Linford Christie at Swindon Street Athletics Competition

What a nice guy Linford Christie is. Today he brought Street Athletics to Swindon and it was a big success. There were lots and lots of young runners who signed up for the chance to race with the possibility of running in the finals in Manchester later on in the year. It is all part of a nationwide search for new talent.

Linford was so good with everybody, spending so much time talking, laughing and joking with everybody and spent hours signing T-Shirts and anything else people could find to get his autograph on.

This is only a very small selection of the 400 images I took today. If you were there and taking part I probably have an image or images of you, if you are interested give me a shout.

Great fun, great weather and a great guy.

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Fleshcreep Simon Wegrzyn meets Swindon at Old Town Lights Switch On

Last night was the Switch On of the Christmas Lights in Swindon Old Town. I had a lot of fun photographing Simon Wegryzn who plays Fleshcreep in this years Panto Jack and the Beanstalk at The Wyvern Theatre. Not only was he a really nice guy he was so easy to direct and was really happy to do anything I asked of him. I am really looking forward to seeing him and the rest of the cast at the Panto over Christmas.

Swindon hosts the Special Olympics Flame of Hope

Yesterday (Tuesday 28th) there was a small ceremony held in Wharf Green to celebrate the visit of the Special Olympics Flame of Hope to Swindon during it’s journey through the West Country and the Start of the Special Olympics in Bath taking place Wednesday 28th August.

The event was put on by inSwindon Bid Ltd and was attended by Justin Tomlinson MP (Swindon North).

For more information on the Special Olympics you can go to http://www.specialolympicsgb.org.uk

Jamie Cox comeback fight with Matiouze Royer Weigh-In Swindon

Today Friday 14th June was the weigh-in of Swindon middleweight and former Commonwealth Gold Medallist boxer Jamie Cox and the Frenchman Matiouze Royer. The big fight takes place at the Oasis in Swindon Saturday 15th.

Now then as an Ironman I thought I was fit. These guys are really fit.

Good Luck to Swindon’s Jamie Cox for tomorrow night.

Swindon Town FC hosts Charity Football Match

Had a fun couple of hours at the County Ground home of STFC last night taking photos at the STFC Wiltshire Air Ambulance Celebrity Charity Football Match. It was full of celebrities some of which I knew who they were, quite a few I didnt!!! They ranged from Arge – James Argent, Adam Woodyatt – Ian Beale, Tony Discipline – Tyler Moon, Lee Latchford-Evans – Steps, Iwan Thomas – Athlete and TV presenter,to famous footballers, The Only Way is Chelsea, Towie, and so on, far to many to know but got images of them all. Have to say Adam Woodyatt was great as was his son who was also playing and James Argent who just loved being in front of the camera.

Although the crowd was not huge they were very vocal, lots of young girls screaming, crying, asking for autographs, sometimes they didnt even know who they were asking!!!! but fun anyway.

Importantly they raised a lot of money for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charity, well done guys, I enjoyed it.

PS If I have got any of the names wrong or you want to see images of the others please let me know.

Swindon Disability Access Day a huge success

Swindon Borough Council’s Access Day hailed a great success.
Over 20 local Swindon schools, with 160 children, attended the Swindon Borough Council’s Leisure Services Access Day last week, which was run in conjunction with the Borough’s Advisory Teachers.
Taking place at the Link Centre in West Swindon, Children with a wide range of disabilities were encouraged to have a go at a number of activities which were run by SBC’s Leisure staff and local clubs.
Croquet (Swindon Croquet Club), Fencing (Swindon Fencing Club), Wheelchair Basketball (Swindon Shock), Wheelchair Rugby (Swindon St George), Football (STFC Football in the Community), Dance (Swindon Dance), Martial Arts (Success Martial Arts), Swimming (Swindon Dolphins & ASA), Climbing, Boccia, Trampolining and Ice Skating were just a few activities on offer to the children throughout the day.
Louise Hunt, London 2012 Paralympian Tennis player was also in attendance to support the day and speak to the children, “It’s wonderful to see so many children trying different sporting activities from across the Borough. Sport is one activity that can bring a group of individuals together whatever their ability, age or gender.”
Mike Swann Climbing Wall Manager at the Ridge mentioned “it was really hard work but the best day of the year!”
John Airey from Swindon Croquet Club commented “the event was well organised with plenty of help for the children at each activity from the students from New College. It was felt by one school that the sport of croquet could be of benefit to their SRP group and inquired if Swindon Croquet Club could help with the special equipment that they had developed”.
Tony Ellis, Coach of the Swindon St George Wheelchair Tag Rugby League Club commented “we got the day off to a really good start, the youngsters were queuing up for chairs; to have a go at Wheelchair Rugby. We played at 100 Smiles per hour, great fun, for the coaches and the participants”.
The day was organised by Doug Imrie, Coaching Coordinator for the Leisure Services Team with support from Emma Waters and Sheila Hanson from the Schools Advisory Team to engage children from across Swindon in activities which they wouldn’t normally have the opportunity to try.
The day was funded by Aiming High along with funding from Project Ability and the Amateur Swimming Association. It’s only with this funding support that opportunities like this can be offered to the children of Swindon.
Over 35 New College student volunteers were coordinated by Sue Harrison to help the students gain experience of working with children with Special Needs and although there were a few nervous faces at the start, each enjoyed the day.
Coaching Coordinator Doug Imrie said ,“after the huge success of the London 2012 Paralympics this was perfect timing to offer the children of Swindon the opportunity to work with local clubs and try activities they may not have even seen or tried before. It was great to have Louise Hunt here supporting the day and meeting the children as well to add to the excitement of the day.”
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Paolo Di Canio Resigns from Swindon Town Football Club.

Paolo Di Canio

Paolo Di Canio

Well, he has gone and done it. After lots of speculation Paolo Di Canio has resigned from Swindon Town Football Club STFC.
I think it is a shame. I am not a follower of football but I do like Paolo and think he has the right attitude to his players, team, club etc and is sticking to what he thinks is right. I have had the pleasure of photographing him a few times now and he seems to be a nice chap. And whats more he is very passionate about what he does.

Good luck Paolo with what ever you do next, sad to see you go.

Sunday Project – No More

Well no photo of Sunday anymore. Why? I have been carrying out quite a bit of research and despite it being only the 4th Sunday of the year I have decided to bin it because it is not providing any benefit to me or anybody else. Stats are showing very few hits on those posts and to be honest I can understand why. There is no theme and is therefore completely random and unless I am on another assignment then I am just taking an image just for the sake of it with very little thought behind it. With very little information around the photo, why it was taken etc then why would anybody actually be interested in reading it.

What I should be doing more of is explaining things and why I do them, how I do them etc.

So as a start, I did a small photo shoot this morning. It was only mug shots for the person to send off as part of his profile as part of a competition. It was carried out in a gym, (in the squash court to be precise) where lighting is just awful. And short of getting the flash and umbrellas out it was a case of the ISO at 3200 and hope for the best. I just did not feel happy with the results which prob will suffice for what it was for but I just did not feel satisfied. Which at the end of the day is what it is all about for me. I have to feel emotionally involved in what I am doing and I didnt. Is that true of all professional photographers? I dont want to just earn money and not feel as though I have not done a good job.

So this blog is going to go back to the Swindon News/Photojournalism and I am not going to try to combine other things with it.

Likewise I am going to re-design my website to provide a better experience, better show case for my better images from both the UK and Spain and try to make it more interesting.

Swindon Economy Positive, Negative or Neutral ???

Well in line with latest news about results from Argos, Curry’s/Dixon, Mothercare etc I thought I would take a quick look at what is going on in Swindon.

To me it looks about Neutral. Some places are struggling and closing, others are opening and others are keeping their heads above water. It is too early to say what the effects of the redundancies at Honda and other local companies will be but I can see more closing than opening. Just wandering around Swindon as I do the Town Centre does not seem to be getting the footfall through the day that it used to.

What does it look like to you ???

Swindon Town Football Club looking for a New Owner

It has been announced that Swindon Town Football Club is looking for a new owner. Despite being 5th in League 1 and doing really well, the present owner Andrew Black is no longer prepared to bankroll the club any more. It is understood that it is in debt by some £13m.
However the club is confident that a new owner will be found and is confident that they will not be going into administration. Talks are taking place today and over the next few days with prospective owners for the club.