NEWS DIGEST 28.08.2021: Fact check – news outlets used old visuals to report Kabul twin bomb blasts

Good morning everyone. This morning’s News Digest is based on Google News‘s Fact check section. Videos that were shared on Twitter purporting to be footage of the recent twin blasts at Kabul Karzai International Airport in Afghanistan were in fact … Continue reading NEWS DIGEST 28.08.2021: Fact check – news outlets used old visuals to report Kabul twin bomb blasts

NEWS DIGEST 05.12.2020: Curious squirrels pose for photos, while a jet engine smashes records

Good morning. Today’s News Digest comes to you via Facebook. A group of residents in the English town of Romford, Essex county have launched a website petitioning for the development of the ‘Rom Yard’, a patch of disused land alongside … Continue reading NEWS DIGEST 05.12.2020: Curious squirrels pose for photos, while a jet engine smashes records

INSTAGRAM: 18 facts and statistics you probably never knew

Instagram is currently one of the world’s most popular social networks by usage and membership. Owned by Facebook, and lovingly known by its fans as simply ‘Insta’, the site is a valuable treasure trove of pictures and memories and offers a glimpse into the lives of its 600 million or so active users. While Instagram has developed a reputation as a bit of a narcissist’s heaven with many users flooding it with selfies, posing like there is no tomorrow, it also has become a valuable resource for creatives such as photographers and graphic designers to showcase their work, and many … Continue reading INSTAGRAM: 18 facts and statistics you probably never knew

STREET-AND-SKY SCENERY: Photo ‘exhibition’ by Anjali – an HEM special

Vijay Shah (editor) with Anjali Shah (photographer) A few months ago, my youngest sister Anjali received an iPhone as a gift. One of the things iPhones are renowned for is their impressive photographic capabilities, considering the phone’s camera is far smaller and more pressed for space compared to the usage specificity and technological prowess of specially made cameras from the likes of Canon, Nikon, Minolta etc. The iPhone, one of the most successful exports of the House of Apple, Inc. boasts a 8 megapixel camera and has become a weapon of choice for ‘pocket photographers’ who don’t want to be burdened by … Continue reading STREET-AND-SKY SCENERY: Photo ‘exhibition’ by Anjali – an HEM special

DIWALI 2014: Festive family photos

Yesterday, on Diwali day itself, I was able to spend time with my family at my mother’s house. It was a beautiful and magical occasion of enjoyment with some of the most special people in my life. There was lots of hugs and smiles as we greeted each other “Happy Diwali”. Mum treated me to a dish of her very delicious vegetarian chilli-con-carne and tasty Indian sweets. We had a quiz game on my brother’s PS4 (out of five players, I came top with a final score of 4,000 points) and later went around the house lighting diyas (lamps) in honour … Continue reading DIWALI 2014: Festive family photos

MOAF 2014: A photo collection from the Mauritian Open Air Festival

It’s that time of year again. For the second time and after a two-year gap, the blog editor in his capacity as the official representative of the Half-Eaten Mind took a trip to Down Lane Park, in north London to visit the Mauritian Open Air Festival, the biggest outdoor celebration of Mauritian culture, music and food outside of the island itself. This is my first return visit since 2012, and what can I say, it is even better than back then. While I made my own journey there through London’s tricky weekend commuting lines, I had the pleasure of meeting … Continue reading MOAF 2014: A photo collection from the Mauritian Open Air Festival

PHOTO MOMENT: Looking down on Dubai – Joe McNally

A daredevil snaps a picture of their feet several hundred metres off the ground while perched on a ledge of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa. The death-defying snap was taken in 2013 (last year) by expert photographer Joe McNally, who is employed by geography and wildlife magazine National Geographic. According to Belgian news site SudInfo.be, McNally snapped this incredible view of central Dubai’s much smaller skyscrapers and expansive swimming pools from a height of 820 metres and had then tweeted the photo. While speaking with the Huffington Post, Joe said that he had climbed the tower for a bit of fun and … Continue reading PHOTO MOMENT: Looking down on Dubai – Joe McNally