Facebook User Rights – NONE – I’m out


Another reason why I will never have a Facebook page. Thanks Andy for making this public.

Originally posted on andybeelfrps:

Pass this on if you want to protect your identity and Intellectual property published to facebook.

Facebook has decided it has the right without consultings its users to be able sell your identity and pictures with no redress.

You probably had an email recently about the changes, You like me did not read it.

See the link below


I will not be publishing to Facebook again.

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Painting Flags

Trafalgar Square in London is one of the busiest squares in the city. Flanked by the National Gallery and home to Nelson’s Column and the famous Trafalgar Fountains it is a hot-spot for Tourists. And for pigeons.


It is also popular with street artists of all types. On the day I visited several were at work creating artworks with coloured chalks and this one, comfortably recumbent (or so it seemed), was painting the flags of the world.

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I’ve got my eye on you

Spooky or what? This eye followed me, I swear, as I walked past this tree.


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On the way up

A cold night last night, a ski holiday booked, and my mind is starting to tune into the delights of skiing._DS78731

Riding up hill on a Chair Lift to start the next run down provides a grandstand view of the terrain and of other skiers – some good and some not so good. It’s a time for reflection and a time to watch one’s shadow creeping up the mountain alongside. And, naturally, time for a picture or two.

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Following on from my last post – Glass and Water – here is another image from the same day, same area. A perfectly symmetrical building, given the ‘Flat Glass’ treatment I have talked about before. What a joy to behold – in my eyes at least…


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Glass and Water

On my most recent trip to London I spent some time out in the Docklands area of London – an area that has seen colossal development in recent years. Canary Wharf is the financial centre of this area with many of the major banks having their HQs based in towering glass-fronted buildings. This is the closest one comes in the UK to imagining what it must feel like to walk through Manhattan.

Glass has, for some years, been a fascination of mine, photographically. Primarily for its reflectivity, its ability in some structures to be a faithful reflector of the local environment, and yet in others instances to exhibit an almost Cubist tendency to warp and distort.

_DS82329‘Docklands’ is an area where, for centuries, maritime trade was plied in a vast area of docks. And those waterways still exist – they dissect the land. And the water reflects. On a calm day it is a faithful recorder – precise, mirror-like. But on other days when a breeze ruckles its surface, the reflections are warped . Water is dynamic. By contrast, glass is static: its reflective qualities fixed either during manufacture or during installation.

_DS82313It has occurred to me just recently that water and glass are both canvases upon which light paints an impression of the neighbourhood. Sometimes with precision, sometimes impressionistic, sometimes modernistic. And what I find so attractive about Docklands is that the glass and the water exist side-by-side, or perhaps I should say vertically: fancifully I see them competing to see which of them can provide the best show.

Two images today – taken during this visit – probably shot about 30 minutes apart. I will be returning here many times, I can feel the emergence of a new relationship.

Click on either image to see a higher quality enlargement.

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Fuzzypeg came for lunch

After spotting a bird of prey breakfasting in our garden last week (click here to see the post), it was the turn of a hedgehog at the weekend, who came for lunch.

He/she trotted across the lawn accompanied by a couple of very interested Magpies and started hunting for worms in a flowerbed. My wife spotted Fuzzypeg (the Hedgehog’s name known to all lovers of the Little Grey Rabbit books) and I was out there in a flash, camera in hand.

_DS82515What will be next? Possibly, it could be the annual Fieldfares’ visit to our garden to feast on apples. If they arrive – hopefully I will be on hand to record them.

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