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Friday is nearly here again... Whoop!
Don't you just love it when the working week flies past?
I'm all packed and off to spend the weekend with friends in Scotland. Will catch you all on my return. Have a good Black Friday and weekend everybody.

Leaving you with a play time I had with Monroe.
Dream on Cowboy :)
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Memories of Kenya
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Another Time Another Place
She sits and waits
For somebody to notice
Her new dress for Eid
She waits and sits
For somebody to say she's pretty
In her new dress this Eid
She sits and waits
Waits and sits

_ Another Time Another Place_ sits and waits for you in the Charimage Pick & Mix Gallery at: https://charimage.com/evoke/picture/527/view


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Stride On Saturday

Welcome to a dreary, misty November Saturday morning in the West Midlands; a morning that could lead to a sense of isolation from the rest of the world. The two ducks that shout their greeting outside my door every morning and demand reward by quacking "Trick or Treat? raise a smile but, beyond that the world seems distant. Perhaps I'll write myself a letter?

The virtuoso Stride Pianist Stephanie Trick and coffee puts the bounce back into the morning's step... The day is mended :)

If you don't understand the term stride? Watch the left hand. Stride has its roots in rag time but is very different. Does she merit the term virtuoso and eventually a place with the great like Fats Waller and Co? I would reckon so; if in doubt take in her rendition of Jelly Roll Morton's 'Fingerbreaker' at Stephanie Trick 'Fingerbreaker'

Have a good Saturday and take what it offers "in your stride."

#jazz   #ragtime  
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KAP Thoroughly Tested?

When I say "thoroughly tested" what I mean is...

Used to build kites as a kid and have fond memories (note: the older you get the fonder they become)
Seen some of the pictures that folks are getting from those drone helocam "thangs" and thought "Hey, that's cool!"
Witnessed one in action at this year's St Patrick's Parade in Birmingham. G'damn that infernal racket; as irritating as getting a flock, band, swarm of bees stuck under your hat.
Did some thinking then on to research digging around everywhere on the net.
Then plenty more thinking until hand in pocket and bought my first kite. (note: Plenty more thinking generally comes before the hand in pocket move in Yorkshire.)
Now apparently I need a RIG to hold the camera and a chip to control where it points and when to take pictures. It's getting complicated... perhaps I should call Team Rosetta for guidance?
Team Rosetta were busy. Some would find "F___ Off! We're busy. We don't do kites!" a little blunt but we're used to the capricious nature to scientists in Yorkshire (note: We had James Henry Atkinson and his mouse trap. He didn't make much and sold the patent for a paltry £1000... Little did he know that Agatha Christie would latch on to his idea and turn it into the longest initial run of any play in history!)
Anyway I digress; I did as Team Rosetta suggested and cooked up my rig and chips (note: we have most things with chips in Yorkshire so that went well.)
Now we come to attaching the rig (with its camera) onto the kite's flying line... We need a Picavet suspension? Sounded French to me, so I approached the task with some foreboding. Yorkshire keeps trying to click with the French (note: we let them have their bicycle race here this year) but it just doesn't happen... probably because our chips are their fries or maybe they just can't get over the fact that Jimmy Atkinson from Leeds thought of la souricière first.
The Picavet suspension you ask? Well it's basically a bird's nest tangle carefully threaded string system that connects to the cross of your rig to the kite line and keeps the camera level whatever the kite does above. You string it by... "F___ Off! I'm busy holding the string of this kite in one hand, the camera in it's rig 'n' chips in the other whilst trying to untangle this bird's nest of a G'damn French Picavet suspension. I don't do other people's research!"
First flight? Didn't go well; there wasn't enough of the windy stuff to get my foil kite aloft with the weight of a camera. (note: Valium my be a good idea when being forced to watch your camera doing break dancing below a kite that is flirting with a barded wire fence.)
I waited for wind (note: in Yorkshire when we are waiting on wind we do frown... when the wind has passed we smile.)
Then one day it flew... woooosh! Up into the sky may be 300 feet. Now I actually had one hand free; Perhaps I should call Team Rosetta with the good news? I dialled and the call was answered straight away. Before I could speak... "F___ Off! We're busy. We don't do kites!" (note: scientists can be capricious by nature!)
I watched my wondrous bit of technology as it floated gracefully and quietly above. Everything worked and I could just make out the camera hanging below as it tilted and turned between shots.
I thought about the light wind problem long and hard. Sure Rosetta... kites ain't rocket science. It was all about area of sail, shape and weight. Pocket dips would be required to reach for the skies. 
I decided. The foil was good in moderate to high wind. Being stick-less it was nearly impossible to crash in those conditions.  For light wind I needed a framed kite and therefore carbon fibre. One pocket dip later and an Alpine Delta Conyne took to the skies successfully.
I wanted more... so again I thought and then drew up the specifications for a Dopero kite and took my pocket and ideas demands to see a builder specialist. The result was a kite that was bigger than a five bar field gate and weighed in at just on a kilo. If a dormouse were to fart botty-cough in an empty Albert Hall then this kite would fly (note: Probably, due to Mr James Henry Atkinson there aren't any dormice in the Albert Hall nowadays so just imagine.) It flies!

And that's thoroughly tested messed about folks! 

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#research   #testing   #kites  
 
Aerial images using KAP
A different perspective on the way things look with Kite Aerial Photography.

Having messed around thoroughly tested putting a camera into the sky below a kite we are excited to open our newest gallery:
Aerials at https://charimage.com/evoke/gallery/22/view

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We don't care what you do with a Charimage Image should you consider purchasing a download; You can crop, edit, publish on your site or plain just enjoy by spicing up your desktop for a while. Charimage cares about generating funds to help charity and deserving good causes: https://charimage.com/fund.html


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Blimey. I know it escalates quickly & can be very serious. Glad you're on the mend. 
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Ain't that the truth?
About 6 hours after I posted this to the +Charimage  page I got the news that at the end of February I shall be no longer required in my current position. As the roof over my head goes with the job I guess homelessness beckons again.

Good man with experience, is versatile and adaptable and open to offers (again) LOL

Meanwhile let's enjoy Sunday.
Have a good one.

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Endeavour would mean nothing if it weren't for obstacles.

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A new week. Stay focused and don't look back.
Off to the Doc's soon. Hoping to get passed as fit again and certified as living! 
Have a good week good people. 
(Bad people accept your karma)
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#mirrormonday : +Mirrors and Reflections curated by +Gemma Costa +Isabella Francesca Abigail Shores
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Al-Shabab executes 28 innocents in Northern Kenya

Such barbaric  and sickening acts are crimes against humanity and have no foundation in Islam. My own revulsion and abhorrence is mirrored among devout Muslim friends.

I spent the first half of October in northern Kenya. It was an experience "not to be forgotten." There was a vibe and enough information to convince that it was not a good place to be so we "got the hell out of there" and flew home two weeks early.
In Kenya I met many Somali people. They were like the rest of us... just people... trying to get along.

Could I have read from the Quran? No, but then a true Muslim would not have asked me to.
Militants from Somali group al-Shabab say they attacked a bus in northern Kenya, killing 28 people, in revenge for security raids on mosques.
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Have I Got News for You?
It's Friday... TGIF! :)
TG for Brian Blessed
TG for that British sense of humour.

Guaranteed to hit the weekend smiling now!

#tgif  
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A Character

I marvel how Nature could ever find space
For so many strange contrasts in one human face: 
There's thought and no thought, and there's paleness and bloom
And bustle and sluggishness, pleasure and gloom.

There's weakness, and strength both redundant and vain;
Such strength as, if ever affliction and pain 
Could pierce through a temper that's soft to disease,
Would be rational peace--a philosopher's ease.

There's indifference, alike when he fails or succeeds, 
And attention full ten times as much as there needs; 
Pride where there's no envy, there's so much of joy; 
And mildness, and spirit both forward and coy. 

There's freedom, and sometimes a diffident stare
Of shame scarcely seeming to know that she's there,
There's virtue, the title it surely may claim,
Yet wants heaven knows what to be worthy the name. 

This picture from nature may seem to depart,
Yet the Man would at once run away with your heart;
And I for five centuries right gladly would be
Such an odd such a kind happy creature as he.

~ William Wordsworth


I've known this character for over twenty years; we bump in to each other every few years at various locations across the north of England. He generally spots me first and I hear that "Brian Blessed" boom of a voice.
"Nah then Cowboy, y'old beggar. How's tha' been?"
Time is spent trying to recall where we first met and jointly agreeing that the world seems determined to descend into total chaos having no great need of "mavericks such as us" which generally gets around to his usual question:
"Has that got tha' camera? You alus takes my picture. Mind you, not from m' best side. That ain't often seen in public."
Over the years I've reckoned that Dave is one of good character...
and I've never seen his best side in twenty years.
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Dave
A portrait sketch.

A recent addition to the Charimage Painterly Gallery that might appeal to some people.
https://charimage.com/evoke/picture/520/view

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#portrait   #sketch  #PortraitTuesday curated by +Laura Balc
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Even the sun doesn't want to get up this morning.
Monday?...  *Blah!*

Yazz - The Only Way Is Up

Let's try have a good week... huh?



#landscape   #painterly  
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Ours will be Snowy but we'll Plow Through and make it a Good one hahaha ;)
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Introduction
Saw the light on the road to nowhere about 20 years ago and converted to the Cowboy Creed. I have worn The Hat ever since.
The hat keeps everything that I need to survive both cool and dry.  A camera is more powerful than a gun and my feet more reliable than a vehicle.
Life is fun!

My fascination for images probably goes back to my training as a colour lithographic printer.  The age of the computer has allowed me to make up for my short comings as a photographer and produce images that (hopefully) people enjoy.

I like words:  They are so exact and precise.  So I write sometimes.  Just because.. I do.  Good writing is like a good picture; it takes you on a journey.  Many people choose their clothing with great care but are lazy about their language... strange?
A clever man always knows what to say and a wise man what not to say!

I'm getting old... and I like it.  Grey hairs are medals from campaigns past.  I have fewer problems with the world the older I get.  I've still got a lot to do before I finish but there's no rush.  I rarely snack on the hoof, I prefer to take my time and enjoy a good meal.  When my appetite for life is satisfied I shall lay down for a very long snooze.
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So what do I do?
Well I had an idea, which was +Charimage and so, with a great deal of help from some friends, decided to see if we can make it become reality.
Charimage? Think Charity-images. The publishing of work with the intent of helping chosen charities.
If you want to know more, check it out and get in touch!

I'd be more thrilled to have you follow and support my +Charimage Page than my own profile.

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