Thursday 29 January 2009

First snowdrops


Wed 28 Jan

In the rain, of course. And a week or two later than they've been in recent years. Here's a few more, also taken this morning. I'll try again in a day or two - preferably in the dry - and see if I can get them in focus . . .

Wednesday 28 January 2009

Swan Stepping

Best foot forward

Stepping at The Swan, Falmer
Tue 27 Jan

There are several English traditions of step dancing, none of which I knew anything about. Gypsy and Traveller communities in a number of areas have always stepped. Rosie and Kerrie do Appalachian and other American versions; with the support of a number of local musicians they are now seeing how much English traditional music they can step to. Here's a few more grainy iPhone shots - I'll try to remember to take a proper camera next time.

Thursday 22 January 2009

From right to leftie

From right to leftie

The Guardian
22 Jan 2009

A new era begins, and there’s so much to take on board. It’s not just the sight of Barack Obama in the Oval Office, a place that has become associated with George Bush. It’s also that we must once again get used to a left-handed president signing more...

Wednesday 7 January 2009

Lewes via Google Earth

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Use the navigation controls to find the coast (5 miles to South), Brighton (10 miles West), London (60 miles North). You will probably have to install the Google Earth plug-in to get it to function.

It's very easy to set up: just go to ShareIt, locate a place and copy the embed code into your blog (or wiki, or any other web page). Then everyone can explore to their heart's content.

Tuesday 6 January 2009

Sun, sea, spray and stones

17:45, 17 Dec 2008

Bourrée Grandes Poteries

Gérald and Corentin at Verton, May 08. Music by Drift.

Google Earth Micalet

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Another from Google Earth Hacks. I wanted to place it in the sidebar, but I couldn't get it to display properly at 200x170, so I've put it here at 400x340. Navigate out to see the rest of Valencia, Spain and the world. Tilting doesn't have much effect here, as there don't seem to be any 3D images yet. They'll come, I'm sure.

Monday 5 January 2009

Sierra Nevada

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ShareIt from Google Earth Hacks lets you choose a location and show it in GE in a blog. Seeing as how it's GE it should allow you to explore to your heart's content. Try tilting to see the mountains in profile; or fly North to Granada, South to the Alpujarra villages, the Contraviesa range, and the coast.

Sunday 4 January 2009

Testing post to blog

What happens when I try to post a file from direct to Blogger?

Hmmm. Not sure about this. As someone has commented on, it doesn't distinguish between various blogs you might have - I have 3 on Blogger at the moment, it just posted the file here without checking with me if this was where I wanted it.

Mon 5 Jan: And now it seems to have gone . . .
Tue 6 Jan: And come back again . . .

Saturday 3 January 2009

Happy New Year!

If you've got room for one more card, and you'd like Season's Greetings from me, just:

1) choose an image and click on it to download the front of the card from
* * NB: I haven't tried this before - I think you will need to sign up for access to my folder first * *
2) then download the 'back' file
3) print both files onto paper or card of your choice - preferably back-to-back
4) fold down centre and place on display

Happy New Year!


Synchronised Ducking
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Landing and flying
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Standing and flying
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Swimming through stars
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Technical note:
All pictures are from a set I took at the Charca de Suárez wetland reserve - map, website (Spanish), primary school project wiki (Spanish) - near Motril (Granada, Spain), on 21 December. I cropped a selection of the original images down using iPhoto; you can see a set of the crops on Flickr, and a Synchronised Ducking sequence in the previous post. I chose the ones shown here for the cards. I designed the cards in Pages, printed them onto white card, and gave them to friends and relatives (as you do at this time of year); some I emailed as .jpeg attachments. I have now posted these .jpegs to the file store at For this post I have embedded the images from Flickr, and changed the link in the embed code so that it points to the card stored on, from where you should be able to download them.

I hope it works!