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The Volunteer Ethic

The Volunteer Ethic I have provided video material for clients that cover a fair old range of subjects… and all were interesting and a pleasure to be part of.  Today – or more accurately – this evening, that trend continues.  The next stage of supporting a crew that have embraced the volunteer ethic to heart, is all set to go. SERV The work is being done for a remarkable crew.  They go by the moniker “SERV”.  “Service by Emergency Rider Volunteers” to give them their full title.  Their purpose is to provide an out-of-hours courier service for the NHS.  Blood,...
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Natural History

Conservation and The Demise of Trees

The Demise of Trees As I watched this tree being felled, I wondered how this was contributing to 'conservation' or sustainability. I suppose there are times when they have to come down with ‘assistance’. Even so, it is distressing to see a tree’s demise at the hand of humans.  This one had found a home in the Abbey Gardens in Bury St. Edmunds. 100 years in the making. 100 minutes in its destruction and a little bit of deforestation right here, in my home county of East Anglia. When I recall the fact that some trees are over 1,000 years...
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General

Heart and Mind

To pursue two very different paths when it comes to earning a living is by no mean, unusual. That said, the blend of disciplines that were to settle for me had an unexpected benefit - a balance between heart and mind. The Disciplines For me, I have Photography and Video Production along one path and engineering on the other. They have, as you might imagine, very different aspects to them. They also overlap and I for one, am often glad of it. 'Engineering' is a discipline that spans a vast range and my chosen field centres on IT and electronics... ...
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Travel

Parallel Worlds in East Anglia

Parallel Worlds. Parallel worlds, for many years, only existed in Science Fiction… Now, however, theoretical physics indicates parallel worlds may not be a flight of fancy after all.  “The truth is stranger than fiction” they say.. "Parallel worlds".. the thought popped into my head as I walked along the north shore of the Orwell river.  As was the case in all my previous visits, the tide was out. Vessels of all shapes and sizes were moving up and downstream, all utterly dwarfed by the Orwell Bridge. As I ambled along, the sight of a tree began to totally absorb my...
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General

Engineers

"Engineers". When you hear that word, what is the image that pops into your mind? Folk, scared of the sunshine with few if any social skills or the polar opposite, perhaps... You know, an individual with wild hair that walks about like a cat on a hot tin roof. Well, before switching tracks to my new(ish) profession, engineering was my primary path for 30 years. I was going to say "30 odd years" but thought twice about it 🙂 Stereotypes have to come from somewhere I suppose and for sure, I have worked with engineers that fit either of the...
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Natural History Travel

Tolkien’s world.

My home county is in East Anglia. When I walk in the woods around me, there are places where I can believe I have entered Tolkien's world. So I wonder how many of us that have read Tolkien, have had their lives at least in some small manner, altered by the experience? Some may argue it is folly to suggest that a work of fiction could (or should) have such an effect. Not I, though. The rigours of ageing can affect so many aspects of our lives. Even the imagination is at risk - but only if we allow it...
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Cultural

A Videographer’s day

A view from Behind the Scenes. If you have ever watched a concert on the telly or online and was curious about how it is all done, read on 🙂 Like all professions, what is visible to the public is the tip of the iceberg. This wee missive sheds a little light on what lies beneath the surface for a lone videographer before the 'Record' button is pressed. Parts of the account border on 'technical' but it is all kept, hopefully, within the bounds of 'normal' human speech 🙂 When I was offered the chance to produce a video recording...
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Cultural Travel

Kentwell Hall

Kentwell Hall The Hall is sited in the midst of timeless grounds, close by the Suffolk town of Long Melford. "Timeless"? A quizzical eyebrow may be raised at such language but Kentwell Hall is not like other of our old manor houses where much is done to preserve them in aspic. On this visit, my time was restricted to the grounds. I was sure many hidden gem would have been waiting for me if I had more time! Still, I am content with what I have seen - the walled garden on the northern aspect of the house. A long...
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Cultural

Less is More

Sound bites are often regarded with a cynical eye... - What may start out as well-crafted and powerful statement is often suborned by slick advertising campaigns or slippery politicians looking out for votes 🙂 It is a shame because sometimes, a simple phrase holds a simple truth. I have one in mind - "Less is more" I recall this one in particular because of the first place I saw it. Of all places, it was on a toilet-roll dispenser 🙁 Surely NOT the place to recommend using less than you should... Fortunately, monochrome photography (or any imagery for that matter)...
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Cultural

Gig in the Garden

The Gig in the Garden As fund raisers go, Gig in the Garden has to be amongst the best. The gig is held in the wilds of Suffolk near the town of Stowmarket. It had its first outing last year - a one-day event that was a stonking success. This year's event was held over two days (July 12th and 13th, 2014) and despite a decidedly damp second day, the entire show was a blast. The event is in aid of Action Medical Research - A Charity close to the heart of many of the movers and shakers of the...
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Travel

Whitby Abbey

A Legacy of Kings and Physicists An odd beginning to a tale I grant you but all will, hopefully, become clearer than mud in the next few lines 🙂 This is a wee tale about a journey from Robin Hood's Bay to Whitby. The reference to the physicist ties in with the route - along one of the countless railway lines a certain Dr Richard Beeching identified for closure in the mid 1960s. The King is none other than the man that went through 6 wives and in trashed many an abbey in his argument with Rome. This journey ends...
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General Natural History

Gypsy Lane

The Hidden Power in a Picture For a photographer, understanding what it is about an image, the 'rhyme and reason' if you like, that cuts through the noise of our daily lives and seriously connects, is akin to a Holy Grail. I suppose some would regard that metaphor was bordering on heresy but I am not sure.. They are both about the spirit and how something beats in time with your soul.. Music has the power to do this.. as does the written word.
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