Might be worth a visit
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This is just down the road from us.Whispers in the maze“Since May 6, visitors to the oldest maze in the world, Hampton Court Palace Maze can hear cymbals, a dog barking, a child laughing, the rustle of silk skirts, a tune from a music box, and the murmurs and sighs of three centuries of chatter

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Neil Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle
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I’ve just started in on The Confusion, the second part of the Baroque Cycle. This follows Quicksilver, the first part of the trilogy, which sweeps through the UK and the rest of Europe in the time of Newton, weaving a great historical novel with lessons in the origin of science, finance and politics. I’m really

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Signs of Staines
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Weird to see this picture of hand-painted ped-symbols of Staines on Boing Boing, since I live about a quarter of a mile from the town. I’m not really that fond of the place. And I obviously don’t look down enough when I walk around there, since I’ve never noticed these little people.

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Strategy pinball
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Another potential classic, quirky game coming to the GameCube. Nintendo does this stuff so well. E3: Odama turns strategy on its head“The enemy troops are trying to push a marker down the screen and into your territory. You need to do everything you can to stop them. Use the flippers to roll the ball over

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A big list of blogs that have MP3s
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THE TOFU HUT

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Get the manga look
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Get the Manga look with Manga Head. A new gell from Garnier lets you have REAL control.

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A small “pied-a-terre”
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We’ve just today (about 10 minutes ago) exchanged contracts on a tiny studio flat in Marylebone, London. It’s really central and will allow us to stay overnight whenever we want, instead of rushing home for the last train. Plus, it’s somewhere cool for visiting friends to stay occasionally Exchanging is the first point in the

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Grandad and the pith helmet
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Grandad dragged out his old flying and war gear when we were down at his place in Bournemouth at the weekend. Here’s a shot of him “taking the pith”. More on flickr.

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Tempting
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Takara Cubee: Singing Animal Blocks. “Takara is selling these in the US, and they sing. Just stupid nursery rhymes, right, but if you stack them up on top of each other and press the button, the others will sing backup. These are amazingly annoying and awesome.”

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Sand sculptures
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Sand-sculpture photos – “mind-blowing”

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