What was your favourite toy when you were young?
When I’m asked what my favourite toy was when I was young I always think back to the same thing. I’m not sure if this was my favorite thing or my most played with but it is the one that always comes to my mind first.
It was called a Gobot Centre and it was a type of space ship. Upon reflection it looks like The Transformer’s poorer cousin
It had four legs so that it could stand up which would then fold down to allow the attached wheels to move it across the floor. Its back opened up to reveal the compartments/rooms inside and there was also had a little lift.
I don’t remember what accessories came with it or what set of toys it belonged to as I just made up my own rules. I had Star Wars figures, Transformers, Lego men, Plasticine people and toy cars all living happily together inside. They would go on all sorts of adventures across the carpets, land upon bed planets and even sometimes attempt to get in the bath – that never ended well, especially for the Plasticine people…
Do I see any connection between that and my life now? Yes – very happy memories when I look at the picture.
What was your favorite plaything as a child? Do you see any connection between your life now, and your favorite childhood toy? Let me know in the comments below or tweet me @SteveSays2014
Take a walk on the wild side
Greg walking along the coast near the lighthouse in Torry, Aberdeen.
It is very rare that Greg will go out walking with me so when he does I make sure I capture the moment.
I started doing a little editing…
I cropped the photo…
I then wanted to give the photo a blurry glow and the Sara filter seemed to do this quite well…
Next, I thought a canvas look would look good so I added a canvas fabric overlay…
I really wanted to get a 3D boxed canvas effect but spent almost an hour trying to find something that would do it that didn’t involve PhotoShop and I failed at that so then I got a little bit carried away with the effects…
All edits were carried out using Pixlr Express.
This post was part of the weekly photo challenge hosted by http://dailypost.wordpress.com with the theme On The Move.
“Whether on foot, in a kayak, or on a train, we can document our lives easily. More than ever, the moments of our in-betweens are photo-worthy and shareable…Cheri, Daily Post
What’s the weather like in Scotland?
It’s summer and it’s raining – constantly – but sometimes it allows us to see amazing achievements…
I captured this one morning before work during a break from the rain. How much work and effort must go into creating this? All that zigging and zagging must take so much skill.
I must admit I’m glad the rain enables us to see them as I usually end up walking into these webs and end up with it all over my face. Not good for me and worse for the poor spider whose work has been ruined.
This post was part of the weekly photo challenge hosted by http://dailypost.wordpress.com with the theme ZigZag.
“This week, share a photo that foregoes the straightforward in favor of the twisting and winding..” Ben, Daily Post
How do you cope under pressure?
Think of a time when everything seemed to be going wrong — and then, suddenly, you knew it would be alright.
It just goes with my job that things don’t go as planned and the s**t goes down always at the least appropriate time. For example, in the middle of a presentation on how to manage email, my Outlook crashes. You know the kind of thing that never ever happens to you until people are watching.
There are lots of ways to deal with this kind of situation and I’m sure everyone has their own coping strategy.
I discovered mine a few years ago and I call it “Rule Of 10”.
Basically, when something is not going quite right i.e. very wrong, use the “Rule Of 10”.
All you need to do is start counting backwards from 10 down to 1 and more often than not the problem decreases in size in line with the numbers.
For example, a computer application goes belly up when you are showing a group of people – start at 10 and, from my experience, it’s fixed itself well before you get to 1 but if it hasn’t it’s given you time to think of an alternative or prepare what to say to “wing it”.
Outwardly calm, inwardly calm.
I apply this everywhere not just at work.
The traffic lights are red when you are late – count from 10 and they are always changed before 1.
Someone in the queue in front of you in the shop is taking ages “rule of 10” it and they’ll be out the door with their shopping bags before you reach 1.
The TV box won’t boot up and your favourite tv show is about to start. 10…..and I’m lying on the sofa before 1.
Try it. It might just save your life. Haha, well, reduce your blood pressure anyway…
What about you? Tell me how you cope under pressure in the comments below or tweet me @SteveSays2014
There was a solar eclipse in our part of the world today…
It comes just as we are going into a fresh, new season of the year.
I didn’t capture this photo myself but it was so good I had to share. It was taken in Dundee by one of my Facebook friends…
I think it is awesome as the similarity to the Scottish flag is too brilliant for words…
“For this week’s photo challenge, share with us a photo that expresses something ” . This topic is particularly wide open to interpretation; you might take a macro shot of blades of green grass peeking through melting snow, or the condensation on a glass filled with mojito, made with freshly-squeezed limes. Maybe the sweet face of a puppy, or a landscape at sunrise, the fresh start of a new day. We can’t wait to see what you come up with!Jen, Daily Post.