I’ve got a camera, now where is the coast?

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Well, it seems I’ve neglected this blog for a while. I’ve been really busy with a few big assignments. And when I’ve worked hard, I need to party hard too…so poor old blog got missed for a while!

Anyway, things are a bit quieter now so I’ve been spending some time playing with my new toy…a new camera. (It’s a Canon 600D, if you’re interested.) I haven’t done anything good enough to put up here but it’s fun experimenting with different styles. The stupid thing is what I *really* want to do is shots of the coast — yeah, I know in Sheffield! Still, I might be making a trip to Southport to visit some friends soon and could get a chance to do some seascape photos.

I’ve been looking for inspiration. There are loads of great photographs out there but I love these from Guernsey. ( I used to go there on holiday when I was a kid). It’s weird, I recognise quite a few places from this website from years ago. I went swimming here once with my brother. And I also remember walking down to this funny little foghorn thing. It’s about a million steps to get down there!

Hope I can do something this good if I get to Southport. Probably not! It’s all about waiting for the right tide and light and I might not get lucky on my trip.
Watch this space.

The Colon and Semicolon

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Who invents this stuff in the first place? Eh? Eh? Well someone decided to sit down and create punctuation marks at some point in history, and now we’re all left wondering how to use them.

semicolonI’ve been working on an assignment, and I’ve decided to use more colons and semicolons in my writing to help it look more impressive, and hopefully get better marks. This follows my recent success with a tactic of looking up an obscure word in the dictionary and then fitting it into my writing somehow. Seemed to work last time as my tutor had to ask me what the word meant.

Anyway, the colon and semicolon are my next targets. The colon I’ve used quite a few times before anyway (not like Horizontal Harry), and seems pretty straightforward. Basically, the colon is used to introduce something, like a list, word or the rest of a sentence. Like this:

The best players in Sheffield are: Evans, Lowton and MacDonald.

The semicolon is a much trickier thing. The Semicolon looks like a colon, but with a comma below the full stop rather than another full stop. I’ve stuck a picture of a colon and semicolon to this post. The semicolon is used more for joining two separate sentences. By using the semicolon, you show that they are related. You can also use the semicolon on more complicated lists, so that it reads better.

I watched Sheffield Wednesday; they were terrible.

I’m going to stick to trying out the easier stuff first though. As ever, I turned to the internet to work this out. There is a great website all about the colon and semicolon. It was a bit more readable than the others and less wordy.

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My first Blog post

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I’ve had Blogs before, but I’ve never had the discipline to keep them going. This time I’ve taught myself how to set one up with a proper domain and everything, so I’m going to make more of an effort this time around. Let me know if there is anything you’d like to see me tackle on here, but I;m sure I’ll be speaking rubbish most of the time anyhow. Sheffield! Sheffield! South South Yorks!