Day 8 – Food extravaganza

I recently took part in an improv blogging day on Don Charisma’s blog, and was given the topic of Men Make Better Chefs than Women. As life is all about balance, I thought I would share these lovely photos of food that my wife has cooked up for me.

I do love eating, and fortunately my wife loves cooking. Must be a match made in heaven…

I have to admit, my wife didn’t make the croissants from scratch. I just thought they looked tasty.

Day 7 – BODMAS, PEDMAS and the answer to Day 1 – Maths

Thanks to my followers for taking part in my Day 1 Maths problem.

Firstly, the answer is 5, using the usual BODMAS / PEDMAS rules of maths.

During one of my first lessons at high school, my maths teacher asked us all to get our calculators out and try out this calculation:

1 + 2 x 3

Anyone with a calculator showing 9 had to put their calculators away, and purchase a brand new Casio calculator that followed BODMAS rules. This was at the hefty cost of £15 at the time (ok, it was close on 20 years ago), which I’m sure was worth the money as it showed the ‘correct’ answer of 7.


For those who don’t know or have forgotten, maths follows strict rules of calculation. Known as BODMAS (or PEDMAS in some regions), the order of calculation is:

B = Brackets (or Parentheses)
O = Orders (or Exponents / powers)
D = Division
M = Multiplication
A = Addition
S = Subtraction

Bod was quite a popular childrens program when I was growing up, so this was quite easy to remember – the cartoons are all on youtube! Using these rules our original calculation needs to be done as follows:

B: None here
O: None here
D: 4 ÷ 2 = 2
M: 2 x 2 = 4
A: 3 + 2 x 2 = 3 + 4 = 7
S: 3 + 2 x 2 – 4 ÷ 2 = 3 + 4 – 2 = 7 – 2 = 5

Brackets are used to clarify or indeed change the order of calculation, so:
(3 + 2) x 2 – (4 ÷ 2) = 5 x 2 – 2 = 8

For those who want a further challenge –

How many different answers can you get by adding brackets to the original calculation but keeping the order of numbers / operators the same?

I have shown you two –
3 + 2 x 2 – 4 ÷ 2 = 5
(3 + 2) x 2 – (4 ÷ 2) = 8

Don’t you just love maths!

Day 6 – Sun blast panorama

This is another Hugin creation using 5 photos stitched together to make this panorama. The great thing with panoramas like this is each photo can be taken with optimum exposure and then the blending evens the picture out. If this was one photo, the bright sun would overpower everything else in the photo.

Day 5 – Ice Sculptures

I haven’t done a photo gallery since my very first post, so here is my second gallery – a selection of ice sculptures from Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park in London.

These sculptures were larger than life, the swan, for example, must have been 15 feet high. They had to be stored in a super large room kept at -8 centigrade, we don’t quite get the cold temperatures needed to keep these enormous structures in one piece.

Day 4 – Quotes – Monkeys, Typewriters and Shakespeare

We’ve all heard that a million monkeys banging on a million typewriters will eventually reproduce the entire works of Shakespeare. Now, thanks to the Internet, we know this is not true.

– Robert Wilensky, circa 1996

Today I accepted an impro writing challenge from . The topic has not been revealed, I have never done impro, and I haven’t written more than 50 words in a post on my blog.

Don’s challenge will require a 500 – 2000 word submission, with some witty content no doubt. I hope he has a monkey with a typewriter award, as I’m sure to be the first in line for it…Stay tuned for the results.

Day 3 – Towerama

This is a vertical panorama, or towerama as I like to call it. Taken during a visit to Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park in London.

A simple stitching together of 3 horizontal photos from my Canon camera. Blended together using Hugin once again, although it did make at least 1 mistake – see if you can spot it…

Day 1 – Maths

Happy New Year to you all.

Following the success of my last maths poser, I thought I’d try a simple problem which should give those hungover heads something to think about…


P.S. do try to use your head, not a calculator!

Good luck!

Sunset Panorama – iPhoneography


I usually take my best shots using my Canon camera, but didn’t have it to hand for this sunset. This is a trial panorama using the iPhone and I especially liked the flare it caught from the setting sun.

Well worth standing in the freezing cold for half an hour…

It’s been a couple of weeks since I last posted on my blog, so to all my readers, a belated Merry Christmas and wishing you all a fantastic New Year.

This panorama is a series of 4 photos which has been blended together using the free tool Hugin.

If you have any questions about how to do this, do leave me a message below. I’m always happy to help.

Sunset panorama

The sunsets during the winter months are more spectacular for me. The lack of haze means the colours are much more vivid.

This panorama is a series of 8 photos which has been blended together using the free tool Hugin. I have only started using this software and have hit a few bugs. But I hope you agree the results are pretty awesome.

BTW, the dimensions of this image have been reduced from 13450 x 3633 or a massive 47 megapixels.

If you have any questions about how to do this, do leave me a message below. I’m always happy to help.