And so yes, I’m up in the UK for a little while, doing hometown glory and family stuff. Google Now has gone mad, giving me bus timetables, suggesting things to do and making me cry over the exchange rate. It also suggested that I “explore” my local area. That might include the Sandygate Road ground – the oldest football ground in the world  and the home of Hallam FC, the world’s second oldest football club.
Something tells me that their groundsman might not be too happy about the Google Maps shot of that historic pitch though:


That halfway line… It’s… It’s a bit wonky, isn’t it?
I wonder if it’s like that every week or if someone had had an off day just before the satellite passed over? Also, I wonder how noticeable it is/was at pitch level.
What if the left winger got substituted at half time because his manager thought he hadn’t crossed the halfway line enough, not realising that it was further up than it should have been? (On the flip side though, he was delighted with the unusually good penetration on the right.)

I’ll pop up to Hallam later this week and peep over the wall.

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I’m out of town and unable to blog today, so here’s a pre-recorded quota photo of the Lions Head to remind me of home.

Fine work by Neeve Terman in the evening sun there.

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Leaf it out

Quote of the day from Brian Micklethwait of BrianMicklethwait.com infamy:

I hate leaves. All over London there are great views, totally ruined by leaves.

Ah yes, leaves: the bane of any urban photographer.

But if Brian is struggling with leaves, then it means that he’s visiting places in London with trees (thanks Sherlock). And trees are a great sign that a suburb is doing well. This 2012 post even asserted that you could “spot income inequality from space”, simply by observing the number of trees in any given suburb.

Thus, the answer seems fairly clear – rather choose to go somewhere really, really dodgy to take photographs of London’s Big Things. The dodgier the better, I’d assume. Of course, there are other things to take into account when you’re avoiding trees in this way.  The higher crime rate and the greater chance of being mugged, for example.
But at least when someone buys your camera in the local Cash Converters later in the week, none of the buildings in the photos will be obscured by foliage.

Silver lining and all that…

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Calling Expats

And no, I’m not getting into the “immigrant” v “expat” debate on this.

But this is a blog of an expat (immigrant) (stop it), and it is read by expats (immigrants) (I’m warning you…) so I do get these sort of requests every now and again.

I’m sharing this:

My name is Joe Pinzone and I’m casting an international travel show about expats moving abroad. We’d love to film in South Africa and wanted to know if you could help us find expats who have moved there within the last 15 months or have been there for 3-4 years, but recently moved into a new home. The show documents their move to a new country and will place the country in fabulous light. The contributors on the show would also receive monetary compensation if they are filmed. If you’d like more information, please give me a call at 212-231-7716 or skype me at joefromnyc. You can also email me at joepinzone @ leopardusa.com. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Joe Pinzone
Casting Producer
P: 212-231-7716
Skype: Joefromnyc

I don’t have time to check everything out on this particular email, but suffice to say that it passes the basic “is this genuine?” tests. Joe does exist and he does work for a company that makes this sort of show.

Quite how he intends to place the country in a fabulous light, given the recent publicity (FIFA, Nkandla, Xenophobia!) I’m not sure, but Joe is a wizard at his job and I have no doubts that he’ll do his best. And yes, again given the recent publicity, just be careful with “monetary compensation” going between and America and South Africa. Never forget, #WeDoNotBribe, ok?

If this is you, or if it’s someone you know, why not pass it or get in touch with Joe and take things from there? After all, what have you got to lose?*

* Credibility, privacy, potentially your residence permit if it all goes wrong. 

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Cut off low

*tuts like an expensive plumber or garage mechanic*

“Well, there’s yer problem, innit?”ma_sy“See, what you’ve got ‘ere is that Sarf Atlantic ‘igh forming a ridge of raised pressure, which is cuttin’ off that low pressure area, isolatin’ it over the Cape coast, innit?

I’d say you’re buggered, squire.”

Full explanation.

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