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A.K.A "Karora" in various places.
A.K.A "Karora" in various places.

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What a gorgeous map of Europe
Europe mapped by sunset shadows. Meaning where the shadows fall when the sun sets. It's not the shadows that made the map. That would be ridiculous , wouldn't it ? English is a funny language :)
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Can't stop listening to +Kate Tempest today - I always stand in awe of people with this facility to use normal everyday words and wrench gut-churning emotion from them.

Insight, rhyme, empathy, rage, rhythm, imagination and alliteration all applied in the perfect accent to evoke the trapped working class youth: "... here in the land where nobody gives a fuck."

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Interesting bit of history here, with David Mitchell to throw a veneer of humour over it all...

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Carton House

Something I did a lot as a child, and again when I was in my early thirties, was to play golf. Once upon a time I was even quite acceptably good at the game, but since my children were born (almost 20 years ago now) the games have been few and far between...

Nevertheless, when we moved to Ireland three years ago I brought my bag-o-clubs along with me, and today a friend invited me to join him for a round at Carton House, on the Montgomerie Course. Golf in Ireland does often seem to involve these amazing country estates and giant hotels. Carton House is an excellent example: two world-class links courses in the one stunning venue, and you could be playing here after only about 40 minutes in a car after getting through arrivals at Dublin airport.

We had a stunning day for it today, but I'm sure nobody would be surprised to hear that "a lot of golf was played"! I won't tell you my score, because it's pretty embarassing for someone who has played below par rounds to realise that their skills have rusted along with their golf clubs. I did get a lot of practice in the bunkers, and I lost only (nett) two golf balls.

I think I just need to be invited out more often - I checked with the kids, and they're happy to see me less often, so I'll be waiting by the phone... :-)
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Duty

I keep searching for the truth, but I can't ever manage to read this whole text because my OCD wants me to chastise the bricklayer...
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Sagittarius Through the Cascade

One last photo of Washington before I start back to my normal programme...

I quite liked the fountain on Pennsylvania Avenue, and thought it would be interesting to see a long exposure through the cascade, looking at the reliefs behind, so I took the time to do it.

Not really a very long exposure (1/30th of a second) but it was bright, and without any ND filters (or tripod) with me this was about as much as I could do, and I think it worked out quite nicely even so.
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The occupation with the lowest divorce rate? Not Clergy, not Programmer...

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Three Monks, reflecting

These colourful monks were walking alongside the reflecting pool between the Washington Monument and the Lincoln Memorial and it seemed so incongruous that I felt I had to capture the moment.
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The National Mall

I was amazed that despite the Lincoln Memorial being kind of "standing room only" the southern end of it was largely empty, and I only had to wait for a few minutes for my opportunity.

Ten seconds earlier there was a woman in a colourful sari standing in the view - that was even better, really, but I never quite got the right moment, whereas the monuments are not moving and will happily sit still for minutes, or perhaps even weeks!
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Game theory explained, in one beautifully crafted website.

http://ncase.me/trust/
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