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Making Movies

Posted in NYC by Andrew Spender on October 30, 2009

A short lesson on how to be totally overtaken by the whole Hollywood thing. Take two famous actors–Samuel L Jackson and The Rock–add a car chase and shoot out, the drop a demolition ball on top of a sports car all outside your apartment. The end result last week was K and me gawping like windowlickers whilst nudging each other saying “wow, that really is Samuel L Jackson… sooooo coooooool”.

Here is a poor quality photo taken with my iPhone. Samuel L Jackson is leaning on the back of the car and The Rock is behind the car (wearing shades). The movie is called “The Other Guys“.

Samuel L Jackson & The Rock

Samuel L Jackson & The Rock filming on 24th St & Park Ave

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Star Wars and Waffles In Brooklyn

Posted in NYC by Andrew Spender on October 13, 2009

We spent the afternoon in Brooklyn last weekend on the hunt for Stars Wars for B. It was our first wander around the fancy Park Slope (funny story about it here) neighborhood and, in particular, Prospect Park. The saying goes that Park Slope is where all the real New Yorkers now live after up and leaving Manhattan. I’m not sure how true that really is, but it really is a lovely place. It reminded us a lot of Morningside in Edinburgh. And anyone who knows me, knows that Edinburgh is my favorite city in the whole-wide-world.

Yup, I was kinda taken with Brooklyn, and it wasn’t just the allure of the the Waffles & Dinges truck or the vast expanse to play in Prospect Park.

Prospect Park, Brooklyn

Prospect Park, Brooklyn

The Waffles & Dinges truck is the KING. If you’re in the city, follow them on Twitter to find out where they are each day and then brace yourself for a lifelong addition that may add a few inches to your waistline.

Waffles & Dinges Truck

Waffles & Dinges Truck

Bang – Fall Arrives

Posted in NYC by Andrew Spender on October 13, 2009

The Fall is my favorite season here in the US. Even though I’ve been here for quite a few years now, I’m always amazed how fast it arrives compared to the gradual, grim onset of Autumn in the UK. Now that I cycle to work, I also get to experience the transition first hand. I literally watch the switch from Summer to Fall happen overnight. On Monday last week, I cycled to work at 6:30am in shirt sleeves. On Tuesday, I needed a jumper. On Wednesday, I was wearing a Barbour jacket and by Thursday I had gloves on. There’s no turning back now until May. Urgh.

This photo shows the transformation of the trees from vibrant green to luminous yellow. It will take only a week or so for a tree like this to change color. This tree outside my office is about 3 or 4 days into the change. Note the yellow leaves at the outer edge and the greener leaves nearer to the trunk.

Fall in Connecticut

Fall in Connecticut