We went to Oxford a couple of nights. It was cold. We stayed in a prison.
Spent a very pleasant couple of weeks out in the Bay Area, seeing friends, going to a Rope Dojo and then some trips out of the city. Some more pics up on flickr.
A few highlights:
The computer history museum in Mountain View is worth a half-a-day trip. Relatively accessible via CalTrain and then the Googler’s Shoreline Shuttle (just check the times the bus runs). It’s pretty huge and encompasses a wide range of stuff from punch cards, ancient storage, pong, Crays and the original rack Google ran from.
A trip up to the Marin Headlands is also worthwhile if you’re vaguely interested in military history, bunkers and the like. Especially great is the Nike Hercules missile site (check hours) complete with working missile lift, but sadly without the nuclear pits.
The California Academy of Sciences was ok – it certainly had very impressive biodomes and aquarium, but did feel a little short-changed given the cost of the ticket.
A nice sunny day in London yesterday and maybe the first signs of Spring! We ended up spending a few hours there with my parents (on the way from one set of sun, the Seychelles and Dubai, to another – the south of France) but I think I seemed to photograph more animals than plants. Perhaps I’ve already photographed every plant there already!
Everything was just perfect – the food utterly out of this world (and I think would have been even more amazing if I didn’t know quite a lot of the courses already), service impeccable, decor was muted yet somehow suited the mentalness of everything else.
Stupidly I pushed myself too hard on one of the days and ended up with some eye trouble. Many hours in various hospitals later I was diagnosed with a Branch Retinal Venous Occlusion – essentially a small stroke leading to haemorrhaging – by the fantastic people at Sheffield Hallam’s eye casualty. This isn’t in any way normal for someone that isn’t crusty so I’m now being seen by Moorfields. Hopefully the haemorrhages will clear in the next couple of weeks and restore the vision in that eye.
Pictures of the police presence in the gallery…