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The Abduction of Proserpina

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

This small bronze piece on display at the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh is a 19th c. reproduction of a French piece dated to c. 1786 by Louis-Simon Boizot.

For more information see http://www.nms.ac.uk/explore/collection-search-results/?item_id=380696

A contribution to #JoinInDaily by +Johnny Wills with today's theme of "female"

The Abduction of Proserpina

This small bronze piece on display at the Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh is a 19th c. reproduction of a French piece dated to c. 1786 by Louis-Simon Boizot.

For more information see http://www.nms.ac.uk/explore/collection-search-results/?item_id=380696

A contribution to #JoinInDaily by +Johnny Wills with today’s theme of “female”

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The peaceful pond

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

One thing I've learnt while doing nature photography is how incredibly hard it is to make a picture look interesting while the vast majority of it consists on greenery. Somehow the eye sees something beautiful but the camera only manages to translate it into a green blob.

Luckily with a bit of experimentation and various exposure corrections I managed to turn some of those blobs into more interesting photographs. Most of the shots I took at Giverny last summer were flowers of course and you can see those in my ongoing Floral Friday collection posts but if Claude Monet can turn this idyllic corner into world famous paintings there's no reason some of us can't try to at least make some decent photographs out of this place as well.

The peaceful pond

One thing I’ve learnt while doing nature photography is how incredibly hard it is to make a picture look interesting while the vast majority of it consists on greenery. Somehow the eye sees something beautiful but the camera only manages to translate it into a green blob.

Luckily with a bit of experimentation and various exposure corrections I managed to turn some of those blobs into more interesting photographs. Most of the

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Thinking about my next phone

Monday, April 24th, 2017

My current Android phone is now 3 years old. It's been out of warranty for about a year and it's showing frustrating signs of decline in performance with random reboots and battery draining quickly from 40%. Add to this that +Sony Xperia​ never upgraded it to Marshmallow and I find myself with something that's in dire need of replacement. I've never rooted this phone but given its hardware issues I doubt it's worth the bother.

So I've been looking at getting something new and this is what I think I need as the main features:
– Android (obviously)
– price below £400 preferably
– decent camera
– 3GB RAM minimum
– 32GB internal storage (expandable)
– reliable battery
– NFC enabled

Some nice to have include
– waterproof
– wireless or magnetic charging

Now because I'm looking at mid range budget phones (I'd love a LG G6 for instance but I'm not spending £650 on a phone) I'll have to make sacrifices. I could perhaps go with another Xperia but frankly I don't really trust the brand at the moment so the two models I'm looking at are the Moto G5 plus and the Oneplus 3t. The Nokia 6 was another one I was thinking about but it's not out yet and the reviews I saw seem to think the camera is a bit meh…

Any other recommendations for models I should look at based on the above?

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Scottish actors who have played Marvel / DC characters

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

I posted about the Scottish comic book hero Saltire a while back and this got me thinking about the number of Scottish actors who have played one or more characters from Marvel and DC movies and television. So this is my list, in no particular order. Feel free to contribute if I've missed out some names:

Marvel Movies and TV
– Brian Cox (William Striker X-Men 2 – X-Men United)
– Alan Cumming (Nightcrawler X-Men 2 – X-Men United)
– James McAvoy (Charles Xavier, X-Men First Class; X-Men Days of Future Past; X-Men Apocalypse)
– Ray Park (Toad, X-Men)
– Karen Gillian (Nebula Guardians of the Galaxy)
– David Tennant (Kilgrave Marvel's Jessica Jones)
– Ian DeCaestecker (Leopold Fitz +Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
– John Hannah (Dr Holden Radcliffe +Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)
– David O'Hara (Alistair Fitz +Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.)

DC Movies and TV
– David O'Hara (Reggie Payne Gotham)
– Ewan Bremner (Charlie Wonder Woman)

I thought this list would be a little longer when I was putting it together but I'm either forgetting a lot of names or it's not as many as I thought

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New York City Library

Sunday, April 23rd, 2017

Just wanted to share a photo before bed. :)

New York City Library

Just wanted to share a photo before bed. 🙂

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