Into the Wild Blue Yonder

A carpet of English Bluebells (Hyacinthoides non-scripta) is for those in Northern Europe a joy to behold. Britain contains more than half of the world’s population of these flowers.

An estimated 71% of native bluebells are found in broadleaved woodland or scrub. In the south and west of Britain in particular, it is possible to see bluebells out in the open on heathland; in hedgerows and in coastal meadows (though it is often the case that these open areas were once wooded).

Some tips and suggestions of things to try and experiment with.

• Using a polarizer filter can help by reducing glare from the leaves of surrounding trees, whilst enriching the colour contrasts naturally? It also reduces the light entering the lens by up to 2 ‘stops’ thus allowing for longer exposures. Light breezes swooshing some of the leaves and branches of the trees above can help to simplify woodland compositions by subtly reducing ‘information’ within the woodland landscape whilst suggest a passing of time as well.

• A tripod is a necessity for woodland photos due to lower light levels under the tree canopy.

• Try low level (for intimate and inviting ‘bug’s eye view’) and high level (which can help give more of a sense of depth and recession of the trees) angles for your compositions.

• Hard as it often is, try and avoid areas with lots of fallen branches/ twigs as this can detract from the viewer’s concentration on the flowers.

• Photographing in ‘portrait’ format can be good for ‘invited journey’ compositions (where tree trunks for example could be used as a ‘frame within a frame’). Experiment with wide angle and telephoto compositions.

• Have a go at making a panorama and choose wisely what you include, It’s the content of elements, shapes, form, ‘journey’ and lighting within the visualised ‘letterbox’ shape that matter rather than just stitching lots of frames together just to ‘make a bigger picture’ that counts. This is true of all good panoramas, wherever they are made.

• However tempting – don’t wander into a carpet of bluebells ‘to get a better composition’ as the bulbs are easily crushed and will not then re-flower the following year!

• Early morning and mid to late evening light are some of the best times to visit bluebell woods – offering long raking shadows from the tree trunks above (which can be an aid for subtly dynamic compositions), though the shadow directions will depend on your position in the wood, time of day and the gradient of the woodland floor. A bit of prior research using the Photographer’s Ephemeris (a wonderful p.c. or ‘app’ piece of software that shows the path of the sun and moon at any location, on any day of the year) is worth doing.

Source by Phil J Hemsley

Art auction season heads into second week with strong sales

1. Wide shot pan across sculptures outside entrance to Christie’s auction house, Manhattan
2. Wide shot interior Christie’s gallery displaying contemporary art to go on auction November 11
3. Close up, tilt up, Franz Kline’s “Rue” from 1959 estimated between 3.5 million – 4.5 million US dollars
4. Wide shot an untitled 1963 Mark Rothko estimated between 4 – 6 million US dollars
5. Close up, tilt down, untitled 1963 Mark Rothko estimated between 4 – 6 million US dollars
6. Wide shot 1957 Jasper Johns painting, “Gray Numbers,” estimated between 5 – 7 million US dollars
7. Close up, detail, 1957 Jasper Johns painting, “Gray Numbers,” estimated between 5 – 7 million US dollars
8. Close up, pan across numbers, 1957 Jasper Johns painting, “Gray Numbers,” estimated between 5 – 7 million US dollars
9. Wide shot, 1962 work by Roy Lichtenstein, “Woman with Peanuts,” estimated between 2.5 – 3.5 million US dollars
10. Close up, tilt down, 1962 work by Roy Lichtenstein, “Woman with Peanuts,” estimated between 2.5 – 3.5 million US dollars
11. SOUNDBITE: (English): Jennifer Yum, Christie’s:
“The collection as a whole (collection of Dorothy C. Miller) because Dorothy Miller, as some people may know, was the first curator hired by the Museum of Modern Art. She worked very closely with Alfred H. Barr, who was the famous director who introduced cubism and fauvism and amazing artists to the American public, and made the museum one of the best museums in the world. She worked there for thirty four years, and during her tenure, she introduced post-war art to American as well as European publics.”
12. Wide shot exterior Sotheby’s auction house in Manhattan
13. Workers at Sotheby’s moving a sculpture to install in their pre-auction exhibition
14. Worker at Sotheby’s climbs down a ladder after adjusting a light while installing the exhibition (which was just installed on Friday)
15. Wide shot Mark Rothko’s “No. 8,” painted in 1958, estimated between 8 – 10 million US dollars
16. Close up Mark Rothko’s “No. 8,” painted in 1958, estimated between 8 – 10 million US dollars
17. Close up Willem de Kooning’s “Spike’s Folly 1” from 1959, estimated between 10 – 15 million US dollars
18. Wide shot, Andy Warhol “Oxidation painting,” estimated between 2.2 – 2.8 million US dollars , painting created by the oxidation of uric acid on metallic paint
19. Close up, detail, Andy Warhol “oxidation painting,” estimated 2.2 – 2.8 million US dollars, painting created by the oxidation of uric acid on metallic paint
20. SOUNDBITE: (English): Tobias Meyer, Sotheby’s:
“A good economy will help the collector to make positive decisions about spending money, very easy, that’s very clear. I have the…. the perceived or the mentioned change in the market, in fact, for me, it’s not such a big change. It just becomes more and more quality-driven. I think there was always money for art, there was always money a year ago. You know, a year ago maybe our estimates were a little bit regressive, for the market, for the feeling of the market, but the money was completely there. I think that now it’s just that there’s a slightly more bigger comfort level for certain collectors, that just know that their business is doing better (because of the improved economy) so they feel happier about spending money.”
21. Wide shot, Sotheby’s gallery


The fall (autumn) art auctions got underway this week with a number of high-profile works bringing in strong prices as sellers, buoyed by a resuscitated economy, decided to cash in on their top-end pieces, auction house officials said.

Record prices were set for works by Amadeo Modigliani, Fernand Leger and Gustav Klimt.

The art auctions will continue through November.

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Benefits of Martial Arts Training For Kids

Admit it. When the going gets tough at home, we’ve all plopped the kids in front of the television and breathed a sigh of relief. Finally, we can get started on dinner, maybe check email or sort that massive pile of laundry.

But when your five-year old yells at you “Mom, Kids Rule!” or your ten-year old horrifies you with language that would make a sailor blush, you realize there must be something amiss with what these “family programs” really teach our kids. And sadly, its happening all over the media today, from sports to cartoons, and our children are learning things that we, as parents, vowed we would never teach them. Old fashioned values like respect and self-discipline, seems to have been forgotten, replaced by the dreaded “bling bling” pop culture of today.

Just the thought of your angelic three-year old morphing into a designer-clad, smart-mouthed, money-worshipping, me-obsessed, lay-about is enough to make any parent consider that threatening military school brochure, but there is a solution out there to consider.

Martial Arts training.

From Ninja Turtles to The Karate Kid

You and your kids have all seen the flying kicks, battle cries and mighty chops of their favorite TV characters, as they beat the bad guys to submission – but, you may ask, how on earth can these acts of violence teach my child anything worthwhile?

First, know that what you see on television (save perhaps the Karate Kid) is a far cry from what real martial arts are all about. The fact is, martial arts training is based on non-violence.

Originating in Asia (mainly Japan, China and Korea, although Thailand and Vietnam have their own practices as well), martial arts range from a variety of types and styles, all of which are based on well-rounded, moral teachings. The beauty of learning martial arts is that it encompasses not just the physical aspect of the “sport”, but mental and emotional lessons as well.

Comparing that to other kid’s activities and sports, where fierce competitiveness and “winning at all costs” seems to be the order of the day, it’s not surprising that many children grapple with issues of self-esteem and misplaced aggression.

Now imagine your child actually learning valuable life lessons, skills that he will take throughout life, laying the foundation for a happy, well-adjusted and fulfilled adult life. If only karate for kids was popular in the 70’s, when I was growing up!

The Advantages

o Karate, and other martial arts for kids, builds confidence and self-esteem as well as self-discipline, respect, concentration and courtesy.

o Many martial arts schools also offer leadership courses for kids, in conjunction with their karate for kids programs, or similar lessons.

o Martial Arts is ideal for children who do not do well in team sports, giving them the ability to flourish this activity, while combining physical and mental practices.

o Many do not realize this, but it is a fact that martial arts training are safer than most school sports.

o Children with special needs, such as ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), learning difficulties and hyperactivity are often recommended to participate in martial arts for kids because of the clear benefits in its structured training techniques.

Kung-Fu Master or Ninja Warrior?

Before you sign up Junior for the first martial arts class you see, take some time to check out the different methods available, and match it with what you know would suit your child best. This is a good way to avoid any problems that may sprout from a conflict of your child’s personality and the training techniques.

Is your little Zach a sensitive soul? Then maybe a class that doesn’t center on sparring (full-on kicks and punches training) but rather, slower, defensive maneuvers would fare better for him. Kids with an aggressive streak, however, may prefer the more forceful moves and thrive in competitive sparring.

Here’s a quick primer on the kid-friendly martial arts training you’re likely to find:

Martial Arts From Japan


o Uses defensive and aggressive moves

o Centers on building strength and endurance

o Involves chops, punches, kicks, strikes, blocking and sparring

o May use weapons


o Uses defensive and aggressive moves

o Involves lots of sparring

o Teaches a fair amount of weapons training


o Uses a more “spiritual” and harmonious style in redirecting the aggression of the attacker as the form of defense, using throws, pins, rolls etc.

o Taught on the premise of disabling an aggressor without attacking, through your individual inner energy

o Does not involve sparring or competitions


o Uses gentle, “wrestling-like” movements

o Considered one of the safest methods of martial arts

o Emphasizes physical control as well as mental development

o Engages in competitions

Martial Arts From China


o The generic term referring to Chinese martial arts with a variety of styles

o Involves attack movements as well as defensive techniques

o Teaches kicks, punches, chops, throws, falls, grappling, katas, leg sweeps and blows among others.

o Engages in sparring competitions

Martial Arts From Korea


o Competitive in nature, involves techniques using elaborate footwork and unique high kicks.

o Emphasizes strength, force and attack methods.

o Engages in lots of sparring and competitions.

Choosing The Right Instruction

If you have an idea of the type of martial arts class you’d like your child to participate in, the next step would be to find the right school. Finding the right class that not only matches your child’s and your needs, in terms of teachers you feel comfortable with, the price, facilities and so on, are all important factors.

Say you’ve found a local place that specializes in Karate for Kids. What are the things you should look for?

1. Good Instructors

Check out their qualifications, teaching methods and watch carefully how they interact with the other children. It should be a fun learning experience!

2. Space and Safety

Obviously you would want to entrust your child in as establishment that is safe, well-maintained, and clean with ample space as well as decent facilities and equipment.

3. School Values

Different martial arts schools inevitably go by different values, for instance, one kid’s karate class may handle aggression in one way, while a judo class would have a different approach. Take some time to observe which school’s ideals match your family’s principles.

4. Prices and Schedules

Prices for martial arts training can vary according to school and location, so make sure you the instruction you choose represents fair value. Finding the most effective way to fit martial arts training into your family’s lifestyle is also essential, knowing what works best with your schedule and other activities.

Baby Blackbelts

Starting your child young in karate training is ideal (children as young as the age of four are usually accepted, as it is also a good way to hone fine motor skills), and lots of parents have found that in as little as a year, their children who were involved in martial arts had noticeably gained positive traits such as increased self-esteem, respect and overall physical fitness.

Many parents also opt to join a martial arts training program themselves, making it a great bonding experience for the entire family.

Source by Laura Saunders

Nostalgia Is All About Your Youth

Nostalgia is really only about one thing: youth – specifically your youth. Youth was a time when anything was possible and you believed that you could achieve whatever you imagined. You had your youth and health enabling you to fully explore and everything everywhere, your coming of age. Everything was new and exciting. Additionally everyone else around you was young, even your parents although you thought they were ‘old’ from a youngster’s perspective. Yet as you look back they were quite young and perhaps younger than you are now. Even your relatives – aunts, uncles and grandparents – who you thought were ancient are now considered youthful in retrospect – certainly in spirit.

That’s why despite the dystopian 1970s many who came of age during that era look back at it fondly in an extremely narrow way by cherry-picking with the focus on the art, culture, fashion, music while conveniently forgetting or ignoring the rampant drug use, violent crime, filth and decay of neighborhoods. The memories focus almost laser-like on those cultural and familial bubbles, a period when the middle class was economically comfortable and recessions didn’t destroy industries, not the white collar ones at least.

For those of that generation the world was simple – a world without the internet that oddly enough forced earlier generations to use their imagination and go outdoors, run around and get real exercise instead of in an airless gym. In those days everyone was slim except for the one fat kid who was fat only because of genetics. But he was running around too. In the 21st century it’s the reverse with the one skinny kid as the odd man out raising questions whether he’s the target of familial neglect and abuse.

When you left the apartment all you needed was your house keys and wallet. No one carried around a designer backpack filled with electronics, water bottles, gym clothes and other gear reserved in the past for serious multiday hiking. The gym was the street. The change in your pocket was for making calls from a street phone which meant that commitments were serious affairs so that when someone didn’t show up when they said they would there was genuine concern. Personal relationships were exclusively face-to-face as because long phone calls were expensive.

Mobile phones and the internet are not evil. They are modern tools with attributes which the human element corrupts to deliberately stay connected while at the same time keeping an arm’s length barrier. This method results in personal detachment and loneliness.

Nostalgia is all about you – quite self-serving in convincing yourself that the world was a better place years ago, but only for you and your generation. It’s not a bad thing. In fact it’s a source of psychological comfort, a temporary return “home” as long you apply yourself to recreate those experiences and happiness in the present going forward. Returning to an old hobby or lifestyle – certainly different nowadays but the recapturing of that experience is what matters most – happy to be happy. Used properly it’s a psychological placebo. Used improperly it’s a toxic brew that imprisons your mind in a past that no longer exists.

When you look back the danger is to be careful for what you wish for because we tend to create false memories. Things change and so must we. It’s all a matter of perspective.

Source by Albert Goldson

The Structural Integrity of Step Four Recovery

Countless experiences in life have demonstrated that my mind’s exposure to something does not necessarily enable me to understand, accept, or interpret it adequately on the first pass-nor the second, nor the third, nor, in some cases, the 25th. Take step four of the adult child recovery program, for instance. I have read it weekly for almost seven years and only recently was I able to glean from it what its purpose was-or at least what I understood it to be this time. I wonder why I was able to do so from a different or even the proper angle now. Two reasons come to mine. The next time I read it, maybe a third will. I cannot predict that.

To access my memory, I can tell you that, at least in words and perhaps even theory, that it states that we make “a fearless and searching moral inventory of ourselves.”

One of these concepts-namely, “fearless”-certainly explains why I could not understand the step’s value. I was not fearless! Indeed, fear, I have now realized, was one-if not the main-reason why I could not see it from a more positive angle.

Targeted by and prayed upon by my para-alcoholic father, who never uttered a nuance about the origin of his own alcoholic upbringing, hardly left me with any sense of self-worth or -esteem. Indeed, picking myself apart now only led to the ever-expanding hole in my soul he already bored. Why, I wondered, would I want to make it any larger? What was the value in such a process? In fact, the more I probed it, the more I fell into it. This was supposed to be recovery?

Because we take personal criticism as a threat, which itself is one of the adult child traits, what value could there be to shining a spotlight on the flaws and inferiorities I am very aware I have and am ashamed of, but have gone to considerable lengths to conceal?

Back to my mind’s latest pass over the step. While I will touch upon fear again, what I have discovered is that viewing it from a new angle required my readiness to undertake it, which itself required a solid foundation built by the previous three steps.

“Foundation,” perhaps subconsciously, is an accurate analogy that sheds light on the fourth step’s purpose. I am reminded of those who purchase undervalued properties with the intention of renovating them with beautiful landscaping and high-end internal finishes in order to earn a profit. While painting a wall and installing a marble bathroom will certainly enhance the house’s cosmetic appeal, deeper inspections often reveal that flaws, such as basement wall cracks or crumbling subfloors, first need to be addressed to improve the building’s structural integrity before the visible enhancements can be made. Otherwise, it will rest on a weak, possibly deteriorating foundation.

Similarly, the structural integrity of my soul must first be restored before I can climb higher, and my character defects constitute my own cracked basement walls and crumbling subfloors. Alas, I have finally been able to see the value of this step.

I find some comfort in concluding, after an initial skim of my structural weaknesses, that most of my defects are byproducts of my chaotic, unsafe, and abusive upbringing. Having had a normal reaction to an abnormal circumstance, short of God himself, I do not know how I, as a helpless child betrayed and attacked by my very parent, could have emerged otherwise.

And with the words “God” and “parent,” again perhaps subconsciously used in a single sentence, comes the opportunity to return to the concept of fear I promised I would discuss. By transposing the image of my earthly father on my eternal one, how could I embrace a step such as this? How could I identify my defects and turn them over to a force I equated with a figure like the Wizard of Oz who thundered, “THE GREAT OZ HAS SPOKEN” to meek and minute Dorothy in a tone that reverberated beyond the confines of the television set into my living room? And with the hopelessly uneven power plays I routinely experienced with my father, that is exactly where overwhelming interactions such as these took place.

Therein is the second reason why I had been unable to see the value of this step. I first needed to see God as the opposite to, and not composite of, my earthly father, one who is loving and trusting, not damaging and demeaning.

The key to approaching this step is therefore being ready to understand it and see it in the proper light, one that is ultimately beneficial and not additionally detrimental. The right perspective for me entails the co-effort with God of identifying the very obstacles that prevent me from rising toward Him so that He can remove their barriers and restore me to wholeness.

Architects, incidentally, call this structural integrity.

Knitwits at Horsham Museum & Art Gallery

A feast for the eyes of all knitters, crochet fans, yarn-bombers and crafters, our colourful summer exhibition explores the creative ways in which people, both past and present, have made use of yarn, thread and wool.

Knitwits includes items from the Museum’s extensive costume and archival collections, including a 17th century sock, “make do and mend” pamphlets and clothing, as well as more modern knitted fashions. The Museum is also pleased to include examples of knitted and crocheted creations, kindly sent in by the talented residents of Horsham District.

The exhibition will display knitted creations from artists such as Materialistics and Max Alexander. Materialistics are a group of knitters and stitchers, ranging from novices to experts, who enjoy practising skills in creative ways, using recycled materials whenever possible. Horsham Museum has borrowed four of Materialistics’ pieces, which have reproduced iconic works of art through knitting, crochet and sewing such as The Great Wave inspired by Hokusai, The Kiss inspired by Gustav Klimt and Marilyn Monroe inspired by Andy Warhol.

Also on show are a selection of knitted moths by London-based artist, Max Alexander. Max started knitting moths in 2014 and has since expanded her range to include framed artworks, jewellery and cards. The moths are all hand knitted with Shetland wool, and each one is based on a real species of moth.


Famous People

Generally speaking, a superstar is someone who seeks media attention and the largest part recurrently has an vociferous personality. The want to be notable is obscure by more or less to be a part of Western culture and more specifically the American Dream as a quantity of accomplishment. A superstar with the aim of shys away from the freely available eye or keeps a very separate secretive life is called a reluctant superstar. At the other put an end to of the spectrum, a superstar with the aim of seeks unfashionable publicity instead of him- or herself is often called a media tart, but lone with the aim of uses his or her secretive life as a vehicle instead of enhanced superstar status, now and again desperately, is referred to as a media whore. Examples of this are fake or deliberate relationships, truth television appearances, superstar nudity and in extreme hand baggage, scandal or superstar sexual characteristics tapes.

There are a broad range of ways make somewhere your home can turn into celebrities, from their profession, appearances in the throng media, beauty or even by complete accident or notoriety. Instant superstar is the name with the aim of is used as someone becomes a superstar in very curt era of phase.

Indoors more or less seats, someone with the aim of one way or another achieves a small amount of transient fame through propaganda or throng media, is stereotyped as a B-grade superstar. Often the stereotype extends to someone with the aim of cascade curt of mainstream or persistent fame but seeks to reach or exploit it.

Indoors the 20th Century, the avid freely available lure instead of celebrities and hunger instead of superstar gossip has seen the arise of the gossip correspondent, tabloid, paparazzi and superstar blogging.

Just as lone possibly will turn into a regional or cultural superstar, lone possibly will additionally turn into a superstar in their niche marketplace and hold partial fame apart from it. Stan Lee (best notorious as co-creator of the classic Marvel superheroes) is mostly notorious to comic volume fans and while in latest years, he has turn into more well notorious, many outside fandom are still unsure of exactly who he is, other than being a voice.

One possibly will argue with the aim of all celebrities are niche marketplace celebrities, more or less niches are simply much better than others and many celebrities win fame apart from their niche marketplace as well. A first-rate model can be seen surrounded by the numerous specialized athletes with the aim of are well notorious even surrounded by make somewhere your home who organize not get the gist sports.

Source by John Will Smith

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(Reuters) – Highly radioactive water seeping into the ocean from Japan’s crippled Fukushima nuclear plant is creating an “emergency” that the operator is struggling to contain, an official from the country’s nuclear watchdog said on Monday.

As it is time to 86 tepco and the D.o.e. Why should they even have a speaking part let alone the lone clowns in charge?