Tag Archives: Lego

21 years on…

Thursday 2nd July 2020, 6.25pm (day 3,234)

Wedding pic, 2/7/20

21 years ago today I did not walk down the aisle with Clare, because we didn’t get married in a church: instead the venue for our wedding was the Ashton Memorial in Lancaster. Either way… happy anniversary.

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Cold day in June

Tuesday 9th June 2020, 11.55am (day 3,211)

Heater in June, 9/6/20

The heady feeling of freedom engendered by three days in a row out of Hebden was decisively brought to an end. I had to work — which means, these days, staying at home (it is now over three months since I was last on campus on March 8th). And it was cold, too: cold enough to put the heater on, anyway. In the background, Lego guy turns his back in disgust at this lack of moral fibre.

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It’s behind you

Sunday 1st March 2020, 2.05pm (day 3,111)

Lego dinosaur, 1/3/20

This Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton is made of Lego — some 80,000 bricks, apparently. Currently the centrepiece of the ‘Art of the Brick’ exhibition in Manchester. Which (review coming up) is not bad, but the creator’s claim to be making high art is a little hard to sustain. On the other hand, who doesn’t like a dinosaur, even a plastic one.

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Clare’s December build

Monday 2nd December 2019, 9.35am (day 3,021)

Lego advent calendar, 2/12/19

Advent calendars which just involved opening a door and seeing a picture of an elf or something have long been deemed passé; now there must be something to consume, or play with, or build. As in the Harry Potter Lego Multimedia Cross-Disciplinary Advertising calendar that the wife has acquired this year. Day 2 — build the Hogwarts Express, for Master Potter who came out bright and fresh on Dec 1 (that’s him to bottom right).

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Tools for Lego therapy

Saturday 5th January 2019, 12.05pm (day 2,690)

Lego stuff, 5/1/19

A Saturday without a football match to go to. How odd. Instead I paid a visit (amongst other things) to the wife’s treatment room down in town. The tools for Lego therapy are all there awaiting the end of the post-Christmas hiatus. What is Lego therapy? Art therapy — but with Lego. It works… so I’m led to understand.

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Perpetual motion

Sunday 1st July 2018, 12 noon (day 2,502)

Lego balls, 1/7/18

Clare does Lego, so for the second time, we visited Bricktastic where there were many examples of the art of building just about anything with small plastic bricks (and many other components). The machines that, via a variety of means, transported hundreds of balls round and round the room were works of pointless genius. Moving parts and low lights meant I had to use a flash to capture them hence the hopeless over-exposure of this shot, but so it goes sometimes.

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Lego library

Tuesday 14th November 2017, 11.45am (day 2,273)

Lego library, 14/11/17

After the cider tasting, the Lego therapy. i2c2 is a conference devoted to (as its name suggests), “Innovation, Inspiration and Creativity”… and Lego seems as good a way to get this kind of outcome as anything else (as the wife would doubtless agree). Asked then to create the ‘ideal librarian’ in Lego, I (as a non-librarian) decided the epitome for me was someone who could help me navigate the maze of info: hence this model. At least my Lego avatar looks happy at the prospect, anyway.

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Clare hard at work

Tuesday 1st August 2017, 5.20pm (day 2,168)

Lego hot dog, 1/8/17

The title is irony — as this was an indolent day all round, back at home after our week in the Lakes. Don’t expect much to happen this week…

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Lego workshop

Tuesday 16th May 2017, 1.00pm (day 2,091)

Lego workshop, 16/5/17

It was time today for the monthly staff development workshop that I organise. Why the Lego? Well, ask the speaker… but the talk was about creative innovation, so always good to have some toys to spark interest. I always try to do something creative each day — the proof has played out over the last five-and-three-quarter years on here.

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The agora, Athens (in Lego)

Sunday 5th March 2017, 1.25pm (day 2,019)

Lego agora, 5/4/17

The wife’s Lego fetish took us up to Newcastle for a day out, with the Centre for Life — a science museum, basically — containing a temporary ‘Brick History’ exhibit, with various historical events depicted in plastic. I have always said that should a time machine ever be invented, my choice for a return would be ancient Athens to see how democracy actually got started: I doubt it was quite as orderly as this though. (I’d stop off on the way in Manchester, 1979, to see Joy Division live, too.)

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