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Reblog: Liverpool (UK)

Reblog: Liverpool (UK)

A sightseeing tour of Liverpool with Dizma, from docks to beach to city, in glorious colour…


Liverpool-Dizma-Dahl-Diztopia-Photography-Blogger-UKI traveled to Liverpool for my day job recently and instantly took this great opportunity to book a late train back and roam around the city with my SLR for you all. I spent hours researching what spots I could visit, given that I only had 5pm-9pm to do what I wanted, and by the time I would have begun, practically 80% of the recommended places to visit would have been closed. Although, I’m always one for building an itinerary which doesn’t involve buying a ticket into the land of the indoors anyway, so this suited me fine. 😉

This is primarily a gallery of my very short time there, but also a potential guide, or point of inspiration, for any photographers who are looking for a new place to shoot in the UK.

Liverpool Docks

The Liverpool Docks are honestly a sheer delight to promenade in. A big part…

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Posted by on March 17, 2017 in Arts, Photography


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Ho’s Christmas ho ho ho post…

Every year, some of my most popular posts are the ones for which Ho creates the seasonal artwork.

Ho, my old friend and consummate blog-toonist in residence has provided festive illustrations and Diary of an Internet Nobody Christmas cards for the last few years, but this year he’s outdone himself with a fantastic do it yourself Christmas tree decoration. I’ll pass you over to the artist himself for the all-important instructions.

Ladies and gentlemen, here’s Ho:

” Step One – Print out the image at approximately A4 size. (If you don’t have a printer, visit a library or someone bored in an office). There is a nice colourful version, or a black and white one so you can have fun colouring in the Trump-fairy yourself.

Step Two – With scissors, carefully cut around the outline of the main shape and the Trump-fairy’s head. You may want to ask an adult to help you with this. Do NOT cut the Trump-fairy’s throat, however tempting this may be.

Step Three – Cut along the dotted lines and fold around so that the slits interlock.

Step Four – Fold back the Trump-fairy’s wing sections at the half-way point, to make them nice and flappy.

Step Five – Cut out the Trump-fairy’s hat, cut a slit at the dotted line, and pop it on his head.

Step Six – Impale the Trump-fairy through the arse (or hang) on the top of your Xmas tree. Hey Presto ! Your Xmas Trump-fairy Tree Decoration is finished.

Why not send us photos of your impaled / hung Trump-fairy, we’d love to see them.

{Should you, for some strange reason, not wish to display a Trump-fairy on your Xmas tree, they also make excellent (if brief) candles. You will therefore be carrying on the grand tradition, initiated by a legion of students, of ‘lighting your own Trump’.}

A Ho-made festive product, you’re welcome. Happy Solstice   xx “

Thank you, Ho, for that stroke of creative genius, I look forward to seeing you again soon. I’m sure I join with all my readers in wishing you a very merry Christmas and a happy new year.


Posted by on December 21, 2016 in Arts, Ho., Humour


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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

I’m on the road today, heading back up to Sussex to visit friends and family, so I’m hoping that this scheduled post publishes itself on time.

I’ll check in later anyway, to add a link to K’lee’s photo, but until then, here’s my contribution to this week’s prompt; Water. 

These sprinkly sculptures were all made using just a hose pipe, with a garden fence in the background, (plus a side order of digital mucking about, obviously) see what you think…

Here’s K’lee’s photo for the day.

Ok, so now let’s see your wet and wonderful offerings.

Go on, splash out on the Cosmic Photo Challenge.


To get involved with the challenge, post a photo (or several, the more the merrier) to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.

Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.


Posted by on July 25, 2016 in Arts, Photography


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#atozchallenge: H is for Home delivery…


Today’s A-Z post takes the form of an update on the one I posted on Monday, about Tracy the balloon sculptor.

That post generated a lot of interest and lots of praise for Tracy’s artistic skills; so much so that it prompted an interactive logistical experiment between Diary of an Internet Nobody, my friend Tracy and Bee, over at Just Fooling Around With Bee.

Bee was very taken with the Minion which appeared in the balloon modelling post (I think she is mildly obsessed with the little yellow critters, truth be told) and I joked that Tracy should set up a mail order service, since her work had attracted so much interest from you, my discerning readers.

To my surprise, Tracy seemed to have already looked into what amounts to mailing someone a box of air, as a friend had previously asked if she could send them one of her creations. She had not yet had a chance to perfect a technique for doing so, but Tracy suggested that she try it out by sending Bee her very own bespoke balloon Minion, as a test to see whether the model would retain its integrity in transit, opening up possibilities for her business to go national.

Bee sent me her address, 350 miles away in Norfolk, and Tracy posted off her inflatable yellow friend on Wednesday.

So, yesterday (Friday) I received a delighted e-mail from Bee, complete with with photographic evidence that Tracy’s handiwork had indeed arrived in mint condition…

Oooh, a parcel, exciting!

Who’s this, staring out at me?

Yay! My very own Minion!

How’s that for customer service?

As if that wasn’t enough, Tracy had Audrey round the other day while she and Tracy’s kids are all on school holidays and she kindly turned Audrey into a pink tiger for the day.
That’s not a sentence you get to use very often.




Posted by on April 9, 2016 in A - Z challenge, aardvark, Arts


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Arboretum of the imagination: Meetings with impossible trees…

Arboretum of the imagination: Meetings with impossible trees…

Here’s a little experiment to complement my post on imaginary architecture, this time applied to the sculptural beauty of trees…

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Meetings with Remarkable Trees, by Thomas Pakenham, is a fabulous book and it’s where I stole the idea for the name of this post.

Other than that, there’s no connection, except for the trees, obviously…













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Posted by on March 28, 2016 in Arts, Photo Sans Frontiers, Photography


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K’lee’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

K’lee L, over at Obzervashunal, has always showcased stunning imagery on a blog that covers photography, graphics, design and philosophical musings on life and nature.

His work often combines beautiful photography, overlaid with digital filters and effects, producing ethereal, other-worldly collages that produce a very distinctive, recognisable K’lee L “look” which I have admired since first discovering his blog a few years ago.

Today’s post is no exception; a striking and colourful treatment of a picture of a lion which, if you didn’t already click the first link, YOU CAN SEE HERE.

It’s a great piece of art but I felt that, given the introduction to the post, describing how the original photo came about, it would be nice to see a little more of the actual lion through the additional graphic artwork.
Obviously I’m a fine one to talk when it comes to mucking about with photos, so quite rightly K’lee took me to task and challenged me to come up with my own obscured composite picture (just for fun; this isn’t a matter of honour, pistols at dawn type of challenge) and of course I accepted.

I decided to do just that; make a composite image from various photos in my collection, almost entirely obscuring the base photograph by layering others over it, hopefully leaving just enough that the picture is discernible through the haze.

For the sake of completeness, I’m “showing my workings”, like they used to tell us to do at school.

Since Audrey is so fond of her starring role on the blog, here is the photo I started off with…


…to which I added a few layers of flowers…


…and then just played with this image until I was happy with the result…



…and here it is.


You might prefer the original, one of the steps in between, or none of the above, but I’m quite pleased with this quick first attempt at digital camera obscura and I shall continue to experiment with this kind of enigmatic photographic art in the not-too-distant future.

Thanks for the inspiration K’lee, and keep making life that little bit more beautiful with your Obzervashuns.

Over to you…


Posted by on March 8, 2016 in Arts, Blogging, Photography


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Just Jot It January: Day sixteen…


For today’s JJIJ post, I thought I’d get creative with a new gadget.

I’ve been trying to find a decent gif making app for a while and I seem to have discovered a pretty good free one, so I had a play with it last night and came up with these three; the first was a test to try out the video gif maker and the other two are created from existing photos.




Then this afternoon, I couldn’t resist having another go, before I began this week’s SoCS post, (which I still have to write after this one) and I decided to try a doodle.
See what you think…


Right, I’d better get on with actually writing something, see you later…


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The twelve toons of Christmas: Day eleven…

So, the Christmas shopping is done, the presents are wrapped, the decorations are up and there’s only one card I haven’t posted yet.
The bespoke Diary of an Internet Nobody greetings card, created by Ho for your seasonal enjoyment, will arrive here tomorrow, but for now here’s his final daily toon for this year, a slightly suspect Santa.

Be careful what you wish for…



Posted by on December 23, 2015 in Arts, Ho., Humour


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The twelve toons of Christmas: Day seven…

In a week’s time it’ll all be over.
We’ll be sitting around, belching turkey fumes and listening to the kids break their new toys, whilst they argue over the last bag of chocolate coins on the tree.
Someone will suggest going for “a nice bracing walk” and be roundly abused for their trouble.
And Father Christmas will hang up his sack for another year.

But before all that there are six more days of festive toonery to enjoy, courtesy of blog artist extraordinaire, the marvellous Ho.

So this morning, as the embarrassing events of a thousand office parties sidle into countless throbbing heads and tap ashamed and cringing memory banks on the shoulder, wishing to talk about that ill-advised karaoke version of Fairytale of New York you did with the boss last night, here’s a speeding Santa Claus to brighten the penultimate Saturday of 2015.



Posted by on December 19, 2015 in Arts, Ho., Humour


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The twelve toons of Christmas: Day six…

It’s “Factory Friday” 2015, which brings us to the halfway point in our Christmas cartoon countdown and today’s Ho ho ho from Ho is a fine example of the less-is-more school of illustration, showing that sometimes, a simple sketch is just as effective as an ornate masterpiece.

Have a mice day folks…



Posted by on December 18, 2015 in Arts, Ho., Humour


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