Storm Brian - He's not the messiah, but he is jolly windy!

As most of you will already know... Last week the UK faced the wrath of 'Storm Brian'...



Firstly, who's job is it to pick these storm names? Secondly, is his name Brian? I only ask because, when you consider some of the god-like names we've seen before, such as: Ajax, Zandor and most recently, Ophilia... 'Brian' just didn't quite cut the mustard (in my opinion)! 

How about.... STORM BEHEMOTH! Grrrrrr! 

Believe it or not, the storm names came about from a series social media polls a few years ago. The rationale behind this was to humanise the storms and make them more relatable to those affected by them).




Silly names or not, Storm Brian wasn't a barrel of laughs. It caused: Transport issues, major power problems, fierce flooding, winds of over 70mph and even resulted in people losing their lives... So other than the name, it was no laughing matter.

On the sunny side... It made for some rather wild water and some interesting photography! So, last week I donned my coat, my favourite boots, a hat and camera and braved the elements, (in an attempt to capture some of the storm)!

This one is for all you Brians!

Cheerio, pip-pip, bye for now :)

The magical 'Sloe Fair' (and some new photography styles for me!)

If you're a born and bred Cicestrian, you'll already know all about the magical fair that comes to town just once a year for one night only, but for those of you unaware, 'The Sloe Fair' is a travelling fun fair that visits the city annually, on the 20th of October (unless it's a Sunday), and has done since the beginning of the 12th century! Although, I'm guessing it was a slightly different fair then... Possibly a few less candyfloss-wielding thrill seekers back in 1107!

Anyway, the point is, you can't NOT go to Sloe Fair if you're a 'Chi Boy/Girl'... It's THE place to be on that special October night. A real bombardment of the senses: The smell of burnt burgers, candyfloss and fumes wafting past your nose as your eardrums are continually assaulted by generator noise and the muffled tones of a ride operator, yelling at you over a semi-famous 90's dance hit... WHAT'S NOT TO LOVE?!

I can tell you're already desperate to see what the fuss is about...

Every year, my daughter and I wrap up warm and venture down to the fair, spending far too much money on rides that make you want to 'do a sick' and stalls that I'm sure are rigged to ensure that Daddy never wins that giant stuffed animal . This year was no different... Other than, I decided to take my camera, a 70mm Prime and try my luck at some street/candid photography.

I love taking photos of people, but it's a whole new ball game when you're trying to capture people in their natural environment... without them knowing! Here are a few of my favourites, I'd love to know your thoughts, whether they are comments about my shots or about your own memories of the majestic Sloe Fair. 

Cheerio, pip pip and bye for now! :)

Cheers for now! :)

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