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by Dhamaka

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"Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results"........ Albert Einstein

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........ H G Wells

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........ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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I'm the UK winner!

I only did this competition for a quick break from work. Saw it on a GoogleAd on Jane Doe's blog one day and clicked right through. linkie

Got the phone call yesterday. New phone and brief to arrive tomorrow...

I didn't even make a record of what I put into the comp, so am looking forward to seeing what it was when the winners entries are posted today

27th Aug 2008, 08:17  

PR says:

WOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! )))
aaa... have nothing to say except CONGRATULATIONS! ) small thing but sometimes small things can do much more than number of big events )

27th Aug 2008, 08:37

taniwha says:

wow! Good score. Well done you.

27th Aug 2008, 08:45

mara says:

I'm so happy for you Dhamaka! Brava

27th Aug 2008, 08:50

jle says:

well done!!!

27th Aug 2008, 10:33

Caine says:

Woohoo! Congratulations, D. :)

27th Aug 2008, 10:38

teflon says:

ooh, nice one. it's a lovely phone too!

27th Aug 2008, 11:39

kyoob says:

super well deserved congrats!

27th Aug 2008, 11:49

PrincessJun says:

Fantastic! Congratulations. :)

27th Aug 2008, 12:21

lilitiger says:

Wow! So people do win these..! I'm glad it's you.

27th Aug 2008, 12:25

Viv says:

that's really great

27th Aug 2008, 12:55

Puddlepuff says:


27th Aug 2008, 13:27

seaneeboy says:

Congrats and well done!

27th Aug 2008, 13:31

Euphro says:

Superb! Well done!

27th Aug 2008, 13:46

OCD Sprocket says:

could you please enter a competition and win some cake next time and then maybe share it out a bit?

27th Aug 2008, 13:56

nige says:

I wouldn't mind Mike Figgis telling me my photos were cinematic. Well done, thats superb.

27th Aug 2008, 15:13

Geodyne says:

Wow, that's simply fabulous! Well-earned, too.

27th Aug 2008, 15:40

Spiderbaby says:

Yay! Procrastination pays off! :)

27th Aug 2008, 16:00

Jane Doe says:

Cool! The rate you get through phones that's the ideal prize : ) let us know what shot it was when you know
EDIT just read the blurb, sounds like this one could run and run, great stuff! And interesting that people read the Moblog adverts, i totally zone them out - bet Alfie et al will be pleased

27th Aug 2008, 16:03

OJ says:

Well done. What was the prize again?

Like JD, I zone out the ads too...

27th Aug 2008, 16:42

Spiderbaby says:

Ads? What Ads??? :)

27th Aug 2008, 16:46

Thank you so much for your lovely comments :)

I normally don't see the ads, this one just caught my eye at a time I needed to procrastinate

OJ - a new phone and an opportunity to be more formally part of the film that Mike Figgis is building from our images

JD - what you may not realise is that the phone I took to Colombia stopped working a few weeks after I dropped it in the bath. Since then I've had 3 replacements, each of which didn't do something I needed.. and I'm waiting for a 4th to arrive on Friday. Meanwhile the prize one (which I was going to select as my upgrade at contract renewal) should arrive on Thursday...

Nige - I hadn't thought of it in that way before... double wow...

27th Aug 2008, 17:45

Jane Doe says:

I'd pretty much followed the phone saga, hence the comment...
i *heart* Mike Figgis WHEN (not IF) you win the biggie, tell him I *heart* Timecode
too, which might have trigged the ad! How Meta is that!!!

27th Aug 2008, 18:35

Dhamaka NLI says:

I wish I had your confidence...
but if I do - of course!

27th Aug 2008, 19:03

bronxelf says:


27th Aug 2008, 19:27

thank you Ladies,
At the moment all I can think about is how on Earth can I top a set of images I don't remember...

27th Aug 2008, 20:39

JokerXL says:

Well done indeed MissD.
Got to be better than that LG thing.
Keep us posted on what the images were, I'd be very interested to see how you interpreted the brief, I didn't really "get it" when you sent it to me and therefore filed it in F13.

28th Aug 2008, 09:07

OJ says:

Mike Figgis is building a film from our images? Or from the competition images?

I totally missed this....

28th Aug 2008, 10:46

Thanks Joker - indeed, it was what I was going to get on upgrade

OJ - here's part of what was sent;

"Your entry to the Sony Erixsson 'Life Captured' competition has been chosen as the national winner for the UK........

...... Your entry, plus 18 other storyboards from all across the world, will then be pieced together by Mike to create a short film of still images entitled 'Life Captured'. This will be premiered at the Raindance Film Festival in Leicester Square....

But that's not all...

The competition element of 'Life Captured' is not over yet. You will now be competing against the other national winners to become one of five 'Outstanding Achievers', who will receive tickets to the film's VIP premier, get to walk the red carpet and meet Mike himself...."

Pressure.... :D

I've got till the 8th of September

29th Aug 2008, 17:19

MaggieD says:

Wow, congratulations, hope you make it all the way to the red carpet ;)

29th Aug 2008, 20:56

Dhamaka NLI says:

thank you Maggie,
Winning entries now posted on the site...

30th Aug 2008, 09:25

nige says:

your entries are quite strong compared to the others, i think. quite an interesting brief from the man like mike figgis too. his pics are really colourful, which surprised me. thought they'd be a lot darker.

30th Aug 2008, 19:14

jesson says:

Congrats D! You're a very worthy winner. :-)

31st Aug 2008, 02:44

OCD Sprocket says:

finally got to see your set of winning shots - top stuff
I like the heart in the glass of wine

31st Aug 2008, 13:28

midlife says:

Congrats, D.

31st Aug 2008, 21:17

thank you!
feeling the pressure now...

31st Aug 2008, 21:18

Twiglet says:

Sorry D this one passed me by. Well done, hurrah!

3rd Sep 2008, 21:24

thank you T! and no worries

6th Sep 2008, 22:41

Anonymous says:

Just been catching up and WTG you - it's a nice phone, I had it as an upgrade a while back and I love it!

8th Sep 2008, 16:24

thank you - but who are you?

8th Sep 2008, 21:18