I’m motivated to write this piece because I’ve just come across a similarly motivated blogpost which talks of ‘9 things before 9AM’ (click here). It’s a mix of the mundane (drink more water) and the strange (daily affirmations) with some hard work in between (journals) but I recognise much of my own thinking. Continue reading
I need to get 2019 completed so that I can start on 2020 so here’s Dec 19’s photo and, rather inevitably, it’s from Indonesia and it’s a simple photo of the daughter of the guy from whom we bough fresh fruit at his roadside stall near Bandung, Indonesia.
The photo was taken with my Sony alpha 77 II f5.6 at 1/160 and a focal length of 85mm. I’ve given it a square crop which seems to work and subjected it to minimal post-processing given the light was perfectly good and there’s enough separation between the subject and her background that the latter is out of focus.
It’s a bit late I know but it’s still important to reflect on a year just gone.
From my personal point of view it’s been dominated by my big op. Actually it wasn’t really that big, ‘just’ an angioplasty to insert a stent into my right coronary artery which only took about 30 minutes, but it did signal a change in my life. I’d never thought before that I might have a life threatening condition and although that’s now been sorted I have had to change my life style if I’m going to make 90. Go to https://wp.me/phtcF-Qr for the full story. Continue reading
Evan Davies, one of the BBC’s best news program hosts, was interviewing Bill Cash, a strongly Brexit supporting Tory MP, on PM on Radio 4 this last night. Evan asked ‘under what circumstances would you regard Brexit as a failure?’. Continue reading
I seemed to take a lot of beer photos during the month and with me having ‘perfected’ a process I could have chosen any of them for the monthly award. However this one’s of Wrexham Lager which connects me with my drinking days of the late 60s. We used to call it Chateau Wrexham.
Anyway the process involves my Sony alpha 77 II with a Sony 1.8 lens, 1/25th at f5.0 at ISO3200. There’s been no post processing.
That’s not that unusual and you’d maybe expect that at my age I’d be going to rather a few. However that’s not the case and I’ve only been to two or three a year in recent years; but with this one being in January maybe it’s setting me up for an bumper year. Continue reading
We’ve just spent a couple of days short of four weeks on holiday in Indonesia. It’s a longer trip than we’d normally make and with hindsight would have been better if it had been a few days shorter but you can’t change history so why dwell on it. Continue reading