Author Archives: Drew Whitworth

Shelter from the storm

Tuesday 22nd July 2014, 11.20am (day 1,062)

Shelter, Palatine Hill, 22/7/14

First full day in Rome. It would be easy here to slip into just doing a series of photos of the tourist sights. Today we saw the Colosseum (impressive, but as expected, heaving with people), the Baths of Caracalla (stupendously impressive, and with a notable absence of coach parties) and the Palatine Hill.

The latter was worth visiting but notable for being the place where we were caught in a severe thunderstorm for an hour or so, which is when I took this shot, of these two Chinese women in their waterproof ponchos (being touted at €5 each while it was raining), in the first of the two spots in which we tried to avoid the rain. I like the strange positioning of the hand of the one in green, and yes, her friend is standing on one leg at this point.

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Trajan’s Column

Monday 21st July 2014, 4.20pm (day 1,061)

Trajan's Column, 21/7/14

I may not have mentioned I am in Rome this week, but here we are — the 19th country to appear on this blog in its three years (and the 20th will come on Friday, if the schedule works out). Expect to see more than one ancient Roman monument appear on this site over the next few days, I love all this stuff. This is Trajan’s Column, erected to commemorate the victories of the eponymous emperor in Dacia, modern-day Romania (hence the name of that country). The column is 30 metres high, and the carvings on it form a continuous frieze of nearly 200 metres long, with lots of detail depicting Trajan’s victory. Note the heads on spears in the centre of this image.

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Monty Python Live (Mostly)

Sunday 20th July 2014, 8.00pm (day 1,060)

Monty Python, 20/7/14

Taken not at the O2 arena in London — I was not one of those who either got in their bid for a ticket in the first 50 seconds or so, or knew the right tout — but at the live feed which was broadcast to Hebden Bridge Picture House among other places. Taking shots of events happening on a cinema screen is something of a cheat but this did epitomise the day. Altogether now — “Every Sperm is Sacred… every sperm is good”…


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Old St. Paul’s church, King Cross, Halifax

Saturday 19th July 2014, 10.25am (day 1,059)

Old St Paul's church, 19/7/14

Two otherwise rock-solid photo opportunities were snatched away from me today by poor weather. My first plan was to do a walk in the Lakes, and even after that was cancelled due to forecast thunderstorms, a 5K run in Halifax which Clare and Joe had planned was also postponed for ‘safety reasons’ (e.g. it would have been a bit wet). Wet it was, so I fell back on this random architectural curiosity, a church that seems to have misplaced most of itself. I assumed as the result of WW2 bombing but apparently it has been like this even longer, since a fire destroyed most of it in 1930. Hardly the best photo I’ve taken — I manage to make it look even wonkier than it already is — but it’ll do.

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Joe’s last day at primary school

Friday 18th July 2014, 2.10pm (day 1,058)

Riverside Yr 6, 18/7/14

Today was Joe’s last day at Riverside, his primary school. You may do things differently in your country but this is a significant transition point for us. And here are the rest of his cohort. I like the animation in this picture, a sense of the joy of today, as well as its deeper meaning. Good luck to all of them.

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Selfridges, Manchester

Thursday 17th July 2014, 9.25am (day 1,057)

Selfridges, 17/7/14

Last day in Manchester until well into August. People seem to have disappeared from these photos in the last few days. Indeed, in the last 6 I’ve depicted nothing more sentient than a raspberry.

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The turf roof, finished

Wednesday 16th July 2014, 9.15am (day 1,056)

Turf roof, 16/7/14

Poor photographic pickings today as I was working at home all day, and it wasn’t sunny. This deserves documenting however — the finished turf roof on the Calrec Audio extension below our house. It took them a while to get it done, but at least it is now complete.

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Outside the graduation marquee

Tuesday 15th July 2014, 10.00am (day 1,055)

Graduation marquee, 15/7/14

None of my students are present — they all usually graduate in December — but the summer graduation ceremonies bring a last burst of life to the campus before it really shuts down for high summer. Not that there were any attendees yet present this morning when I took this shot. Not much light in Manchester this morning but the seats have caught a dim flicker.

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Trappistes Rochefort 10-year-old

Monday 14th July 2014, 6.10pm (day 1,054)

World's best beer, 14/7/14

If this isn’t the world’s finest beer then I’d like to taste the one that is. Proof that God exists, at least in the Abbaye St-Remy, Rochefort, Belgium.

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Sunday 13th July 2014, 12.10pm (day 1,053)

Raspberries, 13/7/14

Beautiful weather at the moment and it’s always nice when the garden starts to produce.

And well done to Germany, too.

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