Monthly Archives: October 2014

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Descent (I)

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    Friday 31 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s first entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is a view from our jeep as we descended into the incredible Ngorongoro Crater in …
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  2. From Brown Comes Green !

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    Friday 31 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    The farm has been a dust bowl of brownness for the five months of summer, but following the first decent …
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  3. Flower Friday – Greek Spike

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    Friday 31 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Here’s a spikey wee thing I spotted in the grounds of the castle on the Greek island of Kos – …
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  4. REBLOG: Spike ?

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    Thursday 30 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    And you wondered what I looked like… hehe There’s always some great B&W photography on this Monochromia blog!

  5. How to make Turkish Coffee

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    Thursday 30 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Hands up, how many of you have been to Turkey? Ok, so not many. All right, how many have had …
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  6. REBLOG: My iTunes Experiment

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    Thursday 30 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    And she’s off…. yep, our friend and your fellow Spikey, Charlotte, who’s a talented young soprano studying at the ‘The …
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  7. 91 today…. (part two)

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    Wednesday 29 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    The Republic of Türkiye is 91 today, and this is the second part covering our colourful celebrations held locally here today …
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  8. 91 today…. (part one)

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    Wednesday 29 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    The Republic of Türkiye is 91 today, and across the country there are celebrations led by schools, and huge flags hanging from many buildings. . …
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  9. Wordless Wednesday ~ Solar Energy

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    Wednesday 29 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

  10. BOB – the Jamaican, not Irish version

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    Tuesday 28 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    1974 was the year that West Germany beat the Netherlands 2–1 to win the FIFA World Cup. It also saw the …
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  11. More autumn skies…

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    Tuesday 28 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    As I mentioned in a previous post, for months we see no clouds at all, so when autumn arrives, I …
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  12. Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art (IV)

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    Monday 27 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fourth and probably final entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is a freehand drawing by our son, Cousin …
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  13. Macro Monday: Foreground & Background

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    Monday 27 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    My posting for Macro Monday. In this shot, I tried to capture the essence of this beautiful white flower, and …
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  14. So, just how did I end up here?

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    Sunday 26 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Well well, who would’ve thought that young Spike would one day be a naturalised Türk, having emigrated to the pan-Eurasian …
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  15. REBLOG: Crumbling Theaters, Excavations, and Travel Tips – Laodikeia

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    Sunday 26 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on Travelin' Kait:
    We have finally arrived! All over the world people come to hike the famous Cotton Castle…

  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art (III)

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    Sunday 26 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s third entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is my view of the alternative cover art I could envisage for …
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  17. REBLOG: The most epic aircraft safety video, ever!

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    Sunday 26 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    For all nerds, geeks, and Middle Earthlings everywhere… OR anyone just bored of the usual airline safety videos. Kudos to …
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  18. SPIKE WRITES: What makes a camel happy?

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    Saturday 25 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on New Bloggy Cat [NBC]:
    Sit back and enjoy this hilarious story written by one of my favourite bloggers ٩(˘◡˘)۶ “A…

  19. Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art (II)

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    Saturday 25 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    I’m in a funny mood today, so for this week’s second entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge, here is my …
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  20. Autumnal Swimmy Time

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    Saturday 25 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This week we headed smack-bang into autumn, with deluges of soggy stuff, continuous lightening for hours on end and power …
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  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: Cover Art (I)

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    Friday 24 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s first entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is my interpretation of Autumn Sky, an album by one of my favourites, Blackmore’s …
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  22. Mr Numan

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    Friday 24 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Today’s offering from “Tunes I Love” is, of course, delving back into the late 70s, my primary point on life’s …
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  23. Flower Friday – Two Roses

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    Friday 24 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Two roses Two shapes Two colours Different, but equally enjoyable . .

  24. Kapadokya – Landscapes 2

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    Thursday 23 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Back to Kapadokya, or Cappadocia…. and a few more images that help cast my memory back to the last time we …
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  25. Bird of Paradise

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    Thursday 23 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    The recent ‘Guess What‘ challenge featured this weird image… . Did you get it, or even close? Well looks like …
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  26. Love the autumn skies…

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    Thursday 23 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Living in a rural area, we have basically zero pollution to be concerned with, and so the skies are often …
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  27. Diwali 2014 Starts Today

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    Wednesday 22 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    I’m a Muslim, born to a Christian mother and an Atheist father… yep, we like to keep things a bit wacky in our …
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  28. Hmm, so what do you think it is?

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    Wednesday 22 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Not gone down this road for a while, so here’s a new ‘Guess What’… . . Answers on a postcard …
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  29. Wordless Wednesday ~ Kid Transportation

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    Wednesday 22 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

  30. Cocaine (err… the song, that is)

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    Tuesday 21 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Ok, so here’s another iconic Tune That I Love, by the now 69 year old legend, Eric Clapton. This track …
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  31. Now you see me, now you don’t…

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    Tuesday 21 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

  32. Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction (IV)

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    Monday 20 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fourth and probably final entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge was taken at the harbour on …
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  33. Macro Monday: Red on White

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    Monday 20 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    My posting for Macro Monday. The contrast between the brilliant white of the buildings found on the Cyclades island chain in …
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  34. The Turkey Tag

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    Sunday 19 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Like most of us, I spend a little time every day to peruse the offerings of my fellow bloggers. Now, …
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  35. Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction (III)

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    Sunday 19 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s third entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge was taken underground in the tunnels of the war museum …
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  36. Kapadokya – Landscapes 1

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    Sunday 19 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Continuing to dig through my bucket of travels around and about, I spotted a few from Turkey that I thought you …
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  37. ABBA: Our Last Video Ever

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    Saturday 18 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Today’s offering from “Tunes I Love” is a treat for any ABBA fans/ groupies/ followers/ loonies-like-me…. Below you’ll find a …
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  38. Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction (II)

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    Saturday 18 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s second entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge was taken on a footbridge crossing the Ankara to İzmir …
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  39. Gotcha Mister moon!

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    Saturday 18 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    After numerous attempts over the past year or so I had failed miserably to capture any half decent moon-shots (apart from …
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  40. Weekly Photo Challenge: Refraction (I)

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    Friday 17 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s first entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge was taken a few days ago on our farm here …
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  41. Skydiving & Piggies

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    Friday 17 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    What do skydiving and piggies got in common??? Well, I spotted something on BookFace this week that Uncle Spike thought worthy of …
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  42. Flower Friday – Ornamental Pond

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    Friday 17 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This is another photo taken a few years back by Granny Spike, a.k.a. Uncle Spike’s mum 🙂 The pond was dug …
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  43. İZMİR…. Birdlife

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    Thursday 16 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    I’m a bit of a nature lover, as you might have guessed, having aborted the prescribed lifestyle of the modern …
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  44. “I wanna live forever”

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    Thursday 16 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Oh yes, this one takes me back. In this Tune That I Love, we remember those fit young things who …
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  45. Central Anatolia

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    Wednesday 15 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    A few years ago we had the good fortune to be able to take a decent road-trip around some of …
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  46. Wordless Wednesday ~ Really??

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    Wednesday 15 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

  47. İZMİR…. Fishing Industry

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    Tuesday 14 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    In my previous post on the city of İzmir, I mentioned that there was a fishing industry… well, yes there …
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  48. A Canadian Rush

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    Tuesday 14 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Back in 1968, one of the great rock bands of my generation was formed in Canada. That band goes by …
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  49. Weekly Photo Challenge: Dreamy (IV)

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    Monday 13 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fourth and probably final entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is one I took on a cheap film camera back …
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  50. Handful of Autumn Fruit #12

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    Monday 13 October, 2014 by Uncle Spike

    Late September, early October, and the winter fruit season is marching ever closer, whilst some other summer fruits are still …
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