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shatterstripes has a comic up, on the theme of last Friday's equality ruling - it's as beautifully playful as you'd expect. ^_^ (It wouldn't work well inlined, as it's very tall)

As you may have read, Sir Nicholas Winton died recently, at 106, responsible for saving 669 children from the Nazis on eight trains he arranged out of Prague as World War 2 loomed. "Sir Nicholas brought the children to Britain, battling bureaucracy at both ends, saving them from almost certain death, and then kept quiet about his exploits for a half-century." There's a statue in his memory at Maidenhead station, a quiet memorial to a selfless individual.

Friday saw me going underground, into parts of Charing Cross not meant for mortal eyes. Or at least, only TfL employees. Part of the tour showed off the Jubilee line, which terminated there originally. Now the line heads off slightly differently, that portion of the station (and the line) is kept aside for storing trains awaiting busy periods, training, and experimenting with new station features - and the occasional film shoot. If you see a Tube station on the big screen, or TV, there's a fair chance it was there, as with the platform scene in Skyfall. Another part of the tour took us into a service tunnel that passes underneath Trafalgar Square - and ye gods, that tunnel was so blessedly cool. ^_^ And concluding, a ventilation shaft. =:D And if you look up, you'll see where James Bond clambered out to the surface, also in Skyfall. ^_^


Apple Music - hm! Interesting. I signed up for the three month free trial as soon as iOS 8.4 had finished installing, so there's some time to really see how it holds up under extended usage. So far, I've only given it a kick around the virtual tires - the Dance stream is rather more diverse than I'd expected, as is Electronic, so I'll likely be revisiting them on occasion. Beats 1 I'm really enjoying so far - it's easy to tell the DJs involved really love what they're doing. If your musical tastes are reasonably eclectic, you might quite like it. And no ads at all! So I don't find myself constantly hopping channels to avoid those (of which there is usually a very small number, too). Will I actually subscribe when the trial ends? Difficult to say - Beats 1 is free anyway, so it rests on whether I wind up finding their suggestions useful or not, and end up exploring the catalogue available.

I was hardly his audience, but, I was saddened nonetheless to learn of Doug Winger's death. (h/t schnee)

If you're in need of a seriously fun platformer (and have polished off Leo's Fortune =:), you really should take a look at Picomy/Sega's new iOS release, Heroki. Gorgeous!

Ye gods and little fishes, but Firestone's Wookey Jack DIPA is a thing of beauty! It's a dark IPA, with a quite distinctive hop nature, quite floral, fairly bitter, but still nicely complemented by the malt. And they have Goose Island's Bourbon County Stout on tap, courtesy of FedEx, straight from the brewery - the first time it's been available thusly in the UK, apparently. It's fairly amazing bottled, so I'm going to have to take advantage of this opportunity. ^_^ [ETA: O.o;; It's.. well, I can only really encourage anyone with it available in their locality to try it as soon as they can. It's a supremely well balanced stout, with hefty malt, a noticeable hoppiness, and a resultant flavor that's sort of like the best chocolate ice cream you could dream of. It's not something to approach lightly, however, at a little over 14%, but you'll be so glad you took the chance!]

And I pretty much need to wrap up with a simple shot from yesterday. I was wandering up the footpath on my usual rabbiteering circuit, and noticed what definitely looked like a bun, right on the path. Checking through the viewfinder confirmed definite bunnitude. ^_^ Gratifyingly, they were quite fine with me gradually approaching them, providing I remained sensibly quiet (they appreciate that, as do I =:), and wound up with a framing I'm actually quite happy with, them surrounded by the path's enthusiastic growth, with even a bit of an illuminated backdrop. The star, however, remains my cooperative model. ^_^

 
 
 
 
 
 
This is, I will admit, part of why I so love coming to this particular place. Even in the heat of a busy beer festival, I'm almost completely left to myself - people don't believe a section of the pub that isn't filled is open to the public. ^_^

I shall not disabuse them of their perception. =:)

That, and the unique offerings. There's little better than an experiment from Brooklyn that yielded an unearthly hue, and an incomparable, wonderful flavor profile, never to be known personally beyond a few dozen people. =:) (Not that I intended it that way - I just happened to strike unlucky with my selections a few times, leading the manager to offer something from his selection instead. Brooklyn know their stuff, unquestionably - but take their amber, and age it over white wine lees..)