Last month I bought my first boat, and here she is. A teak carvel planked 1950s Admiralty Whaleboat. Really excited about restoring, rebuilding & refitting her. At 27 feet by 7 feet she is just a touch small for my ultimate goal of solar powered circumnavigation, but a good solid first boat to practise and experiment with. Question is, what shall I name her?
Tall Ship Krusenstern arrives at Tallinn Seaplane Harbour on the morning of July 12th at 10am, to take part in Tallinn’s annual maritime festival Merepäevad. This ship, originally built in 1926, is the largest traditional sailing ship still in operation and one of four remaining Flying P-Liners built by German shipping company F. Laeisz, the other three being static museum ships. This ship holds the record for fastest sailing between Hamburg and Chile via Australia. Krusenstern, originally named Padua, was surrendered to the USSR after World War II as a war reparation and subsequently named after Estonian born, Baltic German, Adam Johann Ritter von Krusenstern, an Admiral and explorer in the Russian Imperial Navy who led the first Russian circumnavigation of the globe.
Rolling Stones :: Hyde Park :: July 6th, a set on Flickr.
For the past few years I’ve enjoyed the summer concerts in Hyde Park from outside the event fence, usually among a big crowd of people loving the weather and the free music from acts such as The White Stripes, Blur and Daft Punk.
Last Saturday’s show by the Rolling Stones drew the biggest crowd I’ve seen there by far. The PA was a little louder than usual and from the front gate you can see the screens. It is down the west side of the fence where the sound is best this year though, the stage is facing towards the sunset and the speakers are not far from the boundary. The crowd had such a good atmosphere and I would definitely recommend going down this coming Saturday if you want to catch a free Stones gig.
Verdict: Only slightly better than McD/BK at Gourmet Burger prices.
The hype surrounding Five Guys first UK franchise opening is incredible. Touted as being “Obama’s favourite burger” and launched with multiple awards and glowing reviews from stateside, I decided the day after opening to give them a try.
The restaurant itself has a garishly 80’s feel, clean tiles with black and white and red all over. The sound system is very harsh, tinny, unnecessarily loud and prevents conversation with it’s middle of the road, soft rock soundtrack. You have to queue to order the food and then queue again to collect the order.
The food is served in a brown paper bag, the burger wrapped in foil causing the grease from the food to spread everywhere. The burger is good quality meat, hand prepared and the bun is decent quality bread, but it seems excessively greasy and even with a selection of the ‘free toppings’ the burger was bland and almost flavourless. The fries are cooked with their jackets still on in peanut oil, trumpeted as a health benefit, being low in cholesterol. As part of this gimmick they also provide free peanuts to customers. This oil gives the fries an interesting flavour, but I found them to be slightly too salty and although there were a lot of them in the regular portion I still don’t believe they are worth the price.
The main standout feature is in the selection of drinks. The premium beers are from Brew Dog and the soda allows free refills from the machines. There are only two self service soda machines, resulting in queues, but the selection of flavours available on the touch screen are many, including Grape Sprite, Lime Coke and several others that I don’t believe are available elsewhere.
Overall the quality of the food was average and bland, around the level of standard fast food chains except being sold at the price of a gourmet burger restaurant, of which there are many better options in the area. Upon leaving my clothes smelled horribly of cooking burgers and frying peanut oil, something that generally doesn’t occur at any of their rivals.
Rat Race Tallinn 2013, a set on Flickr.
My photos from this year’s Rat Race event in Tallinn. I got involved in a small way with Rat Race last year, this year I stayed an extra few days, during my May visit to Estonia, and helped a little in designing the thankyou certificates. It was good to actually witness the race this year.
The oldest known existing lighthouse in the world. Built circa 56 A.D. in the Roman province of Lycia, during the reign of Nero. Rediscovered in 2005 under the sand during excavations uncovering the ancient city of Patara, the lighthouse is thought to have been destroyed by a minor tsunami. Reconstruction is underway as part of the research and restoration of the city.
Patara is known as the birth place of Santa Claus and also home to the congress building, now restored, of the Lycian League, who’s republican government influenced the American Constitution during the formation of the United States. There I am, just before the archeological zone closing time, 8th October 2012.
I’m sitting here waiting on renders, instead of being a part of this year’s Glastonbury. It’s quite gutting to have all the BBC hype machine talk Glasto 24/7 and knowing that I will not be there. This seems so wrong after performing as VJ KodeK at four Glastonbury festivals in succession, and the weather will be awesome this year too.
As consolation I decided to finally add wordpress to my dormant website, see if we can’t bring all these things I do back into the wider world.