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Geographic North Pole 40th Anniversary on the 17th August 2017

Exactly 40 years ago, on 17th August 1977, the first surface vessel reached the Geographical North Pole. The ship was the Soviet nuclear icebreaker the “Arktika”.  Arktika became the classification for the five nuclear icebreakers which followed : the Sibir in 1977, Rossiya in 1985, Sovetskiy Soyuz in 1989, the Yamal in 1992 and the…

Great Stuff Ladies – Keep It Up!!

Since early 2016 I have seen a significant increase in the number of ‘girls’ and women signing up for my Photography Courses and Workshops. It has been fantastic having them on board, learning new photo skills and having lots of fun. And quite a few have been very talented with an eye for a good…

Summer 2017 Photography Workshops in Somerset and Wiltshire

Just returned back home from a busy two weeks in July/August – at Dillington in Somerset and Marlborough College Summer School in Wiltshire. 35 people attended my Summer 2017 Photography Workshops and Course, ‘An Eye For A Good Picture’ Meeting new, interesting and enthusiastic people, the fun and chats and the exciting things that can…

Some performers take to drink, others take to audiences

…. to paraphrase the famous quote by Gore Vidal. Or another great audience quote, this one by P T Barnum, ‘Every crowd has a silver lining.’ My business is all about communicating with or performing to audiences through my lectures, workshops and courses. I am fortunate, I enjoy interacting with people, which is just as well….

Dillington Delights

As many of you know, I am a tutor and lecturer at Dillington – a fabulous Adult College located in an C18th country house set in beautiful grounds, nr Ilminster in Somerset. The new July 2017 – June 2018 brochure is now out, offering a diverse range of high quality lectures and courses which you might be…

A Few Cornish Delights

Pasties, Coastal Walks, Beaches, Real Ales, Six Spotted Burnet Moths, Knapweed plants, Copper and Tin Mines …. just a few of the Cornish Delights savoured during five days in Cornwall. Just back, exhausted with sore legs but refreshed from this short stay with three ‘old’ architect friends, walking along coastal paths, drinking various local beers, beach wading…

London – strong and stable

It was Samuel Johnson, the C18th writer, who famously said, ‘By seeing London, I have seen as much of life as the world can show’. l spent last w/e visiting my sons in the city, where they live and work. On the Sunday it was my youngest’s 24th birthday and it was also Father’s Day,…

‘A Day At The Races’

‘A Day At The Races’ – no, not the classic Marx Brothers film nor the iconic Queen rock album – but a great visit to Oulton Park, near Tarporley, in Cheshire yesterday, to watch some British Touring Car and Formula 4 motor racing, the second day of a busy weekend meeting. Thousands of people there and what…

Cunliffes, Construction and Cameras

I have just finished my Architectural Photography Workshops with Cunliffes – private firm of Construction Professionals based in Bootle, Liverpool. After three hrs of theory, techniques and some instruction, I accompanied 15 staff to Liverpool’s iconic Waterfront with their cameras and smartphones, where they practised the theory on a group photo shoot. In fact, some…

A Reverse Police Photobomb in Liverpool

A photobomb is ‘a photo spoiled by the unexpected appearance of an unintended subject in the camera’s range of view as the shot is taken’. I run 8 week long photography courses for Bluberry Learning & Development Ltd in Cheshire. Today was session 6 of 8 of my Spring course, and I took the group on…

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