These chaps can really snap

Last night Timol and I had one cracker of a party to celebrate going away (very soon) to yet another exciting travel destination.

Energy levels today do not allow me to pull out my PHD and search for some interesting photos.

Luckily, there are some really hot photographers on hand who publicly display their talents.

I have selected some of their photos to give you a taste, which will hopefully get you interested so that you click on their names below to link up to their sites, and view more of their great work (passion).

Sanjitpaal Singh

David Heath Williams

David Taylor

Stephanie Borcard

Andy Gray

 

Aaron Reed

Respectfully asked that his work be removed, but you can still click on his link to see some wonderful shots!

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This will always be a “golden oldie” for me; my first taste of Incredible India

Andrew Harvard Photography

December 2009

I and one other departed on Emirates flight EK776 out of Durban at 18:40 on 23 December 2009, with a “forced” and inconvenient stopover in Dubai.

Described by some as “the mirage in the desert”, it was reported by the Times Online UK that this enchanting country enjoyed a debt of 80 billion USD during around June 2009.

I personally find mirages and owing money a little frightening, so it was with much excitement that we eventually departed and later landed in Kolkata, India. This was on the morning of Christmas Eve, but there was nothing merry about going through a swine flu questionnaire and scan.

We stayed at Bodhi Tree, a small bed & breakfast establishment tastefully decorated with various Buddhist décor. Each morning we enjoyed breakfast in a Sakya Zen garden under the watchful eye of Shakyamuni Buddha.

Dakshineswar (the subject of this article) is a…

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Andy’s Cheese Toast

This is my weekend breakfast, sometimes brunch, alternative (instead of Jungle Oats).

  • Mix egg, milk and flour
  • Soak bread until wet right through
  • Pan fry bread medium to light both sides on light coating of olive oil
  • Remove bread and coat with chilli sauce
  • Layer sliced onion and tomato on top
  • Grind some black pepper and salt over for taste
  • Sprinkle sliced dhania / coriander leaves (with more fresh green chopped chilli if need be)

 

  • Now for the cheese, which you can slice finely using a flat potato peeler – as many slices as you like
  • I tend to be a little conservative
  • NB – coat the underneath of the cheese with CRUSHED GARLIC!
  • Place cheese slices on top as the “final layer”
  • Optional – sprinkle some paprika on the very top

 

  • Place on baking tray and grill until cheese melts
  • Serve up promptly!

 

No More Awards Thank You – Life Balance

I always wondered why fellow bloggers started declining awards as I was so excited to receive my first two: One Lovely Blog Award  and The Addictive Blog Award.

However, in trying to balance blogging, snapping, flying, cooking, work, exercise and all the other things life throws my way; I have not honoured three further awards from the kind persons below:

http://thewindykitchen.wordpress.com/

http://esengasvoice.wordpress.com/

http://tchistorygal.wordpress.com/

I therefore have to respectfully decline these awards, but nevertheless thank all three bloggers for their nominations.

Please visit their blogs as they are contributors and team-players indeed!

I have also respectfully declined other awards and will continue to do so.

Hopefully I do not offend any person who kindly bestowed an award with the best of intentions.

And just to get serious at the end, have a good look at 10 Principles for Successful Work – Life Balance by Mike Hawkins:

1. Set Goals

2. Focus on the Important

3. Set Your Own Standards

4. Learn to Say “No”

5. Delegate

6. Be More Productive at What You Do

7. Get Organized

8. Maintain Your Energy

9. Don’t Worry

10. Maintain Some White Space on Your Calendar

Mother Teresa and Dr. Kent M. Keith

I stumbled upon The Paradoxical Commandments, or a variation thereof, yesterday on a poster at a medical practitioner’s office.

The words moved me and had a calming effect. I took a photograph of the poster and looked up the origins today.

The original version I read is reflected below:

The Paradoxical Commandments by Dr. Kent M. Keith

“People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centred.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the
smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favour underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.”

© Copyright Kent M. Keith 1968, renewed 2001

A version of the commandments that has been circulating on the web under Mother Teresa’s name is a version sometimes called “The Final Analysis” because of its last two lines.

Here is one example of that version, being the same version on the poster I saw:

“People are often unreasonable, illogical, and self-centred;
Forgive them anyway.

If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.

If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true friends; succeed anyway.

If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.

What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
Build anyway.

If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.

The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.

Give the world your best anyway.

You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and God;

It was never between you and them anyway.”

Read Kent Keith’s comments here.

 

Of young girls and old men

Roscoe, now 10 years old, has a “next door neighbour” called Zille (named after a SA politician I hear).

Zille is about 4 years old; a beautiful and precious girl.

Roscoe sees her over the fence every day but only face-to-face, up close and personal, every four months or so.

Zille gives the old man a proper run for his money.

Whilst he is just willing to take her “abuse”, I think she also goes easy on his old bones.

But Roscoe’s energy runs out quick and he soon gets a paw on his sorry head.

Zille springs into action again.

The tongues hang out far during these visits.

Sometimes a hug is all you need.

The ears also take unusual shapes.

At times, Zille looks at the old man and asks “Is that all you got?”.

Despite using up all his energy, Roscoe still manages  a little trot home; happy that he has had a great visit with his young girl (friend).

PS: I was also handsome when I was a puppy – click here.