Voter apathy on the Uk has increased and literally parts of the population becoming so disenfranchised that they do not longer follow the politics of the day and not even bother to participate in the debates that will affect its major institutions such as Education and the NHS (The Health Service for those of you who aren’t familiar with the British Health Care System.
This is very worrying yet has been recognised as a major problem, indeed it was thought by many that the coalition between the conservatives and the liberals would bring a fresh feel to politics and result in more people engaging with the system rather than skirts on its periphery. Well, I am not going into all what has caused this and that! There is plenty of stuff out there which will tell you why this has happened.
What I am feeling and personally frustrated is the lack, if lack is the right word here, well I would say none, of policy and new impetus from all parties. They all have agreed to move to a centrists position and thats it. Nothing new! The conservatives and the liberals have messed up the health service by making wholesale changes that were not needed. They only did this since the Primary care Trusts formed by the Labour government under Tony Blair (lets not say much about him – ****ker), the biggest tory after Thatcher, he was reincarnated into the wrong party and later he found it was also the wrong religion he was brought into; well if he did ever have a religion to start off with.
Sorry I deflected, these primary care trust were successful, as with all things and institutions they did needed some tinkering to make them work well all the time. This did not mean spending billions, which we do not have to make a MARK. This is all too frustrating about our world of politics, if a something works and works really well why do we need to change it. In reality is it all about leaving your own MARK, this is what this government wanted to do leave its on branding on the service. Since the primary care trusts had a labour’s badge of honour on it!
I cannot understand this arrogance and I think if our politicians showed lot more humility they will lot of people over. They way things stand I think we will be left with a society which is going to become more and more conflicting as the population turns its face away from its leaders. The writing is on the wall. Give it another ten years and protests like the poll tax would be seen as a microscopic dot compared to everything else that it likely to happen if our politicians do not take a lead to become fully and properly engaged with the public and the rank-and-file.
I think the best way that we can proceed is to take the lot of core institutions, here I would like to suggest education and the NHS out of politics altogether. Bit like how we took Bank of England out of politics, remember those days when the elections would come there would be a cut in the interest rates by the chancellor to help facilitate the wining of an election for his party.
The BBc is another good example where it is to a large extent kept out of politics and is self governing – deciding how it is going to change and the where it is going to spend its money. If it wasn’t for this self management and independence with public scrutiny, it wouldn’t have become the world’s best broadcaster. If it was left in the hands of the politicians and government we would have lost this institution a long time ago and would have television with lot of crap. The BBC has led in view of its quality and depth of work, strange as it may seem other major broadcasters into keeping pace and producing high standards of output for audiences. Furthermore being neutral and outside government control its news reporting is respected world over. This is despite its recent cock ups, respect of Jimmy Saville affair and associated news programmes.
The same needs to be applied to our education and the NHS, where we can save a packet by getting rid of the Health and the Education ministries. Instead we could have structure where both these organisations govern themselves independently and with neutrality where they clear operate to agreed framework and plans. These institutions would in turn be overseen by a governing body – a body with legal powers and teeth with perhaps a Royal status that would shape the strategic development of these bodies. This body would report to parliament which would approve it strategic plans. The funding of these bodies in terms of where they spend their money – well I would say leave it to them they are the experts provided there are robust mechanisms in place to ensure that they always stay on track. Their budgets would be ear marked for ten years by the treasury allowing them to get on with their work without any further political interference.
To an extent this is the model upon which the BBC is run and when it does get things wrong, the government does make its feeling clear through the prescribed channels that are in place and the corporation is able to make the appropriate responses and changes.
People up are fed up with the bickering and the wastage that each government has successively done over the years. When they come into power they spend billions of pounds on reorganising and scrapping things that work really well all in the name of making their own MARK, thinking that they are leaving a legacy. Instead what they are leaving is a population which is pissed, does not care or trust them and can clearly see through their veils. Which have become so transparent that it makes one wonder the only thing missing in the house of commons nowadays is that dancing pole from Spearmint Rhino.
I did a fantastic pre wedding shoot the other day, it is sad that I cannot share those pictures with you due to client wishes. However as part of the pre wedding shoot I normally find couples for the first time struggling to get into posing and giving the look they really want.
I always provide the following advice to all my clients –
1) Learn to pose look at fashion magazines and bridal magazines see how the professional models pose.
2) Practice with your partner the type of poses you want to do. This makes it easier for the photographer and you to work together to get the perfect picture. Plus it saves a lot of time in the respect the photographer is not teaching you how to pose.
3) Practice in front of a full length mirror how to bend and shape your body as well as smiling. There are quite a few resources on the web on how to do that.
4) Make sure you get the make up right. In my case I tent to do two or three pre wedding shoots. This helps the couple to build confidence and get into a clear routine how they want to stand in front of the camera and the types of pictures they want to see.
5) I came across this website as a great resource, which I think lots of couples would find as an invaluable guide on how to pose – twenty wedding photography poses for asian wedding
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Gosh, how do I start this?
Where Do I begin?
What Do I say in my Middle?
What Do I say in my End?
Well here it comes and I have no idea where this might lead – it may become a work in progress towards a greater work – perhaps like Dr Zhivago – a story of a family finding new horizons not in the form of a Bolshevik Revolution and epic scale. Epic maybe, considering that there maybe drugs, illicit relationships, connivance, deathly regrets, a struggle of one against itself and the lot more. The ideas are rushing into mind like Clockwork Orange and Brazil – all in a psychedelic way. The messerschmitt comes into mind, a bubble moving along in a graceful pace within a totalitarian society [Brazil] – I don’t know why there is this cacophony of floods regurgitating in this fragile hardened mind. Things so complex and beautiful streaming past – words and images asking of order and reorder. Looking for classification – subjugation, a position, liberal authority, grace and wonder but frightened of circumlocutions – beating around the bush – ending in a quagmire of a maelstrom, a living hell. Yes, I have been here before – Deja Vu – a Bohemian Rhapsody.
A child was born, a beautiful baby, so graceful and gentle, picked him up and the place my nose on his tiny belly and made raspberries, he smiled in a cheeky sort of way and went to sleep. I photographed him on Ektachrome 64 producing fantastic images and enlargements to treasure and to never forget that wonderful experience – the birth of CheeNa, from memory he was just above a six pound weight baby – who in this complex world was going to shoulder a huge burden and one who like a great saint was going to be a leader and salvation for the immediate elements that were going to raise him. These were elements rather than the family, the family was elemental with many struggles and challenges that in some respects the love always there was not in any respects traditional and rosy like an American Dream, far from it – It had a balancing act between traditions, what was good, bad, the conformist, testing the tried and tested. These presented a quagmire of new faces and direction which never mapped a route for anyone – the route became like the sifting sands where each moment and turn became a new direction into the unknown.
This in itself became fascinating a new beauty, a genuine feeling that a new future was emerging that would take a new generation to a new promise land the one that would help us all to distance ourselves from the worlds drawn and set in stone by Keynesian and Hayek. A new philosophy and political configurations that took and considered us as unique and the did the best for us all.
CheeNa was beautiful and graceful, almost swan like a child and as he grew he took on a look which resembled a wise Manchurian, at times it almost felt that one was amongst the company of Confucius – always quick to answer with confidence and clearly understanding the rights and wrongs of the world. This was always with power and vigorous tenacity like a piece of lithium darting in a pool of water. It is with this tenacity that at the child age of five that he took the up the responsibility of bringing up his two other siblings. This was not put on or given to him, it just happened, he ensured they were fed, made the right noises when they needed prompt changing and in every aspect spiritual. This he took on from his mother who ensured that he had a good grounding in understanding and identifying with their cultural roots and heritage.
With time his confidence grew and the took on more responsibilities in the looking after of his two younger brothers, sadly this also led to an incident where he scalded the youngest of his two brothers with hot water whilst bathing him. Despite this the scalded child has grown to become a sensitive and a handsome young man.
A loud shriek and uncontrollable laughter in the background, daughter gone into hysterics, turn around to see what was causing this senseless uncontrollable rage of fun – she pointed towards the sofa and there to my horrific amazement saw beached in the sands of the sofa was mother, she was struggling to lift herself out of the sands of the sofa, it seems the tide had abandoned her. To the rescue with daughter the son, they both grappled with mother, heaving and heaving until with a final large concentration of pull energy they freed mother from the clutches of the sofa sands.
Later in the evening, The Road to CheeNA was getting complex with so many turns and returns – a cacophony of floods in the mind searching for new threads and twists, where does CheeNA go what does he become, more images and words come and rush by, try to catch the good ones. But to no avail, suddenly interrupted in my thoughts, began to be consumed by a blubber becoming all wet and covered with slime whilst sinking into the abyss of the blubber. No room to move or breathe try to free myself, more I struggled more I became entangled with many hands keeping me trapped and see images of many females, Indian and European embracing me, making me feel their sweaty orgasmic energies, then suddenly a rising and an explosive flash and I was freed. I looked around and see the beached mother contorting an expression of satisfaction across her body and face.
Try to see CheeNA but as luck has it he wasn’t home, there I met Henry, he was sitting quietly in his corner, he always a maintained a happy face with large puppy eyes in his large red coat. He worked hard, making sure that the house was always clean and dust free. He didn’t say very much and only spoke to those he found special. This he told me in confidence and told me that not everyone could hear him speak but I was one of the few he had chosen to speak with. I felt honoured however the strange thing I found about Henry was his tail, it was so long he told me that this was is his life and soul, without which he would not exist. He told me that his tail took energies that kept him fed and made his insides whizz with powerful scintillation of flashes that allowed him to do his work so well.
I asked Henry about the CheeNA and told him about the book that I had in mind, Henry was very thoughtful and suggested that I should start to look at his school years and the conflict this was going to cause him in light of having to maintain and adhere to traditions which his mother so much wanted. The father on the other hand was a somewhat – a non entity, a care free being that allowed existence to prevail on the accumulation of land plots in the middle of nowhere. A lovely fellow, with entrepreneurial spirit, seeking ventures in the pioneering of the great Canadian outdoors. When I saw his projects I marvelled at them and wished that I too could more. The son, when we last visited found and bonded with him like a long-lost friend.
The early school years for CheeNA were as one can gather from snip bits here and there, an entanglement for him. He started school first since he was the oldest and soon after he was followed by his other siblings. As with most suburban families he would be dropped to school either by bus or by his parents. There at school he looked out for his younger brothers. Upon return to home there was no sense of picking up a book to read or to excel, instead the routine was further compounded with additional tutoring in the Panjabi Language and religious studies.
This was the eighties and with it came a conflagration of new technologies and the arrival of the ubiquitous computer games. The favorite that CheeNA and his brothers used to play was Aliens and Terminator, they were so self-absorbed in these with everything else taking a second seat in their lives. At the end of Terminator game when they won the round they would say ASTA LA VISTA.
The great thing about CheeNA was his Manchurian style wisdom, which at the time he still maintained and his command of the Panjabi language of children of his age was second to none and also second to most adults who were native to Panjab India. He was very oratory and won very many competitions in Panjabi speech writing and speaking. On top of this CheeNA was very athletic a genetic feat he had inherited from his father.
Henry told me about CheeNA acting as the GodFather at school and getting into trouble with school principal and on occasions was sent home. I first dismissed as some unfounded gossip which Henry picked up when CheeNA’s mother was visiting, I later learned that CheeNA had drifted so much that he was repeating one of his grades or had to attend summer school. This wounded me very much, my Manchurian wise man and the Confucius was disappearing, the saint that would take this world forth and save it from the evils laid in stone by Keynesian and Hayek was now becoming a fantasy.
Here is the bit in the middle that I am going to struggle with and any comments or ideas as to how I should progress this story I would like to hear – a work in progress.
The BBC and the Guardian newspaper brought some brilliant New Years news for me and the whole of the Sikh community and for once the honors system has recognised someone from a minority community not for their wealth or their connections with political parties. But the genuine worth of someone who has contributed a great deal at a great personal expense to the needs of the Panjabi and the Sikh community across the United Kingdom and Europe through its Digital Broadcasting Radio Station – Panjab Radio.
Surjit Ghuman has done this with success and determination – I was asked during the mid part of this year (2011) to help look at Panjab radio and areas of further development. As part of this work I was struck with the figures that were presented to me – at the time I saw past independent RAJAR figures of Panjab Radio, which recorded its listenership being over 120,000 people per week. This was considerably favorable and far in excess of other asian media radio broadcasters. During this process I also saw a strongly committed staff and volunteer team as well as a phenomenal amount of participation from its Panjabi listeners and non listeners in the work of the station. I am looking forward to the day when the analogue signal is switched off and the station takes a further leap when digital broadcasting is the norm in every household, at the moment its listenership is confined to a small, well 120,000 plus people across the country per week.
This honor hasn’t come cheap for someone like Surjit Singh Ghuman, he had to face number of challenges and like a renowned Tendulkar, Bishan Singh Bedi and other cricketing greats he has stayed at the crease, whacking the sixes and serving us with vigor and an uncharacteristic social charm that warms and draws people to him.
I hope this bestowed honor serves as a true beacon to others in our community who are working tirelessly against all odds, not to give up hope and continue doing their good work, which at most times seems like a thankless task. Also keeping faith,hope and trust that the honors system does work and does truly recognise the real champions in our communities.
I congratulate Surjit and his staff, his listenership and everyone else who has made Panjab Radio special – Moreover you are important to the Panjabi Community and I say on a personal note – Together with a small group of others, you are our Last Hope that is keeping the Panjabi Culture and Language Live and Kicking.
More information about Panjab Radio can be found at http://www.panjabradio.co.uk/
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SOOHEE, FOURTH MEHL, SIXTH HOUSE:
ONE UNIVERSAL CREATOR GOD. BY THE GRACE OF THE TRUE GURU:
When someone of low social class chants the Lord’s Name, he obtains the state of highest dignity. Go and ask Bidar, the son of a maid; Krishna himself stayed in his house. || 1 || Listen, O humble Siblings of Destiny, to the Unspoken Speech of the Lord; it removes all anxiety, pain and hunger. || 1 || Pause || Ravi Daas, the leather-worker, praised the Lord, and sang the Kirtan of His Praises each and every instant. Although he was of low social status, he was exalted and elevated, and people of all four castes came and bowed at his feet. || 2 || Naam Dayv loved the Lord; the people called him a fabric dyer. The Lord turned His back on the high-class Kh’shaatriyas and Brahmins, and showed His face to Naam Dayv. || 3 || All of the devotees and servants of the Lord have the tilak, the ceremonial mark, applied to their foreheads at the sixty-eight sacred shrines of pilgrimage. Servant Nanak shall touch their feet night and day, if the Lord, the King, grants His Grace. || 4 || 1 || 8 ||
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Photography is the most important aspect of your event. If you select the wrong photographer you will live to regret it for the rest of your life. Even if you have insurance to cover the eventuality of lost or damaged photographs – a re-shoot of the day in a simulated environment is no substitute for the actual event.
Therefore consider carefully the person you choose to photograph and video your wedding.
Nowadays digital cameras have become so popular that almost everyone feels that they can take brilliant pictures. This is where things go wrong, when the uncle or nephew who puts themselves forward to photograph the wedding, beware their work is no substitute compared to a professional.
The main problem is that most digital cameras which people own are fine and suitable for those personal moments for the individual. However the when it comes to printing and recording images for future posterity the professional behind the camera would know how to do this exactly. Sadly, the uncle or the nephew would not, they need to understand how light works and despite the automation within present digital cameras, a professional still has to make corrections manually on the day of the shoot to compensate and also prepare the image for further manipulation when preparing the wedding album.
It is quite frustrating to see how weddings have been ruined as a result of the work of the uncle or the nephew and therefore the family feud sets and each wishes the other some ill or a witch’s curse.
The following information located at http://www.yell.com is a very good guide in helping you decide how to choose your photographer.
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How Much Should We Pay?
Photographers’ fees vary according to their experience. A better-established wedding photographer is going to charge more.
If you want photographs to include the bride getting ready as well as the first dance and the farewell fireworks, your photographer will need to be booked for the entire day. If you want to save on the photography budget, you should cut back on the amount of hours the photographer needs to be in attendance on the day. Your photographer will probably charge for travel, so you might want to book someone local to the venue. Most photographers offer a package. Get a complete breakdown and find out details such as the number of photos provided and the options on a printed or digital album.
What is copyright?
Legally, photographers automatically own your photos unless you buy the copyright. Some photographers make a copyright agreement, giving you high resolution images to use and print as you want. Make sure you have the agreement in writing somewhere. If you want to use your photos for a newspaper or publication, you’ll need to get your photographer’s copyright permission.
12 Months To Go
– Ask friends and family for recommendations
– Make sure the photographer makes you feel at ease.
– View as many photographers’ portfolios as possible.
– Look at weddings photographed at a similar time of year as yours.
– Find out about the photographer’s qualifications and experience.
6 Months To Go
– Discuss the style (traditional, reportage etc) of photography and editing facilities.
– Ask the photographer if they shoot on film or use a digital camera.
– Make a detailed list of all the shots you want taken as well as big group photos.
– Get a breakdown of the photographer’s costs, including travel and overtime rates.
– Find out if your photographer has public liability and indemnity insurance cover.
– Will the person you have met be the actual photographer on the day?
1 Month To Go
– Make sure your photographer has your shot list and is briefed on key members.
– Check that your photographer is familiar with the venue and locations for photos.
– Choose a bridesmaid or usher to help round up guests for photos on the day.
– Ask the photographer when you will receive the photos and how you can view them.
– Find out what your photographer will need in terms of refreshments on the day.
1 Week To Go
– Setup a with the photographer a web page to upload your images in low resolution to the web where your guests can view the pictures.
– Discuss how you want the photos eg album, DVD – and check on timings.
– Does the photographer have spare equipment and a back up if they are ill?
– Check your copyright agreement to know how you can use and duplicate your photos.
– Check your wedding insurance covers last minute photography mishaps!
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