Category Archives: Interior

Subway renovations, Hebden Bridge station

Wednesday 19th September 2018, 4.20pm (day 2,582)

Subway renovations, 19/9/18

We are getting longer platforms! And lifts to and from them, from the subway! It’s a miracle…. or will be, if we ever get the train service to match.

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A kilo of white stuff

Sunday 16th September 2018, 2.10pm (day 2,579)

Jam sugar, 16/9/18

Don’t worry, I have not become Scarface. Not yet, anyway. But I was making blackberry jam this afternoon, and quite successfully too as it turned out.

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First lecture of the year

Wednesday 12th September 2018, 9.55am (day 2,575)

HNAP lecture, 12/9/18

Notes on laptop? Check. Camera? Present, obviously. Bag of plums for distribution? Check. Students? Well, some of them. Even if they are members of uni staff on the ‘Humanities New Academics Programme’. Here we go through to Christmas, either way.

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Starting work early

Tuesday 4th September 2018, 7.20am (day 2,567)

Queens Arcade, 4/9/18

In case you hadn’t noticed I am becoming rather tired of schlepping into Manchester on a regular basis — not work particularly, but the city, its endless building sites and general crowdedness. But that’s one reason I’m taking a sabbatical from January. So this will change, at least for the first part of 2019. For now, there are still some early mornings to be done. Note the ‘Queen Bee’ scuplture inside this, the Queens Arcade.

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Plum ketchup: the early stages

Thursday 30th August 2018, 9.35am (day 2,562)

Plum ketchup, 30/8/18

You want plums? Trust me, we have some. But seeing as we don’t have a transglobal shipping service to hand, our ability to export this year’s handsome plum crop is limited to putting them in plastic bags and giving them away for free down at the pub, or cooking them up into what preserves we can. Hence, plum ketchup. If you want the recipe it’s towards the end of Delia Smith’s Complete Cookery Course and  I followed it religiously, as one should always do with Delia’s guidance.

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Waiting room

Wednesday 8th August 2018, 9.25am (day 2,540)

Waiting room, 8/8/18

The waiting room as a metaphor for life? It certainly feels true this week, though not in an unpleasant or frustrating way. The travels begin on Friday.

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Watching ‘The Blues Brothers’

Sunday 22nd July 2018, 7.55pm (day 2,523)

Watching Blues Brothers, 22/7/18

Although this is similar to a photo I did last weekend let’s include it anyway, as it does depict the most fun part of the day, and I also wanted something today that encapsulated something about my home town — seeing as this is the 1,000th Hebden Bridge photo to appear on here in the near seven years I’ve been going. The town maintains a fairly constant rate of appearing on about 40% of the days.

If you do like The Blues Brothers by the way, do seek it out on the big screen: the sound is just so much better and so the music (which is the point of the movie after all) comes alive. Highly recommended.

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Tour de France (on TV)

Friday 20th July 2018, 4.45pm (day 2,521)

Tour de France on TV, 20/7/18

The Tour de France belied its name and came through Hebden Bridge (and past my front door) in 2014 if you recall, but here it gets seen in less direct and energetic form. The week comes to an end in the pub, instead. Well, this is what normally happens.

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Martin, in my office

Monday 16th July 2018, 11.30am (day 2,517)

Martin in office, 16/7/18

Three weeks remain until I take my summer holiday, and there’s still plenty of work to do. Martin visited today as I have been a research subject for his project on pedestrian behaviour, which is far more interesting than it sounds. A mundane shot, but a mundane day.

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Place of pilgrimage

Saturday 14th July 2018, 10.25pm (day 2,515)

Empty cinema, 14/7/18

My home town would definitely be a worse place without the Hebden Bridge Picture House which has miraculously remained alive throughout the last few decades and thus neither become a Wetherspoons nor a faceless corporate Vue-style operation with no leg room and supplying shit hot-dogs that cost a fiver. Long may it reign. Although it is nevertheless true that the movie we went to see tonight was pretty cruddy (Hereditary – not as good as reputed….).

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