So, having missed the Volksworld show for the last couple of years (thanks not least to getting married on it's regular weekend slot) Thomas saved up his pennies and bought his Mummy an advance Saturday entrance arm band for a Mothering Sunday gift (which she was very pleased about indeed)...after baby swimming we piled into Poppy the Beetle and zoomed as quickly as we could to Sandown Park (near Esher), however, being a bit later than we would normally be (i.e. crack of dawn), by the time we got to the Esher Park *junction* on the motorway, the queue to even pull off to start the painful slog towards the venue was several miles long! Spotting a cheeky splittie jumping the queue and continuing down the motorway we decided to copy (and hopefully take advantage of some local knowledge), turned out, after loosing them several times, frantic bashing at the Tomtom only telling us to "Turn around when possible", it finally managed to work out another route, and we roared triumphantly up to the entrance to the car park only to be told it had been completely full since before 10am, even waving our "for sale" sign didn't get more than a shrug from the guy in HVJ blocking our way, as he handed us a map showing other car parks in the area...bah! Anyway, we quickly found a spot in the council car park (by the tiny farmers market), popped Thomas in his borrowed baby carrier (thanks Absolute Beginner!) - and made our way through the car park towards the show entrance - - enjoying even the sights of the car park (not often you can say that)... ;) - including a bit of "work in progress" - - someone that obviously got a bit lost ;) - - and someone who did an almost perfect disguise job on their Honda(?) mini-MPV... - we took a look around all the shiny bugs and buses in the main halls (including some interesting new raised vehicles) - - marvelling at these (never seen before) Baby hammocks attached to a few of the campers - - and some seriously lowered vehicles...! Poked around the shopping (although it felt like there were slightly less stalls this year) - - loved these flame boots, absolutely custom made for rainy years at Santa Pod - - and these "Plain Lazy" flasks "Don't wake me, I'm busy"...hehe... ;) ...and then we popped out onto the stands - - to watch the "how many people can fit in/on a VW Beetle" - - Bug Jam - quite literally...! I think they managed 94 this year...although I saw at least four people walk off without being counted (silly lot)... ;) - then I had to run out and put some more money on Poppy (as the council office was pay and display) while Flyingpops and Thomas went to catch up with old friend Sam (hello!) and have a little ride in his beach buggy (which he thought was everso good!) - - then we went for a quick pint, and watched someone making a real mess in the bar while we were waiting for the barrel to be changed... ;)
A lovely (if a little tiring with the baby carrier) day, we're already talking about next year... ;)
Long overdue for an update on the Crossrail station at Canary Wharf - This is before (well, actually all of this is sort of during)- - and how it looks now - Before- - and how it looks now- - oh and I actually know the technical term for this stage of the work too (thanks to more very interesting signs popping up at the foot of One Canada Square) it's "Cofferdam Dewatering" (as you probably guessed from the title of this post)- Actually, as you can see, pretty much all of the water is gone now, meaning pretty much all of the steps in the above poster must have been completed (including the rescue of the fish)...all that remains is the plug the flood (sorry, almost impossible to get a shot of it thanks to it's location behind some stairs)- - that seems to be coming from the basement of the Bank of America building and they can make a start on the foundations...!
It's our second Wedding Anniversary today, hasn't it gone fast!? I've got the day off work (I'll let you know later what we manage to get up to, but one thing I do want to do is sit together and go through (again) all the photos from the day - there were quite a lot, I think we filled up about 8 large photo albums in the end - or something silly like that)! This time last year we were away on holiday in Canterbury (nice to read back through all that, we had a fantastic time)...even more so for the fact that this year we have Thomas around, so a mini-break in a B&B isn't quite so feasible... ;) The year before, of course, we were actually doing the ceremony and then enjoying our mini honeymoon to Bath and our actual honeymoon to Mexico...incredible to read through the Mexico trip again, that really was the journey of a lifetime - the perfect celebration... ;) Anyway, please wish us a very happy day (whatever we end up doing)!
Ah...let's just bask in that Friday feeling for a minute or two...it's the 12th week of the year, and in just a couple of days British Summer time begins, so don't forget to change your clocks on Saturday night...for those having a bit of trouble remembering, it's "Spring Forwards, Fall Back", so this time we loose an hour in bed (worse luck) but on the plus side it's much less time holding down the "Set" and "Hour" keys on your clock radio... ;)
Anyway, it being Friday, I have just a few links (things I found in the tubes) to share with you -
No-one charges for demo content - if you are *paying* then it isn't a blooming demo, it's a commercial product! The only problem is, there are shower of fools out there prepared to splash out their hard-earned for something *useless* (who obviously do exist - because otherwise you wouldn't be able to buy stupid DLC like "Horse Armour") are either going to ruin it for everyone else by souring the pudding or push everyone back into the arms of either the aforementioned pirates, or the second-hand market, neither of which are going to help Tiny Tim, the cheerful but crippled programmers son, get his Christmas goose...
The other thing is, demo content is often released with a caveat something along the lines of "this is a demo and doesn't represent the finished product (blah blah)", so what is the story going to be here? Will we *pay* to become beta testers now? Or will EA wait until the game has gone Gold, sell a crippled version of it until people have stopped paying and then, when the game has been perfected, *finally* release the full version? What a mess... >8(