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Last of the WTUs: Western Oz & Japan

Posted in Australia, Landscapes, Travel, Wildlife by Mike on June 16, 2009
This is Alan.  Wife's called Sue.  (Had it stenciled on the back of his caravan)

This is Alan. Wife's called Susan. (Said so in stencil on the back of his caravan)

Had some stick lately for not posting any shots from Western Australia.  Truth be known, we didn’t stop to take that many – we were doing so much danged driving (and trying to shoe-horn in as many last ditch activities as possible before we came home) that by the end of each day all we could think about was Bundaberg Red and a dip in an ancient rock pool.  But, in the interests of completeness…

We started our epic final leg in this unfathomably massive place by picking up a converted Toyota Hiace in Fremantle and headed for the Great Western Highway.  Mile-for-mile, this is the single-most boring stretch of tarmac on Earth.  Passing Cervantes, Pinnacles, Geraldstown and Monkey Mia, we eventually arrived in Exmouth, 1500 kms later, where the unending road was temporarily relieved by turquoise waters and the Ningaloo Reef.

The reef is a National Heritage Marine Park in which the Aussie government has licensed a small number of operators to run tours and give tourists the small chance of swimming with the world’s largest fish – whale sharks.  And by sheer fluke (you can pay top dollar for puns like that…) we had scheduled this leg during the six-week period when they gather here in droves to feast after the annual coral spawn.

We got to swim with a 5m long beauty called Chompy, a 20-year old male who’d earned his nickname thanks to some Great White savagery, and Claire and I agreed that this was the most privileged thing we’ve ever done.  It was like swimming alongside a slow-moving limo.  We did get some video from it but, as I’ve not had time to cut it yet, you’ll have to make do with some stills for now…

 

This is like finding a signpost for Southport - in Frankfurt.

This is like finding a signpost for Frankfurt - in Southport.

 

 

Which meant we had to carefully plan our toilet stops.  (It's the fly on my nose that makes this shot, IMHO)

Which meant we had to plan our toilet stops. (It's the fly on my nose that makes this for me)

 

 

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Got down in the mud for this one

Got down and dirty for this one

 

 

I loved the way the light was hitting here

Mine?

 

Claire feeding a wild dolphin.  The biologists at Monkey Mia have formed a relationship with 5 wild females who come here each morning for a feed.

Claire feeding a *wild* dolphin by hand.

 

 

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The biologists at Monkey Mia have formed bonds with 5 females who come here each day - from the ocean - for brekkie.

 

 

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Sunsets here were ridiculous.

Sunsets were ridiculous.

 

 

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Skippy's nut-job cousin outside the amenities block on our campsite.  Immediately after this, he sprang off to a random point about 150 meters away, turned about-face and then belted straight back towards me. Until that moment, I had never consciously accepted - and then awaited - death.

Skippy's nut-job cousin outside the amenities block on our campsite. Immediately after this, he sprang off to a random point about 150 meters away (took him about 6 seconds) turned about-face and then belted straight back towards me. Until that moment, I had never consciously accepted - and then awaited - death.

 

 

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Claris in Wonderland...

Claris in Wonderland... (snooted SB800 to camera left)

 

 

Kookaburra lives in the old gum tree...

Kookaburra was cool

 

 

Moving on, this was a small section of Tokyo's Imperial Palace wall.

Moving on... a small section of Tokyo's Imperial Palace wall.

 

 

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Bill Murray had the same view from the bar in Lost in Translation.  We ran out of cash trying to get drunk here.

This is the view Bill Murray had from the bar in Lost in Translation. We ran out of cash trying to get drunk here.

 

 

Worked up a thirst?

So we switched to this stuff which you could pore (!) yourself!

 

 

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Jon & Richelle (updated)

Posted in Friends & family, On Assignment, Weddings by Mike on May 21, 2009
The Main Man.

The Main Man.

Two weeks ago, our mates Jon & Richelle got married at the knock-out venue of Bolton Abbey, near Harrogate.  It was a glorious setting for their big day, with the Abbey sitting amongst the ruins of an ancient priory and River Wharfe running alongside it.

Thankfully, the weather just about spared the happy couple a drenching despite some pretty moody storm clouds and numerous downpours!  Unfortunately, my lovely Mrs couldn’t make it along as Jon & Rish’s day coincided with that of Al & Rudy’s down in Plymouth (typically, you wait all year for a wedding…) but it was a super day and we partied long into the evening back at the hotel.  Much thanks to Pagey who willingly stepped into Claire’s shoes to assist me with my lights, cheers fella!  (you’ve got your successful track record to thank ;O)

So to the new Mr & Mrs S – safe travels around Cambodia guys, can’t wait to hear your stories and we’ve got our fingers crossed for you that the weather out there is kinder for you than it was for us!

M&C x

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Love Stu in this - patiently waiting for Gar to finish pouring!

Love Stu in this - patiently waiting for Gar to finish pouring!

 

To the Schusters!

To the Schusters!

 

"Yes hi.  Can you tell me what time Eurovision starts please?"

"Just make sure the caterers know we need the cake cutting BEFORE Eurovision starts, capiche?"

 

"20 quid on Norway: to win, please"

"Yep - 20 quid on Norway to win, please"

 

Dr Margo, in da house.

The Dr will see you now...

 

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MD of his own PR firm and still wearing velcro shoes!

He still wears velcro shoes as well!

 

I can see you in business here Tommy!

I can see you in business here Tommy!

 

This is the beautiful Bolton Abbey, nr Harrogate.

This is the beautiful Bolton Abbey, nr Harrogate.

 

There have been weddings here for almost a millennia!

There have been weddings here for almost a millennia! (I don't think it's always been the same rector though)

 

Tommy with the Father of the Groom.  It was great seeing Jon's Mum & Dad again.

Tommy with the Father of the Groom. It was great seeing Jon's Mum & Dad again.

 

Wisely, the Abbey's rector insisted Shoestring be frisked for whoopy cushions and bangers.

Wisely, the Abbey's rector insisted Shoestring be frisked for Whoopy Cushions before the service.

 

Who could this be?

Who could this be?

 

Hallelujah!

(Hallelujah! :O)

 

"Oh no!!  I KNEW I should have worn the green one!"

"Oh no!! I KNEW I should have worn the green one!"

 

The Schusters!

The Schusters!

 

A nice moment during the formals

A nice moment during the formals

 

There were a few actually!

There were a few actually!

 

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Jon & Rish with their two nephews. What many of us failed to notice, however......

Jon & Rish with their two nephews. What many of us failed to notice, however......

 

...was the full moon.

...was the full moon!

 

Nice cake.  I saw Stu glugging from the moat!!  LOL

Nice cake. Pretty sure I saw Stu glugging from the moat too!! LOL

 

Dr Margie rockin' the happy couple!

Dr Margie rockin' the happy couple!

 

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Our nation mourns the loss of these silky moves to Singapore!

Our nation mourns the loss of these silky moves to Singapore!

 

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More to come…

WTU: Bolivia

Posted in Bolivia, Travel by Mike on March 9, 2009
Salt flat splat flat.

Salt FLAT

G’day from the spare room of Lou & Ru’s house in Sydney!  We arrived here night before last after a 14 hour flight from Buenos Aires and have been spending some quality time with little Isla who is very cute and smiley!

Since our last post we’ve done Argentina, where we dutifully engorged ourselves on mouthwatering steak & lamb and fattened up quite nicely, thanks.  Little bit jet lagged at the mo so I’ll dive straight into the fact that this post is dedicated to the Bolivian leg of our trip.

Having spent a few days in La Paz, we headed down to Uyuni and spent three days cruising through its salt lakes and scenery.  La Paz was interesting to say the least – actually it was downright bizarre in some ways.  We declined the opportunity to take a ‘tour’ of the infamous (self-governing, corrupt) San Pedro prison – some inmates have their wives and children living with them in the cells that they ‘rent’ – and we also passed up the chance to purchase Llama foetuses which the Bolivians bury under new buildings as an offering to the Gods.  (Roller – I’ve got you a six-pack…)

But the Salar de Uyuni was possibly the most bizarre of the lot – as the world’s biggest salt flat, it’s a massive expanse of white salt that stretches as far as the eye can see in hexagonal patterns created through water evaporation.  It took us three days to cross it and also the mountains that fringe it to finally reach the Chilean border.  South America doesn’t do much on a small scale.

Anyhows, here’s some shots of us gooning around there, we’ll have some more from Chile and Argentina up in the next week or two as well.

Hope everyone back home is keeping well – we were dead chuffed to hear Ray, Charls, Susie & Paul’s news of their new nippers, congrats guys, we can’t wait to meet them.  And also happy b’day Dad – have a great one mate, we’ll be thinking about you!

Lots of love to everyone else (we continue to cry ourselves to sleep on a nightly basis thinking about you all).

M&C x

 

"We speak English" proved highly amusing - we paid an extra 50 Bolivianos for an English speaking guide who spoke Spanish the whole way.  When we told him we'd paid extra, he said he did speak English - he just chose not to.

The "We Speak English" claim proved highly amusing - we paid an extra 50 Bolivianos for an English speaking guide/driver who spoke Spanish to us for the whole trip. When we told him we'd paid extra about 30 minutes in, he said he did speak English - he just chose not to.

 

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Note the bullet hole.

Bullet hole duly noted.

 

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Bolivia's train graveyard.

Bolivia's train graveyard.

 

I'm gonna get in there.

Climb on

 

Here I am.

And then in. (Taken shortly before being escorted off the premises)

 

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Claire, Chris & Danielle soul searching after three hours of intensive Spanish narration from Roberto, the 'english speaking' driver.

Claire with Danielle and Chris. We spent some time soul searching after 6 hours of intensive Spanish commentary by our 'english speaking' driver.

 

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Dear Ray & Anne.  I write to report that in a moment of abject hunger, I scoffed your daughter up like Burrito.  Tasted like chicken.

Dear Ray & Anne, I write to report that in a moment of abject hunger, I scoffed your daughter up like a Burrito. Tasted like chicken.

 

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Line

Line & Marie from Denmark. I didn't know that Danish people should never be washed above 40 degrees centigrade.

 

The Bolivians have made inventive use of their most abundant commodity.  Not that weather-proof though.

The Bolivians have made inventive use of their most abundant commodity. Not that weather-proof though.

 

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Yeeeeee hahh!!!!

Song 2?

 

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This is the Salar's Salt Hotel.  Everything is made of salt.  Really wish someone had told us to take our own toilet paper.

This is the Salar's Salt Hotel. Everything is made of salt. Really wish someone had told us to take our own toilet paper.

 

True or False: the word "salary" comes from the fact that in the old days, wages were often paid in salt.

Apparently, the word "salary" comes from the fact that often, in the old days, wages were paid in salt ("salar" - y). And ever heard of someone not being worth their salt? (Thanks to Isla's parents for these timely pieces of triv!)

 

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Fish Island.  Not sure why it's called as such but may have something to do with the salar being a lake thousands of years ago.

Fish Island. Not sure why it's named as such but it may have something to do with the salar being covered in water thousands of years ago.

 

Nice splash of colour.

Some relief from the salar's brilliant white.

 

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I honestly couldn't tell you why we did this.

A combination of heat-stroke and cabin fever?

 

The Bolivia/Chile border.  Bin there.

The Bolivia/Chile border. Bin there.

 

Behold, the legacy of the world's greatest salesman.  An Italian, in the 1920's, took a boat load of bowler hats to Bolivia to sell to the local men.  They didn't want them, so he convinced the women to buy them instead.

Behold, the legacy of the world's greatest salesman. An Italian, in the 1920's, took a boat load of bowler hats to Bolivia to sell to the local men. They didn't want them. So he convinced the women to buy them instead.

 

1/4 of a pound of midget gems please.  Actually, gimme a couple of those Llama foetuses whilst I'm here.

1/4 lb of Midget Gems please, Fernando. Actually, gimme a couple of those Llama foetuses too whilst I'm here.

 

all images copyright North Room Photography.

WTU: The Galapagos Islands

Posted in Galapagos Islands, Travel, Wildlife by Mike on February 23, 2009
This was the scene at a bus stop on Baltra Island.  Many people don't realise the scale of the homelessness problem in Galapagos.

This was the scene at a bus stop on Baltra Island. Most people don't realise the extent of the homeless problem in Galapagos.

Greetings from Puerto Montt!  A detour from our envisioned route down south as we were expecting to head straight to Argentina from Bolivia.  Instead, we have spent the last week or so in the Atacama Desert – the driest place on Mother Earth – and guess what?  It rained!  Not much mind, but enough to raise a smile and make us feel slightly hexed.

At this precise moment in time (Monday evening in the UK – bizarrely, we’re only 3 hours behind you) we are half way down the thin but immensely long country of Chile having spent a grand total of 36 hours on buses getting here from the north.  Tomorrow we’re finally headed to Argentina’s lake district, though from there our precise bearings are as yet undetermined – the Perito Moreno Glacier in Argentina’s Patagonian south or the Iguazu Waterfalls in its tropical north.  Decisions, decisions.  Possible coin flippage on this one.  Either way, we’re ending up in Buenes Aires for some hot to trot Tango action in a week or so which should be good.  Finally Argentina’s capital will have the kind of sweet moves it’s been longing for…

As promised, we now have some shots to show from our brief visit to the achingly wonderful Galapagos Islands, although the short video (contains sound) is a personal favourite – the opening shot of two bull males almost coming to blows is unmissable… I’m expecting a call from National Geographic.

Some shots from Bolivia’s Salar de Uyuni (Salt Lake) to follow in the next week or so, hope everyone is keeping well back home.  Again, please keep us posted on your news, it’s so nice hearing from you!

Mike & Claire x

 

A Nascar Booby.  He was sitting on his arse until I got the big gun out.

A Nascar Booby. He was sitting on his arse until I got the big gun out.

 

 

Dude spent about 15 minutes sitting on my boots.  Got quite emotional when he left me for someone else's sandal.

Dude spent about 15 minutes sitting on my boots. Got quite emotional when he left.

 

 

Galapagos Hawk.  We saw 5 of them hunting for baby sealions on the beach.  Taken with Canon G10 point & shoot from about 2ft.

Galapagos Hawk. We saw 5 of them hunting for baby sealions on the beach. This was taken with our Canon G10 point & shoot from about 2ft.

 

 

Food fight!

Food fight!

 

 

"Some quality boobies kicking around here Steve."  "Mate, I'm still thinking about that pair of tits I saw yesterday"

"Some quality Boobies kicking around here Steve" "Mate, I'm still thinking about that pair of Tits I saw yesterday"

 

A Blue-Footed Booby.

A Blue-Footed Booby.

 

 

Not the world's greatest shot but I counted a total of 10 animals in it!

Not the world's greatest shot but I counted a total of 10 animals in it!

 

This was a bit odd.  Baltra is a bit more built up than we were expecting.

This was a bit odd. Baltra is a bit more built up than we were expecting.

 

 

We didn't get to meet Lonesome George but this was one of his chums - 180 years old.

We didn't get to meet Lonesome George but this was one of his chums - 180 years old.

 

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Marine Iguana.  Indigenous to the Galapagos.

Marine Iguana. Indigenous to the Galapagos.

 

 

One of Darwin's famous finches.

One of Darwin's famous finches.

 

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We saw this chap burying eggs before returning to the ocean.

We saw this little lady burying her eggs before returning to the ocean.

 

 

Having avoided the sub-prime crisis, Herbert was hoping his shares in Shell would pull through.

Having avoided the sub-prime crisis, Herman was hoping his shares in Shell would pull through.

 

 

Many bird species in Galapagos have become so accustomed to photographers that they are now born with features covered in make-up.

Many species in Galapagos have become so accustomed to photographers that they are now born with certain features covered in make-up.

 

 

I mean look at this one.  What a complete tart!

I mean look at this one. What a complete tart!

 

 

Others, however, only have their natural looks to go on.  This was on the back of our boat on day 2.

Others, however, only have their natural looks to go on. This was on the back of our boat on day 2.

 

 

"Hello?  Oh hi.  Look, Heidi, you're going to have to stop calling me.  I don't love you anymore, and if Seal finds out you keep ringing me I'm a dead man"

"Hello? Oh hi. Look, Heidi, you're going to have to stop calling me. I don't love you anymore, and if Seal finds out you keep ringing me I'm a dead man!"

 

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More to come…x

World Tour update: Costa Rrrrrrrrrica!

Posted in Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Travel, Wildlife by Mike on January 11, 2009
As with 16 year olds the world over, these fellas laughed at my request for a picture.  But obliged.  I think the guy in the leather fingerless gloves was the tough one.

As with 16 year olds the world over, these fellas laughed at my request for a picture. But obliged. I think the guy in the leather fingerless gloves was the tough one.

Am pleased to report that we survived the recent quake in Costa Rica – luckily we missed it by about a week and had moved away from San Jose and into the Guanacaste province.  We’re having a blast out here in Central America and the traveling vibe we’d been hoping for has really kicked in here in Nicaragua, where we have been for the last few days.  We are currently staying in the lap of luxury – a present to ourselves following a close encounter with muchos cucarachas.  Many dead, some very much living.  “Scared by the earthquake”, our hotelier told us, “we never normally see them – bat don’t warry, I will fumigeeete” – he said, in his best Speedy Gonzalez voice.   Aside from this, and one or two other mishaps on my part:

  1. Wolfing down a couple of delicious sultana muffins before being informed by my wife that the sultanas were, in fact, lumps of mould
  2. Spending the next 20 minutes forcing myself to honk over the bano (no burst blood vessels this time)
  3. Handing Claire some delicious dried pasta shells for dinner which were also mouldy and teeming with flies INSIDE the sealed packet (that I’d bought with the muffins – not my best shopping expedition to date)

…things have gone swimmingly.

This wasn't part of the plan

This wasn't part of the plan? Arenal Lodge, Costa Rica.

 

Not seen rain like this since Manchester.

On our first day here it didn't stop raining.

 

Hey little furry dude, do YOU know when the rain will stop, hmm?  (no)

Hey little furry dude. (Why the long face?)

 

[Incoming]

Incoming.

And when the rains stopped

Arenal Volcano, Zona Norte, CR.

 

the sun came out.

The sun finally came out.

We spent a few days at Arenal, one of the world’s ten most ACTIVE volcanos (situated in Costa Rica) which is as awesome as it is colossal, spewing lava out every few minutes and dominating the skyline of the wilderness area of La Zona Norte (Northern CR).  Then we moved on to the cloud forest of Monteverde (you can see a shot of Claire zipping through the canopy below) and from here had the bus journey from hell over to the beach on the Nicoya Peninsula – a 9 hour slog-a-thon that had us waiting in the baking heat for 3 hours (for a bus that never came) and standing the rest of the way on a coach driven by the star of Police Camera Action.

Arenal at dusk.  You can see the lava running down the right-hand side below the cloud, and the ash above

Arenal at dusk. Check out that lava. The haze above the volcano is ash.

The beach was a tad warmer than the weather we’ve heard you guys back home have been having.  I used Claire’s face as a barometer and judging by its perma-redness, we were consistently enjoying temperatures in the mid-thirties here.

Having relaxed here for a few days, we plucked up the courage to buy another bus ticket, and luckily this time we hit the jackpot.  An old yellow, American school bus with two vacant seats and its own pet puppy, we managed to break-down 12km outside of our destination.  Luckily though, without a single health & safety official within a 600 mile radius, we got a PUSH from a friendly Land Rover owner for 2k’s until we reached the area’s high point – from here we free-wheeled for about another 6km where a replacement bus came to get us.

Spider Monkey!  This dude came at us with welcome presents from his *butt*

Spider Monkey! This dude came at us with welcome presents from his *butt*

 

(a close-up crop)

On the look out for more tourists to cack on.

 

Claire zipping above the canopy.

Claire zipping above the canopy in Monteverde

 

Bomber - could have done with some inspiration here.

Bomber - could have done with some inspiration here.

 

This was a hot volcanic spring we visited in La Fortuna.  Note that I'm NOT one of the fat dudes at the bar.

This was a hot volcanic spring we visited in La Fortuna near Arenal. Note that I'm NOT one of the fat dudes at the bar.

 

This dude and his mates ate platanos outside our breakfast window each day.

This colourful chap and his mates ate platanos outside our breakfast window each day.

 

He screwed up the landing.

You wouldn't think it but he screwed up the landing really badly on this one.

 

A pet of Arenal Lodge, this guy gave us a synchronized flying display with none other than his wife.

A pet of Arenal Lodge, this guy gave us a synchronized flying display with none other than his wife. He also nearly de-throned an American guy one lunch by flying onto his table. V. funny moment.

 

Do you remember this stuff!  Laughed out loud in the supermarket when I saw this - the Costa Ricans must love it.

Do you remember this stuff! Laughed out loud in the supermarket when I saw this - the Costa Ricans must love it.

 

Claire during our 3-hour stand-off for the bus that never came.  Several people came close to being hurt.

Claire during our 3-hour stand-off for the bus that never came. Several people came close to being hurt.

 

When we first got to the beach we wondered down it and saw these fellas getting proactive for their dinner.  Made our English seagulls look so lazy.

When we first got to the beach we went for a wander and saw these boys getting proactive on their dinner. Made our seagulls look so lazy by comparison.

 

My first Pacific sunset didn't disappoint.

Sunset over the Pacific. My first.

 

This small dude was tethered to our bus driver's seat.  Lucky for him, he got off 1km before it broke down.

This small dude was tethered to our bus driver's seat. Lucky for him, he got off 1km before it broke down. Skills on the sixth sense.

 

We weren't interested in the jewelry or drinks we were offered ON THE BUS, but the fried chicken tortillas in a bag were tempting.

We weren't interested in the jewelry or sweets we were offered ON THE BUS, but the fried chicken tortillas in a bag were tempting. Rivas, in Nicaragua - absolutely awesome place (dude).

So now we’re in Granada, Nicaragua – the oldest Spanish-founded city in the America’s – and it’s the most beautiful place we’ve encountered to date.  Tomorrow we head to market (Claire remains endlessly amused at my hapless but incessant attempts to communicate with the locals in my crap spanglifrancetinglish lingo) and then on to Ometepe – an island created by two conjoined volcanoes in the middle of lake Nicaragua.

Anyway, must dash, we hope you’re all well and we miss you!! (but clearly not enough to come back yet…)

Love M&C (on the veranda at Hotel Alhambra). x

PS – big congrats to Si and Vix on their news and a belated happy new year to everyone at home!  And please keep us posted on your news!

Matt & Leanne

Posted in Friends & family, On Assignment, Weddings by Mike on January 3, 2009

I’ll make this brief, as I’m sitting in a lodge in Costa Rica waiting for a cab!  (Get me! – an update on our foreign adventures so far will follow in the next few days, subject to web access).

December 6th saw us making a pilgrimage back to the golden sands of Southport for our friends’ Matt & Leanne’s matrimonials.  The service was held in a church in, umm, Churchtown (by definition, you’d expect a decent church and it didn’t disappoint), and was followed by a reception at the Royal Birkdale Golf Club, don’t you know!

We had such a great day with Matt & Lea (miss you guys!) and look forward to hearing about the honeymoon and catching up when we get back.

Some of my highlights from your top day are below.  Hope you like them.

Cool as a cucumber.

Cool as a cucumber.

 

Again, unflappable.  And soaking up some positive Page influence for good measure.

Again, unflappable. And soaking up some positive Page influence for good measure.

A personal fave.

A personal fave.

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It might look pretty, but this place separates the men from the boys.

It might look pretty, but this place separates the men from the boys.

Pagey doing a sterling job with his speech.

Pagey doing a stand-up job with his speech.

(Help)

Help!

Princess Leanne!

Princess Leanne!

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Ohhhh, I'm flyin' without...Pings?

Ohhhh, I'm flyin' without...Pings?

Sheeeeeeee's electric....

Sheeeeeeee's electric....

RSS now supported

Posted in Geek Alert! by Mike on November 7, 2008

This is probably only going to be used by my Mum but, FYI, you can now get North Room posts delivered automatically via RSS.  (New to RSS?  Click here – I guarantee you won’t look back!)

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North Room clients dominate World News!

Posted in Client Publicity & Exposure, Commercial, On Assignment by Mike on November 4, 2008

How’s about that for return on investment!?  Ahem.  OK, I can’t take any credit whatsoever for this, but I was still chuffed to see two of the guys I shot from Rational FX on TV recently.   A month or so ago I posted about a photo shoot I did for Rajesh Agrawal, Ross Burland and some of their colleagues at Rational on behalf of PR powerhouse Rocket, and I’m thrilled they’re getting such great exposure.  Go guys!  Huge congratulations on the interviews and looking forward to seeing more of you!

Rational FX's London offices

Snippets from some of their TV interviews are below.

BBC interview with Rajesh Agrawal
BBC News 24 interview with Rajesh
Bloomberg interview with Ross Burland
CNBC interview with Ross

LG Freeze, Battersea Power Station

Posted in Architecture, Friends & family, Sports by Mike on October 27, 2008

This past Saturday we went to the LG London Freeze snowboarding & music festival at Battersea Power Station.  Via a mighty stroke of luck courtesy of our mates Nick & Heth, we were treated to a snowboard fest held on a 200ft purpose-built slope – which H managed to get us to the top of (get us, yeh?!) giving us the chance to take in what was – we realise on reflection – actually a once-in-a-lifetime view; take the scaffolding down (as they currently are doing) and the special vista disappears forever.  Luckily for me, my surgically-attached camera lanyard meant I got the opportunity to snap it.  Thanks again guys, good luck in the next few weeks!

Love this building.

Absolutely love this building.

Engines don't fail me now!

Who needs a plane...

Did I leave the iron on?

Did I leave the iron on?

Congrats Jen & Si!

Posted in Friends & family, Portraits by Mike on October 22, 2008

In the early hours of Saturday morning, two of our very good chums, Jen & Si, had a baby girl; Lila (as in Lee-la, not Lei-la, or Ly-la!).  Instantly loving the camera almost as much as her father, Lila was the consumate model who didn’t complain once about the massive light source I’d rocked in with and shoved in her cute lil’ face (she slept the entire way through, waking only for a quick feed right at the end!).

Lila Rose Harris. Aged 1 day

The proud parents!

Luckily Lila has agreed that we can all still go to Ibiza next year.

It was also quite impressive to see the new Dad chipping in with the nappy changing duties, although on reflection we are all satisfied that this was a one-off for the benefit of the crowd that had gathered around Jen’s hospital room.

Already Lila's hands are bigger than her Daddy's.

Already Lila's hands are bigger than her Daddy's...

But Simon won't hold it against her.

But Simon doesn't seem to mind.

 Hopefully more shots to follow as she grows!