Daily Archives: Monday, 4th Nov 2013

David Wingrove – The Art of War (Chung Kuo 5)

Having spent much of the last six months on my Great Terry Pratchett Re-read-athon, I’m a bit behind with some other books. While I’ve been busy, two more volumes in David Wingrove’s revised and expanded Chung Kuo series have appeared, with another due soon.

In this volume, the war that began in the previous one has come to an end, or so it seems. The Seven (the rulers of the world city Chung Kuo) are victorious and the Dispersionists have been roundly defeated. It should be a time for peace, but there’s more going on.

The increasingly sinister DeVore has allied himself with what amounts to a terrorist faction determined to destroy the current social order. There’s trouble within the Seven, as a young man with his own agenda comes to power. And there’s growing danger from within the city as a young officer with extreme ambitions rises through the ranks.

And that’s just the first half of the book. In the second, there’s more development of another strand of the huge story, as things change for Ben Shepard and his family…

While there aren’t all that many major events as such in this book, it still kept my attention and kept me reading. More soon…

Shadows

I liked the pattern formed by the shadow of the railings on Penarth Pier earlier today. This is a first pass at doing something with the image. I may return to it later when I’ve got a bigger screen to play with, but this will do for now:

Penarth Pier

Penarth Pier

Camera: X100S
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/320s
Focal length: 23mm
ISO: 200
Taken: 4 November, 2013

For those who like technical details, I cropped it and tweaked levels in Lightroom, then did a B&W conversion using Silver Efex Pro.

Stuff Report – 4 November 2013

After yesterday’s lazy day, my brother[1] and I went out today. We headed into Cardiff, where Geoff did some shopping, I took some photographs and we both had coffee and a toasted teacake in the excellent Plan Café in the Morgan Arcade. After that we went to Penarth for a walk along the seafront and the refurbished pier, and after that we had a brief visit to Barry Island before returning to Pencoed. A proper set of photos will follow when I’m in front of my large screen, but here are a couple for now.

This snack bar has been a fixture of the Hayes in Cardiff for many years:

A Cardiff Institution

A Cardiff Institution

Camera: X100S
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/60s
Focal length: 23mm
ISO: 400
Taken: 4 November, 2013

Cardiff has a number of Victorian shopping arcades – predecessors of modern shopping malls, so to speak. Unlike a lot of places, most of these arcades have been preserved, restored and are full of small independent shops rather than the usual high street chains. I took this photo from outside the Plan Café while we were waiting for the coffee and teacakes to arrive:

Arcade

Arcade

Camera: X100S
Aperture: ƒ/8
Shutter speed: 1/45s
Focal length: 23mm
ISO: 800
Taken: 4 November, 2013