This is a 1996 Rolls Royce Silver Spur. It is one of only 250 right-hand drive cars produced by the company that year and was hand-built at the original Crewe factory in England. The car is powered by a 6.75 Litre, 300BHP, normally aspirated V8 engine that could reach a top speed of 140mph, whilst guzzling fuel at a rate of 10-17 mpg. The retail price of one of these beauties back in 1996 was over US$170,000 and for that you got acres of cow hide, forests of wood trimming and meadows of carpet to cosset you on tour way down the road. This one is sitting forlornly in a dusty car and truck park in a small nondescript village in the New Territories region of Hong Kong and is going nowhere fast; a far cry from what must have been glory days in its early years. I’ve no idea whether the car runs, or what it would cost to get it roadworthy, but wouldn’t it be great to see it cleaned up and running again? Are there any Rolls experts out there who could give advice on what might be involved?
The crew of Merrymaid were busy re-flaking the mainsail this evening and, although I’ve posted a photo of her before on my daily blog, I make no apology for posting another one – she is such a pretty sight and, as busy as I am at the moment, any photo opportunity that is only a 2 minute walk away has to be accepted gladly.
After yesterday’s glut of photos, today has been entirely different. A full day in the classroom followed by more study at home has resulted in just one photo being taken. It is this one, taken on my iPhone with my finger partially covering the lens, as this commuter rushed to catch his bus home for the evening.
Yesterday’s post focused on the urban cityscape of Hong Kong; probably representing most non-locals’ ideas of what Hong Kong is all about. Today we focus on the antithesis of this ideal image, Hong Kong’s extensive, and largely unknown to visitors, tracts of countryside. Despite a 6 am start and the possible reasons for not enjoying the day, which included;
The scary wildlife,
The steep ascents,
The even steeper, rope assisted, descents,
and battles with the thick undergrowth…….
I think the girls had fun!
We had some shopping to do in the Wan Chai area of Hong Kong and, having looked on a map and identified Southorn Park as a good reference point, we decided to base ourselves around it. On the map it was marked as a green space and I suppose we were expecting some grass, trees and shrubs; this is Hong Kong however, so the only greenery on display was the green coloured concrete marking the basketball and 5-a-side football pitches! Nevertheless, amongst the high rises, this was a great facility for the locals; here a father and son shoot simultaneous hoops!
Sitting on the aft deck with a cup of tea this morning, the fish in the marina were jumping like crazy. More in hope than anticipation, I put my telephoto lens on the camera and pointed it at the water, on the off chance that one would jump out of the water just there and then. Better than that, a whole school of them did – and I’d got the camera set up just right to capture them!
At the other end of the day, we went out for a run just before dark and came across a Greater Green Snake on the path – not once, but twice! Almost broke the heart rate monitor I was wearing! Having already bagged my ‘photo of the day’, I hadn’t bothered to take a camera with me; a lesson learned for next time.
By the way, the object under the wrapper from Tuesday’s photo was a Boeing 777 full flight simulator – well done if you guessed something close – and happy birthday Dad!
Today was the day for the UK’s school GCSE exam results to be revealed – a day of much anticipation in this household. Luckily…..no, that’s not right, there was no luck involved; just a lot of hard work….the results were excellent. To celebrate we went for a little drink in the World’s highest bar; Ozone on the 118th, and top, floor of Hong Kong’s ICC Tower (which in itself is the 4th highest building in the World) The weather was a bit hazy, which affected the views across Victoria Harbour, but it was still an amazing setting nevertheless.
A successful student looks across Victoria Harbour and down on the skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island. One of those buildings down there is the IFC Tower – the 8th tallest office building in the World which is at an almost exact same height as the former World Trade Center in New York – that’s how high we are!
Last week I commented on the stresses involved in turning my home around in its berth without causing any damage. Today it had to be turned back around again and I thought I’d call in the ‘experts’ to do it, rather than drive it myself. Their plan was to keep the boat tethered to the dock and then manoeuvre our home using the Marina speedboat as a tug – as you see in the photo – whilst insisting I didn’t run the engine. Shortly after the photo was taken, things got a little frantic as the wind caught the slab sides of the boat, overpowering the speedboat’s tug-ability, and gently crunched it into our next-door-but-one neighbour. Luckily, we managed to get a roving fender in just in time so no damage to the neighbour and just a bent drain on ours – next time I’ll trust myself and accept the stress!