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Lib Dem leader launches general election campaign

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron and Sarah Olney MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston launched their campaign for the British general election in Richmond this morning (Wednesday April 19).

Liberal Democrat leader Tim Farron and Sarah Olney MP for Richmond Park and North Kingston launch their campaign for the British general election in Richmond on Wednesday April 19

Farron told supporters that Theresa May was using Brexit as an excuse to increase her Commons majority, taking advantage of the poor state of the Labour Party.

But he said it was an opportunity to change the direction of the country: “If you want to avoid a disastrous Hard Brexit. If you want to keep Britain in the Single Market. If you want a Britain that is open, tolerant and united, this is your chance.”

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Old soldiers

Met up with Chelsea Pensioner Ray Pearson who kindly showed me around the Royal Chelsea Hospital.

Soldiering On

Just covered the Soldiering On Awards in Westminster.

A privilege to hear some of their stories and especially to see some of our Second World War veterans.

Seaside scenes

A few pictures from Deal on the English Channel coast

This one with my old Rollei…

A house divided

Covered an anti-Trump demo on Presidents Day in Manhattan.

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Demonstrators held a ‘Not My Presidents Day’ rally at Columbus Circle.

Trump supporters held a small counter-demonstration.

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This chap was literally frothing at the mouth as he demanded the demonstrators should all be arrested.

My photographic year

The diary is rapidly filling up for photo assignments for 2017. Before I step back into the fray, I thought I’d share a quick review of my 2016 in pictures…

January

A nice start to the year: a business trip to Thailand.

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One of the pitfalls of shooting in exotic places is you are immediately attracted to the unusual and end up taking cliche tourist shots. A pitfall I fell straight into…

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February

Back home in Kingston I still try to find moments of beauty in everyday life.

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March

Covered the New York St Patrick’s Day Parade…

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… but spent most of my time working from the hotel room.

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April

Thought our cat had fallen victim to a grim, serial cat decapitator.

Police investigate what was thought to be the latest victim of a series of decapitations of pet cats in South London

Police investigate what was thought to be the latest victim of a series of decapitations of pet cats in South London

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turned out it was a baby fox. Apparently adult males sometimes chew their heads off.

As you can imagine, I was rather disappointed that my story got spiked…

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May

This shot of an Italian chef making focaccia won the Delicious magazine photography competition.

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June

Covered a few events in London for the press.

An annual peaceful and lighthearted protest against oil dependency and car culture passes through a crowd of tourists against the backdrop of the Houses of Parliament and London Eye

An annual peaceful and lighthearted protest against oil dependency and car culture passes through a crowd of tourists against the backdrop of the Houses of Parliament and London Eye

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And something even more ridiculous, but not as funny:

A young woman dressed in black denim and leggings has pinned a homemade sign on her back reading “Still A European” as she walks through Kingston-upon-Thames shopping centre

A young woman dressed in black denim and leggings has pinned a homemade sign on her back reading “Still A European” as she walks through Kingston-upon-Thames shopping centre

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

July

Traditional Catalan dancing in Cap de Creus, Spain .

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August

One of the highlights of our year (and this is going to be hard to understand for parents with kids) is having our niece and nephew to stay during the summer hols

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(shot on a 70-year-old Rolleiflex)

September

Covered the big pro-EU march in London.

Saturday 3 September, London, UK: thousands march in cities across the UK protesting against Brexit. London's demonstration marched to Parliament Square, two days before Parliament reconvenes to debate Britain’s future with Europe. Comedian Eddie Izzard was among the speakers.

Saturday 3 September, London, UK: thousands march in cities across the UK protesting against Brexit. London’s demonstration marched to Parliament Square, two days before Parliament reconvenes to debate Britain’s future with Europe. Comedian Eddie Izzard was among the speakers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

October

Came across this creepy scene while mooching around an abandoned house in Brandenburg (as you do)

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November

Shot an advertising campaign for erectile dysfunction.

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Ironically, the actor is  the least likely man I know to suffer from this and found it a struggle to stay in character at one point during the shoot.

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December

A friend gave birth to a beautiful baby boy

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I hope you had a great year too, with more ups than downs.

We are living in uncertain times, but I’m going to focus on the positive (pun intended).

All the best for 2017!

Andy

(You can also see these, and other pictures, in better quality here)

 

Traditional circus

Was treated to a visit to Circo Raluy in Barcelona at New Year

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