Shocking!

I came across this link on Facebook and it shocked me to the core. Not the fact that they wanted photos and videos from the public and then said that filming and photographing is suspicious but the fact that someone, somewhere actually believes this. Before everyone jumps up and down on my head, I would like to say that I was horrified by the bombing in Boston and, having been to the Brighton marathon not long before, I can understand how horrific an attack like that would be in an area crowded with hundreds of thousands of people; and I do recall the seemingly constant bomb scares in London during the height of the IRA action. 

However, to come out and say that photography can lead to these sort of attacks is, I think misguided. In the decades of the troubles in Northern Ireland, the technology to film or take photographs with something as small as today’s smartphones just didn’t exist so what else would it be blamed on instead? In my opinion, terrorist attacks are the fault of the terrorist, no one and nothing else. 

If the belief that is mentioned in the article came over to the UK then I would run the risk of being arrested for terrorism every time I leave my home! I photograph all sorts of things; clothes I want to buy in the shops, funny things I see on walls and fences as well as places and things of touristy interest. And, despite this article and the fact that I am in the UK and don’t have to fear Homeland Security, I shall continue to do so. So, to all my friends on face book, I will still continue to photograph the cat and my food but you are going to get more random photos from when I’m out and about, it would be rude not too! 

DHS and FBI Release Statement After Boston Bombings That Photography Can Lead to Terrorism | PINAC.

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Looking for good days out?

Yesterday I went to the Medway English festival. It wasn’t a celebration of English as a language or part of the curriculum but more of “Englishness”. It was held in Riverside Country Park and was split into distinct areas/themes. For example, there was a “seaside” are complete with “beach” and deckchairs. Just opposite the beach donkey rides were taking place and a little further still you could meet many animals such as chickens, ponies and ferrets as well as birds of prey. There was also a dog agility course which enthralled my friend’s daughter quite a lot!

There were the usual food vans – burgers, sausages, hog roast and fish and chips. Sadly nothing gluten free so I took my own.

In addition to a variety of stalls and fair rides, there were also some wandering entertainers including duelling lollipop ladies, one of which informed us that her adversary smelt of cabbage! The birdwatchers were quite amusing too but they were both surpassed by the seagulls. Several people were dressed as seagulls, complete with snapping beaks and the raging appetite of a standard seagull. I was at the festival with 2 friends and their daughters, one of whom slowly walked up to this seagull and gently stroked its beak, it was really quite sweet to see. The seagull was more engrossed in watching the other girl eating her ice cream, holding it as far away from him as possible and growling at him! He did make an attempt to get the ice cream which resulted in her moving the ice cream further back and smacking her mum in the face with it! I am not ashamed to admit that I laughed, we all did as the seagull moved on.

We got on the park and ride bus around 4ish, yet another free offering for this day out. I was really surprised that the park and ride was free, most charge you an exorbitant amount.

Anyway, the point of this post wasn’t just to bore you to tears over a day that you have missed out on but to celebrate all the events that Medway has to offer. I am truly lucky to live in an area that is so historic and that celebrates that history. Next month is The Sweeps festival and in June, we have the Dickens festival. If you are looking for things to do in Medway, the best place to look is the Visit Medway website where you can search by area or category, you will be amazed at what there is to see, I know I was!

 

I’m fundraising!

Today I have signed up for a memory walk for The Alzheimer’s Society. Alzheimers and other forms of dementia are horribly debilitating for the individual sufferer but also affects their friends and family. My great aunt died of a heart attack in 2005, shortly after being diagnosed with alzheimers. She was fairly lucky in that she was able to still recognise family members as she hadn’t been dealing with the condition for very long time, others are not so lucky. 

My godmother is suffering from another form of dementia and is in a secure home. This is extremely difficult for her family as she was always such a vibrant character. It was with this in mind that I decided to sign up for the walk. Well, that and the fact that I am unable to run and a walk sounded easier! I am planning to train for it, I would be stupid to do otherwise! I am hoping to raise £100 although more would be nice. Just £50 pays for someone to attend a dementia cafe every week for a month so my target will go to helping 2 people which is fitting as two people that I care about have been afflicted. 

Please take a look at my page and donate whatever you can afford, I really do appreciate it. http://www.justgiving.com/sarahb-memory-walk

Clumsiness abounds!

Today has been an interesting day, sort of! I had a job interview on a local industrial estate which involved using the other Medway bus company. I stood at the bus stop reading the timetable and making sure I was at the right stop when someone drove through a puddle and soaked my leg and bum!
I went to the interview soggy, cold, grubby and a little hacked off. My mood lifted when I got there and I interviewed quite well (I think). Walking back to the bus stop, I was reading an email from University when I noticed I was coming up to a sign that I needed to duck under. I ducked but not quite enough! It seemed that the clanging of my head against road sign echoed round the estate but made me laugh at myself, not necessarily a bad thing.
So, I get home and plonk myself down with a coffee. Now, I’m on Easter break from Uni and have loads of jobs that need doing around the flat before I start decorating in the summer break. I dig out the shredder and run all those letters and other documents I’ve been meaning to get rid of for ages. I grab the last few sheets and manage to cut myself rather spectacularly on a corner and there’s blood all over the bits I’m shredding. Less than 5 minutes later and there are tears and blood mingling together on my tissue as I attempt to stem the bleeding whilst laughing hysterically.
Luckily, I’m used to doing stupid things like that and regularly discover bruises on bits of me that I don’t remember knocking. I’m also hoping that it is true that things like that do happen in threes as I have to walk down stairs to go to bed later.

And yes, in case you’re wondering, I do have a bump on my head. I hope your day has been less eventful than mine.

Pay it forward 2013

Ages ago now, I wrote a post about a hat I had made for a friend after both of us posting a commitment to “pay it forward”. Anyway, after an anxious wait thanks to Royal Mail, my friend’s gift to me arrived and I cried! She had made and painted a gorgeous cat figurine which I’m still trying to find the right place for. I wish I had that amount of creativity!

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This cute kit does need a name though, any ideas?