Thursday, December 13, 2007

View from above

I was out at Loxley Colour in Port Dundas today, and they have a fantastic view over the city (these photos aren't all that great, I was in a hurry being already spectacularly late to meet Alasdair back in Byres Road, but you get the idea...):




Having eventually made it back to Byres Road I spotted this on the way to Tinderbox:

For a moment the "Leave orphanage donations here" bit suggested that I was about to come upon a Dickensian scene of small orphans being abandoned on University Avenue by heartless relatives dressed in black with white lace bonnets (even the uncles). But I think they might have meant people to drop off old clothes or money or something. Which is still a bit weird actually.

Anyway, I finally tracked down the extremely patient Alasdair who had very kindly bought me a copy of The Rights of the Reader for my birthday. I've only read a wee bit so far, but that bit contains the fantastic sentence (speaking of Anna Karenina and Vronski) "They loved each other more than pudding." Surely not.

Afterwards I applied my customary technique of Russian Roulette Haircuts. I hate having my hair cut (it's very thick and full of awkward curls and few hairdressers can deal with it successfully) in which I go into a hairdresser's at random and ask if they can cut my hair then and there. (Which rhymes, actually, but that's not the point...) Five times out of six they can't and I can escape and go on looking like Cousin It. But today was clearly the sixth time, and they did have a space free. Fortunately the hairdresser knew what he was doing and I now look much less like Cousin It...

4 comments:

Heather said...

I know a couple of other serious photographers who use Loxley and rate it highly. (By serious I don't mean humourless, incidentally.)

The donations to the orphanage probably happen in the witching hour when us mortals are in bed, asleep. It's lace bonnets and top hats a-go-go on Byres Road after midnight.

Alcluith said...

Well I know my most frequent comment to people I'm photographing is "Stop that! Who do you think wants a photo of you smiling?" ;-)

I'm a bit worried about the orphans again now. Not to mention the top hats...

Stacey Shackford said...

oh dear. i have the same hair-related issues. and strategy! unfortunately, i'm so in need of a trim right now. eeps! any recommendations for near hits then?

Alcluith said...

William at Stuart Donald (next to Tinderbox) is your man! He was very nice and chatty as well as being good with difficult hair :-)