Purveyor of Bollocks to the Crowned Heads of Europe
Saturday, 23 November 2013
Fanny by gaslight
Another crap photo - 3 different types of lighting in one small area outside The Museum Tavern in Bloomsbury, central London: gas, tungsten and LED.
The Museum Tavern is chiefly famous for one thing - Sherlock Holmes went there a few times when searching for a Christmas goose which had been stuffed with a large diamond. A monstrous carbuncle up the arse of an old friend.
Shortly after this picture was taken, my lovely companion - she who fell out of a tree and injured herself whilst dressed as a whoopee-cushion recently - spotted a fox trotting down the street, right next to the British Museum.
There are now more foxes per square mile in London than there are on the Duke of Beaufort's vast Badminton estate. This is probably because it is difficult for 50 people and horses to ride at full gallop through the city streets, and the foxes - wily as they are - know this, and have decamped in the opposite direction to all those retired bankers who have moved away from Bloomsbury and gone to live in Gloucestershire to be closer to Prince Charles.
When HRH the Queen Mother was alive, they all moved to Norfolk to be closer to her, but that generation has either died out, or become even more chronically interbred than they were already, and so indistinguishable from their neighbours.
This post is more to do with lighting than anything else, and the picture above is a rare example of the transition between the ghastly green pallor of a piece of incandescent silk ash and the shockingly bright blue glare of the only type of lighting which actually utilises the phenomena of the quantum leap to produce it. Many people do not understand that a quantum leap is a very tiny thing indeed, and I am one of them.
I knew right from the start that LED lighting was the way forward, but I have waited for about 15 years until they managed to iron-out the teething troubles of early production.
LEDs are now visually warmer, brighter, cheaper to buy and cheaper to run than they have ever been, and so I am now thinking of installing them all over our house - just at a time when energy prices mean the difference between 100 watts and 6 watts is a very dramatic saving indeed.
I have already bought two LED sign lights and two spots for the pub renovation, and they are bloody marvellous. Each unit has a running life span of 50,000 hours (they say) and since the bulbs cost pence to replace, the maintenance is about as minimal as it could possibly be.