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While watching the news last week my teenage daughter made a comment about Donald Trump having his finger on the nuclear button. It hit me that if this was on her mind then she must be feeling quite pre-occupied with the state of the world and she’s picked up on the thread of fear running through the news commentary.   Teaching each next generation When I was 12 we had a year-long topic in humanities about the nuclear holocaust. We learned about how people suffer and die in a nuclear blast, about radiation poisoning, about nuclear bunkers, the four-minute warning…

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  This Friday 20th January is the inauguration of Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America. Unlike his predecessors he did not give any press conferences for at least six months last year and instead communicated using Twitter. It doesn’t look like he’s going to stop tweeting any time soon. As a social media platform, Twitter is vast but it has essentially stopped growing. There has been talk of it being up for sale, and even talk of the end coming and closure. Advertising revenues were low, new users were few. Donald Trump has given it such…

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Are you wondering what to do with leftover mincemeat? Delicious, fragrant and fruity, it is a favourite part of my Christmas feasting. But now it’s January I’m just not in the mood to make mince pies again. Mincemeat lasts quite a long time so I haven’t rushed to use mine up, but now all the Christmas cheese and turkey is eaten and only the last quarter of the cake remains, it’s come to my attention that the mincemeat is sitting there without a clear plan for it’s future. There are lots of mincemeat cake recipes around and I often make one…

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Christmas is a twelve day feast and the last day is 5th January. But by about the 2nd January the spell is broken and most of us have a strong desire to take down the decorations and move on. Through the Christmas period I was either hosting visitors, or away being hosted, or nursing a sick child so I didn’t publish a blog. I did write this on Christmas Eve and I feel that as it is still technically Christmas, I can get away with sharing it now. I learned recently that at the time of Jesus’ birth the shepherds…

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My favourite type of photography is wall art. This isn’t a true category in photographers’ circles. I am not sure if I can call my work “fine art photography” because I don’t sell or exhibit professionally. I’m not sure what the true definition of “fine art photography” would be. So “wall art” is what I call it in my head, and if it makes it onto the wall then for me this is the highest accolade. For many years I got sidetracked into photographing people in the studio and at weddings, but I felt disquiet doing this. Really, I prefer…

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