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Steve Searle’s Gallery

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WE CAN WRAP OUR DAILY LIVES, IN BEAUTY

A picture celebration of family and friends’ imaginings: skilful play, with all forms of Creativity

 

STEVE SEARLE’S GALLERY

Below are a series of photos taken by either me or Steve that show his love of forestry  in all its guises and of his immediate family, from David as a youngster on the woodpile to our last time all together in Sydney in March 2013.

Very special memories.

Christina and David Searle

Shout Loudly : Chunter together quietly

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Went to local hospital watch-persons meeting. Planned support for London SUPPORT THE NHS demos. Gave out this leaflet at recent march down Ascot High Street. Gathering my own courage, to encourage the meet to produce practical ideas for taking individual and collective responsibility for RESILIENCE & SELF-RELIANCE about our own health.

See Fullfact.org

Courage is not enough ?

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Consider the affirmation ‘You may encounter many defeats but you must not be defeated’ – Maya Angelou.

And the following statements:- ‘Britain has a social mobility problem which is getting worse for an entire generation of young people’… particularly for white working-class boys.  Social Mobility and Child Poverty Commission  (SMCP ) State of the Nation Report 16/11/16 – Chair Alan Milburn.

Runnymede Trust report-  Who Cares about the White Working Class?

‘The Plight is constructed by the media, politicians, anti-immigration groups as the fault of immigrant minority ethnic groups or the cultural deficit of the under class, or both, while leaving the hierarchical and highly stratified nature of British society, out of the equation’.

Interesting resources: – ‘RESPECTABLE’  a novel by LYNSEY HANLEY.

 Richard Hoggart ‘THE USES OF LITERACY’ 1957 but relevant.

kirstywalker@education.co.uk  020 7227 5371 Social Mobility Commission.

Runneymede Trust – www.runneymedetrust.org

Tattoos : Taboos

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Chatting to strangers was what you did in my war-time childhood. Sitting on those side seats downstairs on the bus, squashed between women (my size !!) with covered punnets full of yellow downy chicks. Off to Kidderminster market. Or dispatched to stand in queues outside the Tripe shop, basket on arm. Learnt much in queues !

The other day I chatted with Ben in our garden. Admired the TATTOOS during his tea break from tree lopping. “Left school early. Nothing to teach me !” He lived on a barge. ” You could call me a Wild Man” he said. “Number of wild animals lived with me….now help out with conservation stuff. Teach kids.”  “What’s the tattoo about?” sez I. “Pride in myself.. my body” said Ben.

Flying Visits

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The other day a HERON , today a RED KITE.

It swooped, skimmed the Magnolia, past the Oak, chasing a Crow.

Wing span 6ft, held at a dihedral with a long forked tail, twisting as it changed direction. I was taken over; an invasion of majesty. Down it swooped again, right up to the kitchen window. Orange spread of its tail feathers ..orange cream brown for my mind’s eye.

Enthralled, my conversation with ticket agency ( booking tickets for Justin Butcher’s performance locally of THE DEVIL’S PASSION) got a bit confusing. Credit card number being given interspersed with “Oh! Here it comes again. It’s HUGE”   www.redkite.net  (Pix copyright Helen Olive)

 

Sharing Outdoor Space For The Inner Journey

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This year we celebrate the 25th anniversary of THE QUIET GARDEN MOVEMENT’s foundation. Arising from the INSPIRATIONAL IMAGINATION of our dearly loved Revd. Philip Roderick, there are now 300 Quiet Gardens around the world. 

In our garden, a group has met every month for these 25 years.

6 of us reflected on what these meets mean to us:- 

Practise putting words to tentative reformulation of own spirituality: Being space: Coming aware of the awe and wonder of creation: I bring people and it’s not for them: The group is very open at a deep level.. this relates to it being an established group: Need to feel comfortable to be open: A place where you can take time in silence to be challenged: Every now and then I see myself as member of the human species, not just a single being: The universe being conscious of itself…Go away refreshed. www.quietgarden.org


Playing with Language

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For the past 50 years, we’ve hosted PLAY READING groups. First in Malaysia, introduced to companionable, self expanding evenings by Oliver Baudert: an inspirational actor, living now in Australia. In the present clime of funding threats to libraries, the counter-force of delight in language and ACTING thrives in such small committed groups, in local AmDram, and go-watch National Theatre productions at our local cinemas. Our heroes are listed in “500 Power People”.. Mark Rylance, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Judy Dench, Kenneth Branagh….. Countless community groups act out the CHALLENGES of the times, using car parks, any old hall, on the South Bank..on the streets.

Crafting life drama with WIT, WISDOM , WONDERFUL WONDERFUL WORDS.

 

Cat’s Eye Nebula from the Hubble telescope

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It lies 3 thousand light years from Earth across inter-stellar space. It is the brief glorious phase in the life of a Sun-like  star. The truly cosmic ‘eye’ is over half a Light Year across.

Of course astronomers may well be seeing the destiny of our Sun when they view this image.

Our sun is destined to enter its own planetary nebula phase of evolution in about 5 billion years.

A light year is the distance that light travels in one year and is 186,000 miles per second x 3,600 x 24 x 365 miles in a year.
http://www.star.ucl.ac.uk/~apod/apod/astropix.html

 

Touched

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Went to hairdressers today. Ken aged 70, works independently at a salon in a local Elderly Care Home. There were four women awaiting Ken’s skilled attention. Three of us had a little sing- song. ” Jesus wants you for a sunbeam ” Sunday school and Salvation Army ditties from our childhood. We all emerged ..coifed grey curls. Ken in considerable arthritic pain, working steadily through the queue. I was TOUCHED by Ken’s devotion to re-create head-strong  dignity, for us women.

 

Environmental Photographer Gallery

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WE CAN WRAP OUR DAILY LIVES, IN BEAUTY

A picture celebration of family and friends’ imaginings: skilful play, with all forms of Creativity

 

Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year Exhibition

A shortlist of 60 exceptional environmental photographs will go on show at the Royal Geographical Society in London from 29 June to 19 August 2016.

These are from a submission of approximately ten thousand images by photographers and filmmakers from across seventy countries internationally. The exhibition will then tour to Grizedale Forest, Cumbria, supported by Forestry Commission England.

The selected photographs and films reflect the urgent environmental and social concerns that surround us today: topics include recent natural catastrophes induced by the changing climate, the effects of population growth on the urban environment, and the resourceful ways in which the human race is preserving the earth’s biodiversity.

Launched in 2007 by the Chartered Institution of Water and Environmental Management (CIWEM), and sponsored by Atkins, one of the world’s most respected design, engineering and project management consultancies, the Atkins CIWEM Environmental Photographer of the Year competition provides an international showcase for the very best in environmental photography and film, by both amateurs and professionals. Atkins and CIWEM aim to inspire a global audience to think differently about contemporary social and environmental issues, including sustainable development, pollution and human rights.

Terry Fuller, CIWEM Chief Executive, observes: “Each year we are delighted to receive such a huge number of outstanding entries from photographers and film makers who are inspired by the environment. The competition embodies CIWEM’s core aims to improve water and environmental management and raise awareness of the associated social and cultural issues.

The images from the EPOTY competition highlight the most urgent challenges we face, remind us of the importance of our work and inspire us to do better. We look forward to sharing the images with CIWEM members and the public at this year’s much anticipated exhibition.”

The entries were judged on impact, relevance, originality and technical ability by a distinguished panel comprising: Ben Aviss (Acting Editor of BBC Earth UK), Ian Dunn ( Chief Operating Officer at the University of Southampton; former Chief Executive of the Galapagos Conservation Trust), Dr David Haley (Senior Research Fellow, Director – Ecology In Practice, Route Leader MA Art as Environment, Manchester Metropolitan University), Tim Parkin (Landscape photographer and Editor of On Landscape), Hayley Skipper ( National Arts Development Programme Manager, Forestry Commission England).

“Year on year, it just gets better and better”, says David Haley, one of the 2016 selectors. “Again, I was amazed at the diversity of subject matter and the diversity of photographers – seeing the extraordinary within the mundane and revealing the way extreme environments are becoming the new normal.”

Nick Roberts, Atkins’ UK & Europe chief executive officer, comments on the exhibition: “In recent years the world has witnessed a rapid shift in population patterns and levels of migration that very few could have predicted. This, coupled with the continued effects of climate change and the accelerated influence of technology and data on our cities, poses big questions about what the future will hold for people and their environments as we know them today.

Through this competition, talented individuals have captured some of these complex issues; ones that our own engineers, designers and data specialists are tackling each day. By embracing new and emerging technology such as drones, AI, data mapping and more, I’m confident we will discover and implement innovative and sustainable solutions that not only respond to the environmental challenges of today, but help predict those of the future.”

This year there were three specific award themes – Built Environment, Changing Climate, and People, Nature and Economy:

Exhibition information:Venue: Royal Geographical Society    Dates: 29 June – 19 August 2016   Address: 1 Kensington Gore, London SW7 2AR (main entrance on Exhibition Road)

Opening times: 10.00am – 5.00pm daily   Admission: Free    Nearest tube: South Kensington  Tel: +44 (0)20 7591 3000

Web: www.epoty.org    Twitter: @EPOTYcomp #EPOTY16

For further details about the exhibition, please contact exhibition organisers, Parker Harris: Tel. +44 (0) 1372 462190, email. epoty@parkerharris.co.uk