Lisabet and I visited South Stacks on Holyhead the first time we ever went to North Wales. And that was in the winter. So it was good to revisit this epic location in the height of summer. Conditions were… interesting. It was a clear and very hot day on the mainland in Snowdonia, yet as we crossed the Menai Strait and travelled through Anglesey we realised that a thick misty sea haar was hanging around Holyhead.
We climbed down the steep steps that scale the cliff face towards the South Stacks lighthouse. There was very little room to get my tripod out so I were shooting exposures handheld against the wind. Thankfully I managed to snap some good compositions of the sea haar rolling in against the cliffs. =)
South Stacks, Holyhead, Anglesey, North Wales.
ISO400, f/16, 1⁄200sec at 11mm (16.5mm full-frame equiv.) using a Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens attached to a Nikon D7000. I had to increase the shutter speed in order to ensure a steady shot against the buffeting winds, yet also maintain enough depth of field as I right alongside the cliffs. Thankfully my Nikon D7000 can take a bit more ISO pushing and clean images. =)
People in the UK tried to name a research ship "Boaty McBoatface" — but it didn't work out
After the Natural Environment Research Council invited the public to suggest names for the ship in March, “Boaty McBoatface” shot to the top of the leaderboard of suggestions, ending up with more than 124,000 votes thanks to a campaign that went viral on social media.
But the science minister, Jo Johnson, said he wasn’t a fan of the idea. This ship will be named “Sir David Attenborough,” which got a less impressive 11,000 votes in the naming poll.
We still talk about the British conquering India, but that phrase disguises a more sinister reality. It was not the British government that seized India at the end of the 18th century, but a dangerously unregulated private company headquartered in one small office, five windows wide, in London, and managed in India by an unstable sociopath – Clive.
In many ways the [British East India Company] was a model of corporate efficiency: 100 years into its history, it had only 35 permanent employees in its head office. Nevertheless, that skeleton staff executed a corporate coup unparalleled in history: the military conquest, subjugation and plunder of vast tracts of southern Asia. It almost certainly remains the supreme act of corporate violence in world history. For all the power wielded today by the world’s largest corporations – whether ExxonMobil, Walmart or Google – they are tame beasts compared with the ravaging territorial appetites of the militarised East India Company. Yet if history shows anything, it is that in the intimate dance between the power of the state and that of the corporation, while the latter can be regulated, it will use all the resources in its power to resist.
Poor Victorians used to drop
live geese down their chimneys.
In the UK, those who couldn’t afford
chimney sweeps would tie a rope
around a goose’s neck, toss it in the
chimney, and wait while its frantic
wing-flapping cleaned out the soot. SourceSource 2Source 3
My favourite thing about the new portraits of the Queen by Annie Leibovitz for her 90th birthday celebrations is that she looks way happier with her Corgis than with her grandchildren & great-grandchildren