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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Doing the photos to accompany an article on risk management at the G20. Found this. Forgot I had taken it. If it had been portrait format I'm sure it'd have made the cover

(should add that as yet none of my images have been selected to accompany the article)
28th Apr 2009, 08:24   comments (9)


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This is one of the slides for my lymph gland tests - taken today.

I'm posting it because I have a request. I'm really grateful for all your expressions of support. I'm stunned by the off-moblog responses too, which mean more than words can say. When I feel low I'm sure that re-reading them will be a real help.


In the words of Granny Weatherwax "I aitent dead". I'm not dying either. The cancer's quite big and I'm going to lose more breast than I want to think about but there is no doubt in my mind that I can get through this.

So right now I don't want your sympathy but I do need to know you're there for me. (I love the new blog - thank you AF and everyone who is contributing- it's lovely to think that you care enough to start and maintain it).

Maybe I'll need sympathy when I see a great lump of my body missing. Maybe when cumulative effects of the chemo start making themselves felt. Right now - and I know I'm making things difficult for you, especially because it might change - is not the time.

I'm also bored with talking about myself. So I'm telling you here how I am at the moment. Until I get my breast lopped off it's unlikely to change. I have cancer (doh). Emotionally I'm mostly serene but I do have wobbly moments. I've run out of Calendula and nearly run out of Arnica (going shopping tomorrow morning) and have a whopping big bruise where they've just taken tissue.

Now I've made things complicated I'll repeat the essence. Over the next year I'll need to know you're thinking of me. For the moment at least I'm not happy about sympathy but empathy is fine. I know I'm strong. I know I'll get over it and I appreciate - and will take - all the non-condescending support I can get.

biopsy tissue

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it's blurry because I was shaking

I have chest cancer.
Tomorrow are more biopsies to see if it has spread to my lymph glands. It looks likely.

Operation, I'm told, is before June 1st, followed by chemo probably for 6 months, then my age indicates I'll probably need radiotherapy. I've also been told that 3 weeks more or less won't hurt (when talking about my right to change hospitals).

I won't know more till they have taken it out so don't ask


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Leandro and Romina of TangoSoul are back in the UK

seek and destroy

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....I'm sure she would...if someone was to let her in........


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