Cathedral Gardens, Manchester

Monday 29th September 2014, 10.20am (day 1,131)

Cathedral Gardens, 29/9/14

Monday morning. Shapes, colours, lines. Could do without the tree, however.

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My book (finally)

Sunday 28th September 2014, 2.10pm (day 1,130)

Book cover, 28/9/14

Awaiting me on my return from Norway yesterday were some author’s copies of my book, this being the one I wrote while on sabbatical between January and August last year, including my time in Australia. So here it is, finally, a physical object rather than just an abstract concept. If you’re into discussions of the political theory of information, you should buy it :-)

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Fagernes Yacht Klubb

Saturday 27th September 2014, 12.10am (day 1,129)

Fagernes Yacht Klubb, 27/9/14

Fagernes Yacht Klubb is the name of this band. They play a series of hoary old 70s and 80s classics, and do so very well, despite the fact that none of them could possibly have been born before 1990. They were the climax (at least for me) of the evening’s entertainment at Høgskolen i Bergen’s opening celebrations (see also yesterday).

Technically this is still ‘Friday night’ but as it’s after midnight this qualifies to be Saturday’s pic of the day. Which makes it the earliest on any day so far, a record it will probably retain. It’s also the first to appear from the hours of 0:00 – 0:59, which means that there are now only two hours of the day unrepresented on the blog — 2:00 – 2:59 and 5:00 – 5:59. Leave it with me…

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Tango in the library

Friday 26th September 2014, 3.10pm (day 1,128)

Tango in library, 26/9/14

Høgskolen i Bergen has spent all week celebrating the opening of its new campus. Today the library was officially opened, with, among other things, talks and seminars (including one by yours truly) and then the rather more interesting spectacle of tango dancers among the bookshelves. The lighting was not really suitable to get one of them in motion (although perhaps I am more apologising for my deficiencies as a photographer) but I like this one of three of them just before they got going. There may well be another picture of the evening tomorrow as I got some decent ones of the band after midnight, but let’s see if the journey home gives rise to any decent candidates, before I decide.

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New office, Høgskolen i Bergen

Thursday 25th September 2014, 2.00pm (day 1,127)

HiB office, 25/9/14

Nearly three years ago now, back towards the start of this blog, in November 2011, I posted a photo of the early stages in the development of the new campus for Høgskolen i Bergen (Bergen University College). I said back then that I was indirectly working on the project of helping the staff prepare for their move into the new campus, and three years later, that’s still what I’m doing. But we’re nearly finished with our side of it — and the new campus is now a reality. Today was my first visit there: it was great to finally see it as a space-in-use. This shot is just of some new offices in the building, but I’ve been getting more abstractly creative (or creatively abstract) lately. The circles are etched into the glass, either just for effect or to stop people randomly stepping through the windows. I like the way they obscure and then reveal the mundane personal effects behind them.

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Serving hatch, Manchester airport café

Wednesday 24th September 2014, 9.30am (day 1,126)

Serving hatch, 24/9/14

I’m travelling again; rest of this week I’m working in Norway. But because it’s Bergen (the City of Perpetual Rain) it was throwing it down on arrival, so here’s one from the journey. Rim-light is always worth trying to capture but my attention was also caught by the crates at the top which looked to my eye like a piano keyboard.

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Stairwell, Ellen Wilkinson Building

Tuesday 23rd September 2014, 4.05pm (day 1,125)

Stairwell, 23/9/14

An abstract perspective on a familiar spot.

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Mosley Street, Manchester

Monday 22nd September 2014, 3.45pm (day 1,124)

Mosley Street, 22/9/14

I hope this one isn’t too much like Google Street View. Even if it is, it’s still the cleanest and most satisfying shot I managed today, in one of the few bursts of light that came while I was outside.

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The front room at the pub

Sunday 21st September 2014, 4.20pm (day 1,123)

Pub front room, 21/9/14

Fifth day in a row in which I have gone no further from my house than a quarter-mile away. Third day in five in which the picture of the day has been a pub. Such has been my life since Wednesday morning. It’ll change tomorrow. At least the sun came out today, and we had something other than all the recent gray crap.

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Cat on Old Gate

Saturday 20th September 2014, 11.10am (day 1,122)

Cat, Old Gate, 20/9/14

Another grey day, but I got fed up complaining about the lack of light and decided to try harder to compensate. This cat looks rather worried by being added to the range of solitary cats which have appeared on this blog, but beyond its rather concerned expression, I like this shot.

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