Aug
17
2009
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I’ve moved!

That’s right, I have moved and finally I’ve got round to updating this blog. I really need to remember about it, I am useless. Well anyway, myself and Sophie have moved in together and we are living in a really nice village in Berkshire, not far from the Oxfordshire border. It’s a really nice little house and I will upload some photos when I take some.

I will also think about updating this regularly again, but not now, too busy at the moment.

Written by Ben in: Misc |
Jun
09
2009
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Recent Work – Subcontract Design Service

This is a work and a non-work sit so I thought I’d add some more work to it!

This is a new website for a Subcontract Design Service specialising in 3D Modelling and CAD Draughting.

subcontract-grab

Jun
08
2009
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Random Photo of the Day

One more random photo and then I really am closing this down for the night…

Doesn’t need an intro really. It’s just great!

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Jun
08
2009
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OK, a few photos before I go away.

So I don’t get massively behind, here a few photos from our recent camping trips to The New Forest and then to the Isle of Purbeck a week later. Both of which were ridiculously hot weekends and it is fair to say we both got burnt. Anyway, here are some random pics from both trips… It seems Pepper took more photos than me on this occasion.

Written by Ben in: Misc,Photography |
Jun
08
2009
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Holiday in 3 days. Thank god!

Keeping with tradition, Pepper and I are off on holiday. Again. Some people seem to think we go a lot, maybe we do, I don’t know. It’s fun though, can think of worse ways of spending money. We’re off to sunny Portugal which will be rather good considering it is raining and cold and miserable here.

What’s new in my world? Ummmm, not a lot. Busy with work still but looking forward to the  time off, I would take my laptop but I think a certain Miss Pepper would kill me before we got to the airport. 0605 we’re flying, how rubbishly early is that. We’ll get about 4 hours sleep before needing to get up again.

Am still working through more and more Faces of Disco and Liam Collins work and I am getting there slowly. Hopefully there will be a few changes to the Faces site before I go on holiday – if I can find the time. Once back from Portugal, I will start the task of working on Liam’s own Company websites – something I am itching to do, new challenge and all that!

On a sour note, I found out today that £750 = €827. Not good, going on holiday in Europe is just too expensive at the moment.

I probably won’t write on here again before going away but I will do a massive photo upload when we get back.

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Jun
03
2009
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Random Video of the Day

OK, so I have been crap at posting a random video recently, but this was worth the wait. This is supremo Ken Block back for Gymkhana 2 in his new Impreza. Doesn’t need an introduction or explanation, watch the whole thing though!

Written by Ben in: Misc |
May
26
2009
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Busy busy busy

As I said in my BGT post, I have been busy. Working on the Faces of Disco website has taken much of my time recently, can’t complain though, it’s been a wicked job to work on. Have also been working on a few other cool projects so work is going well.

Keeping with tradition, myself and Pepper have been away, again! Camping in the New Forest this time and very nice it was too. We both got sun burnt and managed to do 20 miles on the bikes in the stifling heat – I was very impressed with Pepper, she really did do well.

We have a summer holiday booked now as well, 10 days in Portugal – can’t wait. This hot weather has given me a taste for the sun so that should be good. Off to grab some food now – have hardly left the computer for 4 weeks.

Over and out!

Written by Ben in: Misc |
Apr
30
2009
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Sachsenhausen – Nazi Concentration Camp near Berlin

Visiting Sachsenhausen was an incredible experience. We all hear and see how bad things were in the war but until you actually visit these places and see what it was like and smell what it was like, you never really know how bad it was. I know Sachsenhausen probably wasn’t one of the worst concentration camps, but it wasn’t a pleasent one.

Here is a selection of photos, I took too many to put them all up, the photos speak louder than words as well…

Apr
30
2009
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Away again, this time to Berlin

Pepper and I seem to go away a lot… this time our travels took us to Berlin for what was definitely going to be another fascinating city after visiting Budapest in February. I have a fascination with all things Nazi related and the Second World War, I don’t know where it comes from as I know it was a clearly awful time but, there is something about it that captures my imagination… I was extremely excited about seeing Berlin and visiting places where monumental things happened 60 odd years ago and I wasn’t about to be disappointed, or was I?

My only wish would be to see more signs of what went on, I know Berlin has been massively rebuilt but part of me was a bit miffed to not see more signs of Hitler’s reign. We saw the Brandenburg Gate where Hitler used to address the masses, that was pretty amazing, but at the same time it was in a built up area with shiny ,new buildings and fancy restaurant. I just wanted to see more gritty stuff, like in Budapest. Budapest had such an aura around it, it felt repressed still from the Communist reign, it felt hurt and it felt like it was still finding its way. The buildings reflected this, the people did. I would have liked to have experience this in Berlin and wondered if we would… and then we went to a concentration camp.

Sachsenhausen was the camp we visited. I think both me and Pepper were very moved by it. The entrance gates read ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ which means simply that ‘Work shall set you free’ – a statement that must have given the mostly political prisoners hope, far from it. Many thousands died there either through exhaustion, cold or simply executed for many reasons. Lots of the political prisoners were there simply because the didn’t agree with Hitler, many homosexuals also lost their lives here.

Sachsenhausen moved me so much that I will put a whole gallery up for it. It has also made me want to visit Auschwitz and I am sure I will be dragging Pepper around Poland before too long.

Berlin was a fantastic city, so much to do and see and definitely a city I want to go back to and I would, I would go again this year. We didn’t quite see everything we wanted to, even in 5 days.

Written by Ben in: Misc |
Apr
30
2009
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Random Photos of the Day

It has been a while since I did this, months actually – my bad – so today I am going to add a few photos. They are my attempt at creating a model village using Photoshop. You can buy a lens that creates the same effect but I use PS, it’s cheaper.

Here is a site explaining how to do it. There is also a Flickr group devoted to it. Go there, go now!

river_dart_model

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model_scooby

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