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  1. My most embarrassing moment

    May 10, 2013 by superlative

    My most embarrassing moment (or at least one of them) happened a few years ago. Just thinking about it now still gives me a sick feeling in my stomach actually.

    We have a friend called Zac who Chris used to work with. He lives in New Zealand now so we don’t see him much any more, but we used to go to the pub with him and his girlfriend and some other friends quite a lot. I used to have something of a crush on Zac. He’s attractive and very charismatic, quite flirtatious, and I didn’t let the fact that he’s straight and unattainable put me off – that just made it more exciting.

    One day a group of us played cricket in Brunswick Square and then went for some drinks afterwards. Chris and I had been clubbing a few nights before, and I was telling people how they’d had a face painter lady there who painted little motifs on our faces for us. I’d been particularly impressed with Sarah’s, and happened to have taken a photo of it on my phone, so while I was describing it I passed my phone around.

    This is Sarah with her fairy motif thing on her face:

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    The phone reached our friend Rob (also straight and a friend of Zac’s), who said “Oh yeah, that’s nice.”

    And then he did something which you should never, ever do on a person’s phone. He swiped to the next picture. And got this.

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    “Oh!” he said. “And a rather nice pic of Zac’s arse.” Which he then passed to Zac.

    SHIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIT.

    You do not swipe on another person’s phone! You do not! You might find anything!

    It all went very quiet.

    Zac had been bending over during the cricket, looking particularly pert, and Chris had taken a photo on his phone and sent it to me to amuse me. It was just a bit of fun, you know, I wasn’t going to crack one off over it or anything.

    “I er…. I didn’t take that picture…” I stammered.

    Chris shot me a look of death which I later found out meant DON’T TELL THEM THAT, THEY’LL KNOW THAT MEANS I TOOK IT, AND I HAVE TO WORK WITH THESE PEOPLE, FALL UPON YOUR SWORD, IT DOESN’T MATTER IF THEY THINK YOU’RE A PERVERT.

    I didn’t manage to infer that from the glare, so I just faltered a little bit more and snatched my phone back.

    Zac laughed and changed the subject, and the women in the group exchanged a few ‘Is this… OK? Is this normal behaviour?’ glances. I just kept my head down until we went home, but I was absolutely MORTIFIED and decided they must think I’m some sort of sex offender. If you switch the situation round so one of the men in the group had taken a picture of a different guy’s girlfriend bending over, it would be really bad, wouldn’t it? That wouldn’t be an OK thing to do? But it’s different with boys and gay guys I think – it’s not threatening to them, especially if they flirt and like the attention. Zac could beat me up if he wanted, so he’s not going to be that bothered by me thinking he’s fit – it’s only really likely to make him feel attractive. Isn’t it? (Actually I’d quite like him to beat me up, that would be hot. Wait, unread that, I’m making myself sound worse.)

    With the benefit of hindsight and a few years’ distance, I realise that I could have handled the situation a lot better. I could, of course, not have had a picture of Zac bending over on my phone, but let’s be realistic, that was inevitable. No, what I should have done was brazen it out and said something like “Yeah, well look at him bending over in those shorts like a slut, he was screaming for it,” and acted like I wasn’t bothered and changed the subject. By being visibly horrified I made it much worse and drew attention to how embarrassing it was.

    I’ve still got the photo, as you can see, so I obviously wasn’t bothered enough to delete it (I’m not giving up gold like that), but I can’t think about that day without wanting to pull my jumper up over my head and never speak to anyone ever again.


  2. Photos

    June 23, 2008 by superlative

    I have been having a little play with my new camera, trying to work out what all the settings do. So far I think I understand what the shutter speed, aperture and ISO things do, but I’m not that good at picking the right ones yet. Also, as I’ve only been playing in my living room where the light is not that great I think I’m making things harder than they need to be.

    Here are a couple of ones I took when playing around with reflections and colour. I had to do the blur in PhotoShop, I haven’t learnt how to make it focus just on the foreground properly yet.


  3. Dresses and photography

    June 19, 2008 by superlative

    I’m rather excited because I heard yesterday that our bridesmaids dresses have now arrived in the UK from China. They are at the factory-owner-lady’s house in Swansea, and at some point are either going to be posted to us or to our chief bridesmaid Jennie. I hope they look good, the prototype they made up and sent over looked really nice.

    They’re a total bargain too, as they’ve been handmade to order, which presumably would cost quite a lot of money over here. They had to make them based on measurements the girls took themselves, so there’s a chance they might need altering, but at least they’ve arrived five weeks before the event so there is time to sort that out if need be.

    I hope that the girls don’t end up looking better than we do… Although I suppose we’re fortunate it will be less directly comparable than a bride with bridesmaids, and so we haven’t needed to sabotage the bridesmaids by sticking them in tartan or whatever. Our hire suits are nice, but obviously not tailor made or anything. We have the upside that our suits don’t belong to us, and are insured for accidental damage, so we don’t need to worry about random spillages or whatever. If the girls want to keep their dresses for anything else, they’re going to have to behave in them!

    I’m also quite excited about the new camera I bought at the weekend. It’s a point and shoot digital one, not an SLR one or anything, but it’s really good and it lets you control loads of the aperture and exposure settings and things. I’ve been saying for a while that I might like to get “into photography” but that I’d need a better camera to do so. So now I’ve got one I guess I should start taking some pictures! I might see if I can find a nice book that explains about light and composition and things, and also what the different settings on a camera actually do for you.

    I’m not quite sure what it is exactly that I want to photograph in my new-found and possibly short-lived interest in photography, but I expect I’ll start off with some interesting macro shots and sunsets and things.

    We had a semi-controversial photography competition in the office recently, to choose photos that people had taken to go up on our walls. It very quickly became apparent that people can have quite different opinions on what makes a nice photo, in the same way I suppose as people like different types of art. It did at least give me the chance to see lots of photos taken by other people though, to build up an idea of what I like.

    And, for the record and in case it hasn’t been made clear enough, no I do not like photos of dead rabbits with glassy staring eyes. I don’t have a particular problem with the killing of rabbits if it’s necessary to keep numbers down, but I don’t think that it makes a nice photo. The same as I wouldn’t poison loads of rats and then go around photographing their corpses.

    I will try to put some of my photographic efforts up here from time to time. Dead animals are unlikely to feature.

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