Hi yahh! were in Hong Kong

Our trip to Hong Kong for 4 days was a stopover on our way to Austria for our skiing and snowboarding holiday. Sanna and I had never been to Kong Kong before, the closest example to a city like this was Singapore so we were eager to see in which ways it was different.
Here we are crazy Hong Kong, The mist is not low cloud that day but pollution, it’s thick pollution all the time with this haze all over the city
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We arrived off the plane and we went for a walk around the harbour and Star Walk which is a tribute to all of Hong Kong and China’s film star’s. Here’s Bruce Lee and Bruce Hasan
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Here is my favourite martial artist Jackie Chan’s spot
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The view from our hotel on Kimberly St in Kowloon, signs hanging over every street, how big do they need them! 🙂
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Crazy streets but still Western influences
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Instead of metal scaffolding they use bamboo! It is cheap, plentiful and bends nicely into shape. Even the most modern buildings skyscrapers e.t.c they still sue bamboo
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Some lovely meat hanging on the side of the street, lovely!
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One of the many large skyscrapers, this one caught my attention as it made me think of Lego pieces stuck it.
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A good shot of Hong Kong city looking down from Victoria peak which is the highest part of the island. You get to it from a short but VERY steep tram ride up the hill to the peak
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This is Repulse bay on the South side of Hong Kong Island. It is totally artificial, all the sand has been laid here to make a large beach that in the Summer is I heard very very busy.
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A nice photo of Sanna at Repulse bay
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This looks very much we are in Hong Kong now huh, lots of buddas and temples on the shoreline
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Old in front and modern behind
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Ah and where you have temples and buddas you have Joss sticks of course!
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The bring of longevity at Repulse bay. They say if you walk over this your life is made longer by 3 days. They didn’t say if you could keep walking over it though 🙂
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Murray house in Stanley on the South East side of Honk Kong island. Interesting story about this house, I’ll let wikipedia explain:

Once a government building in Central, it was dismantled in 1982 to make way for new buildings. The facade was stored in a warehouse after the building was dismantled, and the facade was rebuilt in Stanley in 1998. It was open to the public in 1999. It houses several restaurants and the Hong Kong Maritime Museum (see below). When it was rebuilt, the ink used to label the pieces had washed off, and when they had finished constructing the building, they had six columns left over. These columns now stand outside the building.

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Day 3 we visited the remote Fishing village of Tai O. Most of the houses are built on stilts over the water.
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You could buy as much dried
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and fresh fish you could ever want, yum!
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a very poor village this place was, this was the main street with all the houses backing onto it.
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A large temple complex where the largest budda in China is on top of a hill, this is the view from the budda on the hill down to the temples below
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The largest budda in China!
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and the largest pick ‘n’ mix selection in the gift shop too
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Joss sticks the size of missiles!
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Back in central Hong Kong, how could people live like this I really don’t know
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We met up for a night with Sanna’s old friend Alvin who she met in Southampton England when she doing her degree there.
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More yummy looking food on the side of the road, at least this lot is cooked, but with its heads on
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The tallest building in all of Honk Kong, for now of course
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Just like the people in the city, the turtles in the park are all fighting for space.
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Im quite happy with this waterfall shot I got the exposure just right here
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Hong Kongs famous trams. The only double decker trams in the world.
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Alvin, Sanna and me take a walk along the waterfront of the island, Alvin joins us from work, he’s a funds trader in the city.
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The lovely dark Green Rolls Royce, specially customised for the 5 star hotel Peninsular in Hong Kong. They are made in my home town of Chichester, 2 are owned by the hotel to pick up there most distinguished guests from the airport.
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Afternoon tea for two, this was the best tea and cakes I’ve ever had I have to say
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Inside the beautiful hotel Peninsular Hong Kong
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2007, Chinese year of the pig you know 😉
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Our final night and meal with Alvin. He took us to a place that only locals would go to, it was a very interesting meal, we were the only non Chinese there and I think probably ever would be I guess.
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The Lotus has arrived

Its a lot lighter than I thought at about 0.2g’s!
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Something I learned from this exercise, Im good at Photoshop and crap at making paper models. It didnt help that I didnt have any paper glue so I used super glue instead hehe. I think I was better at this sort of thing when I was a kid, still I was impressed once i’d finished it and it made Sanna laugh 🙂

Lucky first test drive of the Lotus Europa in Australia

Well as promised on an email to me a couple of days ago from Lotus Cars Australia/Rick Damelian’s, Jayson turned up at my work yesterday for a drive of the brand new and only Lotus Europa in the country the very same Phantom Black one that was the star of Australian International motor show 2007.
I’ve posted some photos down below and to get the only real negative point I have of the car out the way, I still don’t like the rear styling of the car but that’s just my opinion of course.
Driving the thing, well we went for a 30 minute drive all around the back streets of the South East end of the city, Kensington, Randwick over to Coogee beach zipping around some of the quieter streets in that area. I have to say it felt very much simular to the Elise/Exige to drive, I felt like the car was slighter bigger overall in width and length (even though Jayson said the width is the same I seem to remember) but handling felt 99% simular I have to say.
The same great feedback from the steering you’d come to love and expect from a Lotus and the overall feeling of being connected with the road really well from the feelings coming through the seat and steering were all still there. The suspension is slighter softer than the Elsie/Exige but to a non Lotus driver it would feel the same I’d imagine.
The exciting part in this car for me the engine. The GM sourced 2 litre turbo engine was a beauty to drive. Up shifts were particularly fun at red line with the turbo still spooled up and a shove of torque in the back as the next gear engaged. All along above 3000rpm you can hear the slight whistle of the turbo spooling around your ears but not to the level where it would be annoying and quieter than the whine of the Exige S’s supercharger for definite. Looking through the rear window into Tupperware heaven (sorry the engine bay) whilst Jayson took the helm, I enjoyed seeing the engine twist and turn on its supports as it was being revved hard and up shifted.
Would I get one, probably not as on a driving fun level it feels about the same as the Elise R/Exige abet a half second slower on the 0-100kph times but nothing too noticeable but really for me the look of the car is not as in tune with my tastes as the Elise and Exige are. I think I’ll be staying a happy Elise R customer for a while. Not to worry Jayson and Rick D’s as Jayson was proud to boast they have sold 4 Europa’s in just the first 2 days of sales! So there you go the Lotus big brother is being accepted into some peoples wallets and hearts and it’s only just come off the boat from Hethnel in England, good on you Lotus.
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P.S Many thanks to Jayson for popping over to see me with the car and giving me a chance to experience it first hand, cheers.

Sydney in 24 hours (stop-motion experiment)

I hope people like this, it was a bit of a experiment and was an idea that come into my head after watching the IMAX documentery ‘Chronos’ one evening which shows incredable stop motion form around the world. If theres positive feedback i’ll go to work on doing some better quality ones of the city using a better quality camera setup. The photos were taken every minute for 24 hours from 12 midnight to 12 midnight which made up a total of 1700 odd photos!
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(Click to play)
The hardest thing was compressing it down to size, learning what video compression technologies are good in what areas of movement, still learning this 🙂
Hope you enjoy

The long wait starts here

Well I finally did it, I’ve finally ordered my new play thing the Lotus Elise R.
Last Sunday I woke up very nervous knowing I had booked to goto the dealer and finally make that decision between the Elise and the Exige. After countless bits of advise from everyone saying “if your living in Australia I have got to go for the convertible!” and that all starting to make sense I ordered the Elise R.
The car itself I specced during the week after going all over the net looking at photos and advice on the options for the car and in the end I have specced it with Polar Blue paint, Black wheels with Black rear under tray, Touring Pack and Sports Pack with the LSD. The light colour of the Polar Blue paint I thought looked really contrasting compared to the other darker colours when paired with the darker black wheels and Black rear under tray. It was this picture from a US spec Lotus Elise in Polar Blue that really stood out and made me realise it was the colour I wanted to go for:
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As for the other options, well the Touring pack, add’s a better Stereo, full leather interior, electric windows and other more plush and soft to the touch friendly interior items.
The sports pack, well seeing as this is a race spec of the Elise hence the ‘R’ in its model name so has the Lotus tuned Toyota engine with variable lift and timing its designed to go on the track which of course I will be doing 😉 The sports pack, gives stiffer race suspension, an in-built rollover hoop, and the correct internal struts to mount a race legal 4 or 6 point harness.
Lastly the LSD (Electrically controlled Limited Slip Differential), well if you own a 4WD and you take it off road you’ll know exactly the benefits of a LSD, if you don’t, it’s a advanced traction device as part of the rear differential that maximises power to the road during hard cornering and is found in all race cars and serous off road 4×4’s. If you want to know more on how a LSD works here’s a good site on the topic http://auto.howstuffworks.com/differential.htm
So the long wait starts here! It takes approx 3 weeks for them to hand build the car to my chosen spec then 2 months to ship it from the midlands of England where the Lotus factory is to me here in sunny Sydney, Australia.
Oh the weeks will drag on, so I have decided to try my best to forget all about putting my order in until closer to the time it arrives, Yeah Right!

A Blast from the Past

I was bored at work again today, randomly going off to websites for a couple of minutes of time like you do in an excuse to get any from the highly interesting work focused thing your supposed to be doing at that time and I came across the Internet Archive.
It’s basically a site which stores snapshots in time of websites around the world if you’re lucky enough that your website gets archived by the service. Well a few of my old websites did! My old music site, my personal site e.t.c they got deleted many many years ago. I found it really interesting to see what I wrote about my life from those years ago.
Unfortunately the Internet Archive doesn’t archive the pictures or links to the files on the site but you can fill in the blanks and imagine what’s there 🙂
My Photo website – 2003
This was my last site I did before I started this blog up. It was bascally a colletion of all my photos on one website, took ages to write and update, hence im onto a much easier blog now.
http://web.archive.org/web/20040926141134/http://www.mbedford.f9.co.uk/
My old Music website – 2001
This was all about the songs I made and DJ’ing back in the days. All my old music I made, wow this really took me back! I was so proud of all the music I made and then it was all lost when my computer crashed, this made me start backing up my computers finally 🙁 A small section on when I played on the Radio both via the Net and on FM radio up in Redhill London was on there. Lastly all the hellos to my old friends from the Internet I used to talk to for hours, this brought back some memories alright. Click on the menu bar in the top left to goto the differnt pages.
http://web.archive.org/web/20011221075507/www.kickas.f9.co.uk/frames.htm
My old Personal website – 1999
This was I think the 2nd website I ever made and I really went to town on it, well on hours spent makign the thing at least 🙂 Back in 98 when I started the site, the net was a much much unknown and complicated
http://web.archive.org/web/20010405222207/http://www.mbedford.f9.co.uk/

Photo gallery of some of my work

Here are some of my favourite images I have taken over the past 2 years. They are of various places I have been to around the world and all have ended up as my wallpaper at some point in time. All the photos were taken on my Olympus digital compact set to manual mode using a variety of focus’s, exposures & colour balances e.t.c.
I love to try and get a natural feel of plants, tree’s and landscapes through photos and sometimes they come out, I think really great, hope you enjoy the following examples.
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Myall Lakes, Australia
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Myall Lakes, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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Mt Perisher, Australia
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Mt Perisher, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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Barnham, England
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Barnham, England
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Clymping, England
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Clymping, England
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Lake Wanaka, New Zealand
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Lake Wanaka, New Zealand
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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Jervis Bay, Australia
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Jervis Bay, Australia
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Currarong, Australia
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Blue Gum Forest (Blue Mountains), Australia
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Sydney, Australia
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Whitsunday Islands, Australia
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The New Forest, England
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Canberra, Australia

The good old SHE days

Being the resident SHE web dood I’ve been updating the SHE website with the design of the flyer e.t.c and I cut up a video and uploaded it to the site also from Graham’s camcorder. It made me realise what great parties we have sometime’s 🙂 Graham and I rush around (more Graham I admit) and get all stressed before the event (again more by Graham than me I admit) then by the time it kicks off all is forgotton and the drinks, thanks and happy faces keep rolling along =)
Have a look at the streaming video here: http://www.shesydney.com/video/Rooftop_Party_Soul%20Central_Jan%2006.wmv what a party!

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