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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

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…

Swinging on Southsea Common…

There was a lot going on in Portsmouth and Southsea this Bank Holiday Weekend

There was a lot going on in Portsmouth and Southsea this Bank Holiday Weekend

The venue, on Southsea Common

The venue, on Southsea Common

The Three Belles, singing 'Beat me Daddy, Eight to the Bar'

The Three Belles, singing ‘Beat me Daddy, Eight to the Bar’

Could almost have been The Andrews Sisters... ;)

Could almost have been The Andrews Sisters… 😉

The vocal accompianists to the Pete Weston Swing Band

The vocal accompianists to the Pete Weston Swing Band

Getting into the swing of things... :)

Getting into the swing of things… 🙂

'I want to be a singer when I grow up, Mummy..'...and dig that tattoo... ;)

‘I want to be a singer when I grow up, Mummy..’…and dig that tattoo… 😉

"New York, New York"...

“New York, New York”…

Southsea's splendid South Parade Pier...

Southsea’s splendid South Parade Pier…

A Trip to the Circus

One of the advantages of having a partner who runs her own shop, is that, in return for some shop-window advertising, she gets complimentary tickets for itinerant acts such as circuses that pitch up on Southsea Common during the summer months. So it was, we found ourselves in the Big Top of Gerry Cottle’s WOW! Circus this week, being entertained by clowns, illusionists, jugglers, trapeze artists and the like, and it was a very enjoyable way to spend a couple of hours. Alas, my camera batteries ran out very early on, so there are only a couple of photos from inside the Big Top :(. Never mind, I’ll make sure I’m better prepared next time ;).

First though here, I want to post up a few pictures from the ‘Lions Heart Mural 2007, In memory of Rachel Lyons’, on an electricity substation building on Southsea Common…

Rachel Lyons died in December 2006...

Rachel Lyons died in December 2006…

...unexpectedly at the age of 26...

…unexpectedly at the age of 26…

...and was an amateur artist who helped design this mural, and hence its subsequent dedication to her...

…and was an amateur artist who helped design this mural, and hence its subsequent dedication to her…

And so, on to the Circus…:)

Entry wasn't entirely free for the pair of us; we were obliged to buy a programme each, at three quid a time...

Entry wasn’t entirely free for the pair of us; we were obliged to buy a programme each, at three quid a time…

There were a nominal 50 acts performed in 100 minutes...

There were a nominal 50 acts performed in 100 minutes…

There was a fifteen minute interval, during which my partner nipped off, with a child-like spontaniety, to buy us some candy floss…must have been the influence of all those excited kids around us 😉

The final act was the Hegyi Brothers from Hungary, performing stunts on the rotating Wheel of Death...scary stuff...

The final act was the Hegyi Brothers from Hungary, performing stunts on the rotating Wheel of Death…scary stuff…

Yes, we agreed it was a great couple of hours’ entertainment, as we wandered home together beneath the evening’s full moon :).

A sunny Sunday in Southsea…and in Portsmouth Dockyard

Pink Rose, Festing Road

Pink Rose, Festing Road


Canoe Lake, Southsea

Canoe Lake, Southsea


Angel statue, Canoe Lake

Angel statue, Canoe Lake


War memorial, near Canoe Lake

War memorial, near Canoe Lake


Relaxing on Southsea beach, and with Ryde, Isle of Wight, on the distant shoreline

Relaxing on Southsea beach, and with Ryde, Isle of Wight, on the distant shoreline


South Parade Pier, Southsea

South Parade Pier, Southsea


Sea watching, Southsea seafront

Sea watching, Southsea seafront


Seafront near Southsea Castle

Seafront near Southsea Castle


Southsea Castle, built in 1544 by Henry VIII

Southsea Castle, built in 1544 by Henry VIII


Southsea Castle and the Lighthouse

Southsea Castle and the Lighthouse


The Lighthouse and an Isle of Wight ferry

The Lighthouse and an Isle of Wight ferry


Portsmouth Garden of Hope message

Portsmouth Garden of Hope message


The Bandstand on Southsea Common

The Bandstand on Southsea Common


The Naval War Memorial on Southsea Common, with the Spinnaker Tower at Portsmouth Harbour in the distance

The Naval War Memorial on Southsea Common, with the Spinnaker Tower at Portsmouth Harbour in the distance


Among the names on the Naval Memorial is that of my maternal grandfather, who died aboard HMS Lawford on the 8th June, 1944

Among the names on the Naval Memorial is that of my maternal grandfather, who died aboard HMS Lawford on the 8th June, 1944


Further along Southsea seafront

Further along Southsea seafront


Clarence Pier funfair...

Clarence Pier funfair…


Swing Tower at the funfair

Swing Tower at the funfair


Swing Tower (detail)...

Swing Tower (detail)…


More funfair amusements...

More funfair amusements…


Donuts and 99s...

Donuts and 99s…


Southsea Fudge Factory

Southsea Fudge Factory


Beyond Clarence Pier, from the seafront heading to Portsmouth

Beyond Clarence Pier, from the seafront heading to Portsmouth


A jetty further along the seafront

A jetty further along the seafront


Sunbathers...

Sunbathers…


Portsmouth Cathedral, from Oyster Street

Portsmouth Cathedral, from Oyster Street


The Spinnaker Tower, at Portsmouth Harbour

The Spinnaker Tower, at Portsmouth Harbour


Action Stations, in Portsmouth Dockyard

Action Stations, in Portsmouth Dockyard


HMS Victory, Portsmouth Dockyard

HMS Victory, Portsmouth Dockyard


HMS Victory, aft...

HMS Victory, aft…


HMS Victory, fore...

HMS Victory, fore…


The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Dockyard

The Mary Rose Museum, Portsmouth Dockyard

Mostly Gosport…

I'm not really into cars...but occasionally one catches my eye...like this one in North Finchley High Road last Saturday morning...

I’m not really into cars…but occasionally one catches my eye…like this one in North Finchley High Road last Saturday morning…


A figurine and keying...Southsea yesterday

A figurine and keying…Southsea yesterday


A friendly horse in Cartwright Drive, Titchfield, at lunchtime today...

A friendly horse in Cartwright Drive, Titchfield, at lunchtime today…


Looking towards Gosport High Street, contre-jour, early evening today...

Looking towards Gosport High Street, contre-jour, early evening today…


In a Gosport flowerbed, by the waterfront...

In a Gosport flowerbed, by the waterfront…


Gosport waterfront, with Portsmouth beyond...

Gosport waterfront, with Portsmouth beyond…


Another view, with the Gosport Ferry, 'Queen of Portsmouth' crossing the water...

Another view, with the Gosport Ferry, ‘Queen of Portsmouth’ crossing the water…


By Haslar Marina, Gosport, with a very relaxed fisherman ;)...

By Haslar Marina, Gosport, with a very relaxed fisherman ;)…


HMS Haslar, in Haslar Marina

HMS Haslar, in Haslar Marina


Touching tribute... on a waterfront bench near Haslar Marina

Touching tribute… on a waterfront bench near Haslar Marina


'The Gosport Queen'...after 6.30 pm, only one ferry is used for the crossing to Portsmouth, four trips an hour. During the day, it's two ferries, and eight trips an hour...

‘The Gosport Queen’…after 6.30 pm, only one ferry is used for the crossing to Portsmouth, four trips an hour. During the day, it’s two ferries, and eight trips an hour…


Daedalus...near Gosport waterfront...

Daedalus…near Gosport waterfront…

Some Titchfield flora…and a day in the life…

dandelion
FloweringCherry
daisy
BedOfPetals
PinkPetals

All the above were taken in the past week in Titchfield in Hampshire, during lunchtime walks to get some fresh air…whereas all of the following were taken today in Portsmouth/Southsea and London. The first is of Guildhall Square in Portsmouth at midday, with the Guildhall being watched over by Queen Victoria…

Portsmouth Guildhall, looking resplendent in the welcome sunshine...

Portsmouth Guildhall, looking resplendent in the late spring sunshine…

The next is of a book I bought in the Adelphi second-hand bookshop in Albert Road in Southsea early this afternoon. It cost me two pounds fifty, and is a 1938 reprint of a book originally published in 1937. It is the narrative, with paintings and poetry, of a Chinese artist living in London in the 1930s, recording an expedition to the English Lake District, taken in part to escape the London fogs, and also to reconnect with landscapes reminiscent of his home in China…

The Silent Traveller: A Chinese Artist in Lakeland, by Chiang Yee.

The Silent Traveller: A Chinese Artist in Lakeland, by Chiang Yee.

From Albert Road, I wandered down to Canoe Lake on Southsea seafront, aware that a procession of naked cyclists would be making its way from the naturist beach at nearby Eastney, along Southsea seafront and beyond. It was one of a series of World Naked Bike Rides taking place at various venues this summer, and it seemed like an event worth recording for posterity here (That said, I’m being very discreet in tagging these photos, restricting the tags to one only, ‘naturism’ ;)). Anyway, here they are, and if nothing else, it was at least a lovely day for such an event…

So here they come, along the seafront road from Eastney...

So here they come, along the seafront road from Eastney…

Unsurprisingly maybe, there were a minority of women cyclists participating, but there were some brave enough to take part...:)

Unsurprisingly maybe, there were a minority of women cyclists participating, but there were some brave enough to take part…:)

Methinks the character in red here looks distinctly over-dressed ;)...

Methinks the character in red here looks distinctly over-dressed ;)…

At nearby Canoe Lake in Southsea, among the attractions is 'water walking', a bit of a misnomer, but that's what it's called...

At nearby Canoe Lake in Southsea, among the attractions is ‘water walking’, a bit of a misnomer, but that’s what it’s called…

And this is what it means...

And this is what it means…

Further attractions in Southsea this summer...

Further attractions in Southsea this summer…

German fans in Trafalgar Square,  prior to this evening's Champions League Final at Wembley...and a great match it was too :)...

German fans in Trafalgar Square, prior to this evening’s Champions League Final at Wembley…and a great match it was too :)…

A living statue, north of Trafalgar Square...

A living statue, north of Trafalgar Square…

Union Flags in Leicester Square...

Union Flags in Leicester Square…

Finally, close to home, a couple of pictures taken in Whetstone, London N20…

Swan Lane Open Space, early evening...

Swan Lane Open Space, early evening…

And another of Swan Lane Open Space...

And another of Swan Lane Open Space…

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