A photograph that gives hope for humanity………and would justify the award of a Nobel Peace Prize

article-3053685-27F1505900000578-683_636x430Eva Kor, 81, arrived in Lueneburg to give evidence at the trial of Oskar Groening, 93 – known as the ‘bookkeeper of Auschwitz’. The pair were seen embracing as they met in the courtroom. Groening is accused of serving at Auschwitz between May and June 1944, when some 425,000 Jews from Hungary were taken there and almost immediately gassed to death. Speaking about the extraordinary incident, Ms Kor said: ‘Former enemies can get along as human beings. What on earth do we want to tell the world? Killing each other has never created anything good.’

She is obviously a woman of compassion, resilience and  inner strength, and considering she was “experimented” on by the infamous Dr Josef Mengele whilst an inmate at Auschwitz it took enormous compassion to reach out to this former German soldier.

When the Nobel Peace Prize Committee consider who to make the next award to, may I suggest the award be made to this woman Eva Kor as an example to humanity of the capacity to forgive.

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TESCO………….listen to your customers!!!!!

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Tesco has suffered the biggest loss in high street history and the sixth worst loss for any UK company as the true scale of years of mismanagement was laid bare. Its chief executive, Dave Lewis, attempted to shock the supermarket’s heart back into a healthy rhythm by revealing a £6.4bn pre-tax loss but admitted the turnaround was far from complete.

Dave Lewis CEO of Tesco

Dave Lewis CEO of Tesco

A huge £7bn writedown on the business will be used as an attempt to draw a line in the sand, with the property portfolio’s value slashed, its international division shrunk and the costs of offloading loss-making parts and redundancy payments for 5,000 staff finally revealed. Mr Lewis said: “This patient is ok. The baseline is ok. Can it be better? Can it be healthy? Yes it can. Our job is to allow it to be healthier.

“There’s nothing critical in terms of its finances, liquidity is good. If it’s about vital signs; there are more people coming, buying more things in Tesco that previously, and that’s a pretty good vital sign. It’s the start though. We’ve got so much more to do and it’s about opportunities for us.”

The UK business made a £467m trading profit in the year to end of February, but this was all in the first half under the discredited old regime, with a £32m loss in the second half of the year, as Mr Lewis cut prices and attempted to win back customers and reshape the business.

Like-for-like sales dropped 3.6 per cent, at £44.6bn, with improvements in the final quarter. But the biggest issue was proving to the investors that the UK’s biggest supermarket still had a future and could recover from open heart surgery.

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Like many shoppers I feel no affinity with, or loyalty to any supermarket as they have all spent the last decade screwing the customer for as much as they can get out of them. Hiking prices, reducing weight content of goods but not price, BOGOF bargains a that aren’t, half price offers on wine that are a con (if the Tesco wine buyer genuinely believes that some of the wine advertised as worth £10 but on offer at £5 is true he / she needs sacking!) fish counters with produce that looks as though it was caught several weeks ago, pre-packed fruit and vegetables forcing me to buy what the supermarket wants to sell rather than the amount I wish to buy (you are here to serve ME, not the other way around, I don’t need 125 different cereals to choose from, 25 would be quite sufficient, bread on sale that tastes  nothing like bread (the baked in store we all know is a con).

But worst of all, like many other supermarkets, they have decided that customers would like to serve themselves and hence the massive increase in this facility. Just try checking beer or wine through this facility and see what an enjoyable experience you have.

Why not try something novel and put some MORE BLOODY STAFF on the checkouts and the shop floor, a lot of us prefer to be served by a human being and not a machine.

I raised this issue this morning with a staff member in the Huddersfield Tesco. She smiled at me and said “I agree with you, but there is a massive gap between management and staff at Tesco, no one listens to us. The store is depressing and needs a refurbishment and we need to stop getting rid of staff”

To quote that old management adage “if you want to know what the problem is and how to solve it, go and ask the front line staff” or as                W. Edwards Demming once commented “management is 85% of the problem”

Tesco management are you listening?


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Hill of Three Crosses, Vilnius, Lithuania………….autumnal colours

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Hill of Three Crosses, Vilnius, Lithuania…………possibly one of the most beautiful views in Vilnius, particularly in the autumn when the leaves on the trees begin to change colour. I hope to return in the not too distant future so this photograph is a timely reminder of the beauty of the capital city.

(c) Kindadukish

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Setting sun and an aura of orange………………..

Driving home from Holmfirth last night after attending my photography group, I came up on top of the hills and the road is quite undulating. My colleague from the course was in the car with me and as we came over the brow of a hill we both saw this amazing sunset in the distance.

We looked at each other and said at virtually the same time “this is too good to miss” so I pulled over to the side of the road, out came the cameras (Nikon D5200 and my Pentax K50 which took the pictures below) and we began shooting. We had to work quickly as the sun was just beginning to drop over the hill. Anyway, this was what I saw:-

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(c) Kindadukish (available on request)

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BBC supports award to advocate of “murder”

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Cat Stevens – also known as Yusuf – will be presented with lifetime achievement honour at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and he will perform at the ceremony at the Wales Millennium Centre (WMC) in Cardiff.

Stevens, 66, had a string of hits in the late 1960s and early 1970s including Morning Has Broken, Moonshadow and Matthew And Son. He converted to Islam in 1977, took the name Yusuf Islam, and gave up performing and sold his guitars for charity

Stevens returned to music nine years ago and has produced three new albums and started touring.

This is the same Cat Stevens who supported the fatwa to kill Salman Rushdie when “The Satanic Verses” was published and won the Booker Prize. This is the same man who allegedly donated funds to Islamic terrorist organisations.

See him condemn himself at this discussion.

The two academic institutions in the UK might like to reflect on the awards they made to him not very longs ago:-

2005: Honorary doctorate by the University of Gloucestershire for services to education and humanitarian relief.
2007: Honorary doctorate (LLD) by the University of Exeter, in recognition of “his humanitarian work and improving understanding between Islamic and Western cultures”.

So, the question is, what the hell is the BBC doing making an award to the proponent of a mans murder?

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Images under an azure blue sky……………………

Beautiful spring day, camera ready, so off to the Sculpture Park at Bretton to take in the beautiful scenery and enjoy there art works on display. Checked out heron island and the birds were there in force as the breeding season is upon us. The following images will hopefully portray the beautiful park and many of the things it has to offer the visitor.

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Photographs (c) Kindadukish

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National Record Store Day……….ah, the smell of vinyl!

IMGP2779 Today, 18 April 2015 is National Record Store Day and for those of us of a certain age (and generation) it is one to celebrate and support. There are very few places that one can actually purchase a CD or vinyl record these days as virtually all record shops have gone out of business.

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Granted there is the odd HMV shop hanging around but most have disappeared, and the ones left sell virtually nothing except the top 20 pop records. Gone are the days when I could go to the big HMV store on Market Street in Manchester, go down the escalator to the basement and be surrounded by thousands of classical and jazz CDs. There was always a kind of reverential silence in the room as the latest release from Deutsche Gramophon would be playing often featuring the Berlin Philharmonic or some esoteric release on the ESP label giving vent to the wails and screams of the tenor saxophone of Albert Ayler.

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Here in Huddersfield in West Yorkshire we are fortunate to have small independent record store named “Vinyl Tap” * which stocks new and second hand CDs, vinyl singles and LPs (ask your dad if you don’t know what these are), magazines and musical memorabilia.

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So in celebration of the day I went in today to browse the CDs, all competitively priced, and divided into the different genres of music. I can particularly recommend the section on “prog rock” and “60s psychedelia” the latter being something dear to my heart.

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As part of the days celebration they were featuring live music throughout the day in the basement, a room stuffed full of vinyl and various musical instruments for sale. There were groups of people, from the very young to the “relatively” old going through box upon box of records, I gave a little sigh and wiped away a tear at the memories it brought back to me of many happy Saturdays spent in Barry’s Record Rendezvous in Blackfriars Street in Manchester (although technically I think it was in Salford!).

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The shop provided free coffee and cakes and the place was buzzing with people coming and going and generally having a good time. At the time I was there, a band called Jazz on Top were playing and making a hell of a sound. The band consisted of saxophones, trumpeters, trombonists and a rhythm section of piano drums and base.

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There was some excellent ensemble playing and some imaginative solos by various group members. It was nice to see two young women at the front of the group on saxophones and seemingly thoroughly enjoying themselves.

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I asked where the group were from and I was told they were students at Kirklees College here in Huddersfield. The area has a very strong music tradition from jazz bands, brass bands and of course the internationally famous Huddersfield Choral Society. It is good to know that the strong music tradition is continuing but I fear for this with threatened government cuts to Local Authorities.

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I spent awhile listening to the band and taking some photographs and thought, “this is an excellent way to spend a Saturday morning”

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So my plea is, get out there and support your local record shops because once they are gone there will be very little opportunity to source those esoteric releases that you crave, that Northern Soul compilation will disappear from sight and your chances of getting a copy of the LP by the 13th Floor Elevators will just be wishful thinking.

© All photos copyright Kindadukish (please contact if you wish copies).

* Vinyl Tap, 42 John William street, Huddersfield XD1 1ER

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