Moli Ships, bikes and Snails…

I’m starting to wonder if my blogging world is broken. Along with my Facebook updates I’m struggling to celebrate, lament and comment on my life. I think I know why and I need to deal with it as I really do enjoy writing my blog.

Facebook however, I’m not missing as much. It seems that its mostly videos of people popping 20 year old spots and less than inspirational memes. It’s certainly a far cry from when Facebook started out and friends shared thoughts, pictures and status updates of their own. I guess Facebook has become lazy.

So, what’s been going on with me? Some of you might be interested even if we don’t speak to each other any more or actually never met in the first place.

This year the defence show was at Excel again and as usual I took some pictures of the arrivals that included,

• Royal Navy Type 23 Frigate HMS Iron Duke
• Royal Navy River Class HMS Tyne
• Royal Navy Hunter Class MCMV HMS Hurworth
• Royal Canadian Navy Halifax Class HMCS Winnipeg
• Belgian Navy Costal Patrol Vessel BNS Castor
• German Navy K130 Class Corvette FGS Ludwigshafen
• Indian Navy Talwar Class INS Trikand
• Sea Owl Naval Training Ship VN Partisan

All of these ships have to pass through the lock next to my home and some of them sadly arrived at silly O’clock that meant I wasn’t able or willing to take any pictures. I only ventured out once to catch an arrival at 3am that turned out to be a bit of a farce as the bridge that rises to let them into Victoria dock wouldn’t open. So, not very much happened beyond me being very tired and cold.

VN Partisan

HMCS Winnipeg FFH338

HMCS Winnipeg FFH338

HMCS Winnipeg FFH338

HMCS Winnipeg FFH338

HMCS Winnipeg FFH338

HMS Iron Duke (F234)Having really got into cycling this year I’ve been slowly getting more and more distance as my strength and fitness improve. I’m not like those nutters that can do 150 miles before breakfast but I have managed to get to around 25 miles and I’m proud of myself as I’m mostly made of lard, unfit and with a broken spine. Don’t get me wrong, my legs afterwards are like jelly but I always feel great. Moli


Recently I did a ride from my home in the Royal Docks to Westminster and back. The route used the Greenway to Stratford, Bow to Whitechapel, Tower Bridge to Southbank. Big Ben to Embankment, Tower Hill to Canary Wharf and then back home. Along the route we did get to see Christopher Werkowicz playing a tuba which shoots out fire! Christopher Werkowicz playing a tuba which shoots out fire

I went to see a play recently called, ‘The curious case of the dog in the night-time’ at the Gielgud Theatre.

Curious incident of the dog in the night-timeIt’s a great story and the staging was very different to anything I’ve ever seen. The set was surrounded on all sides including the floor with LED lights that create movement and spaces that the performers can work within. The ticket I had came with restricted view that was fairly restricted unless I hung over the balcony in a way that didn’t feel very safe. It should have also read restricted leg room that made The Royal Court or Easyjet look like luxury. After the interval I moved to an empty seat which gave me direct views of the stage and this made things much more enjoyable. I won’t spoil it for you by telling you any of the plot but I would certainly recommend going to see this play but you really need to be careful with the seating. I would certainly argue that being higher in the theatre would give a better experience than the stalls.                   Sunset at London City Airport

I recently took this picture while walking to the station during a lovely sunset. Hope you like it?

I would love it if readers of this blog left some comments on the writing, the pictures or asked me questions. At the bottom is a little used comments section. Say something nice!

One good thing. Doctor Who is back on TV.

One bad thing, I keep stepping on snails in the dark.


10 thoughts on “Moli Ships, bikes and Snails…

  • October 11, 2015 at 1:34 pm

    Nice stuff Mark! Quality pics.

    I didnt know you’ve gotten into cycling. Tell me, are you wearing full cycling spandex attire????

  • October 11, 2015 at 3:02 pm

    Great photographymark

  • October 11, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Yes, I wear tight clothing over fat. Sorry world

  • October 11, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    Love you ! Well you did say something nice ,good blog.

  • October 11, 2015 at 3:30 pm

    Thanks Nick & Nick

  • October 11, 2015 at 7:08 pm

    Holly loves Big Ben, we have to go see it every time we are in London, so she was pleased with your picture, but does not get the fact that we were once her age and played happily without computers or mobile phones, she thinks that only happens in a power cut!

  • October 11, 2015 at 8:05 pm

    How would she cope with the idea of 5 day Monopoly games?

  • October 12, 2015 at 6:39 am

    Don’t give up your writing. It’s always so good to read. I am glad you are feeling fit and healthier for riding your bike. You look great in your photos. You are very lucky to be living by the Thanes – photo’s look good.

  • October 12, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    How close is you home to the lock? Are you taking the elevated pictures of the boats from your home? You get some lovely photo opportunities on your door step 🙂
    Nice shot of the Walkie Talkie, I was further up the river the other day and the view of the Walkie Talkie is far more obscured…. I should have taken a walk.
    Love the sunset photo with the plane 🙂

  • October 13, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Hi Barry. The lock is to the left of my home as I live on the Thames side. The height is from the swing bridge to the lock which gives a great view. Thanks for the comments.

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