Looking down from the city walls, Dubrovnik

Sunday 19th October 2014, 3.00pm (day 1,151)

City walls, Dubrovnik, 19/10/14

Croatia becomes the 21st different country to make it onto this blog. I am here for a conference until Thursday morning. Today was a day off, and once I left home (getting up at 4am… ) and flew here, I still had most of the day to explore the old walled city — which apparently was used for filming “King’s Landing” in Game of Thrones, should that float your boat. It was substantially damaged in the war of independence in 1991, but as far as I can tell the restoration has been exemplary. This shot was taken looking down from the wall-walk. it would be nice if her shadow wasn’t there, I guess, but then again, it comes with the rest of the good light…

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Taking a drink

Saturday 18th October 2014, 2.15pm (day 1,150)

Taking a drink, 18/10/14

In recent months the Muscovy duck which has featured several times on this blog has been joined by four more, all said to have escaped (or been deliberately released) from a duck farm nearby — which is probably where the ‘original’ one came from as well, as this species is not native to Europe. However, if there are both boys and girls in the flock now, who knows, perhaps we could start a whole new Yorkshire colony. This is one of the newer ones, taking a drink on a Saturday afternoon.

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Speaker podium, ICT in Education conference

Friday 17th October 2014, 8.35am (day 1,149)

Speaker podium, 17/10/14

This conference is an annual event, and in its 2011 incarnation featured on this blog in the early days. This morning, I spoke first so got the chance to capture it before the hordes arrived (well, a few dozen anyway). Note the cup of tea.

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Fire escape, Ellen Wilkinson building

Thursday 16th October 2014, 11.55am (day 1,148)

Fire exit, 16/10/14

Well-lit Moments During a Day on Campus, number several dozen and twenty. This is one of the secret entrances into my personal courtyard by the way, so consider it a clue to its whereabouts.

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The cows know

Wednesday 15th October 2014, 12.05pm (day 1,147)

The cows know, 15/10/14

I think number 5 did it. She’s trying to look inconspicuous, but I’m telling you, she’s the one.

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Helsinki airport sculpture (and England fan)

Tuesday 14th October 2014, 3.40pm (day 1,146)

Sculpture, Helsinki airport, 14/10/14And so I came home again, with my itinerary merging at Helsinki with the last few English football fans who had been in Estonia for the match on Sunday evening. Around gate 37 of Helsinki airport is an art gallery, which makes a difference from the usual duty free shop, but then again they do most things better in Scandinavia if you ask me. Finland sneaks back onto the blog then, 793 days after its last appearance on 12th August 2012.

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Global Education Futures forum — youngest attendee

Monday 13th October 2014, 12.15pm (day 1,145)

Pavel and child, 13/10/14

Moscow was the destination of yesterday’s flight. I came here to attend this event, a forum involving some of the world’s greatest and most innovative educational thinkers, plus me. And this little darling, in the arm of her father Pavel, one of the organisers. What is she pointing at? The red rectangle which appears to be growing out of his arm? More likely the other delegate’s lunch. Don’t get used to pictures of Moscow — I’m flying home again tomorrow, though I am back here in two weeks.

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Drop-off zone, terminal 1

Sunday 12th October 2014, 8.40am (day 1,144)

Drop off zone, 12/10/14

I’m travelling again. In fact I still have at least four, and possibly five, separate trips abroad to make before November is finished — so much for my green credentials. I’m flying out of Manchester on three consecutive Sundays, starting today. So this will become a familiar scene.

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Autumn bonfire

Saturday 11th October 2014, 3.40pm (day 1,143)

Bonfire, 11/10/14

Not natural clouds coming down the valley, as posted a few days ago — this fire was unnatural. But hey, it’s autumn. There’s lots to burn.

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Rebuilding Victoria

Friday 10th October 2014, 8.45am (day 1,142)

Victoria rebuilding, 10/10/14

More a documentary photo today than any claims to artistic quality. This is where they’re currently at with the rebuilding of Manchester Victoria station. The tracks are the Metrolink (tram) line, still working (you can see a tram in the background) but the stop is closed. So the commuters can trundle through and watch lots and lots of men hanging about while dressed from head to toe in fluorescent orange.

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