Archive for the News 2010 Category

Christmas 2010

This Christmas I was down in Dorset with my family. Suffering from the symptoms of flu I have been off both my food and beer, but not my photography! Dorset looks spectacular covered in snow.

Great Western Hospital Wins IT Innovation Award

IT Innovation AwardOn Thursday I headed down to London to the 2010 Business Health Awards which were held at the Emirates Stadium. The Great Western Hospital had been nominated in the IT Innovation Award for the Pharmacy robots. After meeting up with my boss at Paddington we headed to the Emirates Stadium where we enjoyed a champagne reception, meal and awards ceremony that was presented by BBC Autocue reader Bill Turnball. We won out category which was quite a surprise – we certainly are not the first trust to implement an automated dispensing system. However, we were lucky to learn from other’s experiences and the technology has now matured enough to be both efficient and reliable. Despite the surprise, I am sure it is a welcome morale boost for the department. After the ceremony we headed to Covent Garden in search of a geocache before returning to Swindon in the evening.

Hell Runner 2010 Photographs

This Sunday I headed down to Longmoor Camp (Hampshire) with my friend Carrie for the Hell Runner running race. This coincided with the deepest November cold snap for a number of years which meant participants would have to make their way through neck deep icy cold bogs over the ten mile course. Unfortunately I wasn’t fit enough to run. So I just watched the entertainment. Not the greatest photographs ever (I needed my tripod and long lens) but you should get the idea….

A Weekend in London

This weekend I headed down to London on the train. Arriving into London Paddington on Saturday morning, I spent a the day wandering around the bustling shopping streets, taking in Oxford Street, Covent Garden and Camden. In the evening I headed across to Seven Sisters where I met up with my friend James. Seven sisters is certainly an interesting place, especially so on the evening of the North London Derby: riot vans and screaming sirens were everywhere. We spent the evening chilling and catching up on the last tow years. On Sunday I headed back in to the city for another wander before meeting up with another friend and heading for the National History Museum to look around the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the year exhibition. I returned to Swindon on Sunday evening after a busy weekend in the big smoke.

Meeting Joe Dryburgh in London

Joe DryburghThis Saturday I headed down to London to meet up with my old friend Joe Dryburgh from Australia. I first met Joe when I first stayed in Sarina Beach. Arriving into Paddington I took the tube across to Trafalgar Square where I took some photographs before heading down Whitehall to Westminster Palace. The peace protesters were still camped out on the lawn in front of the palace – it is just a shame that the new government has just as little sense as the last when it comes to its warmongering. Continuing onwards I crossed over the river and walked along Southbank where I got some lovely pictures. I re-crossed the river on the Millennium Bridge before heading across to St Paul’s and then back along the embankment to Charing Cross where I met Joe at the station. We headed down to a pub to catch up over a few pints and talk about the good old days in Sarina Beach. Joe was off to Havana the next morning so we called it a day and headed out of London.

The legend of Robin Hood lives on

Major OakThis weekend I headed up to Loughborough to visit my friends Greg and Sophie who I have know from my time at university. Heading up on the train, I arrived into Loughborough at around 20:45 on Friday evening. Friday evening was spent eating, drinking and catching up. On Saturday we headed out into Sherwood Forest to the Sherwood Forest visitors centre where we paid homage to the legend of Robin Hood. A short walk to the Major Oak was interrupted by a heavy rain shower which drenched everyone. In the evening we ate at a Mexican Restaurant in Loughborough before heading towards the pubs and a club where we danced into the early hours to quite possibly the worlds worst DJ. I forget what his name was but it should have been DJ Rubbish. It was fun anyhow, and the drinking games certainly entertained. On Sunday we met up with Sally and James for Sunday lunch, before I headed back down to swindon in the late afternoon.

Spit and Sawdust

The Royal OakThis weekend I headed back down to Dorset for a visit to my family.  On Saturday I headed out along the coast in the direction of Weymouth for a visit. The weather was good enough to spend a couple of hours lying on the beach – there were lots of boats out in the bay. As the clouds rolled in I headed for a pub and got a pint in The Royal Oak which I selected for the sawdust on the floor which gave it a very nostalgic feel; The smell of sawdust also works well with the taste of beer. I must at some point count up all of the pubs that I have visited this year – the original aim was to visit 365 but I’m way off that at present. I continued my wander around the harbour side before returning to Charmouth and walking up across the fields and back to Fishpond. On Sunday it felt like it was blowing a gale for some time in the morning (you could see the large waves breaking down at Charmouth) before calming down considerably in the afternoon. I headed back to Swindon in the evening.

A Trip to Greenwich and Docklands

Canary WharfOn Thursday I had a lieu day to use up so headed down to London for the day. I had been reading about Captain Cook’s journal on my new Kindle e-book so first stop was the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich to check out one of the original journals. I had hoped to get some photographs around the old naval college but unfortunately that wasn’t possible as they were using the place to film the new Pirates of the Caribbean film. It was very interesting to look around the set anyway. Next I headed up the hill to the royal observatory and the Meridian line. I had forgotten what a spectacular view you get of the city from this point! After some lunch I headed down to Docklands where I had a bit of a wander before stopping at a bar and doing some people watching. I wasn’t completely convinced that the people in suits who were drinking in there at half past two on a Thursday afternoon are the people who I’d trust with our nations economy but anyway, I enjoyed my drink and moved on. Next stop was Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street before I headed back to Paddington and back up to Swindon on what is apparently the most expensive rail journey per mile in Europe.

Bristol Half Marathon

Bristol Half MarathonThis weekend I headed across to Bristol to take place in the half marathon. I headed over on Saturday to meet up with Rebekah and Tim who had just returned from their honeymoon in Kenya. I spent the morning shopping and wandering around harbourside before heading up to Ashton Court to visit the International Kite Festival. The kites were very impressive, it’s just a shame that the guy on the PA system wouldn’t shut up for more than a few seconds and let people enjoy the atmosphere. On Saturday evening we headed back to Rebekah and Tim’s house where we cooked up some food on the BBQ. I managed to have one too many drinks considering I was meant to run 13 miles the following morning.
Awaking early on Sunday morning I prepared myself for the exercise ahead. Arriving into the centre of Bristol I somehow managed to find my friend Carrie and eventually we set off at the back of the final wave of runners. I ran really well, settling down into quite a rhythm and the first ten miles flew by. In the end I finished in 01:57:08 – not bad considering I had not completed any training and had been drinking the night before. But, boy will I pay for it over the coming days.

Back to the Pond

William ChurchillAfter a long week back at work I headed back down to Fishpond on Friday evening to spend some time with my family.  On Saturday I walked down to Lyme Regis where I spent the morning relaxing on the beach followed by some lunch in the pub. I then walked along the beach at low tide to Charmouth and then back inland to Fishpond via Champernhayes forest. I headed down to the Bottle Inn in the evening for a couple of drinks – it was empty until the local motorcycle chapter rode in for a disco. On Sunday my brother and his family came over for lunch and afternoon. I headed back down to Charmouth on Monday to make the most of some beautiful late summer sun before heading back to Swindon in the evening.