There’s a pair of Red Kites who cruise around over Harrogate fairly regularly. They are complete teases though, because they never circle for long enough for me to get my camera and long lens. I am determined to get a decent photo, but have so far been thwarted. Out on a walk this afternoon came the closest yet, but sadly only had my 50mm lens on, so the results are fairly hopeless. Still, here’s what I managed, with a cropped version too.

"You’re Joking"

I don’t normally post jokes that I’ve come across on the Internet and e-mail, but this one tickled me. There was an engineer, manager and programmer driving down a steep mountain road. The brakes failed and the car careened down the road out of control. Half way down the driver managed to stop the car by running it against the embankment narrowing avoiding going over a cliff. They all got out, shaken by their narrow escape from death, but otherwise unharmed. The manager said To fix this problem we need to organize a committee, have meetings, and through a process […]

"One World…"

I’ve been really struck by Playing for Change. Obviously I love the music, and the use of technology is extraordinary. As a complete distraction, it slightly reminds me of Dan Rider’s awesome Dr Who theme on YouTube. Anyway, back to the point – here’s a song that’s been recorded over 4 years (or something) and 3 continents, with something like 35 street musicians – who have never met one another. It’s a single tune woven together over time and space (oo there’s Dr Who again) in a coherent whole, and only the final contributer gets to hear how their contribution […]

"Playing for change.."

Heard half an interview with someone on Radio 4, who was talking about a Producer called Mark Johnson who was walking down the street in Santa Monica, and heard a busker playing Stand by me, which launched a global project recording street musicians all around the world playing said song. It sounded interesting – I love that song – and the mental image it conjured was of lots of diffent interpretations of the song around the world. So “this is what Stand By Me sounds like in Russia” (or whatever) kind of thing. So I googled, and it turns out […]


House group this week was interesting. We’re doing a study called The Prayers of Jesus, which is a DVD/study book combo looking at, well, the prayers of Jesus. It’s a series, and we’ve previously done The Parables of Jesus and The Miracles of Jesus. Once you get past the slightly odd bollywood-esque music and Americanisms, the material is top notch – inspiring, interesting, and challenging. This week was session 2, although the DVD player didn’t work, so we didn’t actually hear what the scholarly types had to say about the passage, which meant an amount of guess work was required […]

As the regular reader will know (Hi Steve – how are you, by the way?), I recently-ish acquired some cheap extension tubes for me camera. These are basically cylinders of metal that move the lens away from the sensor, thereby reducing minimum focussing distance (at the cost of light and depth-of-field). This enables them to act as a poor-man’s (<10 quid!) macro lens, enabling more than 1:1 reproduction with a full set and a 50mm lens (which happens to be my favourite lens). I’ve already posted some of the pics I’ve taken with them on here. There are, however, two […]

"Empty Stadium"

I caught a snatch of Radio 4 the other day, when a radio presenter was being interviewed, and he was talking about radio being his great passion. Specifically he said You hear some footballers say I would play football in an empty stadium, and it’s like that for me and radio. I have to do it, even in an ’empty stadium’ His point (I think) was about motivation. Even if a footballer is all alone, in an empty stadium, they will still play football because it’s what they love. I’ve been thinking about these sorts of things for a while, […]

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