Travel

Joanna guy, Camden Market

From our place, we have a secret back entrance to the Stables market. The new bit that certain Camden oldsters feel is too commercialised. Screw them. When you need a piano or some vintage leather shoes or a BOAC manbag, you know where to come. This guy sells pianos. Related Posts:Street photography competitionBarrow, Inverness Street […]


Sleeping on the job

Reading this post on OzSoapbox about the work ethic in Taiwan, prompted me to post this set. He talks about the work ethic there underpinning your cheap crap and to an extent it’s probably true. Equally, the folks there I know are not salarymen in the Japanese sense but outsiders: musicians and artists. As usual. […]


The Chin Chin Laboratorists: liquid Nitrogen ice cream

This opened up while I was away and a chilly Friday afternoon seemed to be the ideal time to sample it. If you come here to Camden Lock at the weekend be prepared for a wait as the queue is usually right out the door and down the cobbles. The gimmick is that for £4 […]


Cycling in London – my experiences

I confess. I’m now one of THEM. Yes, a cyclist. The choice between a 20 minute cycle and a 55 minute bus ride, even in the dark, is a no-brainer. I’ve now been doing it for two months, pre- and post-DST change. I’m not dead yet. I’ve had a couple of a little too close […]


Japanese food in Taipei

It’s an odd paradox that Taiwanese food itself is quite bland and yet you can find food from all over the rest of Asia done extremely well. In this case, Japanese food. My last night in Taipei, we stayed in a nice hotel with SOFT BED! Round two corners we found a Japanese restaurant with […]


Amsterdam(p) rebooted

This was the first time I’ve been back since I broke up with my girlfriend out there in 2009 and had mixed feelings about it. We had an apartment and a good group of people. There was a gig. On arrival, I almost immediately regretted it finding the Dutchness oppressive again. However, there was more […]


UK Immigration System – a suggestion

As anyone who knows me knows, we’ve been working on getting my girlfriend a UK fiancée visa. This was a fairly Byzantine process that had some pre-requisites: like me getting my divorce finalised. Dammit. Well, that was only five years in the making and thanks to my previous girlfriend for at least getting the process […]


Graveyard – photography cliché #14

Yesterday as we were driving to New Mills for a walk round the, er, old mills, we passed the church and churchyard in Chapel-en-le-Frith. It looked like a good setting to take some shots being all nicely overgrown. It’s also preparation for when I get back to London and have Highgate cemetery on my doorstep […]


Channeling Ansel – or not

So, here I am up in the High Peaks area of Derbyshire, with some pretty epic scenery all around. Having been fired up by the Freeman book, I decided to scale Eccles Pike, yes, as in cake, which has a 360 degree view all around and wait for the sun to get low in the […]


Chapel-En-Le Frith – High Peaks

OK, so the peaks aren’t quite as high as the ones I left behind in Taiwan but by British standards they’re pretty rugged and sheep-laden. I took a hike up to Eccles Pike which has a lovely view in both directions and over Coombs reservoir. The local cottagery is lovely. And as you can see, […]


Retro

This was the future once. \ Related Posts:Street photography competitionSleeping on the jobTaiwanese foodTaiwanese foodTaipei Sky – Colour or B/W?


Taiwanese food

I may rag on Taiwan for many reasons but food isn’t one of them. Just look at this little spread and click through to flickr for the annotations. So good. Related Posts:Street photography competitionFrom the inside looking out: cheeky fagCanon S90 Taipei Street NightPrimrose Hill GreengrocerHoutong – Cat Village


Houtong – Cat Village

At its peak, Houtong was a thriving and often fatal mining town, at its height under Japanese rule. Now, it’s silent and decrepit. BUT! It’s now a super duper tourist attraction because it has, wait for it, CATS! Yes, there’s a bunch of semi-feral cats and people now tour out to pet them. Oh the […]


Taiwanese food

Taiwan has its ups and downs: trade huge cockroaches, typhoons and earthquakes for epic scenery, hot springs and great food. Taiwanese food draws from all regions of China, Japanese food it inherited from the occupation and many others besides. Here’s a good selection we had at a restaurant at the Sogo department store. To me, […]


Sucker for sunsets

If we all have a dirty little secret photographic cliché, then sunsets are mine. I’ve shot them in California, Taiwan and assorted points in Europe. They are always different and always lovely. This one was shot 300m up the mountain at Maokong after a lovely tea with the local brew. And cake. On a photographic […]


Taipei Twilight

A rare thing. A clear night and some nice twilight. Shin Kong Mistukoshi tower just lighting up. I need to get a tripod. Related Posts:No Related Posts


Disabled Robot Gymnastics

I *think* I know what this sign is trying to say, but you never know. Related Posts:No Related Posts


Papaya tree: resurrection

Most days we walk past a decrepit Japanese-era building owned by the university. There was a nice papaya tree with fruit growing right in front. Then it disappeared, lopped off about four feet off the ground. But it’s back! We’ll be watching it in our last two weeks here. Related Posts:Street photography competitionTaiwanese foodFrom the […]


Stunning golden waterfall, Jinguashi

Taiwan isn’t short of natural wonders: from hot springs, to alien coastline to soaring mountains. This one is a little special. This is a little down the hill from the Jinguashi disused gold mine and shows what happens when copper leeches into the water. Rather purty, no? I have more pictures of the mine, but […]


Shi-Da purveyors of deep-fried goodness

This is a paradoxical country: everyone eats hugely and widely, yet on the whole, people remain resolutely skinny. Which I think says much about the Western diet. This stall in Sh-Da night market is our occasional stop-off for cauliflower, mushroom, tofu and chewy fishy thing, lighty battered, deep fried then powdered with salty pepper and […]


Yeliou volcanic rock, Taiwan

On a geographic note, Yeliou is volcanic rock carved by the waves into interesting shapes. There’s a famous “queens head” formation but we didn’t make it out that far as it was too hot! Gov’t info here: www.gio.gov.tw/ct.asp?xItem=32397&ctNode=4056 On a photographic note, this is B/W from the D300 with the 50mm f/1.8 lens. Rather good […]


Taipei 101

Yesterday we ticked off one of our last TODO items in Taipei: Taipei LOL. No, really, look at the sign. It’s an actual LOL-building. Anyhow. It was briefly the tallest building in the world and is still impressive considering it’s in a pretty active earthquake zone. The view? Meh. What’s to look at? The swampy […]


The big blue room

It put in an appearance today. Which was nice, so rather than being 35C and disgustingly humid, it was 39C, breezy and relatively dry. The cloud came over and denied us a proper sunset. Good excuse to bring out the 12-24mm lens though 🙂 Related Posts:Taipei Sky – Colour or B/W?Street photography competitionChanneling Ansel – […]


From the inside looking out: cheeky fag

Cheeky fag outside Salty Peanuts café. Been a bit uninspired these last few days. There’s something about 40C temperatures that just drains the will to do anything. Related Posts:Street photography competitionTaiwanese foodCanon S90 Taipei Street NightHoutong – Cat VillagePapaya tree: resurrection