Random Everyday Stuff…

time wounds all heels

The play of words on the sign on this traditional shoe repair stall caught my eye while I was walking through a Victorian shopping arcade next to Liverpool Street Station in London – the older shoe repair guy caught my eye as I took the shot and gave me a little wave. The sign said ‘Time wounds all heels’ – ha!

It’s funny the way random everyday stuff often attracts my attention while so many other people just walk on by not noticing. As well as the sign I really liked the moody effect of the dull dark green painted surround juxtaposed against the brightly lit strip inside the booth.

And I also liked the way the customer in the red socks is sitting waiting for his work shoes to be re-soled or whatever during his lunch break. Perhaps it’s more of an inaction shot than an action shot – and I guess he’ll definitely be classed as a ‘well-heeled’ customer once he gets his shoes back! 🙂

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: ‘dom’

Coffee Houses in the Heart of London

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London’s modern-day coffee culture isn’t as new as it seems – London’s first coffee-shack appeared in 1652 in the heart of London, and from then on myriad coffee houses played a huge part in the city’s economic growth during the 17th and 18th Centuries.

Before the introduction of coffee, most people drank alcohol as drinking water was hazardous to your health – but once coffee houses appeared, new-found sobriety and caffeine-fueled discussion laid the foundations for all sorts of businesses 🙂

Fandango’s One Word Challenge: Heart

Sunrise from the overnight train…


I very recently travelled overnight from Inverness to London on the Caledonian Sleeper, sitting up all night in the seated coach rather than splashing out on the relative luxury of a bunk-bed in a compact cabin, so I happened to be awake early to see the sun rise over the English countryside.

It’s surprisingly difficult to take a non-blurry image through the double-glazed windows of a moving train rattling down the tracks in the dim early morning light with nothing more than a decidedly mediocre phone camera, all the while avoiding power lines and poles and other such trackside objects obscuring the view.

I’m just happy at having a reasonably straight horizon and not too much glare and flare 🙂

Loch Ness from Dores Inn

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I’ve been away visiting my family in Inverness, and it’s truly done me the power of good 🙂

Here’s a snapshot view of Loch Ness from the shoreline at the Dores Inn, taken with my camera phone. Looking straight down the loch towards Fort Augustus (about 23 miles away as the crow flies) the sky was ominously grey and rainy, but looking sideways across the waves lapping onto the shore the sky was much more blue. And OMG it was really cold and windy standing there, even if technically it is still summer…

A Musical Twofer from the 1980s

A Musical Twofer (two-for-the-price-of-one) from the UK musical charts in the 1980s – Adam and the Ants with ‘Stand and Deliver’ brought to mind by Fandango’s One Word Prompt: Highway (Adam Ant is being a Highwayman in the video)

and Dead or Alive with ‘You Spin Me Round (like a record)’ that springs to mind for Linda’s prompt Stream of Consciousness Saturday: Round.

Hope you enjoyed this double blast from the past! 🙂


Tongue-Twisters from Childhood

‘Round and round the rugged rocks the ragged rascal ran’

is one of the fun toungue twisters I remember from my childhood, along with

‘She sells sea shells on the sea shore’


‘If Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers, where’s the peck of pickled peppers Peter Piper picked?’

But still one of the hardest to get your tongue around was always

‘Red lolly, yellow lorry’

repeated ad nauseam, getting faster and faster until you collapsed in a fit of giggles… 🙂

Stream of Consciousness Saturday: Round