I have to share this video. I tweeted a link to it the other day, but was disappointed to discover only a handful of people clicked on the link. It really is worth a look. I think Knate Myers has put together a truly stunning montage using photographs taken by the crew of the International Space Station. This is a real Kubrickian space ballet in glorious high definition colour. It has a beautiful blend of the natural and the man made that demonstrates simultaneously the fantastic world of which we are custodians and how we have transformed it, particularly at night.
In a few hours Bradley Wiggins is set to roll down the Champs-Élysée to complete his dream of winning the world’s most famous cycling race. His Tour de France ride has been a triumph of ambition that I find inspiring.
I wanted to get some action shots the other night, so I headed down to the beach front which is usually a hive of activity. The lads in the pictures below were kind enough to do a few tricks on their bikes for me – so it is only fair I show the world what they can do!
Here are a few more pictures I took at the sand sculpting competition in Parksville on Saturday. I held them back because I had offered them to the Nanaimo Daily News for publication. I’m pleased to say they published a couple of them yesterday.
Journalists working on most regional newspapers in the UK try to stay neutral when it comes to reporting the news, particularly politics. Occasionally though the editor will decide an issue is of such importance to the community that he or she will throw the newspaper’s weight behind a campaign to fight for it. For the journalists it means a slightly different dynamic comes into play.
This dragon in the air above British Columbia was not a real one but a kite. Nevertheless, it was still spellbinding to watch it swooping and gliding in the sky.
Building sand castles on the beach is part and parcel of a summer visit to the beach. But visitors to the seafront in Parksville over the next few weeks can see some pretty spectacular things done with the small grains of rock. The town is playing host to Canada’s top sand scultping competition.
My mate Quinno likes real ale and runs an excellent blog detailing the pubs of Aberystwyth and the surrounding area. I will not attempt to imitate his efforts, but I am going to take a little time to discuss a pub I think he would enjoy.
Last night we came across Fibber Magees in Nanaimo. It has styled itself as an Irish pub and sure enough the obligatory Guinness was there, complemented by Kilkenny, Harp and Smithwicks. But to look at the branding is to sell the place short.
Last week Rebecca and I went on a road trip to Kamloops and Kelowna, where we caught up with some friends and family. Spending hours in the car may not sound like fun, but it was great to spend some quality time together and enjoy the beatiful British Columbian countryside. Taking a trip to Kamloops up mountain roads like the Coquihalla is a scenic joy – and our destination provided a learning experience too.