My 2012 in Pictures

My 2012 in pictures:

Early months…

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Churchill-Bedroom Map-Room-phone

100th Anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic – and my greatest blog post of the year:

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Trolleybus Anniversary

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Ferris Wheel

View over Business Park from Ferris Wheel

Queen’s Jubilee – my father lighting the beacon at Whitstable

Queen's Jubilee

My first oyster at the Whitstable Oyster Festival

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Whitstable Harbour Oyster Festival

blessing

The Olympics 2012

Olympic Flame Relay

Brad wiggo

Summer days

Camden Market

SW4

 Holiday in Portugal

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Larry Graham in concert

Larry Graham

Felix Baumgartner’s Stratos Jump – I was obsessed with this event – read here

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Bonfire Night

Bonfire Night

Talk with Olympic and Paralympic athletes at work

Olympic and Paralympic Talk

The Thomas Hardy tree

Thomas Hardy Tree

Secret Cinema – The Shawshank Redemption

Secret Cinema November

Christmas 2012

Christmas Tree

A death in the family

Papa passport 3

Christmas party at the Tower of London

Tower of London Christmas Party

Christmas Day on the beach

Christmas Day on Beach

Range of Ranges

Look at this:

 

 This was at someone’s house I went to for lunch recently, in their conservatory.  Now it’s used as an ornament, but it used to sit in someone’s flat. Apparently it was a small, coal cooker, used to cook your food and heat up tiny bedsits.

Up until fairly recently in the 20th century, it seems that the cooking area was relied upon as a source of heating for the home, and not just for the use of cooking. Before the invention of the cooker/range, chimneys were where things were cooked, and where everybody sat around as a source of light and heat. And even before that, an open fire was found in the great halls of old medieval buildings (the great hall was a large communal room where food was cooked over the fire in the centre, and also where everyone ate, socialised and slept. Later, with the invention of the chimney, this divided the great hall into the living area and the cooking area. Later on still, the kitchen in upper class homes was removed completely from the home, due to the smell of food and the “disgust” it induced in the wealthy classes – a tricky geographical location to serve dinner from without it going cold on its journey down to the dining area). After the range was introduced, there was then the battle between gas and electricity companies and their cookers, then the invention of the thermostat – something we all take for granted – and so on. Without completely re-writing a book I recently read by Dr Lucy Worsley, and getting myself sued for piracy, you can read the rest in more detail for yourself: If Walls Could Talk: The History of the Home. It’s a really interesting, well written book, and enlightens you on the progress of things you never even think about.

Here is another picture of some funky, retro ranges I saw in the Churchill War Rooms yesterday, that they used in the kitchen of Churchill’s underground bunkers. Apologies about the quality; I was struggling with exposure vs shutter speed.