Photography: Ocean Photographer of the Year 2021

AIMEE JAN / OCEAN PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS

As someone who grew up a huge fan of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, I just had to share this incredible shot of one from the Ningaloo Reef in Western Australia. It was taken by specialist underwater photographer Aimee Jan, and won the Ocean Photographer of the Year 2021, as run by Oceanographic Magazine.

Announcements: Reviews for Always Never, Rarely Sometimes

Last month I used the wonderful Rachel from Rachel’s Random Resources, who specialises in promoting writers by highlighting their work to literary bloggers. I wanted to thank all the reviewers for their time and effort in reading and their thoughts on my work. I would totally recommend all their websites too.

Tomes and Tales – Always Never, Rarely Sometimes review

Tizi’s Book Review – Always Never, Rarely Sometimes review

Northern Reader – Always Never, Rarely Sometimes review

Nicki’s Life of Crime – Always Never, Rarely Sometimes review

Book Shortie – Always Never, Rarely Sometimes review

Bookwormsina – Always Never, Rarely Sometimes review

Jae.Rae.Reads – Always Never, Rarely Sometimes review

Duckfacekim09 – Always Never, Rarely Sometimes review

Rozierreadsandwine – Always Never Rarely Sometimes review

Curled Up with a Good Book – Always Never, Rarely Sometimes review

Plumbobmommy – Always Never, Rarely Sometimes review

Booklymatters – Always Never, Rarely Sometimes review

The Photographer’s Way – Always Never, Rarely Sometimes review

Girls_who_hike_and_read – Always Never, Rarely Sometimes review

Sophiethebookworm – Always Never, Rarely Sometimes review

Jessica Belmont – Always Never, Rarely Sometimes review

Broken Geek – Always Never, Rarely Sometimes review

The Divine Write – Always Never, Rarely Sometimes review

Mickysbookworm – Always Never, Rarely Sometimes review

Lisa.Loves.Literature – Always Never, Rarely Sometimes promotion

Ellesea Loves Reading – Always Never, Rarely Sometimes promotion

B for Bookreview – Always Never, Rarely Sometimes promotion

Bonnie Reads and Writes – Always Never, Rarely Sometimes promotion

Jazzy Book Reviews – Always Never, Rarely Sometimes promotion

Line(s) of the Day #EmmaRaducanu

It means everything to hold this trophy and I don’t want to let go right now.

Newly crowned US Open champion Emma Raducanu. The 18-year-old Kent-based teenager broke numerous records including being the first qualifier to win a major (male or female) and winning a major in fewest attempts. She is also the first British woman to win the US Open since Virginia Wade in 1968.

Line(s) of the Day #OnlyFoolsandHorses

Trigger: And that’s what I’ve done. Maintained it for 20 years. This old broom’s had 17 new heads and 14 new handles in its time.
Sid: How the hell can it be the same bloody broom then?
Trigger: There’s the picture. What more proof do you need?

Roger Lloyd-Pack and Roy Heather in the hilarious long-running sitcom Only Fools and Horses (1981 – 2003). Set in Peckham, each of its 64 episodes was written by its creator John Sullivan and told of a loveable market trader and his brother’s dreams of becoming millionaires.

Line(s) of the Day #TheTrumanShow

Mike Michaelson: Christof, let me ask you, why do you think that Truman has never come close to discovering the true nature of his world until now?

Christof: We accept the reality of the world with which we’re presented. It’s as simple as that.

Ed Harris and Harry Shearer in the thought-provoking drama The Truman Show (1998). Based on a 1989 episode of The Twilight Zone, it has been continually studied for the deep societal, philosophical and psychological questions it poses.

Gr8at: Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2021

When I saw some of the Astronomy Photographer of the Year 2021 on the BBC website I just had to share my favourites. Feel free to let me know which one you prefer most or if you have any big interest in astronomy.

This striking image of The Pleiades (also known as the Seven Sisters and Messier 45) is by JASHANPREET SINGH DINGRA
This shot of four different expositions by JIAJUN HUA was taken 10 miles away from the Lujiazui financial district in Shanghai.
STEFAN LIEBERMANN took this gorgeous photograph of the Milky Way over lavender fields in Valensole, France.
LARRYN RAE captured the aurora borealis in Iceland with 20 images.
YOVIN YAHATHUGODA took this remarkable photo of a Wolf-Rayet star.
This striking photo was taken in China by YANG SUTIE.
REMI LEBLANC-MESSAGER from France shared this delightful skyline.
Australian STEVEN MOHR took this spectacular photograph of the Flame Nebula