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Photography 101 – Edge

Todays Photography 101 assignment is to display a photograph emphasising an edge.  Happily for me I went out on an all day Photoshoot on Saturday and a number of the shots I took were taken specifically to emphasise edges and lines.  I hope you like them.


When commenting on WordPress is a bad idea!

I came across a really interesting  and useful piece of advice today.  Unfortunately for me it came about 18 hours too late!  The advice came in the form of a post from Opinionated Man.  The advice “Your audience is not your friend”.

I have been writing this blog for a few months now and for the most part it has been a really positive experience.  I am getting a reasonable number of hits on my site and the numbers of people commenting and following my blog is slowly growing. I have just followed the Writing 101 and Blogging 101 courses as I firmly believe that you can always learn something new and there was always the chance that I would gain a bit of inspiration.  As these courses drew to a close we were encouraged to reach out to other bloggers to help build our networks.

In my reader I searched for topics that interested me and hit upon a post criticising Western Governments for committing funds to rebuild Gaza after what was described as Israel’s ‘Defensive War against Hamas’.  Now most commentators worldwide have roundly condemned Israel’s recent actions and I made what I thought was a balanced and measured comment on the blog. I should have looked a little more deeply before commenting and admittedly I should have known better.  The writer you see identifies themselves as an Israeli activist and the tone of the posts made it unlikely in the extreme that the writer would engage in a conversation that disagreed in any way with the posters views.  As a result I was subjected to a torrent of thinly veiled abuse, accused of being anti-semitic and ill educated.

This was my first negative experience with a member of the WordPress community.  It’s not something I want to repeat :/  I most certainly echo Opinionated Man’s advice.  You should of course reach out to other bloggers, but do check the tone of a blog before commenting on subjects that are controversial and likely to provoke strong reactions. If in doubt either do not comment or be prepared for a bad reaction.

On WordPress as in life you live and learn 🙂

One Lovely Blog Award

I want to thank MargretDJ for nominating me for the One Lovely Blogger Award. I am always grateful to everyone who drops into my little corner of the internet to check out what I have written.  I am even more grateful to those who take the time and trouble to like a post or, even better, to leave a comment.

As I am sure you can imagine I was delighted that Margret took the trouble to nominate me for this award.  I shall therefore do my best to follow the rules and spread the love 🙂


The One Lovely Blog Award nominations are chosen by fellow bloggers for those newer and up-and-coming bloggers. The goal is to help give recognition and also to help the new blogger to reach more viewers. It also recognizes blogs that are considered to be “lovely” by the fellow bloggers who choose them. This award recognizes bloggers who share their story or thoughts in a beautiful manner to connect with viewers and followers. In order to “accept” the award the nominated blogger must follow several guidelines:

  • Thank the person who nominated you for the award.
  • Add the One Lovely Blog logo to your post.
  • Share 7 facts/or things about yourself.
  • Nominate 15 bloggers you admire and inform nominees by commenting on their blog:

Seven facts about me:

1. I have been married to Shirley for 21 years.

2. I love reading fantasy novels my favourite authors are Terry Goodkind, Brandon Sanderson & Robert Jordan

3. I grew up in Northern Ireland but joined the Navy at 16 and never went back.  I have lived in England since 1977

4. I listen to any type of music and never go a day without listening to at least one album

5. I Have seen Van Morrison live over 200 times

6. I am not much of a TV or movie fan.  If I watch TV by choice then it is probably to watch sport, especially Rugby

7. I am a diving instructor and am qualified to dive mixed gases to 100M (330 feet in old money)

I am hopefully nominating some new people for this award, they also have a lovely blog:

  1. Side by Side in Mental Health
  2. Doug Warren
  3. A Momma’s View
  4. Stories without Border
  5. Sofia, Wisdom of the ages
  6. The Inspiration Angel
  7. Inspiring Max
  8. Flooding August
  9. State of my Heart
  10. Zen and Pi
  11. Sunday Epidemic
  12. Blue Crescent Fading
  13. Little Learner
  14. The quiet Fantasy Book Blog
  15. Stark Raving Mad

The majority of these bloggers are making their early inroads into the world of blogging so do pop over to check them out and give them some love.  If I do say so myself, this is one lovely list of blogs!

Dream Reader

Todays Blogging 101 Challenge is to create a piece of writing for a dream reader.  Someone you would like to read your post.

An interesting thought.  I have never considered writing a blog for a single individual before.  I have aways seen my blog as public property from the moment I hit the publish button.  Sure there are things that I write about that are deeply personal, my depression for example, but the vast majority of my blogs are aimed at people who share an interest with me.  Music and music festivals.  As a result I found this task a difficult one.

I have been thinking about depression a lot over the past few days.  I am recovering slowly but surely and over the course of this year I have retired from work as a result of my illness.  This has been a major factor in my moving towards recovery.  As a result I want the person who was largely responsible for me being so ill for a time to know how I am.  You see that person is so hate filled and bitter that they too became ill.  That person wasn’t a wife, a lover, or a family member.  Instead they were a person that I did everything in my power to help and support, someone who used every little thing I tried to do for them as a weapon against me.  Someone who did everything in their power to try to hurt me, to try to destroy me.

Yes, they did succeed in hurting me, in rocking my faith in people and in hurting my wife and family.  That said though ultimately they failed.  Ultimately hate begets hate, violence begets violence.  If you can be strong enough to refuse the hate, to offer an olive branch to those who try to hurt you, to refuse to descend into a tit for tat blame game then you will be able to hold your head up high.  I know I can. I can look in the mirror and know that where you offered hate, I offered support.  Where you lied and tried to sow discord I behaved honourably and refused to hate.

Ultimately by setting out to destroy me you succeeded only in destroying yourself.  You now wallow in misery and loneliness whilst I have fill my life with caring supportive friends.

They say that you reap what you sow.  By sowing hatred and bitterness you have reaped the same tenfold.  I on the other hand am smiling.  I look at you with pity, well knowing that having people pity you will scar you more deeply than anything else ever could.

This song is for you