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Newsletter NL140 – 25th November 2022

Editor - Derek Godridge and contributions from Paul, Mandy and the team: PCC News –

  • Last night was a Hybrid event “Chasing the Nothern Lights” with Simon Van Orden which included some members at home and others in person at the club. Simon gave us some information regarding his background, approach to the work and his equipment set up etc and then proceeded to show us some amazing images of the Northern Lights. He also gave us a lot of scientific background on why the Northern Lights appear and backed this up with mini videos and diagrams, all very well researched. The images were taken using pretty standard Canon kit and lenses and Simon explained how to set them up using tripods and release techniques in order to minimize camera movement. He even said that images can also be taken using mobile phones which was a surprise to some of us! Examples of night sky and wildlife images can be found on his Facebook Page. https://www.facebook.com/wildearthpictures/

Jeanette Ruberry - A Traveller’s Tale - Part One

As an enthusiastic and eclectic traveller it felt rather good to transit an airport after the three year hiatus of the Pandemic. I chose a Danube Cruise as all the ports of call were new to me.

Chain link bridge over the Danube
Chain link bridge over the Danube

This commenced in Budapest with a three night city stay. Budapest is the second largest city on the Danube and a third of the population of Hungary reside there. It is beautiful and vibrant with the central area along the Danube being classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is easy to appreciate why !


The Hungarian Parliament building is the third largest in the world - and a cornucopia of architectural excellence with Buda Castle facing it on the other side of the river. The capital is made up of two cities - Buda and Pest - linked by the famous Chain Bridge since 1849.

Musical Fountain – Margaret Island
Musical Fountain – Margaret Island

Margaret Island (2.5km by 500m) sits serenely in the middle of the Danube. This remarkable place was where my hotel was situated, complete with landscape parks, a musical fountain, medieval ruins, and recreational facilities. Just up my street - and downtown was walkable in about 40 minutes.


Full of art and culture - just to walk from A to B you will pass by wonderful statues, sculptures, mosaics, and artwork. One of the most poignant memorials is: Shoes on the Danube Bank. It was erected in April 2005 to honour the Jews massacred in WWII. Before being shot they had to remove their shoes as they were deemed valuable for resale.

Shoes on the Danube Bank
Shoes on the Danube Bank

The roof of Pest Market
The roof of Pest Market

I need to return to Budapest - a fulfilling and remarkable centre to explore.


Image Credits: Jeanette Ruberry

PCC Social Events

  • Saturday 17th December at 5.30pm – Xmas Meal – Falmouth Golf Club o New LOW Price ! See Menu sent out by Karen - £28 £22 for 2 courses, £32 £26 for 3 courses, 10% deposit needed. If you have already paid the old price please claim your partial refund from our treasurer Chris.

PCC Diary Dates

  • Thursday December 1st at 7 for 7.30pm o 3 way battle at home with Falmouth & Truro Judge Barbara Jenkin Please assist with setting out the room for our guests.

  • Thursday December 8th at 7.30pm o Lucky Dip Competition and Results

  • Monday 12th December at 10 -11am o PCC Committee Meeting

  • Thursday December 15th at 7.30pm o Lucky Dip 2

Cornwall Photographic Alliance (CPA)

  • Wildlife & Nature Competition o Competition results - Saturday 19th November 2022 – doors open 2pm at The Keay Theatre, St Austell entrance £4 on the door. o NB A couple of seats are still available for members to obtain a lift please contact Derek.

Western Counties Photographic Federation (WCPF)

  • Saturday 11th March 2023 – Knightshayes Trophy Subject is “Decisive Moment”

  • 2023 WCPF Member’s Exhibition and Competition o Entry will be open from Monday 7th January 2023 and will close on Saturday 11th March 2023. o Display of Prints and Digital show at Bovey Tracy Golf Centre from 7th to 15th May 2023 o There are 3 classes in both the Print and Digital sections and the subjects are the same “Open Colour, Open Monochrome, Nature o Entry Classes The entry classes have changed this year with 3 print classes (Open Colour, Open Mono, Nature) and 3 digital classes (Open Colour, Open Mono, Nature). The class definitions will be available on the website and entry system. o Images are uploaded to the web and the full competition rules are as detailed in the following safe link. o https://www.thewcpf.com/copy-of-exhibition o I will be forwarding the PCC Print entries to the WCPF and so please contact me if you are entering OR indeed if you want ANY ADVICE whatsoever.

All the best Derek, Jeanette and the team

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