Absolut Blue

Absolut Ice Bar, London, 2009

Frozen, frosted, splintered blue. Vodka kept inside a chamber so cold that it became an icy slurry. The bar itself one giant freezer, in which visitors were given a quilted, hooded garment and gloves to ward off the cold. Tables made of giant blocks of ice.

And on that summer day in August 2009, the temperature outside was so warm that I was wearing whisper-thin trousers and flimsy open-toed shoes. Not an ideal mix. My toes were blue, too!

Me, modelling the contrast between the thermal wrap we were given to wear inside the Ice Bar, and my utterly inappropriate summer shoes — in a contrasting shade of blue, though!

Life in Colour: Blue


Skyline – 25 years apart

Above 1993; Below 2018

These two photos were both taken from the Hungerford footbridge across the River Thames, 25 years apart. As you can see, the London skyline changed quite a bit during those years! The perspective in the two photos is not identical, but it’s close enough to compare.

On a separate note, I am absolutely furious that WordPress is now forcing me to use this unwanted Gutenberg editor. The only way to get Classic back is – of course – to go for a paid plan so that I’m allowed to install the plugin that will kill this thing.
Update: aha! If I copy an old post created with Classic, I can also edit that copy using Classic. Sorted. 🙂 (At least until WP takes away that option, too.)


Astride the four hemispheres

One foot in the west, one foot in the east. Prime Meridian, Greenwich.

East and West
In the photo above, my friend has one foot in the eastern hemisphere and one in the western. (This is my friend’s photo, not mine — though it would need quite a contortion for me to take this!)

North and South
When I moved from England to Australia in 1999, I fit in a 2-month overland trek from Rio de Janiero (Brazil) to Quito (Ecuador) plus the Galapagos Islands. The photo below was taken near Quito and the thin line in the middle marks the Equator. On the left are the people in the group who lived in the southern hemisphere; northern dwellers are on the right. And I am stepping across the Equator to signify my move from one hemisphere to the other. (Faces blurred because these people, who I have not seen in 20 years, might not want their youthful likenesses floating around the internet.)

One small step for a woman …

Posted as part of October Squares Lines&Squares