Saturday, January 16, 2010

The Guinness Collection Continues to Grow

To the left, to the right and directly below the Water Jug are examples of Gresley Pottery items produced by T G Green.  The incredible aspect of this is that I used to ride past this actual pottery between 1972 and 1975 on the way to school never ever knowing that it produced such items for Guinness. The pottery is now long closed but the kiln still stands to this day.

In this picture is my growing collection of Royal Doulton specifically two Miner, a Christmas and a Holiday Toucan with one of the most recent limited editions from Doulton, the Zookeeper on the Elephant.

The Miner Toucan has "Mine's A Guinness" inscribed upon it, the Seaside has "Goodness-on Sea" and the Christmas Toucan  "Guinness is Good for Yule"

Can't resist it but two Ringmaster figurines accompanied by four amazed Sea-lions.

The collection of Guinness condiments grows removing 'glass' space on the bar.

Another recent Royal Doulton issue, the beautiful Penguin studying the Guinness Times - #481 of 950.

At last the complete collection of the miniature Wade figurines from the early 60's.

Almost there - the collection of Guinness issued figurines from the 50's.

Ashtray's, sweet dishes and a little trinket box.

Guinness misc. Thimbles, menu holder and a number of sets of buttons and cuff links.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

NYC New Year Trip 2009

Paul Van Dyke was playing on New Years Eve in Manhattan so because Wendy is such a fan we decided to spend a few days there, celebrate and bring in 2010 in the vicinity of Times Square.

View from our hotel room, 42nd Floor looking south, you can see MSG center left.

Wendy having an Irish at "The Pond" on 42nd on New Years Day 2010.

Wendy with the skaters sliding around at the Rockefeller Center New Years Day

Wendy with the Empire State Building from our hotel room, 42nd floor.

PVD in NYC on NYE 2009

The 'crowd/revellers' at PVD 12/31/2009

Wendy, with PVD on stage behind showing, the 'Peace' sign - obviously the excitement is too much and the expression seems a little interesting!

An Irish Breakfast in O'Lunney's, Times Square New Years Day 2010. We were in NYC from 12/30/09 to 1/3/10 and yes, you've guessed it, we were in O'Lunneys, each and every day and at least once - recommended.

We did a couple of Indian Resturants, one which was recommended on the Internet between Lexington and 3rd on 42nd - what a piece of s**t - absolute rubbish, damn cheek.

We then went to Utsav between 6th and 7th on 46th, recommended: