Permission to Play

Originally posted on Andrew Nixon's Photo Blog:

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I’ve been feeling overwhelmingly stuck and uninspired over the last few months, perhaps longer if I’m being honest with myself. That’s not to say that I haven’t had my moments but it’s been and continues to be hard going.

The usual advice that you get in these circumstances is to keep going. Work yourself out of the funk, make a lot of work and see where that leads you. My advice to myself was to play more.

After a bit of digging I realized that I was working within a particular sent of constraints that had provided a useful framework at one point but now were stifling. I needed to step back and break the rules that I’d established for myself.

Playing the camera on my iPhone has been enormously helpful in breaking one of my rules – always shoot on a tripod – it also forced me into using…

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Adrian Goldberg on Mixed Marriage

Originally posted on GOLDEN ROOM:

BBC presenter Adrian Goldberg is himself the product of a Mixed marriage, his father a German Jew and Holocaust survivor, and his mother an Irish Catholic. Today, Adrian is himself in a Mixed marriage to a woman of Pakistani Muslim heritage. These personal details and the data from the Census which indicates that nearly 10% of relationships today are inter ethnic, have inspired Golderg to have conversations with other people in Mixed marriages today. In the first series he speaks with Tara Bariana. Tara arrived in England from India in the 1960s and was, in his words, an illiterate 13 year old who couldn’t speak English. He was expected to marry a Punjabi girl, but went against his family’s wishes when he met and fell in love with Beryl, the daughter of a Baptist minister. Adrian hears Tara’s story, and finds out what happened next.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04xp159

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Cable car 9,000ft up in the French Alps turned into a luxury room for overnight stays

Originally posted on Pictures.Dot.News - Global Magazine - World, Breaking News, Current Affairs:

A cable car suspended 2700 metres above the ground has been transformed into a luxury bedroom in one of the world’s most popular ski resorts

  • The unusual accommodation will be available in a cable car above stylish resort of Courchevel, France
  • The room is being offered as part of a competition by travel firm Airbnb for one night only
  • Guests must explain why they want to spend night in the Saulire cable car to win the chance for a stay
  • The winning entry will be able to take three guests to the car on March 6 for a night above the mountains

A cable car suspended 8,858ft above the ground has been transformed into a luxury bedroom in one of the world’s most popular ski resorts.

Ski lovers are being offered the chance to spend the night in a Saulire cable car in Courchevel, France.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the company say that the cable car, which is being equipped with a bed and a living room, is there highest ever European listing

The hotel room, which offers guests the perfect location to hit the slopes the next morning, is being offered by accommodation website Airbnb.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, the company say that the…

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Holocaust Remembrance Day, the BBC, and Lessons Lost

Originally posted on Beyond the Cusp:

On International Holocaust Remembrance Day the BBC show The Big Questions asked and debated the topic as follows, “Our one big question this morning: Is the time coming to lay the Holocaust to rest?” To many the answer is obvious; the problem is the obvious answer is rapidly approaching being evenly divided between the affirmative and the negative. It used to be that if one claimed that the Holocaust was a myth invented by the Jews to use to garnet sympathy or to bludgeon the world with a guilt trip, particularly Germany and the Europeans, was a view which relegated one as outside acceptable society throughout the world with some obvious exceptions. It was certainly not something even debated within Europe or Western society. That has changed to the point that a group of eighth-grade teachers in the Rialto Unified School District decided that asking their students to take a…

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The Blizzard That Wasn’t

Originally posted on PA Pundits - International:

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Dateline: January 27, 2015 – 3 to 4 AM, New York City and Tri-State area.

There was no climate change where I live in a suburb of Newark, N.J. if by “climate change” you meant a dramatic blizzard with high winds and several feet of snow. It’s winter and you get the occasional, rare blizzard every few years, but more often you get snowstorms. That’s not “change” by any definition.

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Listening to WABC radio follow events with callers from around the Tri-State area calling in with far more accurate reports than the meteorologists was an education in the way those trained in meteorology and the rest of us have been conditioned to believe that something is happening to planet Earth that, quite simply, is not happening.

The meteorologists spent their time trying to figure out the difference between a European computer model and one generated here…

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Israel hits back for broad Hizballah offensive from Mt. Dov (Shaaba Farms). Several IDF casualties

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Israel hits back for broad Hizballah offensive from Mt. Dov (Shaaba Farms). Several IDF casualties.

DEBKAfile Exclusive Analysis January 28, 2015, 12:53 PM (IDT)
Israel forces on the ready on the Golan
Israel forces on the ready on the Golan

A broad military clash between Iran-backed Hizballah and Israel erupted on Israel’s northern borders Wednesday, Jan. 28, after heavy coordinated Katyusha rocket-mortar attacks from a Hizballah outpost at Mt. Dov (disputed Shaaba Farms) inflicted multiple casualties on IDF troops. As Israel fought back with heavy fire on Hizballah and associated targets the length of South Lebanon, residents of Metula and other border locations were ordered to stay indoors and keep teir doors and windows shut; tourists warned to stay out of the region and road traffic halted. Israeli massed military strength in border areas after moving figures on the Lebanese side were feared preparing to cross the border for terrorist attacks on abductions under cover of fire.

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North Korea’s Kim Jong-un Will Visit Russia

Originally posted on Peace and Freedom:

From the BBC

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un holds up his ballot during the fifth session of the 12th Supreme People's Assembly of North Korea at the Mansudae Assembly Hall in Pyongyang in this 13 April 2012 file photo released by the North's KCNA on 14 April 2012
Kim Jong-un has made no overseas visits since inheriting the North Korean leadership

Russia says North Korea’s leader has accepted an invitation to Moscow in May, South Korea’s Yonhap reports.

The news agency cites a written response from the Kremlin, but says it does not mention Kim Jong-un by name.

Yonhap quotes a Unification Ministry official as saying the reference to the leader could be ambiguous, as Kim Yong-nam is the nominal head of state.

Kim Jong-un has not made any overseas visits since taking power in North Korea in late 2011.

His first destination will been keenly watched for what it might indicate about his policies and strategy.

‘Not finalised’

Earlier this month, reports emerged suggesting Russia could be the recipient of Mr Kim’s first official visit.

Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told journalists on 21 January that Russia had invited Mr Kim to the 9 May…

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