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And I saw Zeus today in the Beacons,
Descending in a dazzling bright cloud of flame
With crepuscular rays rampant.
Striking fear into the plebeian flock
And coursing through the river’s meanders-
Lightning roots shimmering out to bind and entwine.
And there was Demeter, weeping uncontrollably
For her hell-bound daughter’s plight
In dragon ridden winter caves within the limestone
In Hades’ hellish depths.
Her sheeting tears and miserable wracking
Will set the seasons until Spring’s onset-
With wet darkness and unploughed sods of soil.
And as I gazed upon this new Olympus
Wrought raw before my eyes on Cymru’s soil
I raised my eyes heavenwards to give praise
That of all the places,
The mighty chose this, the shining Beacons,
Rainbow strewn majestic Beacons,
To build their kingdom.
By Jeremy James
Seeing potential in the mundane is part of my philosophy in life, and this picture represents this beautifully.
I was cooking a meal the other night and the breaded chicken pieces had an interesting texture as I put them in the baking tray. I just had to photograph them.
I then used Snapseed to sharpen up the picture and then TinyPlanets to give the chicken that crucial swirl.
Finally, I used Satur8 to give the chicken a different colour.
Seeing potential in the mundane. Apply it to all aspects of your life.
There are some films that come along that defy categorisation, and Hugo is one of them. It is beautifully shot and lit, providing a gently paced, heartwarming alternative reality to one of the original pioneers of cinema.
The trailer attached here doesn’t really do the film justice as it makes it look like a children’s adventure story when it is so much better than that.
The film is quite long and is perhaps a little too indulgent in its homage to the cinema which, although central to the whole theme of the film, grinds the pacing of the plot down to a barely living beat at times. However, this is a magnificent, ambitious film that has been crafted by a master still at the peak of his powers.
Footnote: I saw this film (twice!) in 3D and it is truly one of the most beautifully crafted 3d films yet created. If all 3D films were so carefully framed and shot then 3D would not be languishing as a format. Having said that, this review is prompted by a viewing of the BluRay version of the film in 2D, which was just as special.
This hedgehog lives in my garden. It sleeps by day in the ivy on the right of this picture. Perfect camouflage. I admire its tenacity and invisibility. Strangely, I have met people like this- people who pop out of nowhere and have a improbable way of turning up out of nowhere to have a huge influence in their area.
How many hedgehog people do you know?!!
Watched Source Code last night. It starts off well with a very low key, less is more, title sequence and an impressive, disorientating opening. Jake Gyllenhaal is an impressive actor and keeps the film grounded as close to reality as possible given the nature of the material. As the plot unfolds and questions are slowly answered the film starts to fray at the edges and lacks any real tension. Finally, the possibility of a tragic but entirely beautiful Romeo and Juliet style ending is briefly flirted with but ultimately ditched for a lame coda.
Great performance from Jake, but lacking in real tension and a suitable ending.
'Source Code' Trailer (by hollywoodstreams)
sparrows-2 on Flickr.
Sparrows welcome, bugs not.
So I’m in charge of the garden for a week while my other half is in Wales and it’s like the seven plagues of Egypt have started descending into suburbia.
The knobbly prize courgettes and the courgette flowers are beset by blackflies. Beet leaf miners have developed a penchant for the beetroot leaves. The Bishop of whatever dahlia is being attacked by flies. The earwigs have taken up residence in the lettuces and a micro-environment of tiny flies is surrounding the pot of blood lilies perched oddly in the living room as they start to grow. Oh, and I forgot to mention that the less than heaven facing chillies in my bedroom don’t like being baked and look decidedly frail.
I’m dreading the return of the holidaying one, but these sparrows are welcome to visit whenever they like.