Tuesday, May 31, 2011
He's not been so visible of late, mainly because he's buried away somewhere with a book and not keen on being pulled away for a bike ride or photo session.
This weekend I took some of him in his new teeshirt, which he rather likes. I'm hoping to get him out in the kayak this week-end too; we can't have him turning into a bookworm, even if we do need a few ambassadors.
Monday, May 30, 2011
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Sunday, May 29, 2011
It's quite nice to have a lazy Sunday and then have a day off to recover...
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Saturday, May 28, 2011
Anyhow we changed bikes, and rode on and the day lifted off from there. This was taken at the park as we played on the spinning top.
Rendered in a Leica M4P stylee on the iPhone - it does take some good pics.
I've just read about the passing of one of my heroes - Gil Scott Heron. The fragility of his voice on the recent "I'm new here" suggested that he was considerably less strong than I recalled him before his institutionalised visit. I shall remember him always with Brian Jackson on Winter in America and Pieces of a Man, a beacon of the emerging rap scene in the seventies. I was thinking about him recently with all the Twitter controversy - "The revolution will not be televised" he prophesised; No, but it will be orchestrated by Twitter I thought.... I saw him with my brother Christian in the early eighties, in a dark smoky, sweaty club in Newcastle - Peace Go With You Brother ...
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Friday, May 27, 2011
Came across an interesting interview with David Bailey earlier in the day - a fun read
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Thursday, May 26, 2011
Lewis has been Topper sailing this evening, and the winds have been incredibly strong. When I got in myself at 9pm, I couldn't believe that he'd been out since 5.30 and on capsizing drill! He was tired and cold, but I guess he's learned a lot that weeks of pussyfooting in warm weather would not yield...
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011
This is freckles eckles herself, and she was most obliging when I was taking these.
Maybe I'll put the scar tissue on her knees, or the bitten finger nails up next!
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011
Had a quick blast with Lewis on the bikes this evening through the woods. He likes his technical challenges, mixed in with a bit of speed. Don't we all.
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Monday, May 23, 2011
I can still hear her pretending to snarl at me, after I'd chastised her for not getting her PJ's on fast enough. Take a photo, that'll make her hurry up...and sure enough it did.
I still can't get over the ease with which you can grab great images and process them without going near a computer, my only problem is reducing the number of frames to a managable number. My last phone had about 400 images to cover the seven or so years of life. This one has 472 of the last week - and I had edited them quite hard!
Sunday, May 22, 2011
He wisely spent the afternoon lavishing attention on his new bike, oiling, greasing, adjusting and cleaning. Greg has been helping out too as his bike is going to need a bit of TLC too. Everything ready for his trip to school tomorrow.
See the Blue Tits about to fledge here
Saturday, May 21, 2011
It's been lovely and sunny all day, and we spenta few hours at Waterside School Summer Fair, where Greg was selling Creature Cards to raise money for Kware, the African school they pair with.
This afternoon we've been out in the forest riding the trails, Greg in particular loving the off road now he has a bike that can fly over the rough bits. We played hide and seek in the sunshine, bliss.
This captured from the Norwegian press today...
Queen on maiden voyage http://www.aftenbladet.no/lokalt/stavanger/Dronning-paa-jomfrutur-2812243.html
Kopiert fra ©sa 21.4.2011 - http://www.aftenbladet.no/lokalt/stavanger/Dronning-paa-jomfrutur-2812243.htmDronning på jomfrutur
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Friday, May 20, 2011
I'm listening to Fela Kuti's 'Black President', a record that symbolises arriving at Art College in '82 and being inspired by all manner of people and ideas - setting sail in more ways than one.
Everybody run run run
Everybody scatter scatter
Some people lost some bread
Some one nearly die
Some one just die
Police dey come, Army dey come
Seven minutes later
All done cool down, brother
Police don go away
Army don disappear....
....We fear to fight for freedom
We fear to fight for liberty
We fear to fight for justice
We fear to fight for happiness
We always get reason to fear
And something even older than this is the word Macgillycuddy - check out Martin Budday's Blandscapes
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Thursday, May 19, 2011
This evening was different as we made a special trip down to the waters edge to wave to Auntie Miffi aboard the Queen Elizabeth, who was going out for a cruise - next stop Stavanger and Bergen!
You can check out the view from the boat here!
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011
When I asked her which photo I should put on the blog, she discounted a nice Greg photo I had ready to use, and another than she had taken yesterday of me and Greg cuddled up together; I offered her one of Lewis, but it was clear she wanted (another) one of herself. The one she chose was her with Actionman, a plastic toy that I had found on the beach a few days ago...
And talking of little men, you really should read the Michel Petrucciani article in the Guardian by Michael Radford if you get a chance... talk about not letting disability get in your way to the top.
Tuesday, May 17, 2011
Monday, May 16, 2011
On the other end of the scale I had a call from Gran and Grandan, and the satisfaction was repeated when I was able to assist with a Google search and adjust the volume on their iMac. It's so easy to forget how challenging some things are when you don't know the answer.
Anyone know how to solve my equations?
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Sunday, May 15, 2011
We went from Denny Wood and this photo is part way round at Standing Hat near Brockenhurst. They always love playing in the trees here. They were both on good riding form today, and it's clear that Greg needs a new bike. At one point they were up ahead of me, and then Greg took off at high speed downhill, Miranda in hot persuit. The sound of them bellowing, and the sight of Miranda weaving from side to side as she precariously followed him was not too enjoyable, but I raced after them certain that I'd be picking her up off the floor any minute....
It was not be, she survived intact! But five minutes later she did come off doing about a quarter of the speed of earlier and this is result - I should have taken the picture when the blood was running down her leg ("You'll never make a war photographer Dad")
This is Miranda reading for me at bedtime - it's Tilly and Todd's tale about Nits
Miranda tilly+todd by jon-14
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Saturday, May 14, 2011
Below is a sound recording of Lewis playing the guitar recorded tonight, just click on the arrow "and make sure you have sound switched on"
'Fright Night' by Lewis Maxwell Brown - rec by jon-14
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Friday, May 13, 2011
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Miranda playing with her friend from school called Robin, ...and of course there's nothing like being able to show off that inspires self confidence!
She tens to get a bit giddy when she's playing with her friends, so one minute she's playing enthusiastically, but the next she's gone off the top board into the deep end.
Her technique on the swing is improving a lot at the moment, she's virtually got the hang (or swing) of it.
Another iPhone picture - it's quite good at capturing moments, but I struggle without an optical viewfinder.
Tuesday, May 10, 2011
The front facing camera on the iPhone is fairly low resolution, but nevertheless it's a fun tool to use...
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Monday, May 09, 2011
He's got a Maths test next week, and is revising, and trying to squeeze in some homework as well
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Sunday, May 08, 2011
This one, taken after we'd been out for a tootle was more in the spirit of a sunny Sunday afternoon. I'm told this was a four/five berth caravan back in the seventies, when Barry and Janis used it for camping holidays with their three girls! They have just refurbished the little jewel, and we're planning on letting the kids camp out one night in the summer...
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Saturday, May 07, 2011
Spent the rest of the afternoon working on the oak flooring coming out of my workroom, a slow but satisfying way of deleting the blue carpet that is one of the few original 'features' of our house.
Very heavy rain this evening too, it's like a mid winter deluge.
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Friday, May 06, 2011
Enjoy each day for the simple pleaures
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Thursday, May 05, 2011
It's not like I didn't have any photos, as I literally have stacks of images from the last week - it's just that the day wasn't long enough and my energy had gone!
This one taken spontaneously when Miranda came in from the garden decorated with daisies.
There's some great photographs in the National Geographic Magazine this month, almost every set is worthy of discussion. In particular though the work of Abelardo Morrell, who is a photographer that I've liked for some time. I almost bought a book of his images when I was in London but couldn't face carrying it home - anyhow check out this superb interview on Lens Culture
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Sunday, May 01, 2011
Had a nice walk in the Derbyshire dales pon the way up, gambolling lambs all around - Lewis in his element.
This picture is from Friday when Lewis, Ian and I went sailing to avoid the endless conversation about the Royal Wedding. Great lunch stop at Newtown on the Isle of Wight, followed by a walk along the coast. We headed back across the Solent at a brisk pace, and had a close encounter witha cruise liner and an enormous oil tanker!
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