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It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad world….

I didn’t turn the TV on most of the day yesterday. I’ve been avoiding the news. I knew it would make me angry. Sure enough, I eventually gave in last night. Things were worse than I thought. Lauren Bacall had died too. The media, Facebook and Twitter has become a Hollywood death-fest.

Robin WilliamsWhen I first saw the news of the death of Robin Williams I was as shocked as anyone. I have always greatly admired the man, he was hugely talented, very funny, and grossly underrated as a straight actor. I can relate to him in some ways as I’ve suffered from depression, on and off, all my life. But really, the airtime this is getting now is just insane.

He died on a day we saw a paralysed child in Palestine declare that she had dropped her ambition to become a doctor, and that the future she now sees for herself instead is ‘killing Israelis’.

Obviously the loss of Mr Williams is significant, but how is it the world can go into fcuking meltdown on the news of the demise of some individual who happened to be in a few movies and on TV?

Meanwhile the injustices and the murder of the innocent in Palestine, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Ukraine and a hundred other places around the world run alongside, as they do each and every day, and are virtually relegated to the 30 second end of show slot normally reserved for the light and funny story.

To add insults to injury, within minutes of the news of Williams’ death BuzzFeed and its vacuous clones were hammering out link bait posts along the lines  ‘The Top 10 Robin Williams Movie Moments’, ’7 Things Robin Williams Taught Us About Life’, and ‘Wow, I Saw This Robin Williams Clip And Was So Amazed I Fell Off My Chair’ looking to cash in on the demise of a legend.

Call me cynical if you must….

The world is ill, it’s sick, there’s something really, really wrong. It’s nothing new, it’s always been like this. It’s getting worse – not better…. I fcuking hate it.

Now if you’ll excuse me I have a meme to make of an insightful Robin Williams quote, and there’s a very important petition about the mistreatment of goldfish I noticed earlier on Facebook that I must sign.

Priorities people. Priorities!

 

Homeless woman in Almeria

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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



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