Sunday evening I was in the audience of Castaway helping to support Robina on her quest to get on the show.
It was quite an interesting experience and my first appearance on TV. (My only other real fame was being on the front cover of Micromart. ) We arrived in London at about 2:30pm, the studios were in Camden town, we didn't have to be there till 6 so have time to look around the Camden Market. This was rather surreal and not like any other market I had visited.
Once at the studio we watched the bbc 1 episode of castaway so that we knew what the exposed show was going to cover. Roughly 30mins before the show started we made our way into the studio where there was a quick rehersal and the show went out live.
The 25 minute show seemed to go very quick and it wasn't long before we were back on the motorway to get home.
Here are some of the pictures of us on TV.
We were all very interested in what Richard Bacon had to say.
I wish i was as cool as Ewen Macintosh.
An over view of the entire studio.
Robina playing the little quiz.
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Frets On Fire is a free Windows/Linux/OS X game that is very similar to Guitar Heroes for the Xbox 360. The main difference being is that instead of using a guitar you hold your keyboard like you would hold a guitar.
This makes you look very stupid but is great fun to play. Below is me playing:
I couldn't get the current version to work on OS X Tiger which is why I'm playing on my PC. You can remap the controls so you don't have to hold the keyboard like that but where is the fun of pretending to be a rock star then?
The game has three modes of play, easy (as featured above), medium and Amazing (as featured below). I've yet to master easy though some songs are easier than others.
The game comes with three songs however there are hundreds more available to download online giving you hours of fun. At the end of each game it gives you a rating and tells you how accurate you have been.
Also included is a song editor that lets you edit current songs or import new songs. The requirements are basic with the game only needing 128mb of memory and an Open GL compatible graphics card. Frets on Fire can be downloaded for free off their website.
Here are some of my best HDR photos from my travels. HDR is a technique of taking a photo over multiple exposures (or extracting them from a RAW file) then recombining them in a program such as Photomatix. By doing this you can bring out the detail from the multiple exposures creating a powerful image.
My first is of St Chads Church in Shrewsbury.
I really like how the HDR technique has brough out the detail in the stone work.
This next one was taken in Betws Y Coed last summer.
I like the brightness in the trees in comparison to the building and water in this one.
This one is of the B&B we stayed at in Betws Y Coed.
Again I love how the stone work is really brought out against the trees.
I took this next one in Egypt last summer.
The rich blue in the sea and sky really shines through in this picture.
This one was taken in the Cotswolds on my Birthday last year.
The contrast in the sky especially with the sun setting is very striking in this picture.
This is another of St Chads Church in Shrewsbury.
The way the cloud almost circles around the spire is especially apparent in this picture as it almost implies the power the building or church has over people.
This train track near Betws Y Coed almost has a rain forest feel about it with the luscious green.
This next one again is from Betws Y Coed.
All of my HDR photos can be found on Flickr.