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  • POTD 1 May 2006: Spring Robin 1 May 2006


    Robin Hood

    13 May 2006
    Images in this photo diary are being posted about two weeks late!  Please bear with me… all the entries for all the days do exist… but  rather than swamp you with two weeks worth of pictures in one go I’m uploading several images each day until I manage to catch up.  (And I am gradually catching up at last!).  Don’t forget to use the ‘previous’ link to ensure you don’t miss any!

    Today’s theme – Robin Hood Country. (A selection of images from my recent visit to Nottinghamshire).

    1 May – Spring Robin
    As I mentioned in yesterday’s entry, one of the reason we went into Nottingham City centre was to get some new images of the Robin Hood statue.  I was pleased to see some cherry-blossom on a tree behind the statue.  This gave an interesting ‘seasonal’ version of the statue.

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  • POTD 2 May 2006: Major Oak 2 May 2006


    Major Oak, Sherwood Forest

    13 May 2006
    Images in this photo diary are being posted about two weeks late!  Please bear with me… all the entries for all the days do exist… but  rather than swamp you with two weeks worth of pictures in one go I’m uploading several images each day until I manage to catch up.  (And I am gradually catching up at last!).  Don’t forget to use the ‘previous’ link to ensure you don’t miss any!

    Today’s theme – Robin Hood Country. (A selection of images from my recent visit to Nottinghamshire).

    1 May – Major Oak
    As well as creating some seaonal images of the Robin Hood Statue (See yesterday’s entry) I wanted to take some spring time photos of the Major Oak in Sherwood Forest.  The Major Oak has been a good seller for me over the last three years (It has sold at least four times, and coincidentally twice last month).

    The leaves are just appearing on the tree, ideally I would have like to have taken this picture with just a fraction more growth, but spring is late this year so I have to make do.

    The gentleman with the camera in the foreground of this picture is the friend we were staying with.

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  • POTD 3 May 2006: Power Selling Techniques? 3 May 2006

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  • POTD 4 May 2006: Archway House 4 May 2006


    Archway House

    13 May 2006
    Images in this photo diary are being posted about two weeks late!  Please bear with me… all the entries for all the days do exist… but  rather than swamp you with two weeks worth of pictures in one go I’m uploading several images each day until I manage to catch up.  (And I am gradually catching up at last!).  Don’t forget to use the ‘previous’ link to ensure you don’t miss any!

    Today’s theme – Robin Hood Country. (A selection of images from my recent visit to Nottinghamshire).

    4 May – Archway House
    We passed this rather unusual building on our Nottinghamshire walk.  It is called Archway House and it is not far from Edwinstowe.  Apparently it is a copy of  Priory Gate House at Worksop.  From what we saw it is currently being lived in.  So that must make it one of the most unusual homes in the country.

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  • POTD 5 May 2006: Will Scarlett's Grave 5 May 2006


    Will Scarlett’s Grave or Just a pile of bricks?

    13 May 2006
    Images in this photo diary are being posted about two weeks late!  Please bear with me… all the entries for all the days do exist… but  rather than swamp you with two weeks worth of pictures in one go I’m uploading several images each day until I manage to catch up.  (And I am gradually catching up at last!).  Don’t forget to use the ‘previous’ link to ensure you don’t miss any!

    Today’s theme – Robin Hood Country. (A selection of images from my recent visit to Nottinghamshire).

    5 May – Will Scarlett’s Grave
    In St. Mary’s church, Blidworth, there is this rather unusual pile of stones.  It is reputed to be the grave of Robin Hood’s merry man, Will Scarlett.  To me is looks like a collection of masonary that used to belong to an earlier church that stood on the site.  (One wall of the old church still stands near this ‘grave’).  But to be fair… calling it “Will Scarlett’s Grave” is likely to generate far more tourist trade than calling it “a pile of stones from an old church” ever would.

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  • POTD 6 May 2006: Sale: Eyam Parish Church 6 May 2006

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  • POTD 7 May 2006: Sale: Photo Frame and Clock 7 May 2006

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  • POTD 8 May 2006: Sale: C is for Cat 8 May 2006

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  • POTD 10 May 2006: Feline world domination! 10 May 2006

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  • POTD 11 May 2006: Tunisian Door 11 May 2006


    Tunisian Doorway

    15 May 2006
    This Photo Diary is currently running a few days late. (Which is a big improvemnt over the several weeks late that it has been!)  All the entries for all the days do exist… and I’m uploading several images each day until I manage to catch up.  Don’t forget to use the ‘previous’ link to ensure you don’t miss any!

    Today’s theme – more photos from my recent trip to Tunisia

    11 May – A Tunisian Door
    There are lots of these blue studded doorways in Tunisia.  This one is from Sidi Bou Said.  Sidi Bou Said like many Tunisian villages is whitewashed with light blue for doors and windows.

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  • POTD 12 May 2006: Tunis at Night (1) 12 May 2006


    Tunis

    15 May 2006
    This Photo Diary is currently running a few days late. (Which is a big improvemnt over the several weeks late that it has been!)  All the entries for all the days do exist… and I’m uploading several images each day until I manage to catch up.  Don’t forget to use the ‘previous’ link to ensure you don’t miss any!

    Today’s theme – more photos from my recent trip to Tunisia

    11 May – Tunis at Night (1)
    This photograph of Tunis was taken while I was waiting for the sun to go down to do some ‘night’ shots of the main intersetion in Tunis.  The has been quite a bit of post-produciton work on this image to really bring out the colours in the sky.

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  • POTD 13 May 2006: Tunis at Night (2) 13 May 2006


    Tunis at Night

    15 May 2006
    This Photo Diary is currently running a few days late. (Which is a big improvemnt over the several weeks late that it has been!)  All the entries for all the days do exist… and I’m uploading several images each day until I manage to catch up.  Don’t forget to use the ‘previous’ link to ensure you don’t miss any!

    Today’s theme – more photos from my recent trip to Tunisia

    13 May – Tunis at Night (2)
    Todays photo is the picture is of the same location as yesterday’s – except that it is from the other side of the road intersection, and now the sun has just set so it was taken in the ‘magic’ 15 mins where the residual light from the sun matches the artificial light illuminating the fountains and clock.

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  • POTD 14 May 2006: Shoe Shops 14 May 2006


    Shoes for Sale

    15 May 2006
    This Photo Diary is currently running a few days late. (Which is a big improvemnt over the several weeks late that it has been!)  All the entries for all the days do exist… and I’m uploading several images each day until I manage to catch up.  Don’t forget to use the ‘previous’ link to ensure you don’t miss any!

    Today’s theme – more photos from my recent trip to Tunisia

    14 May – Shoe Shops
    I have never seen so many shoe shops in my life as I did in Tunisia.  You can buy shoes everywhere.  In the markets, in the streets, in the shopping precints.  In fact in one shopping precinct we discovered that well over half of all the shops in the shopping centre were shoe shops.  In one section of that centre thre were 6 different shoe shops next to each other!

    It must be something in the Tunisian water that makes people want to buy footware.  Even I bought two pairs of slippers before I came home!

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  • POTD 15 May 2006: The mausoleum of Habib Bourgiba 15 May 2006


    The mausoleum of Habib Bourgiba

    At last I am actully posting an entry on the correct date!  I have finally got this photo diary running on real time again.  (If you think you might have missed any entries use the “previous” link to view them).

    Today’s picture continues the theme of Tunuisian photos and is a view of  the mausoleum of Habib Bourgiba (Tunisia’s first President) in Monastir.  The spiral is the metal-work on the gate in front of the Mausoleum.

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  • POTD 16 May 2006: Islamic Architecture 16 May 2006


    Continuing my series of images from Tunisia – this is one of the many carved ceilings on display in the Bardo museum in Tunis. 

    For those who view this photo diary via RSS or via email – I would strongly advise that you click on the picture to see it ‘full size’.  There is so much fine detail in the carving that it is worth seeing the image as large as possible.  In fact there is so much detail that I’ve even made the version on the POTD website larger than I would normally upload just so you can appreciate the workmanship that must have gone in to creating this ceiling.

    For those more knowledgeable on these matters that I – can anyone tell me the correct name for this type of carved ceiling?

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  • POTD 17 May 2006: Bristol Harbour Festival 17 May 2006


    Drinks by the harbour

    Had a sale yesterday – this image of the Bristol Harbour Festival.

    Country: United Kingdom
    Usage: Editorial
    Media: Newspaper – National
    Industry: Media Industry
    Sub-Industry: Publishing
    Print run: up to 500,000
    Placement: Inside
    Image Size: 1/8 page
    Start: 16 May 2006
    End: 17 May 2006

    From the above data it appears it was in one of the national papers.  If you spotted it please let me know.

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  • POTD 18 May 2006: Hard Cheese! 18 May 2006

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  • POTD 19 May 2006: The Dan Brown Code 19 May 2006


    The Novels of Dan Brown

    I’m using my blog today to set down a few rambiling thoughts about the Da Vinci Code.  If you are interested to know what I think please read on.  If not normal POTD service will resume tomorrow.

    I went to see the Da Vinci Code this mording… 5 mins past midnight to be accurate!  The cinema was packed.  I know this book and film has caused a lot of controvesy, but even though I’m a Christian, I have both enjoyed reading the book and watching the film.  As a work of fiction it is both a good read and a good watch.  As a piece of theology and as a piece of history it is however a load of hockum!

    Putting asside the theological issues it raises, the novel has a lot of inaccuracies.  The descriptions of where the characters are driving in Paris don’t make sense.  As one guide said – if you get lost in Paris make sure you don’t ask Dan Brown for directions.  Other facts like the assertion that a certain location in Scotland is both on and named after the “Rose Line” meridian is clearly not the case (just look at a map and you can see that).  So if the facts concerning the 21st Century are not accurate, how trustworthy are the facts in the book concerning the 12th Century or the 1st Century?  Does it matter that the facts are inaccurate in the book? No… because it is a work of fiction.  The book Dan Brown wrote was never inteded to be an expose of the church.  It was intended to be a page turner with some interesting puzzels. 

    There is only one thing that does bother me – the fact that in a survey 60% of people who read the Da Vinci Code thought the “facts” and the theological implications in the book were true.  If ever there was proof that we live in a world where people don’t think for themselves that is it.  If you do what to think more about this film here’s a couple of links you might find helpful:

    http://www.damaris.org/content/content.php?type=5&id=474

    http://www.saintmartins-stockport.org.uk/stmdavinci.html

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  • POTD 20 May 2006: Giants Causeway 20 May 2006


    I’ve been working on my (year old) Ireland photos recently trying to get them ready for submission to the photographic libraries.

    When we visited Giants Causeway the weather was not good.  Raining and dull.  Neccesity is the mother of invention and a combination of filters, post-production and a 10 second exposure gave me this atmospheric image.

    With hindsight, it could have done with someone standing in the image to give some idea of scale.  Oh well, can’t have everything.

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  • POTD 21 May 2006: Crowds 21 May 2006


    Crowds in Temple Bar, Dublin

    Continuing my run of Ireland images – this shot was taken in the Temple Bar area of Dublin.  I wanted to get an image which gave an idea of what the crows were like there.

    Technically it is not an easy shot to get, I’m using a telephoto lens to make the scene more crowded than it really is.  That means I had to wait for a gap in the crown to ‘look through’ and still have an interesting subject to focus on.  I had a lot of attempts and this was the best I could manage.  With hindsight it would have been a much better shot if I could have got the couple holding hands in focus.

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  • POTD 22 May 2006: Belfast Mural (1) 22 May 2006


    Belfast wall paintings

    When I was in Ireland I wanted to visit and photograph the murals on walls of Belfast.  I walked along both the Shankhill Road and the Falls Road photographing both Loyalist and Republican murals.

    In the interests of fairness and impartiality – I’m going to post one from each side of the divide.  Today it is from the Shankhill Road and Tomorrow it will be from the Falls Road.

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  • POTD 23 May 2006: Belfast Mural (2) 23 May 2006


    Belfast wall paintings

    When I was in Ireland I wanted to visit and photograph the murals on walls of Belfast.  I walked along both the Shankhill Road and the Falls Road photographing both Loyalist and Republican murals.

    In the interests of fairness and impartiality – I’m going to post one from each side of the divide. Yesterday it is from the Shankhill Road and Today it is from the Falls Road.

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  • POTD 24 May 2006: Hands across the divide 24 May 2006


    Hands Across the Divide

    Continuing this series of images from Ireland. 

    After the previous two images showing murals from the two different sides in Belfast, today’s is probably the most appropriate image I could post.  It is from Derry/Londonderry.  It is a statue called “Hands accross the Divide”

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  • POTD 25 May 2006: Any Guardian Readers out there? 25 May 2006

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  • POTD 26 May 2006: Camping Again 26 May 2006


    Our new tent!

    30 May 2006 – We were away camping over the weekend, so I wasn’t able to post to the POTD.  As ever the photos exist, so I’ll catch up over the next day or so.

    26 May 2006
    Off to Derbyshire for the bank holiday weekend.  We are camping at Firs Farm, Ambergate.  A few miles south of Matlock.

    It’s great to be back camping again and nice to try out the new tent.  Lets hope this trip is a little better than our last trip!

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  • POTD 27 May 2006: Petrified in Matlock 27 May 2006


    Turned to stone

    30 May 2006 – We were away camping over the weekend, so I wasn’t able to post to the POTD.  As ever the photos exist, so I’ll catch up over the next day or so.

    26 May 2006
    We spent the day in and around Matlock Bath.  We visited the lead mining museum where we both got to do a bit of simulated caving (including climbing up shafts and crawling over rocks). 

    The weather wasn’t up to much so my photographs were limitted to a few shots inside Matlock Bath’s famous petrifying well.  Where objects are turned to stone by deposits of calcite in the water.  It’s about 20 years since I last visited the well and in that time not only has it turned loads of things to stone but it has also crossed over to the other side of the main road.  (Looks like the old well has been demolished and a new one oppened in a different location).

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  • POTD 28 May 2006: A trip in the TARDIS 28 May 2006


    The TARDIS – Chrich Tramway Museum

    31 May 2006 – We were away camping over the weekend, so I wasn’t able to post to the POTD.  As ever the photos exist, so I’ll catch up over the next day or so.

    28 May 2006 – A trip in the TARDIS
    Today (Sunday 28th) we took a little trip to a very interesting location.  I’m not going to say where it is – yet! Instead I’m just going to post some photos from the trip over the next few days – lets see how long it takes you to guess the location.

    We didn’t travel by TARDIS to get there – but we did find the TARDIS when we arrived!

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  • POTD 29 May 2006: A (not so) little green man! 29 May 2006


    A green man – Chrich Tramway Museum

    31 May 2006 – We were away camping over the weekend, so I wasn’t able to post to the POTD.  As ever the photos exist, so I’ll catch up over the next day or so.

    29 May 2006 – A (not so) little green man
    Yesterday (Sunday 28th) we took a little trip to a very interesting location.  I’m not going to say where it is – yet! Instead I’m just going to post some photos from the trip over the next few days – lets see how long it takes you to guess the location.

    Here is your next clue to the location – at this location we took a woodland walk to look the work of a ‘chainsaw artist’ – including this rather spectacular “Green Man”

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  • POTD 30 May 2006: Back in time 30 May 2006


    Signs of the time – Chrich Tramway Museum

    Continuing photos from the mistery location we visited last Sunday.  I’m still not going to say where it is – yet! I’m continuing to post some photos from the trip over the next few days – lets see how long it takes you to guess the location.  BTW there is a prize for anyone who emails me with the correct location before I reveal where the pictures were taken.  The prize is the opportunity for you to have one of your photographs showcased in my POTD.

    Here is your next clue to the location – despite seeing a (not so) little green man, and a TARDIS this isn’t a location associated with Doctor Who.  However, as the signs in todays photo shows, it does involve at trip back in time.

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  • POTD 31 May 2006: Labyrinth 31 May 2006


    Labyrinth -Crich Tramway Museum

    Continuing photos from the mistery location we visited last Sunday.  There is a prize for anyone who emails me with the correct location before I reveal where the pictures were taken.  The prize is the opportunity for you to have one of your photographs showcased in my POTD.

    Here is your next clue to the location – a labyrinth made up of bolders, this is a new feature at the location.  The beacon on the hill in the background is also relatively new built to commemerate the Queen’s golden jubilee.

    One more clue to come after this one – and then I’ll reveal the location.

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