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The World Around Me….

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January 24, 2010 at 1:18 pm

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Go Explore…..

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What is it to be an explorer? To explore, go on an expedition..? These questions are asked so often and many people hang on to them as if they were unique words that described them in a way to be different from the next person… But we are all explorers and adventurers from the day we are born. My first expedition was as a 4 or 5 year old. We went on a family holiday to Cornwall. Myself and my brother and sister slept in the back of our friends BIG Ford Zodiac. Uncle Brian as he was known had a knack of driving with no hands but with the help of the little man in glove compartment. “Why would a man live with the gloves in a small cupboard in the car?” I asked. I just got laughs back but it did not destroy my image of uncle Brian’s helper…..

This was a new experience, incredibly exciting and I learnt so much from it.  I was really travelling..

Expeditions are not the domain of explorers either. An expedition to me is a new experience that often but not always involves travel. It takes you somewhere new and you learn from it. You may then share that with someone else who can perhaps learn too, or you may keep it private.

Right now I am in the biggest exploration stage of my life. New love, new places, career building and it feels like an expedition. It’s no different. I have a few travel expeditions on the horizon too. Empty Quarter, Sinai and more photojournalistic work coming up. My coaching is also a beautiful experience. Helping someone else see a way forward is so rewarding.

Its too easy to look at what we don’t have. I have done it and still do sometimes. But what is important is what we do have. What we have around us. Our loves, children, our home, the people outside that walk by in the street. The beautiful countryside nearby.

I have an old car, a Land Rover. Sometimes it causes me so much grief I could kill it! (sometimes it’s an it, sometimes a she!) But then I look at her, she’s a beautiful shape, the character that has grown with her. Then I realise its the only car my 10 year old has known me to have. She adores her like part of the family. Tells me how she loves being in it. So guess what, I repair her and she keeps going…

There is so much good in our world but it all depends on the perspective you are looking at it from………Photography has taught me so much about perspective.


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January 24, 2010 at 12:44 pm

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More on Paris……

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More on Paris

The more time I spend here the more I love it.  Other than finding true love here, I am not sure what it is but certainly the lack of rules or perception of ‘big brother’ watching the whole time has really made its mark in my life.  CCTV never really bothered me too much before but now it seems an intrusive part of my life that I despise. I have had so many UK parking fines in the last two years that either the wardens are more vigilant or I am much slacker due to being in France so much. In Paris they do not carry cameras. You are also not snapped everywhere you go by the congestion  charging CCTV and you certainly have a sporting chance, however I am sure this will soon be here.

In UK there is no chance. My worst experience was whilst visiting Abercrombie, that nightmare hell hole on Burlington Gardens. I parked in a bay, paid my ticket by phone only to come back to the proverbial yellow stuck on my screen. Apparently there was a closed parking bay notice 20 meters behind where I parked. I am still fighting this one…..

On to Abercrombie just for one Paragraph. Either I am getting very old or this shop is just nuts! I suspect the latter. The music is louder than a rock concert in Hyde Park and the smell is just plain toxic! Perfume now has a new meaning in my head. This aside, there is always a queue to enter the shop and once in, the queue for the till starts just after the entrance and takes around an hour!

This brings me back to my subject of Paris. There is NO Abercrombie in Paris. This alone is one great reason I am here. The shops here are far more chic, smell beautiful and are never so crowded that you can’t get it. In fact I am not sure how anyone makes any money  in Paris trade as it is so prohibitively expensive and the shops all seem empty.  Mind you, €700 for a pair of shoes, I suppose you only need to sell a pair a day…

Now dining and wining is just superb. Right now this is not a great option as I am quite broke but hopefully not for too long………

I have been to many cafe’s and restaurants now and find myself so at ease with Paris. I don’t agree that all Parisiens are rude, only some, and I love the atmosphere in this society of freedom and expression.  I love the look, the speed and the decadence.

I return to England on Tuesday so will get out and add a few shots to this page on Monday.  I hope you enjoy……

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January 23, 2010 at 6:43 pm

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Paris – Wet

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Very wet today and stayed in mostly. Got lots done and now catching up on blogs!

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January 23, 2010 at 5:58 pm

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Snowy days…

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This is a late entry as I have only just sorted out the images.  As you can see we did get real snow in England this month.  I took the time off to be with my girl.  Newlands Corner was the destination and luge was the activity.  I am not sure I could believe how steep it actually was…….

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January 23, 2010 at 5:51 pm

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And a few from last summer…

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Getting around…..


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January 12, 2010 at 6:41 pm

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Lunch in Paris

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This was a traditional affair today. A very Parisien restaurant with beautiful food and wine and company to die for. Tomorrow I have to head back to England for meetings and other stuff so will not add to Paris for a few days………

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January 12, 2010 at 6:37 pm

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