The most fun I’ve ever had driving a car: my day out in the Cotswolds in a 2018 Mustang GT, Ford’s famous five litre V8 muscle car. Almost as much fun as a sportsbike.
One of the really satisfying days out hiking. Dawn start in London to hike deep in to the valley of the Glenderaterra Beck, between Skiddaw (931 m.) and Blencathra (868 m.).
Biker eyes in a crash helmet: a glance from a biker mate leaving yesterday’s GBMCC London pub night on his GSXR.
Maybe I should explain for the wider audience that my photo is about the eyes, it’s a portrait. You have this person riding this machine and in all that protective clothing but underneath and inside is a person. Sports people know you can tell a lot from the eyes and in this photo I would like to think I have captured that fleeting moment, that glance. Note also that, unlike much street photography, it’s a close-up made with a wide angle lens, the subject knows and agrees to the photo. I hope that clarifies why I think it is worthwhile sharing to a wider audience than just our bike club.
The medium of abstract dance communicates emotions and ideas but without words, along with the grace and power of the human body working to its maximum. There’s a parallel with idea-based art: as a non-verbal language, dance has the capacity to communicate with us directly at a lower level than our verbal skills. It sometimes takes time for the full realisation to sink in, and the language of dance is the more powerful and direct because of this.
Sunday cruise on the French Riviera: riding the coast road from the Golfe de St. Tropez to Cannes via the red rock of the Esterel.
GPN London’s meeting tonight at the Camera Club, Kennington, London; a well-attended meeting of this diverse and welcoming group. Camera-stitched panoramic photo of the discussion about contributions on tonight’s subject, “Fashion faux-pas”. Some of the contributed images can be seen on the netting and the screen.
Another hike, a levada and eating limpets on my last night in Funchal.
Comparing two strong red wines from the valley of the river Douro in Portugal and then with a port wine from the same area
“animus” Douro 2017 - Vincente Faria, Vila do Conde
Tinta Roriz, Touriga National and Touriga Franca
“gloria” Reserve Douro 2015 - Vincente Faria, Vila do Conde
Aged in oak
These wines are DOC only for the region; both wines are based on Portugal’s main red grape varietal, Touriga National. They appear to be production in excess of the quota for a more specific DOC classification. Touriga National is famous both as a table wine and the main grape varietal for port wine. Both are available in UK supermarkets at an excellent price/quality point with matching labels but neither label gives much further information: we set out to taste what is the difference.