on my radar …

DSC00632It didn’t last very long. I started what I thought might be a weekly review back in September last year (https://wp.me/phtcF-IZ). I wrote just 2. Maybe it should be an occasional review. Anyway here’s one for the past week.

1 photography. I’ve been an avid photographer for a long time and I learnt the basics from my father way back. Of course it’s helped that I’ve done my fair share of physics so I understand how cameras work. I’ve had an SLR since 1974 or thereabouts. That was a Minolta and that’s why I’m now with Sony.

I’ve recently worked with Chris Sidell who’s a good, I mean good, photographer. He’s mastered the technique of setting up the shot (art direction) and then he’s also pretty good when it comes to post processing. I’m not a great fan of the latter but I do now pay a little more attention to the way that I frame the shot and don’t always simply take the camera chosen exposure settings.

I’ve been on holiday to Sardinia recently and have just posted a selection of photographs from the trip (https://flic.kr/s/aHsmiBCBGe).

2 local government. Early in the month most of the country went to the polls to elect new district councils. South Cambs was no different but the result was quite extraordinary. The Lib Dems took control with a yellow tide which swept all before it across the district. In Histon & Impington we elected 3 Lib Dems where previously there’s been 2 Independants and a Tory.

Last Wednesday was the first meeting of the new Council and it was good to see the Leader of the Lib Dem Group, now the Leader of the Council, talking in inclusive terms about the how she wanted the Council to operate. In any contest the winners will win most if they can avoid alienating those that they’ve defeated. It should be about bringing everyone together and not about imposing the will of the majority on the rest. Check out https://wp.me/p7tuu7-1Oc for my take on the meeting.

3 football. It’s a cruel game especially in cup tournaments because the result is so digital. You win and it’s good or you lose and it’s like the world has come to an end. So it was with Liverpool on Saturday. For many reasons I wanted Liverpool to win: I grew up close to the city, I really like and respect the manager Jurgen Klopp, I’m delighted at the success that Mohamed Salah has had, and I think it’s time that Real Madrid moved over and let someone else enjoy the glory.

It was not to be but the one positive to take from it is that Liverpool was beaten by a flash of brilliance from Gareth Bale. OK I grew up close to Liverpool but my home was still in Wales and Gareth is a fellow Welshman (and he went to school with Sam Warburton). He’s a great team player, he turns out for Wales and always seems to raise the game of those with whom he plays.

4 book. I’ve read lots of John Grisham. I wouldn’t say he authors great literature but his books are always well written with good solid three dimensional characters and well-researched plots. On my recent holiday it was the turn of Camino Island. It was good enough for the purpose but I really would have liked a stronger ending. It was all a bit convenient with nobody getting hurt, a bit like those TV series which all too frequently set up the next series.

5 TV. It seems that more good TV is being broadcast outside the mainstream UK channels these days. The critics talk about the good stuff being made by Netflix, Amazon and the like but I’ve not yet got hooked into it mainly because it’s all on subscription and there’s a limit to the number of £10 a month fees I can afford.

I like watching TV as a part of my unwind process in the evening. However recently I’ve been disappointed by the drama on offer so I was interested by the ‘all stars’ production of Crooked House on Channel 5 last night. For once it was not a case of ‘all stars no actors’ because it was done rather well although it fell flat in the end. Did the little girl really have to due? As an Agatha Christie mystery it had little depth. Fortunately for me I did get to see another performance by Gillian Anderson, albeit a cameo. She really has performed well in her post X files days especially in the contrasting roles in Great Expectations and The Fall.

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