Month: January 2014

Footprints In The Sand…

One day while I was relaxing on the beach, listening to my iPod I noticed a set of footprints leading to a bottle that had washed up on the shore. It was a plain, unassuming vessel and it carried inside it one of the most thought provoking messages.

The message inside was a poem. A poem called “Footprints”.

The song on my iPod suddenly changed to “Hallelujah” by Rufus Wainwright as I read the poem.

I had to capture this moment in video…

This was posted in response to the Daily Prompt hosted by http://dailypost.wordpress.com

“You’re at the beach, lounging on your towel, when a glistening object at the water’s edge catches your eye. It’s a bottle — and yes, it contains a message. What does it say?”

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Daily Prompt

Daily Prompt

Listen With Elmo…

A few years ago I had to give a presentation in which I was trying to get the point across that when giving/receiving tasks, people need to make more of an effort to:

(1) Listen properly
(2) Check understanding
(3) Ask questions

I discovered a really good anecdote for getting this message across and it worked very well. I read it aloud, word for word…

“A new employee is hired at the Tickle Me Elmo (a cuddly toy which laughs when tickled) factory. The Personnel Manager explains her duties and tells her to report to work promptly at 8.00am.

Tickle Me Elmo!

Tickle Me Elmo!

The next day at 8.45am there is a knock at the Personnel Manager’s door. The assembly line foreman comes in and starts ranting about this new employee. He says she is incredibly slow and the whole line is backing up. The foreman takes the Personnel Manager down to the factory floor to show him the problem.

Sure enough, Elmos are backed up all over the place. At the end of the line is the new employee. She has a roll of material used for the Elmos and a big bag of marbles. They both watch as she cuts a little piece of fabric, wraps it around two marbles and starts sewing the little package between Elmo’s legs.

The Personnel Manager starts laughing hysterically. After several minutes he pulls himself together, walks over to the woman and says “I am sorry, I guess you misunderstood me yesterday, I said, your job is to give Elmo “two test tickles.”

I still find it as amusing as it is true. If only the new employee had asked questions. If only the personnel manager had checked the new employee’s understanding of their duties.

I’m now going to Google to see if I can find myself one of those Elmos with balls…

A Drink With A View…

One object.

A chilled glass of wine.

Sit back, relax and enjoy the view…

What more could a person want?

What more could a person want?

This post was part of the weekly photo challenge hosted by http://dailypost.wordpress.com with the theme Object.

“Our photographs tell stories, big and small. Some of our images are landscapes, offering wide and sweeping views of a scene; these pictures might tell the tales of an entire city, or a tapestry of stories of many people. Some photographs, like portraits, focus on individuals, while still-life moments capture the beauty (and often treasured stories) of belongings and found objects.In this week’s challenge, I’d like you to use one tangible object as both your inspiration and subject. It can be the obvious focal point of your shot or you can get creative and find other ways to feature your object — the only requirement is it must be somewhere in your frame.” Cheri, Daily Post

To see previous entries please look at the archives or click on Weekly Photo Challenge in the category cloud on this page.

Daily Post - Weekly Photo Challenge

Daily Post – Weekly Photo Challenge

Of All The Coffee Houses, In All The World…

Steve:

Rehashed, refreshed and reblogged

Originally posted on Steve Says...:

Last year when I got my first video camera I became obsessed with time lapse videos.

I used to stay in a second floor flat and there really wasn’t much to film except for the street outside. Whether there are any laws against doing this I’m not 100% sure but if you do see yourself in any of my videos please do let me know and I will add your name to the credits. Alternatively, if you are too ugly and you don’t want anyone to recognise you then I will pixelate your face.

I set up my camera and pointed it towards a little coffee house called The Breadmaker – they make bread don’t you know, along with many other very fine cakes, sandwiches and all that good stuff. I left the camera running all afternoon and, once again, if anyone saw me doing that then this is what I…

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The Ballater Bridge Project

Steve:

Re-visited, re-worded and reblogged.

Originally posted on Steve Says...:

I got a video camera for Christmas one year and I decided to use it properly some weeks later.

It was February.

It was sunny.

The February sun deceived me as after 3 hours I had forgotten that I even had hands – it was so cold.

I won’t give too much away but the end result wasn’t what I originally had in mind – it ended up better (in my opinionation).

When you watch it please make sure you have audio.

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Snalien…

Steve:

Re-jogged, re-twigged and reblogged.

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Take me to your leader…

This is a close up photo I took of a snail ( no sh*t ).

Granted, it’s not the most glamorous of creatures but I love the way its “feelers” are so parallel with the branch.

The contrast of the pattern of its body and its shell are also captured really well – one full of circles and one full of lines.

This post was part of the weekly photo challenge hosted by http://dailypost.wordpress.com with the theme From Lines To Patterns.

“From lines to patterns. We see lines and patterns in the world around us, in nature and things man-made. Sometimes we don’t realize they’re there: on the street, across the walls, up in the sky, and along the ground on which we walk.Cheri, Daily Post

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You’re My Best Friend…

Twisted Mix-Tape Tuesday

Twisted Mix-Tape Tuesday

“How to make a friend feel better”

There would be a lot of responsibility when making this mix-tape. What would I include on it?

“Friends” by John Denver

Let your friend know that, no matter what, they still have you and you are going nowhere. When I listen to this song it makes me realise how important it is to go that extra mile for your friends. The harmonica part towards the end of the song almost makes me emotional.

“I’ll Be There For You” by The Rembrandts

A very obvious choice is the theme from the sitcom Friends but it just ticks every box. A happy song about being there, a happy sitcom that everyone can relate to and you’ve probably watched together with many different friends at some point. I’ve included a video with a twist…..Time Lords need friends too!

“My Friend ” by Blood Brothers

This song is taken from my favourite musical, Blood Brothers by Willy Russell. I’ve seen it at least five times and I just love it. If you’ve never heard of it or seen it then take a look on youtube for full amateur productions or go download the London recording – you will not be disappointed. This song just shows how innocent childhood friendships can be before adulthood kicks in. Please, watch a version of Blood Brothers (but don’t look at the plot beforehand – spoilers).

“Stand By Me” by Ben E. King

Ok, by now I might be making a better job of making my friend cry more than I am at actually cheering them up but this song is from my favourite film, Stand By Me. It’s what friendship is all about and if you play this for your friend when they are sad, as I said it might make them cry but it’ll be happy tears and they’ll soon be smiling again.

“The Littlest Hobo Theme Song”

This was from a tv show I watched in the 80s about a dog who moved from place to place but always found a new friend. If you let anyone from my era listen to it then it will strike some very nostalgic chords and almost definitely cheer them up!

This post was part of the Twisted Tuesday Mixtape challenge hosted by http://jenkehl.com

“This week’s theme is if your friend is down in the dumps, lost a job, a girl, a car, a dog, how are you going to make your friend better the old-fashioned way? Make your friend a 5 song mixtape and help start the healing.”

 

Twisted Tuesday Mix-Tape

Twisted Tuesday Mix-Tape

Baby, It’s Cold Outside…

My cat Bingo looking out into the snow, keeping her ears primed to make sure that no one is going to make her go outside.

What's going on ear...

What’s going on ear…

This photo is part of Michelle’s Weekly Pet Challenge hosted by http://hopethehappyhugger.wordpress.com/

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Weekly Pet Challenge

Weekly Pet Challenge