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Launch of M&M’s Union Jack edition at M&M’s World in London, England - May 24, 2012

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“Kneel before me. I said… kneel! Is not this simpler? Is this not your natural state? It’s the unspoken truth of humanity that you crave subjugation. The bright lure of freedom diminishes your life’s joy in a mad scramble for power. For identity. You were made to be ruled. In the end, you will always kneel.”

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24/01/21-Snowy morning and afternoon walk 

A loud clap of thunder temporarily interrupted my slumber early this morning, then when I ultimately woke it had happened, the forecast snow had and was falling and unlike the flurries between Christmas and New Year it had laid. Albeit like the small bout in December on at least one of the days it wasn’t to last and the sun eventually came out as the day went on. Meaning in a part of the country when snow is never guaranteed in winter it was considerable like in 2015, more so than a dusting in 2012, but not quite the famous beasts from the east of 2018, the first real heavy bouts I knew in 2009 and twice both ends of 2010, a notable long weekend in January 2013 or even going into February 2019. 

But it was still snow carpeting the garden and areas visible from my room and looked very beautiful and a really breathtaking scene making the urban jungle look very nice. I loved looking at it as a little bit still fell, and taking pictures of the views all around a nice set of snow pictures to have taken this winter. These included the first, third and fourth pictures I took today in this photoset. What snow also does in urban realms is bring interesting birds in locally or in the garden and give you so many unique avian photo opportunities among the white scenes. I indulged in the latter taking photos of Collared Dove (including the second in this photoset at the feeding tray and one more I tweeted of two on a white roof visible from my room) a species I took a photo of on a very white snowy Sunday morning in March 2018 which lived long in the memory so this was nice, House Sparrows (seventh picture in this photoset at the bird table), Feral Pigeon (sixth in this photoset), Robin (fifth picture in this photoset on an icy fence) and Black-headed Gulls on roofs looked nice in snow I was too slow for a closeup but they can be seen within the first picture of mine today in this photoset so a nice array of species. I also enjoyed seeing Starling, Woodpigeon, Magpie, Blue Tit and as I had seen and photographed before in snow Goldfinches all looking great in the snow. Being the first time I was very interested in flowers whilst it snowed I looked at and took pictures of these in it too today most notably daffodil shoots coveted in snow something so symbolic of this transitional time of year in winter with the hope of spring on the mind I took the eighth picture in this photoset of this.

With the sun well and truly out on a similar walk it was a similar day to yesterday afternoon as we took a great walk taking in some wonderful and refreshing view and sky scenes including the ninth picture in this photoset. There was a trace of snow left I took the tenth and final picture in this photoset a closeup of some on a log with my macro lens. Its interesting in 2019 I did the same a closeup of snow with my old macro lens and then bringing it out on a walk was an interruption of the usual hibernation of this lens which I mostly use for butterflies and mushrooms in spring then autumn and at that stage flowers occasionally. But after a strong few days following some quiet ones for it I’m seeing how this new macro lens is becoming a year round one now and I think flowers notably some still around in the garden and being at home so much to see them has driven that and whilst this macro lens will certainly be used more when spring comes its been great. 

And some great bird moments awaited too on our walk as I loved seeing two Treecreeper a star bird of my year already. A Raven also darted and barked over our head, something I have mentioned in relation to representing wilderness before. It did that again today for me, interestingly in the week where I described the Golden Eagle as being the bird of the wilderness during my “A raptor a day” posts on Twitter and I definitely felt that seeing these birds in the mountainous lands of Scotland three years ago last week on the trip for my 21st birthday. And it got me to thinking today whilst we have an amazing bird of prey scene in the south of England starring so many brilliant species also, the Raven can be our Golden Eagle in terms of epitomising wilderness as it’s so symbolic of the vast open and quite quiet spaces it can be seen in. A quite nice thought to end another brilliant weekend of walks and time at home, I have enjoyed it so much and I hope you have had a good and safe one. 

Wildlife Sightings Summary: Treecreeper, lots of Robins we are seeing so many lately, Blue Tit, Coal Tit, Raven, Carrion Crow and Woodpigeon. I also loved seeing one of my favourite birds the Buzzard really well today.

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Say whatever you want about the Three Stooges reboot movie of 2012. But one thing is FOR damn sure, Will Sasso did one of the most amazing, most perfect portrayal’s of Curly Howard <3 I love him to death and he did an fantastic job. 

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Campo de cereales, La Rioja en primavera, 2012.

A reminder that in this grim winter of COVID-19, terrorism and sedition, Spring will eventually return. Spain went through forty years of grimness before its Spring after Franco died. We are already mostly rid of Trump after only four years. 

I had my first dose of the Moderna vaccine yesterday!

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