Hi all,

I’ve been away for a while on a very lovely holiday in the Maldives and rather than flood my blog with weeks worth of images I’ll direct you to my flickr site (www.flickr.com/photos/shareandenjoy) to catch up with my 365. Daily posts will resume here tomorrow but for today here is my favourite image of the holiday.

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day38_chinadoll

Well, actually it’s a Japanese doll and it’s made from wood, but I prefer the title the way it is.

We went to Japan last year to visit my brother-in-law in who’s currently working for Toyota in Nagoya. It’s a crazy country and I love it very much, I hope we have the opportunity to go back some time in the future.

The Golden Boys

The Golden Boys

So we spent a very nice day and a half in Birmingham, England’s second city. Upon arrival we were greeted by the pounding drums of a seikh music event taking place just opposite our hotel. We stopped to check it out before heading down to the canals for some lunch. In the afternoon we just cruised the town centre visitng old hang outs from when we were at Uni.

On the way back to the hotel to drop off some shopping I took this photo of a statue on Broad Street, comissioned as a tribute to Matthew Boulton, James Watt and William Murdoch and their contribution to the Industry of Birmingham and the world. To read more go to wikipedia

Greetings!

I have returned from the land of the rising sun a more relaxed and sleepy man. The jet lag is still rocking my world with 9pm bed times and waking up bright-eyed and bushy tailed at 5am. I’m not sure how long this is going to last for but I’m not totally against it … although I do hope it doesn’t make me drop off during the new series of Heroes which starts tonight on BBC2!

Anyway, we went a bit photo-crazy in Japan last week, I think I took close to 1000 photos but don’t worry the final collection on my flickr site is going to be a palatable 40 or so when they’re all edited and uploaded.

Much praise must got to my Brother-in-Law, Martin, for putting up with me and his sister stopping every 10 seconds to take a photo of something! In honour of him I link a YouTube video of the Mighty Jed an off-the-wall commentator who dedicated his internet broadcasts to the New Zealand All Blacks … enjoy!

It’s been a busy morning, sorted out my International driving permit, got a fist full of yen, found my passport, sorted out directions to the airport and have done my packing! Now I just have to book the long-stay carparking, clear my camera’s memory card and tidy the house. No rest for the wicked!

I hope to bring you some photoblogging while I’m on my trip to the land of the rising sun so keep an eye out here for some posts and I’l be posting on my flickr site too so watch this space!

I’m off to Japan soon, just for a week but it should be a great trip to see my Brother-in-Law who’s out there working and to do as much sightseeing as possible! I’ll probably be dragged around various amazing places that my wife has researched months in advance but I’ll be happily clicking away on my camera and trying to commit everything to memory.

Todai-ji Temple

Todai-ji Temple