Beast from the East vs Mavic Air

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I bought a drone that may be perfect for travelling and a lot of fun: The Mavic Air. Mine happened to arrive while the UK was struggling under a snowstorm dubbed The Beast From The East. Undeterred, I took it out for its maiden flight in a South London park and captured some test footage which I quickly threw together on iMovie.

First impressions are, its easy to use and extremely fun.

Lumiere London

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A walk through the streets of London for the Lumiere festival, taking in Kings Cross, Regent Street and Westminster Abbey.

Lumiere London from Paul McMillan on Vimeo.

I decided to road-test my GH4 with a trip to the festival of light brightening up the capital after Christmas after it had a successful stint in Durham.

This proved to be both a good and bad thing.

Good because I got to see the lights – bad because of the crowds and the cold.

The video was shot in 4k mode (downscaled to 1080p in Final Cut Pro) using a Nikon 18-105mm kit lens and a Nikon 35mm 1.8.

However, there was no stabilisation in either lenses and because of the cramped streets I did not bring a full-sized tripod. Lesson learned.


#GE2015 campaign video for Dave Ash, National Health Party candidate

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General election campaign video for Dave Ash, National Health Action Party candidate for Sutton and Cheam. Shot over four days in Sutton town centre, in the streets surrounding, Dave’s house and on the South Bank (for the shot of Parliament in the background).

With a budget of zero, this was a very straightforward shoot. Equipment used was Nikon D7000, Rode VideoMic Pro, Nikon 55-200mm and 35mm lenses. Edited with Final Cut Pro X.

George Clooney calls for Britain to return Parthenon Marbles to Greece

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George Clooney calls for Britain to return Parthenon Marbles to Greece, February 9, 2014
by Paul McMillan

Clooney calls for Britain to return Parthenon Marbles to Greece

Hollywood actor George Clooney has called for Britain to return artefacts such as the Parthenon Marbles to Greece, saying it is ‘the right thing to do’.

The 52-year-old actor was speaking at a press conference in Berlin for his new film The Monuments Men, in which he stars as part of a World War II squad who save art treasures from the Nazis.

Asked by a Greek journalist if the artefacts in the British Museum – also known as the Elgin Marbles – should be returned to Greece, he said: ‘I think you have a very good case to make about your artefacts.

‘Maybe it wouldn’t be a bad thing if they were returned. I think that is a good idea.

‘I think that would be a very fair and very nice thing. Yeah, I think it is the right thing to do.’

The marbles were acquired by Lord Elgin during his time as an ambassador to the Ottoman court of the Sultan in Istanbul. They were bought by the British parliament and handed to the British Museum in 1816.

The collection has proved controversial with some claiming that Elgin took it without the proper authority.

A British Museum spokeswoman told The Indepedent ‘anybody is entitled to their view’ but the museum’s trustees had ‘always been very clear that they feel there’s a public benefit to having the sculptures in our collection remain part of our collection’.

Teenager gets stuck in baby’s high chair in Plymouth pub

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Teenager gets stuck in baby’s high chair in Plymouth pub, February 9, 2014

by Paul McMillan

If you’ve ever been bothered on a night out by a group of revellers acting like rowdy children then you’ll be heartened to hear what happened to this big baby.

A pub-goer, believed to be 19 years old, had to be rescued by firefighters after he decided to climb into a baby’s high chair – and became stuck.

They found him lying barefoot on the floor of The Stannary Court in Plymouth with his legs trapped in the seat designed for infants.

Della Abel, 45, was drinking at the pub with husband Robert, 48, and friends.

She told the Plymouth Herald: ‘I was out at Wetherspoon’s and all of a sudden there was this commotion and we looked around and he was literally stuck in the chair.

‘The bouncers thought he was mucking around at first but then they realised he was serious.’

She filmed the scene as they carried the trapped man out of the pub.

‘The man was laughing but then I think he got a bit frustrated as he was stuck there for so long,’ she added.

Watch manager Pete Watts from Plymstock fire station said: ‘He was young but obviously not young enough to still fit in the chair.

‘He must have thought it was a good idea at the time but wasn’t so chuffed when he got stuck.’

Firefighters used a saw to free the man, who faced calls to pay for the damage on Friday.

Swiss voters snub EU by backing plan to curb immigration

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Swiss voters snub EU by backing plan to curb immigration February 9, 2014
by Paul McMillan

Swiss voters snub EU by backing plan to curb immigration


Swiss voters have delivered a snub to their government and the EU by narrowly backing plans to limit immigration.

They backed a proposal by the nationalist People’s Party to introduce quotas for all types of immigrants by a margin of 50.3 per cent, according to public broadcaster SRF.

The result of the referendum means the government will have to renegotiate treaties on the free movement of workers it had arranged with the EU.

Until now, citizens from the 27 member states could easily live and work in Switzerland, while Swiss citizens could do the same across the EU.

Quotas were introduced for immigrants from eight central and eastern European nations two years ago, which were criticised by the EU.

Business groups had warned many of the 80,000 people who had moved to Switzerland last year were vital to the country’s economy and curtailing immigration could cost Swiss citizens’s jobs.

Swiss voters snub EU by backing plan to curb immigration

Urs Schwaller, a member of the centrist Christian People’s Party, said: ‘We always thought the argument about jobs would win people over, clearly that wasn’t enough.’

The government would need to launch a diplomatic offensive and explain to the EU that its hands were bound by the referendum while showing it was still ‘a reliable partner’, he added.

EU Commission spokesman Olivier Bailly said that it was disappointed by the vote.

‘This goes against the principle of free movement of persons between the EU and Switzerland,’ he said.

‘The EU will examine the implications of this initiative on EU-Swiss relations as a whole.’

Anti-Vladimir Putin beer launched to support gay rights at Sochi Winter Olympics

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Anti-Vladimir Putin beer launched to support gay rights at Sochi Winter Olympics, February 4, 2014
by Paul McMillan
Anti-Putin beer launched to support gay rights at Sochi

He’s the strongman of the world stage who does not mind the odd bare-chested photo of himself.

But Russian president Vladimir Putin has been taken to task – or cask – over his anti-gay stance ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.

Scottish beer maker BrewDog has produced what is believed to be the world’s first ‘protest beer’.

The drink, labelled Hello My Name Is Vladimir, comes in a bottle featuring five garish Warhol-style images of the former KGB officer.

In another twist, the brewery has made the 8.2 per cent strength IPA with Limonik berries – considered by some Russian hunters to enhance sexual performance in men.

BrewDog co-founder James Watt posed shirtless on a horse to mock the notoriously macho Putin, who has been slammed for his homophobic legislation.


Anti-Vladimir Putin beer launched to support gay rights at Sochi Winter Olympics

‘It’s been our mission at BrewDog to upend the status quo in whatever form it occurs,’ he said.

‘Whether it’s the stranglehold the mega brewers have had on beer production in Europe over the last 50 years, or in the case of Russia, the sick legislation that discriminates against millions of its citizens.’

BrewDog will be donating 50 per cent of profits from the beer, which costs £2.89 per bottle, to charities which help oppressed minorities.

Mr Watt added: ‘We sincerely hope that when Vladimir Putin is tired from a busy day riding horses with his top off, grappling with burly men on the Judo mat or fishing in his Speedos, he reclines on a velvet chaise longue and has one of his handsome helpers wet his whistle with a glass of Hello My Name Is Vladimir.

‘As Hello My Name Is Vladimir is clearly marked “not for gays” we should bypass the legislation introduced by Putin outlawing supposed “homosexual propaganda”, so Vlad shouldn’t have an issue with it.

‘He might even invite us to ride bareback with him in the Siberian mountains.’