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Fireplace with antique Benin bronze leopards and ivory.

I found this photo in the flea market in Brighton today and, Googling around, I find what appears to be the same pair of Benin bronze leopards in a Royal Academy exhibition two years ago. The head on the windowsill, the altar group between the leopards and one of the faces on the hood ended up in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, having been donated by Klaus Perls. The carved tusk appears to be similar to other Congolese examples. The Benin artefacts were originally looted during the 1897 Benin expedition and some of them were purchased by W.D. Webster. This photo might have been taken inside his house at 24 Palace Road in Streatham, London, which has since been demolished.
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Purple Cherokees

Purple Cherokee tomatoes

My purple cherokee tomatoes didn't turn our quite as purple as I'd hoped but they're very edible. A small greenhouse in south east England probably isn't their optimal environment. 


O2 / Millennium Dome. London.
The venue. Renamed after its current sponsor but I still think of it as the Millennium Dome. I last visited it when it was a shiny new rather eccentric white elephant of a previous government. It's faded a bit now, like me, and its neo-modernist forms are almost weather-beaten enough to pass as actual decayed 1960s modernism. There is a newer cable car over the Thames next to it, which has also proved a commercial white elephant. I couldn't resist it, of course. So, with a few hours to spare I crossed over industrial wastelands and the old Golden Syrup factory to what used to be docklands and is now a sterile, expensive housing estate, mostly devoid of people. It made me feel sad. An experiment in wealth attraction that has failed to attract anything other than wealth. I rode back over to the Dome in search of human life and found it heaving with 20,000 fellow Monty Python fans queuing for food and beer, and giant neo-Victorian Terry Gilliam sets. Yes! Then it began.....
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Southwark cathedral, London, viewed from the Shard.

An afternoon well spent within a small area around London Bridge railway station.
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Toilet humour.

I love Mr.B. I can't stop watching this. Never has toilet humour been executed so well. I am seriously considering regrowing the Hindenburg moustache I had 20 years ago.


Car dust

Luckily we never wash our car anyway.



Experimenting with my new flash. The ancient three-year-old gerbil was very tolerant. 



Cute new BHA video series with Stephen Fry narrating. 



It's silly, I know, but I was browsing IMDB last night and discovered that John Neville died more than two years ago and I hadn't been aware of it, and I felt rather sad about this. He'll always be the Baron to me. A surprising number of the cast of Baron Munchausen are dead now. It seems only recently I was watching it at the cinema when it first came out but it was actually decades ago. Kid actress Sara Polley is the same age as my wife! I feel old.

I'm looking forward to seeing the surviving Pythons this summer before they all die too.
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