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Stream of consciousness Sunday: Mum’s the word…

I’m giving The Accumulator a break this week and using Linda G Hill‘s prompt for SoCS to mark a special day.

Linda’s inspiration for today’s post is;

” “march.” Use it any way you’d like. “

Well, as it happens…

Mum’s the word.

Today, March 26th, is mothers’ day here in the UK and it’s a day to pay tribute to those determined and long suffering women who kept us alive and well before we could do it for ourselves and who are there at the heart of the family whenever we need help and support.

The term “stepmother” should only be used when preceded by “wicked” in pantomime as far as I’m concerned; there should be no distinction between a biological mother and a woman who takes on the responsibility to love and care for another woman’s children, she’s a mother and that’s all there is to it.

My own mother (about whom, more later) sadly died when I was only nine years old, but that tragic loss meant that my sister and I gained a second mum, the one who will be surrounded by the rest of her children and grandchildren today, back in my old Sussex hometown, from where I spoke to her this morning as she prepared to receive her first visitors of the day.

So today’s post is just a quick thank you to the woman who brought up her own kids at the same time as welcoming Kerry and I into her home and has been a pillar of support to the whole family ever since. 

Sue, my mum; travel addict, history enthusiast, expert cook and consummate grandmother, here’s to you, HAPPY MOTHERS’ DAY.

With my dad, Martin.

Mmmm, ice cream. With Audrey, doing the “new” grandmother thing…

…and Audrey, mum and me, Beachy Head, Eastbourne, summer 2016.
Happy mothers’ day to all the rest of the mums reading this, I hope you are being thoroughly spoiled.

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Coming up, memories of another mother…
Pingback to Linda G Hill.

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2017 in Personal anecdote, Photography

 

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March of the Internet Nobody, day twenty five, part 2: The art of anticipation…

I figured you’d probably have had enough of eye popping animated gifs this week and besides, I’m still awaiting some inspiration from the final respondee to my offer. But I did spend a while mucking about with photo editing this afternoon and I was so pleased with the result that I’m going to share it with you.

It is of course a Twin Peaks inspired image, as the countdown to the new series continues, featuring yours truly in a suitably dramatic and Lynchian theme, this time with no knitwear involved.

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2017 in Arts, Photography, Twin Peaks

 

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March of the Internet Nobody, day twenty five: Melodic Randomiser Unspooled, part lots…

Time for your final (for now) weekend dose of Melodic Randomiser Unspooled, my semi-regular lucky dip into the musical gems that live in their little plastic boxes under the stairs.

Today’s selection brings together early sampling, rough edged 1970’s pub rock and ’90s dance superstars, all from the UK.

First up, something from the Crew Cuts compilation, a 1984 collection of breakthrough hip hop pioneers which includes this classic cut and paste masterpiece, Beat Box by Trevor Horn’s Art of Noise

…then we go back to 1978 for an entire album of raw rock and roll from Johnny Kidd‘s former backing band, The Pirates, here’s Skull Wars

…and we finish up with arguably one of the most important bands from the ’90s dance scene; Underworld and Pearl’s Girl.


Hope you enjoyed that, stick around, there’s another quick bonus post coming up soon…

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2017 in Melodic Randomiser, Music

 

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Cosmic Photo prompt…

Another late entry for the Cosmic Photo prompt this week, sorry about that, but I got here in the end.

Today (oh, alright, yesterday) it was K’lee’s turn to set the theme and he’s chosen;The Story Behind the Photo.

I’ll let K’lee explain.

“Photos tell stories.

Photos often tell stories even when we- the photographer(s) may not have intended our shots to necessarily be story-driven.

For that reason and because I thought this would be an interesting prompt, I’m looking for photos that engage both the eye and the mind.

So, there you have it. This coming Monday, we’re looking for storytelling in your photos.”

Nice, I like that idea.

Ok, you know the drill by now.
See you on Monday.

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To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.
Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.

#CosPhoChal

 
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Posted by on March 25, 2017 in Photography

 

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March of the Internet Nobody, day twenty four: Friday doodle gif…

Just making it in under the wire, for today’s gif post to still be relevant, so I’ll keep it short and say; here’s a doodle gif for Friday.


Have a good weekend, see you tomorrow.

 
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Posted by on March 24, 2017 in aardvark, Animation, Blogging

 

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March of the Internet Nobody, day twenty three: Giving the gift of gif…

So I finally had someone take me up on my offer to craft a quick gif for them, namely Deborah Drucker from over at Notes Tied To The Sagebrush, which I’m premiering here, prior to handing it over to her to use as she wishes.

I decided to go with simple, apposite and vaguely comical, using the header image from Deborah’s blog as a background for a fairly basic stop frame animation. I hope she’s pleased with it and I hope that you like my fourth quickfire gif of the week.

See you tomorrow for the Cosmic Photo prompt and more giffage.

 
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Posted by on March 23, 2017 in Animation, Blogging

 

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March of the Internet Nobody, day twenty two: A gif at the end of the tunnel (flashing images)…

Today I am more encouraged, as I have had not one, but two tentative requests for gifs from readers who missed my original post, which I shall get around to in due course.

I already had an idea which I was playing around with for Todd and Dustin so I’m posting that today, but I shall start work on the requests tomorrow.

I apologise if the rather abrasive nature of this one isn’t for you, I quite understand; I was attempting to emulate, however amateurishly, David Lynch’s trademark strobe motif, which he uses to such powerful effect in many of his works.

 
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Posted by on March 22, 2017 in aardvark, Animation

 

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