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Rambling off, and rambling on…

So, that’s it for another year, and the end of the road for this particular blog. There will be another, at a different WordPress address, coincident with the start of the Chinese New Year on 31 January 2014…

All that remains for me now though is to say thank you to a few loyal visitors to this site over the past twelve months, specifically to gpcox, Frivolous Monsters, and to my sister Chris…a very Happy New Year to you all :).

Rambling on, on Southsea seafront this morning...

Rambling on, on Southsea seafront this morning…

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An alcohol-free pub-crawl around Albert Road and Fawcett Road, Southsea ;)…

At the very western end of Albert Road, The One Eyed Dog, on the corner of Elm Grove and Victoria Road North

At the very western end of Albert Road, The One Eyed Dog, on the corner of Elm Grove and Victoria Road North

The Victoria & Albert, on the southern side of Albert Road, at its western end

The Victoria & Albert, on the southern side of Albert Road, at its western end

Little Johnny Russells. on the southern side of Albert Road, near the Kings Theatre

Little Johnny Russells. on the southern side of Albert Road, near the Kings Theatre

The Kings, on the northern side of Albert Road, opposite the Kings Theatre

The Kings, on the northern side of Albert Road, opposite the Kings Theatre

And three more pubs on the northern side of Albert Road, near the Kings Theatre…

The Fat Fox pub...

The Fat Fox pub…

Porters...

Porters…

The Wine Vaults...

The Wine Vaults…

And some nearby distractions from pub photos…

A hand car washing business on the southern side of Albert Road, artwork by Fark, a talented local graffiti artist...

A hand car washing business on the southern side of Albert Road, artwork by Fark, a talented local graffiti artist…

Err...I think I'll be elsewhere on New Year's Eve...;)

Err…I think I’ll be elsewhere on New Year’s Eve…;)

A shop window abstraction...

A shop window abstraction…

A belated Merry Christmas...

A belated Merry Christmas…

Albert Road, looking west, towards the Kings Theatre

Albert Road, looking west, towards the Kings Theatre

Now we’re heading eastwards along Albert Road…

The 5th Hants Volunteer Arms pub, on the southern side of Albert Road, on the corner of Napier Road

The 5th Hants Volunteer Arms pub, on the southern side of Albert Road, on the corner of Napier Road

On the northern side of Albert Road, The Royal Albert/Duke of Devonshire pub...

On the northern side of Albert Road, The Royal Albert/Duke of Devonshire pub…

The Leopold, on the southern side of Albert Road, on the corner of Leopold Street

The Leopold, on the southern side of Albert Road, on the corner of Leopold Street

And a few more distractions, from Albert Road shop windows…

Orange hair...

Orange hair…

Green hair...

Green hair…

...and some colourful guitars...

…and some colourful guitars…

The Bold Forester, on the northern side of Albert Road...

The Bold Forester, on the northern side of Albert Road…

The Festing pub, on the southern side of the road, where Albert Road becomes Highland Road, leading on to Eastney...

The Festing pub, on the southern side of the road, where Albert Road becomes Highland Road, leading on to Eastney…

Now we are heading back westwards, to Lawrence Road, and heading north to Fawcett Road…

The Lawrence Arms, in Lawrence Road

The Lawrence Arms, in Lawrence Road

At the northern end of Lawrence Road, The Fawcett Inn...

At the northern end of Lawrence Road, The Fawcett Inn…

The Red, White and Blue pub, on the western side of Fawcett Road

The Red, White and Blue pub, on the western side of Fawcett Road

The Royal Exchange, an erstwhile pub towards the northern end of Fawcett Road

The Royal Exchange, an erstwhile pub towards the northern end of Fawcett Road

Stranded in Southsea

Excuse me, Dear Reader, there’s something I need to get off my chest, some detritus left there by gale force winds and torrential rain…

Ah, that feels better; that was some audio therapy from a Welsh band called Budgie, from their 1972 album, ‘Squawk’, the track being ‘Stranded’, and an epitome for the frustration of being marooned on Portsea Island over Christmas, when I should have been celebrating the festival with family in faraway Kent…

But never mind, let’s take some positives from it all; it at least provided me with an opportunity to watch a few films I otherwise wouldn’t have watched, including ‘The Bishop’s Wife’, ‘The Red Shoes’ and ‘Love Actually’, while today I wandered down to Canoe Lake in Southsea, and enjoyed a ramble along the seafront under beautiful blue skies, to Southsea Castle and the nearby D-Day Museum…

Southsea seafront near Canoe Lake...

Southsea seafront near Canoe Lake…

Canoe Lake has plentiful swans, and here's one of them...

Canoe Lake has plentiful swans, and here’s one of them…

And in homage to ‘The Red Shoes’, with Moira Shearer in all her Technicolor beauty, here are a couple of swans enacting pas de deux in ‘Le Lac des cygnes’… 😉

PasDeDeux

PasDeDeuxEncore

And here is one final photo of a swan on this photoblog, which now has less than a week to run…

RegalSwan

Wandering westwards along the seafront, the wonderful South Parade Pier soon comes into view…

SouthParadePier

Promenading (and jogging) along the seafront is a popular activity among both locals and visitors…

WheelchairSilhouette

There's very obviously some lens flare here to the right of the pier, but I thought I'd post it nonetheless...

There’s very obviously some lens flare here to the right of the pier, but I thought I’d post it nonetheless…

Wasn't doing any business today, but it's a lot more popular in the summer months

Wasn’t doing any business today, but it’s a lot more popular in the summer months

Nearing Southsea Castle, with its lighthouse, and visible in the distance are both the Naval War Memorial and at the extreme right, the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth Harbour...

Nearing Southsea Castle, with its lighthouse, and visible in the distance are both the Naval War Memorial and at the extreme right, the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth Harbour…

The Castle Lighthouse, done in sepia...

The Castle Lighthouse, done in sepia…

In front of the D-Day Museum, near Southsea Castle, are a couple of restored Second World War tanks…

A British Churchill Crocodile tank ...

A British Churchill Crocodile tank …

A Canadian Sherman Grizzly tank...

A Canadian Sherman Grizzly tank…

From the D-Day Museum, I wandered up to Palmerston Road, for a pint in The Lord Palmerston (Wetherspoon’s) pub, before heading on to Debenhams, to have a look at the Boxing Day Sale items. I didn’t buy anything, but this rather appealed…

'Nancy' one of the 'Pretty Ladies' figurines in the Royal Doulton series...

‘Nancy’ one of the ‘Pretty Ladies’ figurines in the Royal Doulton series…

As did this Christmas gift from my boss at work, which I drank this evening…Cheers!…and just two more posts to go :)…

A Lakeland Pale Ale, 'Cocker Hoop' from Jennings Brewery

A Lakeland Pale Ale, ‘Cocker Hoop’ from Jennings Brewery

Around Portsmouth Harbour and Southsea seafront…

Figurehead and the Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth Harbour

Figurehead and the Spinnaker Tower, Portsmouth Harbour

Figurehead, close-up...

Figurehead, close-up…

A British MMK1 Magnetic Moored Mine, Portsmouth Harbour

A British MMK1 Magnetic Moored Mine, Portsmouth Harbour

A torpedo (of the type that sank the Belgrano), with the Spinnaker Tower beyond...

A torpedo (of the type that sank the Belgrano), with the Spinnaker Tower beyond…

More about the torpedo...

More about the torpedo…

Sky above Spice Island, Portsmouth Harbour

Sky above Spice Island, Portsmouth Harbour

Similar in sepia...

Similar in sepia…

Naval Memorial on Southsea seafront

Naval Memorial on Southsea seafront

Poppies on the Naval Memorial

Poppies on the Naval Memorial

Memorial window, looking towards Portsmouth Harbour

Memorial window, looking towards Portsmouth Harbour

Southsea seafront from the Naval Memorial

Southsea seafront from the Naval Memorial

Streetlamp on Southsea seafront

Streetlamp on Southsea seafront

Aboukir Memorial, Southsea seafront

Aboukir Memorial, Southsea seafront

Inscription on the Aboukir Memorial...

Inscription on the Aboukir Memorial…

Ferry approaching Portsmouth from Ryde on the Isle of Wight

Ferry approaching Portsmouth from Ryde on the Isle of Wight

WightLink ferry heading towards Portsmouth Harbour

WightLink ferry heading towards Portsmouth Harbour

The same, in colour...

The same, in colour…

The 69 Wine Bar & Bistro (with live music today), in Palmerston Road, Southsea

The 69 Wine Bar & Bistro (with live music today), in Palmerston Road, Southsea

The week so far…

'Ai'...the Chinese character for 'love'...

‘Ai’…the Chinese character for ‘love’…

Lovelock on Hungerford Bridge, over the River Thames in central London, dated 29/11/2013

Lovelock on Hungerford Bridge, over the River Thames in central London, dated 29/11/2013

Joanne Panayi's sculpture 'Premier' in Castle Arts, New Row, London WC2...yours for £375

Joanne Panayi’s sculpture ‘Premier’ in Castle Arts, New Row, London WC2…yours for £375

Moon and clouds above Goldsmith Avenue, Fratton, around 7.20 this morning

Moon and clouds above Goldsmith Avenue,
Fratton, around 7.20 this morning

Moon in rigging of HMS Warrior, Portsmouth Hard, this morning...

Moon in rigging of HMS Warrior, Portsmouth Hard, this morning…

West Street, Fareham, around 9.15 this morning...

West Street, Fareham, around 9.15 this morning…

Byfleet and New Haw…and Hampshire, in late Autumn…

A railway station in Surrey, on the line from Waterloo to Portsmouth

A railway station in Surrey, on the line from Waterloo to Portsmouth

Little horse, in a field off Cartwright Drive , Titchfield

Little horse, in a field off Cartwright Drive , Titchfield

A second horse, in the same field...

A second horse, in the same field…

And a third, in the same field...

And a third, in the same field…

Southampton Road, Titchfield, about half-eight in the morning

Southampton Road, Titchfield, about half-eight in the morning

Southampton Road, Titchfield, looking east...

Southampton Road, Titchfield, looking east…

Frosty autumn leaves, Southampton Road, Titchfield

Frosty autumn leaves, Southampton Road, Titchfield

Early morning red leaves, footpath, Titchfield

Early morning red leaves, footpath, Titchfield

Tiffany's, Fareham West Street, early evening

Tiffany’s, Fareham West Street, early evening

Erhu busking, HMS Warrior, the London Jazz Festival, and Albert Road, Southsea

Gerrard Street is the main street in London’s Chinatown, bustling with tourists and visitors most weekends of the year, so this solitary erhu player, photographed on Sunday afternoon of last week in Gerrard Street, is somewhat untypical, but here he is anyway, one of the very few erhu buskers on the streets of London…

Busking with an erhu, in Gerrard Street, Chinatown, London...

Busking with an erhu, in Gerrard Street, Chinatown, London…

On Tuesday afternoon, I was down at Portsmouth Hard, supping a pint in The Lady Hamilton pub (where incidentally, I chanced upon Adam Ant in the bar around three years ago; he was staying in bed and breakfast there at the time) as I awaited a coach to London’s Victoria Coach station at half-four. Following is a photo of HMS Warrior I took that afternoon; it’s a ship that I never tire of looking at…

HMS Warrior, the world's first ironclad warship, 1860, at Portsmouth Hard

HMS Warrior, the world’s first ironclad warship, 1860, at Portsmouth Hard

The trip to London was to take me to a gig in the Purcell Room on South Bank, part of the London Jazz Festival this year, and specifically to a concert by Christine Tobin, singing The Songs of Leonard Cohen. I very rarely buy jazz records, but I’ve seen a lot of live jazz in London over the years, including a few years ago, gigs by both Christine Tobin and Huw Warren, who accompanied her on accordion (and piano) on Tuesday evening.

First up on Tuesday night in the Purcell Room though, as support act, was the Georgia Mancio Trio, who performed half a-dozen songs, including a version of David Bowie’s ‘Life on Mars’, sung with a Brazilian Portuguese lyric…and there was also a song by Simon and Garfunkel ;)…

Georgia Mancio Trio, with Gareth Lockrane on flute, and Geoff Gascoyne on bass

Georgia Mancio Trio, with Gareth Lockrane on flute, and Geoff Gascoyne on bass

Christine Tobin’s set consisted almost entirely of covers of Leonard Cohen’s songs, material for an album she’s releasing next spring called ‘A Thousand Kisses Deep’. (The only exception to Cohen songs on Tuesday was a John Martyn song from the 1970s, ‘Go Down Easy’ which she did as an encore). It was interesting though to hear Leonard Cohen’s songs interpreted in a jazz context, and the highlight of the evening for me was her take on ‘Hey, That’s No Way to Say Goodbye’ from Cohen’s 1967 album ‘The Songs of Leonard Cohen’.

Christine Tobin, in monochrome

Christine Tobin, in monochrome

Christine Tobin, in glorious redheaded colour

Christine Tobin, in glorious redheaded colour

I got back to Portsmouth around midnight that evening (having endured the dubious pleasure of some inebriated teens or twenty-somethings, misbehaving on the homebound train, but mercifully they got out at Woking) and I took the following day off, to accompany my partner to couple of meetings she had in Portsmouth and Southsea that day. All the following photos were taken in Albert Road, Southsea on that Wednesday…

Indepedent Republic of Albert Road (Southsea)

Indepedent Republic of Albert Road (Southsea)

'Bored of Southsea' is a shop on the other side of the street....

‘Bored of Southsea’ is a shop on the other side of the street….

A row of shops on the south side of Albert Road

A row of shops on the south side of Albert Road

Above 'The Vaults' pub, on the north side of Albert Road

Above ‘The Vaults’ pub, on the north side of Albert Road

SoundZ record shop, on the south side of the street

SoundZ record shop, on the south side of the street

One of several different Albert Road banners in the street...

One of several different Albert Road banners in the street…

The western end of Albert Road...

The western end of Albert Road…

Portsmouth Hard, and Fareham Shopping Centre

Not my usual journey into work, but the bus I normally catch didn’t turn up this morning, so I thought I’d take a more romantic journey to my workplace, via Portsmouth Harbour, the Gosport Ferry, and Fareham. To be sure, it wasn’t as quick a journey as usual, but it was a lot more satisfying one…:)

HMS Warrior, The Hard, Portsmouth, around 8 o'clock this morning..

HMS Warrior, The Hard, Portsmouth, around 8 o’clock this morning..

Aboard the Gosport Ferry, leaving The Hard, Portsmouth...

Aboard the Gosport Ferry, leaving The Hard, Portsmouth…

Heading for Gosport, with the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth on the horizon...

Heading for Gosport, with the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth on the horizon…

A Gosport Ferry, heading for Portsmouth...

A Gosport Ferry, heading for Portsmouth…

Poppy Appeal Stall, outside Boots, in Fareham Shopping Centre...

Poppy Appeal Stall, outside Boots, in Fareham Shopping Centre…

Snow White figurine, in the Disney Collection, in  H. Samuel, in Fareham Shopping Centre...

Snow White figurine, in the Disney Collection, in H. Samuel, in Fareham Shopping Centre…

Lasered block, on a stall in Fareham Shopping Centre...

Lasered block, on a stall in Fareham Shopping Centre…

Happy Halloween, schoolchildren's display in Fareham Shopping Centre...

Happy Halloween, schoolchildren’s display in Fareham Shopping Centre…

Another stall, in Delme Square, Fareham Shopping Centre...

Another stall, in Delme Square, Fareham Shopping Centre…

First shoes...in Clarks, Fareham Shopping Centre

First shoes…in Clarks, Fareham Shopping Centre

Portsmouth’s Guildhall Square…and around Charing Cross…

A rainy Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, Friday afternoon, 11th October

A rainy Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, Friday afternoon, 11th October

Portsmouth City Council, Civic Offices, opposite Portsmouth Guildhall...

Portsmouth City Council, Civic Offices, opposite Portsmouth Guildhall…

North side, Trafalgar Square, with The National Gallery, St Martin's-in-the-Fields, and the Fourth Plinth...

North side, Trafalgar Square, with The National Gallery, St Martin’s-in-the-Fields, and the Fourth Plinth…

'Save Rosia' an environmental Action Group...

‘Save Rosia’ an environmental Action Group…

A juggling uni-cyclist , performing in front of the National Gallery...

A juggling uni-cyclist , performing in front of the National Gallery…

A London City skyline from Hungerford Bridge...

A London City skyline from Hungerford Bridge…

Another view downstream from Hungerford Bridge...

Another view downstream from Hungerford Bridge…

Nelson Mandela statue, outside the Royal Festival Hall, on London's South Bank...

Nelson Mandela statue, outside the Royal Festival Hall, on London’s South Bank…

A Marathon, the Manfreds revisited, and a World Cup qualifier at Fratton Park…

Had an interesting week in Hampshire last week, beginning on the Sunday with a trip down to New Milton to lend some moral support to a friend who was running her first Marathon (the New Forest Marathon) and I’m pleased to say she got round okay, despite suffering from calf cramps from the half-way point, so well done Jenny :)…

I actually got to New Milton at elevenish, and with the Marathon runners not due to finish until early afternoon, I decided to wander down to nearby Barton on Sea to have a look around. There’s not an awful lot to do in such a sleepy seaside town, although there are a few good cliff-top/beach walks to be had…

Looking eastwards along the cliff-top towards the Beachcomber Cafe...

Looking eastwards along the cliff-top towards the Beachcomber Cafe…

And here are a few random shots from the race itself…

About 200 yards from the finish line, in The Arnewood School...

About 200 yards from the finish line, in The Arnewood School…

Looks in pretty good nick considering he's just run 26 miles... ;)

Looks in pretty good nick considering he’s just run 26 miles… 😉

'Come on Dad!'...some young kids have just spotted their dad (in the yellow top)...

‘Come on Dad!’…some young kids have just spotted their dad (in the yellow top)…

And on the wander back to New Milton railway station, this cartoon caught my eye, in a Dentist’s in Osbourne Road…

Yes, quite...one for cat owners ;)

Yes, quite…one for cat owners 😉

On Wednesday evening I made one of my occasional visits to the Ferneham Halls in Fareham, to see a gig by the Manfreds, who I’d also seen (with a slightly different line-up, that included Mike d’Abo) at the King’s Theatre in Albert Road in Southsea, during the Manfreds’ 50th Anniversary Tour in 2012. That was one of the best live gigs I’ve seen in recent years, so it didn’t take much self-persuasion for me to get a ticket for Wednesday’s event…

Paul Jones, lead singer and bluesy harmonica player...

Paul Jones, lead singer and bluesy harmonica player…

Simon Pegg, on keyboards...

Simon Pegg, on keyboards…

Tom McGuinesss, lead guitarist...

Tom McGuinesss, lead guitarist…

The final two songs the band played at this gig were ‘Pretty Flamingo’, and ‘Doo Wah Diddy Diddy’ (duly sung-along to) but I have a particular affection for the third last song that was played on Wednesday night. When the 1960s’ incarnation of Manfred Mann disbanded in 1969, Tom McGuiness went on to form McGuinness Flint, whose most successful song was ‘When I’m Dead and Gone’…

The gig ended at half-ten, after which I headed back home in light drizzle…

On my way back to Fareham railway station after the gig, a rainy West Street...

On my way back to Fareham railway station after the gig, a rainy West Street…

On the Saturday lunchtime before the New Forest Marathon, I’d watched, on BBC-1, England’s Women Football team World Cup qualifier against Belarus, which England won 6-0. And as soon as I discovered their next match would be at Fratton Park on Thursday evening I didn’t waste too much time in booking myself a ticket for the game (it cost a fiver on line, plus a one pound booking fee).

And thus it was, after work on Thursday evening, I made my way to Fratton Park, and joined some six thousand other spectactors at the game. Following are some photos taken at the match, but first are a few pictures of some of the rather artistic graffiti that surrounds Fratton Park. A couple of these feature stuff done by a chap who uses the tag Fark, who I chanced to meet walking his dog around the football ground one summer’s evening last year, so we had a ten minute chat about his work…

Artwork by Fark 1

Artwork by Fark 1

Artwork by Fark 2

Artwork by Fark 2

Abstract Pompey graffiti

Abstract Pompey graffiti

England v Turkey

England v Turkey

England pre-match bonding...

England pre-match bonding…

The number 4 here is Fara Williams, who has played over a hundred games for England, and scored three dozen goals. I mention her here because we are actually related to one another; her paternal grandpa was the brother of my maternal nan, so I guess that makes us second cousins or something…;)

Play underway...

Play underway…

England attacking in the second half...

England attacking in the second half…

A bit one-sided, but entertaining all the same ;)

A bit one-sided, but entertaining all the same 😉

The match programme...

The match programme…

Before ending this post I might add that this game was in fact the second women’s football international I’ve attended, the other being the London 2012 Olympics semi-final at Wembley, between France and Japan, which I was fortunate enough to get a ticket for last year…

http://yizhivika.com/2012/08/06/

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