360º Video - Crossing the Thames by Cable Car

This is a new thing that I've been trying recently, 360º Video. I've been shooting lots of it, but this is the first time that I've tried embedding it into my website. 

On a desktop you should be able to click and drag the picture to move the image on any direction. On smartphones it may recognise the gyroscope and let you move the phone to move the image. 

The video is also on https://gallery.giroptic.com/play/SgjIe7JCzOYf6 if you find it difficult to play back here. 

I have a bit to write about.

It's fair to say that I have a lot of writing to catch up on. Somewhere in the region of 10 months worth if I'm honest. 

Since I last put finger to keyboard I've travelled pretty extensively and other than the odd photo or video I've not mentioned it at all on here. 

2017 has been a crazy year of travel. Concerns about employment contracts and the like prevented me from doing anything for the best part of three years and having that all sorted meant that I approached 2017 in much the same way that an excited puppy approaches its food. 

I ended last year with a fantastic trip to Amsterdam in the lead up to Christmas. I tend to have a rule not to go back to the same place if I can help it, but I had such a good time that I'll be heading back there this Christmas week in the hope of a repeat. 

The Lace at the Festival of Light, Amsterdam. Taken with iPhone

The Lace at the Festival of Light, Amsterdam. Taken with iPhone

In January I went for an unexpected weekend in Geneva. Dara O'Brien was performing and Glenn, knowing that I'm a huge fan, asked if I wanted to visit for the weekend and see the show. The answer was of course yes. 

After the concert, Geneva waterfront. Taken with iPhone

After the concert, Geneva waterfront. Taken with iPhone

February lead to a bit of winter sun as I visited Portugal for the first time with a trip to Faro for my birthday. Testing over the last couple of years has shown that I'm really impacted by lack of sun in the winter and so this one was planned on Doctors orders. Faro is a lovely little town and I had a lot of fun seeing it and the surrounding areas. Rekindling a passion for taking photos is something that I actually did write about this year and a very large part of that was down to that particular trip. 

Looking out to Faro Marina. Taken with iPhone

Looking out to Faro Marina. Taken with iPhone

Another quasi-spontaneous trip to Geneva happened over Easter. A space opened up at work which allowed me to take advantage of the public holidays. The original plan was to spend a couple of days at Glenn's but that very quickly morphed into a road trip that led us through parts of France neighbouring Lake Geneva through the Alps and the Mon Blanc Tunnel into Italy as far as Genoa and then returning back into Switzerland via Milan and the Swiss Alps taking the long way around Lake Geneva. The changing landscape was beautiful and the mountains simply took my breath away,

Glenn and a camera shy Bailey, Yvoire, France. Taken with iPhone

Glenn and a camera shy Bailey, Yvoire, France. Taken with iPhone

Things quieted down for a few months before really picking up again in August. A trip to Bristol to stay with Emma and Tim had been on the cards for a while, but we finally sorted it out in time to see the Balloon Fiesta. That was majorly impacted by the weather but I still had a great time catching up and checking out Bristol. 

Bristol City. Taken with iPhone

Bristol City. Taken with iPhone

A two day weekend in London followed later in the month as I went to see Spurs v Juventus and Jerry Sadowitz at the Leicester Square Theatre. That was a bit whistle-stop as I would be back in London very shortly as part of my 'big trip' for the year and something that I was very, very excited for. 

Tottenham vs Juventus, Wembley Stadium. Taken with iPhone

Tottenham vs Juventus, Wembley Stadium. Taken with iPhone

But that will have to wait for another entry once I've edited some photos to go along with it.   

A weekend in Bristol

I recently had a fun weekend in Bristol catching up with some old work friends. It's a much more interesting and vibrant place than I'd expected, even though I'd known the city was becoming more and more well known for it's street art and the like. 

What I hadn't expected was the wealth of interesting museums and architecture from around the time of the industrial revolution.

I chose this particular weekend to visit because it was the Internal Balloon Fiesta. I had my typical travellers luck in that the majority of the displays were wiped out thanks to some high winds, and it was a particularly frustrating Saturday evening with a lot of waiting, a lot of crowding and no balloons. But the afternoon in the city was worth it and we did have a great curry after, so alls well that ends well.

Luckily the last scheduled display of the weekend did go ahead. Whilst we decided not to chance another day at the festival site we did get to see the balloons pass over the canals in the city centre where we had decided to have dinner. 

Hot Air Balloons over Bristol

I throughly enjoyed my time in Bristol and suspect I will return sooner rather than later as there appeared to be so much more to discover. 

Tottenham v Juventus

It's been a while since I was last able to see Spurs play live so I jumped at the chance to see them taking on a club like Juventus at Wembley.

Unfortunately the match wasn't very well attended due to a boycott by a lot of fans due to ticket prices set by the 3rd party promoter. I was one of the lucky ones to get the cheap tickets as soon as soon as they went on sale, but I have to agree that in the most part the prices were ludicrous - £100+ for a preseason friendly?

Juve brought a full strength team and it was great seeing world stars like Buffon and Higuain. Then again these days Spurs have plenty of stars themselves like Kane, Dele and Erikesen - two of whom finished lovely team moves to bring a final score of 2-0 to Spurs.  

Tripper takes a throw-in before being subbed injured.

Tripper takes a throw-in before being subbed injured.