Category Archives: Interior

Pre-match betting (and beer)

Saturday 19th January 2019, 2.50pm (day 2,704)

Pre-match betting, 19/1/19

Before a match at the “Theatre of Dreams”, no less — Old Trafford, home of Manchester United. But this being a ‘big game’, photography opportunities were limited due to not being able to move around, nor, indeed, allowed to bring in a camera any bigger than a small matchbox. This is taken with my old compact rig. I guess I just like the beer (plastic) glasses lined up…. beer and gambling, things to do on a Saturday afternoon (I don’t bet, myself).

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Making lunch

Tuesday 15th January 2019, 12.50pm (day 2,700)

Making lunch, 15/1/19

As this blog extends ever onward — day 2,700 today — and I remain committed to not repeating myself, the semi-mythical, but still plausible, Day When There Will Be Nothing To Photograph draws ever closer. And when that Day arrives, it’ll be one like today — spent entirely in the house marking, with only greyness outside so not even the full-quality house view to distract.

It did cross my mind though, as I made lunch, that, “Hmmm: I have never before tried photographing the gas element on the grill as it is working”. So here you are. As well as my typically elaborate cheese-on-toast arrangement.

But that’s it. I’ve now done the grill. What will happen next time there is a day like this? It could be as early as Thursday…

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The emptiness of the January library

Monday 7th January 2019, 10.45am (day 2,692)

Library PCs, 7/1/19

Campus is nice when it’s like this, and there’s no one about. Doubtless this photo and the general level of lassitude around Manchester at the moment will be taken by neoliberals as evidence of our heroic lack of efficiency blah blah, but it’s at times like this that you actually get the work done.

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Tools for Lego therapy

Saturday 5th January 2019, 12.05pm (day 2,690)

Lego stuff, 5/1/19

A Saturday without a football match to go to. How odd. Instead I paid a visit (amongst other things) to the wife’s treatment room down in town. The tools for Lego therapy are all there awaiting the end of the post-Christmas hiatus. What is Lego therapy? Art therapy — but with Lego. It works… so I’m led to understand.

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Working at home

Thursday 3rd January 2019, 3.25pm (day 2,688)

On the laptop, 3/1/19

According to my phone pedometer: number of steps done yesterday = 38,855. Number done today = 839. This is an accurate reflection of things.

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New Year’s Day at the Railway

Tuesday 1st January 2019, 7.40pm (day 2,686)

NYD Railway, 1/1/19

One reason I didn’t go out yesterday was because there’s always today. Start as you mean to go on? Perhaps. Happy New Year.

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Broadway (kinda)

Sunday 30th December 2018, 3.00pm (day 2,684)

The Producers, 30/12/18

OK, it’s Manchester, not New York… But it is The Producers. So it’s Broadway really. All together now… “Springtime…”

No one, for once, told me I couldn’t take photos during the performance so I got a couple. I’m quite pleased with this one, which is one of the few photos from which I have not cropped even a pixel; and considering the symmetry that’s worth noting.

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In the Antiques Centre

Friday 21st December 2018, 2.05pm (day 2,675)

Figurines, 21/12/18

Not quite ‘last minute’ Christmas shopping but I did finish it off today. My, there’s a whole load of tat in the world, and as it’s been manufactured for generations by now, ‘Antiques Centres’ can fill themselves with it all and sell it on, until then the owners die and there’s a house clearance and it all goes back on sale again. I did like this bevy of porcelain figures though; not that I bought any (whether at £18 or otherwise). Although the blonde at the back was doing her best to tempt potential buyers.

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On the way home

Monday 26th November 2018, 11.40am (day 2,650)

In Munich Hbf, 26/11/18

Travelling, and working, and having a cup of tea, in Munich central station, which is so huge that you  go two stops on the S-bahn train before you actually leave its awnings. I found my little corner of it for a time. A decent trip to Germany, but time to go home.

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Reni in virtual reality

Friday 23rd November 2018, 11.45am (day 2,647)

Virtual reality, 23/11/18

The reason I came to Germany was to come to a conference here, at the University of Passau, right in the bottom right-hand (south-east) corner of the country. The best experience I had at it was to get plugged in for ten minutes to an amazing virtual reality rig — created by students — which replicated, and rather well, the experience of being in a zero-gravity environment, specifically an abandoned space station. Once I got over the dizziness and tried to forget that my legs were relevant in this place, it was very effective. I wish I could somehow have photographed my own immersion, but that didn’t prove possible, so here’s fellow delegate Reni playing with it, after me.

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