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N 0 B 639 C 1 E Mar 26, 2016 F Mar 26, 2016
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Cultural Learnings of America: The Democratic Party Caucus.

This choosing a candidate business turns out to be event more complicated than I expected. Washington State's Democrats choose their delegates by 'caucus': a party-organised system of getting people together to argue about the candidates then go and stand around in groups with their like-minded supporters. A little bit like picking teams in football at school and a perfect chance to add that all-important element of peer pressure to the democratic process.

There's also a State-run election (Primary) later in the year, but the Democrats in Washington seem to ignore that. I'm sure there are good reasons for this.

In a classic example of the piss-up/brewery scenario, the caucus for our part of the city was arranged so that the entire neighbourhood had to congregate in one small room. I've never seen people literally queue all the way round a city block before. I have to admire their commitment.

It eventually became apparent that you can't fit a whole neighbourhood in a small room, so different districts were painstakingly coaxed across to the adjacent park. Apparently there were no grown ups involved in the process, so this took some time, with no one having any clear idea of what was supposed to happen next.

After an hour of hanging around, a nice man with a sign decided to take matters into his own hands and learn how to conduct the process himself. Finally I'd get to see some caucusing.

Well-meaning people from the Hillary and Bernie camps volunteered to make finely nuanced cases about issues nobody else understood, or ranted generally about issues that they didn't appear to understand (but felt very strongly about).

Still, some woman got to make reference to Benghazi, once someone had reminded her what it was called.

At the end of all this, I was told there's no apparent connection between how many people turn up in each district and how many delegates they end up representing, so just across town half-empty rooms of people got to play a much bigger role in deciding between the forces of idealism and pragmatism (or, to my eyes, realism).

American democracy is stranger than I'd realised.

N 1 B 98 C 0 E Mar 6, 2016 F Mar 8, 2016
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Spring finally seems to be making an appearance in Seattle, so there's enough sun to go out shooting again.

The latest camera I've been testing with has some lovely color modes, including a 'Classic Chrome' mode (essentially a Kodachrome simulation that the company doesn't have the rights to name as such). 'Classic' seems fair, since it's not so extreme as to tip into 'retro' pastiche.

I really want to wander along Seattle's State Route 99 and capture what's left of the 50's Americana dotted along its shoulders.

N 0 B 70 C 0 E Nov 21, 2015 F Nov 21, 2015
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A year after travelling to sunny Melbourne for Arty's wedding, it was with equal enthusiasm that we set off to a slightly less clement London, for Ross'.

The wedding itself was in a small chapel at Dulwich College before heading on to a pleasant little tavern, a mile or so away. (Though not the one I suspect Dickens was referring to in Great Expectations).

The East Dulwich Tavern is a pub Ross and I would occasionally drink in, and it was delightful to be back somewhere so familiar to celebrate something so significant.

Music played, food was eaten, drinks were imbibed and a jolly good time seemed to be had by all. For all Ross' laconic remove, he can be an effortlessly sociable chap, which he puts his mind to it, and consequently has befriended many of my favourite people in London, many of whom put in an appearance.

In great company, and with many of my own contributions to the playlist booming out across the dancefloor, it was exactly the kind of party I'd want to throw for myself. More importantly, Ross and Bryony seemed to have a great time, with us all coming together to celebrate two such tremendous people finding one another.

N 0 B 57 C 1 E Nov 21, 2015 F Nov 21, 2015
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N 2 B 82 C 2 E Apr 11, 2015 F Aug 7, 2015
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After around three years for me and something like nine for Erin, we're finally having to move out of our apartment with its fantastic view of the Seattle skyline.

Don't expect many more shots like this one.


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