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Ellen McArthur

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Ellen McArthur

First off, allow me to warmly congratulate Ellen on becoming the fastest person to navigate the globe single handed, and at such a young age! One cannot underestimate the enormity of the task she had undertaken, in terms of a sporting challenge this is akin to climbing Everest without any back up team, oxygen, or protective clothing.

She undertook this challenge alone, and endured some of the worst conditions that the earth’s climate can provide for over two months; burning her hands, bruising her legs, depriving herself of sleep for countless nights. On at least three occasions she needed to scale the main mast to make running repairs, had a slight collision with an underwater object, and almost collided with a whale, not to mention running the monsterous and mountainous seas in the Southern Ocean.

I cannot and will not underestimate the enormity of this 28 year old’s achievement.

However, I need to say that Tony Blair has been conspicuously opportunist by announcing today that she would become a Dame Commander of the British Empire, a piece of calculated news management again!

Today, when she berthed at Falmouth should have been her day, to relax, enjoy the warmth of the welcome, get used to walking on terra firma again, and to reflect on her achievement. There would be enough pressure on her today with the world’s press wanting a piece of her. A little dignified delay would have been more appropriate Prime Minister!

Francis Chichester and Robin Knox Johnston waited months for their Knighthoods, our World Cup winning captain Bobby Moore waited years for his, and Geoff Hurst (the only man to ever score a hat trick in the World Cup final) waited decades for his.

I guess, at 28, Dame Ellen McArthur still has plenty time to spoil her reputation, although I doubt she will.

Read her story here

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Written by curly

February 8, 2005 at 5:30 pm

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Noiseware

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Noiseware

I’d like to share with you a little programme for digital photographry, it’s called “Noiseware” and it’s available for free! I posted a couple of nights ago about the Phototakers website and after I’d posted a few pictures it was suggested that I use “Noiseware” to clean the shots up.

I’d never heard of “Noiseware” and the poster didn’t point me towards it, so after doing a search, I found it and downloaded the free community edition, and boy was I pleased! With one click of the mouse this programme removes all of the extraneous pixel noise in your image and cleans it up superbly, as well as reducing the file size.

If you want top notch images, this programme is the way to go!

Get it here!

Written by curly

February 6, 2005 at 12:05 pm

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Photography

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Photography

As you will know, I’ve had an interest in photography for a long time, and the new digital age has kind of rekindled my interest. I’ve bumped into an excellent forum for photographers where you can post your images (from an image host-I use ImageShack) and others make friendly critiques of your work, and make gentle suggestions as to how it could be improved.
I’ve made a few posts in the last week or so, and I’m enjoying looking at some really superb photography from around the world.
I’m really keen on this message board, so if you’re seriously into images, take a look at

Phototakers

Written by curly

February 3, 2005 at 10:30 pm

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Temple Memorial Park (School decision)

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Temple Memorial Park (school decision.)

I must say a big “thank you” to the anonymous Councillor who posted the agenda for today’s meeting of the Council’s Cabinet meeting through my door, along with it’s associated background reports.

The likelihood is, that the Cabinet will now be recommending a new “preferred option” to the full Council, that is to build the new super school; at the current Chuter Ede site. The most interesting things to point out are; the Council Officers have radically changed their opinions since Barbara Hughes and Ron Reynolds have left their posts, the importance attached to the possibility of methane leakages into any new buildings erected on Temple Memorial Park.

I feel this fully vindicates the position I have taken since the exclosures became public in December. It was always my intention to link the fears associated with the pollutants found at Trow Quarry to the possibility of a similar scenario at Temple Memorial Park. It was also important to sow these seeds of fear and doubt into the minds of elected members, particularly Labour Councillors in a position to influence the decision making in Cabinet. Hence my campaign of e-mails to individual Councillors, groups of Councillors, letters to the local press, and the instigation of television investigations into Trow Quarry and Temple Park.
I always hoped that this campaign would steel and fortify those who opposed the new school at Temple Park on the simple grounds of the restrictive covenants, which could have been all too easily amended or broken by the Council

Of course, before the new project is able to proceed at Chuter Ede, further site investigations will need to be undertaken at the former landfill site on Benton Road; the new school will be erected adjacent to, not on, the former waste site.


I should also e-mail my associates at Friends of the Earth to ascertain their willingness to join with Councillors for a site visit to Trow Quarry to enable decisions to proceed about it’s future safety for public access (see previous blog posts.)

Written by curly

February 2, 2005 at 10:15 pm

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