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A Vision Of Disaster – Daily Prompt

A piece of photo art inspired by my favorite band to share with you that fits nicely with todays Daily Prompt – Disaster

LastTrain

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Sentimental

Today’s daily prompt is called “Sentimental.”  I really wish I had more time to engage with these prompts as they are always interesting and fun.

On this occasion I thought I would simply share a couple of my photo art pieces that I think fit the bill.  What do you think?

Dreams

LocrynArt

Daily Prompt – Plead The Fifth

It has been quite some time since I have written a piece as a result of a daily prompt but todays prompt grabbed my attention.

The prompt asks what question we hate to be asked and why?  It’s a great question and there is one question that I dread being asked and its a fairly simple one.  I dread being asked “How are you?”  More specifically I dread being asked that question by people who don’t actually want to know the answer.

My abhorrence for this particular question began back in 2002.  I had just returned to work after a period of sick leave with a major bout of depression.  As was customary in my organisation I met with my boss for a return to work interview.  As you might expect the interview began with the customary question. “How are you?”  Rather than answer with the customary “I’m fine” I decided to tell the truth and thats where it all went wrong.

After I had been talking for about a minute I noticed that my line manager had broken eye contact and was looking everywhere but at me.  He looked at his hands, at his feet, at his watch, out the window, everywhere but at me.  As I continued to talk my line manager became increasingly uncomfortable and tried on a couple of occasions to change the subject and I realised that he wanted to simply tick the boxes on his form and get me out of the office as quickly as possible.  He had not the slightest interest in my or “How I Was.”

As the years have gone on I have come to realise that the majority of people who ask this question don’t actually want to hear the answer, they just want to hear “I’m OK” and move on.  My mischievous side wants to tell the truth when I am asked that question but frankly I would just rather not hear the question at all if you don’t want to know the answer.

Daily Prompt – Pens and pencils

Todays Daily Prompt asks when us to describe when we last wrote something substantial by hand.

Wow, what a question!  In truth I have absolutely no idea.  It has certainly been over a decade since I last wrote a letter by hand.  When I travel to gigs and do not take my laptop then any notes I want to write are recorded on my iPad which I clip into a bluetooth keyboard.

Before I retired I would write down the notes of meetings in a book, but as a result that would probably amount to no more than a list of bullet points.  I have never kept a journal or diary so nothing to draw on there.

In truth I do not miss long hand writing things.  I can type more quickly that I can write, my computer auto corrects any spelling errors and helps with any grammatical errors.  The digital world means that you do not have to keep folders full of hard copies and storage is so much easier.  There is another reason that I don’t miss hand writing things and it is my deep dark secret!  My handwriting is appalling, akin to the wanderings of a drunken spider dipped in ink crawling across the page.

So, no thanks, you can keep your pens and pencils.  I will keep my keyboards 🙂

Macro Photographs

A Post A Day Photo Challenge – Jan 03 2015

Hi folks,

I am taking on a challenge to post a photograph every day for a full year starting on, New years Day.  Please join in by uploading a photograph of your own and leaving a pingback here 🙂

One of the things I love about making pictures is that you can turn the everyday into something pleasing.  I am a total novice at Macro photography but I picked these items off the ground as I walked the dogs this morning.  I took these shots just a few minutes ago using a standard lens with an extension tube and with just a small LED torch for lighting.  I hope you enjoy them.

I think adding a new skill to my photography repertoire fits nicely with this weeks photo challenge too 🙂

This is my first attempt at Macro Photography.

Macro-5 Macro-4 Macro-3 Macro Photography

Adam Duritz

Happy Happy Joy Joy – Daily Prompt

Todays Daily Prompt ask when we last cried tears of Joy?

I actually didn’t have to think too hard about this one as I remember it clearly and it wasn’t very long ago.  On November 1st 2014 I had the pleasure of seeing the wonderful Adam Duritz and Counting Crows live in Birmingham, England.  I have been a huge fan of the band for years but had never had the chance to see them live before.  My wife, son and I went to this show and we all had a great time.  If you didn’t see my review of the gig you can check it out here.

I feel an affinity with Adam Duritz as he is a fellow suffer of the dreaded black dog of depression and he puts a huge amount of himself into both his songwriting and his performance on stage.  Make no mistake Duritz can hold you totally spellbound.  So it was in Birmingham, he was amazing.  As Adam sang it was clear he was in a very good place which was great to see as he had been on the road for the whole summer.  He was happy and his delivery was so very moving as he went through a fantastic set of the bands classic songs and tunes from the new album ‘Somewhere under Wonderland’.  I was already feeling quite emotional when Adam started to Sing ‘Washington Square’ from the much underrated album ‘Saturday Night & Sunday Morning’.

Adam Duritz

Adam Duritz – Counting Crows

As Adam sang the opening lines:

I sold my piano, it couldn’t come with me
I locked up my bedroom and I walked out into the air
Nothing I needed is left there behind me
I walk out through the shadows of Washington Square

Well I thought my heart was going to burst, it is such a beautiful song and he delivers it with such feeling, such imagery that the tears just ran down my face.  It was the musical moment of my year and will live long in the memory.

Thanks Adam Duritz.  Stay well and keep spreading the love.

The Photographs here are from the bands Show in London the following week.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “All Grown Up.”

I did laugh when I saw this prompt and I thought I really had to respond.  Some of you are aware that I retired from my job last February as a result of ill health.  Since then I have taken up blogging, taken a serious interest in photography and attended many more gigs than I ever thought possible.

I have recently taken a keen interest in politics and have even joined the Green Party and ‘Green left’ the more left wing part of the party.  On Christmas day during dinner with my extended family we were discussing our plans for 2015.  I said that I wanted to do just as much musically and wanted to attend the Green Party Spring Conference and to attend some environmental and anti Fracking protests.  Most of my family think this is hilarious and accuse me of being an ageing hippy, a description I cheerfully embrace.

My response though was a very simple one.  The  image sums it up perfectly.

growup