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Two striking pictures which sum up my week

I saw a documentary about the bleaching of the coral reef. The image which I chose for a cover picture for this post reminded me to the coral turning from colourful and alive to white, still and dead.


Coral reefs around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. Divers, photographers and scientists set out on an ocean adventure to discover why the reefs are disappearing and to reveal the underwater mystery to the world.

Release date: 14 July 2017 (USA)

DirectorJeff Orlowski

Music bySaul Simon MacWilliamsDan Romer

Production companies: Argent Pictures; Code Blue Foundation; EarthSense Foundation; Kendeda Fund, The; Sustainable Films; Exposure Labs

Distributed byNetflix

The second striking image, was of the Highways Team in South Gloucestershire. A piece of equipment used in a set up to rearrange traffic at a roundabout for utility works. The time and date on my image will show you that this equipment was being set out the night before a storm which was so bad that the children had been sent home from school the next day.

Why an online magazine?

In 2005 at The Liverpool Insitute for Performing Arts, my first year project was to work in a team to create a magazine. We had a start up budget of around £200, and in the team we sold advertising and created the content for Noise Magazine.

I also enjoyed reading a Christian Magazine for many years called UCB after I did a placement in 2007 at The Message Trust.

One of the other reasons for writing an online magazine, is that it’s very empowering to create your own original content, rather than just sharing someone else’s.

This is my favourite article, I was volunteering at a Nightline phone service for students and it was written by hand in the doodling book.

I had a little trouble at the end of uni graduating as I didn’t complete my dissertation, but compare myself to all the covid disruption, I think I had a good course away from home in Liverpool.

And I’ve found something I enjoy which I’m still working on fifteen years later. 🙂

what does paypal, topshop and hrmc have in common?

I wanted to try to bust some myths about major financial institutions or suggest some alternative news stories.

There was a huge hoo haa about how if you don’t use your PayPal account for ages, you lose your credit balance. But it doesn’t cover the insurance you effectively get on payments by using it.

PayPal offers some really great advantages as a payment method, including a 6 month ‘escalation’ guarantee on payments.

So if I brought an iPhone, let’s say a refurbished one, on eBay and after the month eBay money back guarantee ends. Well if I paid by PayPal then I have five more months to query my order. PayPal can literally place the money you sent to the supplier on hold from their account. And that’s going to be an incentive to sort the problem out with you e.g. battery failure after 3 months.

So quickly Topshop…. if you don’t use your gift cards its been commonplace for them to expire after two years. This is a fairly standard concept within retail.

Lastly HMRC…. I keep seeing these news article saying that the HRMC are bullying poor carers over tax owed.

So many carer jobs are full time around £13,000-14,0000.

That’s not going to create a big tax bill is it? So whoever is being chased up must have been in a managerial role or perhaps double that salary to be in trouble for unpaid tax.

I feel I need to write these things as there are some stories which I believe people want to believe, so when I see news articles giving examples reinforcing these narratives, I think it is really key to remember there are billions of people and scenarios. And even a coin has two sides.

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So what do these three names have in common? They are all in the news and particular types of views on them are published more frequently than others. I don’t really mind what conclusion you make but it would be good to have a choice of viewpoints.