That Was The Week That Was
Week Two of 2012, and perhaps the most reported news story is only just beginning. On Friday (13 January) night, the Costa Concordia ran aground, suffering a gash in her hull and causing the cruise ship to partially sink. It’s not yet known how many people have died or what caused such a new ship to end up at a 70° angle, but it seems the vast majority of people on board managed to get to safety. You can read the Wikipedia article I started on the disaster here.
One of the most horrific stories of the week took place in South Africa, where an elderly couple were burned to death for “being witches” in front of their seven-year-old grandson, in Jacobean-style. Closer to home, Edinburgh Zoo’s male giant panda has been taken off public display, Ernst & Young were named the top gay-friendly employer in the UK, and TV chef Antony Worrall Thompson apologised for shoplifting from a Tesco store in Henley. The theft itself inspired a wealth of online jokes, including “Why did the chicken cross the road? Because it was shoved up AWT’s top”, and “There’s no such thing as a free lunch, unless you’re using AWT’s latest cookbook”.
With Harriet due to go back to university tomorrow after spending the festive period skiing in France and at home with us, we decided to take a late-afternoon stroll down by the river. Matthew voted against coming, but the four of us that did go were rewarded with beautiful views.
Parking the car at the Boulter’s Lock car-park, we set off in a north-easterly direction up the footpath, going against the flow of the water. The golden colours made for some great photograph opportunities, and Mum and I both spotted two figures on the other side of the river in Cliveden‘s grounds.
This Week’s Photo
Once again, I’m sorry. It’s another sunset. And yes, it was taken on my phone so there’s some horrible lens flare. But this was the week that was the week when Defra and the Environment Agency called a drought in East Anglia, whilst rain fell on Carnival-goers in Maidenhead.
I’d actually weighed up this week featuring a picture I took at the Carnival – but none of the ones I took stood out particularly well. Although there’s some great shots of my 60 seconds on the main stage, taken by Natalie Hills and my mother, the rule is that I have to have taken the photo myself. And, despite taking a picture of Ryan Tomlinson face-painting just before the show, I’ve always tried not to run a picture of just one single face.
So instead I’ve moved away from the idea of the Carnival altogether because, sadly, the rain kept me away from most of the rest of it, and instead trawled my phone.
This photo I took whilst helping at Cubs (just like 15 May’s), looking out over the fields in Cookham surrounding my group’s very own campsite.
About ‘Photo of the Week’
Every Sunday, I post a photograph taken at some point during the previous seven days. I know that many of the photos featured will not be of enviable quality or stunningly artistic composition, but then the aim is mainly to give me something to nostalgically look back over at the end of the year.
Catch up with photos featured in previous weeks by clicking here.
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