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No one should put anything online they they aren’t prepared for people to ‘share’ (by whatever means) as that is the beauty and main benefit of online media. Although it continues to surprises how much a magazine can do with a low res image from a website, realistically they can’t do anything of real commercial value and have little defence if they have had to chop your watermark off. At least Pinterest provides by default linkback to the source (shame if people pin without this). The world is changing and photographers need to keep up with this, or risk ending up like the music industry ex-fatcats who kept trying to protect their position instead of realising too late the potential of the online consumer and then scrambling to play catchup. Pinterest is a great way for photographers, artists etc to gain exposure with a whole different section of the market. The reality is that IP law in this kind of area is still developing and can be open to interpretation so there’s unlikely to be a clear answer any time soon.


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February 27, 2012 at 3:07 am

Young blue eyes

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OK OK.  It’s been an age.  I’m getting back on the old blog.

This morning two school kids got on the bus.  Upon closer inspection, I saw that they weren’t school kids, each wearing badges that said ‘Elder….and their surname’ above a quote from the bible.  It struck me as very ironic that children would be known as ‘Elders’.  I hadn’t had much contact with Mormon (Church of the Latter Day Saints) missionaries, the only other time being ten years prior.  

The blue eyed boy was new to town and was trying to understand why the internet was running so slowly, proclaiming that the computer was broken.  Sitting next to him at the only other internet PC in the province, I explained to him that the internet just ran that slowly in this particularly remote corner of Outer Mongolia.

I know it’s the Mormon way – to send their men on two-year missions when they come of age, but these boys looked scarcely 16.  I don’t know enough about the Mormon way of life or their beliefs to make any judgement.  I could only wonder how they could possibly spread the word and teach without any life experience themselves.  An awesome journey for them – I quite liked the idea of sending kids out into the world for a couple of years as a rite of passage, but how does it feel to be preached to by mere bairns? And what do nomads make of Mormon missionaries in places like Mongolia, where people have lived with Buddhist and Shamanist spritual beliefs for hundreds of  years?  Perhaps their age works for their organisation;  good emissaries with minds malleable to Joseph Smith’s word that they must spread.  Either way, I’m not sure if these earnest blue-eyed boys on the bus were here to convert the Bristolian massive, but they struggled somewhat with getting their suitcases onto the bus.  Probably packed by their  mothers, they could surely have done with their dads there to help them carry them.

Discussion on the  Church of the Latter Day Saints itself isn’t really my  bag.  There’s an interesting discussion at For anyone who knows me over in the real world too, I’ve set up a professional blog at – media related discussion and updates on my various projects over there.  More musings soon.

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June 11, 2009 at 11:29 am

Chasing Rainbows

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The ‘Storm of the Winter’ hit yesterday and against all advice, I spent several hours pounding the tarmac on various motorways. For a good part of the outward journey, we were riding in the eye of the storm.

And there, for the shortest of minutes, we were accompanied by a host of rainbows – coming from under, bouncing off and around the car.  I found no leprechaun or pot of gold, but it was dreamlike.  Magical.

I relayed this to a friend and he said that I was blessed. Maybe I am.  All the more reason to keep chasing rainbows.

A rainbow from my past:

A rainbow I once chased

Addendum: Weirdly as I publish this, ‘Chasing a Rainbow’ by the mighty Terry Hall played out on my jukebox. Hmmmm.

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March 11, 2008 at 11:23 am

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A room with a view

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Bristol is becoming highrise on the sly, I’ve noticed;  extra floors being added onto old buildings,  progressive demolitions making way for incrementally taller buildings (invariably housing tiny flats), towers being built in the low lying parts of town or in ways that their sheer mass is concealed.  You can see how much the skyline is changing from the top of Castlemead, (for now) the tallest building in Bristol, our very own Far Away Tree.  Here is a very different perspective – I struggle to recognise the city that I feel I know like the back of my hand.

The underbelly of Bristol
South West overlooking Castle Park, the underbelly of Bristol – all walks of human life can be found here

West on Broadweir (Castle Park to the left, towards St Nicks Market)

North, overlooking the Cabot Circus shopping centre development

The travesty that is the Cabot Circus shopping centre development, home to several hundred migrant builders for the next year


 Back down the slippery slip, I was sad to see the work at the Old Courage Brewery.  And shocked to see how much has been torn down.  I used to take a detour on my way into work just to have my breath taken away by it each morning.  I don’t think anyone expected that such a beautiful building wouldn’t be kept intact. 

A crying shame.


The Courage Brewery RIP


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March 6, 2008 at 11:57 pm