Stuff Report – 20 August 2016

Well, that was actually a nicely productive day. The things that were misbehaving yesterday have been beaten into submission and are now rolling around with their electronic legs in the air waiting for their virtual tummies to be rubbed. Still got a bit to do tomorrow, but it should be a short day, leaving me time (weather permitting) to take some photographs of the delights of Birmingham.

Having skipped lunch in favour of getting on with the job (a decent breakfast made that an easy decision), I was in need of a nice dinner, and I thought I’d try something different. The hotel is adjacent to the Arcadian Centre, a courtyard full of restaurants, bars and the like. Previously (including last night) I’ve been to Las Iguanas, but I’d dithered about giving another place a try. And tonight I did. Milano is a rather good Italian restaurant, with a nicely varied menu – they’ve got the usual pizza and pasta, but I thought I’d try something different tonight. After a paté starter, which came with a nicely crispy salad and some caramelised onion, I went for the Pollo Toscana – chicken breast with shallots, garlic, peppers, Italian sausage and tomato in a white wine sauce, accompanied by rosemary potatoes. This was delicious – looked good, tasted even better. I may have started with a glass of Pino Grigio and it’s alleged that I had a Sauvignon Blanc with the main course, though this may be denied. I won’t deny being tempted by a tiramisu dessert and a very good espresso. And I was pleasantly surprised when my bill was accompanied by a free shot of Limoncello, a lemon liqueur that I should probably avoid as I could get used to it far too easily. Friendly service, great food. Well worth a visit if you’re in Birmingham. And if you stay at the Ibis, it’s a really, really short walk for your dinner!

Here’s another random photo taken at Tynemouth Priory, which shows that my long lens isn’t just for lighthouses four miles away:

Not just for distant objects

Not just for distant objects

Camera: X-T1
Aperture: ƒ/10
Shutter speed: 1/500s
Focal length: 379.4mm
ISO: 1250
Taken: 13 August, 2016
Location: 55° 1.0626′ 0″ N 1° 25.0716′ 0″ W