November 2002

Battle of the Beanfield: incident near Stonehenge on BBC Radio4

You might be interested to know that I’ve contributed to a Radio 4 program recently on the Battle of the Beanfield. It is part of the ‘In living memory’ series that has started on wednesday mornings.

Glad some caught the Radio 4 prog. I helped with background material, notes, videos, interviews etc. They were with me for 2 – 3 hours of interview, and I only got a very short mention. That’s ok, except I went off at length about how it was ‘different’ for many of us, other than the way it came out. Still, that’s editing and the BBC for you ….!

I think they misunderstood a fair chunk of our motives though. So much was about pagans etc…. There are not that many Pagan travellers, festival goers etc…. They did not arrest 420 pagans! but so many of us are about ‘gathering’, so would like that to have been better covered.

Still, ’twas worth doing. I’ve not forgotten that day, and hope the world doesn’t.

Here is the link to play the mp3 I’ve made from the program [on the stonehengeentertainmentsdiscussion group site


The show on the Beanfield, events back in 1985 was Transmitted yesterday:

BBC Radio4 on the 27th Novemeber at 11.00am.

You might find it interesting. Below are a shed-load of links, that informs the background to these events.

an earlier entry on blog at:

and the festival in particular:

For further background on all this, check out:

The story so far – history in context &

summary of beanfield bit

My ‘cell notes’

Photo-gallery of the day in field

diary I kept of my operations later year

Assorted legal hassle, [for context]

So much more on my main website at: since this was not an ‘isolated incident!’

My Grandkids: Ebba and Leon

Hello dear readers. I thought I would introduce my grandchildren to you!

Ebba – A little girl, born in Feb 2000, so nearly 3 years. And the other one, a boy Leon. He appeared in Feb 2002 and is thus only 9 months old.

Have just been to City of Bath last week, to visit. All seems well and they were cute!

Self Portrait early 1990’s

I have just scanned this image for a project. Originally shot on 120 film on a hasselblad. Done in the studio at Nottingham Trent University. 1992, I think. Scary!!

Edward S. Curtis’s North American Indian

Some critisise this chaps work, for being to ‘idealistic’. Me, I’m so impressed with the volume of his work, his appeciation of thier life, and the portrail of a proud people. I look up to him.

Edward S. Curtis’s North American Indian (American Memory, Library of Congress)

The North American Indian by Edward S. Curtis is one of the most significant and controversial representations of traditional American Indian culture ever produced. Issued in a limited edition from 1907-1930, the publication continues to exert a major influence on the image of Indians in popular culture. Curtis said he wanted to document “the old time Indian, his dress, his ceremonies, his life and manners.” In over 2000 photogravure plates and narrative, Curtis portrayed the traditional customs and lifeways of eighty Indian tribes. The twenty volumes, each with an accompanying portfolio, are organized by tribes and culture areas encompassing the Great Plains, Great Basin, Plateau Region, Southwest, California, Pacific Northwest, and Alaska.

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also, on the same site as the above work:

American Memory Collections: All Collections

A fantastic collection from the Library of Congress, of photographs, documents and recordings.

Don McCullin – Olympus kit user

This chap is one of my first heros in the field. He ‘showed’ an audience many ‘truths’ about war and conflict, that had previously been sanitised. I mention him now, because he used the same Olympus kit, an OM1 and 2 as i described in previous post. Really, if it was good enough for him, it certainly is for me!!

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A product of one of north London’s tougher slums, Don McCullin came of age during the WW II blitz. Later, he joined the RAF (where he acquired an interest in photography), the author sold some shots of local gang members to The Observer. Further assignments resulted, and McCullin was off on a globe-trotting career that over three decades would take him to 120 foreign countries and more than two dozen wars–in Biafra, Cambodia, the Congo, Cyprus, El Salvador, Iran, Israel, Lebanon, Northern Ireland, Uganda, Vietnam, etc. During the years that he made a name for himself bringing home to newspaper readers the horrific realities of battle for noncombatants as well as front-line troops, the author narrowly escaped death on countless occasions. At once drawn to and repelled by the bloody violence whose heart of darkness he so graphically captured on film.

Amazon Books :

Unreasonable Behaviour

Sleeping With Ghosts: A Life’s Work in Photography

“Our once great newspapers, which told us what went on in the world even when we couldn’t affect it, have become instruments of a promotional culture, little more than catalogues advising us what to consume. This is not a great age in which to be a photojournalist.”

Don McCullin

British Journal of Photography. 10 September 1997

Olympus Kit

I enjoy using the Olympus OM2. It is a remarkably small and unobtrusive SLR camera.

Link to my main Nikon Kit

Olympus OM2n SLR

The electronic Olympus OM-2 was first seen in a prototype form at the 1974 Photokina, that was two years after the debut of the original OM-1 which was a mechanical SLR. The OM2 was only began to ship and market in late 1975. The addition of automatic exposure functions of the OM-2 extends the OM system quest for functionality to a new level.

Despite the fact that it is an automatic-exposure version, it has the same body dimensions virtually similar to the mechanical OM-1 and is only slightly heavier (dimensions of the camera are exactly the same as those of the OM-1- 136 x 83 x 50 mm without lens). The few external differences are mostly confined to the film speed setting dial and the meter system on-off switch, which has four positions on the OM-2. But within the camera was a different beast all together when compared with the mechanical counterpart, in fact, both the bodies have, for the first time positioned Olympus Optical Co. firmly on the driver seat as a forerunner in innovative camera technologies and enjoyed a hugely successful product cycle commercially.

The auto exposure refines a new level of control to camera handling, where it enables a photographer to be more confident and responsive, and most often with much more accuracy to handle the many photographic situations. The TTL OTF flash metering, in particular, opens up a lot of photographic possibilities which previously involves tedious exposure calculation. The original method used in the OM2 introduced way back to 25 years ago has, today evolved into a mainstream flash exposure control method used virtually by all camera manufacturers.

Spec: [5 parts]

Reference Map:

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Zuiko 28mm F2.8

Composed of 6 air-spaced elements, the 28mm f/2.8 provides high contrast and high resolving power. This is the only 28mm Zuiko lens that can stopped down to f/22 instread of f/16. Combined with the uncharacteristic nature of the compact SLR design, this lens when combined with tany OM body is particularly convenient for traveling and all round photographic applications.

Zuiko 50mm F1.8

The reduced weight was achieved via redesigned of the lens with a new optical construction of 6 elements in 4 groups over the older version’s 6 elements in 5 groups. Thus, unlike many other manufacturers that went through cost reduction methods of using polycaronated materials, the Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 lens still retains its high built quality which is apparent once you get hold of one in your hand. Further, the reduction of weight also improves handling and portability.

Zuiko 135mm F3.5

The maximum aperture enables its extraordinarily compactness which is only 73mm and weighing a 290g (10oz). It is a popular and modestly priced among the few telephoto lenses Zuiko lens series.

Using the minimum necessary elements – five elements arranged in four groups. This lens is also one of the smallest and lightest of the Zuiko telephoto group and it takes 49mm filter accessories. A practical design and utmost portability plus a very reasonable price make this lens the perfect substitution and good companion if your budget runs low.

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Some ‘Political Observations’

It is obvious that with many of the subjects I deal with in these pages, that some are pretty upset, with the state of politics.

“Whoever you vote for, the government gets in!”

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