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The Astounding Improbable You

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You are incredible. The chances that you exist and are reading this are astounding. You are a massive statement that says to the universe, "I get it, it's so unlikely I exist, but here I am!"
The improbability of your parents meeting, making you, and you surviving long enough to be here, right now is mind blowing enough. Then we factor in that your grandparents had the same improbability of meeting and having your two (biological) parents makes the brain tickle even more. And then back to your great-grandparents, and their parents, and back all the way to ... where it all started?
All this on a planet that is currently unique in being able to support what we call life, and therefore you. A planet that is part a universe that has to have the physics to create planets and stars from the oh so tight settings of it's own fundamental building blocks.
Seems it's something like 1 in 10 to the power of 2,685,000 ... that’s a 10 with 2,685,000 zeros after it.
And yet, here yo…

What Are You Planning This Evening?

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Simple question, what do you think you might do this evening?
It's no surprise that the more actual answers you have the better off you probably are.  "Better off", also sometimes labelled as "privileged".
When all/most of your money goes on the basics, rent, food, schooling, power, and transport then the options you have to answer that question can be severely limited.
The ability to take full advantage of the "modern society" within which we claim to live is removed.
Let's take Wellington, my hometown, for instance and check out how it currently portrays itself to the its residents and to the wider country / world - https://www.wellingtonnz.com/
A LOT of going out stuff - restaurants, theatre, bars, shopping - you get the picture. 
This talks directly and exclusively to those that have choices, to those that can ponder the question, "What are you planning this evening?", discussing which restaurant to go to, or perhaps thinking of going out t…

Flamenco In The Rain

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The colour, sounds, and sheer exuberance of the Island Bay Festival (@ibfwebsite / @islansbaynz) flamenco dancers as they shrugged off the 2017 downpours was such a joy

Dappled

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Can't remember taking this photo back in February 2017, but I'm glad I did

Vault

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Part of a vaulting horse against a blue floor

Moonlight Over City Light

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All Of Life Is

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"Why so serious?"

Beach Tractor

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Tractor, at night?

Summer Seat

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It's a popular pastime of both the British and the Kiwi to endlessly discuss the weather, especially summers that aren't perfect in every way and certainly, "not as good as they used to be".

Muriel

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The quality of #streetart in Wellington is amazing, what's your favourite?

Happy Dad

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Around parts of the world it has been Father's Day, but not here in New Zealand. But hey, seeing as my my Dad is in Wales I figure it's fine to pop up a photo and whisper, "GO YOU DAD!"

You Are Beautiful

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To those I know are experiencing tough times, and all those seeing this - you are a wonder of the universe and it would be a diminished one without you.

Blue Type

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The Blue Mussel (Mytilus galloprovincial) loves a good wet rock to hang out with its mates on

Truth and Lies

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I wonder what lie I've been told over and over has become truth in my head - you're not worthy probably, ugh
I 'knew' that the above chair quotation was from Nazi Minister of Propaganda Joseph Goebbels, however when I went to Wikipedia I saw: Though the following supposed quotation of Joseph Goebbels has been repeated in numerous books and articles and on thousands of web pages, none of them has cited a primary source. Thus its attribution to anyone must be considered dubious.

Canvas

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Late 16th century early 17th I'd say, probably part of a sea battle or perhaps a windswept foreshore or moors

My Car Is On The Green Floor

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Demolition of the Courtenay Central carpark building in January 2017 gave some fascinating views

Go ...

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Steady ...

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Ready ...

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Kiwi Chandelier

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I ♥️ this

Shadow Boxing

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#Cute #kittens with hashtags are what the internet is made for, yes?

I'm off to the dairy, anyone want anything?

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In New Zealand the corner shop, the village supermarket, the newspaper shop, the 'smaller than a supermarket' shop is known as the dairy.
Why?

Water

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Fresh, clear, clean water free for all and made available for all. The simplest expression of community there is

If You Don't Know Of Irving Finkel, Start Here

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Irving Finkel is charming, funny, knowledgeable, clear, and exactly totally 100% who you want working in a museum. He is currently the Assistant Keeper of Ancient Mesopotamian script, languages and cultures in the Department of the Middle East in The British Museum - put that in your Filofax and smoke it!
If you've not seen Irving Finkel speak then this is the one to start with After watching you'll wanna see more of Irving Finkel.
"Irving Finkel", even his name I adore.


I'd Rather Be

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On the whole, I'd rather be lazing on the Basin Reserve bank in the heat of a January sun watching a test match.

Where Were You?

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25th March 2010 a crowd was at Bar Bodega (Ghuznee St) attending the first ever NZ Google Barcamp (arranged by myself).
After the day long event the bar reverted to type and many of us stayed to see Goldenhorse (I think). 
Where you there?

Old Beer

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Always makes me smile.
Located just outside Riwaka it is now the Hop Federation Brewery

Julian 😔 & Dave ♥️

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A few years ago a friend of many took his own life. The Wellington memorial was arranged by Dave Moskovitz, thank you Dave it makes a daily difference to me

Miramarian Dusk

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Dusk, not sunset or twilight, but dusk, the final moments of a day just as the night gains control.

Dappled

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"Dappled", a word I love when it forms in my mouth. 
Each green leaf adds to the overall dappled feel and yet not one stands out. A few straight and sturdy trunks to keep it all up there and voila, "A Dappled Woodland View"

Hutt Valley River

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The Hutt River is one of the most sceninc places in the Wellington region and reminds me of the River Wye as it nears Monmouth

Yellow

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Looks amazing eh, but if these are the golden leaves of the Euonymus japonicus, or Japanese spindle tree, then it's not that welcome in many parts of New Zealand

Old Hole

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Church Topping

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It's the top window that so obviously makes this photo, but without the bottom two it wouldn't stand out half as much.