Friday, 31 July 2009

Logan gets a haircut


...and after!

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Name that giant caterpillar

Answers on a postcard to the usual address.

Name that media pub

Monday, 27 July 2009

Homeward bound

With Gran and Grandad at Durham station, looking for choo choos.

Friday, 24 July 2009

Mmm ice cream

Went for lunch at Valentino's, the Italian in Lanchester, with Michelle and little Caitlin (who was an absolute star and let Mum finish her meal before she wanted feeding).

It was great, huge portions and really cheap (£6.95 for three courses at lunchtime - I know I'm used to London prices but that's cheap, right?). Logan had a tasty meal of potato skins, parma ham and melon (all with ketchup...), but the ice cream was the biggest hit.

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Bedtime story with Grandad

Logan has a new Logan-sized chair at my folks' house in Durham, where we're staying til Sunday while Mark's in India. One of the things Ikea does right! And he's reading my Miffy books which are complete classics.

The genius of Walker Evans

I did a module on American art at uni and I remember being fascinated by the photos Walker Evans took of people living in the dust bowl during the depression, as part of the government's Farm Security Administration and his work Let Us Now Praise Famous Men (buy it here).

I bought a book on him from the Tate Modern months ago but just got around to reading it, and his work was about so much more than those well-known images - he took brilliant street photos, including a series on the underground with a hidden camera, and found hidden meaning in graffiti, signs and all sorts of everyday objects (the one above was taken at Coney Island). Something to aspire to! I wish I could be that good.

A book out this month takes in Henri Cartier-Bresson's work too, another personal hero. Straight to the top of my Christmas list.

Logan popped in to see me at work today

That slightly smug looking woman in the canteen beaming as her child did Something Adorable? Today that was me. Sorry.

Bizarrest news story this year

Mexican midget wrestlers given overdose of eye drops in a botched robbery, anyone?

Monday, 20 July 2009

On the heath

Hit the heath with Richard An and the gang on Saturday, surely a must for any visiting American?

The Children's Traffic Club

Not as nuts as it looks, honestly. It's free for all 3- and 4-year-olds in London and teaches them how to cross the road safely. A bit like Tufty but with balloons instead of squirrels.

Logan checks out the Holly Bush

He's looking underwhelmed, to be honest!

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

News marketing doesn't get much more cynical than this

You'd think Jonathan Ross had thrown himself under a train or something, instead of which an 85-year-old man and his wife, both ill and nearing the end of their lives, chose a dignified exit. Anything to sell papers though, right?

Monday, 13 July 2009

Monday, 6 July 2009

Cutest cat ever

Eliot is my new favourite thing.

Eastbourne sunshine

Had a fab weekend with Christine and Paul, full of tasty food, ice cream and copious red wine. If only there was a commuter train from Eastbourne, we'd be round theirs every weekend for breakfast in the garden!

Friday, 3 July 2009

Daddy or chips?

Can't beat a bit of ketchup.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

We are the champions

Won the Lucky Voice music quiz tonight, hurrah! Only 3 points in it but Linda's slightly scary recall for dodgy '90s tracks won the day. Bring on the karaoke!