Pattern Recognition

by Dhamaka

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"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"........ Albert Einstein

My new dance photography blog, DanceTog is here

My formal G20Voice blog is here

"When you're standing on a comfortable rug, you have to expect it to be pulled from under your feet sometimes"
........ Ben Moor
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This is my personal blog, not a venue for saleable images. In fact, because it's here that I share things that are important to me with the members of the moblog community, photo quality's not my priority. Events, occasions, achievements, thoughts, trips and experiments - you'll find them all here. Contact me for the development version of my photo portfolio, for a selection of saleable images or visit my dance photography blog or my website for cuttings. And remember that all photos remain my copyright unless I've specifically said otherwise.

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"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the future of the human race"
........ H G Wells

"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better"
........ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Luck favours the prepared mind"
........ Louis Pasteur

"Never to get lost is not to live, not to know how to get lost brings you to destruction, and somewhere in the terra incognita in between lies a life of discovery."
........ Rebecca Solnit

"Give, give, give -- what is the point of having experience, knowledge or talent if I don't give it away? Of having stories if I don't tell them to others? Of having wealth if I don't share it? I don't intend to be cremated with any of it! It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world and with the divine."
........ Isabel Allende

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs - ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
........ Harold Thurman Whitman

"The real voyage of discovery consists not of seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes...."
........ Marcel Proust

"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.. you have no such accurate remembrance of a country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle...."
........ Ernest Hemingway

"Ambition leads me not only father than any other man has been before me, but as far as I think it is possible for man to go."
........ James Cook

"The grand show is enternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapour is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls."
........ John Muir

"The bicycle is the most civilised conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart."
........ Iris Murdoch

"Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling. If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your picture...."
........ Don McCullin

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loving the lines

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well I had fun...
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anytime, anyplace, anywhere..

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Sandra and Terry
this morning's photocall...

More from last friday

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Anthony and Zoey Price
the first time I've understood the concept of 'dress as confection'
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last night's last minute commission

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One of the supporting acts at the Liberty Ballroom, Newbury

Eurostar competition win

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the original (4th frm left, top row)

Huge Silver Cyclist in front of the Laurent Fignon Centre with the Hautes Pyrenees in the background

We stopped at the Laurent Fignon Centre outside Bagnes di Bigorre as part of a tour of this Mecca for cyclists. "Would you like me to take you on a circuit?" said a fit and gorgeous man. Of course I said yes, deciding not to say that I was just 4 months out of chemo. Our ride began over rolling hills with a long, slow ascent. The clean, bright air smelt of rich earth, woodlands and sage.

We passed the place where Eugene Christophe, the first rider to wear the yellow jersey of the Tour De France, fixed his broken bicycle fork and the public spring where old-style riders topped up on water before the ascent to Tourmalet. It was incredibly difficult. I had not ridden up mountains since well before the cancer. My heart hadn’t pumped blood like that for over a year, and there were times I thought that my legs would just stop. But as the ride got harder so did my determination not to let my new friend down. During one of many stops (I pretended it was to drink but actually needed the rest) I realized we were doing part of one of the legendary Tour de France Etapes! After that pain didn’t matter. Nor did the thirst that came more from post-chemo sweats. It wasn’t till I felt the change of altitude at the back of my head that I realised with wonder how high we had climbed. The view was stunning; the lowlands’ rich greens contrasting wonderfully with purple-grey mountains dusted with bright white snow.

What a journey! What a buzz! And oh what physical pain! I knew then, in my heart mind and legs that the bad times were over and that recovery from chemo would be another exciting journey.

Unfortunately the prize had to be taken next week and I just don't have the bandwidth for it .... so can't go on to the next stage and try for the prize I wanted


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from Darmstadt

Beauty, Bike and Bridge

in Frankfurt