26th June 2020 – Coronavirus I AM STILL IN LOCKDOWN, LOTS ARE NOT! Day 95 in the UK

I AM STILL IN Coronavirus LOCKDOWN, looks like lots are not! – Day 95

Campagnolo quick release wheel hub lock.
Campagnolo was ‘the’ name in bike parts when I bought my bike back in the mid-’80s. These quick release hubs allowed me to remove the wheel quickly and replace it locking by pushing the lever, no spanners required!

I AM STILL Staying at home – STILL Protecting the NHS – STILL saving lives

I AM STILL Keeping safe

I spent 30 years teaching grounded in ‘enquiry learning’, what, who, where, why, how and ought. Thinking skills were there and being seriously thought through as the way to learn despite an exam system that still rewarded memory and being able to do it on the day despite any nerves.

I clearly didn’t do a very good job as it would appear most people’s thinking and learning skills are pretty limited if the response to reduction in lockdown is anything to go buy. Went for a cycle today and admittedly it was a narrow canal towpath but so many people were not making room and allowance. This is also true of people’s abilities with other important issues such as global warming and yes, Brexit! When the country narrowly voted to leave it was like the beginning of the end of western civilization, and then along came Trump!

I sometimes think we peaked in the ’60s. Going to the Moon a truly amazing technological feat, the idea that love can overcome everything and fantastic music and also the civil rights movement and people such as Martin Luther King. We saw the film ‘Made in Dagenham’ recently and those women made history. It was a time when we thought we could overcome anything, a period of optimism. It was not a perfect time by any means but as a little boy I felt the human race was going somewhere.

So I am just turned sixty and perhaps as a grumpy old man I would look back and think the ‘old days’ were better. In many ways they were not, I know that, I grew up in a two bedroom terrace with no hot water and an outside toilet with a tin bath on a nail on the backyard wall, but there was a positivity which we sadly lack today. My Mum and Dad worked hard to buy their house and add an extension so that although I still shared a bedroom we had hot and cold running water and an inside bathroom and toilet, that’s what the 60s were like for our family.

I suppose this age of decline and cynicism is partly why Johnson has had some success, but his brand of bellicose nationalistic pride is not underpinned by wisdom or any facts. He sounds hollow, insincere and is clearly who enjoys privilege and breaking the rules which he does not think apply to him and his people, and he is a racist.

I am looking to the younger generation to sort the mess out before it is too late. I will support them.

Our lives in the blog:

  1. The Foundations of Yoga‘. Today it was ‘Pigeon pose’. We have a lot of pigeons around here. Their sense of a pose is to sit on the fence and look fat.
  2. Great bike ride with my son today but I broke my chainset! Fortunately we were nearly home so will spend some time fixing the bike this weekend.
  3. So after the cake cutting usually comes the bride and grooms first dance. I use to go ‘light’ on this just tracking around the couple as they danced. These days I also set up lights around the dance floor just to add ambience and halo and contrast to make them that little more dramatic.
    Newlyweds take to the floor for their first dance as husband and wife.
    Newlywed take to the floor for their first dance having just cut the wedding cake. This wa an all day wedding shoot for me, from bridal and groom preparations in the morning til an eventual sparkler departure at midnight after the dancing!
    Groom dips bride during wedding night first dance.
    Here the groom goes for the ‘big dip’ move. he is a professional basketball player so plenty of strength!
    Close up of newlyweds and their first dance.
    I like to get in close too, this could be with a zoom lens but sometime it means tracking them and getting closer!
    Bride swinging around during first dance with groom at the wedding.
    Then the tempo could increase and the bride is being swung around and seems to love it!
    Newlywed couple make eye contact with each other during the first dance.
    Great to get a picture of the bride and groom looking at each other during the first dance.
    Everyone joins in dancing with the bride and groom as they complete their first dance as husband and wife.
    And then everyone joins the bride and groom on the dance floor and the dancing begins for everyone.
  4. Write this blog.

More time spent today with Oona and a bike ride with my son! Pizza for tea.


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