#Writing

Write Yourself a New Story

It is inevitable, don’t even try to deny it, at this time of year, we all look back and reflect on the past 12 months, and judge ourselves against a bewildering level of social barometers as to whether we’ve done well, or failed miserably. In fact, some people do this every month! Measuring your achievements or lack thereof, is something that can be quite a useful exercise but how can we avoid the pitfall of becoming bogged down with our failures? ...

#zen #reflection #relaxation #wellness

Finding Your Zen Place

I joined a new club about six weeks ago and the affect of being able to luxuriate in a wet spa that’s very very nice is absolutely wonderful. The one I go to is a David Lloyd place and their steam/sauna and 4 pool jacuzzi ha become an important part of starting my day. Getting an early start is crucial, the club opens from 6.30 so I can be in the swimming pool by seven am, a cool 40 minute swim and off for 20 minutes in the wet spa and I am Zen, and raring to get on with my day. ...

#documentary #bbc #Congo #DRC #women #trauma #reviews #tv

A Dangerous Place for Women

Last night on BBC3 I watched a harrowing documentary film about the plight of women in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). If you haven’t seen it, I urge you to take a look and take in the subject matter, then I urge you to tell everyone you know about it and get them to watch it as well. The programme ‘The world’s most dangerous place for women’ is available right now on BBC iPlayer (link). ...

#earn money photography #travel photography

Earn Money Through Travel Photography

You can earn money through travel photography without leaving your home town, did you know that? I am going to write a fuller article on another site that I write for, and will post the link here, but for a taster of what I will cover, check out this synopsis. No Need To Leave Home A year before last I went to Rome. It is an absolutely breathtaking city, and if you’re someone like me who loves history, then Rome has bags of it and then some. ...

#camera #cctv #freedom of expression #photographer freedom #photographer law #police #press freedom #Street Photography #surveillance

New Law Hampers Photographers

Section 76 of the the Counter Terrorism Act became law today in the UK. The new law was ushered in with a protest at the home of the Metropolitan Police, New Scotland Yard by around 150 photographers who staged a mass photo-shoot What’s the fuss about? Well the new section states (1) A person commits an offence who— (a) elicits or attempts to elicit information about an individual who is or has been— (i) a member of Her Majesty’s forces, (ii) a member of any of the intelligence services, or (iii) a constable, which is of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism, or (b) publishes or communicates any such information. ...

#Barack Obama #President Obama #USA #Washington 2009 #Washington DC #politics

Barack Calls No One Sir!

Well, the day came and went, Barack Obama has indeed become America’s 44th President and what a day it was. The crowds were enormous, the biggest I have ever seen in my life, and I didn’t even understand the magnitude of it all until I came home and watched it on CNN. My friends and I were sandwiched somewhere just below the Washington Monument on a day that started around 5am and finished (as far as being outside) some 12 hours later. ...

#bbc #famous #Lego #photographers #photography icons

Classic Photos in Lego

Photographer/artist Mike Stimpson has recreated some of the most iconic pictures from photography masters such as Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa. The pictures can be seen on the BBC website. I was quite amused at the images, and the photographers take on re-creating such classic images using a child’s toy. It just goes to show that with a little imagination one can create using any material or medium. Fluidity in ideas leads to the creation of great pieces of art. ...