Does Everyone’s Lives Really Matter Regardless of Who We Are?

It is painfully distressing when we all hear the news about a certain event or events that are always talked about around the world. Just recently, and even now, the news of the shootings in Minnesota, Dallas & Louisiana have caused a mass fruition which has sparked protests in America, as well as in other places around the world.

In the last few days, there were protests being held in London in light of the shootings in Minnesota, Dallas & Louisiana, as well as the horrific killings of Alton Sterling, Philando Castille, including at least five police officers, including 9 other people being injured and also most recently, a Black Lives Matter protest, which was held up in London, resulted in a man being punched in the face.

All lives matter, regardless of skin colour, race, gender, sexuality, religion and background and if there is more bad blood in this world, then life is just not worth living.

Since these events occurred, every news source around the world reported this news, as well as photos surrounding the web of some people either being attacked or being arrested for possible violence in light of the attacks.

There’s been a lot of controversy, even a lot of backlash and criticism and even now, it’s still a touchy subject.

Black lives matter, white lives matter, but most of all, all lives matter regardless of anyone’s skin colour, as well as who we are. If there was no hate, no crimes and no violence in this world, the world would be a better place.

It kills me to see that the world is, at this moment, a bad place, and there is so much violence going on in this world. My thoughts, my heart, condolences and full respects go out to all those affected by these shootings at such a sad time. You will always remain in mine and everyone’s hearts forever. All lives matter, regardless of skin colour, race, gender, sexuality, religion and background and we all deserve to be treated equally and be treated with respect.

To all of you reading this, I can only apologise if any of you reading this article get offended. It is not my intention at all, I just wanted to give you all the outlook I have based on the world at the moment.

If you think black lives matter, including white lives and all lives matter, then please let me know by submitting feedback below. All feedback is much appreciated.

Alex Smithson

Below are some links regarding the shootings in Minnesota, Louisiana and Dallas if you want to find out more:

Remembering David Gest (1953 – 2016)

A couple of weeks ago it was reported and confirmed that David Gest, who had recently made an appearance in the Celebrity Big Brother house, had passed away at the age of 62 at a London hotel on the 12th April 2016, just before 10:20 AM.

I must admit, I too was seriously gutted and shocked to have heard of the news, because it was nearly two weeks before that we lost Ronnie Corbett and Denise Robertson, but to hear of the news on the 12th April of David Gest’s passing, that really did shock me.

To be honest, it did feel extremely unreal learning of the news of his passing, but what was even more shocking was that Ronnie Corbett & Denise Robertson had died at the end of March and this month, we’ve lost David Gest, Barry Howard of the BBC sitcom Hi-De-Hi and Prince Rogers Nelson, famously known for his collection of music, including the iconic love symbol.

It’s awfully scary and upsetting for the fact we’ve lost so many famous icons since the start of 2016 and I cannot deny that it’s actually frightening that we’ve lost so many famous icons in just a short time. When I was on Twitter most recently, someone actually said that we might as well write off 2016 considering the amount of famous people we’ve already lost this year and to be honest, in certain aspects they are right, but I would rather not think that now considering we’ve still got the rest of the year to think about, also because in a certain aspect, to say that we might as well write off 2016 is a little bit morbid. I don’t mean no disrespect, but we can’t write off 2016, but it’s time to move on and to keep being strong for those who are no longer with us, but to make sure that we can continue the good work they did.

David Gest’s funeral took place today, and a number of famous faces made an appearance at his funeral, such as Nicola Stapleton, who played Mandy Salter in EastEnders, Dean Gaffney, who played Robbie Jackson, also in EastEnders, including Danniella Westbrook, Kristina Rihanoff, Denise Welch, Vanessa Feltz, Christopher Maloney, Kerry Katona, Kym Marsh and Cleo Rocos.

His death indeed did shock me and every single one of us, but even though he is gone, he will never be forgotten. We will miss you David Gest, but you shall always be remembered in our hearts and also for the footprints you left on our hearts. We will always remember you in our hearts forever David Gest.

Alex Smithson

Remembering Prince Rogers Nelson: An Iconic Music Legend (1958 – 2016)

It is with such sadness to report that the iconic music legend, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at the age of 57.

The news of his death came just before 6:00 PM this afternoon, and with such shock, the news knocked me for six. I literally can’t get my head around this news, even now, and it’s just absolutely sad that an iconic musical legend like him has passed away less than a week after being taken ill following a recent flight.

Although I haven’t followed his entire career, I did love some of the iconic songs he produced, such as 1999, Raspberry Beret, Sign O’ The Times and even When Doves Cry.

Those songs to me are the most memorable records of my time, as they were the songs that were frequently played on the radio almost every week, and even now I can listen to them and feel nostalgic all over again.

Prince Rogers Nelson to me and to every single person on this Earth was and always will be remembered, not just for being the iconic music legend that he is, but he will be remembered for changing this world and making it into a better place.

We will miss you dearly Prince Rogers Nelson, but you will never be forgotten. You will always live on forever in our hearts, in our minds, but also in our lives. We’ll miss you, but we will always see you as the iconic music legend that you truly are.

Alex Smithson

Remembering Denise Robertson: The Nation’s Most Loved Agony Aunt (1932 – 2016)

The world woke up again this morning to some sad news, as the nation’s most loved Agony Aunt, Denise Robertson, sadly passed away yesterday from pancreatic cancer at the age of 83.

I must admit, I didn’t hear of the news until this afternoon, and after being told that Denise Robertson had died, I was shocked, and as you can also imagine, I was very upset, but to hear of the news just 24 hours after Ronnie Corbett died was something I couldn’t take in straightaway. The news of both Denise Robertson and Ronnie Corbett are still impossible to take in, because we didn’t expect for two famous faces to pass away so soon. It just doesn’t feel real how both of them passed away yesterday, but with the news being reported just 24 hours after Ronnie Corbett died.

Denise Robertson was best known for being the nation’s most loved Agony Aunt on ITV’s daytime show, This Morning, which is hosted by Phillip Schofield & Holly Willoughby, and also hosted by Eamonn Holmes and Ruth Langsford, and it was reported that Ruth Langsford broke down in tears after learning of the news, and from a clip earlier this morning, it was clear she was struggling to hold back the tears, considering that the news had a massive impact on her and also everyone who had heard of the news as well this morning.

Denise Robertson has left behind a remarkable legacy of her own, as she was on This Morning for almost 30 years, and it’s hard to think it was 28 years ago this year that she started on This Morning. Along the way, she created funny moments during her time on ITV’s This Morning, and the two memories I remember of her was when Phil & Holly were discussing paint jobs and blue jobs, which, as you can imagine made Holly Willoughby laugh as Phillip Schofield thought Holly said something else, which was a bit innuendo-based.

There was also another funny moment where Phil wore a Pink shirt with one grey stripe on it, and Holly found the shirt he was wearing funny as it was like someone ran him over, and she got what appeared to be silver electrical tape, like the kind of tape you would use if something came apart, like an Apple iDevice cable for instance, and she stuck two pieces of tape on Phil’s shirt, to make his shirt look more convincing as if he had actually been run over, and Denise Robertson made a funny comment to Phil & Holly saying: “Well Holly, that showed a certain knowledge of tape, that’s for sure.

Below is the funny clip of Phil looking like he’s been run over after Holly taped him up, with Denise’s funny comment soon to follow :D.

Below is a YouTube Playlist that I made a long while back, which is regularly updated over time, and it contains a huge number of funniest moments that have occurred on ITV’s This Morning show that other users have uploaded to YouTube, with some clips also featuring Denise Robertson.

To end this tribute article, I just wanted to say that I will never forget you Denise Robertson. You are the reason why so many people have smiles on their faces, even mine, and thanks to you, you have made a massively positive impact on every society. Thank you for everything Denise. You will be missed dearly, but you will never be forgotten. Thank you for all the happy memories Denise Robertson xxxxxxxxxx.

Alex Smithson

What’s the One True Thing that Scares You?

As the article suggests, what’s the one true thing that scares you?

The one true thing that I can tell you that really scares me the most is death, as I hate the thought of dying, given that after death, nothing carries on, and not just that, but after death, everything just stops forever. I know for some people, they can say: “You shouldn’t be afraid of dying. You should never feel afraid of death.“, but for me, I don’t think like that at all, I am always the kind of person who will worry and be scared of death, because it upsets me, knowing for a fact that I don’t want to die.

This is the one true thing that bothers me, because yes we die, yes we only have one life to make the most of, and yes, you’ll never get the chance to live your life again even after death, but I am one of those people where I would rather enjoy my life whilst I have one and make my life something to remember for everyone else when I’m gone, but I also want to be one of those people where once I die, I die with dignity, knowing that I enjoyed my life and made the most of it, but most of all, knowing that I was able to live my life to the full in the best way possible.

Obviously, death is absolutely scary, and is something I will often get upset about, but I just hate the thought of dying because of course, we are, from the moment that we are born, that we are born to die, and I just don’t like the thought of dying. A large number of people might not think that way, but some of the people who think that way are the kinds of people I can relate to, because you want to be able to live your life, not die for it.

This is often a scary subject that I keep in my mind, but I just wanted to lay the paving stones down here by telling you all how I really feel. To be honest, I’m actually frightened of death, and I think I always will be. I’m wondering if all of you can relate to how I feel, because I know for a fact it’s the worst thing to prepare for.

Is there one true thing that scares you? If so, please feel free to feedback your thoughts on the one true thing that scares you. Your feedback is much appreciated.

Alex Smithson

Monthly Roundup: January 2016

Well I’ve been quite a busy bee since we all welcomed in 2016 on New Year’s Day, but in the first few weeks of 2016, we have lost some notable icons of the film and music industry. On the 10th January 2016, David Bowie sadly passed away at the age of 69 from liver cancer, just two days after releasing his final album, Blackstar, and just four days after his passing, the Harry Potter actor, Alan Rickman also passed away after a battle with pancreatic cancer. I’ve also just heard the news as of lunchtime that Sir Terry Wogan has sadly passed away today after a short battle with cancer. I must admit, I’m really shocked to hear of his passing, because I didn’t know he had cancer until his death was announced earlier today.

Please accept my sincere apologies if I wasn’t able to publish two tribute articles on both of them this month, it’s mainly been because of the fact I’ve been so busy with the current project that I’ve been on that I’ve had trouble with finding the time to do both of the tribute articles. Please don’t worry too much though, because they are currently being made and are in progress, and hopefully, fingers crossed, I can get them published over the course of February or March, depending on the workload I receive from college. I can promise you that I won’t be leaving them to chance, so I will be making sure to work on them as soon as I get a large amount of time on my hands. I can also promise you that I will be, in light of Sir Terry Wogan’s sudden passing earlier today, writing a tribute article on him to pay my full respects and condolences to him and his family at such a sad time.

To round off what has been a really good, but sad start to 2016, I will be taking a full look-back on the articles published over the course of this month.

1.1.2016 – To kick 2016 off with a bang, I welcomed you all back to Mother Nature for the New Year, and with a redesigned appearance, I mentioned that Mother Nature had changed its colours to: “accommodate for a maturer appearance, given that Mother Nature has now evolved into more of a presentable appearance.” I also mentioned that I would be doing some housekeeping, as I would be taking down some articles and some pictures to free up the website space for Mother Nature.

I had also mentioned that this news had come as I wanted to get back to my roots fully of doing more photography articles. However, all wouldn’t be lost though, because any articles I would be taking down would have their spaces filled with some new articles, as I wanted Mother Nature to focus more on photography, but also on certain interests, as I don’t want to talk too much about one thing, knowing full well that the whole idea of this website is to be a photography site.

3.1.2016 – To kick 2016 off with a bang in terms of photography, I did the first Historical Photographer article for 2016 on Walker Evans, who is the second in the Historical Photographers series that I introduced back in December 2015. In this Historical Photographer article, I would talk about Walker Evans’ life, as well as the timeline of events that unfolded up until his death on the 10th April 1975.

Also on this day, I published an article based on my thoughts about maturity and communication in modern society, as I felt that in modern society, maturity was something that shouldn’t really go amiss, especially in our generation and in this day and age, but when it came to maturity in modern society, among many other areas of life, our generation unfortunately lack almost all of maturity.

6.1.2016 – As I wanted to make sure to keep to my promise of being more productive and by also promising to publish more articles on a frequent basis, I started by doing a topic that would focus on whether the media was responsible for promoting eating disorders and negative body image problems in young people. I did also mention that I would tread very carefully when it came to writing this article, as I knew something like this would be sensitive.

8.1.2016 – As I wanted to refer to studying in general, I decided to talk about study time, and whether a large workload from school, college or even university stressed you out. I mentioned that: “Although I believe study time is crucial, I have known on some, if not, a lot of occasions, that it can be stressful, especially when you’re in school, college or university. Over the course of last year, I did notice how stressful the workload was, because I would get on a number of occasions, a lot of work piled on top of me, which, when deadlines were around the corner, I would sometimes panic about any work that may have not been completed, and in a lot of cases, I would often get stressed out.”

15.1.2016 – As violent video games are overruling modern society and my generation nowadays, given that violence is one of the most controversial subjects to talk about, I thought it was good to create a topic of discussion based on whether you thought violent video games should be banned. In this article, I had made sure to give my reasons for why I felt they should be banned, and how banning violent video games could help to prevent the younger generations of today from being brainwashed into committing violence against those around them. I did keep in mind though that a topic like this one is often touchy, and that I would tread very carefully whilst talking about it.

18.1.2016 – As this is something that is close to my heart, which also often bothers me, vanity has been something that I’ve noticed in the real world. In this article, I wrote about how I’ve heard about all these celebrities who have either had work done or had something enhanced to boost their self-esteem, and the same has happened to some of those who aren’t famous at all, and it really bothered me how vanity could cause someone to change something about themselves when they don’t need to.

23.1.2016 – As gangs are becoming a major problem in modern-day life, I focused this topic of discussion on whether the media was responsible for making gang culture seem attractive to young people. I did know for a fact that this was something that some people may be too afraid to talk about, but I decided to stand up and speak up about this topic in detail because I would not hide my views on gang culture, as I would make sure to outline in this topic whether I thought the media was responsible for making gang culture seem attractive to young people.

Also on this day, I published two more articles, one of which focused on my trip up to the Croydon Museum, as the museum contains so much information and research “based on a large number of photographers, as well as certain collector’s items, such as an old-fashioned retro 1950s car.”, while the third article was based on uplifting photo moments, given that I took a photo of Croydon College’s Rotunda, as well as getting a photo with The One Show’s Marty Jopson, who is such a nice guy and so down to earth.

30.1.2016 – With it being in the last couple of years since I last visited, and despite the fact my feet were killing me as a result of going up to London for this trip, I went on a trip up to the Science Museum with my class, and while we were there, I wanted to get some photos of the museum, considering that the last time I went, it had a dramatic overhaul in design, and not only that, but some or most parts of the museum had changed from when I made my first ever visit to the Science Museum.

Also, on the same day that I went up to London with my class for a trip to the Science Museum, we also went to the Natural History Museum to study further for our stop-frame animation project. While we were there, I also took a large number of photos, considering that I took a trip up to the Science Museum. It was also the first time in nearly 15 years since I last visited the Natural History Museum.

As I published both of these articles on this day, I wanted them both to be like a two-part photography article, in other words, a 2-in-1 article.

Thank you so much everyone for making the first month of 2016 a really good one for me. I know this month hasn’t been as easy as first thought given that we’ve lost quite a few celebrity icons in the first few weeks, but to David Bowie, Alan Rickman & Sir Terry Wogan, all three of you will be remembered in our hearts forever and you shall never be forgotten.

Again, thank you for making the first month of 2016 a really good one for me, and I’ll see you all in February.

Alex Smithson

Photography | Nature is now Blog of the Year 2013!!!

Hello everyone!!! I wanted to say a massive thank you to all of you bloggers and all of you viewers out there for visiting this blog. Without you all, I wouldn’t have got this far in the first 6 months, and to top it all off, Photography | Nature has passed the 1,000+ view mark and has become the Blog of the Year for 2013. I owe a massive thank you to Vijay Shah of the HalfEatenMind blog who nominated me for the 5* on the Blog of the Year 2013 award, and also a massive thank you to Ajay of the Ajaytao2010 blog for the 1* to make it 6*. Another great announcement is that Vijay of the HalfEatenMind blog has just won the Blog of the Year 2013 award as well!!! To follow his blog, the link is below…and again, thanks for a wonderful first 6 months

Thank you Vijay and Ajay, without you both, I wouldn’t have won the Blog of the Year 2013 award, and a massive congratulations to you Vijay for winning the Blog of the Year 2013 award, you deserved it as well and have a Happy New Year Vijay Shah and also Ajay Tao :-)!!!

Have a Happy New Year, and I’ll see you all in 2014 :-)!!!!!!!!!

Vijay Shah’s HalfEatenMind blog:

Ajay Tao’s Ajaytao2010 blog:

The Worst Storm of December

This weather is absolutely horrible, all day I’ve been hearing constant, violent gusts of wind and it feels like the storm is battering on tenterhooks. Today has got to be probably one of the worst days the UK has experienced such violent weather forecasts. Just well over an hour ago, Sky News reported that a man has died after falling into the River Rothay in Ambleside, which has triggered a large rescue search also involving the police, the Royal Air Force, Coastguard and also many mountain rescue teams. This also came after two children in Horsham, West Sussex were treated for minor injuries after being hit by branches from a falling tree. This horrible weather is almost similar to the St Jude Hurricane we had back in October.

Hurricane St Jude: Warning

Hurricane St Jude: Update

This weather is worse for wear at this stage, as almost the whole of the UK was hit by relentless, constant rain which fell on grounds that are already completely saturated, and the battering winds went up to a whopping 70 to 80 miles per hour in the eastern and central areas.

Roughly 3,000 homes are now left without any source of power in Cornwall, and a further 2,000 homes in the South West are also affected after the battering high winds brought down power lines, according to the Western Power Distribution. There are 1,100 homes that are now without power in Berkshire, according to Southern Electricity.

The Met Office have now issued more than 140+ Amber “be prepared” weather warnings for London, the Southeast and also the Southwest of England, including South Wales.

25 “immediate action requiredflood warnings are now in effect and also one severe warning for the South West.

Please be extremely careful where you are, make sure you have a safe journey, and fingers crossed this horrendous weather passes by soon.


Thank you for reading, I hope we can all pull through this horrid weather.

– Alex Smithson

Coming soon for 2014…

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Hello again. I wanted to surprise all of you early this Christmas by announcing that the blog’s theme will be changed to reflect 2014. The new Twenty Fourteen layout will make using the blog a lot more organised, better to use and will also be given a new name that will reflect nature and life at your fingertips. The Twenty Fourteen theme goes live on New Year’s Day 2014.

The new title which goes live on the 1st January 2014 will be called: Mother Nature | Life at the touch of a button.

This will make the blog a lot more effective, and will also make the blog itself look tidier and professional for your daily needs. This theme will also work on the iPad Air & iPad mini, the iPhone 5S & iPhone 5C and the iPod touch (5th Generation) and other tablets and smartphones. Every other smartphone, including the old iPhones, old iPod touches etc will be compatible with the Twenty Fourteen theme as well. I also wanted to take the opportunity of showing Nelson Mandela on the home page in the preview as a mark of respect.

Below is a preview of the new name for this blog, and also the new Twenty Fourteen blog theme.

Mother Nature - Life at the touch of a button.

Please stay tuned to this blog, as I’ll be updating some of the features already on this blog over the coming weeks, and will also be posting more before 2013 draws to a close.


Nelson Rolihlahla Madiba Mandela (18th July 1918 – 5th December 2013) – A Timeline of Events


Following the news that Nelson Mandela died last night, I wanted to make a factfile of his life. He was a true inspiration to us all, he fought for the human rights, equality and love. He was a lawyer, an activist and also a prisoner, which in effect made him become the first black president of South Africa, and was an inspiration to all of us, and to a wide array of generations around the world.

Source of photos: BBC News, Africa

The Early Years of Nelson Mandela (1918-1944)

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who is the son of a Thembu tribal chief was born in Mvezo, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa on the 18th July 1918. He was the first member of his family to attend school. It was there that he received the name ‘Nelson’ – it was a customary for school children to be given an English name. In 1941, Nelson Mandela fled to Johannesburg to avoid an arranged marriage. There, he met Walter Sisulu who would help him get to work at the law firm, Witkin Sidelsky.

Early years

Nelson Mandela later went on to join the AFC (African National Congress) in 1944.

Nelson’s Trial of Treason (1952-1958)

In 1952, Nelson Mandela qualified as a lawyer and also set up the country’s first black law firm with Oliver Tambo. With fears looming with a ban from the apartheid government, the African National Congress asked Nelson to make plans to ensure the party would be able to work underground.

Nelson Mandela was arrested in 1956, and was also charged with treason along with 155 others. This would go on to make the trial last 4-and-a-half-years, ending with Mandela being acquitted.

In 1958, Nelson Mandela married his second wife, Winnie Madikizela.

Hope for Africa

The Life Sentence (1960-1964)

After 69 protesters in Sharpeville were killed by police in March 1960, the government were hanging in the balance, so they took the decision to declare a state of emergency, and eventually banned the ANC. The organisation would go on to form a military wing, which was led by Nelson Mandela.

In 1962, Mr Mandela was arrested and also tried for attempting to leave the country illegally. In 1963, whilst Nelson Mandela was in prison was charged with sabotage. This would mean he and 7 others were sentenced to life in 1964, and they were also jailed on Robben Island.

Arrest and trial

Nelson Mandela | Free at Last (1967-1990)

The international community begun to tighten sanctions which were first imposed upon the apartheid regime in 1967. By 1990, the increasing pressure led to President FW de Klerk lifting the ban on the African National Congress. After 27 years of prison time, on the 11th February 1990, Nelson Mandela was finally released from prison.

Many crowds cheered as Nelson and his wife, Winnie Madikizela were released from the prison grounds. The next year, Nelson Mandela was elected as the African National Congress’ president at the party’s first national conference. This meant talks would begin on forming a new, multi-racial democracy.

Free at last

The accepting of the Nobel Peace Prize – 1993

In 1993, Nelson Mandela and the South African president President FW de Klerk were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for their efforts to bring stability to South Africa. The Nobel Committee said that both men made “a brilliant contribution to peace”.

After accepting the award, Nelson Mandela said: “We will do what we can to contribute to the renewal of our world.”

Nobel Prize

The New President – 1994

In 1994, for the first time in South Africa’s history, people from all races were able to vote in the democratic electrons. The African National Congress won the vote and Nelson Mandela became the president. He told the crowds at his inauguration on the 10th May 1994: “Let freedom reign, God bless Africa!”

His deputy, Thabo Mbeki, took over the day-to-day running of the government, which left Nelson Mandela free and to also have the chance and opportunity to promote the country abroad.

New president

The Return to Robben Prison – February 1995

Nelson wanted to mark the 5th anniversary of his release, and decided to visit the prison he was in on Robben Island, where he spent 18 years in captivity. He made the visit in 1995 with other former prisoners who also served time on the island, where many were also forced to perform hard labour.

Robben return

“Don’t call me, I’ll call you.” (1997-2010)

Nelson Mandela stepped down as the African National Congress president in 1997, and his successor, Thabo Mbeki, led the party to victory at the polls in 1999. On his 80th birthday, Nelson married his third wife, Graca Machel. This made him South Africa’s highest-profile ambassador, which meant he would campaign against HIV/AIDS, and also helped to secure the 2010 football World Cup.

In 2004, Nelson announced his retirement from public life. Joking with the reporters, Mr Mandela said: “Don’t call me, I’ll call you.”

Quiet life

Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday Party (2008)

A lot of musicians, film stars and politicians joined Nelson Mandela at a concert in London’s Hyde Park in 2008 to celebrate his 90th birthday. When speaking to the crowd, he said: “It is time for new hands to lift the burdens, it is in your hands now.”

Birthday party

The Battle of Nelson’s Illness (2013)

Nelson Mandela made few public appearances after celebrating his 90th birthday, despite appearing at the closing ceremony of the 2010 football World Cup, which was hosted by South Africa. At the beginning of January 2011, Nelson Mandela was admitted to hospital after suffering from a respiratory infection, and suffered repeated infections over the course of the next 2 years. His lungs were said to have been damaged where he worked in a prison quarry.

Nelson Mandela died at home peacefully last night at the age of 95.


We will all miss you Nelson Rolihlahla Madiba Mandela, you are a true icon, and you will never be forgotten.

Thank you for taking the time to read the post as the timeline of events unfolded, it was really appreciated.

– Alex Smithson