Pattern Recognition

by Dhamaka

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"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"........ Albert Einstein


My new dance photography blog, DanceTog is here

My formal G20Voice blog is here


"When you're standing on a comfortable rug, you have to expect it to be pulled from under your feet sometimes"
........ Ben Moor
Global Warming - the debate

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This is my personal blog, not a venue for saleable images. In fact, because it's here that I share things that are important to me with the members of the moblog community, photo quality's not my priority. Events, occasions, achievements, thoughts, trips and experiments - you'll find them all here. Contact me for the development version of my photo portfolio, for a selection of saleable images or visit my dance photography blog or my website for cuttings. And remember that all photos remain my copyright unless I've specifically said otherwise.

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"Every time I see an adult on a bicycle I no longer despair for the future of the human race"
........ H G Wells

"All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better"
........ Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Luck favours the prepared mind"
........ Louis Pasteur

"Never to get lost is not to live, not to know how to get lost brings you to destruction, and somewhere in the terra incognita in between lies a life of discovery."
........ Rebecca Solnit

"Give, give, give -- what is the point of having experience, knowledge or talent if I don't give it away? Of having stories if I don't tell them to others? Of having wealth if I don't share it? I don't intend to be cremated with any of it! It is in giving that I connect with others, with the world and with the divine."
........ Isabel Allende

"Don't ask yourself what the world needs - ask yourself what makes you come alive, and then go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive."
........ Harold Thurman Whitman

"The real voyage of discovery consists not of seeing new landscapes, but in having new eyes...."
........ Marcel Proust

"It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them.. you have no such accurate remembrance of a country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle...."
........ Ernest Hemingway

"Ambition leads me not only father than any other man has been before me, but as far as I think it is possible for man to go."
........ James Cook

"The grand show is enternal. It is always sunrise somewhere; the dew is never dried all at once; a shower is forever falling; vapour is ever rising. Eternal sunrise, eternal dawn and gloaming, on sea and continents and islands, each in its turn, as the round earth rolls."
........ John Muir

"The bicycle is the most civilised conveyance known to man. Other forms of transport grow daily more nightmarish. Only the bicycle remains pure in heart."
........ Iris Murdoch

"Photography for me is not looking, it's feeling. If you can't feel what you're looking at, then you're never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your picture...."
........ Don McCullin












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Surprised, happy, humbled

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I've been struggling since Viv contacted me last week

Struggling to find an image and the words

Anything - including this - seems to trivialise the immensity of your generousity

I have no idea who is involved apart from Viv who seems to be organising and number crunching, Geodyne who I've been told is acting as Treasurer and Sprocket who has done so much already.

Ross took this shot while working with me on the last assignment before chemo. I decided to go with it because if we waited until I was happy that one of my images reflected my feelings we could be here all year.


Thank you

yesterday was

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... the first day I was able to spend time working in the sun in my outdoor office
:)
11th Jul 2009, 19:29   comments (15)

friends

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thank you
7th Jul 2009, 19:44   comments (10)

first week

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Didn't feel too well so asked a friend to drive me to the hospital for a consultation with the reconstructive surgeon.

We got lost on the way back. Probably didn't help that I had my eyes shut...

We had to call 540Air to find out how to get back

Finnish Tango at Guildhall Yard

OK, it wasn't sensible and I've been told to expect today and tomorrow to be my worst days (although others say the worst days are around day 10 of each regime) but I did a commission for Dance Today this afternoon.

It was terrifying because my immune system is low. Public transport, groups of people, bird flu, insects (I got bitten on the dodgy arm) and it made me realise that I absolutely shouldn't travel on planes or go to airports.

But it was also incredibly energising. I loved the work (as ever), I loved dancing (even though it probably wasn't sensible), it was great to mix with new people and it was great to catch up with the few tangueros I already knew.

The morning after

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Afternoon now..

All fine. There's a nasty bruise developing from about 3" from the point of IV entry along about 3" of vein (the part that hurt while the fluids were going in - I was warned about this bruising). It makes typing interesting but isn't insurmountable. I've taken arnica but doubt it'll have a chance as it'll be swamped by all the substances already in my body.

Also, if I allow myself to feel it I'm achingly tired. However, compared to last year when I was really ill (ie from whatever I picked up in Argentina rather than from therapeutic poisons) I was far worse.

I've eaten (my current favourite breakfast is Spanish tortilla) with no effects other than the feeling I get when something's more oily than I like - which it was.

Hope it stays this way

It begins

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Only 5 sessions left.. I imagine I'll be counting days and hours till recovery soon though.

I feel fine but tired. Tired might be due to the stress of the day, because I got up at 5ish (as more-or-less-usual) or it might be because I decided to do 20 minutes on the exercise bike. I'm now waiting to see what happens next while hoping/praying that what happens is nothing.


Instead of the hour I was advised we were there from 10:20 to 6ish (I was too intent on getting out to take a note). 3.5 hours of the delay were due to the pain I felt every time the poisons were introduced at what other people must consider a reasonable rate.

Apart from the records thing, there was a 'we haven't had your perscriptions signed yet' thing (they only had 15 days so must be massively underresourced), a 'oops we forgot about the cold cap thing' (despite my reminding them in the introductory talk) and a 'the head nurse is getting the tyre on her car fixed' thing... although not in that order

30th Jun 2009, 21:37   comments (20)

Well I was on time

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But my records weren't
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