Nonuple Nelson

My 999th post on aspiblog – an appropriately quirky melange – share if you agree!


The title of this post comes from a cricket related quirk, explained by the image below, which is an extract from Mike Brearley and Dudley Doust’s book about the 1978-9 ashes series (six matches, Australia 1 England 5):


The ‘nonuple’ part of the title comes from the fact that this is my 999th post on aspiblog, and like the old Gloucestershire spinner Bomber Wells who deliberately retired on 999 first class wickets I have decided the commemorate 999 rather than the more conventional 1,000. By the way, although 999 is indubitably part of the ‘Nelson’ sequence I suspect that never mind me as someone immune to woo in all its forms even the late legendary David Shepherd might have considered that at 999 there was little to worry about (in point of fact it is 0% success rate as a score at which wickets fall – twice in first class cricket a team has scored that many – Victoria both times, against Tasmania in 1922 and New South Wales in 1926 and both times they reached the 1,000 safely and won the matches by monster margins – an innings and 666 and an innings and 656 runs respectively).


First a story which I reblogged from Why Evolution Is True yesterday, but which is so spectacular and so well presented that I am sharing a link to it today as well – click the picture below to visit:


Second, a suggestion that London should take its cue from Paris and make public transport free of charge (what are you waiting for, Sadiq?). I have already shared this on my London transport themed website, and now take the opportunity to promote it here – via two pictures, the first of which contains a link to the original article on

The image in the article.
The image in the twitter link that put me on to the story.

Still on the transport theme is this piece in The Guardian about how Uber are (mis)treating their drivers.

My next link concerns libraries, and the fact that they are being hit by huge funding cuts. At the bottom of the article mention is made of the library from which the most items have been borrowed this year – Norwich Millennium Library (and although that is the library I use least frequently of my three regulars my visits there are not entirely unconnected to the large number of items borrowed there!). Click here to see the original piece.

My final link in this section is appropriately cricket themed. Before getting on to it I note by way of observation that as the third day draws to a close the current test match between India and England seems to be capsizing under an overload of runs (Eng 400, Ind currently 445-7). A new cricket blog has appeared on my radar, and I introduce it to my readers by way of a link to a review of Steve James’ book The Art of Centuries.


To end this post here are some coin images from yesterday at work (on this occasion high-res scans rather than photographs as these were small lots):

This is lot 122 (all lots featured here have three images – a composite and close-ups of each face). These lots will be going under the hammer in mid January.


Lot 132


Lot 134


Lot 136


Lot 137


Lot 138


Lot 140


Lot 141


Lot 143


Lot 145


Lot 157 – note the alteration to the obverse face of this coin.


Musical Keys and Imaging

An account of today at work and yesterday at Musical keys.


This post has two very disparate strands – yesterday’s Musical Keys event for Autistic People and tody at work.


While I have imaged a wide variety of stuff today at work I am going to concentrate on some commemorative coin lots that were of particular quality…


I did not have time to provide close-ups of all these coins…
…so I selected the one featuring a picture of Nelson (we are in Norfolk after all) for the treatmnent.


This lot featured an extra requirement.
Namely providing a shot focussing on the coin and info sheet into which it is set.


The last of the commemorative coins.


A large collection of themed stamp books.


Inidvidual mounted stamps
A close up of a single set
an even close up of two individual stamps.


Old maps…


… and an even older map to finish


The 12 years and older session of the Musical Keys workshop run as an NAS West Norfolk activity started at 4:45PM yesterday and ran until 6:15PM. I was there both as participant and as one 0f the two designated committee members to be present at the event (the other was group leader Karan whose younger son was participating). As usual with Musical Keys the main piece of equipment we were using was a miniature computer:


For the first part of the session we were playing computer drums:


After a mid-session break during which a birthday cake which Karan had very kindly made (gluten-free as her son has an adverse reaction to gluten) and which was absolutely delicious, we moved on to the second part of the session, which featured a system whereby lines had to be drawn across the screen so that balls would bounce of them to create sounds. For those of my generation it looks a bit like a very early BBC Micro game!

As anyone who knows what the weather was like in King’s Lynn yesterday early evening will be aware it was not suitable for photography on the way to the Scout Hut, where as so often with NAS West Norfolk events this took place, but I did get this picture on the way home…


A Day Out in Norwich 5: The Cathedral Close


Welcome to my concluding post about a day out in Norwich that i enjoyed on Thursday. Previous posts about the day are as follows:

1)Introductory Post

2)Enter the Dragons

3)Lunch at the Belgian Monk

4)The River Wensum

I hope that you will enjoy this post and will be encouraged to share it.


It is unusual in the 21st century to find a Cathedral Close, but Norwich still has one, and there were many splendid things to photograph. The first of two dragons (note the title of the second post referred to above) was Biggles, the RAF dragon…

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There are also two statues of famous warriors, Nelson and Wellington…

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There were also many birds around…

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Of course, in a place of this nature one would expect plenty of interesting old architecture, and such expectation was met…

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This iron sculpture also appealed, as did this chance to include a dragon and a blackbird in the same shot…

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My survey of the Cathedral Close began with one dragon and its with another, Norwich Serafina, the Norwich School Dragon…

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