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here's me in a bar in Wellington from a week or so back.  taken by my good friend eugene. not only is he a great guy, he also has a great name !



me with my daughters in my eyes



good job i've got my glasses on in this picture as my eyes have those dreadful anti-tans that people have who go skiing.


kezia drew this picture of me.  i'm very proud of it (and her)


here's my old jingles cassette from when i was a proper radio dj.  ah.  the memories (which are best forgotten)


today we emigrate to new zealand.  nearly a year ago i had a conversation which ultimately has lead to us leaving the UK to start a new life in NZ.  who would have thought it ?

thanks on behalf of the funkypancake family to everyone we know both on line and off line who has helped and supported us in our big adventure.

i'll be sure to keep on blogging, although i suspect the next few days on funkypancake are going to be photos of the UK i haven't got round to posting.

live updates via twitter/facebook/skype etc. you know the details.  if not, drop me an email.


that's me demonstrating how to completely ignore my expensive camera grip which allows easy vertical shooting by putting my hand over the top.  oh well.  thanks to richard for this shot !

this was my final LRPS panel (minus image 8 as it was of a friend's son so didn't think i should put it on flickr)


jane and i went down to Bath yesterday to watch my panel being assessed for Licentiateship of the Royal Photographic Society, which i'm pleased to say i achieved.


afterwards we went and bought me a suite and some decent shoes.  first time in about 20 years.  it was a very painful experience


but an experience helped by consumption of a sally lunn lunch




i like how they've made it clear it's playing or practising golf which is outlawed.  just so you can't claim you were playing when you were practising and vice versa to avoid the rule







esther took this photo of me standing in front of a projection demonstrating how autochromes work at waddesdon manor a few weeks back.  i love how the letter 'O' rests on my head like a comedy hat


a rare day of just one picture to celebrate the 5th anniversary of funkypancake !  During that time i've blogged a pile of fresh pictures every day (although occasionally they didn't show up for technical reasons!).

i'd like to thank everyone who keeps visiting, and especially those who leave comments, to say thanks for encouraging me to keep doing this nonsense.

i'm so glad the comments are back working, although i've had to change a few things to bring them back.  in particular i've had to remove the list of categories and the list of monthly archives over to the right.  I may also have to remove the categories from each entry on the front page.

that'll be a shame as i like categories - they are my attempt to order the world.  But the latest version of the blogging software has changed how categories work which lead to the recent server meltdown.  So, although i'll still categorise each entry, it may not show on the front index page.  at least for the time being.

whilst i'm doing some typing, i must refer you to two other blogs which are almost exactly the same age as funkypancake and are still going strong (much stronger than funkypancake).  i'd consider both of these chaps friends in the online and offline world.  They are Russel Davies and Roger Darlington  Happy bloggy birthday to you chaps too !

And of course an extra special thanks to mrs funkypancake and the two mini pancakettes for putting up with me generally and specifically.


this is me even after nearly three months without any chocolate (the cravings continue)

i really don't like New Year's eve.  i find it highly depressing - which for someone who's generally fairly jolly is a bit of a disappointment.  i think it's related to having to stay up to midnight, whilst knowing i need to start getting back in to the routine of getting up before 5am in a few days time, and fearful of carbon-free self induced jet lag.  or perhaps it's just fear of progress.

whatever, i find it a bit sad.  which is in itself a bit sad.  so sorry to our visitors who will be staying with us for a couple of days.

but anyway, thanks for another fantastic year in blog land.  i've enjoyed doing this immensely. see you on the other side !




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kezia took these pictures of me (above) last week.  you can see her shadow in the lower one


do any of you live in or around belfast ? if so, can you let me know via email ?



cruets is a word like condiment which should be used more in every day life. i managed to sneak in to this picture too.



they were giving away free 3d glasses with one of the freebie london papers last night. for once they were actually quite comfortable so i decided to wear them my entire journey. it made reading the paper more fun and had the added advantage of discouraging anyone from sitting next to me.

i took this photo to show the power of 3d glasses in a packed commuter train.

lesson learnt 1 - always look like a slightly unhinged nutter if you want some space.


lesson learnt 2 - after wearing 3d glasses for half an hour, your eyes compensate so when you take them off your eyes still see different colours for a while. i tested this by looking at green grass with one eye then the other. probably making me look as mad as when i was wearing the glasses.

experiment over. next.


i've got a number of days off up to the end of June and i'm trying to think of some funkpancake-esque things to do. perhaps i'll have 'Urban One Day Adventures' which might involve me wandering around somewhere taking pictures.

London is the obvious place to go as that's quite good for photos. Russell's done a few cool things here.

i may not bother, but i might not not.

Also, next Thursday i've got a full day in Edinburgh for site-seeing fun, so any specifics for there would be gratefully received !

leave ideas in the comments or drop me an email blog@funkypancake.com

oh, and this picture was taken by me lying slumped down a little hill thing and turned upsway down










(thanks to Tony and the other chap off the recent portrait course for letting me post these photos)

and thanks to everyone else for all your fantastic encouragments !



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photos by the great tony who has been a great camerist friend on our studio portrait photo course




tony (not big eye) was embarrassed that i wore my cracker hat on a walk in the park, so he took this picture. he'd given me the hat (as a present in a cracker which was provided), so i think he's only got himself to blame.


(by the way, i'm blowing my cheeks out here - my face isn't usually quite this deformed)


i had coke/coffee with Russell yesterday. I'm pleased my camera came out in this photo, as it's on its last few outings before i get a replacement (assuming i've been good all year)


you can see this on his blog here. his funky photographical contraption is most excellent.


well, so much has been happening that i haven't caught on camera.

yesterday i spen the day with MPs and other industry good-bods at Portcullis House then a drinks reception at Number 11 downing street (just downstairs from where Tony lives - in fact we heard his kid running about).

of course modern security means you can't take photos etc which is how it should be.


hot-topic blunkett walked past whilst i was in portcullis house, but i suppose it is his office.

and i bumped in to Moira Stewart again close up in the street. i asked her if i could take her photo and she said "oh please don't" so i didn't but then we had to walk down the same small bit of street together for 20 seconds. just as we parted company she looked me in the eye and said "thank you very much for asking, i really appreciate that, have a good day". so i pass that on to you dear reader.


it's my birthday today, but since i'm home alone at the moment, we had a birthday cake yesterday. here's a self portrait i took whilst nearly dropping the camera in my cake.

someone pointed out that i don't appear much on the blog, so here i am playing my bass guitar standing at a slightly odd angle. (thanks to peter for the band photos today)

i'm not a vegatarian. but if i was (and wasn't married) i'd be interested in taking a vegetarian out for just £3.



this father's day picture by kezia is spot on !


this is a self portrait i took whilst sliding along. the camera was upsway down, rather than me (at this time)

the only sport i do is walking. and that's not particularly sporty. but when i was off at the winter olympics i got to have a go at skiing

look how relaxed and natural i looked whilst moving slowly on two pointy flat sticks

here is the steepest incline i went down. i nearly dissappeared off down that dip to the right at one point, but managed to catch hold of the rope to stop myself.

i had a great time though and would consider going on a ski holiday. so there.



today i am 400 (in months).

that's 33 and third in years. 33 and a third is of course the speed of a long playing record and i am therefore a long player and i'm now old.

(thanks to tony for the photo)


i found this great box in our garage and decorated it with a nice smiley face to greet paul and liz at our front door. i used to share a house with paul when we were at university and such japes were common place.

unfortunately i ran up stairs with it on my head to surprise esther who was trying to go to sleep and stubbed my toe and made it bleed.

see how i suffer for my art.


on the 1st December 2005 i shall be 1000 400 (measured in months from my birth). i think that's quite exciting.

but how should i celebrate the occasion on the blog ? i think i need to start preparing now, so all suggestions greatly received ! something participative which involved you the reader would be good too.

have a think and let me know


my friend paul (an accountant) has pointed out that i'll actually be 400 months old not 1000 ! oops. i'm sure i'm 1000 somethings though. i need a new battery for my mental calculator.

but, as paul points out, it's still worth celebrating a 400th birthday.


here i am with my festival hat shortly before i left. i only really saw Dinosaur Juniorand the Charlatans today before i ran out of energy and went home ! We've got other things planned for today so that's probably it for me and Reading 2005.

but you can watch some of the bands here for the next 30 days.

33. that's a funny age. seems old if your young and young if you're old. so much already done, so much to do.

half my life ago i was 16 and a half. an interesting time.

here's a poster esther made for a party we had a few weeks back. i'm glad to see we are all looking very smart and smiley !

i'm doing something very important at esther's birthday party, but what is it ? those who were there (including tony who took this photo) aren't allowed to answer.

here's a low down self portrait in a street mirror.

i'm a little ashamed to be caught wearing beige slacks and trainers ! whatever happened to my combat trousers and doc martens you ask ? well, i'm wearing them today, so not much !

it's always good to have another career in mind. here is me playing the part of a jolly cobbler.

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i'm feeling quite grim at the moment. esther was off school all last week with a malady and i think it may have finally caught up with me.

this is the most painful part of my body right now:

as a precaution all today's entries were preloaded yesterday.

so if the world ends tomorrow morning and i don't comment on it, that's why.



not only did i find the best bar in the world ever this evening, but i also went to a very nice restaurant called the Falfaff or something.

i sat next to a chatty Dutch chap who is in the sugar business. it makes all the difference if someone is happy to conversate with you when you are dining alone.

he kindly took this rear portrait of me. my head is very bald:

here is the bar from the outside:




i thought it a nice idea to take pictures of myself and the girls on the tube map. the first one is my first 'looking away self portrait'. i hoping to develop this theme.

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self portrait in the house of commons loos


i took my 10,000th photo with my Sony DSC-P71 camera this morning. Here it is. A self portrait of the camera. I bought the camera in September 2002, so that's 10,000 photos in 16 months.

i do love my camera - But i was a little disappointed to discover the numbering has now gone back to 1. which means i will get duplicate file names and may have trouble uploading things to the blog.

here is photo number 10,000 (also known as photo number 1)

here is photo number 9999

does anyone know anyone who know's someone who works for sony and could pursuade them to sponsor the blog and/or give me a new camera ?

Whilst we're talking about numbers, i've now posted over 1,500 entries and have around 1000 comments since april last year. this month we've had over 4,800 unique visitors and shifted 2.2GB of bandwidth !

what a bizarre thing bloggin is.

on the long walk to work i occasionally see people checking their reflection in shop windows. someone's come up with the idea of a full length mirror in the street so people can simply check what they look like.

this mirror was particularly unwide suggesting it's targetted at the skinnier commuter


i said they'd be no more pictures of me, but here i am yet again. this time i've managed to secure a blue wig from the same charity shop as everything else i've bought this week.

i've provided you with a desk shot (with the now ubiquitous cemetry jacket) and a head shot. i need to develop a proper smile for photos. perhaps i need media training.

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the wig is not some novelty item - it's an actual proper wig with a an actual proper inside bit so you can get it to fit properly. Madonna used to take her stuff round to these local charity shops, so maybe it's one of hers.

also note the tidyness of my desk in preparation for an office move in two weeks. more about this another day ...

here are some 6 month blogaversary hair styles. i went for the retro police mug shot approach. the key thing is to look like i'm enjoying myself.


interesting, one of my entries on the first day of blogging 6 months ago involved wig-wearing (one of the wigs is featured again today to give wig-continuity)