I think this man is a shining example of what you can get away with if you are genuinely rich and you have a pair of balls the size of an elephant.  I read in the FT today the following headline “Berlusconi seeks law to restore his immunity”.  I spent time on the internet to find some good examples of people seeking immunity from prosecution, who in fact had no reason to do so.  Funnily enough, I couldn’t find any.

Yves Rossy – Jet Pack Man

This is SO SO cool.  This is what every little boy dreams of doing, to fly like their favourite super hero.  Yves is a pilot for Swiss Air and he has built his own carbon fibre wing with 4 small jet engines attached, which travels at 300km/h.  There is a lot of links via YouTube, the one here gives footage from a camera attached to the wing itself and was prior to his crossing of the English Channel.  Two days ago he failed on his continental crossing when he was flying across the Straits of Gibraltar.  What an experience!

The charge of the lemmings

I enjoy reading the Financial Times (FT) of late to read about the ‘shock, horror’ of Dubai World essentially being insolvent.  After all they only owe around $40b.   I am not sure if its only me, but personally I think it serves all the greedy fuckers right, who blindly put their money into a massive building bubble and then sit there expressing shock that the whole thing is about to fall apart.  “Confidence evaporates in the desert heat” is the title of one article which then goes onto describe how investors have begun to realise that “the emirate has no clothes” and the potential impact on global stock markets.  Over time, the more that I read concerning how stock markets react to what is collectively described as either ‘positive’or ‘negative’ news, the more I wonder if these people really are as stupid as the herd mentality would seem to suggest.  To date I have not read a lot that would suggest that herd stupidity seems to be the one currency that does not seem to be in short supply.  I cannot wait for another weeks stories of doom, gloom and collective wrist slashing.

Imagination and Photography

I have been struggling to understand how to fire up my relatively dormant imagination and connect that to photography.  Anyone and everyone can take the bog standard photo, however a photo that provokes interest, thoughts and makes someone really appreciate the photo, is the holy grail (as far as I am concerned).

There are two photographers who I think set the benchmark for this.

Check out Miles Aldridge who does some amazing stuff.

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Here is a Dutch photographer who also does some really cool work – Eunice Lieveld


hmmmmm – skiing?

Decided to organise for my girls ski/snowboard lessons at SnowPlanet in Amsterdam.  Of course I was convinced that I also should learn to ski.  The trouble is that I have about as much interest in skiing as I would to remove my appendix with a spoon.  But, I was positively encouraged to share this ‘learning experience’ with the girls.  So yesterday was the first lesson.  At least I had enough common sense to book a series of private lessons which does mean that you actually do learn quite a bit within the hour.  Another 4 Sunday afternoons to go.  Zoe is getting right into being a ‘snowboard chick’ and Lana is off and running on ski’s.  Lets see what happens over the next few weeks :-))