Saturday, 18 January 2014

Tanker Mærsk Beaufort on its way to Copenhagen

On this misty January day the tanker Mærsk Beaufort (175 m x 29 m) was
on its way to Copenhagen:
The Mærsk Beaufort was built in 2006

Friday, 17 January 2014

A blue tit and a blackbird

Birds gather in the garden for the winter food on offer:
A Swedish lady blackbird

A Swedish blue tit

A chilly January morning

           The early morning view on a chilly January morning, with a little snow on the ground:

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Light snow on the roofs

This morning we had light snow on the ground - and the rooftops:


Tuesday, 14 January 2014

A tribute to actor David Bamber as Mr. Collins in Austen's Pride and Prejudice

David Bamber as Mr. Collins

On my list of the best ever television drama series, the 1995 BBC production of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice with Jennifer Ehle and Colin Firth is by far the number one. I have seen it at least twenty times, and every time there is something new to admire and enjoy.

Mr. Collins: "Mark the windows. There are 64 in all. 64! And I have it on good
authority that the glazings alone originally cost in excess of 600 pounds".

Among all the superb actors appearing, my own favourite is David Bamber as Mr. Collins. The way he speaks e.g. these lines is unforgettable:

"My situation in life, my connections with the family of de Bourgh, and my relationship to your own, are circumstances highly in my favour; and you should take it into further consideration, that in spite of your manifold attractions, it is by no means certain that another offer of marriage may ever be made you. Your portion is unhappily so small that it will in all likelihood undo the effects of your loveliness and amiable qualifications. As I must therefore conclude that you are not serious in your rejection of me, I shall choose to attribute it to your wish of increasing my love by suspense, according to the usual practice of elegant females."

Mr. Bennet: How happy for you, Mr. Collins, to possess a talent for flattering with such... delicacy. Elizabeth Bennet: Do these pleasing attentions proceed from the impulse of the moment, or are they the result of previous study? Mr. Collins: They arise chiefly from what is passing of the time. And though I do sometimes amuse myself with arranging such little elegant compliments, I always wish to give them as unstudied an air as possible.

Monday, 13 January 2014

Marconi's mobile radio telegraph station in 1905

Italian inventor Guglielmo Marconi's new mobile radio telegraph station was introduced in 1905:

Marconi's mobile radio telegraph station

The mobile radio telegraph station preparing for action.

Sunday, 12 January 2014

Pictures from the Hittarp riding stables

Today I visited the Hittarp riding stables:


Sunday Music by J.S. Bach

J.S. Bach: Wohltemperiertes Klavier

Music to enjoy on a cold Sunday in January (or anytime):

Container ship Santa Giovanna and paper product carrier Obbola met in Øresund this morning

This morning German container ship Santa Giovanna (182 m x 29.9 m) took a Swedish pilot aboard off Hittarp in Øresund. Usually container ships of this size do not use pilots in the Sound, but in this case the Santa Giovanna needed the pilot in order to enter the nearby port of Helsingborg:

A Swedish pilot boarding container ship Santa Giovanna.

When approaching Helsingborg, the Santa Giovanna met the Swedish ro-ro paper products carrier Obbola, which was on its usual route to Tilbury:

Santa Giovanna and paper carrier Obbola meet in Øresund.

Paper carrier Obbola and a small (patrol?) boat I was not able to identify:

Paper products carrier Obbola and a small patrol boat.