Monthly Archives: March 2013

Triangular Shaped what? Canvey Island school bans triangle shaped flapjacks


Only square or rectangular flapjacks can now be served at the school

When I saw this on the BBC website earlier I just had to blog it. The image and text is taken from the BBC and all credit must be passed to them.

School dinner staff have been banned from serving triangular flapjacks after one was thrown and hurt a pupil.

Caterers at Castle View School in Canvey Island, Essex, have been told instead to cut their flapjacks into squares or rectangles. The incident, in which a year seven boy was hurt, happened last week.
The school said the “isolated accident” had led to a review of “the texture and shape of the flapjacks” served to students.

Over the top

Essex County Council said it did not give schools guidance on the shapes of foodstuffs. Health and safety advisor Ray Hurst said he could not understand why triangular flapjacks had been banned,
but not those cut into squares or rectangles. “Anything that is thrown is likely to cause injury if it hits somebody, especially in the face or the eye,” said Mr Hurst, former president of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health.
“It does seem a little over the top to ban triangular flapjacks,” he said.

A three-point guide to flapjacks

  • Flapjacks are chewy biscuits made from rolled oats, golden syrup or honey, fat (usually butter) and sugar
  • They are baked in a flat tin and cut into squares, rectangles or any other shape while still warm
  • Use of the word ‘flapjack’ dates back to the 17th Century according to the Oxford English Dictionary

External Links

How to cook flapjacks


Lisa loves Leica

cropped-logo-2Whilst browsing yesterday I came across this awesome site by a local photographer called Lisa Holmes.

Photographer. FE & HE Photo Lecturer. Lover of analogue & B&W. Fell Runner. General art fanatic. Baking enthusiast. Shoeaholic

I have a BA Hons Degree in Photography and Visual Design. Over the last 12 years I have worked as a photographer both freelance and for various companies doing a range of photography from weddings and portraits to commercial. I am now working part time for Bradford College as a lecturer while working freelance and on my own private projects. I am always happy to hear from models, make up artists or fellow photographers who would like to collaborate on projects or anyone interested in my work.

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Please take a look at this awesome site…some great images.

Duddon Estuary Monochrome High Contrast

Well its been a very dry 2013 on the photographic front. For example, I have taken 2877 images less this year than in 2012 and its not even April yet. So, what do you do. You look back and re-edit images with a different approach.

Here is an image taken on the 13th March in Cumbria (blog here : – )

Hope you like my different take….

Via Flickr:
A variation edit on an image already on Flickr.. Something to do on a Sunday

I just needed a chuckle…you will laugh too..

Browsing the internet everyday its inevitable that you will stumble across something funny…We all recieve those emails from friends and family that even if you are not in the mood they just make you smile, laugh or even breakdown in hysterics. Yesterday was a day I would rather forget. A day that would be best described as not getting dressed, not eating (well, not eating properly), and just sitting around doing nothing. I really wasn’t well at all. This morning however, I have woken with an appetite and I feel much better. So, as a cheer up I have decided to post some funnies. These are just a small collection of images that I have managed to save over time and one that I even took myself. I hope you are not too offended and find them, or some of them actually funny. Enjoy your Sunday folks.

One of my very own images that is available all over the net without credit to me, Taken in Cornwall a few years ago

One of my very own images that is available all over the net without credit to me, Taken in Cornwall a few years ago

You can leave your hat on....Woody

You can leave your hat on….Woody

Three of a kind

Three of a kind

Mini Pit-Crew

Mini Pit-Crew

Pumpkins Reunited

Pumpkins Reunited

Pets Protection League

Pets Protection League

Nemo Sushi

Nemo Sushi

Laughed my leg off

Laughed my leg off



Taking the piss...not!

Taking the piss…not!



Ive always loved this...

Ive always loved this…

Whats the crack here?

Whats the crack here?

How many dogs?

How many dogs?

I hope you laughed…please feel free to share……Enjoy your Sunday

From one extreme to another…

Having mentioned this before in other posts and pages on NoMoreDeadPixels I wont go in to detail but just say “I am obsessed with the weather”. Why wouldn’t I be, afterall it’s a photographers best friend. Living in the United Kingdom doesn’t exactly give us the ability to sunbathe 365 days a year now does it? The cold snap over the last few days has produced a few sunny spells but nothing worth going out for. However, this was about to change.

Yesterday saw quite a thaw over the pleasant West Yorkshire scenery but only due to a rise in the temperatures. The weather forecast last night showed a dramatic drop in down to well below freezing point with clear skies over most of the north of England. My thoughts as I went to bed were to set the alarm and get myself up and about for a sunrise shot. There havent been that many opportunities this year and here we are fast approaching April. Checking the sunrise clock on my phone things have really moved fast, the sun now rises at 06:07 as opposed to 08:14 when I got my last shots back in January.  The angle has changed considerably too as the sun rises further in the east as opposed to a south-easterly direction.

I set the alarm for 05:30 thinking that would give me ample time to get sorted and get myself to the airport perimeter. Living on a hill limits the locations available for a decent foreground (An essential part of low ligh/dusk and dawn shots) so without travelling a few miles I tend to stick to a similar spot each day. I actually woke at 05:00 and and peeked through the blind. The sky was clear and the stars were blatently obvious and this was my cue to get up. It was a good job I did too, the car was frozen, a hard frost too. I fiddled with the controls for a few minutes before I got it set right. Being a hire car and a different model to my own vehicle some of the settings were not as immediatley obvious but I sussed it in the end.

After driving towards the airport I reconisdered by original decision and decided to stop off at the dam to see what photographically, was on offer. The paling of the sky had begun and the bird life was bringing in the Thursday morning in style. It was very cold but I managed a couple of frames just before the sun made an appearance. A managed a couple of low-light photostitches before moving on to my chosen airport location 300 yeards away.

My calculation regarding the sunrise location was spot on, just to the left of the control tower and a couple of departing aircraft on runway 14 made some foreground subjects for a few more frames. They were slightly different from my normal approach and I dont mind explaining my ideas. I am never afraid of shooting in to the sun and I have reflected this in many other posts. I find that thinking out of the box and breaking the rules adds my personality in to the images. The results are very random and are a great challenge in Photoshop. I waited until the sun was quite high in the sky to grab some frames facing direct in to the light and creating lens enormous flare. This was just what I wanted. At sunrise the sun appears orange as it crosses the horizon, this is because air molecules and airborne particles scatter white sunlight as it passes through the Earth’s atmosphere. This is done by a combination of Rayleigh scattering and Mie scattering.
IMG_9052_stitchPure sunlight is white in color, containing a spectrum of colors from violet to red. When sunlight interacts with atmospheric particles much smaller than the wavelength of visible light, a phenomenon known as Rayleigh scattering occurs. In this process, light is scattered in various directions, with shorter wavelengths (violet, blue, and green) being scattered more strongly than longer ones (orange and red). Because of this effect, the Sun generally appears yellow when observed on Earth, since some of the shorter wavelengths are scattered into the surrounding sky. This also makes the sky appear increasingly blue farther away from the Sun. During sunrise and sunset, the longer path through the atmosphere results in the removal of even more violet and blue light from the direct rays, leaving weak intensities of orange to red light in the sky near the Sun.


You can see the wing of the aircraft shadowed in the melted ice blowing off the runway. Looks quite strange doesn’t it? Please take a look at the full set in the slideshow below

Hope you enjoyed reading. Thanks for looking, please come back soon for some more “pixels”

RAF Speeding Ticket


Two British traffic patrol officers from North Berwick were involved in an unusual incident, while checking for speeding motorists on the A-1 Great North Road .

One of the officers (who are not named) used a hand-held radar device to check the speed of a vehicle approaching over the crest of a hill, and was surprised when the speed was recorded at over 300mph. The machine then stopped working and the officers were not able to reset it.

The radar had in fact latched on to a NATO Tornado fighter jet over the North Sea , which was engaged in a low-flying exercise over the Border district.

Back at police headquarters the chief constable fired off a stiff complaint to the RAF Liaison office.

Back came the reply in true laconic RAF style. ‘Thank you for your message, which allows us to complete the file on this incident. You may be interested to know that the tactical computer in the Tornado had automatically locked on to your ‘hostile radar equipment’ and sent a jamming signal back to it. Furthermore, the Sidewinder Air-to-ground missiles aboard the fully-armed aircraft had also locked on to the target. Fortunately the Dutch pilot flying the Tornado responded to the missile status alert intelligently and was able to override the automatic protection system before the missile was launched’.

One of the nicest people I have had the pleasure of knowing. R.I.P. Eric….

Nearly Spring | Tarnfield Park

Finally, some sunshine. This light was just crying out for some photo opportunities. Just two minutes away is a location that always has the ability to host some photography.

Only managed this one though, its a two-image photo-stitch. Thanks for looking

Via Flickr:
A stitch of two images taken with my Canon G9 A beautiful, but cold morning.

Over the Edge

2013-03-20 13.22.13

This was one that I just had to share with you……………..
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