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  1. Amsterdam Russ

    Show Us Your Great Photos (2018)

    A mini murmuration of starlings flying over our apartment at sunset. Just managed to grab my iPad in time to take a photo before they flew overhead and out of sight.
  2. Amsterdam Russ

    Show Us Your Great Photos (2018)

    Fantastic shot, for sure. What's particularly great is that the guy went looking for the photo - it wasn't just a lucky capture. Everything was planned out in advance: he picked his location, composed the shot, and waited for the right conditions to come along, and it paid off big time!
  3. Amsterdam Russ

    Show Us Your Great Photos (2018)

    Happy to share as I know they'll be greatly enjoyed here. Now where's my all-weather gear and waterproof hood for my camera...?
  4. Amsterdam Russ

    Show Us Your Great Photos (2018)

    Weather Photographer of the Year: only a small selection of pics to look at, but they are stunners, especially the overall winner - which shows Blackpool's iconic tower, pier and ferris wheel against an impressive backdrop of a lightning storm. Check them out: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-46223996
  5. Amsterdam Russ

    Your Current Must Watch Tv ?

    Yup, watched it over the weekend based on the strength of people's enthusiasm for it. Rather pedestrian, I thought, and lacking in any real sense of passion or intensity in either the plot or the acting. And rather an odd place to conclude the movie, historically speaking. The "Robert the Bruce lived happily ever after" bit at the end completely ignores the reality of the ongoing battle for Scottish independence. Bannockburn, anyone?
  6. Amsterdam Russ

    Northern Soul Amsterdam Mini Weekender

    A mini weekender of rare soul and more in the heart of Amsterdam. Weekend passes are just €20 per person and are available via Paypal. Send payment to: rigilbert@lomarecords.com (making sure to pay the small admin fee). Need any info, send me a private message. Full event info at: www.northernsoul.nl You can also find us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/groups/northernsoulamsterdam/

    © Russell Gilbert

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    Show Us Your Great Photos (2018)

    Autumn leaves...
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    Rev. Edna Isaac: Beautiful world

    Not interested in tunes with the same or a similar title, to be honest. But thanks anyway. More interested in the legal boundaries surrounding whether it’s legit to “edit” a track in some way (so it’s an enhanced version of itself?) or whether it’s just bootlegging. I appreciated that in law it’s entirely possible to creatively redesign an existing work to the degree that the new work becomes something unique, and thus is deemed to be an original, but are the differences in this tune enough? I can’t see that editing a track down and fiddling with the EQ is enough to make it an original work (and I also appreciate some of the nuanced differences between US and UK/EU law relative to this type of scenario). I don’t make any statements or claims about the legal validity, I’m only after clarification about what they might be here. Anyone?
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    Show Us Your Great Photos (2018)

    Well, we have bit of an unusual situation when it comes to the "Most liked photo" for the month of October. We have a tie – with two photos getting the same number of "Likes". But (and here's where it's a bit unusual) both were taken by the same person! So, double congratulations to @Winsford Soul for the brilliant close up of a young badger, and for the kingfisher sitting on a branch. Well done, Steve... twice!
  10. Amsterdam Russ

    Bob Abrahamian Collection Preserved

    A story that appeared in my Facebook feed this morning. It's a very fitting tribute to a man who was so devoted to this wonderful music. Story here: https://blogs.colum.edu/cbmr/2018/10/30/sweet-soul/
  11. A story that appeared in my Facebook feed this morning. It's a very fitting tribute to a man who was so devoted to this wonderful music. Story here: https://blogs.colum.edu/cbmr/2018/10/30/sweet-soul/
  12. Amsterdam Russ

    Show Us Your Great Photos (2018)

    No idea if this particular owl is doing a good job or not, but shoo-ing the birds away just might be the most effective thing it's ever done.
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    Show Us Your Great Photos (2018)

    The owl is perched on top of an industrial greenhouse and used by the owner, who breeds racing pigeons, to scary away birds of prey and other predators that might take a fancy to the pigeons. The owl's raised wings came about as a result of a storm the previous night - in the high winds they'd become detached from the body. I just had to capture the comical effect!
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    Show Us Your Great Photos (2018)

    Been after a decent photo of an owl for years and finally got one!!!
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    Show Us Your Great Photos (2018)

    Not a great shot, but this looks like a lot of fun! The guy was out there practicing for a night-time performance at our local firework display (one of the biggest in the country), and was doing all sorts of acrobatics with the board while a couple of metres above the water. Reminded me of Spiderman's arch-enemy, the Green Goblin!


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