It’s been fun meeting the future over the past couple of weeks. We are slap bang in the middle of graduation season and I’ve had the good fortune to photograph a few of tomorrow’s financiers, legal eagles and business leaders at a number of graduation balls. All photos are online and downloadable so drop me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, tell me which event you attended and I will send you the link.
My summer of great sporting events continued last weekend with a visit to my favourite golf course, Muirfield in East Lothian, host to the world’s greatest golf major – The Open. I had the good fortune to play Muirfield a couple of years back in a small handicap invitation competition and I played so well that I won! I was inspired by the surroundings and picked up the best prize ever – a second game at Muirfield!
The course also hosted my first ever Open in 1980. I arrived through the gates from the Archerfield side to the par 3 seventh hole and on the tee, in gale force winds, was Jack Nicklaus and Hale Irwin! What an introduction to major golf! From then on Muirfield became my favourite of all the Open venues and I never miss a Championship there.
This time I took my camera along on the first practice day. It is a majestic setting and is in such fine condition it felt like I was the first person to tread the fairways in six months. It’s also a great time to visit without the massive crowds of the Championship days and you can get a bit closer to some of the superstars and get a chance to see a little more of the golf course. No doubt it will throw up another top class winner later this week – only the best win at Muirfield!
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Elegant, graceful, chic, sophisticated, colourful, vibrant and beautiful. Only a few of the many superlatives I could use to describe this wonderful wedding. Kathryn and Mishari brought family and friends together from around the globe to help celebrate their marriage. It was a very special day indeed. The rain tried hard to spoil things again but old mother nature was defeated once more by the sunshine on show indoors. The Strathaven Hotel is such a welcoming wedding venue and Kathryn and Mishari took full advantage of all that Sheila and Malcolm have to offer and the whole event was staged at the hotel – from hair stylists, make-up artists and morning preparations, a delightful and touching ceremony in the west lounge which included the ancient Scots tradition of “Handfasting”, through to a wonderful feast and a fabulous ceilidh band to finish off the evening. The pipes and drums brought a resplendent Scottish feel to the proceedings throughout the day and a taste of Scottish culture for the overseas visitors. Katie and I loved every minute!
Kathryn and Mishari, I wish you every health and happiness in your new life together. Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of your special day. To both sets of parents, grans, brothers, sisters, cousins, family and friends, thank you all for your patience and help throughout the day and here’s a few reminders of what made it so special:
I bought my first album, Frampton Comes Alive, when I was 15 years old and I still get a buzz every time I hear one of the all time great musical masterpieces. Millions more of us loved it too and it went on to become one of the biggest selling live albums ever and stayed at the top of the charts for an eternity. Peter Frampton is up there rubbing shoulders with the guitar gods and I very recently got the chance to see the great man first hand – from the front row! Of course I just had to take along my camera! He’s on a global tour celebrating the 35th anniversary of Frampton Comes Alive and he’s currently playing every song from the album and more besides to sell out crowds across the States. The flowing locks may have gone but boy does he still know how to play that guitar!
I had the good fortune to join the staff and customers of M&H Logistics for a Burns Supper last week at the beautiful Popinjay Hotel on the banks of the River Clyde. What a night they had and I was asked to give them the red carpet treatment and capture a few memories for them – I presume on the basis many might not have remembered the next morning! What a fantastic night they had and thanks to Tommy and Tracey for putting on a spectacular Burns Supper – the bard himself would have been proud of you!