Monthly Archives: July 2010


Photographer Jodi Bieber talks about the experience of photographing Aisha – a young woman disfigured by men in the Taliban. What I found the most affecting statement was Bieber’s wish not to make Aisha a victim. I would say that … Continue reading

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This Too Shall Pass

An amazing video done in one take… wonder how many attempts they had before it all worked? – Thanks to this, I’ve answered my own question: it took 85 takes before everything worked together.

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Dr. Seuss Updated

Crispian Jago has been inspired by Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat” and used it to pontificate on a forthcoming Papal visit. Don’t click on the link if you are easily offended. I enjoyed his puncturing of pomp a … Continue reading

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One Year Old

Watson, one of our two Labradors, is one year old today. He’s growing up very quickly. Here’s a shot from last October, and a composite shot taken today…

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Kindling My Interest

I see that Amazon have announced the next generation of the Kindle eBook reader, and its availability in the UK. I must admit that I am somewhat tempted by the Wi-Fi model at £109. Reading the pro and con comments … Continue reading

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Sherlock; No Shit

So I watched last night’s opener of Steven Moffat’s and Mark Gatiss’ Sherlock, and, as I suspected, I was not disappointed. I thought it was terrific. Benedict Cumberbatch is perfect in the role of Sherlock Holmes and plays it, as … Continue reading

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Feeding Time

There are Barn Swallow nests at the neighbouring farm. Some of the juveniles have taken to sitting on our roof at feeding time. The parents catch the insects over the gardens around the house and then feed their young. Barn … Continue reading

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Islamic Superheroes

Here’s an interesting presentation by Naif Al-Mutawa. He has created a group of superheroes based on Islamic culture and religion. I have mixed feelings about it. His heart is clearly in the right place, but… I think my misgivings … Continue reading

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Why, Oh Why, Do I Do It?

That is, why do I continue to visit Mark Vernon’s blog? After all, the chances that he has written something that will make me want to bang my head against the wall are, on past performance, pretty high. Perhaps it’s … Continue reading

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No Shit, Sherlock?

Whoa – Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss? Writers don’t get tougher than this! (to coin a phrase) What’s not to like?

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Modified Rapture

I see that the “Game of Thrones”  by George R. R. Martin is being made into a TV series. I’ve got a bad feeling about this. First of all because, frankly, I’m not a fan of the original books, so … Continue reading

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Slide Show Quality in Windows Live Photo Gallery

Microsoft’s Windows Live Photo Gallery (WLPG) can display selected photos as a slide show. In the new beta of the next version of Windows Live Photo Gallery, the slide show capability is still present, but Microsoft have changed the way … Continue reading

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Masterchef Again?

I see that yet another series of Masterchef is starting on BBC TV tonight. It hardly seems any time at all since the last one finally ground to a halt. I have to say that I have a sneaking attraction … Continue reading

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My, How They’ve Grown!

In just under a month, the two buzzard chicks I’ve been watching in the nearby wood have gone from this: to this: Oh, and remember I mentioned the Lapwings in the nearby field? Well, they managed to rear one chick … Continue reading

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