In 2012, CNN named it one of “Europe’s most Bizarre buildings,” and to be fair, it does look more than a little like it might have been dropped in from space. The Atomium, a collection of stainless steel balls in the structure of an iron atom, was built in Brussels for the 1958 Expo. It now houses a museum, restaurant, and space for local schoolchildren … Continue reading Old Iron Balls | Weekly Photo 18th March 2017
I live in a country divided; by hate, by fear, by politics, and by economics. There are many reasons for this. But the way out is emphatically not through isolation and cutting ourselves off from each other and the rest of the world. Even the most divided cultures and can, through increased understanding, grow to accept one another. Continue reading Against hate, understanding. Against division, hope.
For years, I’ve struggled with self-esteem; but simply choosing to record my own small achievements – and overcoming the strange British aversion to being ‘big-headed’ – has helped me begin to believe in myself. Continue reading Accentuate the Positives; recording the good times.
Music can also be a great way of lifting me out of those occasional dips. Something upbeat, and feel-good, can be just what I need as a backing track for my mind to distract me from a place where I don’t want to dwell for too long. Continue reading Using music for mental health, and the evidence to prove it.
This is a photo taken on my old smartphone, a Lumia 735, so it’s not the quality of other shots I post to the Weekly Photo pages. It’s here, though, because it tells a story. Back in October 2015, when this was taken, I was still very much struggling with depression and anxiety. The, for most people simple, act of leaving the house was difficult. … Continue reading No Such Thing As… An Ugly Sunset | Weekly Photo, 8th March 2017
A cool, damp spring morning in Lancashire. One of the many winding lanes crossing the West Pennine Moors. A favourite local hangout for a country hike; especially now that the weather is brightening up and the days are growing longer. Part of the WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge. Continue reading … take me home | Weekly Photo 7th, March 17
For a long while, I’ve used my WordPress blog as a place to post photographs I’ve taken, that I’m especially proud of. Well, I now have a Flickr portfolio to help me show them off in an even shinier and brighter way. Continue reading Flickr-ing photos
Allowing parents to opt-out and not making LGBT-inclusive lessons compulsory in all schools is dangerous; and can lead vulnerable children, like me, to depression, isolation, self-harm or worse. Continue reading The Government’s announcement this week on Sex and Relationship Education does not go nearly far enough.
Who’d have thought the weather could ever be bad in Manchester? A day of filming for another project got rained off; so I had a camera, and as I was bored thought you might like to see a little of Manchester in the rain. Hope you enjoy. Continue reading Sometimes, In Manchester, it Rains.
Projects don’t always go to plan; and Creative Breaks was a classic example. But failing, and running into the failure at full speed, is a great way of learning and improving projects for the future. Continue reading I’ve been thinking…