Blenheim Palace Courtyard

Blenheim Palace Courtyard

Blenheim Palace Courtyard

Here’s another picture from my trip to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, UK. The lighting was perfect here for the building and I really like how the shadows came out at the bottom. I also took a picture of the entrance here, why not take a look at that too?

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Blenheim Palace Entrance

Blenheim Palace Entrance

Grand, isn’t it?

Recently, I went to Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire, UK. It’s really stunning, but I’ve always thought that this entrance was a bit overdone…

The light wasn’t perfect for this shot but I took it because of the perfectly blue sky in the background, something that is quite uncommon here in the UK!

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List: Why I could not survive without my smartphone for one day

On the subject of smartphones, I’ve made a list of the reasons why I wouldn’t be able to last a day without my phone:

  1. It’s my daily source of news. Because I don’t have much time every day to get on my computer, I can look at the news while I travel, which is pretty neat.
  2. It takes less time to start it up than my computer. My computer takes about 7 minutes to start up from shut down… About 30 seconds if in sleep mode. On the other hand, my phone takes less than a second to start from sleep, bearing in mind that it is effectively on all the time in your pocket.
  3. It’s much smaller than my computer. I can fit it in my pocket and not worry too much about, for instance, someone stealing my laptop bag.
  4. It’s much more portable. I have a 17-inch laptop, which is huge, and is pretty much impossible to carry around. Also, you are probably going to want to carry around a charger, just in case your laptop dies on you.
  5. It’s a quick source of entertainment. Got 5 minutes to spare? Why not catch up on a TV show or play a game? It’s so easy just to put on a pair of headphones and continue with whatever TV show or film you’ve been watching. Or you could play a casual game if you have enough battery left.
  6. I need it to communicate. I just can’t not be able to call and text others. Not to mention all the other ways of communication, such as Skype and Facebook Messenger.
  7. I need it to listen to music. I don’t have a music player, they are too old fashioned to be honest, especially when you can slot in a 64GB SD card into your phone and soon enough you can fill it up with gigabytes worth of music!

This was fun to write, but have I missed any points? What do you think about not having your phone for one day? How would it affect you?

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(I’ll be posting a list on the same topic soon, so follow if you’re interested!)

Reflections – Poem

Reflections

Reflections

A poem that I wrote some time ago alongside a picture taken by a lake at sunset:

Reflections is
a multiple meaning word,
or words?
A reflection can

Be something you
see in a
mirror, yourself,
our other items…

Or an opposite
world with people
who look like you and
me but write backwards…

It could be a thought
of something that
happened long ago, drifting in
your mind like a bubble

only with memories and
information, trapped for
ever… What’s a reflection?
Good question…

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Smartphones and tablets – are they actually useful? (Part 1)

Smartphones and tablets have been around for quite a while now, and no doubt they have been useful, but how useful?

Imagine this scenario: you have a word document that you need to do but you are away from the computer. You pick out your phone and get typing. But no it’s not as simple as that; you find out that you can’t access the file because it’s in the cloud and there happens only to be 2G in the area you are in.

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A pleasant mistake

A pleasant mistake
Photography’s great fun, even when you don’t get things quite right! This was a complete accident but the reflections and the streaks of orange look pretty good (at least in my opinion).
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How I tried Windows 10

I am very excited about Windows 10 as I have written about in this post here. Unfortunately, I do not own a good computer which I am prepared to take the risk of installing it on as there are still many bugs and Windows 10 crashes quite a lot. However VirtualBox is always there for this specific problem! Here’s what I did:

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