Indieterria meets Shari Denson

Dear Readers,

In December 2018, we have travelled to Manchester to see a photography exhibition entitled “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out”. It chronicled city`s musical heritage via the lenses of local photographers. We have to admit – it was an extraordinary experience to see all the iconic shots beautifully laid out at the Manchester Central Library. As expected thousands of locals and tourists alike flocked to see it. We promised ourselves that next time another such exhibition is held in Manchester, we`d be back to attend its opening.

Meg Lores of The White Stripes photographed by Shari Denson

And we are!  We cannot be more excited to tell you that on February 22nd two leading female photographers – Karen McBride and  Shari Denson will join forces to create one night only photography exposition (in a secret location for now) to showcase their work. If you are a music obsessive like us  – you don’t need an introduction to the magnificent images produced by both ladies.  Everyone else just needs to know this – Karen and Shari revolutionised pages of music magazines and bands portfolios. They set the bar incredibly high but also inspired many starting photographers.

We are lucky – not only a weekend of incredible art and music awaits us in Manchester  – we also were able to interview both iconic photographers ahead of the exhibition for this blog.

This chapter is dedicated to Shari Denson, you can read our interview with Karen McBride by clicking on the link below:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2019/02/17/indieterria-meets-karen-mcbride/

So without further delay.  Dear readers – please meet one of the most influential music photographers known to English music scene.

Shari Denson photographed by Stuart Hadfield
https://www.facebook.com/stuart.hadfield.94

You worked with the likes of White Stripes, Interpol and Elbow while your images have been featured  on album covers (Ian Brown), in print (Independent, NME, Guardian, Louder Than War), in retail (Amazon) and on television (The Mercury Prize, Later with Jools Holland). Please introduce yourself to the readers of Indieterria.

Shari Denson: Hello, I’m Shari

It is said that you became a photographer after attending  many concerts around Manchester – including legendary venues such as Manchester Apollo. Looking back, was there ever a definitive moment  when you realized that you wanted to capture moments on film, or was it rather a longer process that lead you to photography?

Shari Denson:  It was long, long process. I’ve been a bar maid, a stage manager, a clapper/loader and focus puller on films amongst other things before I finally started being serious about photography. I wanted to make films and was doing a film studies degree. When I had my first child half way through the degree I switched to still photography so I could be in control of my time. You have to go by everyone else’s schedule when working on a film. So even though I’d always taken photos at gigs from being young, it was never with a view to making anything beautiful or striking, it was just for memories. I mean, my photos still serve as memories now but hopefully with an extra layer or two.  So  I was 30 when I got my first SLR camera and fell in love with photography. Fairly soon after that, I needed to complete an assignment for university and I decided to do it on live music photography.  And that was where it began for me.

Music was always around you – your brother  as dedicated gig goer took you to see The Teardrop Explodes and Echo and the Bunnymen when you were just ten years old, while your father  was a musician. This may sound a bit like a question they ask on Desert Island Discs – but if you were to name five records that shaped you the most – what would you choose?

Shari Denson:  I’d chose the following:

More Songs about Buildings and Food – Talking Heads
For the Roses – Joni Mitchell
Desire – Bob Dylan
The Spangle Maker 12” which also included Pearly-Dewdrops Drops – Cocteau Twins
Porcupine – Echo and the Bunnymen

iconic image of Elbow – photographed by Shari Denson

Every photographer could write a book about funny, slightly horrifying or straightforwardly weird situations they encounter behind the scenes of the glamour photo-shoots. Please, share one such a story with our readers.

Shari Denson:  That time I took a Sheffield band, Trap 2 on Saddleworth Moor in the freezing cold winter..forgetting it was a bit nippy, then asked them to hang about near some trees in the woods on the way back home, whilst I lit them with fireworks. All I could see was smoke, and all I could hear was coughing and spluttering, whilst I assured them everything was fine. The shots were awful but we had a scream. Great band, and really lovely lads who put with all sorts from me (laughs)

Your best known photo – that of Elbow from the promo session to their album “The Seldom Seen Kid” has been recreated as a mosaic by artist Mark Kennedy,  and is now exhibited on outside wall of the iconic Affleck’s  store. We imagine you must be feeling very proud every time you are on Tib Street.

Shari Denson: Yes, I mean it would have been nice to know about it 10 years ago when Mark decided he wanted to use the image… I only found out about a year ago. I’m sure my parents, who were still around at the time, would have been very proud indeed.

Mosaic by artist Mark Kennedy displayed at the wall of iconic Manchester landmark- Affleck`s http://www.markkennedy.co.uk/

Besides photography, you also direct videos and worked with Blaney, The Winachi Tribe, The Northstand, The Tapestry, The Backhanders, and The New Southern Electrikk among others.  Was it hard to transition from photography to video? Do you have any artists that you would like to work with?

Shari Denson:  Well, as I said before, I’ve always been interested in the moving image,  so the transition was exciting. I had the pleasure of learning how to use Final Cut editing software during my time at Badkamra, a video production company so it seemed natural thing to make music videos.  I wouldn’t name any band in particular, I just like to work with creative and collaborative, like-minded people.

In 2007 you had your first exhibition entitled “I don’t want to belong to any club that would have me as a member” at Warrington Museum and Art Gallery. Other exhibition soon followed such as solo exposition at the Kro2 Oxford Road in Manchester in 2013, Night & Day Café in 2014 or Suffragette City in 2018. How do you prepare yourself before each event?  

Shari Denson:  Mostly by having a major meltdown. Apart from Night & Day, which was made much easier by Jan, who helped me immensely.

Your next exposition is a one night only “A Very Insecure Exhibition” that will happen on 22 February 2019 in yet undisclosed location in Manchester. It will be a joint event with another well known photographer Karen McBride. Can you tell us what can we expect?

Shari Denson: (laughs) I can only tell you this…you can expect something different….heartfelt and beautiful whilst being bold and powerful.

Trap photographed by Shari Denson

There is also a book prepared for the occasion. It looks amazing from the promotional shot we have seen so far. How long did the entire event took planning wise. And can the book be purchased online by those who cannot make it to the opening? 

Shari Denson:  Yes, it can. At https://ukgiclee.co.uk/avie/  We’re very pleased with it.

Manchester is famous for many things, among them Vimto, football and (of course) the music scene. The National Football Museum has been opened in the city centre since 2011 but somehow The Music Museum still hasn’t happened yet. Do you think it is high time that Manchester got a dedicated  place to properly celebrate its photographic and musical heritage?

Shari Denson:  I think that sounds like a marvelous idea!

You must have been asked many times about  your favourite shot you have taken. We want to know the opposite: what picture (if given the chance) would you permanently removed from your catalogue?

Shari Denson:  None. Each and every one has it’s place. They serve as my memories. I get emotionally attached to them and I don’t deal well with loss, so I wouldn’t get rid of any.

Flyer for the exhibition

A Very Insecure Exhibition

22nd February
Now revealed as Projekts MCR (SkatePark at Mancunian Way)
97 London Rd, Manchester M1 2PG
http://www.projektsmcr.com/
20:00 pm – 23:30 pm

Tickets cost £6 -£8 and can be purchased from the link below:
https://www.universe.com/events/a-very-insecure-exhibition-tickets-manchester-5K0X7V

You can also get all the newest updates from the event page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1180667978750896/

Flyer for A Very Insecure Exhibition

You can follow Shari on social media and we encourage you to do it, she is a phenomenal artist!

https://sharidenson.co.uk
https://www.facebook.com/sharidenson
https://twitter.com/sharidenson
https://www.instagram.com/sharidenson/

For those who enjoy a bit of additional reading, we have found a bunch of articles about Shari and her work.

http://www.mancunianmatters.co.uk/content/070377293-suffragette-city-mm-meet-two-manchesters-most-influential-women-shaping-music
https://www.mdmarchive.co.uk/artefact/18946/ELBOW_IAN_BROWN_I_AM_KLOOT_SHARI_DENSON_PHOTOGRAPH_2018
https://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/whats-on/going-out/sharis-homage-to-the-stars-1000324
https://louderthanwar.com/2-manchesters-best-photographers-announce-photo-book-launch-party-conversation-john-robb/

What else can we tell you?  Come back next week as we will publish our interview with Karen McBride. And prepare yourself for updates, images and maybe even polaroids from the opening. Its gonna be a proper party in the North.

All the best for now,
Mal/Rita

All Lives Matter

Silent march for migrants lost at sea – April 22, 2015
Funerals for 24 victims killed in the worst ever capsizing of a migrant boat in the Mediterranean – April 23, 2015

Picture by Mike Caffrey www.imagocentric.com All rights reserved.

Picture by Mike Caffrey
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Picture by Mike Caffrey www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey
http://www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey
http://www.imagocentric.com

T. S. Elliot considered April to be “the cruelest month” and it is hard to disagree.  With hundreds of lives lost in just six days, April 2015 will be regarded as one of the deadliest periods on record regarding irregular migration via Mediterranean Sea. On April 14th, Save the Children Foundation reported that some 400 people have drowned trying to reach Europe. Before the world had a chance to recover from shock and disbelief, another tragedy has struck.  On April 19th, over 600 would be migrants and asylum seekers died after their vessel overturned. Only a handful of survivors have been saved. In the same time Italian rescuers received thirty eight distress calls from twenty different boats bringing to ports over 8000 individuals – men, women and children (some as young as two years old).

The scale of the disaster can only be described as a humanitarian tragedy, biggest maritime incident since the end of WW II.  Its implications are hard to imagine at this stage and will surely last decades. We can only theorize about orphaned children and families torn apart but the terrible truth is that we may never know the full impact of loss of so many lives.

Picture by Mike Caffrey www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey
http://www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey
http://www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey
http://www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey
http://www.imagocentric.com

In the face of such unprecedented crisis reactions on local level have been both vocal and emotional. Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat said he had nightmares of “bodies floating in the water”. Former PM Laurence Gonzi stated that the incidents were a “shame on us all [in Europe]”.  Opposition MEP Roberta Metsola called on other EU member states to “stop bickering while bodies continued to wash up on the beaches”.

Maltese public also remained strongly affected by the events. On April 22, 2015 a silent march has been held in the village of St Julians to commemorate the lives lost at sea. Organized by four activists: Maria Pisani, Erika Borg, Alba Cauchi and Damjan Attard – the march attracted a record number of participants. Over a thousand members of the general public, state officials and activists gathered in front of the Love Monument in St Julians in a show of solidarity. Among those marching were President of Malta Marie Louise Coleiro Preca, Minister of Justice Owen Bonnici, Head of Opposition Simon Bussutil and US Ambassador to Malta Gina Abercrombie-Winstanley, members of various local NGOs and The Ursuline Sisters Order.

Picture by Mike Caffrey www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey
http://www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey
http://www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey
http://www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey
http://www.imagocentric.com

Many present held white flowers, candles and hand-made signs. Their message was clear as signs read: “1000 dead in 24 hours. Welcome to  Fortress Europe”, “Not MY Europe”, “ People before borders” and “#AllLivesMatter”  – a reference to the recent civil protests in United States as most victims of the drowning in Mediterranean have been indeed young men running away from the wars and poverty in their communities. Some posters have been made and carried by children – another sad reminder of the migration crisis. In recent years hundreds of minors have been crossing the sea on their own to reach safety in Europe and their number is rising. One of the bodies recovered from the vessel that overturned on April 19, 2015 belonged to a boy not older than 14.

The location of the march was not accidental. The village of St Julians is a tourist hub and the heart of entertainment in Malta. It is also an area where many expats from European Union and Commonwealth Countries reside and work. Love Sign is a popular gathering spot and usually is adorned with locks and other symbols of everlasting feelings. St Julians boasts of many restaurants, nightclubs and a picturesque seafront promenade. The village that is always loud and bursting with life fell completely silent for the duration of the march. The crowd started moving along the promenade towards the neighbouring village of Sliema at 19:00 pm followed by international press covering the event. All local newspapers and TV stations were present as well as Italian and English media representatives.

Picture by Mike Caffrey www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey
http://www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey
http://www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey
http://www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey
http://www.imagocentric.com

There were many signs of solidarity with the marchers. Some people joined in along the way, workers from nearby restaurants were silently standing in the doors to show their respects, the bells of church in Balluta Bay were ringing and the parish priest came out in front of the church to see the march himself.

By 19:50 pm the march descended towards a beach in Sliema – another popular leisure spot for both locals and tourists where flowers were thrown into the sea and the candle vigil followed.  The members of the crowd began to sing Amazing Grace and some of the migrants who survived the journey to Europe made short speeches thanking the public for their presence. Many cried as they recalled their own perilous journey towards safety. Hundred candles on the shore were in a striking contrast to the several families who organized a barbecue in the same location, apparently unaware of the planned event.

Despite the significant police presence (and the very discreet security personnel protecting the President) the march came to an end without any incidents and proved to be very well organized. By 20:30 pm most of the crowd has left and only a small group of Eritreans and Somalis remained to discuss the funeral arrangements for the victims of the drowning.  Some 24 bodies have only been recovered and brought to Malta to be buried next morning at the Mater Dei Hospital. We have spoken to several members of the community and despite the tragedy most of them were hopeful that things would improve and more help would be allocated to the people who seek refuge in Europe. That is the spirit of the people who have lost everything and yet refuse to stop the fight for a better future.

At the end we would like to quote the words of Maria Pisani – one of the organizers of the march. “We hardly speak of those who perished as fathers and sons, mothers and daughters. We speak of the numbers, not people”.

Picture by Mike Caffrey www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey
http://www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey
http://www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey
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Picture by Mike Caffrey www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey
http://www.imagocentric.com

Perhaps the human cost of the migration crisis in the Mediterranean will now take a centre stage. But it took thousands of lives over the years to get to this point.

Mike Caffrey –  originally from the UK and now based on Malta, Mike has been working as a professional photographer since the 1980’s. His versitile skills allow him to easily portray any topic or dive into many photography genres:  street, journalism, nature, fashion, production, gigs and corporate. He has 16 years of experience in photo editing and design. When not taking pictures, he can be seen rock climbing and kayaking (he is also a teacher of both of those). Mike is also a successful portrait painter. If you’d like to hire him for your business, please contact him at:

Website: http://www.imagocentric.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ImagoC

Picture by Mike Caffrey www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey
http://www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey
http://www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey
http://www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey www.imagocentric.com

Picture by Mike Caffrey
http://www.imagocentric.com

If you want to help to save lives on Europe`s bloodied boarder, please consider making a small donation to MOAS (Migrant Offshore Aid Station) an NGO that saved 3000 lives last year at

www.moas.eu/donate

Rita and Malicia Dabrowicz

Carnival in Malta in 19 clicks

Dear Readers,

Carnival has arrived! It’s a good time to wear fancy clothes, to put on your cat ears and party like it is 1999. Or should we say 1989? (apologies to both Prince and Taylor Swift).

1.

Prince Charming

Prince Charming

2.

Indian Princess

Indian Princess

3.

Lady lost in thoughts

Lady lost in thoughts

4.

Popular costume motive - Colombina of  Commedia dell'Arte

Popular costume motive – Arlecchina  of Commedia dell’Arte

We have a week-end out of office, so we decided to grab our cameras and hit the streets of Malta to take some portraits. We plan to have a nice selection of images of people in costumes by Sunday afternoon, and we will surely share them with you. To make things even more exciting, we have decided to dig deep into our archives and we have found some incredible photos from previous year (9-10 February 2013). How about a double – Carnival photo coverage? Sounds good? You bet!

5.

Popular costume motive -  a different version of Arlecchina. Here she is known as  Franceschina, Smeraldina, Oliva, Nespola, Spinetta Ricciolina, Corallina or Diamantina. She is often a rich or noble lady adorned in green/emerald robes.

Popular costume motive – a different version of Arlecchina. Here she is known as Franceschina, Smeraldina, Oliva, Nespola, Spinetta Ricciolina, Corallina or Diamantina. She is often a rich or noble lady adorned in green/emerald robes.

6.

To serve and protect

To serve and protect

7.

The original form of female carnival character - Columbine of Commedia dell'arte

The original form of female carnival character – Columbine of Commedia dell’arte

8.

Our favourite shot. She was simply stunningly beautiful.

Our favourite shot. She was simply stunningly beautiful.

Malta is one of world’s smallest states (316 km2 or 122 sq miles) divided between three islands and one of the most populated places on the globe (with 500 000 residents and 3 millions of tourists throughout the year, density reaches 1,306.8/km2 or 3,413.9/sq m – that’s more than Hong Kong).

This tiny island is extremely colourful and occasionally loud. So, nothing captures the spirit of the island like the week before Ash Wednesday.

Il-Karnival ta`Malta (as it is called in native tongue) holds a special position among all festas and public holidays on the island. It is celebrated annually since 1535 (that’s two-hundred years longer than Rio!) and is regarded as a major tourist attraction. The daily celebrations take place in the capital – Valletta, the nightly celebrations move to Nadur in the island of Gozo. Each year sees a street parade, band marches and floats competition. It is also a fantastic opportunity for any photographer – hand made costumes of the revellers take months to prepare and the results are astonishing. Maltese are also protective of children, taking photos of youngsters is frowned upon; the Carnival is probably the only time when a photographer can snap away photos of anybody without being yelled at.

9.

Butterfly Lady

Butterfly Lady

10.

The Show Girl from French Tradition of  Moulin Rouge

The Show Girl from French Tradition of Moulin Rouge

11.

Modern Carnival costumes often use the character of Indian Princess/Native Princess. In European carnival tradition it is not seen as offending gesture. More like a homage to Disney`s Pocahontas.

Modern Carnival costumes often use the character of Indian Princess/Native Princess. In European carnival tradition it is not seen as offending gesture. More like a homage to Disney`s Pocahontas.

Through-out its history, the carnival was a source of entertainment and controversy. The Knights of Malta, who brought the tradition to the island, had to reprimand residents numerous times over costumes or lavish celebrations. In 1569 a ban was issued by Grand Master Giovanni Paolo Lascaris to keep women away from the Knights` celebrations. It also forbade masks – those who would resist faced penalty of being publicly whipped. Maltese public answered in a typical Mediterranean fashion – regular riots erupted, a Jesuit church was ransacked and Grand Master Lascaris had to evacuate himself from St James Cavalier building in Valletta. It is worth noting that the next time Maltese decided to take to the streets was in 1919 due to prices of bread (incident is known as “Sette Giugno” or “Seventh of June”, and is celebrated as a milestone towards the independence of the Island).

12.

Maiko (Geisha in training)

Maiko (Geisha in training)

13.

Professional Carnival actor from Venice. His costume was made for the use of local Italian theater and was one of a kind. Show stopper.

Professional Carnival actor from Venice. His costume was made for the use of local Italian theater and was one of a kind. Show stopper.

14.

101 Dalmatians. The girls were not twins.

101 Dalmatians. The girls were not twins.

The story of Grand Master Lascaris constitutes our favourite anecdote – today St. James Cavalier hosts an art centre, cinema and a popular restaurant. The photos in this post have been taken on 9-10 February, 2013, and we had our lunches at St James. We were wondering what Grand Master Lascaris would say. Let’s hope that our choice of local ricotta pie would be approved…

Carnival can stir up controversy even in this day and age. In 2009 revellers were arrested in Nadur for dressing up as Jesus and nuns. One person was handed a month – long prison sentence, the rest were acquitted. It was due to ancient blasphemy and censorship laws that Malta is now getting rid of. In 2010, both Rita and I took part in the art exhibition called “The Art of Silence” against the censorship and Rita commented against the carnival arrests with one of her paintings. You can see the coverage in the link below:

https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2010/11/08/its-not-war-just-the-end-of-love/

Speaking of Rita being artistic and all about carnival cheer, in 2011 she also held a small exposition of her carnival masks at the Soap Café shop in Sliema. It was a very cool experience; you can recall it by visiting the post here:

https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2011/03/01/soap-cafe-2/

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Another popular character from modern carnival tradition - a warrior lady or gladiator

Another popular character from modern carnival tradition – a warrior lady or gladiator

16.

Home made costumes are the best ones. Especially if they come with a candy floss.

Home made costumes are the best ones. Especially if they come with a candy floss.

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Perrot from  Commedia dell'Arte - male character in his most noble/rich version. Often paired with Diamantina.

Perrot from Commedia dell’Arte – male character in his most noble/rich version. Often paired with Diamantina.

But back to the streets and the people in lovely costumes. The weather in February can be harsh and windy. In 2013, we had to dress ourselves up like we were taking part in Trans-Siberian expedition and tried to keep ourselves warm and hydrated at all times. Yet still became violently sick in the end. But we are very proud of the end effect. We wanted to portray not just stunning costumes or cute kids. We hoped to show the diversity of people you can meet on Maltese streets, all dressed up and celebrating in their own ways by using photography as the medium.

Think of it as one roll of film used well…

18.

Gender-bender. Rapunzel  from Disney movie Tangled.

Gender-bender. Rapunzel from Disney movie Tangled.

19.

Family affair - mother poses with her son against a carnival float

Family affair – mother poses with her son against a carnival float

If you want a longer read about Maltese Carnival, you may net-surf to those destinations:

 

Malta Tourism Authority: http://www.visitmalta.com/en/carnival

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maltese_Carnival

Detailed blog about the Carnival: http://malta.jimdo.com/malta-carnival/

We will be back quite soon with photos from this year’s festival and our observations. But we want to leave you with a most wonderful and suitable song for the moment. This is how we feel running around with cameras.

Ladies and Gentlemen, one and only Natalie Merchant and her “Carnival”.

xxx
Rita+Mal

Broadhaven South in 27 clicks

Hello again!

Few days ago we complained about the gloomy winter weather in the UK. Today, we need the biblical ark! It has been raining cats and dogs and the canals around Worcester are now full. This is an annual river Severn flooding and Rita will have a lot of difficulties reaching her work. Streets will be closed, traffic jams will go for miles and only Mal will enjoy the lovely Mediterranean climate. Oh well, on days like these, all you can truly do is to put the heating on and look at some lovely photographs!

If you have missed our Tour de Wales, so far we have visited Ogmore-by-Sea, Saundersfoot and Barafundle Bay. You can read the reviews below:

Ogmore-by-Sea Review Part1: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2014/11/05/one-castle-a-day-ogmore-by-sea/
Ogmore-by-Sea Review Part2: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/one-castle-a-day-ogmore-by-sea-part-two/
Saundersfoot in 20 clicks: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2014/11/13/saundersfoot-in-20-clicks
Barrafundle Bay in 30 clicks: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2014/11/17/barafundle-bay-in-30-clicks/

As promised, we are still staying within the borders of the lovely Stackpole Estate. After seeing how beautiful Barafundle Bay is, we decided to show you another private beach that once belonged to the magnificently rich Earls of Cawdor. This beach is called Broadhaven and is located just two kilometers away from the picturesque village of Bosherston. We need to be very precise here – there are two beaches known as Broadhaven. The one we are interested in is officially known as Broadhaven South, the other is simply called Broadhaven. The other beach is situated near the village of Broadhaven, in the south east corner of St Bride’s Bay and lies in The Havens Community of Pembrokeshire. Please don’t make the same mistake as we did and ask the local residents how to get to Broadhaven Beach. You will receive pretty conflicting directions. Be more precise and either ask for Broadhaven South or for the Broadhaven Beach.

The two beaches are located quite close to each other but if you are new to the area, traveling on the narrow country roads can be a real challenge. To make matters even worse, SatNav on your phone will be useless, the internet connection in these parts of Wales is the worst we have seen! You will have to rely on the locals and road signs – almost as going back to The Middle Ages!

After arriving at Broadhaven South, the first thing you notice is a large car park and camping grounds at the popular Trevallen Farm (Bosherston, Pembroke, Pembrokeshire, Wales, SA71 5DR, Telephone: 01646 661643). Again, you will be charged five pounds for parking. On a busy day, you might be asked by the parking attendant to stay only for several hours, as the parking spaces are being filled very quickly. Forget about the free parking after 17:30, in the summer you will not find a single place to park until 2 o’clock in the morning! Broadhaven is a very popular location – it is visited by thousands tourists each season. In recent years, it has also become a particularly favourite spot for rock climbers and surfers.

Luckily for tourists, Broadhaven South is not as remote as Barafundle Bay. National Trust has a small office near the parking that sells tickets, food, memorabilia, beach gear and souvenirs. You can even sign up as a National Trust member if you wish – you will not have to pay for the parking. This is what we have done and it proved to be a great decision. There is also an ice-cream van that has been in operation since the early 1960’s. The gentleman who owns it said that he is going to retire soon but each year he is delaying the decision. He remembered the original Cawdor Court at Stackpole and he could tell many interesting stories about the place. He informed us that the reason why the fantastic house was demolished was because it was abandoned for long period of time and the taxes for the land were too high to keep it. The Cawdor family apparently returned to their native Scotland and the grounds were sold. New owners were too poor to renovate the grand mansion and sadly it was destroyed. As a child, the gentleman was taught to swim by one of the Earl’s personal swimming instructors, who sometimes made exceptions for the local kids and worked for free. We were glad to hear that Broadhaven South has not changed much since them – it means the beach still remains clean and is not polluted.

Broadhaven South is surrounded by high cliffs and lime stones. The sand dunes are also much higher than those near Barafundle Bay and you will need a pair of sturdy shoes to walk around them. Don’t forget that the dunes and cliffs are part of coastal national reserve – you are allowed only to walk on designed paths not to disturb the local fauna and flora. Several plants growing on the rocks are indigenous to the local ecosystem and you will not find them anywhere else. Many people are involved in saving this splendid place for future generations!

The unspoilt and untamed beauty of Broadhaven South has been used as a filming location. In 1989, C.S. Lewis story “Voyage of the Dawn Treader” (one of the books from “Chronicles of Narnia”) has been shot for a miniseries produced by BBC. In 2010, the post production and additional scenes for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1& 2 were filmed here while the house of wizards, Bill and Flaur Weasley, the Seashell Cottage was created at the nearby beach of Fresh Water West. Broadhaven South has been used several times in Doctor Who as well – as you can see this is a famous ground for every fan of fantasy genre!

Last but not least – we also need to mention The Church Rock, a small but famous limestone solitary standing in the middle of the water some 150 yards from the sandy beach. If you believe the urban legends, The Church Rock is said to be some sort of an alien beacon or maybe an orientation point for the unidentified flying objects. It is true that UFO’s have been spotted many times flying around the beach. We haven’t seen any men in black sunbathing during our visit, but any paranormal activity at Broadhaven South could be a case for Mulder and Scully. We still believe!

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Broadhaven South - do not confuse with Broadchurch!

Broadhaven South – do not confuse with Broadchurch!

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National Trust office

National Trust office

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Ice scream stand offers treats to everyone including the fans of Mortal Kombat video game series

Ice scream stand offers treats to everyone including the fans of Mortal Kombat video game series

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Road to the beach

Road to the beach

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Sand dunes

Sand dunes

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The beach is popular all year round

The beach is popular all year round

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This particular picture has been edited by Mal to show you how the difference between natural pictures and those edited in Photoshop

This particular picture has been edited by Mal to show you the difference between natural pictures and those edited in Photoshop

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We arrived at the low tide, usually in the afternoon this part of the beach is covered by water

We arrived at the low tide, usually in the afternoon this part of the beach is covered by water

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At low tide the beach is growing in size

At low tide the beach is growing in size

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Rocks and sand - the beach looks almost like a California desert

Rocks and sand – the beach looks almost like a California desert

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Church Rock on the horizon

Church Rock on the horizon

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Calm waters

Calm waters

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Foot prints  - humans and animals. The dogs are welcomed to the beach

Foot prints – humans and animals. Dogs are welcomed to the beach

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The water is blue and green in the sunshine. It is considered the cleanest  in Wales

The water is blue and green in the sunshine. It is considered the cleanest in Wales

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How do you tell there is a razorshell hidden in the sand?

How do you tell there is a razorshell hidden in the sand?

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Broadhaven South is known from the dramatic coastline filled with limestone cliffs and caves

Broadhaven South is known from the dramatic coastline filled with limestone cliffs and caves

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Another beach and another Labrador swimming

Another beach and another Labrador swimming

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Cave close up

Cave close up

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Inside the cave

Inside the cave

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The lime stones are pretty interesting if you look at them up close

The lime stones are pretty interesting if you look at them up close

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The Coastal riff near the edge of Broadhaven beach

The Coastal riff near the edge of Broadhaven beach

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Cliffs again

Cliffs again

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This massive lime stone block is known locally as The Wall

This massive lime stone block is known locally as The Wall

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Rising tide creates  small streams along the beach

Rising tide creates small streams along the beach

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Water is quickly reclaiming the sand

Water is quickly reclaiming the sand

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Soon the sand is underwater and the tourists are escaping onto the sand sunes

Soon the sand is underwater and the tourists are escaping onto the sand dunes

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Panorama of Broadhaven South

Panorama of Broadhaven South

You can learn more about Broadhaven South by reading the links below:

BBC Nature: http://www.bbc.co.uk/wales/nature/sites/surfing/pages/sw_broadhaven.shtml
Bluestone Wales: http://www.bluestonewales.com/pembrokeshire/beaches/broad-haven-south
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broad_Haven_South
Pembrokshire Coast: http://www.pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk/?PID=122
Visit Pembrokshire: http://www.visitpembrokeshire.com/explore-pembrokeshire/beaches/broad-haven-south/

All right, our work in Stackpole is done for now. We are moving, but we are not going very far. Just two miles away from Broadhaven South, there is a small 12th Century chapel that we always wanted to see. Please return soon, – One castle a day will be back!

Till then,
Rita and Mal

Barafundle Bay in 30 clicks

Welcome travellers!

It is the middle of November, the coldest and rainiest period for the United Kingdom (Malta is always sunny so they don’t care!) yet the gloomy weather will not scare us, as we are still remembering those beautiful and warm days of summer! Such memories are worth keeping especially during the winter gloom when all you can think of is the hot tea and a warm bed.

After visiting Ogmore-by-Sea and Saundersfoot, we are moving up the splendid Pembrokshire Coast and today we will invite you to visit one of the most unspoilt beaches in the world. No, we are absolutely not exaggerating at any point – Barafundle Bay has been called the Pearl of Wales, The Golden Beach and A Paradise on Earth. It has won several international awards for its wild beauty including Seaside Award (Rural) 2013, Green Coast Award 2013, Best Beach in Wales online award (voting took place in 2014), Best Beach in Britain (according to The Good Holiday Guide), Best place in the United Kingdom for a picnic (Country Life Magazine, 2006) and has been featured several times in Top Ten Beaches in the World by several magazines and tourist websites (Trip Advisor, Time Magazine, BBC and others). Do you need more encouragement? We didn’t think so!

Barafundle Bay is usually described as “remote, slightly curved, east-facing sandy beach” that lies between the Stackpole Quay and Broadhaven South on Pembrokeshire Coast Path, the only coastal natural reserve in the United Kingdom. It is one of several beaches that were part of the famous Stackpole Estate. This magnificent Georgian and Victorian country estate measured 24 kilometers and belonged to the richest family in Britain – the earls of Cawdors. The grand Stackpole Court has been sadly demolished in 1960, but even today the entire estate will amaze anyone who comes there. Right now it is a listed designed landscape and an internationally important nature reserve with cliffs, rock pools, wild lakes, semi natural woodland, remains of English and vegetable gardens (so called walled gardens), sand dunes and lily ponds. We will write about the estate in a separate entry in the future – we still haven’t visited all the right places and we want to write a proper, detailed review!

Sherlock fans should pay a special attention to Barafundle Bay – it is one of Benedict Cumberbatch’s favourite places in the world and it played an important part in a move called “Third star”. It is an independent production and we didn’t like it that much, but you can clearly see how much Mr Cumberbatch enjoyed being there! The movie was completed in 2009 and is widely available on DVD and Blu-ray. You can purchase a copy at Amazon:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Third-Star-DVD-Benedict-Cumberbatch/dp/B0058ILL2K

Getting to the remote beach can be a bit of a problem. The only car park is at Stackpole Quay, nearly a mile away and you will have to pay five pounds per day. This is a standard fee for all National Trust managed places in the area so it is cheaper to join the National Trust than to pay a fiver every time you want to park somewhere. You can also walk to the beach from Broadhaven South, but the path is much more difficult – 3 miles of climbing the lime stones and dragging yourself through the sand almost feels like completing the London Marathon. We recommend parking at the Stackpole Quey and walking through the woodland and sand dunes. There is also a different path that leads through the cliffs and you can take some fantastic pictures from the top. Be careful when you are near the edge as there are no barriers and few unfortunate travelers met their end after falling down. Once you reach the beach, you will have the privilege of walking through a small gate that has been constructed for John Campbell, 1st Baron Cawdor. At the end, there is small stone staircase with 54 steps leading straight to the sandy shore. Let’s not forget that for nearly 200 years, Barafundle Bay has been a private beach and it has been protected by a guardsmen!

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Barafundle Bay

Barafundle Bay

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Entrance to the beach

Entrance to the beach

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Barafundle Bay as seen from the cliffs

Barafundle Bay as seen from the cliffs

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Green fields and blue sky - Wales at its best

Green fields and blue sky – Wales at its best

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I can't go down to the water's edge

I can’t go down to the water’s edge

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Water is crystal clear but you wouldn't want to fall down!

Water is crystal clear but you wouldn’t want to fall down!

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Sharp cliffs and hidden riffs make the Barafundle Bay a dangerous place to swim

Sharp cliffs and hidden riffs make the Barafundle Bay a dangerous place to swim

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There are small caves in the cliffs, but you cannot get there from the top - you will have to hire a rowing boat

There are small caves in the cliffs, but you cannot get there from the top – you will have to hire a rowing boat

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The views from the top are stunning

The views from the top are stunning

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It doesn't matter which direction you look to - the entire bay looks beautiful and wild

It doesn’t matter which direction you look to – the entire bay looks beautiful and wild

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Let's get down...to the beach. You can reach the sandy beach by going down 52 stone stairs

Let’s get down…to the beach. You can reach the sandy beach by going down 52 stone stairs

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The beach photographed from the stairs

The beach photographed from the stairs

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It was a lovely warm day, but as you can see nobody was brave enough to swim - the water was dreadfully cold

It was a lovely warm day, but as you can see nobody was brave enough to swim – the water was dreadfully cold

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We weren't afraid to let our feet get wet

We weren’t afraid to let our feet get wet

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Barafundle Beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Wales - here's a proof!

Barafundle Beach is considered one of the most beautiful beaches in Wales – here’s a proof!

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Blue Jellyfish is common sight in Wales - this one was  sadly dead

Blue Jellyfish is common sight in Wales – this one was sadly dead

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Owrd of advice - don't touch the jellyfish that has been washed on the beach. They can still sting. It will not be strong but the sensation is not pleasurable

Word of advice – don’t touch the jellyfish that has been washed on the beach. They can still sting. It will not be strong but the sensation is not pleasurable

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Rocks located near the shore - you can sit on them watching the waves come and go

Rocks located near the shore – you can sit on them watching the waves come and go

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And the other end of the beach - even more rocks!

And the other end of the beach – even more rocks!

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Sand dunes between the Stackpole Estate and Barafundle Bay

Sand dunes between the Stackpole Estate and Barafundle Bay

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Narrow path leading to the beach from the dunes

Narrow path leading to the beach from the dunes

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The sandy road goes on and on

The sandy road goes on and on

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Thick grass growing on sand dunes - it is so sharp that it will cut through your skin

Thick grass growing on sand dunes – it is so sharp that it will cut through your skin

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Wild blackberry bush growing near the steps to the beach

Wild blackberry bush growing near the steps to the beach

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Barafundle Bay is known for its  diverse flora - poison ivy is a common sight growing among the rocks

Barafundle Bay is known for its diverse flora – poison ivy is a common sight growing among the rocks

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We don't know the name of this plant but it is very popular around the beach. Anybody knows what it is?

We don’t know the name of this plant but it is very popular around the beach. Anybody knows what it is?

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Safety first

Safety first

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Beach again - empty at the end of the day

Beach again – empty at the end of the day

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Early evening  - it's been a long day!

Early evening – it’s been a long day!

You can learn more about this amazing place by reading the following articles:

Visit Pembrokeshire: http://www.visitpembrokeshire.com/explore-pembrokeshire/beaches/barafundle-bay/
National Trust: http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/article-1356400537038/
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barafundle_Bay
Pembrokshire Council: http://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/content.asp?nav=101,100&id=13343
BBC News: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/wales/south_west/4761873.stm
Trip Advisor: http://www.tripadvisor.co.uk/Attraction_Review-g1474995-d481159-Reviews-Barafundle_Beach-Stackpole_Pembroke_Pembrokeshire_Wales.html
Wales Online: http://www.walesonline.co.uk/lifestyle/20-best-beaches-wales-2013-2573728

We will hang around the Stackpole Estate a bit longer and take you to Broadhaven South next. Stay tuned for another amazing collection of beautiful pictures and clicks! Have a fantastic day!

Rita and Malicia Dabrowicz

Saundersfoot in 20 clicks

Hello, Hello!

Another week and another entry about Wales! We are turning Welsh pretty quickly and we are proud to say it loud. There is nothing to be ashamed of, anyway. Wales is one of the most beautiful places in the UK and discovering it was a true pleasure.

Last week, we have reviewed the picturesque sea side resort of Ogmore-by-Sea, a real Welsh pearl sadly overlooked by tourists. Let’s hope after a bit of marketing, Ogmorians (is this how you call the local residents?) will have their hands full when the next season comes! If you’d like to read the two part blog, please use the links below. What can you find inside? Lots of breathtaking pictures, ghost stories, beautiful ruins, great food and views to die for!

Ogmore-By-Sea Part 1:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2014/11/05/one-castle-a-day-ogmore-by-sea

Ogmore-By-Sea Part 2:
https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2014/11/10/one-castle-a-day-ogmore-by-sea-part-two/

Today, we will visit a very popular beach resort called Saundersfoot. This beautiful village is located in Pembrokeshire, West Wales and is probably the most popular beach destination in the UK. Booking for summer holidays starts in January and by April, all places are gone till December! Lying in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and on the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, Pembrokshire has been voted the most picturesque part of Wales by TripAdvisor and we completely agree. Taking a short break from castles, legends and ghosts – please enjoy this short and sweet entry  – Saundersfoot in 22 clicks!

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Saundersfoot village centre

Saundersfoot village center

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Brass band playing on the street of  Saundersfoot

Brass band playing on the street of Saundersfoot

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Residential district - there were no vacancies, when we arrived just one or two houses to buy

Residential district – there were no vacancies, when we arrived just one or two houses to buy

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One of the main roads - it was rather empty on Saturday afternoon

One of the main roads – it was rather empty on Saturday afternoon

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Saundresfoot Harbour looks beautiful anytime day or night. If you’d like to book a place to stay for your boat, please contact them at: http://www.saundersfootharbour.co.uk/

Saundersfoot marina at the low tide

Saundersfoot marina at low tide

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Castle in the sand

Castle in the sand

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Seagull dinner

Seagull dinner

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Tiny streams at the beach - sea water returning to the ocean

Tiny streams at the beach – sea water returning to the ocean

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Sea jelly

Sea jelly

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Southern part of Saundersfoot beach

Southern part of Saundersfoot beach

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Limestone near the cave

Limestone near the cave

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Ladies cave is a small chevron fold located on the southern end of Saundersfoot beach. You can only get here at low to mid tide, it is a perfect picnic location. The cave was named in Victorian times, ladies and children arriving at the beach would look for a shelter there during the rain. It is made from mud stone and limestone and is quite spectacular.

Ladies cave

Ladies cave

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The rocky part of the beach is very interesting, you can find crabs and  seashells in the rock pools forming at high tide

The rocky part of the beach is very interesting, you can find crabs and seashells in the rock pools forming at high tide

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Bigger picture with the cave in the background

Bigger picture with the cave in the background

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Razor shell among millions of  other sea shells. We have seen people fishing for them using water bottles. Apparently razor shells make  a delicious soup

Razor shell among millions of other sea shells. We have seen people fishing for them using water bottles. Apparently razor shells make a delicious soup

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We love sea shells - we have gathered an entire bucket!

We love sea shells – we have gathered an entire bucket!

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Main beach in Saundersfoot

Main beach in Saundersfoot

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Calm seas in the afternoon

Calm seas in the afternoon

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Saundersfoot is a popular tourist destination. It is twinned with Tenby, another mega popular sea resort

Saundersfoot is a popular tourist destination. It is twinned with Tenby, another mega popular sea resort

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Village as seen from the beach at the low tide - you can go for a mile before you reach the water

Village as seen from the beach at the low tide – you can go for a mile before you reach the water

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Walking in shallow water can be hard - your legs are getting stuck in the sand

Walking in shallow water can be hard – your legs are getting stuck in the sand

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It's time to go home - the tide is rising!

It’s time to go home – the tide is rising!

Popular links:

Saundersfoot on Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saundersfoot
Chamber of Commerce: http://www.visit-saundersfoot.com
Chamber on Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/visitsaundersfoot
Visit Pembrokshire: http://www.visitpembrokeshire.com/explore-pembrokeshire/towns-and-villages/saundersfoot/

Please come back soon, we will be visiting the world famous Barafoundle Bay next!

Ahoy!
Rita and Malicia Dabrowicz

SuperMoon that went viral

Ahooy!

We don’t usually believe in horoscopes, but 2014 is a very strange year. The Year of the Horse in Chinese astrology has been anything but boring – from Olympics in Sochi, unrest in the Middle East, Palestine-Israeli conflict to ebola outbreak in Africa – for the last ten months, we have been sitting on edge, hanging onto our seats and trying not to fall off.

A lot has been happening on Earth and even more has happened around us, in the universe. This past summer has been truly extraordinary for the stargazers. With three super moons in a row (July 12th, August 10th, and Sept. 9th) and  Perseids Meteor Shower (12 and 13 of August) this astronomical year will be a year to remember.

You don’t have to be a NASA member, or a proud owner of a big telescope to enjoy some spectacular views. All you need is a good lens and a Canon camera. Promise, a few skilled shots and your vision of the Moon may  go viral.

Malta seems to be the new Internet hot spot. Whatever happens on the island is quickly photographed, described, shared and is taking the Internet community by storm. Just few days ago, we have posted a big selection of screens from Gostra competition that went viral for the second time in just 11 months. Today, we want to show you the pictures of three super moons taken by Darrin Zammit Lupi. We don’t know how to explain this phenomenon, but Darrin’s shots of Maltese sky were described as the most striking and were published in every respectable magazine. Do you know that some photographers have to wait years to be considered for a double spread in Time Magazine? Darrin didn’t have to wait even half  a day! Time Magazine’s editors decided to print the pictures straight away upon seeing them – it is a huge and once-in-a-supermoon honor.

Previous pictures that went viral:
Gostra 2013: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/when-a-photo-goes-viral/
Gostra 2014: https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/when-the-picture-goes-viral-again-gostra-competition-2014

We wanted to include all websites that mentioned Darrin’s photographs, but  there are thousands articles out there! Please take a look at the most prestigious media that once again helped our little but beautiful island to  become a center of attention. Have fun!

Super Moon entire gallery was published at Photoshelter – Darrin Zammit Lupi 18th of August 2014:
http://darrinzammitlupi.photoshelter.com/gallery/Supermoon-and-Fireworks/G0000HpFtOFuCZjk

Darrin Zammit Lupi Photoshelter-Supermoon and Fireworks 18th of August 2014

Darrin Zammit Lupi Photoshelter-Supermoon and Fireworks 18th of August 2014

Reuters Story Shooting the Supermoon:
http://widerimage.reuters.com/story/shooting-the-supermoon

Reuters Wide image - Shooting the SuperMoon

Reuters Wide image – Shooting the SuperMoon 18th of August 2014

Reuters Full Focus: August 15th 2014:
http://blogs.reuters.com/fullfocus/2014/08/15/editors-choice-53/#a=13

Reuters Full focus 15th of August 2014

Reuters Full Focus 15th of August 2014

Reuters Pictures of the Week:
http://www.reuters.com/news/pictures/slideshow?articleId=USRTR42K2V#a=13

euters-com-news-pictures-slideshow 17th of August 2014

Reuters Pictures of the Week  17th of August 2014

Reuters Facebook:
https://www.facebook.com/Reuters/photos/a.363265930360436.87264.114050161948682/795626700457688/?type=1&relevant_count=1

Reuters Facebook 11th of August 2014

Reuters Facebook 11th of August 2014

Reuters on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/Reuters/status/498838253739708416/photo/1

Reuters on Twitter, 11th of August 2014

Reuters on Twitter, 11th of August 2014

Times of Malta- Photos of the Week:
http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20140816/pictures/photos-of-the-week-times-of-malta.531839

The Times of Malta - Pictures of the week 16th of August 2014

The Times of Malta – Pictures of the week 16th of August 2014

Times of Malta – A moon with a view:
http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20140812/pictures/A-moon-with-a-view.531527

Times of Malta  - A Moon with a view 12th of August 2014

Times of Malta – A Moon with a view 12th of August 2014

Herman Grech on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/Earthling70/status/500947864760369152

Herman Grech Times of Malta President on Twitter 17th of August 2014

Herman Grech Times of Malta President on Twitter 17th of August 2014

Time Magazine (picture number 10):
http://time.com/3099968/supermoon-astronomy-earth/

The Time Magazine 11th of August 2014

The Time Magazine online 11th of August 2014

The Time Magazine spread - printed version

The Time Magazine spread – printed version

Wall Street Journal (pictures 6 and 12):
http://online.wsj.com/articles/photos-a-super-moon-rises-1407709530

The Wall Street Journal picture 6  11th of August 2014

The Wall Street Journal picture 6 11th of August 2014

The Wall Street Journal picture 12, 11th of August 2014

The Wall Street Journal picture 12, 11th of August 2014

The Guardian:
http://www.theguardian.com/science/gallery/2014/aug/10/supermoon-skies-perigee-around-the-world-in-pictures?CMP=fb_gu

The Guardian - Supermoon lights up the skiesaround the world in pictures 10th of August 2014

The Guardian – Supermoon lights up the skiesaround the world in pictures 10th of August 2014

And another article from the Guardian:
http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2014/aug/11/in-praise-of-supermoons

The Guardian - In praise of ... supermoons 11th of August 2014

The Guardian – In praise of … supermoons 11th of August 2014

Telegraph (pictures 19, 20, 21):
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/picture-galleries/11025235/Supermoon-Photos-from-around-the-world-of-the-full-moon.html?frame=3002210

The Telegraph  - Photos from around the world of the full moon 11th of August 2014

The Telegraph – Photos from around the world of the full moon 11th of August 2014

The Telegraph  - Photos from around the world of the full moon 11th of August 2014 page 2

The Telegraph – Photos from around the world of the full moon 11th of August 2014 page 2

The Telegraph - close up 1

The Telegraph – close up 1

The Telegraph close up 2

The Telegraph close up 2

The Daily Mail:
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2721605/Once-supermoon-Skies-world-lit-night-largest-moon-20-years-reached-closest-point-orbit-Earth.html

The Daily Mail  - Once in a supermoon 11th of August 2014

The Daily Mail – Once in a supermoon 11th of August 2014

Newsweek Technology:
http://www.newsweek.com/quora-question-who-controls-real-estate-moon-and-other-planets-271630

Newsweek Technology - Quora Question: Who Controls Real Estate on the Moon and Other Planets? 21st of September 2014

Newsweek Technology – Quora Question: Who Controls Real Estate on the Moon and Other Planets? 21st of September 2014

Sky News (picture 5 and 9):
http://news.sky.com/story/1316230/supermoon-lights-up-sky-in-stunning-space-pics

Sky News  - Supermoon Lights Up Sky In Stunning Space Pics 10th of August 2014

Sky News – Supermoon Lights Up Sky In Stunning Space Pics 10th of August 2014

BBC News (video slide at 0:50):
http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-28748915

BBC News 11th of August 2014

BBC News 11th of August 2014

BBC News close up 1

BBC News close up 1

BBC News close up 2

BBC News close up 2

NBC News:

NBC News - Summer's Biggest, Brightest Supermoon Lights Up the Night , 11th of August 2014

NBC News – Summer’s Biggest, Brightest Supermoon Lights Up the Night , 11th of August 2014

NBC News Science:
http://www.nbcnews.com/science/space/month-space-see-supermoon-other-super-sights-n192001

NBC Science - Super moon and other super sighs 31st of August 2014

NBC Science – Super moon and other super sighs 31st of August 2014

NBC News Pictures on Twitter:
https://twitter.com/NBCNewsPictures/status/506049752228962304/photo/1

NBCNews on Twitter - 31st of August 2014

NBCNews on Twitter – 31st of August 2014

ITV News 9th of September:
http://www.itv.com/news/2014-09-10/from-heathrow-to-istanbul-supermoon-lights-up-the-night-sky/

ITV News 10th of September 2014

ITV News 10th of September 2014

CBS News (picture 12):
http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/august-supermoon-wows/12/

CBS News  - Supermoon lights up the night sky 10th of August 2014

CBS News – Supermoon lights up the night sky 10th of August 2014

ABC News:
http://abcnews.go.com/Technology/spectacular-photos-supermoon/story?id=24926198

ABC News 11th of August 2014

ABC News 11th of August 2014

Al Jazeera (picture 10, 18, 23, 26, 27):
http://aljazeera.com.galleries.newscred.com/gallery_slideshow/950fae7869237f3e7bc1cf0c59b4dfdf?width=1025&disable_link_to_hosted_page=1&height=771&show_related=0&style_id=1305214650909

Al Jazeera News published 11th of August 2014 picture 10

Al Jazeera News published 11th of August 2014 picture 10

Al Jazeera News picture 18

Al Jazeera News picture 18

Al Jazeera News picture 23

Al Jazeera News picture 23

Al Jazeera News picture 26

Al Jazeera News picture 26

Al Jazeera News picture 27

Al Jazeera News picture 27

Arab News (via Facebook page):
https://www.facebook.com/TheArabNews/photos/a.10152672611302125.1073742028.10250877124/10152672614577125/?type=1

Arab news via Facebook 11th of August 2014

Arab news via Facebook 11th of August 2014

International Business Times:
http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/supermoon-best-photos-around-world-space-station-1460636

International Business Times - Supermoon: The Best Photos from Around the World - and the Space Station 11th of August 2014

International Business Times – Supermoon: The Best Photos from Around the World – and the Space Station 11th of August 2014

Metro (three pictures):
http://metro.co.uk/2014/08/10/gallery-supermoon-pictures-from-around-the-world-4827372/

Metro UK - Gallery: Supermoon pictures from around the world 10th of August 2014

Metro UK – Gallery: Supermoon pictures from around the world 10th of August 2014

Metro picture 1

Metro picture 1

Metro picture 2

Metro picture 2

Metro picture 3

Metro picture 3

Irish Times (two images):
https://www.irishtimes.com/news/views-of-the-supermoon-1.1893557

Irish Times - Views of the supermoon 11th of August 2014

Irish Times – Views of the supermoon 11th of August 2014

The Irish Times picture 2

The Irish Times picture 2

Go Metro Ireland:
http://gometro.ie/2014/08/the-supermoon-in-pictures-around-the-world/

Go Metro Ireland - The supermoon in pictures, around the world 11th of  August 2014

Go Metro Ireland – The supermoon in pictures, around the world 11th of August 2014

The Globe and Mail (picture 11):
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/multimedia/camera-club/in-photos/the-best-images-from-the-past-24-hours/article19983781/

The Globe and Mail - The best images from 10th of August 2014

The Globe and Mail – The best images from 10th of August 2014

Paris Match (pictures 1,2,3,6,13):
http://www.parismatch.com/Actu/Environnement-et-sciences/En-images/La-super-Lune-illumine-la-planete-579649#

Paris Match  - La

Paris Match – La “super Lune” illumine la planète 11th August 2014

El Periodico Spain:
http://www.elperiodico.com/es/galerias/sociedad/asi-visto-superluna-mundo/73771.shtml?12#

El Periodico - Así se ha visto la superluna en el mundo 11th of August 2014

El Periodico – Así se ha visto la superluna en el mundo 11th of August 2014

Metro Gazeta Wyborcza Poland (pictures 2,3 and 4):
http://metro.gazeta.pl/Lifestyle/5,135320,16458926,Wyjatkowy_Superksiezyc__To_wlasnie_teraz_jest_najblizszy.html?i=1

Metro Gazeta Wyborcza Poland - Wyjątkowy Superksiężyc. To właśnie teraz jest najbliższy Ziemi, największy i najpiękniejszy 11 August 2014

Metro Gazeta Wyborcza Poland – Wyjątkowy Superksiężyc. To właśnie teraz jest najbliższy Ziemi, największy i najpiękniejszy 11 August 2014

RT News Russia:
http://rt.com/news/186332-red-harvest-supermoon-september/

RT News  - Red Harvest Supermoon 9th of september

RT News – Red Harvest Supermoon 9th of september

Buzzfeed (pix 23):
http://www.buzzfeed.com/mbvd/stunning-pictures-of-the-supermoon-from-around-the-world?bffb

BuzzFeed - 24 Mesmerizing Pictures Of The Supermoon From Around The World 11th of August 2014

BuzzFeed – 24 Mesmerizing Pictures Of The Supermoon From Around The World 11th of August 2014

Totally Cool Pix (pictures 10, 24, 25, 26):
http://totallycoolpix.com/2014/08/an-awesome-supermoon/

Totally Cool Pix 11th of August 2014

Totally Cool Pix 11th of August 2014

The Atlantic:
http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2014/08/supermoon-2014/100791/

The Atlantic - In Focus  SuperMoon  - 11th of august 2014

The Atlantic – In Focus SuperMoon – 11th of August 2014

The Atlantic Close Up

The Atlantic Close Up

Red Eye Chicago:
http://photos.redeyechicago.com/chi-supermoon-around-the-world-photos-20140810/

Redeye Chicago Supermoon around the world photos 10th of August 2014

Redeye Chicago Supermoon around the world photos 10th of August 2014

Chicago Tribune:
http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/chi-supermoon-valletta-wre0021049571-20140908-photo.html

Chicago Tribune - Supermoon in Malta 9th of September 2014

Chicago Tribune – Supermoon in Malta 9th of September 2014

Boston News 11th of August 2014:
http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2014/08/supermoon_photographs_from_around_the_world.html

Boston.com - The Big Picture: Supermoon photographs from round the world 11th August 2014

Boston.com – The Big Picture: Supermoon photographs from round the world 11th August 2014

Baltimore Sun (pictures 3, 10):
http://darkroom.baltimoresun.com/2014/08/supermoon-seen-around-the-world/#3

Darkroom at The Baltimore Sun  - Supermoon seen around the world 10th of August 2014

Darkroom at The Baltimore Sun – Supermoon seen around the world 10th of August 2014

Toronto Sun (pictures 5, 10, 22, 23, 24):
http://www.torontosun.com/2014/08/11/supermoon-and-meteor-shower-set-to-light-up-sunday-sky

Toronto Sun - 11th of august 2014

Toronto Sun – 11th of august 2014

Toronto Sun picture 5

Toronto Sun picture 5

Toronto Sun picture 10

Toronto Sun picture 10

Toronto Sun picture 22

Toronto Sun picture 22

Toronto Sun picture 23

Toronto Sun picture 23

Toronto Sun picture 24

Toronto Sun picture 24

LFPress Canada 11th of August (picture 1,5, 10, 22, 23, 24, 25):
http://www.lfpress.com/2014/08/11/supermoon-and-meteor-shower-set-to-light-up-sunday-sky

LF Press  - Supermoon lights up the sky 11th of August 2014

LF Press – Supermoon lights up the sky 11th of August 2014

CNews (pictures 1,2,6,11,23,24,25):
http://cnews.canoe.ca/CNEWS/Microgalleries/2014/08/11/21865691.html#1

C News Quebec Amazing photos of the supermoon 11th of August 2014

C News Quebec Amazing photos of the Supermoon 11th of August 2014

C News Quebec picture 1

C News Quebec picture 1

C News Quebec picture 2

C News Quebec picture 2

C News Quebec picture 6

C News Quebec picture 6

C News Quebec picture 11

C News Quebec picture 11

C News Quebec picture 23

C News Quebec picture 23

C News Quebec picture 24

C News Quebec picture 24

C News Quebec picture 25

C News Quebec picture 25

Times of India:
http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/the-photo-blog/35-stunning-pictures-of-the-supermoon-from-around-the-world/

Times of India - 35 stunning pictures of the supermoon from around the world, 11th of August 2014

Times of India – 35 stunning pictures of the supermoon from around the world, 11th of August 2014

The Daily Star Lebanon 10th of September 2014:
http://www.dailystar.com.lb/PhotoGallery.aspx?id=1223#axzz3GJUYfq4p

The Daily Star- Lebanon 10th of September 2014

The Daily Star- Lebanon 10th of September 2014

Inet Detik interview with Darrin Zammit Lupi:
http://inet.detik.com/read/2014/08/20/094028/2667084/1277/fofografer-kawakan-pun-gugup-saat-motret-supermoon

Fofografer Kawakan pun Gugup Saat Motret Supermoon - 20th of August 2014

Fofografer Kawakan pun Gugup Saat Motret Supermoon – 20th of August 2014

More information about Detikcom:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/DetikCom

IEYE News Cayman Islands 11th of August 2014:
http://www.ieyenews.com/wordpress/supermoon-photographs-from-around-the-world/

Ieye News Cayman Islands - Supermoon photographs from around the world- 11th August 2014

Ieye News Cayman Islands – Supermoon photographs from around the world- 11th August 2014

Just to remind you dear readers, Darrin is working on his new project called Islelanders. Please use the below links to spread the word and support one of the most talented photographers we have.

Darrin Zammit Lupi:

Official website:  www.darrinzammitlupi.com/
Reuters blog:      http://blogs.reuters.com/darrinzammitlupi/
Facebook:            https://www.facebook.com/darrin.zammitlupi
Portfolio:             https://www.facebook.com/DarrinZammitLupiPhotography
Twitter:                https://twitter.com/darrinzl
Instagram:         http://instagram.com/darrinzl

Islelanders project:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/islelanders
Twitter:   https://twitter.com/islelanders

There is not much else that can be added really – pictures like those are not worth just thousands of words, but millions.
Share them with your friends and let the tourists know how beautiful the night skies look like in the Mediterranean.
Have a lovely evening and we shall see you soon! New Season of Doctor Who is going strong as well and you can expect some  very fiery statements from us soon!

Sleep tight and dream of the moon!
Rita and Malicia Dabrowicz

******UPDATE 15.12.2014*******

As the end of the year is approaching quickly, the media are working on their top 10’s, 20’s, 50’s and 100’s of the most fascinating and the most interesting things of the last 12 months. Time Magazine is the first one to introduce a list of the best pictures of the year and guess what – our Maltese Super Moon has been featured at number 8!

Darrin’s photographs are featured here every year so it’s not a big surprise. It’s just good to see the moon going viral…again.

Time Magazine editors present an unranked selection of the best 100 images of the year:

http://time.com/3599787/top-100-photos-of-2014/

Time magazine selection on 15th of December 2014

Time Magazine selection on 15th of December 2014

Bigger version can be seen here:

Supermoon over Malta - picture number 8 in Time Magazine

Supermoon over Malta – picture number 8 in Time Magazine

Have fun!
R+M

******UPDATE 01.08.2015*******

It`s August already, and we thought a small update was in order. If you were waiting for August Moon ball 2015, look above! Earthlings are about to enjoy a rare, second full moon in a month or so called Blue Moon. The views will be stunning, so do not miss it! Unfortunately we are not sure if this year we will have any photos going viral. But do not despair. Our Super Moon from 2014 is still making rounds.  If you don’t believe us, look to the screenshot below.

Tweet by Ashley Byford-Bates, July 13, 2015

Tweet by Ashley Byford-Bates, July 13, 2015

This is a tweet from Global Head of Reuters Pictures and Archive Products Mr. Ashley Byford -Bates. What a surprise to learn that  photo taken exactly one year ago, is now an archive favorite among Reuters clients! If this is not a thing to boast about in your resume, then we don’t know what is!

Old newsroom saying goes that you can sell your photos three times: right after taking the image, a week later and as a part of newspaper`s archives. And we cant find a better example how true old journalistic sayings are.

We will investigate if there were any other mentions of the Super Moon from last year, but for now we will lie under the moon and dream.

R+M

When the picture goes viral again – Gostra competition 2014

Hello dear readers!

It’s hard to imagine, but a whole year has passed since Gostra- man has taken the virtual world by storm! So much has happened since then – Mr Daniel Caruana has seen his face published in the most popular newspapers in every corner of our globe, has been featured on BBC News, radio talk shows, various TV programs and in a corporate calendar. The picture taken on 25th of August 2013 has become a legend – in the future Darrin Zammit Lupi’s picture will be exhibited as one of the most iconic images of this decade. And Mr Caruana’s children and grandchildren will be remembering how proud he was feeling on that day.

If you’d like to see the international coverage for the Gostra competition from last year, please see the link below.  It is still one of our most popular blog entries written and literally thousands of people have stopped by to look at the gathered screenshots:

https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/when-a-photo-goes-viral/

For his contribution to promotion of Malta on the international scene, Mr Caruana should receive the National Order of Merit – the highest decoration of the Republic. Not only has he popularized the oldest sport in the Mediterranean, but also brought the attention to the smallest state in the European Union.  We have spoken to many visitors in Malta and in the UK – some especially booked their holidays to see the Gostra competition – this is the power of one single shot!

Twelve months later, the Gostra pictures are striking again. Darrin Zammit Lupi  has been covering the competition this year as well, and the international press have picked up his pictures straight away. Here we go: from Europe to China, from The Middle East to Australia – Gostra 2014 has gone viral all over again.

Should we be surprised? Not at all – great quality will always be appreciated.

Here is the collection of screens we have come across this year. We have skipped many others as it is impossible to collect everything – but please enjoy this small selection!

Reuters News:
http://pictures.reuters.com/C.aspx?VP3=SearchResult&ALID=2C0408WRGGEEL

Reuters News 24th of August 2014

Reuters News 24th of August 2014

Reuters Gallery:
http://www.reutersgallery.com/?mode=view&id=8718

Reuters Gallery 25th of August 2014

Reuters Gallery 25th of August 2014

Reuters Japan:
http://jp.reuters.com/news/pictures/rpSlideshows?articleId=JPRTR43MR7#a=7

Reuters Japan 24th of August 2014

Reuters Japan 24th of August 2014

Reuters on Twitter 24th of August 2014:
https://twitter.com/reuterspictures/status/503749880645316609

Reuters re-twitted a link to the picture  on  24th August 2014

Reuters re-twitted a link to the picture on 24th August 2014

Time Magazine Pictures of the Week (photo number 4):
http://time.com/3269104/pictures-of-the-week-22/

The Time Magazine -Pictures of the week 22nd - 31st of August 2014

The Time Magazine -Pictures of the week 22nd – 31st of August 2014

Times of Malta:
http://www.timesofmalta.com/articles/view/20140830/pictures/photos-of-the-week-times-of-malta.533517

The Times of Malta  - Photos of the week 30th of August 2014

The Times of Malta – Photos of the week 30th of August 2014

Washington Post:
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/day-in-photos/2014/08/25/c31a5fbe2c4c-11e4-9b98-848790384093_gallery.html#item0

Washington Post 25th of August 2014

Washington Post 25th of August 2014

Washington Post  – close up at the picture at Pictures of the Day gallery

Washington Post  - Picture of the Day Gallery

Washington Post – Picture of the Day Gallery

CBS News (picture 35):
http://www.cbsnews.com/pictures/photos-of-the-week-aug-23-29/35/

CBS News 29th August 2014

CBS News 29th August 2014

The Telegraph:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/picturegalleries/theweekinpictures/11077024/The-week-in-pictures-5-September-2014.html?frame=3022783

Telegraph UK 5 September 2014

Telegraph UK 5 September 2014

Yahoo UK and Ireland News:
https://uk.cars.yahoo.com/photos/alien-creature-mystery-solved-in-south-africa-1373865179-slideshow/man-slips-off-gostra-pole-covered-grease-during-photo-040746254.html

Yahoo UK and Ireland News on 25th of August 2014

Yahoo UK and Ireland News on 25th of August 2014

Yahoo News International:
http://news.yahoo.com/photos/man-grabs-flag-slips-off-gostra-pole-covered-photo-212956252.html;_ylt=AwrBEiLJcPpTO04A1QXRtDMD;_ylu=X3oDMTB1MWRmOTQyBHBvcwMyBHNlYwNpbWFnZQRjb2xvA2JmMQR2dGlkAw–

Yahoo International News on 25th of August 2014

Yahoo International News on 25th of August 2014

Yahoo India:
https://in.finance.yahoo.com/photos/humpback-whales-at-the-uramba-bahia-malaga-natural-park-slideshow/man-slips-off-gostra-pole-covered-grease-during-photo-040746254.html

Yahoo India on 25th of August 2014

Yahoo India on 25th of August 2014

Yahoo Sport News UK:
https://uk.eurosport.yahoo.com/photos/man-clutches-flag-falls-off-gostra-pole-covered-photo-194358947.html

Yahoo Sport News August 31st 2014

Yahoo Sport News August 31st 2014

The Independent (Ireland):
http://www.independent.ie/incoming/the-world-in-pictures-30550800.html

The Independent (Ireland) 5th of September 2014

The Independent (Ireland) 5th of September 2014

Voice of America News:
http://www.voanews.com/media/photogallery/august-25-2014-day-in-photos/2427522.html

Voice of America News August 25 2014

Voice of America News August 25 2014

The Atlantic:
http://www.theatlantic.com/infocus/2014/08/photos-of-the-week-8-24-8-29/100801/

The Atlantic - In Focus 28th of August 2014

The Atlantic – In Focus 28th of August 2014

The Week:
http://theweek.com/article/index/267316/the-weeks-best-photojournalism

The Week - Best Photojournalism 29th of August 2014

The Week – Best Photojournalism 29th of August 2014

Business Insider:
http://www.businessinsider.com/opening-bell-august-25-2014-8

Business Insider 25th of August 2014

Business Insider 25th of August 2014

The Sydney Morning Herald:
http://www.smh.com.au/photogallery/national/clique/best-of-the-world–august-26-2014-20140825-3eapi.html?aggregate=&selectedImage=3

The Sydney Morning Herald 25th of August 2014

The Sydney Morning Herald 25th of August 2014

MSN News:
http://www.msn.com/en-ca/news/topstories/best-pictures-of-the-week-september-5-2014/ss-BB1t20L#image=15

MSN  - Best pictures of the week 5th of September 2014

MSN News – Best pictures of the week 5th of September 2014

The Christian Science Monitor (picture 17):
http://www.csmonitor.com/Photo-Galleries/Photos-of-the-Day/2014/Photos-of-the-day-08-25#849462

Christian Science Monitor 25th of August 2014

Christian Science Monitor 25th of August 2014

News Austra:
http://www.news.at/a/bilder-26-08-2014/5057496

News Austria 26th August 2014

News Austria 26th August 2014

Europe 1 France:
http://www.europe1.fr/international/monsieur-pleine-lune-fait-le-menage-et-un-drole-de-jeu-maltais-2216105

Europe1 (France) 29th of August 2014

Europe1 (France) 29th of August 2014

Liberation France:
http://www.liberation.fr/photographie/2014/08/25/regardez-l-actualite_1086404?photo_id=671904

Liberation France - Photographie 25th of August 2014

Liberation France – Photographie 25th of August 2014

Het Laatste Nieuws (HLN) Belgium:
http://www.hln.be/hln/nl/9097/Wereld/photoalbum/detail/2022997/1437752/1/Maltesers-beklimmen-de-gostra.dhtml

HLN Belgium 28th of August 2014

HLN Belgium 28th of August 2014

El Mundo Spain:
http://www.elmundo.es/album/internacional/2014/08/29/53fdb35822601dab348b4573_5.html

El Mundo 28th of August 2014

El Mundo 28th of August 2014

Tumbl Hot Search of the Day: Gostra
https://www.tumblr.com/search/gostra

Tumbl Hot Search of the Day: Gostra - 1st of September 2014

Tumbl Hot Search of the Day: Gostra – 1st of September 2014

Tempo Indonesia:
http://www.tempo.co/read/beritafoto/20241/Gostra-Lomba-Panjat-Pinang-di-Eropa-Selatan/3

Tempo_Indonesia 25th of August 2014

Tempo_Indonesia 25th of August 2014

Sindonews Indonesia:
http://photo.sindonews.com/view/8695/lomba-panjat-tiang

Sindonews Indonesia 1st of September 2014

Sindonews Indonesia 1st of September 2014

Merdeka News Indonesia:
http://www.merdeka.com/foto/dunia/perlombaan-unik-panjat-pinang-ala-eropa.html

Merdeka News 31st of August 2014

Merdeka News 31st of August 2014

Economic Times India:
http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/slideshows/day-in-pics/august-25-2014/a-man-slips-off-the-gostra-a-pole-covered-in-grease/slideshow/40862822.cms

Economic Times India 25th of August 2014

Economic Times India 25th of August 2014

Jackarta Globe India:
http://thejakartaglobe.beritasatu.com/multimedia/eyewitness/gostra/

The Jakarta Globe 26th of August 2014

The Jakarta Globe 26th of August 2014

South China Morning:
http://www.scmp.com/photos/recent/all/1580787

South China Morning News 26th of August 2014

South China Morning News 26th of August 2014

China Daily:
http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/world/2014-08/25/content_18482325_3.htm

China Daily 25th of August 2014

China Daily 25th of August 2014

Trade Arabia:
http://www.tradearabia.com/news/PIC_264223.html

Trade Arabia 25th of August 2014

Trade Arabia 25th of August 2014

If you have been mesmerized by Darrin’s beautiful images, soon you will have a chance to see more of his excellent photos. He is currently working on his latest project called Islanders – a photo-book summarizing a decade of his life spent documenting the struggles and plight of immigrants and asylum seekers. The project is supported by the Malta Arts Fund, the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR), Avantech – Canon and M.Demajo Group.

Darrin Zammit Lupi:

Official website:  www.darrinzammitlupi.com/
Reuters blog:      http://blogs.reuters.com/darrinzammitlupi/
Facebook:            https://www.facebook.com/darrin.zammitlupi
Portfolio:              https://www.facebook.com/DarrinZammitLupiPhotography
Twitter:                https://twitter.com/darrinzl
Instagram:           http://instagram.com/darrinzl

Islelanders project:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/islelanders
Twitter:   https://twitter.com/islelanders

Please come back soon as we have some seriously unearthly images to show you!
Malta is on the roll – it’s not only Gostra that recently went viral!

We won’t say anything more, you will have to come and see for yourselves!
Have a splendid day!

Rita and Malicia Dabrowicz

Cardiff Bay in 37 clicks

Hello world!

Summertime is a great time for adventures and recently we have been out and about a lot!

Do you remember our post about Malta in 41 clicks? If you missed it, please use the link below to read it. This article is one of our most popular blogs and has been for the last two years! Last week, we realized that we haven’t done anything like this in a long while so we are bringing the formula back:

 https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/07/21/malta-in-41-clicks

How can you present a place filled with numerous attractions to readers who do not have much time? Cardiff Bay is enormous, a single day is not enough to see it all and fully appreciate it. Yet, we have found a way. Keep it sweet, short and interesting  – this is our recipe for success.

Dear visitors, let us give you Cardiff Bay in just 37 clicks! Enjoy the information, look at the pictures and once you have read it all, we guarantee, you will know  more than a licensed tour guide! Allons-y!

Roath Lock
BBC Cymru studios, media and drama village are located  in Porth Teigr area of Cardiff Bay, between Roath Basin,  Roath Dock and the channel to Queen Alexandra Dock. The studio houses nine ready-to-go sets that have been used during filming of Doctor Who, Casualty, Pobol y Cwm, Upstairs Downstairs, Wizards vs Aliens and The Sarah Jane Adventures. The whole building is an equivalent of three football pitches and covers a jaw-dropping 170,000 sq ft (16,000 m2).
Official website: http://roathlock.com/index.php/working-at-roath-lock
Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roath_Lock

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Roath Lock entrance

Roath Lock entrance

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Roath Lock studios

Roath Lock studios

National Assembly for Wales Tŷ Hywel
Unofficially known as  The Assembly Building, Tŷ Hywel has been opened in 1993 to provide assembly members and their staff with places to stay during  parliamentary sessions. It was fully redecorated in 2006 to match the rest of newly constructed building.  Nowadays it is a popular venue for teaching, conferences and lectures. Its name comes from Hywel Dda or Hywel ap Cadell,  better known to English citizens as  Hywel the Good, the first Welsh lawmaker.

Official website: http://www.assemblywales.org/gethome/assembly-events/get_involved_trefnwch/get_involved-tyhywelevent.htm
Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T%C5%B7_Hywel

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National Assembly for Wales entrance

National Assembly for Wales entrance

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Tŷ Hywel

Tŷ Hywel

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Tŷ Hywel , picture taken from the main street

Tŷ Hywel , picture taken from the main street

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Tŷ Hywel - Vview from the car park

Tŷ Hywel – view from the car park

National Assembly for Wales  – Pierhead Building (Adeilad y Pierhead)
This monumental Victorian Revival grade I* (star) building has been constructed in 1897 as the headquarters for the Bute Dock Company, a trade and industrial conglomerate founded and chaired by John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute. It has been designed by Wiliam Frame, a student of William Burges, the most famous architect of Victorian era.  The building is famous for its clock tower, affectionately known as The Little Ben or Big Ben of Wales. There is a coat of arms and motto “wrth ddŵr a thân” (by fire and water) on the main facade of the tower, a souvenir inherited after previous tenants, The Cardiff Railway Company (now part of Great Western Railway). Today, the building houses Welsh History Museum and The Futures Art Gallery.

Official website: http://www.assemblywales.org/pierhead_history.htm
Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pierhead_Building

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Western facade of Pierhead Building

Western facade of Pierhead Building

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The Big Ben of Wales block tower

The Big Ben of Wales clock tower

National Assembly for Wales – Senedd

Senedd (Welsh for Senate or Parliament) is the largest building in The National Assembly for Wales Estate complex. Built in 2006 for nearly 70 million pounds, it was designed by award winning architect, Richard George Rogers, Baron Rogers of Riverside. Senedd houses Siambr (debating chamber for 60 members of the National Assembly) and Committee Rooms. The building is open to visitors each day  (Siambr public gallery can accommodate up to 120 people) who have access to two event spaces called The Neuadd and the Oriel. Senedd is also known for  its large collection of works of arts including blue and gold glass installation called Heart of Wales by Alexander Beleschenko, Assembly Field by American sculptor Danny Lane and The Meeting Place on the Plinth by Richard Harris which serves as an unofficial sitting area.

Official website: http://www.assemblywales.org/abthome/about_us-assembly_history_buildings/senedd_history.htm
Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Senedd

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The main entrance to National Assembly building

The main entrance to National Assembly building

Wales Millennium Centre  (Canolfan Mileniwm Cymru)

This enormous structure has been called as “unmistakably Welsh and internationally outstanding”.  It is an art centre  for all types of performances including opera, ballet, dance, comedy, drama, pantomimes and musicals. The center has three main auditoriums: Donald Gordon Theatre (capacity of 1,897 seats), Hoddinott Hall (350 seats), the Weston Studio Theatre (250 seats)  and three supporting performance halls: Neuadd yr Urdd Hall (153 places,  recital, activity hall, conferences and events), Dance House (capacity of 100 places) and Glanfa (foyer). Wales Millenium Centre also offers access to Crema – coffee shop, Portmeirion – gift Shop, Tourist Visitor office and 9 partner organizations (Literature Wales, National Dance Company Wales, Hijinx Theatre, Touch Trust,  Tŷ Cerdd, Urdd Gobaith Cymru, Welsh National Opera and BBC National Orchestra of Wales).

Official website: http://www.wmc.org.uk
Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wales_Millennium_Centre

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A view on  The Wales Millenium Centre from Roald Dahl Plass

View of Wales Millenium Centre from Roald Dahl Plass

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Wales Millenium Centre - front

Wales Millennium Centre – front

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Two poetic inscription  on the front of the building: "Creu Gwir fel gwydr o ffwrnais awen" (Creating truth like glass from the furnace of inspiration in Welsh) and  In These Stones Horizons Sing in English

Two poetic inscription on the front of the building: “Creu Gwir fel gwydr o ffwrnais awen” (Creating truth like glass from the furnace of inspiration in Welsh) and In These Stones Horizons Sing in English

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Wales Millenium Centre  - a side view

Wales Millennium Centre – a side view

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Wales Millennium Centre  again

Wales Millennium Centre again

 

Roald Dahl Plass (Plas Roald Dahl)

Roald Dahl Plass is a popular public plaza located in front of Wales Millennium Centre. It was formerly known as Oval Basin and was redecorated in 2000 by William Pye and Nicholas Hare Architects. The stone pillars  you can see below on the pictures are actually concrete lamps that illuminate the plaza after nightfall. The most popular attraction is the 70 feet (21 m) Water Pillar fountain. The plaza is often used for open air concerts and serves as Doctor Who set.

Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roald_Dahl_Plass
William Pye (water sculptor) official website: http://www.williampye.com/
Nicholas Hare Architects official website: http://www.nicholashare.co.uk/

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Roald Dahl Plass 1

Roald Dahl Plass 1

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Roald Dahl Plass - circle of illuminating pillars

Roald Dahl Plass 2 – circle of illuminating pillars

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Entrance to Roald Dahl Plass

Entrance to Roald Dahl Plass

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Tardis was parked in this exact spot in "Boom Town" - the eleventh episode of the first series Doctor Who

Tardis was parked in this exact spot in “Boom Town” – the eleventh episode of the first series of revived Doctor Who

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Roald Dahl Plass  from a distance

Roald Dahl Plass from a distance

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Water Pillar fountain

Water Pillar fountain by William Pye

Ivor Novello sculpture

Born and raised in Cardiff, Ivor Novello (real name David Ivor Davies, born on 15th of  January 1893 and died on 6th March 1951) was an acclaimed poet, playwright, songwriter, actor, performer and composer. His career spanned more than 4 decades and covered every part of show business from being involved in theater, choir, movies, radio to being a manager! The 7ft (2.1m) bronze sculpture was made by artist Peter Nicholas and has been unveiled on 27th of June 2009. Apparently it cost more than 80.000 pounds (Sir Andrew Lloyd Weber was one of the donors!). It now stands next to the entrance to Roald Dahl Plass, outside the Wales Millennium Centre.

Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ivor_Novello
Ivor Novello Appreciation Bureau: http://www.ivornovello.com/
Ivor Novello Awards: http://www.theivors.com/
Peter Nicholas (sculptor) profile: http://peter-nicholas.artparks.co.uk/artpark_sculpture_sculptor_details.php?artistID=64&sculptor=peter_nicholas

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Ivor Novello sculpture1

Ivor Novello sculpture –  front

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Ivor Novello sculpture - back

Ivor Novello sculpture – back

 

Norwegian Church Arts Centre and Norsk Coffee Shop (Canolfan Gelfyddydau’r Eglwys Norwyaidd)

Built in 1868, the thriving arts centre, coffee house and art gallery known as  Norwegian Church Arts Centre and Norsk Coffee Shop, is an iconic structure in Cardiff Bay. The church is Rita’s favorite spot and their hot chocolate is worth every penny. Originally, the church was located at the spot occupied now by Wales Millennium Centre but had to be refurbished after it fell into disrepair in late 1970’s. Moved close to Atlantic Wharf, the church is now a home to hundreds of events and exhibitions. From a temple to ruin to major tourist attraction – the transformation of this beautiful place is simply stunning. If you are in Cardiff, don’t you dare to miss it!

Official website: http://www.norwegianchurchcardiff.co.uk
Official Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/norwegianchurchcardiff
Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Norwegian_Church,_Cardiff

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Norwegian Church Arts Centre - a portrait of a dog 1

Norwegian Church Arts Centre – a portrait of a dog 1

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Norwegian Church Arts Centre - a portrait of a dog 2

Norwegian Church Arts Centre – a portrait of a dog 2

 

Antarctic 100 (Captain Scott Memorial)

Very original mosaic sculpture located near the Norwegian Church is entitled Antarctic 100. It has been designed and sculpted by Jonathan Williams to commemorate the British Antarctic Expedition led by Captain Robert Falcon Scott in 1910. The sculpture has been unveiled on 6th June 2003 by Her Royal Highness – Anne, Princess Royal. Antarctic 100 is protected against vandals by  a metal fence as it has been twice damaged. At night, this mosaic wonder is illuminated by colorful lights.

Captain Scott Society website: http://www.captainscottsociety.com/memorial.html
Jonatha Williams (sculptor) official website: http://www.williamssculpture.co.uk/
More information: http://www.vanderkrogt.net/statues/object.php?webpage=ST&record=gbwa015

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Antarctic 100 Captain Scott Memorial sculpture - side view

Antarctic 100
Captain Scott Memorial sculpture – side view

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Antarctic 100 Captain Scott Memorial - front view

Antarctic 100
Captain Scott Memorial – front view

Merchant Seafarers’ War Memorial

Designed, sculpted and donated by artist Brian Fell, this monumental sculpture made of riveted galvanized steel has been commissioned by the Cardiff Bay Arts Trust (now Celfwaith Public Art in Wales) in 1997. It was created using traditional ship building technique of riveting plates of metal together and is dedicated to those who served in Merchant service. The sculpture can be found near Senedd Building.

Brian Fell (sculptor) official website: http://www.brianfell.org.uk/index.php?/albums/merchant-seamans-memorial/
Celfwaith Public Art in Wales website: http://www.celfwaith.co.uk/
Merchant Seafarers’ War Memorial at Geograph: http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/3112403
More information: http://lost-at-sea-memorials.com/?p=681

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Merchant Seafarers’ War Memorial by Brian Fell

Merchant Seafarers’ War Memorial by Brian Fell

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Another shot of the sculpture

Another shot of the sculpture

Mermaid Quey  (Cei’r Fôr-forwyn)

30 restaurants, coffee houses and bars, 20 shops, 14,000 m² (150,000 sq ft.), one million visitors a year – this is a short description of Mermaid Quey. The world’s largest waterfront development was opened in 1999 and has numerous water taxi stands, bay trips, cruises, large arts and crafts area,  Landsea Gardens & Graving Docks relaxation space (called Landsea Square) and a web of well established public paths leading to Doctor Who Exhibition, hotels, World of Boats showroom, city center and Techniquest – a science and discovery centre.

Official website: http://www.mermaidquay.co.uk
Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mermaid_Quay
Crafts in the Bay: http://www.makersguildinwales.org.uk/

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Water Taxi at Mermaid Quey

Boat Hire at Mermaid Quey

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Water Taxi and  Bay rides

Water Taxi and Bay rides

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Landsea Gardens

Landsea Gardens

 

 Cardiff Bay (Bae Caerdydd)

Cardiff Bay is called the most successful redevelopment project in the history of Great Britain. At the beginning of 20th century, Cardiff port was one of  the biggest ports in Europe, exporting coal and steel from the mines in South Wales to almost every part of the globe. It had a vibrant multicultural character, habituated by people of 45 different nationalities. When the coal deposits depleted, the port fell into disuse and was sold in 1986 to Cardiff Bay Development Corporation. Extensive  revitalization plans were undertaken in 1990’s a now the area of 1,100 hectares (2,700 acres) is completely unrecognizable! The Bay was once a tidal bay with extensive mudflats, but it has been changed after the creation of Cardiff Bay Barrage in 2001. Now the bay is an artificial fresh water lake 500-acre (2.0 km2) supplied by rivers Ely and Taff.

Cardiff Harbour Authority: http://www.cardiffharbour.com/
Cardiff Bay Visitor Centre: http://www.visitcardiff.com/
Cardiff Bay Waterfront Partnership: http://www.visitcardiffbay.info/
County Council of the City and County of Cardiff:  https://www.cardiff.gov.uk/ENG/Pages/default.aspx
Wikipedia entry: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cardiff_bay

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Official map of the Cardiff Bay

Official map of the Cardiff Bay

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Cardiff Bay 1

Cardiff Bay 1

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Cardiff Bay 2

Cardiff Bay 2

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Cardiff Bay3

Cardiff Bay3

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Cardiff Bay

Cardiff Bay

Welsh Carousel

Wanna go for a ride? The only one Welsh themed carousel in the world is standing right in the front of The Pierhead Building. You can ride on a horse, sit in dragon chariot and listen to traditional Welsh organ music. The carrousel is opened every day from  April to October the first. It is a property of Norman Sayers Amusements, a family run firm that specializes in outdoor recreation and events.

Norman Sayers Amusements website: http://sayers-amusements.co.uk/
NSA on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Norman-Sayers-Amusements/246377972218286 – they joined on May 7th 2014 and have only several likes. Give them a shout, they are doing a good job!

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Welsh themed carousel

Welsh themed carousel

Welsh Coffee Company

When in Wales, do as the Welsh.  There is nothing better than relaxing near the Millennium Centre with a cup of freshly brewed coffee in your hand. Welsh Coffee Company is a 100% Welsh family run company, fair trade certified and established in 2011. They make a really strong, aromatic drink from authentic Arabica beans “shade grown at altitude under a canopy of rain forest”. The owners are  also experienced dragon handlers as they use native Red Welsh dragon species to roast the beans. If you haven’t tried their coffee yet, do it next time when visiting Cardiff Bay. You can buy it from cafeteria in Wales Millennium Centre.

Welsh Coffee Company website: http://www.welshcoffee.com/
Welsh Coffee Company on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Welsh-Coffee-Company/172392379469098
WCC on Twitter: https://twitter.com/welshcoffeeco

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And that's the reason why  we keep dragons in Wales!

And that’s the reason why we keep dragons in Wales!

Wow, that was a long and exhausting journey!
Hang in there as this is just one of our summer trips to Wales.

More to come very, very soon.

XXX
Rita and Mal
(this entry is dedicated to our Welsh friend Rebecca. Thanks for your help with writing!! xx)

 

Photographer at a bank

Hello kitties!

Banking can be confused.

Banking can be confused.

Paws up if you are tired of pseudo articles and in-helpful tips!

Let’s try something new. I am going to file this under photography section, but perhaps later on we will create a separate category for what my friend Annika calls “self – help pieces that you had to write yourself because there were none on the Internet”.

The idea for this post was born one day when I became very upset with several photographic and career related websites that offer unlimited amount of articles to read but nothing helpful to implement. You browse through the features and then you proceed to the comments and everybody says “Wow, great job. Well done”. In the meantime, you are left wondering if there is another person out there being equally annoyed at the complete lack of actual content.

Here is an example. Light Stalking (a very popular photography site with over 60K followers on social media) feature about photo-critique communities online written by professional art photographer:

http://www.lightstalking.com/5-incredible-online-communities-to-get-genuine-feedback-on-your-photography

Yes, over a thousand words and the picks are Flickr and Google+ and the hosting website (LightStalking). I have used Flicker on and off for about a decade (way before it was purchased by Yahoo!) and never got a single comment. Goggle+ is identical to Facebook, you have to pester people, even on photography – related pages to get constructive criticism.

But it ain`t that bad yet! Try to read this fine piece penned by a marketing guru about news journalism (caution if you have a weak heart!)

http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20121203225228-107961-how-to-save-a-newspaper-stop-being-a-newspaper

Forget about newspapers being all about readers, news and bringing awareness to the community. Turning real life stories into profits in excel sheets is all the rage these days. At least according to dorks.

 

Articles similar to those quoted above are popping up everywhere like pumpkins before Halloween and taking place of real, user-friendly advice columns that Internet was once known for.

And that is why I feel so tempted to write my own advice piece.


Creating your own Tips &Tricks

Rita and I are gamers. We grew up reading Tips and Tricks columns and tried out thousands of cheats, secrets and combos. We can tell a good advice column by just looking at how it is written. It has to be straight to the point, rational and going into details. There is nothing more infuriating than scratching the surface, stating the obvious and leaving your reader thinking they know something, while in fact you have given them nothing. It’s rude and completely against net-etiquette. We may sound like Dear Abby in this point, but then again if you want respect from your reader, you’ve got to give it all you have. This little blog proves our words. Since our inception, we have tried to give our readers interesting concepts and stories and tell them about artists, food, places and events worth knowing about. We have now 13k hits on our counter and that goes without any big promotion. We just write and people enjoy and respond to it.

Come to think of it, Rita and I already created one post that meets all criteria of a good advice column. It was about using social media to promote a band and you can access it here:

https://cocamidemea.wordpress.com/2012/06/27/john-brittany-crowd-funding-done-right/

It was meant to be a “one stop post” for those who considered a stint with social media and crowd sourcing to collect money for their own artistic (musical?) project. It went very well with the readers; we have received a positive feedback and a lot of attention. So, perhaps it wouldn’t be all so bad to try again, this time about something I really care about: photography.

Your nearest bank

Your nearest bank

Photographer and bank

I know what you will say – why not write something about exposure or taking photos in particular conditions, or where one should go to receive a constructive critique. Those are very important topics but there is one, perhaps even more important factor to being a photographer than technical merits and being recognized for your work. It is what it means to be a photographer.

What I am going to write below can be also applied to other professions, or even perhaps to ones personal life, so you are free to use this article as a point of reference in case of you will find yourself in similar conditions.

Professional or amateur, once you venture beyond the basics of photography you will notice one thing: equipment costs and sometimes it feels so expensive that is out of your reach. And new cameras or lenses or gadgets appear on a regular basis so you have to upgrade, upgrade and upgrade. Cables, cards, bags, tripods, books – whatever additional gear you can think of – costs as well. You also travel a lot more often than other folks: be it on a local or international level. So more expanses: clothes, shoes, backpacks, hotels, food, tickets, perhaps a car and petrol.

If you are a studio based photographer, things are even more complicated. You need lighting; you need backdrops, soft-boxes and oh, a venue.

Of course you can be inventive, buy second hand gear, rent out, travel light and on budget. Those things can be arranged, but still, no matter how creative you get in this department, sooner or later you will find yourself thinking: where do I get money for all this and next thing you are on a way to the bank.

Don’t get me wrong. There is nothing bad about used gear or a shoe-string budget. It’s just not everybody’s way to do things, sometimes you simply want to have the gear in a perfect condition. However, it never hurts a photographer to have several options at hand. So if you are in need to arrange something here are two links that may come in a perfect moment:

https://www.facebook.com/groups/173777076106733/

Photo X-Change is a Facebook group set up by the Guild of Photographers in the UK for all your gear needs: selling, buying, exchanging. It grew large recently and you may meet people from most Commonwealth countries posting there. Probably one of the best places I know to buy equipment from: you are among other enthusiasts who know how to take care of the things and you may find some gems in the process.

Photo X-change Facebook group

Photo X-change Facebook group

http://www.lightstalkers.org/

LightStalkers is the oldest forum for travellers, photojournalists, photographers and adventurers online and has a big community of professionals hanging around. It doesn’t matter if you just want to travel somewhere off road, if you are a war correspondent or a budding journo – this community will be probably you first stop how to prepare yourself for life on the road with a camera as your best friend. You can network, find information about scholarships and grants and even receive critique on your work. If it requires invitation (it used to) just let me know, I will send you an invite, I have been a member of this forum since 2006 and you cannot find a better spot.

LightStalkers community

LightStalkers community

Questions, questions or what to ask to get what you want.

Banking in general is difficult for many people, less alone banking with a purpose. By purpose I mean that you go to a financial institution and deal with them because you want to use their offer to get yourself closer to your goal. It may be a small loan for equipment, easy and accessible banking while you travel or even a long time project like buying a studio or even a house.

To find yourself a right financial partner you have to ask tons of questions and read small print on every page. It’s good to keep a list of questions that will make it easier for you to decide.

Let us start with the most common issue – looking for a right banking account. It is not only crucial to obtain loan in the longer run, but without access to your money on the travels, you may face many unnecessary obstacles. Just one thing to be cleared here: if you plan to travel somewhere off beaten track or straight dangerous, please carry two bags: one with your clothes and equipment and the other with documents (and copies of documents), medicines and enough of cash in local currency to survive for a week (or preferably equivalent of 1000 EUR). In case of emergency, you just go for the grab bag and maybe sleeping bag and that’s it. You leave everything else behind, even the gear. If you travel in rather normal circumstances, you may prefer to keep less cash on yourself and most of it in the bank.

Money maker

Money maker

Bank accounts are also helpful if you run a business or even just earn with photography from time to time.

Each bank has their own terms and conditions, if you visit more than one bank, it is easy to be utterly confused!

So what to ask when opening a bank account:

–          What are conditions for a normal (“savings”) account and business account? – they tend to differ, it’s good to know!

–          What is the interest rate on the bank account? – it may come handy for business accounts.

–          What are the monthly fees for my account?

–          What annual fees there are?

–          Is there a tax that I have to pay at the end of fiscal year (“withholding tax”)?

–          Does that particular account come with online banking?

–          Do I get an ATM card?

–          Do I get a credit /debit card as well?

–          Do I get a check book?

–          Do I get travel cheques?

–          How long it will take to have the card/check book/travel cheques issued?

–          Is my debit/credit card international? – it must be if you want to use it abroad.

–          Do I pay any fees if I use an ATM of a different bank locally? – sometimes you will pay a % of the amount that you withdraw, if the banks  don’t have an agreement.

–          If I use my ATM/debit/credit cars abroad what are charges per transaction? – they may be as much as 3% per transaction, so it may affect how many times you use the ATM abroad. Even if the ATM belongs to your own bank.

–          What are the charges per transaction if a use an ATM that belongs to a different bank? – please note that in such occurrence you pay double: for withdrawing abroad and for using a different bank. It can come to 4-5 % of the amount you withdraw, so it’s important to have more on the balance than you plan to spend.

–          What are the exchange rates in the country where I plan to travel – good idea is to check with the bank a week before you travel to your destination.

–          If my card gets stolen or my banking is compromised, what are the security procedures? – always keep your PINs separate from the cards and keep the number to customer care helpline in case you have to block the stolen cards right away. This is a matter of life and death especially when you are travelling.

–          What is the minimum amount that must remain on the account? – at times you cannot clear the account to zero.

–          If I want to close the account how do I proceed?

Cash machine

Cash machine

That covers the basics, as you can see it’s a long list already. But knowing the above can help you to plan your budget, the way you handle the money, where you keep them and simply helps you to be more organized about your financial needs in general.

After approx. 6 months with your bank, you may be suitable to receive a loan. It is entirely different beast than a bank account because you not just place your funds somewhere, you actually borrow the funds you don’t own, to purchase either something smaller (equipment for example) or larger (a property like a studio). And essentially you have to give it back, with interest that is.

So what is there to look for, no matter the amount you plan to borrow? Yes, let us run another set of questions J

–          Am I suitable to apply for a loan?

–          What are the requirements for a national and for the foreigner to receive a loan? – it is generally easier to take a loan in your country of origin, but you may find yourself living abroad, so the more you know, the better you are prepared.

–          What is the minimum amount I may take?

–          What is the maximum amount I may take?

–          Do I have to pay a premium (own input) and how much it would be? – this would be when you plan to buy a property

–          Does the loan require a guarantor or a security deposit from my side?

–          How high would be the monthly rates?

–          Are there any other fees I need to cover? – taxes, notary, architects, insurance – there is always some extra cost written in small print on the back of the last page;)

–          If I buy equipment – can the bank insure it as well?

–          Can I prolong the guaranty of the equipment with the loan? – it is possible to extend the guaranty up to 5 years with some banks.

–          If l pay off the loan before the time, will I get penalized? – you may in some instances, because each month you pay more than you borrowed, so bank will be at loss with the interest.

Wait for service

Wait for service

–          What happens if I lose my job?

–          What happens if I get sick or die and the loan is not paid off?

–          Can I sell the property/equipment when the loan is still not paid off? How it is handled?

–          If you take a loan with somebody else, please see into separation of assets in case of a business split or bankruptcy.

Again, this is just a tip of an iceberg but can be a good start; all depends on what exactly one looks to purchase with the help of a loan.

Photographers like artists in general are known to be rather bad with their finances, so it is of uttermost importance to try to secure oneself and constant learning is advised.

We truly hope this post helped you in one way or another.

If you have any tips that we overlooked, please drop us a line and we will update the blog accordingly!

Adios for now

M+R