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Pictures with Chie in. A handy category meaning her friends and family don't have to trawl through a load of irrelevant pictures to find the ones with her in. Interestingly, Chie's name in kanji (the chinese characters used by the Japanese) reads as "thousand pictures", and there probably are about that many in here.
- London February 2019
- February 2019
Pictures from London in February 2019.
- London January 2019
- January 2019
Pictures from London and environs in January 2019.
- London December 2018
- December 2018
Pictures from London in the lead up to Christmas 2018.
- Abergavenny December 2018
- Saturday 1st and Sunday 2nd December 2018
Weekend in Abergavenny to visit Vera and Robin.
- Devon November 2018
- Saturday 24th and Sunday 29th November 2018
A weekend in Devon in November 2018 to see Dad's new house after the refurbishment work.
- London November 2018
- November 2018
Pictures from London in November 2018.
- Lisbon October 2018
- Saturday October 20th - Thursday October 25th 2018
Five nights in Lisbon during half term week with Leon and family.
- London October 2018
- October 2018
Pictures from London in October 2018 which various forays out into the countryside.
- London September 2018
- September 2018
Pictures from London in September 2018 including Erika's 6th birthday.
- Cote d'Azur September 2018
- Friday 31st August - Tuesday 4th September 2018
Our traditional end of the summer trip to the Cote d'Azur, this time one night near Nice Airport, one night in Vence, then two nights at Le Meridien in Monaco.
- London August 2018
- August 2018
Pictures from London in August 2018.
- London July 2018
- July 2018
Pictures from London in a very warm July 2018, including day trips to Folkestone and Camber Sands.
- Devon June 2018
- Saturday 9th - Monday 11th June 2018
Weekend trip to Devon to see Dad's new house and coincide with Vera visiting.
- London June 2018
- June 2018
Pictures from London in June 2018.
- London May 2018
- May 2018
Pictures from London in May 2018.
- Shute Gatehouse
- Saturday 5th - Monday 7th May 2018
A weekend stay at the Shute Gatehouse near the Devon / Dorset border.
- London April 2018
- April 2018
Pictures from London in April 2018.
- Herefordshire Easter 2018
- Friday 30th March - Monday 2nd April 2018
A three night stay over the Easter weekend in a cottage by the river Monnow in Clodock, Herefordshire, with forays over the border into Wales to visit family.
- London March 2018
- March 2018
Pictures from London in March 2018 including my birthday.
- Devon March 2018
- Friday 9th - Sunday 11th March 2018
A weekend in Devon to visit Grandad Nick.
- London February 2018
- February 2018
Pictures from London in February 2018.
- London January 2018
- January 2018
Pictures from London in January 2018.
- Japan Christmas and New Year 2017
- Friday 22nd December 2017 - Wednesday 3rd January 2018
Trip to Japan over Christmas and New Year.
- London December 2017
- December 2017
Pictures from London in the run up to Christmas 2017.
- Abergavenny December 2017
- Friday 8th - Sunday 10th December 2017
Pre-Christmas visit to Abergavenny to see Vera and Robin. Surprisingly it snowed!
- London November 2017
- November 2017
Pictures from London in November 2017.
- Venice and Florence October 2017
- Saturday 21st - Sunday 29th October 2017
A week's stay in Venice during half term week followed by a night in Florence to attend Lorenzo and Olya's wedding.
- London October 2017
- October 2017
Pictures from London in October 2017.
- London September 2017
- September 2017
Pictures from London in September 2017, including Erika's fifth birthday.
- Monaco September 2017
- Saturday 2nd - Wednesday 6th September 2017
Four nights in Monaco for some guaranteed sunny weather at the end of a mostly rather grey English summer.
- Cornwall August 2017
- Friday 11th - Friday 18th August 2017
A big family gathering for a week's stay in Polperro in Cornwall to celebrate various milestone birthdays including belatedly my 40th.
- London August 2017
- August 2017
Pictures from London in August 2017.
- London July 2017
- July 2017
Pictures from London in July 2017, including a day trip to Whitstable, Erika's sports day and the Chap Olympiad.
- Japan June 2017
- Saturday 3rd to Sunday 11th June 2017
A couple of nights in Tokyo followed by the rest of the week in Hiroshima to see Chie and Erika at the end of their longer trip to Japan.
- London June 2017
- June 2017
Pictures from London in June 2017.
- London May 2017
- May 2017
Pictures from London in May 2017.
- Lille April 2017
- Thursday 13th - Saturday 15th April 2017
A two night stay in Lille over the first half of the Easter weekend.
- London April 2017
- April 2017
Pictures from London in April 2017 including a daytrip to Grantchester to visit The Orchard.
- Abergavenny March 2017
- March 2017
A weekend in Abergavenny to see Vera and Robin.
- London March 2017
- March 2017
Pictures from London in March 2017 including my 40th birthday celebrations.
- London February 2017
- February 2017
Pictures from London in February 2017.
- London January 2017
- January 2017
Pictures from London in January 2017.
- South Wales December 2016
- Thursday 29th - Saturday 31st December 2016
Two nights staying in a bunker (!) inbetween Christmas and New Year to visit family in South Wales.
- London December 2016
- December 2016
Pictures from London in December 2016.
- London November 2016
- November 2016
Pictures from London in November 2016 including a return visit to West Sussex, this time to tour Nutbourne Vineyard.
- London October 2016
- October 2016
Pictures from London between trips to New York and Italy, including a visit from Grandma Mary.
- London September 2016
- September 2016
Pictures from London in September 2016, including Erika's 4th Birthday.
- London August 2016
- August 2016
Pictures from London in August 2016, including a day trip to Whitstable.
- Cornwall July 2016
- Friday 22nd - Friday 29th July 2016
A week's holiday on the Roseland Peninsula in Cornwall with extended family.
- London July 2016
- July 2016
Pictures from London in July 2016.
- London June 2016
- June 2016
Pictures from London in June 2016 including a lot of the traditional English social season - Derby Day at Epsom, Royal Ascot and Henley Regatta.
- London May 2016
- May 2016
Pictures from London in May 2016, including a short weekend break in the New Forest for Chie's birthday.
- London April 2016
- April 2016
Pictures from London in April 2016.
- Japan March 2016
- March 2016
Pictures from our trip to Japan in March 2016.
- London March 2016
- March 2016
Pictures from London in March 2016.
- London February 2016
- February 2016
Pictures from London in February 2016.
- London January 2016
- January 2016
Pictures from London at the start of 2016.
- South Wales December 2015
- Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th December 2015
Weekend visit to South Wales to see Vera, Robin, Louise, Bec, Dave and Jessica.
- London December 2015
- December 2015
Pictures from London in the festive season.
- London November 2015
- November 2015
Pictures from London in November 2015, including forays out to Huntingdonshire, the Bell at Aldworth and Cheltenham for The Open.
- London October 2015
- October 2015
Pictures from London in October 2015.
- Devon September 2015
- Friday 18th - Sunday 20th September 2015
Weekend trip down to Devon to coincide with Vera staying there.
- London September 2015
- September 2015
Pictures from London in September 2015, the month in which Erika turned 3.
- Al and Charlotte's Wedding
- Saturday 8th August 2015
A weekend in rural Suffolk to celebrate Al and Charlotte's Wedding.
- London August 2015
- August 2015
Pictures from London in August 2015.
- Belgium and The Netherlands
- Friday 31st July - Sunday 2nd August 2015
A weekend trip to Belgium and The Netherlands while Chie's parents were over from Japan, taking in Brussels, Ghent, Antwerp and Amsterdam.
- London July 2015
- July 2015
Pictures from London in July 2015.
- Norwegian Fjords Cruise June 2015
- Saturday 13th - Saturday 20th June 2015
A week long cruise around the Norwegian Fjords.
- London June 2015
- June 2015
Pictures from London in June 2015.
- London May 2015
- May 2015
Pictures from London in May 2015
- London April 2015
- April 2015
Pictures from London in April 2015 including a weekend in Abergavenny.
- London March 2015
- March 2015
Pictures from London in March 2015, settling into the new flat.
- London February 2015
- February 2015
Pictures from London in February 2015, including moving into our new flat.
- London January 2015
- January 2015
Pictures from London in January 2015, mostly of various stages of building work being done on the new flat.
- London December 2014
- December 2014
Pictures from London in December 2014.
- London November 2014
- November 2014
Pictures from the second half of November in London.
- Japan November 2014
- Saturday 1st - Saturday 15th November 2014
Two weeks in Japan in November 2014.
- London October 2014
- October 2014
Pictures from London in October 2014.
- London September 2014
- September 2014
Pictures from London in September 2014, including Erika's second birthday.
- Nice and Monaco September 2014
- Friday 5th - Monday 8th September 2014
A long weekend in Nice and Monaco to catch a last bit of summer sun, and to celebrate Erika's birthday.
- Devon August 2014
- Saturday 23rd - Monday 25th August 2014
August bank holiday weekend down in Devon to visit Dad.
- London August 2014
- August 2014
Pictures from London in August 2014.
- Abergavenny July 2014
- Friday 18th - Sunday 20th July 2014
Weekend in Abergavenny to visit Vera and Robin, including a daytrip to Ledbury.
- The Borders July 2014
- Saturday 5th - Tuesday 8th July 2014
Long weekend in the Scottish borders and Northumberland to visit Lucy and Martin, and attend Tim and Akino's wedding.
- London July 2014
- July 2014
Pictures from London in July 2014.
- Italy June 2014
- Saturday 14th - Sunday 22nd June 2014
A week in Italy, taking in Genoa, Sestri Levante, the Cinque Terre, Pisa and Florence.
- London June 2014
- June 2014
Pictures from London in June 2014.
- London May 2014
- May 2014
Pictures from London in May 2014.
- London April 2014
- April 2014
Pictures from London in April 2014.
- Abergavenny April 2014
- April 2014
Short weekend trip to Abergavenny to see Vera and Robin.
- London March 2014
- March 2014
Pictures from London in March 2014, including Erika's first visit to the zoo!
- Japan February 2014
- February 2014
Erika's third trip to Japan.
- East Midlands January 2014
- Saturday 18th - Sunday 19th January 2014
Weekend trip to the East Midlands to visit Mum and Keith.
- London January 2014
- January 2014
Pictures from London (including a daytrip to Brighton) in January 2014.
- London December 2013
- December 2013
Pictures from London in the run up to Erika's second Christmas.
- London November 2013
- November 2013
Pictures from London in November 2013.
- London October 2013
- October 2013
Pictures from London in October 2013.
- Erika's Birthday Photo Shoot
- Tuesday 10th September 2013
We thought it might be nice to mark Erika's first birthday by having some family portraits taken.
- Erika's First Birthday Party
- Friday 6th - Monday 9th September 2013
A long weekend away in Herefordshire to celebrate Erika's first birthday, with most of my family in attendance.
- London September 2013
- September 2013
Pictures from London in September as Erika turned one.
- Cote d'Azur August 2013
- Friday 30th August - Monday 2nd September 2013
A long weekend in Menton and Monaco on the Cote d'Azur - Erika's first time to go abroad (assuming Japan doesn't count).
- Devon August 2013
- Sunday 4th - Friday 9th August 2013
A trip to Devon: three nights staying with Dad, and two nights at the Hotel Endsleigh.
- London August 2013
- August 2013
London in August 2013.
- London July 2013
- July 2013
Pictures from London in July 2013.
- London June 2013
- June 2013
London in June 2013.
- Japan May/June 2013
- Monday 20th May - Sunday 9th June 2013
Another trip to Japan.
- London May 2013
- May 2013
Pictures from London in May 2013.
- London April 2013
- April 2013
Pictures from London in April 2013.
- Japan March 2013
- March 2013
Erika's first trip to Japan, as she turned six months old, in March 2013.
- London February 2013
- February 2013
London in February 2013.
- London January 2013
- January 2013
London in a cold and sometimes snowy January.
- London December 2012
- December 2012
London in December 2012, as Erika turned three months old.
- South Wales November 2012
- Saturday 17th - Monday 19th November 2012
We took Erika to Abergavenny to meet Vera, Robin, Ian, Louise, Bec, Dave and baby Jessica.
- London November 2012
- November 2012
Pictures from London with Erika in November 2012.
- London October 2012
- October 2012
London in October 2012 - lots more pictures of baby Erika!
- London September 2012
- September 2012
London in September 2012 - the month our baby girl Erika was born!
- Isle of Wight August 2012
- Saturday 4th - Sunday 5th August 2012
A short weekend break to the Isle of Wight, taking in Shanklin, Ventnor, Osborne House and the Isle of Wight steam railway.
- London August 2012
- August 2012
London in an Olympic August 2012.
- Midlands July 2012
- Saturday 14th - Sunday 15th July 2012
A weekend visit to the Midlands to see Mum.
- London July 2012
- July 2012
Pictures from London in July 2012, including the Chap Olympiad.
- Abergavenny June 2012
- Saturday 30th June - Sunday July 1st 2012
Weekend in Abergavenny at the end of June / beginning of July.
- Venice and Turin
- Wednesday 13th - Monday 18th June 2012
A few days in Venice, taking in Turin and Paris on the way.
- London June 2012
- June 2012
London in June 2012, starting with the Jubilee weekend, and including a daytrip to Oxford.
- London May 2012
- May 2012
London in a mostly rather wet and dreary May, including day trips out to Scotney Castle, Richmond and the Devil's Punchbowl in Surrey.
- London April 2012
- April 2012
Pictures from London in April 2012.
- Paris and Lyon
- Friday 30th March - Monday 2nd April 2012
A long weekend in France, to meet up with Chie's cousin Satochan in Paris, and our friend Junchan in Lyon.
- London March 2012
- March 2012
Pictures from London in March 2012.
- London February 2012
- February 2012
Pictures from London in February 2012, including day trips to Lewes and Windsor and Eton.
- London January 2012
- January 2012
Pictures from London at the start of 2012.
- Christmas in Dartmouth
- Thursday 22nd - Wednesday 28th December 2011
A week in Dartmouth over the Christmas period with Vera, Robin and Robert.
- London December 2011
- December 2011
Pictures from London in the run up to Christmas 2011, including day trips to Canterbury and Greenwich.
- London November 2011
- November 2011
Pictures from London in November 2011 including day trips to Brighton and Kent.
- Grand Tour
- Monday 17th - Monday 24th October 2011
A week spent travelling around Europe by train - a few days in Zurich, a day in Milan, a weekend in Florence, and finally an afternoon in Paris.
- London October 2011
- October 2011
Pictures from London in October 2011.
- Japan September 2011
- Sunday 18th September - Sunday October 2nd 2011
Two weeks in Japan in late summer / early Autumn 2011.
- Saturday 10th - Sunday 11th September 2011
A short weekend trip to Chepstow to visit Louise, Ian and Vera (while Robin was away in Vienna).
- London September 2011
- September 2011
Pictures from London in September.
- London August 2011
- August 2011
A fairly uneventful and not particularly summery August in London.
- South Wales July 2011
- Saturday 30th - Sunday 31st July 2011
A weekend in South Wales to visit Vera and Robin at the end of July.
- Channel Islands
- Sunday 17th to Saturday 23rd July 2011
A week's holiday in the Channel Islands taking in Jersey, Guernsey and Sark.
- London July 2011
- July 2011
London in a mostly rather grey and miserable July.
- London June 2011
- June 2011
Pictures from London during a mostly rather wet June.
- London May 2011
- May 2011
London in May 2011.
- North Wales
- Saturday 30th April - Monday 2nd May 2011
Weekend in North Wales over the May bank holiday weekend.
- Saturday 23rd April 2011
A day out in Sandwich with Leon, Yukari and Aiko-chan.
- Saturday 9th April 2011
A day out in Cambridge to coincide with a visit by Junchan and Arnaud. Including afternoon tea at the Orchard in Grantchester, a visit to King's College Chapel, a punting tour along the Cam, and dinner at the Free Press.
- London April 2011
- April 2011
London in April 2011.
- Cote d'Azur
- Wednesday 9th - Sunday 13th March 2011
A return visit to the Cote d'Azur, by way of Paris, taking in Eze, Villefranche-sur-mer and Monaco.
- South Wales March 2011
- Friday 4th - Sunday 6th March 2011
Another visit to see Vera and Robin in South Wales including another foray into Herefordshire.
- London March 2011
- March 2011
Pictures from London in March.
- London February 2011
- February 2011
Another mixed bag in the big smoke throughout a consistently chilly February.
- London January 2011
- January 2011
London in January 2011.
- Christmas in Wales 2010
- Friday 24th - Friday 31st December 2010
A week in Wales visiting family over the Christmas period, both South and North.
- London December 2010
- December 2010
London in a particularly snowy December.
- San Francisco November 2010
- Friday 12th - Thursday 18th November 2010
A week in San Francisco for work, but Chie also joined me for the first few days.
- London November 2010
- November 2010
Pictures from London in October 2010.
- London October 2010
- October 2010
Pictures from London in October 2010.
- Friday 10th - Sunday 12th September 2010
A weekend in Holland with Chie and Yuka.
- South Wales
- Saturday 4th - Monday 6th September 2010
A weekend in South Wales visiting Vera and Robin while Chie's sister Yuka was in the UK.
- London September 2010
- September 2010
Yet another monthly set of pictures from London.
- London August 2010
- August 2010
Pictures from London in August 2010.
- North Wales
- Friday 30th July - Monday 2nd August 2010
A weekend in North Wales visiting Dad whilst Louise, Ian and Vera were also visiting.
- East Midlands July 2010
- Saturday 17th - Sunday 18th July 2010
A weekend visiting Mum in the East Midlands.
- London July 2010
- July 2010
A very foody sort of a month in London.
- Cornwall June 2010
- Saturday 19th - Saturday 26th June 2010
Pictures from a week's holiday in Cornwall in June 2010, including a day on Dartmoor at the end.
- London June 2010
- June 2010
Pictures from London in June 2010, including the London Open Garden Squares weekend.
- Saturday 5th June 2010
A day out in Brighton with Chie and Gav, primarily so that I could buy some new shoes from the ever reliable Vegetarian Shoes. Once there we decided it might be rather nice to explore some of Brighton's rather fine old pubs.
- Abergavenny May 2010
- Saturday 29th - Monday 31st May 2010
Visiting Vera and Robin in Abergavenny over the spring bank holiday weekend.
- London April 2010
- April 2010
Pictures from London as spring gets under way in earnest.
- Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th March 2010
A short weekend away in Norfolk (and a bit of Cambridgeshire) including a tour of the St. George's Distillery, an evening in historic Norwich, and a visit to the awe inspiring Ely Cathedral.
- London March 2010
- March 2010
Another monthly set of random pictures from London.
- South Wales
- Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th February 2010
A weekend in South Wales (with a foray into Herefordshire) visiting Vera and Robin.
- North Wales
- Friday 12th - Monday 15th February 2010
A weekend spent in North Wales visiting Dad in February 2010.
- London February 2010
- February 2010
London in February.
- London January 2010
- January 2010
Pictures from London at the start of 2010, including a pub crawl in Borough, an afternoon trip to Reading to celebrate our anniversary (!) and our Burns Night.
- Japan New Year 2010
- Sunday 27th December 2009 - Monday 11th January 2010
Two weeks in Japan over New Year 2009/2010.
- London December 2009
- December 2009
Pictures from London in December, including Christmas.
- London November 2009
- November 2009
More of the same.
- London October 2009
- October 2009
Yet another set of monthly pictures from a distinctly autumnal October in London.
- Saturday 10th - Wednesday 14th October 2009
Four nights in Zurich for a business trip, including a touristy weekend at the start.
- London September 2009
- September 2009
Another monthly set of the usual mixed bag of images from London.
- Lucy and Martin's Wedding
- Saturday 22nd August 2009
Pictures from the weekend of Lucy and Martin's wedding in North Wales.
- Vera's 90th Birthday
- Saturday 8th - Monday 10th August 2009
A weekend in Abergavenny to celebrate Vera's 90th birthday.
- London August 2009
- August 2009
More of the same from London in August 2009.
- Saturday 18th - Saturday 25th July 2009
A week's holiday in Dartmouth, kicking off with David and Lucy's wedding in Padstow.
- London July 2009
- July 2009
More odds and ends from London in a not-very-summery July.
- Cote d'Azur
- Saturday 27th June - Saturday 4th July 2009
A week's holiday on the French Riviera, based in Nice, including trips to Cannes, Juan-les-Pins, Eze, Ventimiglia and Monaco.
- London June 2009
- June 2009
Yet another monthly set of pictures from life in London, including a repeat of the North London pub crawl.
- London May 2009
- May 2009
Pictures from London in May 2009, including a West London pub crawl, and a weekend Vera came to visit.
- North Wales
- Friday 27th - Sunday 29th March 2009
A long weekend in North Wales to visit Dad, with Vera in tow.
- London March 2009
- March 2009
Pictures from London in March 2009, including my birthday!
- Midlands February 2009
- Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd February 2009
A weekend in the Midlands visiting family.
- London February 2009
- February 2009
London in February 2009.
- Fitzrovia and Soho Pub Crawl
- Saturday 10th January 2009
An entirely random and impromptu pub crawl through Fitzrovia, Soho and a bit of St. James's.
- London January 2009
- January 2009
Assorted pictures from a very wintery January in London.
- New Year's Eve
- Wednesday 31st December 2008
A few pictures from our brief foray out into the cold to watch the fireworks on the banks of the Thames in London with Mark, Jim and Cristelle.
- Abergavenny Christmas 2008
- Monday 22nd - Monday 29th December 2008
A week in Abergavenny over Christmas seeing lots of family.
- London December 2008
- December 2008
Assorted pictures from London in December 2008.
- Paris December 2008
- Saturday 6th - Monday 8th December 2008
A weekend in Paris to celebrate our second wedding anniversary.
- Thames and St. Paul's
- Saturday 11th October 2008
A day out starting with the "Tate to Tate" boat service along the Thames, then a look around St. Paul's, then a long meandering walk back through London.
- Abergavenny September 2008
- Saturday 20th - Monday 22nd September 2008
A weekend in Abergavenny to visit Vera and Robin, which also coincided with the Abergavenny Food Festival.
- Cookham, Marlow and Bourne End
- Saturday 13th September 2008
A day out walking in the Berkshire / Buckinghamshire countryside, near the river Thames, with some of Chie's colleagues.
- Afternoon Tea with Andy
- Sunday 10th August 2008
A fabulous Sunday afternoon outing with our friend Andy and his fiancee, involving a couple of cracking pubs in Kensington, and afternoon tea at the Orangery.
- Simon and Vanessa's Wedding
- Saturday 9th August 2008
Our friends Simon and Vanessa finally tying the knot (they'd been together as long as we had!) in a charming spot in rural Berkshire.
- Cornwall Summer 2008
- Friday June 27th - Friday July 4th 2008
A week staying at Bar Point, near St. Mawes, on the Roseland peninsula in Cornwall.
- Hay on Wye
- Saturday 24th May 2008
A day out in Hay on Wye with Robin and Vera.
- Chelsea Flower Show
- Thursday 22nd May 2008
An early evening's wander around the famous flower show.
- Regent's Park
- Sunday 18th May 2008
A Sunday afternoon's stroll through London, all the way up to Regent's Park.
- Chie's Birthday
- Sunday 4th May 2008
A few pictures from our day out on Chie's birthday - a wander around the Victoria and Albert museum, followed by an exquisite afternoon tea at the Mandarin Oriental, and then a leisurely stroll through Hyde Park.
- Smithfields Karaoke
- Saturday 3rd May 2008
An afternoon/evening with Gav, Leon, Stew et al in and around Smithfields, to try out the new Karaoke Box there, with relevant eating and drinking either side.
- Sunday 13th April 2008
A daytrip to visit the charming coastal (ish) town of Rye.
- Lorenzo in London
- Thursday 10th April 2008
A few (mostly very dark and badly taken) pictures from a night out in London with Lorenzo.
- Japan Spring 2008
- Saturday 15th - Monday 31st March 2008
A two-and-a-bit week trip back to Japan, to meet up with old friends and revisit our old haunts.
- Whisky and Tapas with Rob
- Wednesday 6th February 2008
An evening of whisky and tapas with Rob, who happened to be in London for the day.
- Brussels and Aachen
- Saturday 19th - Monday 21st January 2008
A weekend away on the continent to visit the hot springs in Aachen, taking in Brussels on the way.
- London January 2008
- January 2008
Pictures from daily life in London in January 2008.
- Cambridge and Ely
- Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th December 2007
A weekend away in Cambridge (including a quick visit to Ely) for mine and Chie's wedding anniversary.
- Korean Karaoke
- Friday 23rd November 2007
A night out with Gav, Leon, Kyle and Stew consisting of a visit to the movies (not pictured here), some Korean food, then a bout of Korean karaoke.
- Edinburgh and Islay
- Saturday 1st - Saturday 8th September 2007
A week's holiday in Scotland, the first half in Edinburgh, and the second half visiting whisky distilleries on Islay.
- Seven Sisters
- Saturday 25th August 2007
A day out on the South coast, walking from Seaford to Eastbourne along the Seven Sisters.
- London August 2007
- August 2007
Bits and pieces from life in London and elsewhere in August 2007.
- Stew's Birthday
- Saturday 21st July
A fancy dress party down in Canterbury for Stew's birthday, the theme being rock/pop stars.
- London July 2007
- July 2007
Odds and sods from day to day life in July 2007, including a weekend in London with Vera.
- Chie's Family in the UK
- Friday 22nd June - Sunday 1st July 2007
Chie's family came to the UK for a week and a bit, to meet my family, and take in a few sights on the way round.
- Leeds Castle
- Sunday 10th June 2007
A daytrip to see Leeds Castle in Kent.
- Weekend in Abergavenny
- Saturday 2nd - Sunday 3rd June 2007
Weekend visit to see Robin and Vera, including a trip to St. Fagan's.
- Leon's Hat Party
- Saturday 26th May 2007
An afternoon in a pub in Canterbury, wearing an assortment of silly hats, in honour of Leon's 30th birthday.
- London May 2007
- May 2007
London in May.
- London April 2007
- April 2007
Pictures from daily life in London in April 2007 (the first set of John's Pictures to be produced with Cheese!).
- Wales Easter 2007
- Thursday 5th - Monday 9th April 2007
A visit to North and South Wales over the Easter weekend.
- California Spring 2007
- Monday 26th March - Wednesday 4th April 2007
Another week and a bit business trip in California, but this time with Chie in tow!
- My 30th Birthday
- Saturday 17th March 2007
A bit of a do to celebrate my 30th birthday (albeit two days late), including a picnic on Primrose Hill, a bout of karaoke, and then a chinese meal.
- London March 2007
- March 2007
Pictures in London in March 2007, including Tom's 30th birthday party (which wasn't actually in London!).
- London February 2007
- February 2007
Pictures from life in London, in an assortment of temporary apartments and hotels, in February 2007.
- UK Christmas 2006
- Monday 18th - Saturday 30th December 2006
Christmas with the family back in the UK.
- Our Wedding in Japan
- Friday 8th December 2006
Pictures from our wedding, starting with a ceremony at Miyajima's Itsukushima Shrine, followed by a reception on a cruise ship, and then a final party in the centre of Hiroshima.
- Tokyo December 2006
- December 2006
Last month of living in Tokyo!
- Tokyo November 2006
- November 2006
More pictures from life in Japan, mostly in the latter half of November, including a short trip to the Izu Peninsula.
- Tokyo October 2006
- October 2006
The usual daily pictures from the month which marked one year of me working in Japan.
- Hiroshima September 2006
- Friday 22nd - Tuesday 26th September 2006
A few days in Hiroshima.
- Tokyo September 2006
- September 2006
Another month of pictures from Tokyo, including a weekend visit from Leon, Gav and Stu.
- Tokyo August 2006
- August 2006
August - mostly work, work, work, and attempts to escape from Tokyo (both physically and mentally!).
- Friday 28th - Sunday 30th July 2006
A weekend away in Nagano to escape Tokyo, and see our friend Junchan.
- Tokyo July 2006
- July 2006
More pictures from life in Tokyo, as the summer gets into full swing.
- Tokyo June 2006
- June 2006
A month in Tokyo featuring a number of attempts at the weekend to get away from the place!
- Tokyo May 2006
- Monday 8th - Wednesday 31st May 2006
Yet another monthly set of images from daily life in Tokyo.
- Hiroshima May 2006
- Wednesday 3rd - Sunday 7th May 2006
A few days spent in Hiroshima during a slew of national holidays that the Japanese call "Golden Week", in 2006.
- Tokyo April 2006
- April 2006
Pictures in Tokyo in April, complete with a good helping of the obligatory cherry blossom photos.
- UK March 2006
- Tuesday 21st - Friday 31st March 2006
Pictures from mine and Chie's trip back to the UK in March 2006, to attend Rob and Kate's wedding, and also visit friends and family.
- Tokyo March 2006
- Friday 3rd - Tuesday 21st March 2006
Pictures taken in Tokyo in March 2006, during two and a half weeks between trips to Seattle and the UK. Includes a weekend spent with Lorenzo.
- Tokyo February 2006
- February 2006
Pictures in Tokyo in February 2006, including a visit to the Whisky Live exhibition, where I met such whisky celebrities as Richard Paterson and Dave Broom.
- Tokyo January 2006
- January 2006
Assorted pictures from daily life in Tokyo, at the start of the year of the dog.
- Weekend in Hiroshima
- Friday 6th - Monday 9th January 2006
A weekend in Hiroshima, visiting Chie's family as a sort of late New Year's break.
- Kamakura New Year's Day
- Sunday 1st January 2006
A New Year's Day outing to Kamakura, a town near Tokyo famous for its shrines and temples.
- December in Tokyo
- Friday 2nd - Saturday 31st December 2005
More assorted pictures from life in Tokyo, taken in December 2005.
- Saturday 3rd December 2005
A day out with Hide to go and visit Takaosan - a mountain conveniently located within short distance of Tokyo.
- November in Tokyo
- Sunday 20th - Friday 25th November 2005
Assorted pictures from daily life in Tokyo during the latter part of November 2005.
- October in Tokyo
- Friday 28th - Sunday 30th October 2005
A few pictures from a weekend out and about in the suburbs of Tokyo at the end of October 2005, including Sunday brunch with Lorenzo.
- Britain Autumn 2005
- Monday 19th September - Thursday 20th October 2005
A trip to Britain to visit the family in Autumn 2005.
- Germany and Holland
- Wednesday 14th - Sunday 18th September 2005
A few days spent in Germany and Holland, en route between Japan and Britan, for Yee and Hauke's wedding.
- Japan 2005 Part II
- Thursday 14th July - Wednesday 14th September 2005
Pictures from my second holiday in Japan in 2005 in July/August/September.
- Japan 2005 Part I
- Monday 2nd May - Tuesday 7th June 2005
Pictures from my first spell in Japan in May and June 2005.
- Tuesday 15th March 2005
A day out sightseeing in Oxford, followed by a mini pub crawl and a Lebanese meal in the evening as a sort of small scale birthday celebration.
- Saturday 12th - Sunday 13th March 2005
A weekend trip to see Robin and Vera in Abergavenny.
- Saturday 5th - Monday 7th March 2005
A weekend trip to Edinburgh including a visit to the castle, lots of scenic views, and of course a decent helping of whisky.
- Saturday 26th - Monday 28th February 2005
A weekend trip to Paris with Yuka and Miho.
- Stone Henge and Salisbury
- Sunday 20th February 2005
A trip to see Stone Henge followed by a visit to the cathedral in Salisbury.
- Saturday 19th February 2005
A day out in the Cotswolds, including a visit to the model village in Bourton on the Water, and afternoon tea at Huffkins in Burford.
- St. Paul's and St. Moritz
- Friday 18th February 2005
A wander around St. Paul's cathedral in the afternoon followed by dinner at St. Moritz in the evening.
- Yuka and Miho in the UK
- Thursday 17th February - Wednesday 16th March 2005
A collection of all the sets of pictures taken over the time Yuka and Miho were staying with us, in February / March 2005.
- Kate's Birthday
- Saturday 29th January 2005
A "mythical creatures and people" themed fancy dress party at Rob and Kate's place to celebrate Kate's 25th birthday.
- Burns Night
- Tuesday 25th January 2005
A Burns supper to celebrate the work of the famous Scottish Bard.
- Chie's Office Party
- Saturday 22nd January 2005
Chie's company annual party thing, held at Pinewood Studios.
- Saturday 15th - Sunday 16th January 2005
A weekend away in Cheltenham and a visit to Malvern to get some water(!).
- January 2005
- Monday 3rd - Monday 10th January 2005
Assorted pictures taken during January 2005, including a trip to a Korean supermarket in London, and a new vaccuum cleaner!
- Christmas in Wales
- Tuesday 28th December 2004 - Saturday 1st January 2005
Christmas with the family in South and North Wales.
- Kulu Kulu
- Saturday 18th December 2004
Dinner at Kulu Kulu, the conveyor belt sushi place in Soho.
- Friday 10th - Sunday 12th December 2004
Softel's Christmas party - a weekend away in Cologne.
- London, Portobello etc
- Saturday 4th December 2004
A day out in London, mainly in the Portobello area.
- Lorenzo's Visit to England
- Saturday 9th October 2004
Lorenzo dropped in to see us in England for a couple of days.
- Whisky Night
- Friday 1st October 2004
A Friday evening whisky tasting session.
- Clifton Hampden To Culham
- Sunday 26th September 2004
A nice Sunday afternoon's walk along the Thames (with the obligatory pub stops along the way), partly inspired by Jerome K. Jerome's Three Men in a Boat.
- Friday 10th - Sunday 12th September 2004
A weekend away in Barcelona.
- Tuesday 24th - Wednesday 25th August 2004
A couple of very random pictures from an extremely brief trip to Toulouse for a conference.
- Oxford Saturday
- Saturday 7th August 2004
A continuation of the weekend long festivities to mark Gav's birthday.
- Japanese Food in Oxford
- Friday 6th August 2004
A trip to the rather excellent Gashi Gashi in Oxford for some Japanese food with Leon, Gav, etc.
- Rich and Rosie's Wedding
- Saturday 31st July 2004
Rich and Rosie's wedding in rural Wiltshire.
- Harvey Nichols and Whisky Bar
- Saturday 17th July 2004
A day out in London, including a visit to Harvey Nichols, cake in Hyde Park, and a wee dram at the Whisky Bar in the Athenaeum Hotel.
- Night Out in Pangbourne
- Friday 16th July 2004
A tour of Pangbourne's watering holes and eateries with Simon and Susannah.
- Woodcote Steam Rally
- Saturday 10th July 2004
A day out in a field drinking beer and looking at steam engines.
- Walking and Flying a Kite
- Saturday 3rd July 2004
A nice walk and a spot of kite flying with Tom and Sarah.
- Glastonbury 2004
- Friday 25th - Sunday 27th June 2004
Our second trip to the king of festivals.
- Leon and Yukari's Wedding
- Friday 18th June 2004
Leon and Yukari's wedding, in Kent.
- Beer Festival
- Friday 30th April 2004
A night spent at Reading's annual beer festival.
- Saturday 10th April 2004
A day trip to Dublin with Chie, Dad and Janie.
- Night Out in Bristol
- Saturday 27th March 2004
A big night out with Gav and friends to mark Gav leaving Bristol.
- Monday 15th March 2004
A daytrip to the Cotswolds with Sato and Miho, which also just happened to be on my birthday.
- My Birthday in Windsor
- Saturday 13th March 2004
A pub crawl in Windsor to celebrate my Birthday.
- Windsor Trial Run
- Saturday 6th March 2004
A planning trip to Windsor to scout out pubs for the following week's birthday induced pub crawl.
- Nando's and Scruffy's
- Thursday 12th February 2004
An evening out with some people from work, first for dinner at Nando's, and then for some Guinness at Scruffy Murphy's.
- Chie's Office Party
- Saturday 17th January 2004
Chie's company annual party thing, held at the rather nice Wentworth Golf Club.
- New Year's Eve
- Wednesday 31st December 2003
A very civilised new year's eve, dinner with a few friends in out flat.
- Softel's Christmas Party 2003
- Saturday 13th December 2003
Our annual Christmas jaunt, this year held at Danesfield House near Marlow.
- David and Cheryl's Engagement and Fireworks Party
- Saturday 8th November 2003
David and Cheryl's engagement party, which was conveniently held in conjunction with their annual fireworks party.
- Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th October 2003
A weekend away spent in the highlands.
- Making a Camel
- Thursday 25th - Friday 26th September 2003
An evening spent fulfilling a sudden urge to construct a camel via the medium of papier mache.
- Richard's Congratulations Thingy
- Tuesday 9th September 2003
A night out in Reading at Nando's, then The Brewery Tap, to mark Richard becoming a permanent member of staff, or something like that.
- Saturday 6th September 2003
Some of Chie's friends come round for Okonomiyaki.
- Korean Food
- Monday 25th August 2003
Out in London with some of Chie's friends for Korean food at the Myung Ga Korean Restaurant.
- Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th August 2003
Me and Chie go on a quick and utterly disorganised tour of Dartmoor.
- An Evening in Nottingham
- Saturday 16th August 2003
Me and Chie having a wander round Nottingham, including a trip to the rather nice Skinny Sumo.
- Bond and Beyond 2 - Gav's Party
- Saturday 2nd August 2003
A James Bond themed fancy dress party to celebrate Gav's birthday (not sure which one) at his house in Bristol.
- Reunion Chinese Meal
- Sunday 13th July 2003
Continuing the reunion festivities with a Chinese meal in London.
- Reading University Grand Reunion
- Saturday 12th July 2003
Pictures from the reunion held at the student's union in Reading University.
- Glastonbury Festival
- Friday 27th - Sunday 29th June 2003
Mine and Chie's first trip to the legendary music festival.
- Saturday 21st June 2003
A day at the races with champagne, hats and everything.
- Japanese Food
- Sunday 15th June 2003
Me and Chie go off to buy some Japanese food from Oriental City, and then, well, eat it basically.
- Mike's Pictures from George's Birthday
- Friday 13th June 2003
Pictures taken by Mike Kenna at George's birthday outing.
- George's Birthday
- Friday 13th June 2003
A surprise party at the Calcot Hotel, to celebrate the birthday of the MD of my company.
- RAF Club Ladies' Night
- Wednesday 11th June 2003
A trip to the good old RAF club, this time, for a change, with women in tow.
- Pangbourne Fete
- Saturday 7th June 2003
A few pictures from a village fete that turned out to not actually be worse than death after all.
- Back of Beyond
- Sunday 1st June 2003
A few drinks in a very reasonably priced, but otherwise fairly characterless pub, with Rob, Byrnie, Mark, Chie and myself.
- Monday 5th May 2003
A day out in the Cotswolds for afternoon tea as a birthday treat for Chie.
- Stone Henge
- Sunday 4th May 2003
Some pictures of a well known English monument taken on a lovely spring afternoon.
- Beer Festival
- Friday 2nd May 2003
Under the cold English typical early summer weather, we enjoyed trying lots of beers!
- Saturday 19th - Tuesday 22nd April 2003
Me and Chie go to visit Lorenzo in beautiful Florence (or Firenze if you're Italian) for a few days.
- Brighton Again
- Saturday 5th April 2003
Another trip to Brighton to buy Vegetarian Shoes.
- Tom and Sarah's Wedding
- Friday April 4th 2003
Tom and Sarah's wedding day, in lovely rural Oxfordshire. A few pictures in and around the church, and then mostly pictures of the reception.
- William's First Birthday
- Sunday 30th March 2003
Pictures from my Nephew's first birthday party.
- Pangbourne and Whitchurch Pub Crawl
- Saturday March 22nd 2003
A kind of filling-in session, for the pubs missed and people not present during the previous week's pub crawl.
- Simon in England
- Wednesday 19th and Thursday 20th March 2003
Simon came to England from Hungary on a business trip, which gave us a perfect opportunity to meet up.
- My Birthday
- Saturday March 15th 2003
A pub crawl through four (more or less) villages to celebrate my (and Tom's) birthday.
- Mexican Night
- Wednesday 19th February 2003
Kevin and Simon in my flat for a spot of Mexican food, plenty of beer, and a glass or two of champagne.
- Nozaki Sensei's Wine Evening
- Saturday 8th February 2003
An evening spent drinking some really excellent wines, and eating wonderful Japanese food, in the comfort of Nozaki Sensei's home.
- Japan Christmas 2002
- Friday 20th December 2002 - Sunday January 5th 2003
My third trip to Japan, encompassing Christmas and New Year.
- Dinner with Tecchan, Hide and Mikiokun
- Sunday 18th August 2002
A meal out with Chie and some of her friends.
- Eigg 2002
- Monday 12th - Saturday 17th August 2002
My third (and Chie's second) visit to the wonderful Isle of Eigg.
- Leon and Yukari in Dorset
- Saturday August 10th 2002
A quick drink with Leon and Yukari.
- Simon and Susanna's Wedding
- Saturday August 10th 2002
The day Simon and Susanna got married.
- Japan Spring 2002
- Sunday 28th April - Sunday 5th May 2002
My second trip to Japan. A bit less sightseeing than last time but still plenty of nice pictures.
- Gyosei Graduation Day 2002
- Thursday 25th March 2002
A load of pictures and videos from Gyosei College's graduation day and the drinking party that followed.
- Drinking in St. David's Hall
- Sunday 10th March 2002
A few pictures from an evening of random drinking in lovely social room 9.
- Thursday 21st February 2002
Me and Chie on a quest to Brighton to find bona fide Vegetarian Shoes.
- St. David's Hall
- Friday 1st February 2002
Me, Chie, and a few of the usual Social Room 9 occupants sitting around and drinking, basically.
- Cooking in St. David's
- Saturday 5th January 2002
A evening spent (mostly) cooking in Social Room 9 of St. David's Hall.
- Softel Christmas Party 2001
- Saturday 15th December 2001
Softel's annual Christmas outing, this year in Stratford with a slightly curious (but very inspirational!) fancy dress theme of the London Underground.
- Jazz Club
- Saturday 24th November 2001
A night out to celebrate Jill's birthday at The Jazz Club in Reading.
- Lounge Bar and Mexican Costume
- Saturday 27th October 2001
An unusual set of pictures involving a makeshift cocktail lounge and a Mexican costume.
- Dad's Ordination
- Saturday 22nd September 2001
The day my Dad became Reverend Dad. Featuring Rowan Williams, now the Archbishop of Canterbury.
- Saturday 25th to Monday 27th August 2001
A couple of nights spent camping near the sea in lovely West Dorset.
- Regent's Park Open Air Theatre
- Friday 24th August 2001
An evening spent in Regent's Park, including a nice picnic on the grass, and a performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream in the Open Air Theatre.
- Eigg 2001
- Friday 27th July - Saturday 4th August 2001
My second visit to Eigg, an island in the inner hebrides.
- Barbeque by the Thames
- Saturday 14th July 2001
Me and Chie enjoying a barbeque on a summery afternoon by the side of the Thames.
- Graduation 2001
- Thursday 5th July 2001
Not me graduating! (been there, done that) But some of my friends were...
- Saturday 5th - Sunday 6th May 2001
A short weekend trip to Paris, more or less on a whim.
- Japan Spring 2001
- Saturday 7th - Tuesday 24th April 2001
My first trip! Two and a bit weeks exploring Japan. Hundreds of pictures to see!
- A Weekend in Belgium
- Friday 9th - Sunday 11th March 2001
A weekend trip to Brugges and Antwerp.
- A Weekend with Simon
- Saturday 3rd - Sunday 4th March 2001
When Simon and co came to visit me in London.
- Regent's Park
- Sunday 28th January 2001
A walk around Regent's Park and Primrose Hill with Chie.
- Toshi's Room
- Thursday 25th January 2001
Drinking in Toshi's Room with a selection of Chie's friends.
- Tim, Jon and me
- Tuesday 23rd January 2001
A brief reunion of three friends who hadn't seen eachother for over a year and a half...
- Christmas and New Year with Yoko-san and Yuka-chan
- Saturday 23rd December 2000 to Monday 1st January 2001
Chie's Mum and Sister came to stay in the UK over Christmas and New Year.
- Pavlov's Dog
- Thursday 14th December 2000
A night out in Pavlov's Dog, a pub in Reading.
- Old Orleans
- Monday 4th December 2000
A meal at Old Orleans in Reading during Dale's brief visit from Switzerland.
- Softel's Christmas Party 2000
- Saturday 2nd December 2000
Softel's annual festive outing, this year to Harrogate.
- Karl Marx
- Sunday 26th November 2000
What better way to spend a Sunday afternoon than to go and find where Karl Marx is buried?
- Night out in London
- Saturday 25th November 2000
First boozy antics with new camera, on a night out with Gav, Chie and others.
- Sainsbury's/My Flat
- Sunday 19th November 2000
First pictures with my second digital camera! A trip to Sainsbury's followed by a meal in my flat.
- Stanhope Halloween 2000
- Friday 27th October 2000
The third (and perhaps final?) scandalous party at Stanhope Road. Perhaps the most rife with scandal to date. These pictures are mostly taken by other people, as I didn't have a camera myself at the time.
- Oxwich Bay
- Saturday 2nd September 2000
Pictures from a daytrip to Oxwich Bay on the Gower Peninsula, which must have been during a weekend visit to South Wales.
- Thursday 20th - Tuesday 25th July 2000
Me, Chie, Rob and Kanako in La Rochelle and Orleans.
- Sunday 2nd July 2000
Me and Rob seeing off Chie and Kanako at Waterloo International.
- London Zoo
- Friday 30th June 2000
Myself and Chie having a lovely day out at the zoo.
- Boat Party
- Sunday 18th June 2000
A charming evening cruise along the Thames, featuring many of the usual suspects.
- Day out in London
- Sunday 11th June 2000
A touristy day out in the centre of London with myself, Chie, Rob, Kanako and Maiko.
- Friday 26th May 2000
The second Stanhope fancy dress party, and another great set of pictures!
- Chie's Birthday
- Thursday 4th May 2000
A lovely night out at TGI Friday's (yes it is possible) to celebrate Chie's 21st birthday.
- Rob's Party
- Saturday 29th April 2000
A joint party at Rob's house to celebrate his birthday, Byrnie's birthday, and me leaving Reading (well, sort of)...
- My Birthday!
- Wednesday 15th March 2000
See the pictures from my (23rd) birthday bonfire in my back garden on.
- Another Monday Night at the Union
- Monday 13th March 2000
Another random night at the Union.
- Monday Night at the Union
- Monday 7th February 2000
Pictures from one of what became our standard Monday night outing to Reading Students' Union.