Photography, speed awareness and art
Lake or pool?
I do get a few local readers on a Sunday. They might be surprised to know that today’s picture was taken locally. This ‘lake’ or pool as some people refer to it is about a mile away from my house. What do you think? Lake or pool? I might photograph that today, the sun is shining this morning.
As usual on a Sunday morning, I’m thinking about cooking lunch. I’m a bit desperate today, I need to do some shopping. I am thinking about testing things from the supermarket for my blog, it will be cheaper to buy a packet of tea to test than a smart phone. So this week I bought the ‘red label’ tea from Aldi to compare with the one from Asda that is about 20% more expensive. I’ll report the findings of this scientific test on Thursday or Friday. Stay tuned….
One insurance company has put up premiums for drivers who do that speed awareness course. Does that surprise me? The course is a private company rip off with a lot of incentive from the law to attend it. If you can’t make it on the day for the half day course, that costs a whopping £85, they do you for a £45 rearrangement fee. Miss the rearranged course and you still end up in court. Most people get nicked when the 40 MPH limit changes to 30 and there is a speed camera strategically placed as a cash generation machine. It’s just happened to me. I’ll take the 70 quid fine and 3 points on my licence. Instead of a speed awareness course, why not require drivers to go for an eye test? You need bloody good eyesight to read those little 30 limit signs when you only see them for a moment. If it’s an advert for bloody Coca Cola, it’s splashed across the side of a building. If it’s the speed limit or a sign you need to find your way, it’s in bloody Braille.
Mitt Rmoney lost the US presidential election, thank God. David Cameron congratulated Barack Obama. “I think he’s a very successful US president and I look forward to working with him in the future,” he said. He would say that wouldn’t he… The Labour leader is still counting his winnings…
I’m thinking of taking photographs today, maybe in Sandwell Valley or even Moorcroft Wood. I’m supposed to mention places and words like photography in this blog to help the search engines find it. This is called SEO, search engine optimisation. I can’t stand blogs that are stuffed with keywords. Did I mention photography?
Titles are important when writing a blog too, they have to appeal to the readers. I think today’s title will appeal. It doesn’t make sense, but the bloggers will wonder about it, so will the speeders and for that matter I could get a few people wanting to look at the pictures.
Completely changing the subject, I have been thinking about education today. I think it’s important to pass knowledge down from one generation to the next. That is how we make progress. Skills too need to be passed on to the younger generation, we need apprenticeships. There used to be lots of them when I was young. Then along came Thatcher, the milk snatcher and we got youth training schemes and the poll tax. Things haven’t been the same since. Comprehensive education didn’t help either. Young people were revolting when I was young and challenging authority. That must have annoyed the hell of out Thatcher and could be the reason she put the young oiks in their place. I watched a recording of the Rolling Stones on TV last night. What do kids today have? Justin Bieber… His names not even in my dictionary… Young girls used to throw their knickers at the stage, especially at the BBC… I wonder what they throw at Justin Bieber? I think he made a mistake showing public support for Israel in the current conflict. He would be better calling for a halt to hostilities.
Constable Chaos, a British Bobby is asking what we learn from a speed awareness course on Twitter. I can tell him, we learn that after you get ripped off by the private company, your insurance goes up for years. You feel screwed and hate speed cameras. You are less likely to cooperate with the police too.
Did I mention that I want to take some photographs today? Maybe in Sandwell Valley. Neodigital Art is about creating images with digital devices. Michelangelo used brushes, we use digital cameras, computers, software and even scanners. Neodigital art is social and open to everyone. So if you have a camera; you too can become an artist. If Damien Hirst can pickle animals in formaldehyde and call it art, why shouldn’t we start an art movement here in the Black Country. Stuckism was a few people in a dodgy area of London messing about and now that’s quite well known. It did take an exhibition in Wednesbury art gallery before it really took off though. I really need an exhibition in a local gallery. Any offers?
Today’s ramble is quite long. Please comment if you have a suggestion or a question. I particularly welcome comments from people who are local to me. What do you think of my picture, would you like to see it in a local art gallery?
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