Hove – then and now.

Here’s an old map of Hove laid over a more contemporary map.

Aren’t the differences fascinating?

Hove - then and now!

Hove – then and now!

Posted in Photography

The Lino turned to me and said…

Regular followers of my blog will know that I do enjoy a good game of football, and that I do seem to spend quite some time sat on the touchlines taking photographs of both men’s and women’s matches.

Today, I heard that the Professional Footballer’s Association (the PFA) will be inviting applications from players registered in the Women’s Super League (the WSL) – a gesture which marks a great step forward in the recognition of the calibre of the players, the coaches and the teams in the women’s game.

Recently I received an invitation from the Manager of the Worthing College Academy of Sports Women’s Football Team (aka Mikey B) to take photos of his team in the Cup Final of the County Cup against Lewes South Downs College Academy.  I knew just what to expect.

Now these young women are a little too young for the WSL right now – but the hope is that, for those who want it, their time will come. Take a look at the photos below. You will see the love the players have for the game; you’ll see the joy in their faces. This is typical of Women’s football. If you’ve never been to watch a women’s football game, go treat yourself. It’s getting bigger. And better.

In the second half I was snapping from the sideline.  The lino turned to me and said “I just love doing these games.”

I looked at him and said “Yup, so do I!”

 

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You’ll find more photos on my Facebook pages.

(*Lino – formerly the linesman, now the referee’s assistant, the official who runs the sideline with a flag.)

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Posted in Football, Sport

Why don’t Telco’s stop junk phone calls?

I have just spent a few minutes stringing along some weasel in India who had called me to let me know that their “servers had reported a problem with my computer“. He told me that my computer is infected with viruses, and that “I will help you get rid of them“. How kind!

My computer doesn't have a 'Windows' key!

My computer doesn’t have a ‘Windows’ key!

He asked me if I was at my computer, which I was, and he asked me to press the Windows key. Being obtuse, I told him that I cannot see a Windows key, but I have a Ctrl key, an Alt key and a Cmd key – but these clearly did not meet his requirements. He then told me to use the mouse to click on the round button in the bottom left hand corner. I told him “I don’t have a round button in the bottom left hand corner, but I do have a picture of an Apple in the top left hand corner.

He then hung up. How rude!

I know that it was a waste of my time, but more importantly it was a waste of his time too – hoping that he would spend less time trying to convince somebody more gullible to part with their cash.

Now, while I find these parasites a real pain in the arse, what are our telephone companies doing about it?

I’ll tell you – absolutely nothing!  Okay, we have the Telephone Preference Service which operates a rather Edwardian gentleman’s agreement between itself and those organisations who wish to be regulated – “I say you chaps, this isn’t exactly cricket now, is it?” – but does absolutely nothing to counteract these scumbags. Despite registering with the TPS, I still get recorded telephone calls from companies calling about computer viruses, surveys, payment protection compensation and the like.

Our computers are protected by firewalls, virus guards and spam checkers.  Why can’t our telco’s do much the same?  Surely, in these digital times, it can’t be too difficult to block the calls originating from these criminals and the other nuisances?  Come on BT and Virgin Media, are you just turning a blind eye to all of this whilst accepting the charges to connect the call?  Ofcom – do something.

Is it corporate profit at the expense of customer convenience?

What do you think?

UPDATE: I’ve just found that there are a number of organisations who should have a finger in this particular pie:

  • Ofcom – Independent regulator and competition authority for the UK communications industries.
  • ico – The Information Commissioner’s Office
  • TPS – Telephone Preference Service
  • PhonepayPlus – the Premium Rate Regulator
  • Action Fraud – the UK’s national fraud reporting centre

Their responsibilities seem to be fairly well delineated, but I’d wager that there are a number of situations which fall between the joins; I can almost see the civil servants pointing at each other. Would it not make sense to combine the telephone elements from the ico, the TPS and PhonepayPlus under Ofcom, and give the organisation some sharp teeth and a big stick?

Posted in Communications

Future England Internationals?

Here is a photograph of four young talented footballers.

Tiegan, Kellie, Paula and Phoebe are members of the Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club’s Girl’s Centre of Excellence.  Don’t let these charming smiles fool you – they are good – very good – at playing the beautiful game, and they have been selected to attend this month’s week-long England training camps.

If they do well, they may eventually be selected to play for England.

 

Tiegan, Kellie, Paula and Pheobe

Tiegan, Kellie, Paula and Phoebe

Obviously, each of these young women has talent, and it is a joy to watch them play. But of course just talent alone is not enough. They have trained for hour upon hour, and they, and their parents and families have made sacrifices for them to have this chance. Good luck ladies!

I hope they make it – because they deserve it; and, in years to come, I want to say – with pride – that I am the bloke who took the photograph of four young talented footballers!

Update: 

Here’s the story on the Brighton & Hove Albion Website

 

Posted in Football, Photography, Sport

Alexa’s Photoshoot

I was asked by Alexa’s Mum and dad, Christine and Simon, to take photographs of their baby daughter.  Linda and I set up a small studio in their home, and we got to work.

Here’s a few photos from baby Alexa’s photoshoot.

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Posted in Baby Photography, Photography