Friday, 27 June 2008

Manby Land Rover Show

I'm off to Manby in Lincolnshire tonight for the Manby Land Rover Show, so won't be posting for a couple of days. I've not been to this show before but have heard good reports from last year so am looking forward to it. Hopefully I'll have some good pictures to post when I get back.

Have a good weekend all of you.

Edit: You can see an update to this post here.

Thursday, 26 June 2008

Readers and Readers

I quite like to go through the statistics of this site. It's really interesting to see where people come from and how they found me. I notice though, that many are obviously re-visiting now and again to see if something new has been posted. There is nothing wrong with that, it's great that anyone takes the time at all. But I just thought I'd make you aware that most blogs use a technology called RSS that means you don't have to do that if you don't want to.

RSS is a method that allows a website author to publish their content to a "feed". A subscriber then uses a piece of software called a feed reader or aggregator which notifies them and displays the new feed content every time the feed is updated. What that means is that if I make a new post to my blog, you get told and you get to read the new post without having to re-visit my site. If you already familiar with RSS you can click here to subscribe. I also offer another method of subscription which means my new posts get emailed to you automatically, which is handy if you don't want to install new software.

If you need to get an RSS reader here is a list of ones for Windows, MacOS or Linux.

I hope that's of use to you.

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Alone

I wrote the following a long time ago. It's actually part of a song I was working on. I was reminded of it recently.


You left me, you walked away, I wish you’d never came. You broke my heart, you tore it apart, you’ve driven me insane.

Everything is dark, things look bleak, my memories hurt not heal. I’ve lost so much, not just your touch, there’s nothing left to steal.

No more sadness, no more tears, but my heart’s not made of stone. Friends that care, ensures no more despair, it’s you that is alone.

Jon Hunt - 1993

Tuesday, 24 June 2008

City Of Shadows

Alexey Titarenko, a Russian photographer, has published some stunning black and white images of his native St Petersburg. Many of his collections use long exposures to create interesting representations of movement. It is not often that a photographer captures mood in such an overwhelming way as this and his pictures have become firm favourites of mine. Please take the time to check out his website.

Two of my favourites are below. The first from a collection called "City Of Shadows". The exposure on this image gives the impression of ghostly forms dissolving in to a smoke-like substance. The second is from a collection called "Time Standing Still". This picture is somehow tremendously sad. The paper the lady is clutching is bad news and she is alone with her grief whilst everyone else carries on about their business. Well in my head anyway. ;-)


Monday, 23 June 2008

Erik Mongrain

My tastes in music are as eclectic as the subjects in this blog, but guitars are often found at the heart of the music I listen to. From heavy rock such as Iron Maiden or Metallica, to trippy melodies such as José González or Damien Rice and everything in between, it rarely matters to me. But sometimes you can be lucky enough to stumble across something really special.

Last year I was lucky enough to discover Erik Mongrain. Erik is from Montreal in Canada and is an acoustic guitarist and composer who is extremely gifted in the "Lap-Tapping" style of playing. Although the style is not unique to him, his skill is unmatched in my opinion. The clarity of his melodies and that sumptuous ringing of the notes means I could listen to him all day. See a wonderful example below called "Airtap", check out his official website or watch more Youtube videos of his here.

Friday, 20 June 2008

A Dad's Heartbreak

Linked with what I posted posted about yesterday, I wanted to tell you about a new blog, the author of which I have not known for a very long time but someone with whom I have the utmost respect and who I consider to be probably my closest friend.

Nigel "Gresh" Gresham, has had the worst year imaginable. It's not my place to talk about the details here, however I have written about The Greshlets before and I will again. The accident that took them from their parents (and from us) is an event that will never leave me. Not a day goes bye without a thought focused on them. However the pain that Gresh has suffered and is suffering still, I can not imagine, don't want to imagine. In an attempt to help himself move on and start dragging himself from the despair he has found himself with, he has started to articulate some of his thoughts in to a blog. "A Dad's Heartbreak" is not an easy read, but I urge you to read it. Although very new, he is not pulling his punches in his writing and I salute him for being very honest.

So dig out your favourite RSS reader and subscribe now. If you have problems of any kind, you might find it a real help. I know he has helped me.

PS: Anything he writes about me is not true...Probably.

Thursday, 19 June 2008

Neither Here Nor There

I am having to deal with quite a bit of stuff in my personal life at the moment. I admit I'm finding it difficult to deal with everything that has happened in the last few days.

Therefore, please forgive me if I don't post too often. I hope to, but nothing seems to be a certainty recently.

Tuesday, 17 June 2008

LRW Show Eastnor

The weekend before last saw the LRW Show at Eastnor Castle in Herefordshire. The weather could not have been better with bright sunshine sending the temperature soaring. Once again I camped with the Discovery Owners Club, but just about found time to visit some friends of mine in another club I am a member of, the DTC.

The show itself was very good and apart from the tight camping pitches seemed much better run than previous years. The clubs had a good turnout and and it was good to meet up with friends both old and new.

The picture below of my Discovery on the DOC stand was taken by our club's magazine editor, Roger Spencer. I'm hoping it will make a future cover as it really is a great picture.

Monday, 16 June 2008

Cathedral Walk

I spent Saturday with a friend of mine on a walk along the Severn that ended with a visit to the cathedral. We walked from the weir along the West bank past Chapter Meadows in glorious sunshine. Encountering some curious swans on the steps of the RNIB rowing club, we continued up to Worcester bridge and then back along the quay to the "Water Gate" of the cathedral.

Before going inside we were lucky enough to see and photograph the much celebrated falcons of St Andrews. Then it was in through the North door for a look around. As a native of Worcester I have visited the cathedral many times but I never tire of it. I'm not a religious person but old buildings and churches in particular fascinate me.

Next it was a trip up the 202ft tower. The 235 steps are little hard going on the legs but the view (especially on a clear day like we had) was worth it. A couple of pictures that we took from the tower are below and a full set can be found here.


Saturday, 14 June 2008

Visitor Map

Now that the blog is getting more popular, (I just wish someone would use one of the links below to submit me to something like Digg or del.icio.us then we'd be cooking) I thought I'd share a map of where my visitors are coming from.

Courtesy of SiteMeter we can see that word is slowly spreading. I'm always amazed that someone in a place like Hawaii or Melbourne has stumbled across my site.

Take a look at my last 500 visitors here.

Friday, 13 June 2008

The National Part 2

I promised before, that I would post about the Discovery Owners Club national event. Well better late than never.

Despite weather worries (it had rained almost constantly the week before) it was a cracking weekend. A better than expected turnout and a superb off-road course built by some of the guys from the Worcestershire & Herefordshire section really made it. As I was on marshalling duty, I didn't get to take as many pictures as I'd hoped but thankfully others did. A complete professionally taken set can be found here.



Thursday, 12 June 2008

Missing In Action

I'm sorry folks things have just been so busy here that I haven't managed to get near a computer to post. I now have a little more time and so will remedy that over the next few days. Thanks for sticking with me.

Tuesday, 3 June 2008

Whisked Away

Well that didn't quite work out as planned. I'm sorry that I haven't posted about the DOC National as I talked about in my last post. I will have to return to it when I return. You see I am currently out of the country on business and the pictures I took are at home. It was a bit of a short notice thing to be honest. I will of course make the post I intended upon my return at the end of the week.

So once again I find myself in Dublin. It's a fairly regular destination for me. I'm not sure I'm going to get much chance to do any sightseeing though. That's not too much of a problem for me as I lived here for fifteen years, but it means that the following photographs maybe the best I can manage for you this time. Perhaps I will be able to do better on a future visit.

In the meantime, here are some pictures of my room at the Radisson SAS Hotel in Dublin Airport.





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