Ride the Film Van


If you like movies then follow this link to my other blog  http://filmvan.wordpress.com/ Filmvan carries a load of all kinds of stuff about cinema. Climb on board and join a small but growing number of passengers.


I Can’t Read Anymore!

I don’t know what’s going on here but I can’t seem to read! I’ve always read; I’ve always loved reading but just recently I’ve started three books and failed to finish any of them. What’s happening?!!

These are the three books that I gave up on. Admittedly Ulysses is probably one of the most difficult books ever written but what happened with the Stephen King one?  It just seemed hopelessly slow and rambling so I just gave up (I’m usually a SK fan and loved Full Dark No Stars).

As for Moby Dick; I know it’s an absolute classic and one of the best books ever written and I did enjoy some parts but when I got to the bits where it felt like it was lots of facts about whales I just lost it. For me, it’s not a good sign when I’m not reading. How about you? Do you go through periods like this?

Pack-A-Macs at Stonehenge

When I was at Stonehenge earlier this year I took millions of photographs and only posted a few. I took the usual shots that you always see in the guidebooks etc but then started thinking what’s the point of that? So I’ve tried to come at it from a more unusual angle.

The shot above shows what you see when you look in the opposite direction to where the stones are. It also gives an idea of how isolated they are.

Above; the old and the new. Pack-A-Macs and Stonehenge.

This is what you see when you look in a different direction; a great big f*** off road. Not that isolated then.

I guarantee you’ll never see this on any other site; the car park at Stonehenge.

A New Look!


Did you notice that I gave this blog a new look? I was getting a bit bored with it the way it way. I’d actually had that theme for two years, believe it or not! It took me ages to pick a new one and there’s still things I’m working out about it. I’m hoping it will inspire me to write new stuff and keep updating it. The thing that inspires me most of all though is when people respond to things I post so please do let me know what you think about anything on this site.

Anyway, the photo is of Mr Happy of Mr Men fame. This is the mug which rests on my desk at work. The mugs from which people drink while they’re working can tell you a lot about the person. Actually, no they can’t but never mind that. The mug I have at home depicts Mr Messy, also of Mr Men fame and I think that’s probably more appropriate for my personality. Does everyone know about the Mr Men? They’re a range of kids’ books by the late Roger Hargreaves. The stories are really bad and clunky, usually involving someone with a distinguishing feature such as nosiness or grumpiness etc getting hounded out of his home by narrow-minded neighbours who just want everyone to be the the same and work in the butchers or the bakers. The drawings in the books are even worse, clearly drawn by someone with a set of seven felt tip pens and no artistic ability whatsoever. In spite of all this though, the little blokes are maddeningly endearing in an iconic, retro kind of way. My questions for you are;

1. Which Mr Man is nearest to your personality? 

2. What is on the side of the mug you drink out of at work (or home)?




It’s weird how sometimes when you take photos you capture the atmosphere of the scene better by focusing on something that wasn’t the centre of attention at the time. The shots I took of this band recital at Llandudno where I focused on the band were boring and ordinary but the ones where I honed in on the empty deckchairs caught the seaside end-of-season eeriness better.