Had a short walk at lunchtime, mostly for the essential monthly purchase of a kilo of coffee beans from those nice Pumphreys people in the Grainger Market, but also to have a look at some local minor drama. In high winds overnight, part of the roof of Eldon Square shopping centre decided it would like to take up a new career at ground level, resulting in the closure of Newgate Street. I took this photo with my iPhone showing the scene at lunchtime – you can see the overhanging bit of roof that might just do some more falling, a fire brigade inspection platform that was on its way down when I arrived, and some of the chunks of roof – looks like some kind of insulation material
Talking of thrilling, UK readers should be aware that the £1 coin is being replaced by a fancy new model this year. The new 12-sided coin (any resemblance to a pre-decimal “thruppeny bit” is entirely deliberate) featuring multiple security features to make forgery more of a challenge. I ordered the 2017 coin set from the Royal Mint so I could have one to look at before they go into circulation in March. And in case anyone wants to know, the old round pounds will be withdrawn by October, so if you’ve got a jar full of them, make sure to spend them or pay them into the bank in good time.
This is just a quick shot – I’ll try for a better one when I can set up the tripod and a better light, but it gives the general idea.
18:01, 9 January, 2017
What you can’t see in this image, and indeed can’t see with the naked eye, is that the fine line just inside the rim actually has text on it – 2017 on each segment on the tails side and ONE POUND repeated on the heads side. The heads side also has a clever bit of engraving that shows £ from one side and 1 from the other.
 Including one they’re not telling us about
 Nobody’s silly enough to say it would be impossible, of course. Just difficult and expensive
 Unless you’ve got much better eyes than me
Oooops, up again, which won’t be helped by me having a singularly inactive Saturday. I got the shopping done nice and early, so I’d have all day to get out and go somewhere, but it was such a dull and grey day that I couldn’t motivate myself to do anything at all other than catch up on my backlog of recorded TV. Well, at least I finished that job…
This photo shows the Sage from a slightly different angle – it’s a tight crop of an image from the X70 which shows the modern building seeming to loom over the old Town Hall…
Up a wee bit today (remember that we’re now on the new improved scale which insists I’m a lot heavier than the old one seemed to think).
Today being the last day before I return to work, I’d planned to go out with the X-T2 and take some photos somewhere. I managed to get myself organised relatively early, and went out with the camera. The problem was, I was struggling to think of where I wanted to go, and while I was waiting for the bus, came to the conclusion that I just wasn’t feeling sufficiently motivated to go anywhere much at all. So I decided not to force myself, brought the camera back home, and had a visit to the Metrocentre instead, where I had a bit of a wander. I was followed home by this strange character, who offered to do some modelling for me.
Man of mystery
14:40, 2 January, 2017
He may be making more appearances here. He seems to be lacking a name, so I’ll need to think of a suitable one for him…