Back in 2013 I wrote about the pain of changing my mobile phone. Back then I bought a Blackberry. It has served me well but time has now caught up with it. It has had a couple of cranky moments in the past year. The weekend before last I found it had totally flattened the battery while in my pocket and deleted all my contacts 😦 Sadly, that was the last straw – time for a change. Blackberry have just recently turned off their servers (not a part of my issue) and the rumoured Blackberry smart phone has never materialised. In those circumstances, I was going to be looking at a new manufacturer.

The good news is that my Son has been using smartphones for a number of years now and I could draw on his insight while choosing my replacement. He has used Motorola almost all the time and currently has the g10. He did have a brief flirtation with Nokia but that didn’t work out. As he seems very happy with Motorola, I decided that would probably be a good option for me and Epi. Alasdair and I spent some time comparing specifications and prices over the last days of the Christmas break before he went back to Uni and by the time he departed I’d narrowed down the shortlist to the Moto g9 or the g50. When the Blackberry bowled its last googly, I checked the prices again. As luck would have it, several outlets had the Moto g50 reduced, so I opted for that.

As you may imagine, Epi and I are now getting up to speed with our new phones. It’s been a blend of confusion and enlightenment as facilities gradually get tried out 😉 Trying to answer the first incoming call was fun – I thought you just had to press the virtual button but no – you have to swipe up! I rang back and was pleased to find Noel at the other end – a lost contact reconnected 🙂 One thing I did notice is that the phone warns you if a number that’s calling is suspected to be spam – big thumbs up for that 🙂

Since I bought the Blackberry all those years ago, one thing that has improved beyond recognition is the phone camera. Last night I tried it out on the way home from the football match – photographing an oversize load convoy that we were passing…

..Not quite as good as I would expect with the Canon but not too shabby either. This morning I took a stroll in my local area to try out some less challenging shots on a gloomy winter’s day. Here’s a selection…

Just crops and resizes, nowt else done on all of the above. Colour rendition and clarity seem very good and I shall be happy to use the phone when I haven’t got one of my cameras with me 🙂

A day later and also with slightly different content than planned (It rained heavily yesterday so I didn’t do my intended walk). So, for this week’s PPAC I’ve got an example of modern Shona Sculpture from Chapungu Sculpture Park in Harare…

…The Shona people have a tradition of working in stone with the human face often forming a key part of the artwork.

Now something closer to home – about 400yds away! It’s graffiti – but not a very colourful form. Instead, it has something to say…

…The spraycan writing is as bad as my handwriting – which is why I use a keyboard 😉 But I believe this transcribes as “Everyone has a chapter they don’t read out loud..” Makes a change from the usual ‘tag’ graffiti and it’s quite thought provoking too 🙂

Back to Sculpture. Here’s a Horse Tamer from Piazza del Quirinale in Rome…

…It is one of a pair in the centre of the square that are believed to represent Castor and Pollux, the Dioscuri. I’m afraid I can’t tell you which one this is! The sculptures are thought to date to the 3rd century AD. You can read more here.

I have another artform to show, but as that will be stretching the guidelines a bit too far, I’m going to show it in a supplemental post 🙂

This week it’s Cee’s turn to host the PPAC so you may want to visit and take a look at her chosen images.

I have a couple of shots from St Pancras Station, the first of which is a piece of public art by Tracey Emin CBE, RA. ‘I want my time with you’ is a call for travellers to stop and take a moment…

…It’s certainly worth stopping to take a look at Barlow’s magnificent trainshed. It was refurbished as part of the rebuilding of St.Pancras station for international services through the channel tunnel, which completed in 2007. Included in the rebuild was restoration of the clock, which had been absent for many years. Here’s a shot showing more of Barlow’s trainshed as it was in the 1980’s…

Away from the railway, but another example of a public work of art hung high above where people walk. The John Lewis store on Oxford Street has this abstract sculpture…

…Titled ‘Winged Figure’, it is the work of Dame Barbara Hepworth and is made of aluminium with steel rods.

Finally, back to the railway and an example of mobile art…

…Graffiti on a passing hopper wagon at Ealing Broadway. Graffiti will probably feature in quite a few posts for this challenge 😉