Category Archives: Interior

Scallop shell

Friday 3rd April 2020, 11.05am (day 3,144)

Scallop shell, 3/4/20

Expect a number of these rather random shots to emerge on here while we are under house arrest. (For that is what it is.) However, I do like the feeling that this shell is glowing with warmth while the rain comes down outside the window behind. And with time on my hands I did randomly look at Wikipedia and it’s actually amazing how much there is to learn about the humble scallop. They can live for twenty years you know. And then end up as ashtrays, or whatever.

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The day’s big race

Sunday 29th March 2020, 3.40pm (day 3,139)

Totopoly, 29/3/20

I don’t know if I’m the only one having problems uploading pictures to WordPress at the moment: these difficulties explain why these posts are coming out at odd times right now. It’s been a case of when it works, grab the opportunity. Maybe it’s all a consequence of the ongoing hiatus in civilisation…. There must be many groups who are having to come to terms with changed circumstances. What are the inveterate gamblers doing at the moment, I wonder, with no (public) sporting events taking place? We did consider a live sream of our afternoon game of Totopoly. Number 2 did turn out to be the winner — odds of 5/1, don’tcha know. Clare in the background looks excited, as well she might, as she was the owner.

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Words of the day

Tuesday 24th March 2020, 9.25am (day 3,134)

Words to ponder, 24/3/20

The UK is now formally — but terribly politely — in a state of lockdown. I will not be leaving Hebden Bridge for a while. If this blog is to keep going, new insights will have to be found in familiar places. The words here are to be found on the stairwell up to Clare’s treatment room, shared with a private tutoring service (temporarily closed).

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A double bill (in preparation?)

Thursday 12th March 2020, 1.30pm (day 3,122)

Shining double bill, 12/3/20

In case it’s not apparent, I’ve not been at work this week. This is not for virus-related reasons. I have no reason to suspect that I or anyone I’ve been in close contact with recently has become part of the 2020 media event of the year. But like most people, I am anticipating a period of time in the (possibly near) future where I have a couple of weeks left to my own devices, so no harm in getting some rehearsal done. I did bugger all today — except for making food, and getting through this double bill.

And for what it’s worth, I do think Doctor Sleep was a pretty worthy sequel to a classic movie, though whether Kubrick would have approved, I think probably not.

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It’s behind you

Sunday 1st March 2020, 2.05pm (day 3,111)

Lego dinosaur, 1/3/20

This Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton is made of Lego — some 80,000 bricks, apparently. Currently the centrepiece of the ‘Art of the Brick’ exhibition in Manchester. Which (review coming up) is not bad, but the creator’s claim to be making high art is a little hard to sustain. On the other hand, who doesn’t like a dinosaur, even a plastic one.

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80s music joke

Thursday 20th February 2020, 10.00am (day 3,101)

Boys don't dry, 20/2/20

If you don’t get the reference, then clearly you were born after 1985 or thereabouts. Courtesy of the laundry arrangements of the friend who put me up last night.

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Meta-chronicling

Saturday 15th February 2020, 10.45am (day 3,096)

Old diaries, 15/2/20

Dull photo, but it was a dull day as everyone waited for Storm Dennis to see whether it felt like adding to the misery. But it did not.

This blog is really just an outgrowth of the personal diary I have kept every day since the start of 1984. I raided the archive today, and here are a bunch of the thirty or so volumes of my other auto-chronicle. Is there a word for this urge to record things? Whatever the name of the condition, I have it.

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Pudding and pie

Friday 7th February 2020, 7.15am (day 3,088)

Pudding and pie, 7/2/20

Three days in a row in Manchester — teaching must have started again… This also explains the early start today. Expect more of these on subsequent Fridays, to be honest. But at least I know that at 7.15 am in Victoria station, one can purchase pudding and pie.

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In the Ulster Museum

Saturday 25th January 2020, 10.30am (day 3,075)

Ulster museum. 25/1/20

One of those shots which is a nice arrangement but the OCD in all of us goes, couldn’t you have straightened up the goddamn chairs. Really.

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The best place in Stalybridge

Tuesday 21st January 2020, 6.20pm (day 3,071)

Stalybridge station buffet, 21/1/20

Stalybridge railway station’s buffet bar is perfectly preserved in its early 20th-century state, with no sense of tweeness or fakery: it is also provides the best beer for miles around. As a result of both these things it is locally, and perhaps even nationally, famous. You will not find a better pub at a railway station anywhere else that I know of.

Which means you can experience the best of Stalybridge without ever leaving platform 4 of its station, because it’s not really a place one wants to get to know better. Trust me.

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