Cornwall Poem

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How many ways can you say nautical?

The windows of the fishing villages in Cornwall,

Say them all.

The fresh-caught fish,

Ancient piers,

And beached boats,

Surround us with reminders of the sea.

It brings life and vitality,

To invigorate locals and tourists alike.

And makes Cornwall the place to be,

For at least as long as we have the Cornwall house rented.

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Photographing your personality

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If your viewers look at enough of your style of pictures, can they instantly tell your work? Our personalities are unique. We look at the World slightly differently. Two photographers at the same event, the same location, pick up their cameras and before they’ve taken the first photo, they’re scouting the site for the most interesting emphasis, the best angle, visualising depth of field, best lighting and watching how the animate objects move around, to anticipate the split second of magical imagery to capture. Even pro photographers, working to a brief at say a wedding, will do this.

Will the next generation of still cameras and movie cameras have a bunch of personality settings embedded in them that you can configure to match your personality, using a camera that wasn’t made as a standard tool for the masses?

Such a camera might show an enhanced reality in the view finder that somehow aligns with the photographer’s personality and how they naturally see things. If the camera responds to commands from the photographer, the ‘tool’ could become even more amazing. For example, a photographer with a passion for macro-scale photography who’s personality is a romantic idealist could use the voice command to quickly direct the camera focus to the specific object, even as they see an enhanced image (pink rose petals backlit by moonlight?) through the viewfinder.

Would enhanced-reality remove or constrain the creative freedom of the photographer? Maybe. But it might give at least as much as it takes away, as well. Worth experimenting with I say.

True belief

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True Belief 1

True belief flickers like the weather.

At times, sun beams burning off the fog of doubt.

At times, the blast of ocean wind brought forth onto fresh landscapes.

Or a thousand droplets of rains cleansing the accumulated muck off brass.

 

True Belief 2

True belief is self-belief, but also it’s the belief in love.

Finding a reconciliation between trusting your partner to guide you and listening to your own emotions of fear and doubt.

The man who can’t be moved

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Life’s journey is best experienced with those you love, but has to be walked alone. You can carry children in your arms some of the way. And hold hands with your partner as you walk. As you walk, you can reflect on the advice your parents gave you, high-five your friends, give directions to strangers, dry people’s tears, wave to rivals and onlookers alike. And keep checking if the money in your pockets is growing or shrinking.

As you walk, what you cannot do is retrace your steps. To take back what you said to someone at the last crossroads. Or retrace your route, to spend more time with the people you loved in your life, who are no longer walking their journeys. Time is the steady companion, that keeps a solid beat to the marching rhythm of your journey. Learn to enjoy and take strength from the journey as best you can. That’s the essence of being human…

Media articles I’d love to read…

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UK charities get sizeable donations from philanthropists in UK immigrant’s home countries – to help their population resettle in the UK.

Life after food banks – how charities are transforming people’s lives in ways the government can’t.

The rise of volunteer counselling on a mass scale – communities connecting people.

The campaign to re-focus news content on the things that matter.

Record numbers of affordable London houses being built on brownfield sites.

24/7 driverless trains come to London – one month to go.

New Michellin-star awards for politicians – their integrity and actions ratings.

Force equals mass times enthusiasm

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The enthusiasm of children is a tonic for any office worker. If you’re like me, you get to work in an office environment where once in a blue moon, you pitch in to help on a student fundraising event. It’s then that you are reminded about relationships that run the organisation, whether teacher-pupil or support staff-teacher. It’s all good.

That enthusiasm is a hidden gem that cuts through all political problems, red tape and inertia. I wish we could find a way to value that enthusiasm on the Balance Sheet and make sure it never dips. Just saying.

Beautiful lies, ugly truths

Do we set our beautiful lies on ugly truths, like bleach on porcelain? Or do our beautiful lies hold hands with ugly truths like a child’s game of ring-a-ring-a-roses?

Kenwalt50 (https://kenwalt50.wordpress.com) says ‘Many of the greatest lies are truth and many of the greatest truths are lies. I began “writing” as a child, lonely and unable communicate as effectively with others as I could with myself, so I created fantasies. My stories allowed me to go anywhere and be anyone. These were “lies,” but the truth of them moulded me. The “truths” were the limits on me and on everyone–we cannot be everything we imagine ourselves to be. Only imagination can break the walls of truth.’

A beautiful lie is the bluff. Countered by an ugly truth, the royal flush.

We learn when we confront beautiful lies and ugly truths alike.

Write here, right now

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Our page and our screen is our mirror of the World we observe. Our pen and our keyboard, is the part of ourselves we pour into the story.

Practice makes perfect. But the more you observe and truly understand the better the writing will become?

The best writers raise the best questions for the reader to answer.

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