Lincoln Castle, Cathedral and Concert Part Three

Having ooh-ed and ahh-ed at the Castle and Cathedral, another exceptional experience in Lincoln was listening to Rick Wakeman perform his ‘Live Portraits’ concert – IN THE CATHEDRAL! It was truly superb.

Playing perfectly on his Steinway Grand Piano, we heard sublime renditions of tracks such as ‘Morning Has Broken‘, ‘Merlin the Magician (physician!)’ from the King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table album, ‘Life on Mars‘ and ‘Space Oddity‘ as a tribute to David Bowie, ‘Help‘ and ‘Eleanor Rigby‘; particularly nostalgic was a track from the first album Barry ever bought with his first pay check from Dunstan and Kinge in 1973, ‘Close to the Edge‘, when Rick played with the band ‘Yes’ – and many more (the full list of his best-selling February 2017 Piano Portraits album can be found here). Admittedly he re-played a couple of tracks on the night; one due to an accidental crashing noise by someone nearby, the other because he wanted it to sound even better, neither of which adversely affected the experience in the slightest – it merely enhanced it. With out-of-this-world acoustics produced by the vastness of this sacred space, it was one of the notable highlights to be included in our book of memories. Continue reading


Lincoln Castle, Cathedral and Concert – Part Two

I’ve never quite decided what ‘label’ Barry and I could categorise ourselves with in regard to ‘religion’. Maybe we’re not completely aligned, though I strongly suspect we are. Birds of a feather and all that. It’s one of the reasons we connect. I’d postulate we’re ‘Atheists‘, as in we ‘… don’t believe in the possibility of the existence of God, or any supposed ‘Deities’. I strongly suspect my own beliefs lie towards Buddhism, Paganism (in a nature-loving way), and Humanism. Goodness, there’s a few ‘isms’ there! I especially align with and relate to the following sentiments, from ‘Humanists UK‘  …

“Throughout recorded history there have been non-religious people who have believed that this life is the only life we have, that the universe is a natural phenomenon with no supernatural side, and that we can live ethical and fulfilling lives on the basis of reason and humanity. They have trusted to the scientific method, evidence, and reason to discover truths about the universe and have placed human welfare and happiness at the centre of their ethical decision making.”

Defining ‘Humanism’
Roughly speaking, the word humanist has come to mean someone who:

~ trusts to the scientific method when it comes to understanding how the universe works and rejects the idea of the supernatural (and is therefore an atheist or agnostic)
~ makes their ethical decisions based on reason, empathy, and a concern for human beings and other sentient animals
~ believes that, in the absence of an afterlife and any discernible purpose to the universe, human beings can act to give their own lives meaning by seeking happiness in this life and helping others to do the same.”

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Lincoln Castle, Cathedral, and Concert – part one

Barry’s been akin to a kid in a candy store recently. You know that Christmas Day feeling of wonderment, when you open the gift you’ve been longing for?

As a professional photographer for over 35 years, he’d aim to be at the top of his game, purchasing the best equipment he could afford. Photography is more of an enjoyable ‘hobby’ nowadays (notwithstanding the fact that he’s also keen to and does sell some of his images as Greeting Cards and prints), and our budget for outlay on equipment is limited. He’s managed perfectly finely for nine years with a Lumix G1 (you can read a little about it by clicking here). Until the poor tired thing lost the will to work a week or so ago, after providing excellent service.

On Tuesday his new plaything arrived. He was overjoyed. This camera is also a Lumix – a Panasonic Lumix GX7 – which means nothing to me, I’m assured it’s a decent-enough step up. Continue reading