My name in meat

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Ok, look at the banner above, this is the story of how it came about:

Don’t think I’ve been planning this,there was no months of preparation.

I was up late doing a coding session and fancied a lamb and rosemary sandwich. but while cutting the lamb I noticed how easy it was to use the lamb as a method of communication.

Your name in meat? Is this the new way?

Your name in meat? Is this the new way?

What next? Lamb-verts? Sponsored meat? Ad-beef? Pork-words? The possibilities are endless…

If you want to sponsor my next sandwich, then please leave a comment.

Are you having a Windows 7 party?

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Ok, I’ve got Windows 7 now, do I need to organise a launch party? Well why not? any excuse for a party is good especially in these grim times…

But aren’t these people a little too geeky even for my tastes?

So far I think Windows 7 is cool, appart from some problems with Firefox it’s been a dream to install and the new features are mostly benificial. But I don’t want to get carried away. A lot of the new features should have been addressed a long time ago and this won’t halt the migration from the desktop to more flexible mobile devices for the masses (iPhone, netbooks et al). Keep trying Microsoft the wars not over yet (ever).

Oh and if anyone thinks this isn’t real, very sorry to say visit: http://uk.houseparty.com/windows7uk I know I will 🙂

Hotel Spa and Ueda old town

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Don't drink and drive

First let me just say "Don't drink and drive!" no shock horror here, just a plain message in a fun style.

the hotel

The hotel

Waiting to goto the spa

Waiting to goto the spa

The kids are impatient

The kids are impatient

Austin escapes!

Austin escapes!

We went to a hotel spa in Komoro, it was much posher than the public spa but a lot smaller. Granda managed not to get lost or lose his clothes this time! For obvious reasons I didn’t take any photos there as we’re naked again 🙂 Afterwards we had lunch which was a Chinese banquet – very nice i especially liked the noodles. Not sure why I didn’t take photos of that, maybe just focusing on the food 🙂 Can’t be taking photos all the time.

This is ueda old town, it's much more cheerful that Komoro old town with lots of small craft shops.

This is ueda old town, it's much more cheerful that Komoro old town with lots of small craft shops.

Lovely old shops

Lovely old shops

Another Sake shop, this one has been going 300 years!

Another Sake shop, this one has been going 300 years!

This is a tea room

This is a tea room

it's very small inside, just room for one

it's very small inside, just room for one

These owls are a local symbol, we see them everywhere

These owls are a local symbol, we see them everywhere

dolls and sake, theres a pattern beginning to emerge

dolls and sake, theres a pattern beginning to emerge

more cute owls

more cute owls

This shop seems to specialise in old boxes and pieces of wood - how do they survive?

This shop seems to specialise in old boxes and pieces of wood - how do they survive?

They call it a town, but it's really just one street, still looks lovely

They call it a town, but it's really just one street, still looks lovely

Another owl, I told you they were everywhere

Another owl, I told you they were everywhere

Trees: on the roof!

Trees: on the roof!

A wood carving workshop

A wood carving workshop

bears?

bears?

Mainly carved blocks and stamps and cards, the bears outside were misleading

Mainly carved blocks and stamps and cards, the bears outside were misleading

Small shrine

Small shrine

Water feature

Water feature

Strange art

Strange art

More strange art

More strange art

this looks like a chinese terracotta warrior

this looks like a chinese terracotta warrior

traditional noodle shop

traditional noodle shop

Granda takes a well earned rest

Granda takes a well earned rest

another water feature, this one made the most beautiful sound

another water feature, this one made the most beautiful sound

the river goes straight thru ueda old town

the river goes straight thru ueda old town

Cotton plants

Cotton plants

Christian artifacts embeded in blocks of rock! No idea what it means.

Christian artifacts embeded in blocks of rock! No idea what it means.

anyone know why they are embeded into rock?

anyone know why they are embeded into rock?

Giant Wasp museum pt2

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The leaflet that sparked the whole adventure, actually also it was due to Rie's parents getting an infestation of Giant wasps a few months ago.

The leaflet that sparked the whole adventure, (click for larger version) Actually it was also due to Rie's parents getting an infestation of Giant wasps a few months ago.

You can read about the attack-of-the-giant-wasps here

As it’s winter all the live wasps are asleep 🙁 If you come in summer you can interact with the live wasps (whatever that means) That sounds like a different experience altogether. We did get a discount only 500yen instead of the 1000yen it would be in Summer.

A collection of wasps, the biggest 4cm+

A collection of wasps, the biggest 4cm+

A wasps nest

A wasps nest

Us in front of a load of wasps nests

Us in front of a load of wasps nests

These wasps build their nests anywhere

These wasps build their nests anywhere

See what I mean?

See what I mean?

This one has the side cut away to reveal an internal structure with several "floors"

This one has the side cut away to reveal an internal structure with several "floors"

Austin was nervous of these nests, can't blame him really

Austin was nervous of these nests, can't blame him really

They cultivate these nests by hanging these ornaments upside down and making a great place for the wasps to build their nests on

They cultivate these nests by hanging these ornaments upside down and making a great place for the wasps to build their nests on

Let me tell you about the bears and the bees! Alternative version.

Let me tell you about the bears and the bees! Alternative version.

Not everyone finds this stuff interesting.

Not everyone finds this stuff interesting.

The wasp protection suit

The wasp protection suit

Lots of these good luck cats

Lots of these good luck cats

Not even Budda escapes.

Not even Budda escapes.

This is the main wasp guy, he loves them you can tell.

This is the main wasp guy, he loves them you can tell.

Its the honeycomb middle that weighs so little

Its the honeycomb middle that weighs so little

The nest has hit the fan now

The nest has hit the fan now

This will take 4 photos to show

This will take 4 photos to show

Can you guess what it is yet?

Can you guess what it is yet?

You must know by now

You must know by now

It's a bullet train nest

It's a bullet train nest

These ones are big

These ones are big

This ones a record breaker, goes over 2 floors

This ones a record breaker, goes over 2 floors

Leading to a whole new vast room of even more nests!

Leading to a whole new vast room of even more nests!

I'm only using about a 1/3 of the photos I took here as there are sooo many nests and so little time. (they are getting a bit samey to be honest)

I'm only using about a 1/3 of the photos I took here as there are sooo many nests and so little time. (they are getting a bit samey to be honest)

Heres one of the volcano, a local obsession.

Heres one of the volcano, a local obsession.

Not sure what this is about, I don't understand how they manipulate the wasps into doing these custom designs for them.

Not sure what this is about, I don't understand how they manipulate the wasps into doing these custom designs for them.

That is my favourite so far, if I was them I'd have this one out front.

That is my favourite so far, if I was them I'd have this one out front.

A huge slab of a nest.

A huge slab of a nest.

The nests seem to go on for miles.

The nests seem to go on for miles.

This one just seems wrong somehow.

This one just seems wrong somehow.

Dear me

Dear me

This one has a hat on, I really hope there isn't a human under that.

This one has a hat on, I really hope there isn't a human under that.

not sure what these are

not sure what these are

Not sure what to say

Not sure what to say

We are all wasps when it comes down to it.

We are all wasps when it comes down to it.

And so it's time to go. We've learned a lot.

And so it's time to go. We've learned a lot.

But still there are many questions unanswered

But still there are many questions unanswered