Friday, 30 March 2007

tag cloud

added a new tag cloud widget - thanks to phydeaux3


i like this. the colours are nice. I like how the paint is almost about to start flaking.


'bolt' - taken in Spitalfields, London, March 2007.

Tuesday, 27 March 2007

Random pics from last weekend

Some random photos from last weekend - went up to Spitalfields market

stencil bush

the ceiling of our elevator

victorian london - spitalfields

spitalfields church

Sunday, 18 March 2007

happy birthday me!

happy birthday me!

mmmm manfrotto!

happy birthday me!
Originally uploaded by rachaelr.

Wednesday, 14 March 2007

latest favourite image

Originally uploaded by rachaelr.

went for a long walk on saturday down the Southbank from St Pauls (and across the Millennium bridge) to Vauxhall bridge. think this is probably my favourite photo from the day at the moment.

speakin a little england

The BBC are a little confused I think. Considering the Millennium Dome was built for the 2000 Millennium :)

Treasures from the tomb of Tutankhamun will be displayed at the Millennium Dome for the first time in 35 years.

How about ' the Millennium Dome, for the first time outside Egypt in 35 years', or '...for the first time in Britian in 35 years'?

Sunday, 11 March 2007

My sister on the Front Page!

My youngest sister has got an article on the front page of the Dominion Post - the main newspaper in Wellington (NZ's captial city), and also on the Dominion post homepage.

Hilarious! She's imported some special dyes from overseas somewhere, and dyed the ears and tails of some bijon dogs... not something you see every day.

Dominion Post Article

Saturday, 10 March 2007

Recycling on the Tube

From the BBC website:

Tons of newspapers found on Tube

Free newspapers can be picked up at Tube stationsUp to 12 tons of newspapers a day are being abandoned by commuters on London Underground stations and trains, new figures show.
The statistics were revealed by Ken Livingstone following a question raised by the London Assembly Conservatives at Mayor's question time in January.
They have asked Transport for London to install more newspaper recycling points on the network to tackle the problem.
London Lite was launched in August last year and The London Paper a week later.
They followed the Metro freesheet which was introduced a number of years ago.

This is something that's been annoying me for a while - but it's more that a lot of the newspapers get dumped on the ground right near where the *pushers* are giving them out... I have to walk past a few places where they stand givign the papers out every morning, and more often than not there are 5-10 discarded ones blowing all around messing up the streets. Pretty sad when you think it's possible that paper (trees) may one day be a limited resource.

And the *pushers* drive me mental as well. Getting right in your face with the papers and not moving out of the way when the footpath is totally full of commuters. I guess it's a job for them, but still I don't like it! If someone wants the paper, they'll pick it up from a paper stand, same as everyone does with the Metro in the mornings.

Friday, 9 March 2007

Outrageous Fortune

Outrageous Fortune, a NZ series (drama I guess?!) about a dodgy family in Auckland, is going to be showing in the UK soon. I saw a few episodes of the second series when I was in NZ last, and it was pretty good.

Thursday, 8 March 2007

Named and Shamed...

Today is British Gas - aspx stack traces in their Central Heating insurance app.

A number of wtf's here:

  1. The most obvious - their app is broked :)
  2. Should have a custom 500 error page instead of a nasty stack trace
  3. They are using a crazy mix of cgi, jsp, java and aspx (check out the url on the home page:

Their site is back up again now. But then the layout on the 'HomeCare' page is a bit of a shocker... has a semi-liquid borders which resize the main part of the page to the browser width, but then static width content inside that, so gets chopped off.

I could go on for years finding faults in major companies websites :) And I probably will!

Friday, 2 March 2007

Spring Break

Kurv and I have started booking up our spring holiday...
Istanbul, Gallipoli (for the yearly ANZAC memorial services), Athens and some Greek Island hopping. Two weeks all up.

Should be fun :) Will post up a map here when I get around to it.