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Can You Replay That Again?

Written by:Chris of Arabia
Published on November 19th, 2009 @ 23:34:54 , using 397 words,
Posted in General

I'm sure I can't be the only one who has written about this one over the course of the last 24 hours, certainly not if you're a sports journalist. Can I be the only one who is mightily disappointed in the actions of Thierry Henry? I doubt it very much.

Last night's game between France and the Republic of Ireland is something I can only view as a travesty of fair play in sport. I want to see my own team (Stoke City) win as much as the next red & white bedecked fan, but I really detest seeing it done in a win at all costs fashion as happened last night. To Thierry Henry it would seem that the end justifies the means, fair play, dignity and respect for the opposition all gone out of the window, not only in his only partly instinctive reaction at the time, but in his comments afterwards, when surely, he would have had the opportunity to reflect on what he knew he had done. There was a time not so long back when having this particular Frenchman's name on a Stoke City team sheet would have been a dream come true, but no longer. His reputation as a sportsman is no longer intact, his name tarnished forever as a consequence of one game. "Sir, you are a cheat and a disgrace to your profession", have no doubt of it.

FIFA will inevitably find a way of glossing over this and carrying on as if nothing had happened. How can they possibly continue to prolong their stance that video replays have no place in the game of football? By what right do they continue to say that the referee's decision on the pitch is final when it's plain to see for millions of TV viewers and a significant proportion of the crowd, that the referee was either wrong, or unsighted at the crucial moment? It would take no longer to consult a video replay than it would to deal with a bunch of angry and emotional players who know they've been conned by their opposition. It works in rugby, it works in tennis, it works in the NFL, why oh why can't it work in the worlds most popular sport? Can they truly be said to be answering that? After last night, the jury can no longer be said to be out...

More Than a Handful...

Written by:Chris of Arabia
Published on November 18th, 2009 @ 23:21:00 , using 0 words,
Posted in Photography

More Than a Handful's a Waste...

Word Games

Written by:Chris of Arabia
Published on November 18th, 2009 @ 22:41:24 , using 55 words,
Posted in The Written Word

gob⋅ble⋅de⋅geek [gob-uhl-dee-geek]

language characterised by highly technical concepts and jargon, usually hard to understand by lay business persons: "The last account review was nothing but gobbledegeek to me" said the commercial man.

Also, gob⋅ble⋅dy⋅geek.

2009; confluence of IT and commercial operatives

geekspeak, speaking in tongues, talkin' bollocks

If a Picture Paints a Thousand Words...

Written by:Chris of Arabia
Published on November 17th, 2009 @ 23:31:14 , using 431 words,
Posted in Photography

Some of my images recently have probably been just slightly outside the norm of what I've been doing for the last thirty-ish years. When I started into the realms of photography, I was heavily influenced by the likes of Ansel Adams - I still like his stuff very much now, that hasn't changed. Over recent months though, I've started to view that type of huge DoF*, ultra sharp style as being rather more documentary than I currently feel comfortable with.

As I browse around flickr from time to time and elsewhere, I find myself drawn increasingly to something rather more elusive. Call it style, call it individuality, call it art, call it none of those. Whatever it is though, I'm beginning to look for something that I can best describe as wanting to capture the sense of time and a place, something that taps into whatever emotion was present when the shutter button was pushed. Anyone wanting to understand where this comes from and what inspired this shift, could do worse than go and look up Aeric Meridith-Goujon, be warned though, what you find may well need to come with the health warning NSFW** - proceed with caution. Whilst I've no intention of photographing the same types of subject as Aeric, the style in evidence draws me in every time. If you wish to look at something rather more office friendly, take a look at some of Joannablu's images; the link is over there --> somewhere. Now she has a real knack of turning the everyday stuff into a kind of dream world that evokes old memories.

I've also been increasingly posting material with the majority of the colour stripped out and replaced with a hint of sepia***, though I'm sure someone will tell me that's not quite what it is. This I think is more of a visual reference to some of the current aspects of my own life that I'm less than comfortable with. Inevitably, though this will change. I need to get out and take some newer material too - the archives are currently being ransacked heavily and probably much too often to make any safe claim of keeping the standards up.

I may come back to this sometime soon, in the meantime, I hope you enjoy the show...

* Depth of Field
** Not Safe For Work
*** Convert to B&W via method of choice, select colorize from Hue/Saturation, set Hue to 45 & Saturation at 8-10, dodge & burn to taste, or maybe just adjust with the Curves tool - in my case done with PS CS4

If You Go Down to the Woods Today...

Written by:Chris of Arabia
Published on November 17th, 2009 @ 22:55:00 , using 6 words,
Posted in Photography

This may be a little dark

If You Go Down to the Woods Today...

Things That Make You Go "Hmmmm..."!

Written by:Chris of Arabia
Published on November 16th, 2009 @ 22:53:32 , using 128 words,
Posted in General

I've decided to have a night off and leave you to your own devices for a while. I don't want you to be too downhearted though, so I've found you a couple of things to read whilst I'm kipping.

  • The first is a piece from the Washington Post - "When a child dies, faith is no defence" by Jonathan Turley - if you are not appalled by this then you damn well should be.
  • The second is from TechCrunch by Paul Carr "NSFW: ‘Tis Pity She’s A Success – Belle de Jour and the Impossibility of Anonymous Blogging" - been following some of the rather excitable press coverage of this one over the last 48 hours - Anonymity: The Bloggers' Conundrum

Pay attention though, I'll be asking questions later...

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