Author Archives: Drew Whitworth

Speaker at the cinema

Thursday 21st May 2015, 8.15pm (day 1,365)

Speaker, cinema, 21/5/15

Went to the cinema tonight to see a superb film, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly — if you’ve never seen it I highly recommend it. It was being shown as a charity fundraiser, which meant we were obliged to listen to the speeches beforehand, hence this picture. But I am being unfair — it was for a good cause. And did I say it was a very good movie?

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Lines, Victoria

Wednesday 20th May 2015, 2.10pm (day 1,364)

Lines, 20/5/15

The refurbishment of Manchester Victoria station must be nearly complete, but while half of it has now been opened up dramatically, the other half (platforms 3-6) remain, and probably always will remain, stuck under the Arena which squats over it like the corporate edifice that it is. And yes, I know that 2.10pm is rather early to be heading home, but I have marking to do.

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Mending the NFM

Tuesday 19th May 2015, 10.20am (day 1,363)

Mending NFM, 19/5/15

Instalment n+1 in the occasional series, “Blokes Up The Sides of Manchester Buildings Doing Their Jobs” (see also here, here and here).

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Dusk over Hebden

Monday 18th May 2015, 8.15pm (day 1,362)

Sunset, 18/5/15

Having put myself about a bit over the last couple of weeks — this is only the fourth of May’s pictures to be taken in Hebden Bridge — I had a profoundly inactive day today, spent working at home. Lucky for you this dusk shot manifested itself this evening as you were this close to getting a picture of my feet. Be thankful for small mercies.

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My walking companions

Sunday 17th May 2015, 11.10am (day 1,361)

Near Symonds Yat, 17/5/15

The real point of this weekend was to meet and — hopefully — bond with the people who are going to be attempting Kilimanjaro with me. Here is a selection of them, at least. A good weekend, I think we’re more ready than we were on Friday anyway.

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Ferry across the Wye

Saturday 16th May 2015, 7.10pm (day 1,360)

Ferry, River Wye, 16/5/14

The main reason I have headed in this direction this weekend is to attend the preparatory, ‘training’ weekend for my organised trek up Kilimanjaro, which is starting in late July. The weekend was held where England meets Wales at the beauty spot of Symonds Yat, above the Wye valley, another place (like Aberystwyth) that was a) somewhere I’d never been and b) really, rather attractive. This has got to be the most rustic passenger ferry in England. Or, indeed, Wales.

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Town beach, Aberystwyth

Friday 15th May 2015, 10.35am (day 1,359)

Aberystwyth beach, 15/5/15

Yesterday the weather was quite poor but this morning, at least, it was glorious, and Aberystwyth clearly comports itself very well in such conditions. There are only about 23,000 people here (even when it has its full deployment of students) but it is still the biggest town for about a hundred miles in any direction. Yet this morning in the sun it felt quiet and peaceful and looked very beautiful. Maybe it’s not the same on an August holiday weekend — but I do not know the place well enough to tell for sure.

Red kites feeding

Thursday 14th May 2015, 3.00pm (day 1,358)

Red kites, 14/5/15

For the second Thursday in a row I went off on a trip outside England and into another nation of the UK — this time Wales, its first appearance on the blog. I am visiting a colleague in Aberystwyth, a town with more books per head of population than anywhere in the world, apparently. Later in the day she took me to a place in the hills above the town, a centre devoted to maintaining the population of red kites (Milvus milvus), handsome birds of prey. The birds gather to be fed every day at 3pm. This was my best attempt at capturing the flock as they came down and feasted on the bounty, they all move damn quickly and I don’t have the equipment to freeze their movement in the way a pro would. But I like the one on the bottom left, caught looking at the camera.

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Stall at the market

Wednesday 13th May 2015, 10.35am (day 1,357)

Market stall, 13/5/15

Three stallholders, or possibly visitors, and Audrey Hepburn in a birdcage. A typical scene at Hebden Bridge’s weekly Wednesday flea market.

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Platform 1 ramp, Hebden Bridge station

Tuesday 12th May 2015, 7.55am (day 1,356)

Scaffolding, HB station, 12/5/15

Scaffolding has come and gone and come again at Hebden Bridge station over the last few weeks — but there never seems to be anyone actually working on or around it.

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