A place for all the other “uncategorised” stuff – with a bit of nonsense thrown in for good measure

Tabloid deception

waterstory5Sure, drinking water is good for you. But this is just tabloid crap.

The “before” picture has been taken with a single light placed above the lady’s head. Note the shadow under the nose and the lack of catchlights in the eyes.

This type of lighting will emphasise bags under the eyes and skin blemishes.

The “after” picture has been taken using two frontal diffused lights. You can clearly see the catchlights (reflections of the light source) in the eyes. One, a round light, probably using an umbrella reflector was to the left of the camera slightly above head height and the other, a large rectangular ‘soft box’ was placed at eye level very close the the camera axis.

waterstory2These produce practically shadowless lighting which will minimise or even eliminate the shadows cast by eye bags etc and give a smoother texture to the skin.

I’m not saying they were, but it would have easily been possible to have taken both these photographs on the same day.

The lady in question has said she undertook the month-long experiment after speaking to a neurologist and nutritionist because she was suffering headaches and poor digestion. So why would she take herself off to a photographic studio to have a “before” picture taken?

waterstory3And then, we are expected to believe, she went back a month later wearing the same blouse and the same earrings and her hair in the same style and with the intervening month’s growth cut off to have the “miraculous” transformation recorded for posterity?

Do the Daily Mirror think we are all thick or something?

Worse still they have done a sloppy job of the deception. Both pictures have exactly the same perspective and image size. ie: Same camera to subject distance and same focal length lens.

It looks every bit as if the camera was set on a tripod, the first picture taken and the photographer changed the lighting whilst the lady combed her hair and had some concealer and foundation applied before sitting back in the same position.

My guess is, the “after” picture have also been retouched because the lady’s water intake has even caused some extra eyelashes to grow!

Basically, it’s a load of old tosh designed to make gullible people buy their tabloid rag.

It reinforces my belief that the only thing you can believe in the tabloids is the date – and they even get that wrong sometimes!waterstory4

See the original story here: http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/real-life-stories/woman-who-started-drinking-three-4791113

By |December 12th, 2014|0 Comments

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Paul Weller Flashback Friday

It’s Flashback Friday today on Paul Weller’s Twitter Page.

He, or more likely his minions, have obviously been trawling the web and come across this picture I took back in November 1979 of my then 13 year old son Neil getting Paul’s autograph after the gig  I’d been covering for the press.

Neil recalls the gig on his website, Link2Wales.co.uk

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How to organise wedding groups

By |September 25th, 2014|0 Comments

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The Red Wine Ice Bucket Challenge

Everybody knows that red wine should be drunk at room temperature.

So. It seems I’ve been nominated by several of my Facebook friends for this Ice Bucket Challenge thingy.

Well instead of sitting outside in the cold and have iced water poured over me, I’m bravely making a much greater sacrifice:  I’m going to drink my Shiraz at several degrees less than room temperature – straight from the ice bucket!

My donations from the will be going to the research project Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust, and hopefully the donations of those who I nominated too!  Any donation, however small, will make a big difference.


Thank you


By |August 31st, 2014|0 Comments

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50 Shades of Grey – The Trailer

NOW – the full unabridged trailer of this steamy epic. WATCH as Ifor Williams hooks up with her. GASP as she bumps and grinds and follows him everywhere. SEE what it is that makes the wheels go around as they drive off, 4×4, into the sunset.
trailerSorry, I just couldn’t resist!

But since you are here, this poem about the book is well worth another read.  Originally credited to Pam Ayres, it was actually written by John Summers.

‘An Ode to Fifty Shades of Grey’

The missus bought a Paperback
down Shepton, Saturday,
I had a look in her bag;
…T’was “Fifty Shades of Grey”.

Well I just left her to it,
…At ten I went to bed.
An hour later she appeared;
The sight filled me with dread…

In her left hand she held a rope;
And in her right a whip!
She threw them down on the floor,
And then began to strip.

Well fifty years or so ago;
I might have had a peek;
But Mabel hasn’t weathered well;
She’s eighty four next week.

Watching Mabel bump and grind;
Could not have been much grimmer.
Things then went from bad to worse;
She toppled off her Zimmer!

She struggled up upon her feet;
A couple minutes later;
She put her teeth back in and said…
I must dominate her!!

Now if you knew our Mabel,
You’d see just why I spluttered,
I’d spent two months in traction
For the last complaint I’d muttered.

She stood there nude, naked like;
Bent forward just a bit ….
I thought oh well, what the hell,
and stood on her left tit!

Mabel screamed, her teeth shot out;
My god what had I done!?
She moaned and groaned then shouted out:
“Step on the other one!”

Well readers, I can’t tell no more;
About what occurred that day.
Suffice to say my jet black hair,
Turned fifty shades of Grey.

by John Summers

Also very funny of the book 50 Sheds of Grey, that at one time was actually selling faster than the original!

“Hurt me!’ she begged, raising her skirt as she bent over the workbench. ‘Very well,’ I replied, ‘You’ve got fat ankles and no dress sense.’ Colin Grey’s life was happy and simple until the day everything changed – the day his wife read THAT book. Suddenly, he was thrust head-first into a dark, illicit world of pleasure and pain. This is the story of one man’s struggle against a tide of tempestuous, erotic desire and of the greatest love of all: the love between a man and his shed. WARNING: This book contains graphic shed-based images. Please don’t look if you are easily offended.”

You can buy it on Amazon


By |August 17th, 2014|0 Comments

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