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Dear friends,

Good news and Bad news.

Bad news first.

This blog is no more.

Good news….. I’ve taken blogging FAR more seriously, but I (and ‘Ronster) have moved to a NEW blog:

ronniesblog.co.uk

Find me there. Bookmark me there.

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I’ve been a naughty blogger. I’ve carried out that one sin which every blogger is guilty of at least once in their digital life…..i haven’t updated my blog.

Oops.

One reason is that while succesfully purging myself from Facebook I have been basking in liberation from its clutches and enjoying fresh, digital freedom from it.

Now that i’ve temporarily relocated to the city of Hull, in East Yorkshire I’m ready to make a come back.

This time, however, the renaissance will be in a more focused and controlled way, primarily through photography, blogging and the odd Tweet.

The Facebook days of soaking up gossip via the newsfeed page to unconscious time wasting on friend’s photo albums is OVER. I have reclaimed future time that may have been lost to nothingness, whilst at the same, abating a hunger and desire for gossip that is always tempting.

Hessle‘ (where I live) is a quiet suburb, just outside the city of Hull (where I work). A far cry from the megalopolis of London.

You may be wondering why i’ve ended up here. Me, Ronnie, the city boy, the Londoner, someone who has lived in London for over 25 years continuously!

Well, I can tell you one thing, the culture shock wasn’t as great as I thought it would be. People are definitely friendlier and the weather is definitely colder.

On the bright side, it’s sunnier! (pun intended). I think it has something to do with geography and location of the place.

The reason i’m here is that i’m working here as a dentist, fresh out of dental school. More on that later.

Right now, however, I just want to announce the return of the ultimate Baha’i collaborative photoblog…yes, NYLON PARLA is BACK, with a new ‘cast’ of photographers.

Slight changes are abound. A new ‘theme’ is announced every Baha’i month (19 days) and a caption is due which ties it into the name of the Baha’i month.

This month, the theme was ‘Texture’ and the caption was related to this Baha’i month’s name, which is; Knowledge.

A picture says a thousand words, so without further ado, here is the site:

NYLON PARLA

Bookmark it!

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Nylon Parla is back, this week’s theme is ‘Streetlife’

We have entries from New York, London, Paris, Boston and Chicago…..

Check it out here.

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Nineteen days, much like the last initiative I was involved in, ‘morn and eve,’ is a photoblog collaboration.

Taken by Amy Sahba

However….the difference with nineteen days is that it is one specifically for the nineteen day long Baha’i Fast.

Starting on the 2nd of March and ending on the 20th March, ‘nineteen days’ will feature 3 photographers (and 3 photos) everyday. Two photographers will always be the same. Amy Sahba and Leila, whilst everyday will feature one new ‘guest’ photographer.

I am one of these ‘guest’ photographers, and my slot is on Wednesday the 4th of March.

Check it out here

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After a long hiatus, Nylon Parla is back.

The photoblog collaboration features Baha’i photographers from four different world class cities, submitting their interpretation of a weekly theme. We like to think this is an artistic example of ‘unity in diversity.’

This week’s theme is ‘culture’.

Kick starting Nylon Parla back into action are photographs from myself (London), Amy (New York), Sholeh (Chicago) and Thierry (Paris)

Check it out here

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‘every morn and eve’ is a photoblog founded by an old friend of mine from my university days at Queen Mary, University of London (2000-2003).

Now in New York, Amy Sahba is a journalist for CNN and founded this blog with her friend Leila.

Not only am I drawing your attention to it because it is a great idea, with beautiful photos by two very talented photographers……I’m also doing so because for the last few weeks she has asked a few of her friends’ to be ‘guest photographers.’

This week I am the guest photographer.
Day 7-morn

Here is the project in her own words:

every morn and eve is a collaborative project between friends and fellow bloggers amy and leila.

We are both members of the Bahá’í Faith—a world religion that has as its fundamental purpose the unification of all the peoples of the world. You can learn more about the Bahá’í Faith here.

As Bahá’ís we are enjoined to pray and meditate every morning and evening.

Recite ye the verses of God every morn and eventide…

Pride not yourselves on much reading of the verses or on a multitude of pious acts by night and day; for were a man to read a single verse with joy and radiance it would be better for him than to read with lassitude all the Holy Books of God, the Help in Peril, the Self-Subsisting.

Read ye the sacred verses in such measure that ye be not overcome by languor and despondency. Lay not upon your souls that which will weary them and weigh them down, but rather what will lighten and uplift them, so that they may soar on the wings of the Divine verses towards the Dawning-place of His manifest signs; this will draw you nearer to God, did ye but comprehend.

Bahá’u’lláh

Inspired by beautiful collaborative photography projects like 3191 as well as our experience in documenting our fasting dawns and dusks with nineteen days, we decided to share with each other and all of you moments of our meditative mornings and evenings for each day of the year.

Whether before or after breakfast or before or after dinner, twice a day we will be sitting down to pray, reflect, and spend time nourishing our souls.

One of us will include an inspirational passage from the Bahá’í Sacred Writings in our daily postings, which will come from a text that has been the subject of the day’s reflections.

Amy lives in Brooklyn, NY. Her photos are on the left.

Leila lives in Seattle, WA. She is in Sydney, Australia, at the moment, but will return to the Pacific Northwest shortly. Her photos are on the right.

The top row of photos is always mornings; underneath them are our evening photos.

Without much further ado, here is the blog.

My pics are the right column ones, 2nd-8th Feb.

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Copyright Simon Hoegsberg

Copyright Simon Hoegsberg

Faces of New York is a great photoblog  project by photographer Simon Hoegsberg who looks at how one’s spirit is reflected in their face.

About it he says:

Once in a while I see a person on the street who immediately attracts my attention. I’m fascinated by the appearance of the person and feel a strong urge to walk over and say hi.

I spent one month, seven hours a day, walking the streets of New York in search for people who had this effect on me. I found ten, and asked each of them the same question: What do you think about your face?

Check it out for yourself here

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