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Get orrf my land

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Having been away on business recently, I took Blue out for another trek across the local fields yesterday. We went a bit further than before but came to a dead end, so ended up straying from the public right of way, walking alongside some traditional hedgerows trying to navigate in a large square. Blue was being his usual self, carrying large clumps of hey/manure mixture whilst exploring every little thing that caught his eye. Mind you, I don’t think he’d be too good as a coursing dog, a rabbit popped out of the hedgerow pretty close to him and he didn’t even spot it.

Nearing the end of the walk, now obviously not on any kind of assigned path, an ominous looking 4×4 was slowly heading our way across the field. I was pretty sure that this was going to be a ‘get orrf my land’ moment. The window rolled down and I was politely informed that we were trespassing. I knew I was, but there was little I could do, as we were hedgerowed & barb-wired in, so I acted the innocent, apologised and made our way to the nearest exit.

As you can see, Blue is getting a nice shape to him. He’s growing at an astonishing pace, and is unbelievably energetic. He is relentless in his want to play. Even after one lengthy walk this morning he still had boundless energy, so I consulted an old OS map and headed off across the fields again. I returned to the ‘dead end’, but this time I knew where to go without trespassing. We found some great bridleways and footpaths. I think I’m going to invest in a lower scale map & explore the area via the myriad of public footpaths that wind around the countryside. It’s amazing how many of them there are.
Blue definitely needs the exercise to burn off his energy, I need it to burn off the excesses of ten days in the US.

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March 16, 2009 at 5:46 pm

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Solana Beach, California

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Evening sun at Solana Beach, California.

I’m lucky enough to be out in San Diego on a business trip. An after work trip to see a friends house on Solana Beach presented this beautiful view looking out at the Pacific Ocean. A break in the cloud allowed the early evening sun to dance across the horizon.
Please excuse the quality, all I had was my mobile phone camera.

It’s a truly stunning spot, and I’m extremely jealous of my friends who live in a beautiful place right on the cliff top.

Soft Sandstone Cliffs

View from the clifftop

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March 11, 2009 at 10:46 pm

Field Trip

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Well, I’ve just got back from my first ever walk with Blue. His ‘heeling’ skills are a little rough around the edges, he tends to shoot off in any direction, similar to an inflated balloon that is released without tying a knot.

Sporting his new beefier collar I took him over into the local fields, which is all new territory to him. Carrying a huge chunk of manure seemed to please him somewhat, against my objections.

He found it quite amusing that I had to get on my hands and knees to slide under a barbed wire fence to take a short cut. He decided that getting my jacket caught wasn’t enough of a punishment, so he proceeded to jump around on my head with his muddy paws.

At least I now have half an hour of peace as he’s currently crashed out beside me on the sofa.

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March 1, 2009 at 1:58 pm

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Domain de Balme / Chamonix, France

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View from the top of the Tête de Balme chairlift, 2270m.

The first full day riding in the Balme region of Chamonix produced a stunning view from the top of the Tête de Balme chairlift.

The morning was hindered by low cloud and flat light conditions, but by early afternoon the cloud began to lift and produced an amazing view across the valley. The last remnants of the cloud hung motionless with the sunlight streaming through, producing aqua blue horizontal streams of light across the valley. Skiers and boarders dismounting the chairlift gathered to see this wonderful scene.

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March 1, 2009 at 11:28 am

Carnival Brazil

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The Carnival Brazil kicked off yesterday in Rio with the opening ceremony which sees the Carnival ‘Fat’ King (Momo) crowned by the mayor.

The festival is celebrated in towns, villages and cities across Brazil, although the main event tends to be in Rio, widely known as the carnival capital of the World.

Over half a million visitors from all corners of the World will poor into Rio de Janerio to celebrate this energetic and colourful carnival for the next few days. On Sunday the visually stunning and raunchy Samba parade will snake through the streets, a scene that has made the carnival so well known across the globe.

The city will come alive with countless balls, parties and general hedonistic fun. It is a time for Brazilians to celebrate their rich culture.

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February 21, 2009 at 12:40 am

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Frost+Fiat Coupé/Wiper

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Yes, love ’em or hate ’em, I was once the proud owner of a truly Italian Fiat Coupé.
I loved the car… and hated it, I think this is standard for any Italian manufactured automobile.

This is a shot taken after a cold night produced a sharp snap frost. It is the rear wiper arm, looking down towards the boot lid.

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February 19, 2009 at 10:29 pm

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Dusty the abused cat, is now safe

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Some things are beyond words. This is the sickening story of Dusty the cat.
A couple of sick adolescent brothers abused Dusty in their own home and then posted the disgraceful video online.

Today the internet underground can claim a small but meaningful humane victory. Shortly after two teenagers posted a horrific video of themselves abusing a helpless cat, the internet community reacted by tracking them down and contacting the authorities.
– Taken from Brave Little Meme

Thankfully, Dusty is now safe and sound in a veterinary hospital, and the authorities are aware of the case.

I have not seen the video, nor do I wish to, but my personal view is that I hope the two offenders get exactly the same treatment. Scheudenfraude is not necessarily always a bad sentiment.

The good people who tracked down the scum that did this have published the full story and the details of the offenders, Kenny & Weston Glenn online.

To read the full story and keep up to date with Dusty’s case and to offer support, visit

More at KSWO / 7News

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February 18, 2009 at 2:07 pm

Dances with Huskies

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Hunters at play

On a cold late October day in 2007, German photographer Nobert Rosing and Husky manager Brian Ladoon were together taking some sunset photos of Ladoon’s large pack of Huskies by Hudson Bay near Churchill, Manitoba, Canada.

Out of the dull greyness emerged a fully grown wild male polar bear, guessed to weigh around 1200 lbs that had probably not eaten in four months. Cut off from its usual seal based diet by the thin sea ice, it was heading for a tethered Husky.

Rosing and Ladoon were certain that the Husky would be killed instantly.

But, as the bear approached, the Husky was in a crouched position with his rump in the air with its tail wagging, mouth open but not bearing its teeth. The bear had its ears back and fur flat. What happened next was extraordinary…

They engaged in a long bout of gentle play.

The polar bear returned every night that week to play with the Huskies.


I know this story isn’t breaking news and happened in 2007, but I was amazed by what happened.
Apparently this sort of play behaviour has been seen elsewhere, between wolves and Brown (or Grizzly) bears in the USA.

Photographer: Norbet Rosing
Born in northern Germany in 1953, Norbert Rosing is a passionate nature and wildlife photographer with special dedication to the Arctic, North American landscapes, and the national parks of Germany.

In 1980, Rosing published his first photograph in a German photo magazine. Since then he has traveled extensively to the Canadian Arctic, to the landscapes of the U.S. Southwest, and to the romantic landscapes of Germany’s national parks and Africa’s savannas.
More from National Geographic

Further Reading

Norbert Rosing’s Website

Audio Slideshow of the event

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February 17, 2009 at 1:33 pm

Tjeerd Derkink | Royale T

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Melon Scenery by Tjeerd Derkink

Tjeerd Derkink is a photographer and designer. His work mainly revolves around skateboarding. He runs Royale T, which is his online presence for his design and photography.

The above photo is one of his older pics, but I love the composition. His work is pretty special, check out his FlickR page for more cracking shots.

This is an oldie. To create contrast, I decided to cast out every piece of skatepark. I also wanted to hide the identity of the skater. So no face, no park. Just an urban figure in nature.
– Tjeerd Derkink

Further info…

Royale T Website
Royale T Photo Blog
FlickR Photostream

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February 16, 2009 at 10:38 am

Conquering Coniston Water’s Fells

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After hiking our way up above Coniston Water in the Lake District, Andy climbed up onto a massive boulder to gain an advantage point.

Despite the ominous looking clouds seen here, it was a scorchingly hot and humid August day. The sunlight was dancing across the surrounding fells as it broke through the clouds.

The full Coniston crew..
Guy, Mike, Me & Andy (L to R)


The views we were rewarded with

Shots taken 2nd August 2008

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February 15, 2009 at 6:23 pm