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Archive for the month “April, 2016”

Is This The Best Graffiti Or Urban Art In The World?


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Stockholm Paintings By Vincent Van B


There are many things to do and see in Stockholm and many sights that lend themselves to being painted. Here are a few examples from the city centre. Stockholm is a nice place for sure but a little bit of colour does not go amiss. 00001907

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Carl Olander @ The Cavendish Arms 23rd April


Carl Olander is a Singer songwriter born in Gothenburg, Sweden. Moved to London 2013 to pursue music.

00003277 His band was created 2014 and is a trio of Carl as the front person on guitar and vocals together with Joel Tavares on vocals and keys and Lucas Vezirian on bass and Niccolo Rebecchi on drums and Marco Casaluce on electric guitar. They have done over 200 shows around London and UK and have done a headline London tour last fall 2015. In 2016 they are doing a number of gigs and were in Italy in Parma on a 7 days tour at the beginning of april.

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They have just released their first video for their single of the upcoming EP called Lions

Lions is a song that hits you straight away as being melodic, interesting and with a novel vocal style. The voice although being unmistakably Swedish at times the intonation is almost reggae like.

There are many new bands out there at the moment but this is one to listen to as they offer something new and different, music with no nonsense. I am never sure to ascribe a style to a band is either helpful or correct, as many bands cross many boundaries, but if had to put them in a genre it would be the curious one of Folk/Indie. But undoubtedly it is an interesting voice singing interesting songs and this band should go far. You can compare singers endlessly but the voice is on a par if not superior to voices like Mumford and sons, and that is no exaggeration.

Carl Olander played The Cavendish Arms and here are some photos from the gig.

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Crazy London Weather


The weather in UK has been like spinning a roulette whell the last few days. Arriving back to a snow storm at Heathrow has been followed by sun,wind and rain. A few photographs to try and catch this variable weather.

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Snowstorm over Heathrow

The contrast of cloud shapes and colours and some shaped like spaceships makes looking up at the sky interesting.

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Mixed Weather in Merton

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New Malden

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Spaceship Cloud

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Monday In Solna. And Where Exactly Is This?


Solna is a rather unassuming suburb of Stockholm maybe 15 minutes from the city centre. It is unlikely to represent a holiday destination for many however is contains some lovely walks along Brunnsviken Lake and through Haga Park. As is usual with these trips I get an hour or two to explore locally and the best option is to simply walk in any direction . There are some surprisingly nice things to see and places to walk. Here are a few of the local sights. Including the imposing looking Radisson Blu Royal Park hotel and their drinks menu which persuaded me that Swedish is not too an onerous language.

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Brunnsviken Lake

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Brunnsviken Lake

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Dusk at Brunnsviken Lake

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Radisson Blu Royal Park Stockholm

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Ghost of Solna

Should All Sportsmen Be Screened for Adult ADHD?


As someone who has watched football and other sports closely for 50 years and often photographed games, it is clear that in many games there is evidence of both hyperactivity, inattention and impulsivity, the diagnostic components of ADHD. Emotional lability is also a major feature of ADHD though is yet to feature in the formal list of diagnostic terms. Adults with ADHD can have all of these or simply one component. The diagnosis will still be ADHD if the many other criteria for this diagnosis are met. And thats the real point. Simple acts of impulsivity or inattention do not determine a diagnosis of ADHD, it is far more complicated than that.  In this modern era though where medical screening is routine and obligatory to detect cardiac problems such as various forms of cardiomyopathies ( which have huge arrhythmogenic potential), should it not be useful at a minimum to screen for ADHD? ADHD can be managed and treated by a variety of techniques and medications. IMG_2210

Each week the news is full of sportsmen who have behaved in a manner that is often described as ” reckless”, but it might equally be regarded as ” impulsive” or ” emotional labile” responses.  Joe Marler the England and Harlequins prop forward, was recently determined to have called Samson Lee a ” gypsy boy” in an international rugby game. On his return from a 2 match suspension he last night April 22nd 2016, is cited for ” kicking an opponent in the head”. Seemingly reading comments attributed to Conor O’Shea ,  the Harlequins director of rugby, Marler needs to “learn to control his emotion”. In the same week James Vardy reacted in an emotional and possibly verbally aggressive way to a referee after being sent off. Football often refers to flashpoint tempers, but of course not all players react this way. There is no way of knowing who has ADHD without formal testing and most players with these facets will not have ADHD.

00002399There are of course well recognised sportsmen who have been successful in their careers and also diagnosed with ADHD, but a key facet is that often this diagnosis has come either after their career or later on in it.   A good example is Cammi Granato. An Olympian athlete and history maker, Cammi Granato  has ADHD. As a member of the U.S. women’s hockey team that won gold  in the 1998 Olympics, she  scored more goals than any other U.S. women’s hockey player. But she told Psychology Today in 2011 that her personal life felt out of control until she was officially diagnosed with ADHD in 2003 and started learning how to take control. This is a single case history or vignette but is unlikely to be unique. The key issue for sportsmen is how to learn how to take control and more importantly prevent issues emerging, such as red cards and maybe as a defender inattentive issues.

Clearly I am hypothesising greatly here but do believe that screening all sportsmen in professional sports would be beneficial both to themselves and their sports. An awareness of the potential outcomes of an impulsive act might just reduce incidence of future ones.

A retired Scottish footballer, Roddy Grant, was diagnosed at age 47 which in this era is far from uncommon.

“Football helped me mask the condition because it would burn up so much energy.

“But I was always high as a kite after games, win, lose or draw. Colleagues in the dressing room would say I was hyper and it was a massive issue for me”

http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/st-johnstone-legend-roddy-grant-2934855#kSW5gWRlpVL4G2Ws.99

Other than effects on the individual there are likely effects on the team. Would a clinical research study for example show that players with ADHD have worse disciplinary records? Would strikers with ADHD be more effective as their impulsivity would be positive and creative? Would defenders with inattentive forms of ADHD concede more goals through errors?

There is though a far bigger picture here, and this was well reported in The Guardian last year.

A few years back, a Premier League club found themselves in a moral dilemma because one of their academy players was creating problems behind the scenes. The boy was talented enough to have a chance of a successful career. But his behaviour was erratic and showed no sign of improvement. It went on long enough for psychiatric reports to be ordered and the prognosis was that he had a disorder – possibly ADHD – that needed medication.

The problem for the club was that some of the drugs were prohibited, meaning that if he took them he could not continue as a footballer and would have to be cut free. That left the club with two choices: go with the medical opinion or try to find another way and, in effect, ignore the professional advice.

So screening is not without its problems, however management of ADHD does not mandate the obligatory usage of medications. Screening can also be a fairly simple task, to screen for the possible presence of ADHD, those with positive screens can then be fully evaluated, a far more complex procedure.

There is certainly a case to consider in modern top level sport that sportsmen should be screened for the presence of all disorders that may affect their careers. Possibly ADHD is one of those.

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Charlton Athletic Need Our Support


As Brentford fans we recall the days of Noades and Webb , with anguish. If anyone is free and not travelling to MK Dons on saturday, they might consider supporting Charlton here. The Brighton fans already are doing so and I wish them well. For Tarkowski and Transfer related reasons most Brentford fans would welcome Brighton gaining promotion at the expense of Burnley.

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Following the team’s relegation to League One on Tuesday night, the Coalition Against Roland Duchatelet (CARD) is calling on all Charlton fans who want the owner to sell the club to march on The Valley from Charlton Church Lane at 2.15pm on Saturday.

CARD is planning another massive pre-match protest, along similar lines to the funeral procession before the Middlesbrough game last month, which will assemble outside the Charlton Liberal Club, opposite the junction with Sundorne Road, from 2pm.

And we need the help of volunteers to make it happen. If you want to help, and can get to the ground for 1pm, please email Charlton.card@yahoo.co.uk. There’s plenty going on!

This time we will also be joined by supporters of opponents Brighton & Hove Albion*, who are turning out to back CARD in acknowledgement of the contribution Addicks supporters made to their Fans United day at the Goldstone Ground 19 years ago.

But we need a huge turnout to show the extent of anger and the determination among Charlton supporters of all ages to drive Duchatelet, chief executive Katrien Meire and their apologists out of the club – and we’ll be bringing some protest materials along to ensure that it is an appropriate spectacle for the media.

With the team’s fate confirmed, we’re chucking the kitchen sink at the regime this weekend. The march is just the start. CARD is organising further protests during the match, and is also calling for fans to reassemble in the west stand car park at the final whistle – and to make the whole afternoon as uncomfortable as possible for Meire and chairman Richard Murray.

Since Duchatelet hasn’t attended a match since October 21st, 2014, there seems little chance him being there on Saturday. But you never know…

Further details of our plans for Saturday will follow at the end of the week and on the matchday itself, but CARD is planning its biggest show of strength yet and we need every Charlton fan who shares our view to stand alongside us.

We continue to liaise with the Metropolitan Police to ensure the safety of all supporters, and we urge fans to avoid actions that will bring them into conflict with the police, including any xenophobic, racist or sexist chanting or slogans, as well as flares.

(*In February 1997, a significant number of Charlton fans travelled to Sussex to help support Brighton fans in their hour of need. The Fans United protest that day saw supporters travel to the match versus Hartlepool United from all over the country, but few if any of the non-participating clubs were as well represented as the Addicks. The Seagulls were about to lose the Goldstone Ground and no set of fans knew more about being homeless than ours. Since then there has been a special bond between the two groups of fans – and not just because of our mutual disdain for Crystal Palace. On Saturday, we will be Fans United once again.)

Ridiculous Cat Sleeping Position


How can any self-respecting cat sleep like this?

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Novustory @229 The Venue London April 2016. This is a band to watch


Novustory are a 3 piece Progressive Alt/Indie Rock band from Bury, near Manchester,  with Imogen Storey (vocals), Declan Brown ( guitar) and James Duckworth (drums). They have just released their first EP Mirrors. Novustory were one of five bands performing at 229 The Venue in London and frankly were amazing. The event was superbly presented by Absent Kelly and gave five new bands exposure to a London audience. The energy and superb stage performance from Novustory suggested a long previous gigging career however they are relatively new. The sound of their live performance was little different from their EP. To photograph such a band is not a chore at all with such fascinating band members. Enjoy the photographs and go listen to the music.

Any information you need about the band can be found in one of my previous articles including links to their music

https://arcticterntalk.org/2016/04/07/novustory-a-new-band-go-listen/

 

And if you want to help the band tour, and thats a good thing to want, then click the link in the above article . Even a few pounds pledged all helps.

 

 

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Daniel James @Boston Music Rooms in Camden


This is not the place to provide detailed demographics and a life history on any singer, but Daniel posts all you need to know about him as a singer and maybe as a person on his facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/ThisisdanielJames/

And an exceptionally well written piece in The Huffington Post

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/daniel-james/picking-up-where-i-left-off_b_9070964.html

Daniel recently supported Hunter and The Bear in London at the excellent Boston Music Rooms. A few images from that night. Enjoy.

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Musicians can wear nice shoes too you know

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