by Garethin General0 commentstags: porthcawl, south wales
…of several months… It’s strange the way communications shift. Changes in Facebook, extra input for my business and my sites on Twitter, other things too – all can shift your attention away from other platforms. And to be honest, your own blog is where you have the most control – no character limits, no formatting restrictions. And yet I’ve been away. Certainly feels like neglect and so I’m trying to resolve to post here more often. Maybe not long posts or hugely long posts, but something that is allowed the space to articulate better than a Tweet for instance. I’m not doing that today, but I will for now add a pic of Sandy Bay, Porthcawl, where we walk the dogs. It’s always good for pictures – I’m posting on Facebook and Flickr my ongoing shots of scenes and abstracts, and here’s one now – treated with the awesome Snapseed iOS App – of a view across the beach – lots of tilt shift accentuating brightness and grass texture.
by Garethin General0 commentstags: bridgend, bwlch, cardiff, wales
(*Above: Bad Wolf Bay from Doctor Who) Well it’s official – I’ve been utterly crap at updating this blog recently. I do have the excuse that I’ve been on Twitter a bit, but nonetheless this place wasn’t supposed to get covered in cobwebs and tumbleweed. There is another excuse, to be fair – Moving out of London… I’m now pretty much settled down here in south Wales, not too far from where my mum came from (she’s from the Rhondda Valley – I’m just over the other side of the stunning Bwlch down in Bridgend) – and really enjoying a different lifestyle.
by Garethin General, Media0 commentstags: culture, economics, history, mankind, philosophy
There’s a really good programme on Radio4 weekdays at 9.45am – “A History of the World in 100 Objects” – a superb series that’s following the development of civilization by analysing historical artefacts. They reflect all kinds of aspects of humanity – intellectual, artistic, cultural, economic… and are done an object a day. Do listen. Or of course you can catch up with what you’ve missed on the Radio4 website here, as part of the overall “History of the World” section of the site. You can also catch up and follow the series by subscribing to the podcasts here on iTunes
by Garethin General0 commentstags: avatar, fun
I always knew that the allegations that James Cameron’s “Avatar” was lifted from some Russian sci-fi was a load of old tosh. Now, as the attached image clearly shows, it is put beyond argument that those allegations are completely false. Thanks to Rob for forwarding.
by Garethin General0 commentstags: books, el niño, fernando torres, kate summerscale, reviews, the suspicions of mr whicher
I’ve just finished up a couple of wildly different books that have kept me occupied over the Christmas break. The first is the autobiography of footballer Fernando Torres, “El Niño” – possibly a surprise choice for anyone who knows me pretty well given that soccer isn’t really the centre of my world. The reason I picked it was that I’d had a number of emails and messages sent to my El Canto Del Loco website from Liverpool supporters saying that they’d been checking out the band because of it being mentioned in the Torres book; not a surprise perhaps, given the friendship of Torres with ECDL’s singer Dani Martin (and his cameo appearance in the promo video for “Ya Nada Volvera A Ser Como Antes”). It’s been a thoroughly good, if easy read. In fact, surprisingly easy – not too heavy on match stats and the like – stuff that’s a powerful anaesthetic for me when it comes to football I have to admit – but more a genuine autobiography in that it feels very much about the man himself. It’s a journey, geographical and emotional from Madrid to Liverpool – and also a seemingly heartfelt love letter to the […]