Code Pages

I can't remember the last time I received a file from someone that I couldn't use.

These days, the file formats we use are pretty standardised. PDF files, Word documents, JPGs, MP3s, MP4s and so on - unless the person sending you it is a specialist in some area you actually have very good odds that any file you're sent will be readable.

Of course, it wasn't always so. But it was once much worse than just having different file formats. WordPerfect vs Wordstar vs Word was just an argument between companies. Once, it was a battle between computer hardware and countries.

Treeline Sunset

Treeline Sunset

In 2008, I went to Beckenham Place Park specifically to try and capture photos as the sun set.

Time well spent, it would seem...

Cyphers Clubhouse Ruin

Cyphers Clubhouse Ruin

Ruined by a fire, this is now luxury housing. Once, people watched the gentle crack of leather upon willow here on warm days, politely clapping as the day draws on.
I know which I prefer.

Busy Street

Busy Street

This street is about to be dug up, and all the underground cables and pipes have been marked so that nothing gets hit. Every day people are walking over this complicated system and taking it for granted, but for a brief few days it was made visible.

Once Proud

Once Proud

A once proud tree, now home to insects and standing incongruously in a lush green park.

Lush Sphinx

Lush Sphinx

This Sphinx is one of the few remains of the Crystal Palace. It sits guarding where the Palace once was, now occupied by lush trees.

Through the Keyhole

Through the keyhole

A quick shot of a water stop cock access, which has lost its covering plate.

Well, with "cock" and "access" in the Google cache, this should be a popular page...

As it stands, I like this shot due to its pleasant geometric alignments, and the sodding big keyhole in the middle. A very pleasing arrangement.

Slight Reflections

Slight Reflections

Reflections on a 60's office block, now long derelict despite being in the packed City of London.

It was a throwaway shot when I took it, but there's something about the texture that I really like about this shot.

SMWS Celestial Nectar Outturn

SMWS C1 - Nectar célesteThe December 2015 outturn caused a stir with its young, heavily sherried Ardbeg and an old sherried Springbank. Not to mention the Society's first ever Cognac! Oh, and let's not forget another Society bourbon!

Whilst they grabbed headlines, there was plenty of action elsewhere. My favourite of the list was the Arran, which was yet another superb dram that punched well above its weight. The Ardbeg was a close second.

Honourable mentions go to the Glen Elgin and the Springbank, but there was truly something for every palate in this outturn. A fine way to end the year.

Sign of better times

Sign of better times

This sign was on the St Alphage's High Walk on London Wall. Now long since gone, as a new high rise takes its place, but this photo reminds us that the old buildings were not exactly loved.

The humans may have moved out, but the spiders remained until the last!

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