MOD and Government want shooting

big-tomThe twats that are in charge of the MOD and this government really want shooting, preferably by the Army that works for it.

The MOD want to reduce the amount that it pays in compensation, so that it is only limited to the initial injury. So if a soldier is shot in the leg, and subsequently loses his leg to an infection, the MOD only want to bay for the bullet wound.

By the same token, the government should argue that criminals should only be charged with the initial crime, if someone is arrested for Assault, and the victim subsequently dies, then the criminal should only be charged with Assault, could you imagine how well that would go down?

These retarded window licking mongs that are in charge of the country really, really need to be got rid of, come Army Boys, lets have a military coup, until an election can be organised.

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A Sad Day

As I have posted before, my mother was diagnosed with Cancer a little over a year ago. She gave up the fight on Thursday at 1030hrs, and will be buried at the Shamley Green Natural Burial Ground in the near future.

I have poked fun at Jade Goody and her death from Cancer, my mother had the dignity to die at home, and without feeling the need to hawk her private life to the highest bidder, I still maintain Jade Goody was a Chavy talentless bint that the world will not miss. My Mum was never a celebrity, but she was an intelligent, articulate, funny woman, who died with dignity, and fortunately without pain.

RIP JRB

Sarah Kennedy Bollocked

From Paul Burgman 18 July 2009  Library Picture Sarah Kennedy Leaving BBC Radio 2 recently.  Radio 2 presenter Sarah Kennedy has been chastised by the BBC for praising right-wing politician Enoch Powell during her show. During her early-morning show on Wednesday, Kennedy, 59, described Powell as 'the best prime minister this country never had'.  Paul Burgman/PressPhotosUK.com 075 88 66 9580

From Paul Burgman 18 July 2009 Library Picture Sarah Kennedy Leaving BBC Radio 2 recently. Radio 2 presenter Sarah Kennedy has been chastised by the BBC for praising right-wing politician Enoch Powell during her show. During her early-morning show on Wednesday, Kennedy, 59, described Powell as 'the best prime minister this country never had'. Paul Burgman/PressPhotosUK.com 075 88 66 9580

Isn’t it strange how the world works? Only yesterday I was talking with a friend about the dozy cow that is Sarah Kennedy. Then the next day she is in the news for talking about Enoch Powell, saying that he is the best Prime Minister we never had. She may well be right, but it is not the sort of thing that she should be saying on her radio show, according to the BBC.

I had to photograph Mrs Kennedy a while back for the Sunday Mirror, who were planning a story about how haggard and run down she looked, due to excessive drinking and the such like. On the way to grab a snatch of her I listened to her radio show, and I have say that I thought that she must be pissed, I have never heard so much incoherent load of bollox in my life.

The End of The Paparazzi?

0anti-paprazzi-clutch-bagI have recevied emails and posts about a device designed to stop photographers being able to take photographs with flash that could be used by celebs in their handbags. And each time I have seen it refered to I have said that it is a lot of bollox. The idea stems around a flash and a slave being mounted in the Handbag.

Most photography studio strobe lights are what they call “slaved,” or light-triggered by means of internal sensors; when one of them fires, all of them will fire simultaneously, so you don’t have to plug a wire from your camera into all of them during multiple-light set-ups.

NYU Interactive Telecommunication Program student Adam Harvey has harnessed this simple technology to devise a brilliant anti-paparazzi device that goes well beyond Ashton Kutcher’s Tweets: A purse with a flash sensor and flash. His clutch purse contains a sensor that is triggered by a flash going off, and it instantaneously fires its own flash, completely ruining paparazzi shots.

Harvey is currently working on the patent and hopes to have the bag ready for sale by Spring 2010.

Even if it could be made to work it wouldn’t be practical, for a start it would need a power supply, a couple of AA Batteries are not going to be able to keep up with a 580EXmkII with Rechargables and a Quantum Battery Pack, which will cycle 8 times a second. Secondly, The Handbag would have to be strategically placed to prevent the picture being usable, which is fine if there is only one photographer unless it is “omni-directional). Thirdly, how powerful has the flashgun got to be to ruin the picture, baring in mind, most night papparazzi will be shooting at F8 or smaller. Fourthly, and this is the killer, most flashgun/camera combos use a pre-flash to determine the correct exposure, this pre-flash takes place a few hundreths of a second before the main flash, this pre flash is usually strong enough to trigger any slave devices that are close by, I can’t see how this can be avoided, The device will not recharge quick enough to fire again, and whilst the picture may be a little under exposed, paparazzi will have his photograph.

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The Fourth Plinth

From Paul Burgman/NewsMediaImages.com 6 July 2009.Mike Longman who built himeslf into a cocoon on the fourth plinth from 2200-2300hrs,    Paul Burgman 075 88 66 9580

From Paul Burgman/NewsMediaImages.com 6 July 2009.Mike Longman who built himeslf into a cocoon on the fourth plinth from 2200-2300hrs, Paul Burgman 075 88 66 9580

This last week was a bit of a mission, News Media Images was commissioned by the Mail on Sunday to cover the first week of the Anthony Gormley “One and Other” art installation on the fourth Plinth in Trafalgar Square. Myself and a colleague were to cover the event 24 hours a day for the first 6 days. I volunteered for the night shift and covered from 8 pm till 7am.

From Paul Burgman/NewsMediaImages.com 8 July 2009. Helen Barker a Medical Secretary from Chester.  On the Fourth Plinth dressed as Britannia. 0100-0200hrs  Paul Burgman 075 88 66 9580

From Paul Burgman/NewsMediaImages.com 8 July 2009. Helen Barker a Medical Secretary from Chester. On the Fourth Plinth dressed as Britannia. 0100-0200hrs Paul Burgman 075 88 66 9580

The brief included photographing every person that went on to the plinth. So a set of photographs every hour for six days, which need to include a H&S portrait, a full length portrait and some pics of what ever they got up to on the plinth.

My colleague covered the Monday from 0800hrs, I relieved him at 2000hrs. and settled in for the night shift, the rather naughtily I parked the Jeep on Trafalgar Square, which was a bit of a result as I would need to use the mains inverter to recharge the laptop’s batteries. I shot something like 450 frames and wired 57 that first night.

From Paul Burgman/NewsMediaImages.com 9 July 2009.   Anna Machell (26) a Library Assistant from Liverpool Used her hour on the fourth plinth to write post cards and twitter her friends. between 0400 and 0500hrs    Paul Burgman 075 88 66 9580

From Paul Burgman/NewsMediaImages.com 9 July 2009. Anna Machell (26) a Library Assistant from Liverpool Used her hour on the fourth plinth to write post cards and twitter her friends. between 0400 and 0500hrs Paul Burgman 075 88 66 9580

The Tuesday night was fine, with a full moon, which appeared at about 0200hrs and made for a couple of nice pictures, again about 400 frames shot and 51 wired.

Day Three was a long one, having relieved my colleague at 2000hrs as usual, I was set for a 24 hour shift as his girlfriend had a hospital appointment. just over 1000 frames shot and 96 wired. The night shift people from the PR Agency were as good as gold, however there was some obnoxious woman that was there during the day, that kept telling the people that had been on the plinth that they didn’t have to talk to the media. All we wanted was name, age and occupation from them, it wasn’t as if we wanted a sit down chat and their life history.

From Paul Burgman/NewsMediaImages.com 9 July 2009.  Amanda Hall, a costume maker from London. Who was on the Fourth Plinth from 1500hrs to 1600hrs, and made an lifesize man from Bagels   Paul Burgman 075 88 66 9580

From Paul Burgman/NewsMediaImages.com 9 July 2009. Amanda Hall, a costume maker from London. Who was on the Fourth Plinth from 1500hrs to 1600hrs, and made an lifesize man from Bagels Paul Burgman 075 88 66 9580

I have to say that seeing as the project has been courting as much publicity as it could for the last few weeks, it was a bit like shooting themselves in the foot. They were (well she was) absolutely fucking ridiculous. I am also fairly certain that Anthony Gormley would be pissed at the fact his PR team were trying to prevent press coverage.

It for the most part didn’t make much difference as the majority of the “plinthers” were the outgoing sort that wanted publicity, either for their causes or for themselves.

Anyway it didn’t have much effect until some dozy tart that went up on the plinth on the Friday at 1700hrs, the stuck up bitch, sneered at me when I asked her name, and declined to comment, not really surprising, she was an ugly cow that just sat a read her book for an hour. How fucking precious are some these twats, anyway I didn’t even bother wiring her pictures to the desk, as by that time we knew that the Mail On Sunday were running pictures from a 36 hour spell, that didn’t include Friday afternoon and night. But I will publish the munters picture here, so that anyone that knows her can tell her.

Ignorant Bint that though she was too important to talk to the media

Ignorant Bint that though she was too important to talk to the media

Damned Long Week!!

From Paul Burgman 10 July 2009.  CIARA HICKEY (25) an Education Officer from Belfast.  On the Fourth Plinth from 1400hrs to 1500hrs,    Paul Burgman 075 88 66 9580

From Paul Burgman 10 July 2009. CIARA HICKEY (25) an Education Officer from Belfast. On the Fourth Plinth from 1400hrs to 1500hrs, Paul Burgman 075 88 66 9580

Damned, it has been a long week, I have been in Trafalgar Square for the last week, mainly doing 12 hour shifts and one 24 hour shift. It is not finished yet, I am back tomorrow, as I have to take over from my colleague at “stupid o’clock” the good thing is that I will have an early finish. On Sunday I shall post some of the nicer pics from the Antony Gormley’s “One & Other” project.