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Tuesday, 22 April 2014

The Dinky Dozen

Today is apparently Earth Day, a celebration of the planet that we all live on.  The sad thing is that most people don't think much of it the other 364 days.

Seas are polluted; the rain forests are being cut down at a rate of knots; practically every day flora and fauna are in danger of becoming extinct.  Poaching, animal abuse, the list goes on. It makes me so sad. So I was really happy to see this proud mother duck and her 12 little babies learning to swim in the canal, as I cycled by.

I stopped to take some photos, but she must have known, as she got her brood together and swam off in the other direction. So I followed and tried to overtake her, but she stopped and then went the other way. I got this as she headed off to safety.

This entry also celebrates my 2800th post. Phew!

Monday, 21 April 2014

Sweet Dreams

As it was such a sunny day, we popped over to Southwell again to take some more photos of the little photogenic town.

I've seen this old fashioned shop before and knew that I wanted to photograph it today. The only problem was that there was a car parked in front of the building. Fortunately I didn't have to wait long before the owner got in and drove off, so I had the area to myself for a little while.

I stood in various positions as there was a street sign very close to the building, and I wanted to make the building look as vintage as possible. If I was skilled with Photoshop, I would have cloned out the burglar alarm.

Sunday, 20 April 2014


I popped down to the White Lion in Beeston last night, as I read on Facebook that a band would be filming a video and that everyone with cameras and dancing shoes are welcome. Of course I went with my Olympus, but I don't have any dancing shoes, as it's something that I'm just not able to do.

The band are called Formosa and they do some really great cover versions of popular songs. I'd not seen them before, but they were very good, Laura really belted out the numbers, and Phil who played guitar and keyboards; almost at the same time. Simon and Chris added the beat on drums and bass.

I'm always trying to find different ways of taking photos. This one is actually a mirror image, as I saw their reflections in the nearby coffee machine.

Saturday, 19 April 2014


Melissa is a model that we've shot before. A couple of years ago now, but we've not seen her for a good while, as she emigrated to New York to be with her husband and new baby.

She's come back home for a few weeks to catch up with her family and friends. So Gail contacted Melissa and asked her if she fancied doing a bit of modelling and have some photos done of her little boy Jose.

So they both came round in the afternoon and we spent a few hours taking photos of them both, in between nappy changes crying and feeds. And that was just Gail!

Friday, 18 April 2014


A day off from work today as it's a bank holiday, so what better than a drive into the countryside.

It's been lovely and sunny too. I was wondering whether it would be, as it was cold & grey yesterday, and we always tend to get bad whether when it's a public holiday.

We stopped off to take some photos of a field full of rape seed plants. Although the sun had been partially obscured by clouds, the stripes of yellow and contrasting black really show up the undulating field.

Thursday, 17 April 2014


As I work at the other end of the city now, I don't often make it up to the centre library. But I had a reason to today, so while I was there, I thought that I'd go and see how the things are with the new development on the site of the old Odeon cinema.

I have seen it sprout up as I've walked across the Old Market Square, but not got close up in a while. I usually go up to one of the higher floors of the library, but I could tell that I would only see a solid wall, so I went up the alleyway that separates the two building and pointed my camera over the safety fencing and took a few shots.

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Fifty Shades of Blue

As it has been such a lovely sunny evening this evening, Gail suggested that we go out for a drive somewhere to take some photographs and grab a bite to eat.

She also asked for possible places to visit. One of my suggestions was Holme Pierrepont, as neither of us have been there before.

It's just a few miles from us and is also known as the National Water Sports Centre. Where they have canoeing, water skiing and boating on offer. Although things were very quiet whilst we were there.

Here's a shot of the sports centre with the rowing lake reflecting the building in the water.

Tuesday, 15 April 2014


I went to the opening of an exhibition tonight, that's only on for a few days at Waterstone's bookshop on Bridalsmithgate.

The work is very colourful as it's made of stained glass and lit by lights; similar to a Tiffany lamp.

Sadly the artist Simon Leivers couldn't attend as he committed suicide in May 2012. He was only 45. Not that age has anything to do with it. Simon had some mental health issues and decided to end it all by drowning in the River Trent.

The exhibition is called 'Into the Light' and is on between now and Friday (18th). It's well worth seeing, as the pieces are so colourful, as you can see from the photo below. Some leaflets are available from organisations like the Samaritans promoting the good work that they do.

Monday, 14 April 2014

Lunch On The Beeston Express

A lovely eatery in Chilwell called The Flying Goose Cafe held a charity event yesterday to raise funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The were serving very tasty vegetarian breakfasts all day, supplemented by some live background music.

One of the musicians is my pal Dave Mitchell. He was also helping out on the day. Here he is serving some customers on the street, which is still closed for the tramworks, as they are around a year behind schedule.

Apparently the event raised £500 for the charity. Which is good news all round.

Sunday, 13 April 2014

Robin Hoody

No, it's not what it seems. Robin Hood hasn't turned into a vandal. Although I don't think aerosols were around in the outlaw's day, so I think we're safe!

It's actually a scene from a film that a friend of mine is making about the history of Beeston. Matt, who runs and writes the Beestonia blog LINK and Beestonia magazine LINK has written a script about Beeston and filming is currently underway.

I don't know what the finished product is going to be like, but I can expect great nuggets of information, familiar scenes and some surreal humour. Just like with this scene of Robin Hood spraying 'paint' onto a street sign.

Robin Hood is another friend of mine called Tim. He is Nottingham's official Robin Hood and often makes guest appearances at events, promotions and on television. Tim's also a great guy who loves science fiction, the Boar War, prog rock and role playing games.