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My latest idea to avoid drying the dishes.....
24th May 2018

I nearly missed this one... the Guernsey Velo Club Summer Crit Series race at Belgrave Vinery.

I was driving home when I noticed the signs for the Ian Brown's Cycles sponsored event - Round-2.

So my ever patient and tolerant missus allowed me to make a quick turn-around of the evening meal and I was soon out of the door (avoiding the washing up) allowing me to get back to photograph the Crit race.

Unfortunately as I arrived one of the racers shouted 'you'd better be quick Andy as this is the last lap!'

Not much time then to capture some action. But I was pleased I made the effort (not only because I missed having to dry the dishes) as the venue offered a change from previous photo-shoots.

A gallery of the pics is now online:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE BELGRAVE VINERY RACE
Maya Le Tissier for England and beyond....
23rd May 2018

Maya Le Tissier played her last game as Captain of St Martins U16's at Blanche Pierre Lane before leaving Guernsey to pursue her football career.

Maya has already Captained the England U16s and islanders are wishing her good luck in the future as she represents Guernsey and England.

I popped along to photograph Maya. There was a good turn-out of supporters at St Martins to enjoy the last opportunity to see our young star.
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF MAYA LE TISSIER
High tension for this sports photographer....
23rd May 2018

The 2018 Rossborough FA Cup Final at The Track was set for a 19:30 Kick Off. The qualifying teams were Rovers and Vale Rec. The scene was set for a competitive game.

My fear was that the score might be level at full time... an even worse scenario would be the addition of a penalty shoot-out after extra time!

Now it wasn't that I wanted to deny the fans their monies worth of action, tension and enjoyment. No, it was just that I had a very tight deadline to submit my pics for the early morning print of the Guernsey Press.

In fact, even if the game was concluded in normal time it was tight.

So I was as tense as any of the supporters when it was still 1-1 with just seven minutes of play left. To my relief it was Vale Rec who broke the deadlock and eased the pressure a bit for this 'tog.

This meant that I left The Track at 21:35 (after photographing the presentation of the Cup). I then joined the queue of vehicles (very frustrating) leaving Victoria Avenue as I headed back to my office to complete a quick edit.

There was no time to waste making a selection of pics and once they were cropped, balanced and tagged they winged their way to the Picture Desk.

All in, the job was complete - presentation pics, travel, edit, tagging and submission in 37 minutes!

I deserved that glass of red wine... it helped me chill-out and I needed it!

My edit of Rossborough FA Cup pics can be viewed here:
CLICK TO VIEW THE 2018 ROSSBOROUGH FA CUP PICS
Pics of The Beast from the Sea......
21st May 2018

The Fermain Tavern had been given a major facelift for the launch of The Recks album 'The Beast from the Sea'.

It was certain that the 'Tav would be packed for the long awaited coming of TBFTS. What was (perhaps) unexpected was the brilliantly themed decor. Nice one guys.

I've photographed The Recks many, many times... you can tell I like them! So I have loads of pics.... and that isn't an exaggeration. The running total of pics of The Recks now runs at over SEVEN HUNDRED!

View a few of my pics here:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE BEAST FROM THE SEA ALBUM LAUNCH
.... approaching the speed of light!
21st May 2018

I'm not sure that an association can be made between web viewings on this website to the speed of light but, hey, this is my Blog so I'll do what I like!

Purists can e-mail complaints to CLICK HERE TO SEND YOUR COMMENTS if you think I've overstepped the obligation to be accurate and factual within the laws of physics. I imagine my wife will be first to the keyboard... and one of my sons will likely join complainants. They seem to share a liking for correctness!

For the rest of you maybe you'll just go with the flow and allow me to use this lose association as a way to describe the amazing speed that the latest ONE MILLION VIEWS have been added to this website.

Something must have come together... maybe the stars aligned in just the perfect way... for my fastest ever million views.

My guess is that no scientist will bother trying to research how this event happened to allow me to repeat it at will so I'll just enjoy it this time as it might never be replicated.

Whilst I'm here I'd like to say 'many thanks' to everyone who keeps coming back to look at my pics and say that you are now part of a previously unknown 'Law of Physics'.

You can view a few old Blogs recording past MILLION MILESTONES here:
CLICK TO VIEW PREVIOUS MILLION MILESTONES
MX Bikes put on the best entertainment on the sand....
20th May 2018

Motocross bikes have established an important role in keeping up the numbers at the GMC&CC Sandracing on Vazon beach.

The Solo Sliders class is now only just above being viable... four of five competitors barely makes a race. This is very sad as a full grid of Sliders would be the biggest draw for spectators.

Having said that, the MX riders are putting on a great show of close, competitive racing and with a class that now puts over a dozen bikes on the line the MX now take the headline spot for sheer entertainment.

Every sport goes through a periodic cycle when the following weakens and often with time that reverses. Hopefully that will be the case with the Solo Sliders. Maybe a few of the MX racers will make the step up to the hardcore class?

The Club has also invested a lot of time and attention in nurturing a couple of Cadet classes so hopefully that's the future sorted!

I was down on the Vazon sands on Saturday capturing pics of the Round-3 action.

The pics are here:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS ROUND-3 OF THE SANDRACING
Who you gonna call?
18th May 2018

If you want a band with the longest set list ever, who you gonna call?

The Erawigs!

I was at The Fermain Tavern to photograph The Erawigs on a rare appearance on the night before they were to entertain a wedding reception.

I didn't get to that one but my guess is that no-one would have been left with an ounce of energy after dancing all night.... although I hope the newly-weds managed to pace themselves ;-)

My pics of Erawigs are online here:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF ERAWIGS
Starting the day with a swim, cycle and run.....
14th May 2018

Sunday morning started with a leisurely 400 metre swim, followed by an 8 mile cycle then a 2 mile run for good measure.... no problem!

Not for this photographer you understand! No, all that exercise was for the participants in Guernsey Triathlon's Novice event.

For me I had to motivate myself to just get out of bed for the early start. I'd still be under the covers if I'd had to face that physical challenge.

However, once I was at the start of the Novice event it turned out to be most enjoyable (watching others do the hard bit!) as it was a beautiful morning. I didn't see any of the triathletes regret having a go at the hard-core event so I imagine quite a few will add future events to their diaries. Some people really are strange, eh!

Once my work was done at Beau Sejour I made a quick visit back to the office to edit and submit my pics for publication then it was off to Chouet for the final round of the Autocross Club's Summer Championship.

All the pics are now online:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE NOVICE TRIATHLON
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE AUTOCROSS RACING
A couple of early Lib Day shoots....
13th May 2018

I made a mention in a recent Blog that my Liberation Day this year had started early and gone on long....

It also seems like the edit of the various assignments are doing the same as it is only now that I've completed the work!

My first job of the Lib Day morning was to shoot a few pics of the 2018 Cycle Road Race at the Imperial. It was a long but pleasant drive down the west coast and the reward was some great light and action. The bonus is that I wouldn't have made the effort to get there if I hadn't been booked in to cover the event.

Following on from the Cycle Race it was a return trip up the coast to the Houmet to photograph another Lib Day Road Race... running this time!

I've added a few pics of each event to my Gallery:
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE 2018 LIBERATION DAY CYCLE RACE
CLICK TO VIEW PICS OF THE 2018 LIBERATION DAY RUNNING RACE
Liberation Day 2018.... 17 hours of fun (for me)!
11th May 2018

Liberation Day in Guernsey is celebrated as our very own Bank Holiday each year on May 9th.

Whilst first-hand memories of the actual occupation grow fewer and fewer with each passing year this special day is still a good excuse to party!

The day also has several established Sports events to go along with the traditional historic cavalcade and live music.

This year the day started early for me as I was assigned to photograph the cycle race at the Imperial…. Up at 6am, that was a shock to the system!

Once those pics were in the can it was straight on to the Lib Day road race at the Houmet, then it was me racing up to The Last Post to meet a Guernsey Press reporter for a news item.

As some of the pics were needed for Thursday’s paper I completed a quick edit and tagging of those pics in the back of my studio van/office using mobile data on my phone to submit the pics.

Then it was off into St Peter Port with things not stopping until past midnight!

It was a very long day… about seventeen hours in all – but the infectious fun combined with the fine weather, smiles and partying kept me going!

I’m working through the edit and the first pics can be viewed here:
CLICK TO VIEW THE FIRST PICS OF LIB DAY 2018

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