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Two Headed Monster

Two heads...
You do see some strange things in Bristol.

On Saturday I went on the second annual Worldwide Photo Walk, which was great fun. Basically just a wander through Bristol from Castle Park to Temple Meads, then on to the Centre via Queen Square.

The Siamese twins here wandered out of the old Quaker burial ground (no, really) near St. Mary Redcliffe as I was passing. I never found out why they were dressed like that.

Other highlights included getting a photo of a policeman in a railway station without getting arrested (a fairly difficult feat these days, only possible because he was distracted by fining another photographer £50 for trespass) and the general camaraderie and relative safety of walking through a city on a Saturday night as a mobbed-up bunch of photographers.

I'm not sure which is my favourite picture of the night. You're allowed to enter two into the Photo Walk competition (although you don't have to enter.) When I was processing them, it was this one of the wreckage of the old brewery I really liked, but it works less well in smaller web sizes. Here it is presented in a more Lightroom-y fashion. I also like the starkness of this other architectural ruin. But the Siamese twins are definitely a contender, just because of the strangeness and the comedy value...

Anyway. The set's here, if you want to see them all.

Apart from that, I've been fairly busy. Among other things, I appear to be preparing to take up running, which is scary. More on that later... For now, I'd best get to bed. I was knackered all day today -- possibly cumulative sleep debt, not helped by staying up until 2am on Saturday night. Well, you know, we only stopped when we ran out of light, and then we happened to be next to a shiny new Thai restaurant on the centre...

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I love inside the railway station and the gargoyle! No idea if they're the right thing to enter in a photo competition though.

I'm dipping my toe into running... I've bought the shoes, which was the easy part, and bought a training podcast from Amazon. Only done the first stage one twice - and, crucially, not in the same week so I need to start again. It does start off gently enough that even someone as terminally sedentary as myself can do it!

You'll have to come over and run around and photograph Zurich when we're settled in!

I may start my running tomorrow, assuming it's not still chucking it down. I'm going to have a separate blog for it, too, so I don't bore people on here... Ben's iPhone app, that I'll be using for training, is probably similar to the training podcast you have, based on the "Couch to 5K" system -- with an easy start for people who have carefully developed their physique and fitness levels with a career of computer programming :)

And yes, definitely up for coming and seeing Zurich. Not so sure about running there, mind, but I hear it's less hilly than Bristol, at least...

There are a lot people running around if that's any indication - we've got a path along the river near us, plus one on a ridge (love the cable car running from our commuter rail station!) and the lake, of course.

Good luck with the running! Would be interested in the blog, if you'd like to send a link my way.

Must get back to mine... went to see Harry Potter last night and am shattered this morning. I don't feel like doing anything after 10 hours at work, let alone running, but I suppose that's part of the challenge (and the reason why I only get around to it on Sunday mornings).

Right. I'm off for my run. If you want to see whether I managed it or not, my progress will be going up on the running blog, but I'm sure executive summaries will appear here anyway, at least for the first little while :)

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