The Coast Starlight

The Coast Starlight Amtrak train runs from Seattle to Los Angeles and I joined it at Oakland Jack station on Tuesday morning. It was due to depart at 8:50 but the engine had to be changed at Sacramento so it arrived 2 h late. I catch the train to work everyday and usually a 10 minute delay annoys so me so…

Harada’s American adventure Part 1

After 2 years of no holidays (I blame the house purchase) it felt like I needed a trip of some sort. My usual holiday buddy had booked herself up with a trip to Bermuda, so instead of missing out I decided to travel solo. The gay and I had discussed going to San Francisco together…

Lego Tower Bridge: A hyperlapse build

I’ve had my eye on lego tower bridge for a few years but at an rrp of £209.99 and it being in 1.02 m in length, one I didn’t have room for it in the flat and two its not really an essential item.  I was going to buy it in February 2015, but it…

The lounge is finished!

This year I had Christmas at mine. It was the first I have ever hosted and gave me the motivation required to complete the lounge.  Various people came over Christmas, mum and dad, the brother, Auny Lou, the American cousins and then I threw a NY dinner party for 9, so it definitely had to…

2014: A reflection

Another year has been completed and from reading my Facebook feed today it seems the time for public life reflection. In January 2010 I thought the forthcoming year with a new house and job would be my best but it turned out to be my worst and a year I wouldn’t wish to repeat. This…

The house and Harada gets an iPad

Disclosure: This article is in no way a technical review of the iPad Air 2 or a comparison against previous models….I’m not that way inclined. To be honest I’ve wanted one for a while but couldn’t in my mind rationalise the expense, especially when the house still has no curtains. However, in summer I received…