Y Viva Espana

Finally finished sorting the wheat from the chaff on the Spanish photo front. Here’s a taster. I’m well aware they’re not professional quality photographs but I’m well impressed with what you can get from £250 quidsworth of point and shoot camera. This is an entirely unforced endorsement for the Sony Cybershot HX9V which must be worth a lifetime supply of their successors. Even if they don’t agree my terms, I’ll still rave about it. It’s the fourth bit of technology I’ve come across in the last few years which has actually exceeded my expectations.

Never mind that bollocks, take a look at these (click any of the images to get larger versions):

For starters, this is my first ever proper lake reflection shot – just half an hour north of Malaga Airport…

Spent Xmas Day spent crawling all over the Alhambra, seen here with the Generalife and snowcapped Sierra Nevadas in the distance…

inside one of tha Alhambra Palaces (Carlos V). This might look impressive but in fact the overall impression you get from the later Christian architecture – which is clearly an attempt to show they can match or exceed their Islamic predecessors – is that it’s either cheap and shoddy by comparison; or ludicrously overdone and completely divorced from the Nazarene’s humble ethos. Islamic architecture comes across as much more consistent with Islamic philosophy.

And it’s not like Islam cannot do complexity. Check out this bit of a ceiling in the Nasrid Palace… (zoom in on the large version to see the real detail)

and this next ceiling (in a room named after the family of over 30 who were slaughtered in it several centuries ago) is so complex, it cannot be captured in a single photograph. You need the sequence of three to give some idea of what’s going on (zoom these as well):



Another reflection shot…

and I’m rather pleased with this hand held night time shot capturing Venus and the crescent Moon setting over the Alhambra…

the sheer quality and detail captured in the landscape shots stunned me. I really love this camera!

We took a day trip to Cordoba to see the Mesquita. It started as a Visigoth Church in the 3rd century CE, became a Moslem palace with water gardens and Mosque, then, in the 13 century, the Christians re-possessed it and added some of the most ornate overgilded architecture you’ll find anywhere in the world. You reach it by crossing the Roman Bridge…


a pointless but, nevertheless, rather impressive archway at the far end of the bridge…

what the Mesquita is most famous for is it’s 860 columns. Here are a few of them. If you zoom this one I think you can see 14 “layers” back down the central row…

Finally we went to Mijas for the last full day, so we’d be close to the airport…

Adios Amigos

If anyone wants to see the full collection (self running slideshow 184mb), 183 (out of over 2,000) images I considered good enough to keep and share. You can download it from here.

I retain copyright of course, but you are free to use any of them provided they are properly attributed back to me and if you make any money out them, I won’t object to a slice. You can make your own mind up about what they’re worth…

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there’s clearly some benefit to Twitter if it can provoke responses like this…

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Tabloid Watch: body fascism

This, and much else on the site is pure gold. Have you any idea how much drivel you have to crawl through to be able to perform a dissection as good as this? And it doesn’t take too much of your precious time to absorb the message.

My only complaint is that, clearly, nowhere near enough punters know about or visit such sites and we desperately need them to…

Tabloid Watch: body fascism.

Found: ‘Lost’ evidence that let police walk free – Crime – UK – The Independent

Not at all clear whether this revelation will result in a retrial under the new law which diluted the “double jeopardy” rule and made conviction of two of Stephen Lawrence’s killers possible only last month. The hurdle is “new and compelling evidence”.

I’d have thought that the news that the allegedly destroyed evidence has resurfaced was indeed “new and compelling evidence”. Let’s see if the establishment prefers to protect its own…

Found: 'Lost' evidence that let police walk free – Crime – UK – The Independent.

MailOnline is world’s number one: Daily Mail has biggest newspaper website with 45.348 million unique users | Mail Online

Delicious irony. The Mail is my favourite comic. It’s how I annoy myself awake most mornings. So I’m responsible for a fair few of those hits myself.

I love the idea they probably think I’m a fan. And I KNOW that I’m not the only one who scours their site with a blend of fascination and horror, much like coming across a gruesome pileup on the motorway.

I particularly like the idea I can get all the “benefits” of reading the Daily Mail without feeding their coffers. Thanks to AdBlock, I don’t even have to suffer their advertising…

MailOnline is world's number one: Daily Mail has biggest newspaper website with 45.348 million unique users | Mail Online.

Stephen Slevin put in solitary TWO YEARS with no trial after DUI arrest awarded $22m | Mail Online

the financial award must be gratifying but it’s simply not good enough. There must be at least a dozen culpable individuals in this case (all the wardens who were aware of his condition and ignored it, plus the management chain who should have prevented it) and ALL should be prosecuted and at least one or more should find themselves imprisoned…

Natural justice would have us impose similar conditions. But that would be sinking to their level. That’s the dark side…

Stephen Slevin put in solitary TWO YEARS with no trial after DUI arrest awarded $22m | Mail Online.

Thug executed by American Police – Youtube footage

disgusting illustration of the need for Trusted Surveillance. And somewhat better training for the state employed butchers and bullies. The thug (who’d just smashed a window in the restaurant) probably deserved arrest, prosecution and incarceration. Not summary execution.

Even if they’d believed the victim was a threat, a single bullet below the fatal zone would almost certainly have sufficed to render the target no longer threatening. 10 shots from two trigger happy cops is literally criminal and, hopefully, will result in their own incarceration for murder. Don’t hold your breath though. The American courts routinely condone virtually all violence committed in the name of the state, even, apparently, war crimes