The Riverside Country Park in Lower Rainham offers stunning scenary in Medway.
Having recently discovered drone photography and videography, I have also come across some beautiful places a stone’s throw away from home, on the river Medway. The water might not be clear enough for diving, but there are nice images to be captured with the drone.
Blood Swept Lands
and Seas of Red
Created by ceramic artist Paul Cummins, with setting by stage designer Tom Piper, 888,246 ceramic poppies are being planted by volunteers at the Tower of London’s moat. Each poppy represents a British military fatality during the First World War.
Thomas was introduced to the water when he was just a few months old. Thanks to Zoe Henderson at Bubbles Swim School, he feels completely at ease in the pool. So we organised a shoot on 12 July to get a few images of him underwater and give me a chance to practice taking pictures of swimming babies.
Just for a laugh / Juste pour rigoler
First underwater images for a while!
We decided to take Thomas on a little adventure. After researching the various possible destinations, we choose Mexico, which offered a good combination of diving and resort facilities.
Also it was great to catch-up with my friend Budgie Burgess, a brilliant guide who made me discover the cenotes around the Riviera Maya quite a few years ago. Budgie & I had fun playing with lights in Grand Cenote and Calaverde in Tulum.
I also ventured into the big vast Atlantic ocean to see what’s there.
Well, it’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on this blog. We’ve been kind of busy since the arrival of Thomas.
My friend Steve Warren has written a very moving article in this month’s Diver Magazine about the filming trip we made a few years ago to visit the wreck of the Bowbelle in Madeira. We travelled with film maker Drew Sutton, a survivor of the Marchioness disaster keen to exorcise the demons.
Here are a few images from the expedition.
Can I get you to wear pink tomorrow? Tomorrow is Pink day for Lika – my friend Marisa’s little cousin who lives in South Africa. We’re not asking for money. We’re only asking you to help make her smile again by posting a picture of yourself wearing pink. People all across South Africa and now the UK will be participating in this as Lika has made the local news in her efforts to fight this rare disease.
Capital FM presenter Dave Berry kindly agreed to lend us his support this year for London Lifeboat day. He joined us at Tower Lifeboat station and spent a couple of hours afloat with the crew. You can find a few pictures from his visit below.
I’m extremely pleased to have been awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal this
year. I guess there can’t be many French people presented with it!
Following his very successful London 2012 Olympics, Gold Medallist Ben Ainslie had a last sail with his boat Rita around Westminster before embarking on a adventure for the America’s cup.
He stepped on board Lifeboat E-07 – Hurley Burly and met the crew of Tower lifeboat.
Having spent Saturday afternoon and most of Sunday on a D Class lifeboat as part of the RNLI crew working on the Queen Diamond Jubilee Pageant, I am considering applying for a knee transplant! But the wet weather and leg discomfort could not have dampened our spirits for this once in a lifetime event. I was lucky to be right in the front and the cheers from the crowd made the day even better. Apparently, over 1.2m people lined the banks of the river to celebrate the Queen’s 60 years on the throne.
Leaving Chatham Marina on board Spirit, one of Elite Sailing‘s Jeanneau Sun Odyssey 35, we headed towards Garrison Point, off Sheerness. For Becky and Elaine, it was a discovery weekend while for experienced sailor Keith, it was more like a refresher trip. For me, it was the start of the dayskipper practical course.
For my 40th birthday, quite a few months ago, Becky had arranged a day at Goodwood motor circuit to test drive 3 hot blooded red Italian supercars. Because of our house move, and then winter arriving, I kept postponing the event. However, we could not have picked a better day yesterday.
We have just returned from a fantastic trip to Tulamben and Menjangan on the Indonesian island of Bali, staying at the Mimpi resorts.
Having served 4 years of a 3-year mandate, it was about time I stood down as BSoUP Chairman. I am staying on as a committee member but it’s now time to have some fresh leadership. And after 3 years under ruthless American dictatorship (sorry Martha 🙂 ) and 4 years under French rule, it was time to hand the British Society of Underwater Photographers back to Britain !
Another cover, but this one is real, unlike the Narked Diver one I created as a joke last year !
After a break of nearly one year, I have tasted tropical water again in March-April 2011 with a trip to North Sulawesi, Indonesia. I spent a week in Lembeh, split between Divers Lodge and Lembeh Cottages, and then headed to Kima Bajo to dive in the Bunaken National Park with Eco Divers.
The magazine features an article about Jamie who gets thrown straight at the deep end after joining a 2-week liveaboard in the Northern atolls. In this issue of Narked Diver, you can also read about the discovery of the spreadeagle ray and get new tips on natural buoyancy skills.
I’d like to thank all the participants for making this trip memorable.