Gr8at: Osterley Park

The weather may be pretty erratic at the moment today in London but it wasn’t so long ago that it was gorgeous sunshine. When I went to see the Jurassic Kingdom exhibition I saw the wonderful trees, gorgeous Middle Lake and wide-open space within Osterley Park, so just had to take some photographs to share with you.

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Gr8at: Drew Struzan’s Film Posters

After seeing the documentary Drew: The Man Behind the Poster, I became aware of the incredible talent of the illustrator Drew Struzan. Seeing his portfolio, I realised just how highly regarded he is within the industry and how much of his work I was already familiar with. While I pay close attention to actors, directors, composers and scriptwriters, I’ve never really thought about film posters before, apart from when I highlighted the ones I have in my bedroom. Here are eight of Drew’s more famous works, with some bonus ones thrown in. Do you have a favourite? For more information n the man himself check out this Wired article.

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom poster

Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)

Rambo - First Blood

First Blood (1982)

The Thing movie poster

The Thing (1982)

Hell Boy film

Hellboy  (2004)

Back to the Future Film poster

Back to The Future (1985)

Shawshank Redemption film poster

The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Pans labarynth

Pan’s Labyrinth  (2006)

Blade_Runner film poster

Bladerunner (1982)

And here are some from his most famous collaboration

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Gr8at: Songs To Whistle Along To

I’ve been told I’m as good as whistling as I am singing. Which I’ve decided to take as a compliment and use it as inspiration for a post about some of the best whistling songs around. Featuring more one hit wonders than you might think (more here), please enjoy my eight favourite whistling songs that just beg you to join in. Do you have a favourite? Any others that you like?

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Gr8at: Winter Lights, Canary Wharf

There was a fantastic set of free light exhibitions in Canary Wharf, London, which ran for two weeks last month. It was a collection of indoor and outdoor, with some borrowed for the event and others specially commissioned. The advantage of having several displays was made full use of, with some themed on sound, movement, brain waves and interactive displays. The area frequently puts up different temporary exhibitions. Among others I’ve covered have been the Remembrance Art Trail and Flower Sculpture.

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Gr8at: Favourite One-Hit Wonders (okay, 9)

I’ve covered countless artists who have left a huge legacy through their consistently superb and prolific output. But sometimes there are artists who only strike gold once. At least here in the UK. But hey, that’s one more than the rest of us. Before listing mine, I actually thought others could be included. But while they may be best known for one song, artists like Haddaway, Shakespeare’s Sister, Soul Asylum, Vance Joy and Sinead O’ Connor have had chart success with other tracks. Do you have a favourite one hit wonder? Was there an artist you thought would go on to more success?

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Gr8at: Funny Animal Cartoons by Glasbergen

I’m a huge fan of animals. As well as the wildlife photograph posts such as Wildlife Photographer of the Year and Cute Animal Photos, I’ve highlighted my love of them in cartoons, such as Hilarious Animal Cartoons and Funny Animal Cartoons. While you can expect more animal photography ones soon, here’s a very set of funny animal cartoons, courtesy of the popular Glasbergen.

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Gr8at: Planet Earth II Photographs

10 years after the original series, Planet Earth II has been released, mesmerising viewers with its extraordinary landscape views and detailed insights into animal life. Narrated by legendary broadcaster and famous naturalist Sir David Attenborough, it is expected to garner as much acclaim as its original, which was five years in the making. Below are eight different photographs taken from the Islands, Deserts, Jungles and Mountains categories.

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Gr8at: 2016 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

As a lover of animals, photography and comedy, I just had to include The 2016 Comedy Wildlife Photography awards, which I saw on the Yahoo website. As well as highlighting the humour within the animal kingdom, the awards also serve as highlighting awareness of global conservation efforts. I’ve chosen eight of the most memorable images from the winning entries. Do you have a favourite? You might also be interested to see how they compare to these neatly timed animal shots which I posted a while back.

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Gr8at: Remembrance Art Trail, Canary Wharf

There’s a very striking exhibition by Mark Humphrey in Canary Wharf that commemorates the fallen, in association with The Royal British Legion. Here are photos from the art displays, each with the aim of focusing on a different aspect of military experience. If you like them, you may well like this post of an exhibition that commemorated 100 years since the start of World War I.

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