marchfest 2024

Riverside Temple (sshhhh)

This is the home of James Bond and especially M, Q, and other letters. SIS *, the UK’s Secret Intelligence Service, also known as MI6 is housed in quite the building, I admire the sheer confidence of it to be so bold and obvious. * fascinating website, especially the jobs.

The Last 10 UK Thoughts

Having recently(ish) returned from the UK this a final post in a short series of " Things I've noticed whilst being in the UK" posts. There are no groupings as this is the final post and it's just a brain dump of the things left. Let's get into it ... Michael McIntyre is still shit. If you say, "Thank you squire" I will judge, harshly! You're a twat. There are as many alternatives to the word "dead"/"died" as there are for drunk. Just say dead, it's ok The security guard in Waitrose wears a faux flack jacket (with a pen in the pocket). The militarisation of the UK continues. Young men smell nice. Pampering is a thing for them. The river Wye is brown with shit and pollution. There is money, a lot of it, around. Broadcast / terrestrial TV is absolute shite full of reality shows or quizzes with a bit of news thrown in. I can't remember anyone from my home town apart from a few old mates I've stayed in touch with. The ban

Sir Isaac Newtown And Fat Babies

Before entering Westminster Abbey I knew I wanted to see two things, Poets' Corner (a complete dogs body of tombs, plaques, stained glass windows, and statue memorials, loved it) and Newton's memorial .  I found it quite awe inspiring to be finally standing there in front of it, surrounded by all the fancy dancy building twiddles.

All Of God's Mates

We got the whole gamut carved into the side of Westminster Abbey from Mary and the baby Jeebus, up through figures representing music, law, and all the finest of work and values, to the 12 Jesus Gang, angels with wings in hospital gowns, Mickey & Gabs, ending with the white bearded god with a crown, Zeus. I do actually love the work, the craft, the whole archway, it's the subject that makes me giggle.

Motu

Motu , (noun), island, country, land, nation, clump of trees, ship - anything separated or isolated. Example: Ko ētahi wāhi atu o te motu nei ka nui te mate i te waipuke, i te tūpuhi. / Some other parts of this island have major problems with floods and storms.

Palace Of Westminster

I thought it was called the Houses of Parliament but apparently it's official given name is the Palace of Westminster which implies that it was built for a King or Queen (which is was until fire in 1512) ... [opens Wikipedia ] The Palace of Westminster is the meeting place of the Parliament of the United Kingdom and is located in London, England. It is commonly called the Houses of Parliament after the House of Commons and the House of Lords, the two legislative chambers which occupy the building. There ya go. I knew that Big Ben is the name of the bell inside the tower but I didn't know it was called the Elizabeth Tower ... [opens Wikipedia ] The tower was officially called the Clock Tower until 2012, when it was renamed to mark the Diamond Jubilee of Elizabeth II. Aha, every day is a school day.

5 UK Culture Thoughts

Having recently(ish) returned from the UK this a continuation of a short series of " Things I've noticed whilst being in the UK" posts. There's loads to love about what the Brits are about and that makes up for what we all also know about them. Old. Old is "weight", it's also what holds the UK down and that's a good thing and a bad thing. Old is the weight of others before you (tradition), it's the weight of expectation (class), it's the sound of the person next to you (judgement), it's why you can't leave and why you should. Good people. The UK people and their values, mostly, are solid, the core is good. When they're not being played by the powerful, they are the best. Like every other landmass on this planet.  Old fashioned views. Women walk on the inside, expect doors to be opened for them, apparently it's "polite". It's true, the Brits say sorry all the time, it's like verbal tourettes. EXCEPT when they

Lateral Palpebral Commissure

Or the external canthus , obvs.

Wake Up And Get Into It!

Like a cold, freshly squeezed orange drink it jumped out at me as I headed off on day 3 of the London walks in order to both stave off the jetlag and see all the things .

5 Bronze Rabbitwoman And Dogman Stories

Quirky, brilliantly detailed, storied, and straight into my heart, went these gorgeous bronze statues from Gillie and Marc on The Queen's Walk . Top left: The Giant Tortoise and Rabbitwoman Loved the Sound of the Wild Top right: The Grevy's Zebra Was on the Move to Safer Ground with Rabbitwoman and Dogman Middle: Rise Up Rhino Bottom left: The African Elephant Never Forgot What He Learned and Neither Did Rabbitwoman Bottom right: The White Rhino Was Thinking Ahead with Dogman's Encouragement

Not London Bridge

Even if this was a photo of London Bridge it wouldn't be but it's not even, it's a photograph of Tower Bridge .