Monthly Archives: January 2016

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Vibrant (III)

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    Sunday 31 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s third entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is a street entertainer in Mexico City. Hope you enjoy this entry. . …
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  2. Gotcha – Stopped that leak!

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    Sunday 31 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Ok, hands up who’s ever owned a house and had a leaky ceiling at some point or other? Most of …
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  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Vibrant (II)

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    Saturday 30 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s second Weekly Photo Challenge attempt is a kid in a vibrant coloured tube slide. Hope you enjoy this entry. …
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  4. Defiance: Frisked before prayers

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    Saturday 30 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Yesterday I took my son to the huge Kocatepe Mosque in downtown Ankara. It was his first time there, and …
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  5. Weekly Photo Challenge: Vibrant (I)

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    Friday 29 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    How about this for vibrant? My first Weekly Photo Challenge eny-try was taken in a small village in Kenya. Hope you …
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  6. Ilhara Gorge, Cappadocia, Türkiye

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    Thursday 28 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

  7. Wordless Wednesday ~ Anastaseos Church

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    Wednesday 27 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

  8. Still relevant – The Great Dictator

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    Tuesday 26 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    It’s funny how film and history are forever intertwined, and that we don’t seem to learn from either. Charlie Chaplin, the …
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  9. Australia Day

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    Tuesday 26 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Today is Australia Day, the anniversary of when the first ships arrived back in 1788. I know it’ll be a special …
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  10. Weekly Photo Challenge: Optimistic (IV)

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    Monday 25 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fourth entry from me is the optimism shown by amatuer car restorers in the face of what seem …
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  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Optimistic (III)

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    Sunday 24 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s third Weekly Photo Challenge entry was a long-held optimism… You see, we have a screen in the kitchen, …
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  12. SPIKE WRITES: It’s Brian from the Orange Grove

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    Sunday 24 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Originally posted on Gill McGrath:
    The boy is back! “All Growed Up” Meet the talking bird from Turkey The bird who…

  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Optimistic (II)

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    Saturday 23 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    My second go at the Weekly Photo Challenge on the theme of Optimistic is from that day when your kid first …
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  14. Preparing that slow goat stew

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    Saturday 23 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    I was asked by Janey In Mersin (an Aussie expat in southern Turkey) about my method of creating that slow-cooked …
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  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Optimistic (I)

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    Friday 22 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    I try to remain optimistic in life; always have. Life is a journey and for me it has been full …
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  16. Flower Friday ~ Sunflower

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    Friday 22 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Taken back in summer 2015, in the endless Sunflower fields of the northern Turkish province of Edirne, which is in Eastern …
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  17. Giraffe Photography ~ 3/3

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    Thursday 21 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    In my brief look at photographing that majestic animal, the giraffe, I have taken hundreds of shots over the years …
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  18. Wordless Wednesday ~ Very very slow cooked goat

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    Wednesday 20 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

  19. Weekly Photo Challenge: Alphabet (IV)

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    Tuesday 19 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    My fourth Weekly Photo Challenge entry is from Cité Portugaise, in El Jadida, Morocco, and offers us two alphabets placed over …
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  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Alphabet (III)

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    Monday 18 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s third entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge concerns three distinct letters of the Greek alphabet, O, X, …
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  21. Macro Monday: Ladybird/bug

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    Monday 18 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Depending on where you are from, you’d know this as a Ladybird (UK), or a Ladybug (US). Here we call it …
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  22. Giraffe Photography ~ 2/3

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    Sunday 17 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Photographing giraffes is fun. Not only are they photogenic creatures, they love to pose too… but that’s not all. They …
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  23. Weekly Photo Challenge: Alphabet (II)

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    Sunday 17 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    My second Weekly Photo Challenge shows some form of alphabet usage adorning a wall in the backstreets of Bitola, in …
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  24. Got no permission?

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    Saturday 16 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    I passed this hotel back in the late summer. All was not what it seemed…. I wondered – Where were …
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  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: Alphabet (I)

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    Friday 15 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s first entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is a signpost to the castle on the Greek island of Astypalea. …
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  26. Flower Friday ~ Winter Grass

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    Friday 15 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

  27. Ready for action!

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    Thursday 14 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

  28. In tribute to Ziggy

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    Wednesday 13 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    I have shared many of my heroes of the musical world under the guise of Tunes I Love. Now, unless you …
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  29. Wordless Wednesday ~ Waiting for the bus

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    Wednesday 13 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

  30. Sad times

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    Tuesday 12 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Today, another fatal bombing within our borders; taking the total lives lost over 200 in a couple of years. Add that …
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  31. Cute baby dragon or what?

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    Tuesday 12 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

  32. Weekly Photo Challenge: Weight(less) (IV)

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    Monday 11 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    My final Weekly Photo Challenge entry is a dock crane on the Greek Cyclades island of Syros, captured at dusk. …
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  33. Macro Monday: Poppy base

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    Monday 11 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

  34. Weekly Photo Challenge: Weight(less) (III)

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    Sunday 10 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s third Weekly Photo Challenge entry is the Teleferico de Gaia in Porto, Portugal. Like all cable cars, I’m always fascinated …
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  35. Giraffe Photography ~ 1/3

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    Sunday 10 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Capturing wildlife, photographically speaking, is always an amazing experience. Whether it’s a lioness on the prowl across the plains of Africa, …
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  36. Weekly Photo Challenge: Weight(less) (II)

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    Saturday 09 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    My second bash at Weekly Photo Challenge is pretty much the opposite to my first; this one considering the ‘weightless’ angle with …
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  37. Music that finds one’s soul

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    Saturday 09 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Those who follow this blog regularly will know of my quest in finding and sharing music that is special to me …
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  38. Weekly Photo Challenge: Weight(less) (I)

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    Friday 08 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s first entry from me for Weekly Photo Challenge uses an image I’ve posted before, but what a great example …
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  39. Flower Friday ~ Flags & Flowers

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    Friday 08 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

  40. Lemons, just a few

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    Thursday 07 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Following the disaster of last January, when our big freeze wiped out all the lemons, killing one decent sized fruit-producing …
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  41. The light

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    Thursday 07 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Our forests are cold, In the darkness of the night; Then dawn brings new hope, As the skies share the …
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  42. Wot No Cabbages?

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    Wednesday 06 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    The sudden cold snap (aka, winter) dissipated after five-six days, and we are back to mild weather, with a mix …
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  43. Wordless Wednesday ~ Taking a break

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    Wednesday 06 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

  44. Kumquat success

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    Tuesday 05 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Whilst many crops have not favoured the weird weather of 2015, the humble little kumquat tree seems to be as …
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  45. The mists of time

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    Tuesday 05 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Time passes The warmth of summer long departed Exchanged in kind for winter rains I ask myself, “Where are my …
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  46. Weekly Photo Challenge: Circle (IV)

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    Monday 04 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    This week’s fourth and probably final entry from me for the Weekly Photo Challenge is the circle of a drum, as seen …
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  47. Macro Monday: Finger puppet?

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    Monday 04 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Here’s a friendly little praying mantis… We get these a lot around here, and I’m truly fascinated by them. They …
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  48. Weekly Photo Challenge: Circle (III)

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    Sunday 03 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    For my third entry to the Weekly Photo Challenge, I have chosen an image of a very shiny Triumph motorcycle, and …
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  49. Maya’s back….

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    Sunday 03 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    Young Maya, the cheeky little eight year old pianist I met from Türkiye is progressing pretty well, tinkling the ivories …
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  50. Weekly Photo Challenge: Circle (II)

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    Saturday 02 January, 2016 by Uncle Spike

    My second Weekly Photo Challenge entry are simple 2D circles representing 3D spheres, namely, some juicy green apples. Hope you …
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