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You can't stop a Guernsey Donkey once he has made his move....
16th November 2014

The Guernsey Donkey can be a bit stubborn when you try to get it to move.

However if the carrot is big enough and it starts down the road there will be no stopping it!

I have a feeling that the Facebook campaign under the heading of 'Enough is Enough GSY' is building that unstoppable momentum :-)

The turnout for the demonstration on North Beach against the threatened new General Sales Tax, Paid Parking and increased Refuse Collection costs was fantastic.

But the trigger for the organised protest was the threat of the introduction of a mixed bag (and poorly judged) range of Vehicle Width and CO2 emission taxes. Maybe this was the final straw that broke the Donkey's back?

The Donkey's came out in force... and we're a stubborn lot :-)

I took a few pictures of the protesters. They are now on-line:
VIEW PICTURES OF THE ENOUGH IS ENOUGH PROTEST
..... and still they come!
13th November 2014

A few more updates today from the Vale Earth Fair.

I hadn't realised how busy I've been since the VEF but now I'm sorting through the photoshoots there is just a glimmer at the end of the tunnel :-)

Today's picture updates feature Robert J Hunter and his band, Citizen X and one of my favourite live acts, Static Alice.

Check-out the updates here:
VIEW PICS OF STATIC ALICE & ROBERT J HUNTER PLAYING AT VALE EARTH FAIR
Australian bands rock....
11th November 2014

We welcomed an Aussie band to the Fermain Tavern recently. They proved that our mates from the underside of the world know how to rock and have a good time... but we knew that anyway cobber :-)

Tropical Zombie were well received and they became 'token locals' when they agreed that Breda lager hits the right spot!

I have added pictures of Tropical Zombie to my Galleries together with a few of supporting band To the Woods. We know that like like a bit of the Breda too!

Click the links to view the pics:
VIEW PICS OF TROPICAL ZOMBIE
VIEW PICS OF TO THE WOODS
A few more updates to the Vale Earth Fair Galleries...
07th November 2014

Following the theme of my last Blog... this is also short and sweet :-)

I've been working through a couple of old photoshoots that didn't make it on-line at the time they were shot.

Today's additions are all from the Vale Earth Fair. This is a fantastic annual festival held within and around the historic walls of Vale Castle in Guernsey.

The new galleries feature The Crowman, Subversion & Jawbone. More to follow...

Subversion...

Jawbone...
VIEW PICS OF THE CROWMAN, SUBVERSION & JAWBONE
Look out for a few updates....
05th November 2014

The next couple of Blogs will be short and simple.

Good, I hear you say!

I've discovered a few old folders of pics that didn't make it to the web-site at the time they were taken.

So it is time for a tidy-up. First up are Karting updates:
VIEW PICS OF ROUND-9 OF THE SUMMER KART CHAMPIONSHIP
I love technology... especially when it works :-)
02nd November 2014

I do love technology. It's just a shame that I find some of the new stuff a bit confusing... it's an age thing :-(

But every now and then I discover something that is really useful and amazing at the same time. If you've seen it all before then sorry if I'm about to bore you!

What I am referring to is the technology that I am using to type this Blog. I am inputting this text on my Apple iPad using my normal Admin system. However that Admin program is actually running in the Firefox Web browser on my office computer which is running Windows8.

Oh and I forgot to mention that I'm not even in the same building as the office computer... thank you Internet :-)

So all these different systems are somehow talking to each other for me. I even completed the edit of today's pics remotely. In fact I can operate all my Windows programs directly on my iPad. I'm impressed! Photoshop anyone? Or how about Lightroom?

There is just one thing left to do... now to upload this Blog.

If you are reading it then you know it all works :-)

Today's pics feature the GMC&CC Trials at Portelet. Click the link to view them:
CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE LATEST TRIALS PICS
Metal Mayhem... that'll be Halloween....
27th October 2014

VIEW PICS OF A RARE OUTING OF CHOKE
I think that the 'Halloween Metal Mayhem' on Saturday was the nineth.

I reckon that qualifies it as a local tradition. Don't you?

The Fermain Tavern was full of ghouls, ghosts and more than a little fake blood (at least I hope it was fake blood!)

There were some amazing fancy dress outfits too (at least I assume people don't wear that gear all year round). Surely these guys 'n gals don't only come out at Halloween?

Anyway, the photo-opportunities are just too good to miss so I lurked in the shadows and cobwebs to capture some of the atmosphere ;-)

I've added a couple of new Galleries featuring those pics...

VIEW PICS OF THE JERSEY BASED MASTICATED
They are the Champions....
25th October 2014

Last weekend saw the final round of the Guernsey Kart & Motor Club Summer Kart Championship at The Track.

With some of the Classes still up for grabs it was bound to be a lively meeting and indeed the Rotax Max Classes Champion wasn't finally confirmed until the flag dropped and a double-check was made of all the seasons points (allowing for dropped races). I think there was just a point in it giving Matt Corson the win.

After the action had completed I took pics of the four Champions and also the successful 'Karting Guernsey Team'.

Those pics are now on-line:
VIEW PICS OF THE 2014 SUMMER KART CHAMPIONS & RACE 10

Today it was back to the Moto-X track for a bit of muddy action. I've already made a quick edit and the pics are on-line here:

VIEW PICS OF THE MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP ROUND 7
Live music still rules, OK!
20th October 2014

CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICTURES OF BUFFALO HUDDLESTON
Now I'd love to think that I had that sort of influence... but of course I don't :-(

Shame.

It is just a coincidence that, after having had a moan in this Blog just last week about Guernsey's 'gig-goers' not making enough effort to support the live music scene, we saw perhaps the liveliest gig of the year at the Fermain Tavern on Saturday.

Could I really have made people get off their behinds.... as easily as that?

No. What we experienced was the golden mix of 'The Tav' booking a band that is well known (locally) with a special guest band that rocked this years Sark Folk Festival (that is if a folk band does actually 'rock'?)

I'd hate to be a gig promoter as clearly gig-goers are a fickle bunch. Killamonjambo, who were so poorly supported last week, are a great band and well worth following but the word simply hadn't 'got out there' locally with the resulting poor turn-out.

However it was all change on Saturday!

The popular Buffalo Huddleston were launching their Album 'Sunrise' at a party and it seemed like everyone was on the guest list. The Fermain Tavern was packed solid with a mass of fans. The contrast could not be greater. This is what a live venue should be like... and we all LOVED it!

The inspired booking of the night was to invite CC Smugglers along as special guests. This UK band is on the way up towards greater things and, as previously stated, they impressed the Sark Folk Festival crowd in the summer. In fact their set on Saturday was one of those that most other bands on a bill wouldn't want to follow. This band is really good live!

But of course it was Buffallo Huddleston's night and they more than justified their headlining status. They revelled in the attention with a familiar set of songs from 'Sunrise'.

So all the ingredients were in place and the dish was served. We gorged ourselves and went back for seconds.

Live music lives, and I'm a happy man.

Maybe I'll also kid myself that I had something to do with it too ;-)

CLICK HERE TO VIEW PICTURES OF CC SMUGGLERS
2 Days, 2 Motorsport events.....
19th October 2014

Saturday saw me standing in a field near Icart taking pics of the Guernsey Motor Cycle & Car Club's second Grass Track meeting.

This event seems to be a perfect end to another busy Sand Racing season. Most of the Sliders made a showing. The Motocross boys enjoyed the grass/dirt track... much more like their chosen surface. And the few Grass Track cars that reside in Guernsey completed the list of competitors.

So that was day one sorted. View the Grass Track pics here:
VIEW PICS OF THE GRASS TRACK RACING

Then today the same Club hosted a Trials event.

Now you may have noticed that there are very few landscape pics on this web-site. In fact I haven't been serious about taking landscape pics since my Camera Club days. Somehow I don't seem to have the time!

But today I got as close as I have in recent times. It was only whilst editing the days shoot that I realised that I had taken a few 'landscapes' (at least they feature the countryside and autumnal colours).

However there is one other small detail. There is a Trials bike in every one of the pics!

Maybe next time I will leave the bike out, but for now that's all I've got to show you.

Take a look at my Trials pics here:
VIEW PICS OF AN AUTUMNAL TRIALS EVENT

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