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Monday, 20 September 2010

AudioBoo: New Studio Arrival boo

It took a few of us, but we've managed to rescue an old piano from a damp, cold, church and move it into the studio.. it's a wonderful old piece of furniture, and this is my audioboo about it..

An audio recording from audioboo.fm

Churchill upright pianoChurchill upright piano
Churchill upright piano

Posted by james at 10:10 PM

Sunny September Saturday!

We had glorious weather this weekend - perfect for a trip over to Oxford - Pete is (dare I mention it?) forty on Thursday, so he put on the barbecue and invited us to share the celebrations!

As weekends almost always fill up extremely quickly, it wasn't possible for the whole Hart clan to make it to Headington, but those of us who were there quickly brought laughter and chatter to the garden - it seems like ages since we'd got together.. in fact it's over five months since Mary got married!

After burgers and cake, we went to the fantastic Quarry park, where Jordan and his pals play football for the local team - in fact, in the match we played ('adults versus children' - with Lisa as a 'child' - she's only little!) they beat us a very comfortable 11-8) with hardly any injuries.

It's definitely been a glorious weekend - and a full one, too: on Saturday morning, Chris and I built his 'new' PC (stripping some rather unreliable components out of his existing case, and installing a new motherboard, processor, memory, graphics card and Windows 7 - all bought from eBuyer for much less than the cost of an equivalent pre-built PC - it's always the best way to do it... if all the components work when they arrive!), and he went with his Scout group to Legoland on Sunday. By all accounts, it's one of the best times of year to go, since it's quietened down substantially from the summer rush - and when the weather's pleasant, even the wet rides are worthwhile! Lenni and I spent the afternoon in the garden - she cleared the raised bed (she loves to dig!) and I trimmed back the leylandii, so they didn't encroach too much in what used to be the lawned section of the garden. Among the branches were brambles and some strange climbing weed - there was (and still is) plenty to shred!

And so the week begins again - I shall leave you with some sunny photos from Saturday.. there are plenty more (as always) in the Gallery: www.mus-ic.co.uk/gallery/PeteBirthday2010

Pete's birthday cakeThe 'impossible to blow out' candles were no match for Pete!
A group photo in the sunshineDigging for treasure!

Posted by james at 7:22 AM

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Audioboo: London Zoo - The Rainforest Life boo (post sloth escape attempt)

I was fortunate enough to be invited to one of London Zoo's special "Zoo Lates" evenings a couple of weeks ago, by my dear friend and colleague, Ann. It was my first visit to the zoo, but we certainly weren't the only people there - crowds had turned out to enjoy the special events (including the strangest 'silent disco' I've ever experienced!) so the small zoo was very busy.

One of my favourite areas was the Rainforest Life zone - a warm, humid area with an atrium where all sorts of interesting creatures were scurrying around. I recorded an AudioBoo of the soundscape within. We'd just witnessed the attempted escape of a sloth, which was meet with surprise and amusement by the folks nearby (there's a pictoral account below - the sloth was eventually 'persuaded' back into the atrium with a broom!)

Here, then, is that soundscape...

An audio recording from audioboo.fm

Attempted Sloth Escape at London Zoo

Posted by james at 10:10 PM

Wednesday, 1 September 2010

Audioboo: Amazing Disappearing International Space Station Boo

An audio recording from audioboo.fm

Posted by james at 10:40 PM

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