As I said in the Shane Ritchie post a while back it is always nice to work with fellow professionals. Ms Patsy Kensit was photographed yesterday in West London, and it was a refreshing change from some of the tantrum throwing celebrity wannabes, to work with an actress that was professional, courteous and completely charming. Completely cheered me up 🙂
It’s not always nice to go to a celebrity wedding, however, when it is attended by professional old hands such as many of the cast of East-Enders it makes life a lot easier. Despite Shane Ritchie doing a buy up deal with a magazine, myself and two snappers from the News of the World, were surprised to find ourselves the only photographers present. I managed, just to get a smudge of him arriving at church, a big pull up, on a 70-200
Usually such events are widely known about in the media, especially since the date had been published in the Sun a short while ago. So we had the job to ourselves, except for the security staff, a couple of whom behaved like the sort of twats that get the industry a bad name.
Bloody good job too, we need to get these chavs out of the industry. As I posted a little while ago it is these sorts of arseholes that contribute to the very poor reputation that proper press photographers have, I for one will be pleased if the twat never works again. Now in the eyes of the public we will be tarred with the same brush, so all press togs will be the undeserving victims of even more abuse and spite.
So Jessops are to spend £3,000,000 squid to boost their standing by using an advertising agency to boost it’s brand. Seeing as the Olympic Committee spend £400,000 on their branding, I am wondering what Jessops expect to achieve. My personal thoughts would be use the £3 million in a more effective way. Recruit and train staff appropriately, Improve customer service, stop printing catalogs that are out of date before they reach the printers, aggressively price products in the shop and on-line.
Their logo could certainly do with refreshing, it seems very dated, but to be honest, most customers don’t really buy because of a logo, they buy because they get Good Advice, Good Choice, Good Pricing, Good After Sales support, and a warm comfortable feeling from doing business. Generally I haven’t heard a bad word about their after-sales support, but then that may not be a good thing, I have heard many stories of customers returning perfectly good equipment and getting refunds or replacements when a reasonably knowledgeable member of staff could have solved the problem without the expense. And in doing so would probably have gained a very loyal customer.
The jury was discharged after failing to reach verdicts on two other defendants – Adel Yahya, 24, and Manfo Kwaku Asiedu, 34, who deny all charges. Both will be held in remand until a decision has been reached on whether they will face a retrial. Adel Yahya was originally out on bail until the court hearings, this has no been reversed. Asiedu was caught on CCTV footage with the other 21/7 bombers buying Hydrogen Peroxide and abandoned his bomb in a park, whilst he may have given evidence against the other members, he must face a prison sentence for his involvement.
I was glad to hear on the BBC News 24 that the Four failed Suicide Bombers; Muktar Said Ibrahim, 29, Yassin Omar, 26, Ramzi Mohammed, 25, and Hussain Osman, 28, were convicted of conspiracy to commit murder at Woolwich Crown Court.
Having recently changed allegiances (at least in terms of the newspaper I work for) I had a pleasant experience on Friday, actually taking photographs, rather than sitting watching empty houses, or parked up for days outside the wrong address, the day started with a Tony and Cherie Blair, at their new house.
They left separately, but I got them both, but one of the things that staggered me was the amount of security they require and how many people it takes to provide it, I dread to think of the costs to the tax payer.
Idiots like Jay Kaycappa, if that is his real name, give our industry a bad name, having been alleged to have assaulted Heather Mills McCartney and a friend, he has been taken to court, where his whole sordid past has come to light, his criminal record is truly as long as his arms.
It was revealed on Tuesday that Kaycappa has 131 previous convictions for offences dating back 17 years including 62 convictions for fraud, as well as others including theft, burglary, destruction of a will, perverting the course of justice, obtaining property by deception, driving offences and misuse of a computer to disseminate a bomb threat. The court also heard that in the past Kaycappa has been known by ten aliases and has used six different dates of birth.
For the full story please see the EPUK website Assuming this guy has a press card it should be removed from him, and any national newspaper should now refuse to give him shifts. Even if he is cleared of the assault (even if it never happened) he has on numerous occasions, according to professional colleagues, gone over the limit of what is commonly seen as acceptable.
He is probably not the only one that brings the whole industry in to disrepute, because I have seen and worked others that do not know how to behave professionally, a little while back the paper that I work for asked for an “on the day” picture of Sade Frost, because she had split with Jude Law and they wanted an up to date picture, I did mine, on a 70-200 giving her the benefit of some room, a twat from Big went up with a 14mm, right in her face and no matter which way she turned he jumped in front of her, until she was reduced to tears and ran back in to her house. This I believe is wrong to two main counts, one, it was intimidating and two we are there to record an image, not to influence it. Now some of you may say that what I was doing was intrusive, however “he who pays the piper, calls the tune” I have to do the job that the paper wants, whether I agree with the morals, however, I can still choose the way to do the job that causes the least amount of stress and emotion for the target. I unlike SOME of the Paps, I don’t think that ethics is a county east of London. ‘
Britney Spears is doing the usual celebrity bullshit, why can’t they just apologise, why make up some cock and bull story as well, it does nothing for their credibility, not that Britney Spears has any anyway.
From her website: “I apologize to the pap for a stunt that was done 4 months ago regarding an umbrella. I was preparing my character for a role in a movie where the husband never plays his part so they switch places accidentally. I take all my roles very seriously and got a little carried away. Unfortunately I didn’t get the part.” Underneath the statement she says “You’ll never see it my way, because you’re not me” Which translates into: I am lying, because that is what I do.
Why does it not surprise me that the terrorist alert status was dropped back to it’s pre-Friday status today? Despite all the usual bollox coming out of the House of Commons that the status was set by Joint Terrorist Analysis Centre (JTAC) and only influenced by ACTUAL intelligence concerning the likely risk of an attack, it just shows that, JTAC either knee jerk worse than an epileptic spastic in a magnet factory or Gordon Brown hand his sticky fingers involved.
Actually Gordon Brown proved today that his running the economy was more luck than judgement as he revealed he can’t count claiming that he had only been Prime Minister for 5 days rather than a week that he has served during Prime Minister’s Question Time. Oh how we laughed at the jock twat.
One other thing that made me laugh just after the weekends events was a senior Strathclyde Police officer saying in a live press conference “Actually we have no intelligence” Oh how we cried!!
I was out door stepping today, drank 2 litres of water, oh how we pissed!
So today has been a good day, I have cried and pissed myself laughing….. ‘
It has been published on the BBC website that many UK based Muslims fear a backlash after the recent events in Glasgow and London, to be honest I am not surprised, this nation has for a long time been overwhelmed by immigrants both legal and illegal, and most of the British Public are not bright enough to realise that the problems are caused by a few, NOT the many
We need to stamp out the fundamentalist Muslims, the militants, the Muslims that are causing the problems, the warped imams that corrupt the Holy Qur’an. The Muslim religion is one of the most tolerant religions around, unless it is corrupted.
It never cease to amaze me that jokes are flying around via text messages within a hours of an event. I was sent one this evening that made me chuckle
So much for the cigarette ban, 2 Muslims have already been caught smoking at Glasgow airport
Have you any others?’