Trav
31 December 2028 @ 11:15 pm


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Well I woke up today
And the world seemed a restless place
It could have been that way for me

And I wandered around
And I thought of your face
That Christmas looking back at me

I wish today was just like every other day
'Cause today has been the best day
Everything I ever dreamed

And I started to walk
Pretty soon I will run
And I'll be running back to you

'Cause I followed my star
And that's what you are
I've had a merry time with you

I wish today was just like every other day...


A Song for Ten - Murray Gold

 
 
Current Mood: happyhappy
 
 
 
Trav
29 December 2028 @ 04:27 pm
I realised that I haven't posted publicly on my LJ in such a long time. As you might have guessed, all of this is now friends only so if you're a casual passerby there will be little or no new content here for the foreseeable.

If you want to keep up with my non-LJ exploits, my public photo blog can be found via the link below.

http://trav28i.blogspot.com/
 
 
 
Trav
16 December 2013 @ 04:25 pm
This was inspired by the original 1st appearance of the cybermen from William Hartnell's time on the show way back in his last story (prior to regenerating into Patrick Troughton) from the all time classic, The Tenth Planet For those interested, silver catsuit by honour which is worn underneath a transparent oversuit, again by Honour - http://www.honour.co.uk/plastic-clothing/unisex-body-suit.php I want to go back and reshoot these as the tungsten lighting I was using kept overheating - I may go back with the softboxes and slaved flashunits with a reflector although this lighting set up does give an eerie glow to the silver catsuit which was worn under the transparent outfit. The chest unit was made by this person here and she is open to general prop commissions. (junkyarddemon@yahoo.com)
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Trav
08 December 2013 @ 08:56 pm
I guess I woke up today and the muse grabbed me/Linda.




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Inspired by the movie Dalek Invasion of Earth 2150 ad.
 
 
 
Trav
26 July 2013 @ 12:32 pm
So, what has been happening - well, lots. Some great stuff and the odds and ends that life throws at you:

The good -

My job - I love it. Currently I'm specialising in investigations and the what not and it is one of those things I can't really talk about. So I won't. But it's so rewarding and great I might add.

Health - I am no longer taking anti-depressants and my illness (depression/anxiety disorder) is far away. This has to be the best I have felt since about 1996.

Linda - she's great. It's not so far away from our 20th wedding anniversary.


Life stuff -

Ro, our cat of almost 16 years has a non-cancerous tumour in her liver. She's doing really well but each day/week/month is a blessing. It is inoperable but with good nutrition, care and lots of love she can stay healthy. We love her to bits but when the time comes we know what to do.

Travelling -

not much of late due to various housing improvements and stuff. Something planned for next November that will be US (but not NYC) based.

Photography -

Still doing it, invested in lots of lighting stuff and some new props for another scifi shoot soon - one of these is on the way from ebay :)


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Trav
06 January 2013 @ 09:01 pm
New photos taken today....going for an Eastern European vibe ;)


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In other news, looking at holidays for November on expedia - 15 nights in Orlando including flights for just over £700 quid :)

It's possibly a steal and a deal ;)
 
 
 
Trav
01 December 2012 @ 05:35 pm
We haz new (rescue) kitties! Since Buffy passed away in her sleep in September, Ro has been a little antsy. Linda and I got in touch with the Cat's Protection League and we have welcomed into our home two new 10 week old kittens. They are awesome and fingers crossed Ro will bond with them. We are now a three cat household :)

Edit: Piccies are here.

Romana

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River

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Trav
04 September 2012 @ 07:09 pm
1 Canon EOS 5D (MK i) camera body. Well looked after and in perfect condition.

1 EOS 5D Battery Grip (essential when taking portraits).

4 Lithium Ion Batteries (handy if travelling and you are not near a power source - good for about 1600 to 2200 shots). Adaptor within grip enables use of AA cells if required.

1 One gigabyte compact flash card.

Leads/software/camera strap.

The Canon EOS 5D is a professional standard, full frame digital SLR. It is compatible with Canon EF lenses (Due to this being a full frame sensor DSLR, it is not compatible with the cheaper EF-S lenses). Please note, this does not include a lens or a speed-light (this can be sourced quite cheaply via Amazon.co.uk). Genuine reason for sale - I've upgraded to the EOS 5D MKii.

http://photo.net/canon/5D/ for specs and review.

Paypal accepted (with conditions)

£650 or nearest offer

Drop me a line - postage will be extra, UK preferred and preferably someone I know here.

Images that this camera was used for can be found here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/trav28/

EDIT Oops, forgot to say I sold the camera 2 months ago. Thanks for all the comments.
 
 
 
Trav
26 August 2012 @ 07:27 pm
Looking to get some contact lenses and maybe a long overcoat for the next one ;)

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Trav
12 August 2012 @ 06:37 pm
....but I thought I would share it here :)

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Trav
05 August 2012 @ 02:22 pm
A selection of new pics from the last two or so months

hope you like them!


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Trav
10 December 2011 @ 07:11 pm
'Ello LJ Land, hope you are all well. It's all been good here, more details to follow eventually but here's some eye-candy :)


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Trav
05 August 2011 @ 03:19 pm
And welcome to Summer or at least what passes for it.

My posts have become less sporadic of late, mainly due to not having that much to say about...anything. I'll just say life is simple, straightforward and satisfying.

There are a few reasons why I haven't wanted to post of late, the main causation being something I said that clashed with my reality and I never realised the "virtual word" could be taken to be that of a "personal mission statement". I called someone out for being an asshole (not naming them or even hinting who it could be, I was *very* subtle), they didn't like it but they never had the guts to call me up on it. Instead, their passive agression caused a few issues and I called it a day on one aspect of my social media based life, in this instance facebook had to go.

This got me thinking. Why do I spend my time doing "popcorn" or "candyfloss" social interaction? Is it habit or something less straightforward? I realised it was more habit than anything when it came to interacting with people I already know and speak to on a daily basis so the need for posting anything other than lolcats (so 2008) and social minutae had to go. Along with it went my photo-a-day on blogspot as it seemed superfluous to my needs. I pretty much blogged it daily over the period of three years but the discipline of posting something when I *really* didn't want to started to absorb energy I didn't really have. I'm toying with the idea of starting a new, less "structured" blog. Something I can post to when I want and a place that will be used more to share ideas, photography and knowledge acquired before it slips out of my grasp (Yep, I'm getting to that age where I can no longer maintain my "memory palace" and need constant reminders or trips there - if you don't know what a "memory palace" is, google it).

So, to summarise - good place, fun times, selfish non-blogging me needs a new project. But this project can't be too personal as I've passed the point where I need to whine or vent. Virtual or electronic whining is so 2008...heh.

Anyway, I'm still doing the photography thing even though I haven't been too prolific of late. Some examples below. Off to finish that new Alan Moore biography thingy with the CD (which I have to admit, is rather splendid).


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EDIT After a bit of thought I decided to carry on with my blogspot escapades. It seemed like a bummer that 3 years worth of wittering should go down the tubes. So there, nay sayers, I'm back :p
 
 
 
Trav
05 April 2011 @ 06:34 pm
Yep, still alive.

Here's a random pic.

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Top Banana.

Cool Runnings.

Bobsleigh.

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Trav
03 February 2011 @ 07:17 pm
I'm still here (just about). After a brief relapse in my depression (AKA The Glass Elephant), I am now back at work thanks to my lovely GP fixing my anti-depressants. It's been a funny couple of months (leaky roof due to slate problems, now fixed and some other odds and ends here and there!) but I'm getting there.

I have a feeling 2011 will be good (but I don't want to jinx it!). So far, managed to repaint the hallway with a lovely shade of blue, fix Linda's PC up to the telly in the living room (thus creating a media centre/internet facility as she has inherited my Dual Core laptop for home and work use).

Cats are being all catty. Buffy has a thyroid problem so we are trying to make her as comfortable and as happy as possible. She still acts like a kitten but she's almost 13 now! Teenage cats, eh?

Anyhoo, random NYC pic - due back there soon :)

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In other news, Linda has taken over my Xbox and is loving Kinect. She has a gamer tag if you want to add her on Xbox Live too :)

Life, pretty simple right now and trying to make the most of it. Tomorrow will be the 6th anniverary to the day of my father's death. I will go out, buy some Laphroig and get ratted I guess. Or maybe jsut squiffy as I don't "do" hangovers nowadays ;)

I need to post more but also need to find things to talk about. Life is full of work and weekend shenanigans. Mainly we head out for a drive, visit some new places or potter round in town. Oh yeah, doing our first carboot sale in April so I'm bagging up and pricing old comics and DVDs and the odd collectable. Weeding out all my old Nightmare Before Christmas stuff and a few other bits and bobs. If you're in the Midlands and fancy funding my photography and travel habit, drop me a line ;)
 
 
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic
 
 
 
Trav
27 December 2010 @ 01:29 pm
Season's greeting folks!

Ha a very quiet xmas to be honest, which is nice. Things have been a little up and down with the depression, having been signed off work again and an increase of meds has been the order of the day. And apologies to the people here who know me on facebook, I deleted my account due to too many work people and one or two negative interactions but you know where I am if you need me ;)

Anyhoo, thanks for the cards and good wishes too. And today is Linda's birthday, so big xmas kisses to her! (41!!).

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She had many good pressies, including a certain Hello Kitty "massager". I hope Santa or the great pumpkin bought you every thing that you wished and desired :)
 
 
 
Trav
10 October 2010 @ 03:32 pm
Hello! Not been around here much of late but I still read and comment.

So, what's been happening?

Turned 40. Not too bad really.
Still on anti-depressants which really do improve my outlook.
Got back from NYC for a wonderful holiday!
Worked way too hard. Still caseworking and enjoying it.

Not much else really, to be honest.


Here's a couple of recent shots that I did for all the photo peeps out there.

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I must update more often but find the one liners on facebook seem to suit my mood right now. I have managed to simplify a lot of my life and social responsibilities so for the most part life is nice, quiet and simple.

So, laters and hopefully I will post something at least once a month from now on!
 
 
Current Mood: geekygeeky
 
 
 
Trav
29 March 2010 @ 06:54 pm
Recently I supplied a book cover for a friend's chapbook/ltd edition publication. Joel and I go way way back having shared a house in the early 90's and been fellow horror/fiction/movie friends since then.

If you want to support Brit-Fic, please go here and buy a copy!

http://nightjarpress.wordpress.com/2010/03/29/alison-moore-joel-lane-titles-now-available/

And the cover I did can be found here:

Black Country - by Joel Lane


Full size image here: http://nightjarpress.files.wordpress.com/2010/02/joelcover.jpg


It's an utterly wonderful story. I'm opening for commissions - for this type of image I am charging £250. Quite a bargain, really ;)
 
 
Current Mood: creativecreative
 
 
 
Trav
20 March 2010 @ 01:22 pm
More passive aggressive bullying/censorship and threats over in Doctor Who land.

http://community.livejournal.com/doctorwho/5712342.html?thread=83901654#t83901654

Makes me feel sad to be part of the same species. Pierre Bourdieu must be spinning in his urn somewhere. I wonder what Tulloch and Jenkins would make of this power trip I wonder? It stil hurts my brain to see the horned idiot refer to the cast members with their first names, as if they're best mates down the pub. FFS, the production team do not even venture into that squalid little den of cretins.

Can someone direct a giant orbital laser beam at Brighton/Hove please?
 
 
 
Trav
28 November 2009 @ 07:21 pm
If anyone fancies funding this item for Linda, give me a yell ;)

http://www.honour.co.uk/catalog/product_info.php?cPath=285_288&products_id=6778
 
 
 
Trav
14 June 2009 @ 11:05 am
One good reason as to why I should cut up my credit card. http://sgblogs.com/entry/movie-masterpiece-silk-spectre-scale-toys/344745 I feel somewhat lighter in the wallet region now.
 
 
 
Trav
24 May 2009 @ 06:56 pm
Oh hai livejournal land!

Oh my word the weather was fab today. Spent all day outside or in and around Brum drinking margaritas (not as good as NYC ones!) or hanging out at Pride or taking photos with my new lens in a local park meaning lots of closeup shots of flowers.

Big pics behind the cut!


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It seems like summer is here at last!
 
 
 
Trav
09 October 2008 @ 06:13 pm
It's our 15th Wedding Anniversary today! Quite an achievement, methinks :)

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Good stuff. Champagne (in a crystal glass) and sirloin steak ushered in the anniversary :)
 
 
 
Trav
24 September 2008 @ 08:36 pm
Dinner was "Tortilla Espanola"...essentially a potato omellette.

Ingredients -
3 or 4 large potatoes, peeled and sliced thinly.
Olive oil, lots of it.
2 large onions. Sliced thinly. (not chopped!)
Black pepper
Fennel seeds (teaspoon)
Paprika (2 pinches)
Tabasco
5 eggs

OK - find a large (diameter wise), deep and round (or square) frying pan.

Fill with olive oil, heat gently to frying point. Oil needs to be deep, you will find out why in a moment. About 1/2 inch deep.

Peel potatoes, slice thinly (about 2 to 3mm thick) so they look like crisps (or potato chips).
Spread potatoes thinly in pan of oil, reduce heat as you need to boil the spuds in the oil as opposed to frying them, this is important!!!!

While potatoes are "boiling", sprinkle fennel seeds over said spuds. Add liberal amounts of black pepper to taste along with paprika.

While spuds are still "boiling" in oil, slice onion. Sprinkle onion over spuds and use metal spoon to move spuds around to stop them going crisp, you want softish spuds.

Watch spuds and onions cook, I recommend a glass of something cold and full of alcohol at this point as it makes the time fly ;)

Crack eggs into a dish, use fork to beat them.

When spuds and onions are soft enough to cut with metal spoon (about 8 or 9 mins depending on how hot the oil is or impatient you are), drain the oil (CAREFULLY!) into a heat proof bowl.

When the oil is drained, empty spud/onion mixture onto a plate with some sort of absorbent kitchen roll to soak up remainder of oil. Put pan back on heat with a smidge of oil back in to heat up (only a little mind you!).

When spuds/onions have been drained/oil soaked up, place the spud/onion mixture in a bowl with the eggs. Mix carefully trying not to break spud/onion mixture or "mash" it. You want to retain the shape of the potatoes, right!

Oil in original pan should be nice and hot, remember, just a little!

Add onion/spud/egg stuff back to pan and move around until even, as you would with an omelette.

Sprinkle more black pepper and tabasco into cooking egg/spud/onions.

After four minutes I slice the omelette into 4 with a spatula or fish slice and turn over the pieces to cook for another 4 or so minutes until golden.

Serve with lettuce, tomatoes and feta (or chutney if you feel the need).

This is a dish that is ideally served either hot or cold.
 
 
 
Trav
24 August 2008 @ 05:33 pm
Yep, I know. Overkill. This had to be one of my favourite images that I shot yesterday. I envisioned this as an evil Nigella taking over the kitchen.

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And I think it worked!