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Sir Ranulph Fiennes – World’s Best Explorer

Sir Ranulph Fiennes - World's Best Explorer

Dianne Allen, President of Nottingham City Business Club with Sir Ranulph Fiennes.

Today I photographed Sir Ranulph at Nottingham when he spoke to the Business Club. His story was like something out of a Boy’s Own adventure – but true! He told how he started his climbing carreer on Public School drainpipes, then onto his gung-ho antics in the army and SAS, then clearly not quite wringing enough excitement out of life, how he went on various expeditions which would make the bravest man think twice.

After seeing photos of frostbitten fingers and toes, I had to wonder why his wanderlust drove him to such extremes, but unfortunately he didn’t touch on his big reason why…

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Train Station Adopters keep things green, clean and tidy

Train Station Adopters keep things green, clean and tidy

Staff from East Midlands Trains joined volunteers who help keep their local train stations clean, tidy and looking great. The big ‘Thank you’ to the ‘Station Adopters’ coincided with National Volunteers Week and also Stagecoach Group’s Green Week.

Volunteers carry out tasks using their DIY skills and green fingers – all to help their local train station environments greener, nicer places.

If you are interested in finding out more, go to http://www.eastmidlandstrains.co.uk/information/community-environment/work-in-the-community/station-adoption/

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Paul ‘Spike’ Reddington meets Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch

Paul 'Spike' Reddington meets Carl 'The Cobra' Froch

One of my favourite restaurants, Savai in Nottingham has undergone a superb revamp inside, and there were a host of regulars there on Sunday to see Carl ‘The Cobra’ Froch officially relaunch the popular Italian venue.

I had chance to chat to the ten-times world, five British and eight Commonwealth title winner and despite winding me up to start with, saying I can’t photograph him because of ‘image rights’ (could have been true!) he was very much a ‘man of the people’

Carl gave out gifts to people who had helped in the refurb and was patient enough to be snapped by me, another guy shooting video and dozens of iPhone-weilding snappers!

The Cobra is rapidly turning into Nottingham’s own Frank Bruno – and he deserves every success.

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All the gorgeous girls are in Nottingham

All the gorgeous girls are in Nottingham

Charlotte Meadwell (left) and Lynda Reddington of Nottingham Property Investors Network meeting at the EMPO Expo Nottingham Landlord’s Show held at East Midlands Conference Centre on Tuesday.

Heyyy! Happy Days as Spike meets ‘The Fonz’ on a photoshoot – cool!

Paul ‘Spike’ Reddington meets up with Children’s author and actor Henry ‘The Fonz’ Winkler OBE at a presentation for Achievement for All in Cotgrave, Nottingham.

I photographed Henry Winkler OBE at a presentation for ‘Achievement for All’ at a school in Cotgrave, Nottingham, tonight. Much loved as an actor, especially as ‘Fonzie’ in Happy Days, he is now a successful children’s author, despite having to deal with dyslexia.

He is one of the most charming men I’ve ever come across – no celebrity airs and graces and plenty of time for ‘normal’ people. I told him that I have a ‘Nip-It’ pinball machine which he remembered as the one in Arnold’s Cafe. Lovely guy, who was appointed an honorary OBE for his educational work on dyslexia in the UK.

Venture Photography portrait studio in Nottingham closed down?

Driving past the other day, the building they were in has a big To Let sign outside it but their signage is still up and pictures are in the window.  I had a call yesterday from a dad who wanted Work Experience for his daughter, but I’m too busy at the moment, so suggested Venture Photography. However, he said they had closed down.

He asked me about Olan Mills and I told him that they went out of business many years ago, then were revived by some guys and they sprang up in a shop in Huntingdon House, on Huntingdon Street, Nottingham, but they didn’t last too long and were soon closed.

Now Venture have a reputation for very expensive portrait sessions despite their ‘£25 voucher offer’ – see: http://www.ukscrappers.co.uk/boards/showthread.php?t=114829 so maybe the recession has done for them? Their phone number is disconnected.

Anyway, I am always happy to provide some really great family photography or portrait sessions at a much more realistic price – get in touch if you are interested…

Wheat fuels trucks

Farmer Julian Anyan with the Frontier Agriculture 'facetruck' being loaded with wheat at his Lincolnshire farm

Spike Photography was up for an early start to photograph a lorry being loaded with wheat in Lincolnshire to supply a new multi-million-pound biofuels plant.

Photography client Frontier Agriculture is in charge of supplying the £200m Vivergo plant, at Saltend, in Hull, has revealed that it has signed over 500 farmers to the ‘Humber Gold wheat club’ in tjust a few weeks.

The Hull-based plant is set to become the largest buyer of grain in the whole of the country and hopes to buy the one million tonnes of wheat it needs each year from local farmers.

The site is a joint venture between DuPont, BP and British Sugar and will turn the wheat into biofuel for use in lorries and forklift trucks.

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