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Forever forgetful…

Life really does run away with itself… It’s been almost 4 months since I wrote anything, which seems completely mental. It doesn’t seem that long since my Thailand post.

I must admit, every now and then, I remember that this page exists and do mean to write more, but uni/work/life happened. Without life happening, however, it would be a very dull blog indeed (more so than it probably already is…).

The past few months I have concentrated on more holidays, more studying, more diving, and more cooking. I have succeeded at one.

Studying is a given. I have to do it. I’m not going to bang on about it. I love it, but I don’t think anybody is interested in the segmentation of society in public engagement, or the differences between the scientific method of Aristotle and Plato.

Cooking… Always a good blog subject. I am far more active on Instagram with cookery photos than I am on the blog. Minimalist Baker is my current favourite cookbook; with their help I have successfully made BBQ pulled jackfruit with avocado slaw and I have totally cracked scrambled tofu (ok – it’s curry spiced tofu, which is a strange concept to eat at 6:30am, but I’m working on it).

Travel and diving…

Our dive group booked a live aboard in Egypt in January to celebrate a couple of birthdays (my own included). Turkish Airlines and snow decided that they were just going to ruin it.

Because the British government haven’t restarted direct flights to Sharm El Sheikh yet (because Egypt is such a huge problem, but Turkey isn’t as far as world politics goes… Note: Sarcasm.), we had to fly via Istanbul.
Where it had snowed.
A lot.

Our flight to Istanbul was diverted to Samsun (never heard of it, had to figure out where we were on a map). Turkish Airlines nicely left us in a hotel for 3 days before giving us any information. They then tried to fly us back to Istanbul.
Where it was still snowing.
A lot.

Our flight to Istanbul was diverted to Izmir (seeing a pattern of incompetence here…), where they left us for 2 days in a hotel. With no information.
Eventually, after much polite kicking off, they put us on an emergency flight to Istanbul so we could come home to Manchester. You know, because those flights were totally fine with the snow… This was after spending the night sleeping on the floor of Istanbul airport.

Almost 6 days and about £1,000 out of pocket later, we were back where we started. Best birthday ever!

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So it’s back to cooking and studying…

Relevant iPhone photos from the past couple of months:

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Posted in Photography, Travel

A very English holiday with Mama Marsden…

It’s been a pretty long time since I went on holiday with my mum. She’s a grafter and she does a lot for her kids, so this year me and the husband decided to take her on a weekend break for her birthday. After lots of back and forth on where to go (including cancelling a hotel in sunny north Ibiza), she decided that she’d like to give fossiling in Dorset a go, so we booked a caravan and headed down south.

We spent last Saturday on Charmouth beach, Jurassic Coast, with hammers and chisels hunting for fossils. Now, either we’re pretty shit at actually finding stuff, or all of the good stuff has gone. The weather was pretty awful, windy and a bit cold, but it didn’t rain so that’s always a bonus. We found a couple of small fossils, including some ammonites but what we did find was all a bit broken. Shame, but we had a great day nonetheless, I’d still recommend it.

Rather than heading out to another beach on Sunday for more fossiling, we drove 90 minutes along the coast to Torquay, a place I haven’t been since I was a teenager. We used to go to Torquay every summer when I was younger, and I suppose I never really appreciated it when everybody else was going to Majorca and Benidorm (I still haven’t been to Majorca or Benidorm, but now understand as an adult why my parents didn’t choose them for a family holiday).

I think I’ve grown to appreciate my surroundings since I started taking photographs. It’s not about finding “something to do”. I don’t need to hammer the 2p machines in the arcade like I did as a child. We walked around the harbour and the pier, and headed over to the pavilion which unfortunately has closed down – shame, I remember the independent vendors in there selling some cute stuff when I was a kid.

We ate… A lot. Oggy Oggy pasties are still as great as they were 20 years ago, as is Kelly’s rum & raisin ice cream. We then got the ferry over to Brixham where we had a proper Devon cream tea and walked around the fishing harbour. The whole weekend made for some great photo opportunities, little weekend breaks around the UK are certainly the way forward.

Oh, and Mama Marsden enjoyed herself too…

Selection of my photos are below, the rest are now on my Flickr.

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Germany’s answer to Centerparcs, and a bit of Berlin’s street art & taxidermy.

I am forever creating different blogs and then forgetting about them… Work takes over my life completely, so it’s taken me almost 3 months to edit and upload the photos that I took in Berlin this year.

Without a doubt, Berlin is one of the greatest cities I have visited so far in Europe. It’s quirks are offset brilliantly by the bleak feeling of some of the areas. The regeneration of the city is going well, scaffolding is everywhere, I hope it doesn’t lose it’s charm like areas of Manchester has when regenerated…

First stop was Tropical Islands in Brandenburg – it’s a strange place. It’s a bit like a German Centerparcs in an old zeppelin hangar. Very odd. That was followed by a couple of days in the centre of Berlin – memorials, museums and plenty of street art <3Again, I stuck to my 35mm lens for the whole holiday. I can’t see me straying from this lens, such a good all-rounder.

More photos from the trip are now on my Flickr, with non-watermarked prints available from my Etsy shop.