Duke Of Lancaster

Say It With A Camera

Regular readers will know that many of my photographs are HDR. But for the “Duke” there is no real advantage in using HDR, especially on a bright sunny day.

So what’s been happening. More artwork has been added, especially on the starboard side which is nearest the dock

The two biggest problems with photographing the artwork is the location of the sun which is directly behind the “Duke” for most of the day and trying to see over the razor wire and foliage attached to the fence. I’m tall so I can generally overcome these obstacles but someone shorter may have a problem.

Anyway, the plan is to transform the ship into the largest open air art gallery in the UK.

As of August 2012, the Latvian graffiti artist “Kiwie” was commissioned to spray-paint a design on the ship. The ship is slowly being covered with graffiti described as “bright…

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BBC’s Bowen invents new quarter in Jerusalem

BBC Watch

The Old City of Jerusalem – as the vast majority of people are aware – is comprised of four quarters. They are named the Jewish Quarter, the Armenian Quarter, the Christian Quarter and the Muslim Quarter, and have gone by those titles for donkey’s years. 

But then along came the BBC’s Middle East Editor Jeremy Bowen and not only erased the Christian and Muslim Quarters from the map, but also invented a new one. 

In a December 2012 interview with the travel section of the Telegraph on the subject of Jerusalem, Bowen stated: [emphasis added]

“You should go to the Old City, home to the Western Wall (the holiest place in the world for Jews to pray), the Aq sa [sic] mosque and the Dome of the Rock, not to mention the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. I like to visit the Old City’s various quarters – Jewish, Palestinian

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What Does Naqba Day Commemorate?

Beyond the Cusp

There can not be a celebration of Israeli Independence Day without an Arab Palestinian commemoration of Naqba Day, the day of catastrophe. Taking the most cursory look these two days will always have to be observed on the same day but have completely separate views of the events from the day Israel declared their existence and what actually occurred. Israelis celebrating Independence Day are joyously remembering the declaration by David ben Gurion signifying the resurrection of an ancient land birthing its new incarnation for the modern day that would celebrate, honor, and reconstruct the ancient customs and traditions of the Jewish nations from two thousand to three and a half thousand years in history while incorporating those items from antiquity into a modern state where technology, scientific developments at the cutting edge of modern research also exist, ancient farming mixed with modern discoveries in order to produce the highest quality…

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Evening music & Paint

Expressions of my life - An evolution of art.

Shall we dance…?

Because I’m to damn tied to paint. PT was good had pool session today so totally got to hang out and run,stretch then hydro massage 😉 the hydro is super cool its like shiatsu on steroids only controlled by me.
Shoulders, back, hips,…Very nice. Plus running in water is both awesome and ass kicking all at the same time obviously water has a greater resistance than air so it’s harder but there is almost no impact on my joints (hips) which is awesome!!
So I can pretend that I’m back to my old running, jumping wild man days….kinda 😀

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I figured its been a while since we’ve looked at Dali and Miro’s baby, plus he looks like he’s ready to dance and honestly I think he has a bit more energy than I at this point in the day.
Anyhow it’s time for me to change into…

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At the End of the Day

The Slog

Tonight on the news, I watched as the family of Tia Sharp came out to face the media after Stuart Hazell changed his plea to guilty of murdering their little girl. It shouldn’t have been anything other than a deathly, solemn moment, but it was rendered horrifically funny by the words of the bloke chosen to speak for them:

“We are very pleased that Stuart Hazell changed his plea to guilty. He will be sentenced later but it will not be enough. He should serve out his debt to society, and then be taken out and hung”.

I don’t want to go into too much detail here, beyond pointing out that while criticising a sentence you haven’t heard is irrational, demanding that the reward for repayment of one’s debt to society should be death is an assertion bound to evoke involuntary laughter. Despite myself, I did indeed laugh out loud…

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Hey pretty Girl

Expressions of my life - An evolution of art.

So besides Johnny Cash and a few other classic country singers I really am not a huge country guy but this next song I thought was really cool.

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Just a few tribute pieces to the ladies 😉
K, well that energy I was hoping for, I think it went dancing with somebody else tonight. Enjoy the night and dance on 😉
Always
Benjamin

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GLOBAL LOOTING: Strategy III for stealing your assets rears its head

The Slog

Greece is about to declare its citizens as criminals….purely for tax purposes

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A week ago, I mentioned very briefly that small businesses in Greece are to be taxed based on estimated income. At the time, I thought it no more than another mad tax wonk trying to grab some tax back from evasive SMEs, he or she not having noticed that most of them have closed down. I thought it was probably there to tick a box for Troikanauts in turn desperate for something to show the lunatics in Brussels-am-Berlin. I thought, “there’s another flock of government employees about to chase ether and waste yet more Hellenic money”.

Well, I was wrong. What’s been emerging gradually over the last few days is that ‘estimation’ is the wrong word here: if the electricity company estimates your bill and by next April you’ve overpaid hugely, you can get a refund. The new…

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