Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Primordial Purity Golden World

Primordial Purity, Golden World, a calligraphic artwork by my No 1 son Tashi Mannox. This along with two others are for an exhibition of calligraphy, Sharjah Calligraphy Biennial 2012.
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Sunday, January 29, 2012

Boeing CH-47 Chinook North Fife

Over the last couple of days the distinctive sound of approaching Chinook helicopters has reverberated over North Fife, in this instance one booming a thrump thrump thrump at about 250rpm, 50 miles an hour 300ft above and turning to a few degrees of due East, skirting Normans Law heading for Leuchars Airfield 9 miles to touchdown as the crow flies. Alerted by the sound there was plenty of time to gather up camera and wander outside to wait.

Approaching Chinook at Flisk.

Boeing CH-47 Chinook passing overhead.

The Boeing CH-47 Chinook is an American twin-engine, tandem rotor heavy-lift helicopter. Its top speed of 170 knots (196 mph, 315 km/h) is faster than contemporary utility and attack helicopters of the 1960s. It is one of the few aircraft of that era, such as the C-130 Hercules and the UH-1 Iroquois, that is still in production and front line service with over 1,179 built to date. Its primary roles include troop movement, artillery emplacement and battlefield resupply. It has a wide loading ramp at the rear of the fuselage and three external-cargo hooks.

Enlarge the image. to visibly see squaddies watching the ground unfurl beneath from the open cargo bay, one standing, the other reclining with feet overhanging, I imagine it to be a wonderful experience, one I would love,us all playing I-spy.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

River Tay January 27th 2012

looking across the river Tay from Flisk to the misty carse of Gowrie.

Evening riverside Newburgh 27th January 2012

Still water on the Tay at Newburgh, powerful light.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Tayview 23rd January 2012 North Fife

Tayview 23rd January 2012 North Fife, not as spectacular as some evenings but good to be in nevertheless.

Looking Eastwards with the sun behind, what a difference in light quality, back lit to the camera. Dundee with a cloud hovering over it. Maybe a sign.

Tayview January 23rd. Newburgh in shadow.

Beautiful high jet streaming horizontal clouds backdropping a more earthbound, dense lux tenebra hat over Newburgh North Fife.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

100 Simple Things You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer's: and Age-Related Memory Loss [Paperback]

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Saturday, January 21, 2012

Bonnygate Cupar North Fife

Bonnygate today in Cupar North Fife, cold but with a ray of sunshine bringing a wee bit of colour.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Newburgh North Fife; A Historic Trail

Newburgh A Historic Trail' by L.K.Pinfold. It is probable that there has been a settlement or village on the present site from a much earlier period than the end of the 12th century but in 1266, because of the founding of Lindores Abbey, the village was renamed Newburgh and granted to the Abbot by King Alexander III.
This little guidebook gives a concise history of Newburgh, Fife and its traditions and has details and illustrations of all the interesting historical features to be found in the village today. It's amusing to think that the carved stone which serves now as a pub sign for the Bear Tavern was once above the door of the Abbot's chambers at Lindores Abbey and it shows how bad the reputation of the monks was at the time of the Reformation. The book is on sale in the two village charity shops and a portion of the price goes to support both the local community and cat rescue. If you would like a copy and can't come to Newburgh just click on this link.

North Fife Winter 16th January

Even late in the day there was hoar frost over everything.

Late afternoon sky over Moonzie.

Driving onwards to Cupar the Sky colours became more and more intense demanding to be recorded.

About to set behind East Lomond.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

The Man Diet: One woman's quest to end bad romance

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Saturday, January 14, 2012

The Earth Care Manual: A Permaculture Handbook for Britain and Other Temperate Climates

The best way forward.

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The Earth Care Manual, put simply, is fantastic. It is what I have been waiting for for years, and it is what those of us in temperate climates have urgently needed. Patrick's considerable experience in the fields of woodlands and fruit growing shine through especially strongly, but the whole book is rich with vision and experience. What it offers is common sense solutions rooted in the culture and climate of these islands. This book is a clear and unarguable road map to where we need to go, an A-Z to sanity and common sense. Patrick has created a manual with which we can repair this beautiful jewel of a planet which we are fortunate enough to inhabit, and in so doing has given us a truly precious gift. --Rob Hopkins, Co-founder of the Transition Movement.

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River Tay sky 13th January 2012 North Fife

Beautiful subtle skies over the river Tay Valley North Fife January 23th 2012

And the sun finally set.

Monday, January 09, 2012

Tayview Sunset January 8th 2012

Yesterday views from my home became immersed in a deep red light, really intense, that caused me to scurry outside and view, as always it quickly changes amazingly no less than four other people had stopped in their cars to enjoy in awe of the spectacular phenomena.

Tayview Sunset January 8th 2012.

The river Tay January 8th These Photographs are in sequence and show the ever quickly changing light.

Tay Sky from Flisk North Fife.

The above were just a few of the photographs taken all and any on this Blog can be purchased as archive quality giclee prints up to A2+.

Sunday, January 08, 2012

A Bigger Message Conversations with David Hockney

David Hockney, OM, CH, RA, (born 9 July 1937) is an English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, stage designer and photographer, who is based in Bridlington, Yorkshire and Kensington, London.

An important contributor to the Pop art movement of the 1960s, he is considered one of the most influential British artists of the twentieth century.

A Bigger Message Conversations with David Hockney
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`I devoured this from cover to cover and can highly recommend it, because much like Gayford's other recent book on Lucian Freud (Man with a Blue Scarf) the conversational flow leads the reader to many other ideas around and beyond its subject'
--The Bookseller

'Part anecdote, part diary, part essay, part biography, it's a shot in the arm for all painters and a must-read for all who want a sound and stimulating introduction to the great challenges of any artist that are both timeless and pertinent' --James Hanley, The Irish Times

`Beautifully illustrated (and very fairly priced) ... This man is blessed with great gifts, and he shares them with great generosity' --Margaret Drabble, The Guardian

`A must read for fans everywhere of the straight-talking Yorkshireman' --The Daily Express

`Elegantly and simply written ... full not only of good-quality reproductions of Hockney's paintings, but characterful photos of the artist at work' --The Observer

'A remarkable picture of Britain's greatest living artist'
--The Daily Telegraph

`Martin Gayford has an exceptional ability to get artists to open up to him. His new book... offers a fascinating self-portrait of the artist (Hockney) in the words and ideas of a painter who, for the last 60 years, has consistently reinvented the art of representing the world.' --RA magazine

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Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed [Paperback]

We are all living in extraordinary times of turmoil and change, Paul Mason writes brilliantly on the subject.

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A page-turning account Mason is refreshingly clear-eyed and angry. --Will Hutton, Guardian

What people need is a reliable guide to the financial crisis Meltdown is the book they are looking for. --John Gray, New Statesman

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As a consequence of the gross inequalities thrown up by capitalist greed, the suffering that has been created world wide it's no surprise that reactions are taking place aided by information technology and the ease that we the oppressed can communicate effectively with common purpose.

Why It's Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions
Our world is changing dramatically. The global economic crisis has given way to social crisis: corrupt and dictatorial politics enmeshed with a global financial elite - and an ever-widening gulf between the haves and have-nots. In 2011 this profound disconnect found expression in events that we were told had been consigned to history: revolt and revolution. In this compelling new book, Paul Mason sets out to explore the causes and consequences of this new wave of struggle. From London to Cairo, Wisconsin to Tehran, he charts the new forms of collective action: fluid networks of agile, Twitter- and Facebook-savvy networks of youthful protesters who understand how power works. The events, says Mason, reflect the expanding power of the individual and call for new ways of thinking about political alternatives, elite rule and global poverty.

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Sunday, January 01, 2012

Oddfellows Parade Newburgh North Fife

Emerging from The Steeple, Newburgh High Street, North Fife. An annual event to raise funds for the elderly in Newburgh. The high street is closed for the duration which is about an hour. The
Order Oddfellows was first constituted early in the nineteenth century and has evolved to become The Caledonian Friendly Lodge of Oddfellows. The order is steeped in secret symbolism and one would have to become a member to find out. The photos below are in order of taking, it rained, sometimes it snows and other years its been really cold. Stops occur along the way to share in a dram or two as can be seen.

A horse is always part of the Parade.

Returning to the starting point.

Processing back into The Steeple.

The chest that contains symbolic elements.

Staffs put to rest for another year.

They're not called Oddfellows for nothing.
In between these photos I shot HD video only to find my antiquated PC incapable of handling the giant file sizes. To follow at a later date.