Pattern Recognition

by Dhamaka

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

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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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fun with tango

variations on a theme

Less than a week to go to my last-but-one chemo. My sense of taste is all over the place and I seem to be developing temperatures from all the variations of cold and cough virus known to man, but so far... touch wood... I've not had to go back to hospital.

Help kids affected by cancer by sponsoring my passage through chemo at 6 weeks and 5 days until the regime is over and 18 weeks 5 days until I'm fully recovered..
17th Sep 2009, 09:06   comments (14)

your opinions please

For an osteopath's surgery.

The brief was 'something that has bright and simple shapes for young children'. I've tried to cater for young and old in some of these.. This is already late so they need to be chosen ASAP

Look forward to seeing what you think
14th Sep 2009, 20:53   comments (17)

garden fayre

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.. actually rooftop garden fayre...
and as you can see the girls are far too accustomed to portrait photography..

What follows is also posted to the Friendship moblog:

I didn't react too well to the last (new) chemo. Massive (and quite terrifying) dehydration, another infection and more.. But while it wasn't nice, the problem wasn't in how I felt generally but in what it did to my extremities. You know how your finger feels in those few moments after it has been caught in a slammed door? That's how all my fingers and toes felt for the best part of a week. My heels too. I was reduced to knuckling mobile phone and keyboard when necessary, but the feeling is fading now and I hope to be able to get back to normal internet use tomorrow or Monday.

Of course if it happened this time it'll be worse for the next two, but with only 7 weeks and 2 days to go I'll get through it - and the rest.

Anyway - this is to update you and say thanks again for your support. Especially to Viv, Tara, MaggieD, PrincessJun, Spiderbaby and Crickson for my Disgusting (but essential) Chinese Herbs, cleaning and coordinating it all

Help kids affected by cancer by sponsoring my passage through chemo at 7 weeks and 2 days until the regime is over..
12th Sep 2009, 19:12   comments (7)


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I've just been invited to contribute to the International Flamenco Festival's glossy book commemorating 10 years since its first US production (it came to the UK where it's branded Sadler's Wells Flamenco Festival a while after).

I think it was this shot (from this year) that might have clinched it. w00t! w00t!

Help kids affected by cancer by sponsoring my passage through chemo at Exactly half way through the regime today..

... don't forget.. If 25% of the people on my moblog flist donated just £2 then Cyclists Fighting Cancer would get more than I'm aiming for
31st Aug 2009, 16:54   comments (32)

something old and something new

and a bit of Sprocket too

9 weeks 1 day to the end of the regime and 21 weeks 1 days to full recovery.

Help kids affected by cancer by sponsoring my passage through chemo at

... any little helps.. If 25% of the people on my moblog flist donated just £2 then Cyclists Fighting Cancer would get more than the target sum
30th Aug 2009, 18:59   comments (17)

Tango at Spitalfields

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photos taken on my camera but not by me... obviously

9 weeks 4 days. Help kids fighting cancer by sponsoring my passage through chemo at
28th Aug 2009, 19:05   comments (25)

Tarka knows...

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I set up a JustGiving page soon after I started chemo, hoping that people would sponsor me through it for a very good cause that's only peripherally connected to my situation.

Then Viv told me of the fund she had initiated, where mobloggers had donated money to help me through this difficult time.

Without that fantastic generosity my life would be nowhere near as stress-free and I'm sure my immune system and general health would have suffered as a result (thanks again everyone).

I didn't feel that I could ask for more.

Cyclists Fighting Cancer ( is a great little charity that gives bikes to children fighting or recovering from cancer and their families .... but how could I say "thank you very much for the money, please now give these people some as well"?

Some people have found the page anyway. They've already donated for which I'm thankful.

Then in a conversation last week (and without realising exactly what she was doing) Puddikat made me think again.

It's up to you to decide if you want to donate a small amount, not me. It was presumptuous of me to make such a decision without bringing you in too. So I decided to blame that little cognitive dysfunction of mine on chemo-brain and see what you do.

Here's the link
24th Aug 2009, 08:28   comments (13)

entry for BGTW members' awards

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It's the first time I've entered them. In retrospect the moonrise has scuppered any chance I had
19th Aug 2009, 16:25   comments (30)