It’s our family custom on Christmas Day to go for a walk down by the River Lea (usually shown on maps with the addition “or Lee”, as both spellings have been used historically). Often it’s been cold and dreich and we’ve seen almost no-one. Two days ago it was a gorgeous sunny day, and there were hundreds of people out.
And some boats were moving:
While others were just parked:
And this is us; Frances, me, and our two young adults, who don’t normally like to be photographed, and who have never appeared here before:
Something I forgot to mention yesterday was that I thought the “bitface” term was useful not just to refer to people who manipulate bits for a living (or hobby) — programmers, like myself. It can also work to discuss anyone who makes digital content: websites, blogs, podcasts, videos, photos, and so on.
We’re all moving bits around. We’re all labourers at the bitface.
We went to our local street festival today. Here are some pictures.
The latest step in Hackney’s gentrification. Dreyfus café has been open for a while, but just a few weeks ago we got a new arrival next to it: a comics shop, by the delightful name of [Raygun](https://www.facebook.com/rayguncomicshop).
We spent a few days in Cologne over Easter. I took lots of photographs. Here are two that have had some tweaking in Lightroom. I’m especially pleased with the second one. The effect is almost like an impressionist painting to my eye.
We had a wee day trip to Cambridge yesterday (Monday). Lovely city. I took some photographs. They’re so small and unlinked because, I think, I’m experimenting with a plugin for Lightroom that uploads them directly to the blog. But I have a few wrinkles to iron out, I think. There are bigger versions of them [at my Flickr account](http://www.flickr.com/photos/devilgate/), if you’re interested.
First, some punters punting on the Cam:
Then the famous King’s College Chapel. More of a cathedral, really:
This wee guy looks decidedly unhappy:
There’s a pair of war memorials in a side chapel. A famous name at position 2 of the WWI one:
There’s plenty of stained glass, of course, but in another side chapel we see this interesting creature:
Then on to Trinity College Chapel, where Isaac Newton stands in marble:
Here’s a closeup of Newton. I can’t work out what he’s holding:
And above him there’s this rather attractive chandelier and dramatic ceiling:
A Flickr set from our first Olympic event: fencing at ExCeL. We went via Stratford, so we stopped off at the Westfield shopping centre on the way, to look at the view of the Park.
This is a Flickr set of some sights around the Olympic Park the first day we were there (which was just a Park visit; no events).
(I lied about [not posting photos](http://devilgate.org/blog/2012/07/30/olympian-achievements/#footnote_4_1523), by the way.)