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February 18th, 2008

Because you already know too much about me

Using memes to extend the exercise of radical transparency,

A) Four jobs I have had in my life (other than current job):
Research scientist, radio engineer, gentlemen's outfitter, and e-commerce consultant.

B.) Four movies I would watch over and over:
LA Story, Lord of the Rings, Oceans (11, 12 and 13), and The City Of Lost Children.

C.) Four places I have lived
Jersey, Bath, Chelmsford, and Borehamwood.

D.) Four TV shows that I watch
Shark, Psych, Boston Legal, and Las Vegas.

E.) Four places I have been:
New Zealand, Hong Kong, Newfoundland, and Herm.

F.) People who e-mail me (regularly):
Mary, my editors, my server, and PR folk.

G.) Four of my favourite foods:
Battered plaice, good sushi, a nice breakfast scramble with chicken apple sausage, and bacon.

H. ) Four places I would rather be right now:
Browsing a Frys in San Jose, exploring the zoo in San Diego, walking through the Botanic Gardens in Christchurch, and having a latte at the Park Cafe in Marahau.

J.) Four things I am looking forward to this year:
FiRE, MIX08, driving from Las Vegas to San Jose, and visiting the Getty Villa

K.) Four favourite authors:
Tim Powers, Walter Jon Williams, Jennifer Crusie, and Sean Williams

Fly me to the moon

Fly Me To The Moon

Crop into a shot of an Easyjet Airbus on finals into Gatwick, with a beautiful big moon filling the sky.

I do like my Sigma 55-200 lens

Putney's Sakura

It's cherry blossom time in the leafy streets around Putney. We may not have hanami here, but the fragile white flowers are a sign that spring is just around the corner...

Cherry Blossom Time In Putney

Cherry Blossom Time In Putney

Cherry Blossom Time In Putney

Cherry Blossom Time In Putney

Season of the Rising

The sap is rising, and the winemakers at the Lurgashall Winery are starting to tap their stand of silver birch for this year's batch of silver birch wine. We were there at the weekend with natf, picking up some wine to take to saffronrose on our next US trip.

I took a walk into the muddy wood to take some photos of the tapping under way.

Tapping the Rising Sap

The wood was full of jars and cans, all slowly filling with the white, sweet sap as it rose from the roots, where it had been stored all winter.

Tapping the Rising Sap

It's good to see the old traditions and spring rituals still carry on...