Show your mum some real love this Mother’s Day…

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Looking for a great Mother’s Day Gift? Then check out my latest post for Rage With A Smile Photography and grab yourself a tailor-made portrait photoshoot gift certificate.

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Have a great week everyone!

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The stress-free 5-point checklist for last minute Christmas shopping

Still need to find the perfect Christmas present and all too aware that time is fast running out? Don’t panic!

First: Like little Eben pictured here, just sleep on it for a bit.

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Next: Click here and check out this blog outlining a 5-point checklist for the perfect last minute Christmas gift ideas and shopping experience.

Then: Sit back and smile, knowing your Christmas gift conundrum has been solved and you can focus on enjoying the festive season without any worry. Cheers!x

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“So what do you do?” My answer for the last 2 months…

Like many people, I am often asked … “So what do you do?” Here’s the answer in terms of my working life as a self-employed freelancer just this past 2 months alone.

1) JOURNALISM

As I have been for all my working life (since the early 1990s) I am still a business journalist and editor – specialising in energy. It remains my bread and butter so to speak and here’s why. Since 1st October 2014 I have written 10,000 on the European energy-from-waste market, more than 3000 words on risk and opportunities for the global oil and gas industry as we head into 2015, a detail assessment of the UK nuclear industry, a feature on latest developments in solar power technology, another on hydro power, and as those who know me all too well will have guessed … yes I still write on wind power (major deadline looming in fact). Simple fact is it generally pays well, keeps my analytical mind ticking, and I’m damn good at it!

Ava2) PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHER

Meantime, I love to Rage With A Smile as a portrait and event photographer in Suffolk – and the fact that I am a big kid that little kids get on with seems to help with that too. No more words needed … thesFather and daughter_SWH festival2014-FBe are some examples from the last few months.

Left: Ava – a gorgeous little girl with so much character!

Right: A father and daughter at a recent beer and music festival

Below: two collages from recent photoshoots last month.

When I'm not writing about energy I'm working as a photographer in Suffolk getting splashed at pool parties!

When I’m not writing about energy I’m working as a photographer in Suffolk getting splashed at pool parties!

Some shots from a recent photoshoot I did of this lovely lad Eben.

Some shots from a recent photoshoot I did of this lovely lad Eben.

I also take pet portraits and in my spare time I love taking wildlife and landscape shots – I do live in a county with some of the most glorious English countryside after all. Simple fact is … I am happiest when I have the camera in my hand.

3) MEDIA MANAGEMENT AND DESIGNSWH Winter Wamer voucher

I also do social media, PR and design work for some local Suffolk businesses, most notably the award winning Continue reading

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Fab day out taking a break in Africa … right here in Suffolk

We all need a break now and then don’t we? While we dream of our summer holidays to some exotic location, all too often we ignore what’s right on our doorstep.Longing for a lost love: Chimpanzee at Africa Alive

I am a passionate wildlife lover. My dream vacation? I yearn to go out on safari of course and see apes, tigers, elephants and more out in their natural habitat. As a photographer my hope is to one day capture their beauty in all its natural glory.

I live in the rural countryside of East Anglia. I am blessed. We have a bounty of beautiful animals and wildlife here … deer, hares, birds of all variety, horses galore, and farm animals of all kinds from cows and sheep to lamas.

No lions roaring though. No monkeys playing. No cheeky yellow mongoose to make us smile or lemurs jumping through the trees. No giraffes strolling elegantly. No elephants roaming. No ….

Or so I thought. I was wrong. A friend introduced me to the delights of Continue reading

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A gorgeous idea for your Valentine

What will you be doing this Valentine's Day to celebrate your love? Here's a gorgeous idea for you from Rage With A Smile Photography ... http://www.ragewithasmilephotography.com/blog/2014/1/have-you-started-planning-for-your-valentines-day

What will you be doing this Valentine’s Day to celebrate your love? Here’s a gorgeous idea for you from Rage With A Smile Photography … http://www.ragewithasmilephotography.com/blog/2014/1/have-you-started-planning-for-your-valentines-day

 

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Is India’s renewables market on the right track?

Ref India Dec13India has long been one of the leading lights for renewables and the potential for further deployment remains large. 2013 was, however, a lacklustre year for the market, leading many to ask: Is India renewables on the right track?

Whether 2014 will be a happy new year for India’s industry or not, is the question my latest four-page report for Renewable Energy Focus, published in the November/December 2013 issue, looks into. Specifically, it examines whether recent changes in policy are likely to help or hinder wind and solar power project development plans. It’s a must read for Continue reading

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The Doggie, Santa and the Cookies … a festive Christmas photo tale starring The Ozzie Man

Check out Rage With A Smile Photography’s latest blog post here. Starring The Ozzie Man … it’s a festive tale of shock, horror and dismay as Ozzie learns the truth about Santa and struggles to come to terms with it. These are just a couple of the photos from it. Merry Christmas everyone x

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Mind the gap: UK renewables set for a two-year go slow but “hidden” fuel can help

Despite recent progress on renewables, the UK looks set to face another go-slow period. © Rage With A Smile Photography

Despite recent progress on renewables, the UK looks set to face another go-slow period. © Rage With A Smile Photography

It’s was something of a blockbuster summer for the UK’s renewable energy industry, with a string of massive offshore wind farm projects taking significant steps – including the opening of the 630MW London Array offshore wind farm in the Outer Thames Estuary, and the go ahead for the 1200MW Triton Knoll project, planned off England’s east coast. The UK’s Offshore Wind Industrial Sector Strategy was also launched with a combined £66 million of funding attached to help strengthen domestic supply chains and bring new products to market.

As I write in my latest article for Renewable Energy Focus (see link to it below), “all this is just the tip of a very positive iceberg” – and anyone who thinks the UK public is against the construction of new wind farms onshore think again. A recent independent poll shows the British public is overwhelmingly in favour of them in fact.

It’s not all calm seas though. Political consensus on the volume of support to give to the renewables industry is still thin on the ground.  Failure to achieve the country’s renewables goals is a very real prospect, albeit one that can be easily rectified according to some. The Government simply needs to “narrow the scope of debate about technology mix beyond 2020”, says a new report published in the first week of September by independent think tank Carbon Connect.

Will that happen? With an election just two years away few seem to believe it will. Rather the opposite – a go slow looks more likely. Adam Workman, partner at 350 Investment Partners is warning Continue reading

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Did you know there are less than 300 Asian Lions left in the wild?

Persecution has “virtually wiped them out sadly and that’s why captive breeding programmes are “key to their survival”, says ZSL London Zoo. I was lucky enough to get some fabulous photos of the zoo’s Asian Lions earlier this month … click here to find out more and see these beauties through the Rage With A Smile Photography lens.

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Monkey Business: Conserving energy to conserve wildlife

So it’s been an eventful week, but the highlight had to be my business trip to ZSL London Zoo, as anyone who’s a fan of my Rage With A Smile Photography facebook page knows.

London ZooBWroar-7827I was there to see the zoo publicly confirmed as the world’s first officially-accredited Low Energy Company… and boy did I get some cracking photos of the inhabitants who stand to benefit, including this White-naped Mangabey, pictured here.

London ZooBWroar-2-2Read more about why I was there and see some more photos of the wonderful creatures I encountered by reading the full blog post at http://www.ragewithasmilephotography.com/blog/2013/10/monkey-business

And it wasn’t all monkeys … but tigers, gorillas, and more. Fabulous.

Have a good day all  and remember to Rage With A Smile as ever!

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