Gr8at: More Cartoons

We could all do with a laugh right now. Have eight of my favorite cartoons that I’ve been looking at recently.

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G8at: James Bond Commemorative Stamps

It’s only a few months before the latest James Bond film No Time to Die is released so it’s exciting times for 007. As part of the promotion, I saw on the BBC website that the Royal Mail were releasing stamps to celebrate the 25th film in the franchise. As I’ve done numerous Bond-themed posts including on his cars and the best songs I just had tovshare these with you. Would you buy any?

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Gr8at: International Landscape Photographer of the Year

Photography and travel are two big passisons of mine, so when I saw the BBC had highlighted entrants from The International Landcape Photographer of the year I just had to share my favourites with you. You can find the rest of the winners on the official competition website here, which were whittled down from 3,403 entries.

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PETER ADAM HOSZANG – Sharqiya Sands Desert, Oman

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BRANDON YOSHIZAWA – SpaceX rocket exhaust plume, Sierra Nevada, California, US

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IGNACIO PALACIOS – Lencois Maranhenses, Brazil

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CRAIG BILL – Page, Arizona, US

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ANKE BUTAWITSCH – Madeira, Portugal

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RICARDO DA CUNHA – West Mongolia

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PATRICK HERTZOG – Vatnajokull National Park, Iceland

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VESELIN ATANASOV – Central Balkan, Bulgaria

Gr8at: Quotes on Acting

As most of you’ll know, it’s the Oscar’s tonight. Here’s hoping it’s a memorable one. So as a warm up to the big event, here are some quotes on the whole acting process. You’ll find more at the Ace your Audition site.

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Acting is behaving truthfully under imaginary circumstances.
– Sanford Meisner

Without wonder and insight, acting is just a business. With it, it becomes creation.
– Bette Davis

The more personal, the more universal.
– Gary Ballinger

Every scene you will ever act begins in the middle, and it is up to you, the actor, to provide what comes before.
– Michael Shurtleff

Acting is all about honesty. If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.
– George Burns

I love acting. It is so much more real than life.
– Oscar Wilde

The work will stand, no matter what.
– Meryl Streep

Stop explaining yourself. Shut up and act!
– Craig MacDonald

Gr8at: Winning Photographs from International Wildlife Photography Awards

As any regular readers will know, I’m a huge photography fan, both in taking my own and appreciating the high levels of others. So when I saw The Guardian had published a piece about the best photographs of 2019, I just had to share my favourite ones with you. Which ones stand out most to you?

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Bond of Brothers by David Lloyd in Lumix People’s Choice

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Greater Sage-Grouse by Elizabeth Boehm – 2019 Audubon Photography Awards

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Flamingo Socks by Jasper Doest – 2019 World Press Photo Contest

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Jump by Csaba Daróczi – Nature Photographer of the Year 2019

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Golden rain by Norbert Kaszás – Nature Photographer of the Year 2019

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Survival Instinct by Bence Máté – 2019 World Press Photo Contest

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Falcons and the Arab Influence by Brent Stirton – 2019 World Press Photo Contest

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Caretta caretta turtle by Eduardo Acevedo – Underwater Photographer of the Year 2019

Gr8at: Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life

These were taken at the Olafur Eliasson: In Real Life Exhibition at the Tate Modern. Running until 5 January 2020, there are over 40 works by the Danish-Icelandic artist whose vast creativity stretches to including moss, glacial-melt water and fog in his artwork. I definitely recommend going if you’re anywhere near London.

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Gr8at: 2019 British Ecological Society photography competition winners

It was only just over a month go that I did my last photography post (Gr8at: Wildlife Photographer of the Year), but I always like sharing great photographs with you all. These are from the 2019 British Ecological Society, as seen from on the Guardian website. Which do you think won? Do you have a favourite?

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Gr8at: Best Songs to Fall One Place Short of UK Number 1

This post was partly inspired by the release of romcom Last Christmas (which features the many musical talents of George Michael), and the fact that I’ve been listening to a lot of music recently. Enjoy!

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Gr8at: #JasonMendoza

Everyone will have their favourite character from The Good Place (2016-), a show set in the afterlife and more shocks and twists than you could ever begin to imagine. Mine is the rather dim-witted Jason Mendoza (Manny Jacinto), the failed DJ (or rather “pre-successful”) with an unflinching loyalty to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

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