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Sita

Sita

Sita is the newest addition to the Muppet Show. She is overexcitable, and outdoors, cannot stop moving. She loves playing fetch with ball. She’s got a green one here, but an orange one is her favourite. She’ll bundle after a thrown tennis ball in a ball of excitement, legs going everywhere with very little obvious coordination. Her method of stopping is to stick her legs out and slide on her bum. When she returns, she comes around the right side, and then sits at your left side. She gets so out of breath and pants with the sound of a steam train.

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Genie

Genie

Genie would definitely not look out of place on the Muppet Show. She is a gentle, quiet thing with a shy humour about her. She’s old now and struggles comically on the kitchen tiles, her feet sliding about as if on ice skates for the first time. We have to lay dog mats in line like a red carpet for her to get to the back door. Outside on the grass, she’s fine and uses all her energy to chase Sita, the bonkers dynamo dog, who she’s clearly taken a shine to.

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Rain dogs

Inside a broken clock
Splashing the wine
With all the rain dogs
Taxi, we’d rather walk
Huddle a doorway with the Rain Dogs
For I am a Rain Dog, too

Oh, how we danced and we swallowed the night
For it was all ripe for dreaming
Oh, how we danced away
All of the lights
We’ve always been out of our minds

The rum pours strong and thin
Beat out the dustman
With the rain dogs
Aboard a shipwreck train
Give my umbrella to the Rain Dogs
For I am a Rain Dog too

Oh, how we danced with the
Rose of Tralee
Her long hair black as a raven
Oh, how we danced and you
Whispered to me
You’ll never be going back home
You’ll never be going back home

Oh, how we danced and we swallowed the night
For it was all ripe for dreaming
Oh, how we danced away
All of the lights
We’ve always been out of our minds

– Tom Waits

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Viewbug Summer Selection Award

Milo gets Viewbug Summer Selection 2016 award

Some of you are aware I participate in Viewbug competitions and challenges. This week my portrait of Milo the Boxer dog was chosen for summer selection by staff. This is along with peer awards by other photographers. Thank you to those voting for the picture.

Viewbug is a community that is great mix of pro and amateur photographers. Some of the amateur and hobbyists are producing astounding work.

Photography is a bit competitive. However the real challenge is always about keeping your own eyes on your own story. Being part of a photographic community keeps you ‘thinking’ in photographic terms.

This picture was taken in 2000 on my first visit to New Zealand. Milo was (RIP) an inquisitive, slightly mischievous dog with a propensity for wind. He sat in the back seat of a VW Kombi and farted all the way from Titirangi to Marakopa. There was lots of window winding up and down.

Milo on Viewbug

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Jam night @ The Dizzy

jam night at the dizzy 3

Monday summer night in South London. 30 degrees at midnight. First heatwave and the heat is still dry. The place is heaving inside and out, people spilled out onto the pavement. In the corner, a whole load of guitars, mandolins, violins, musical saw, clarinet, bass and box drum. Shoes off, barefoot on the deck. Hollering and harmonies. Birthday cake, sleeping dog. The regulars hold up the bar in their regular stools. Businessmen and bus drivers. It’s jam night at The Dizzy.

 

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Charlie

Charlie, the Ancient Mariner on the CalMac ferry from Mull

Charlie, the Ancient Mariner. Wanders the streets of Oban mumbling in tongues. He was on the CalMac ferry back from Mull. Everyone shifted subtly away from him and I sat listening to his words cupping a hot chocolate. The only thing I could understand was” “I come from Iona”. I asked boat staff about this, but he didn’t seem convinced.

Charlie insisted on being the last person of the boat and was ordering me to leave.