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FIFA to reveal a new specification kit for Russia 2018

Given the fact that it is likely that Luis Suárez may still be playing, and unlike his canine equivalents will not be humanely destroyed (unfortunately) before Russia 2018, FIFA are building in additional health and safety features to the specification of the kit for the event.

FIFA  officials testing the new 2018 specification kit at a secret location in Russia

FIFA officials testing the new 2018 specification kit at a secret location in Russia

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Online photo contests aren’t worth the paper they’re not written on!

They’re everywhere. Online ‘vote for me’ photo contests. Should you bother with them? I firmly believe not!

Here’s why you shouldn’t waste your time.

Online Photo Contests

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Vote Conservative!

There, I said it. Two words I’d never have envisaged myself using together unless preceded by the word don’t. However, desperate times call for desperate measures.

I’ve never made any secret of it – I don’t vote, and I won’t vote. However I’m often pretty vocal about UK politics despite the criticism I’ve often had saying ‘You live in Spain what the fcuk has it got to do with you? (The answer to which you’ll find here). My despair at the support that UKIP is getting grows by the day and is directly proportional to the huge number of seemingly funny but rather scary cock-ups hitting the news.

FarageIt appears that almost weekly for several months now that on top of Farage and his cronies normal gaffes, UKIP have almost weekly been dismissing member for ‘extremist views that are not those held by UKIP’. A lot of them! Already fuming about the racism and religious hatred, failing to support equal pay for women, the attempts to censor free speech and many other absurd behaviours, the last straw for me was the recent story about UKIP candidate Anna-Marie Crampton spouting holocaust denial. Continue reading

Some quotes and images from influential photographers to get you thinking!

No place is boring, if you’ve had a good night’s sleep and have a pocket full of unexposed film.
Robert Adams

Robert Adams
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Think about what kind of photographer you want to be!

Have you ever given much thought to what kind of photography really turns you on? If not you should. Identifying the kinds of subjects that interest you and giving some thought about the kind of photographer you want to be will help you learn faster and develop your style into something uniquely your own.  Continue reading

Artificial Intelligence: Science fiction has got it all wrong!

Everyone is very familiar (according to Hollywood) of the inevitable melt down of the planet that is coming with the developments of AI. Of course, it all ends with the likes of Skynet or the Matrix kicking the crap out of the human race. But, don’t worry just yet there’s always man or machine, a Kianu or Arnie, there to save us all at the closing moments of humankind. Continue reading

Paedophile porn?

Surely it can’t be just me that thinks this NSPCC ‘Underwear Rule’ advert is a total communications disaster.

It can’t be just me that imagines (alleged) paedophiles like Jimmy Saville and Michael Jackson knocking one out whilst watching it?

The NSPCC will never see another penny from me if this is what they consider this an appropriate way of raising this particular issue. Continue reading

It’s a dogs life!

56 in dog years...

56 in dog years…

I took one of the dogs to vet today, just for his annual jabs. We always make a point of timing it right to keep their passports valid – who knows what might happen. It got me thinking. Guido is now older than me!

Tragedies (and time machines) aside if life follows the natural order of things we will only know our parents as adults and old folk, and if we are lucky we will know our kids from childhood to middle age. Not so our dogs – for many of us the most loyal, trusted and closest companions we will ever have. People drift in and out of our lives – that’s just how it works – including our children and our parents. Our dogs never leave our sides. Continue reading

St Valentine’s Day, what a crock of sh*t!

I have just turned Facebook off for the day due to a barrage of photographs of ‘flowers from my wonderful husband/boyfriend’, and statements of undying love for respective spouses, so much openly stated emotion is not natural. Good god man we’re British! Continue reading

Dodging and burning, don’t overdo it!

So, you’ve had a nice afternoon out with your camera and you’re sat downloading and editing them before throwing them out to the world though Flickr, Facebook, or whatever other sites you use. How do you personally go about processing your images?

Are you looking to get the maximum out of the files whilst retaining a ‘natural’ look or do you go in head first attempting to manipulate the hell out of them because, they aren’t actually any good and you think it might make them look ‘creative’ or ‘artistic’? Here’s a piece of advice for you. Don’t go for the later. As with any craft, learn to use the tools properly first. Continue reading

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