Category Archives: Stranger

Boot man, Hebden Bridge market

Thursday 10th October 2019, 9.40am (day 2,968)

Boot man, 10/10/19

On the 10th October 1991 I turned up in Yorkshire for what was originally planned to be a stay of a few weeks while I ‘got myself sorted out’. Twenty-eight years later, I am still living here: the last eighteen of those in Hebden Bridge. So let’s make today’s pic a home town shot. This is commercialism again, but of a far less predatory sort than yesterday’s. In the matter of boots, defer to the boot man (Bakunin — paraphrased). I hear the olives on the next stall along are pretty good too.

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At the Food Festival (again)

Saturday 28th September 2019, 6.45pm (day, 2,956)

Food festival, 28/9/19

A Saturday night out in Manchester and, to start it, a return to the Food & Drink Festival also depicted (more abstractly) yesterday. On both days there were plenty of pleasant things to consume. Manchester makes its five-in-a-row: only the second time I have managed this, the first being in March 2014.

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Taking a rest

Sunday 15th September 2019, 2.30pm (day 2,943)

Father on train, 15/9/19

On the train down to London. Both of these guys needed a rest after a weekend with the (grand)parents, it seems.

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Last day of peace

Thursday 12th September 2019, 2.55pm (day 2,940)

Marquee rises, 12/9/19

This will be the last day for a while I see the Manchester campus in any form of peaceful state. The erection of this marquee today is just one sign that from the next time I’m there, on Tuesday, there will be people. Thousands upon thousands of them.

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Pre-match smoke

Tuesday 27th August 2019, 6.15pm (day 2,924)

Pre-match cigarette, 27/8/19

I wonder whether now I have hit 50 that I am going to start seeing any aspect of the world differently. It won’t happen overnight of course, but maybe changes in my worldview will become more apparent. Here’s an example. I certainly understand this guy’s attitude rather more than I might have in the past.

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On platform 2, Hebden Bridge station

Saturday 24th August 2019, 1.15pm (day 2,921)

Man and dog, 24/8/19

No commentary to make, really — just a well-lit scene that I liked, as we all went our respective ways on this Saturday afternoon. I will note that today was the penultimate day of my 40s however…

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The away bench

Saturday 10th August 2019, 4.40pm (day 2,907)

Bishop's Cleeve, 10/8/19

The substitutes and manager of Easington Sports FC look rather morose here but then again they are coming to the end of a rather limp 3-0 defeat at the ground of their hosts, Bishops’ Cleeve FC. I like this shot because of the pallette, the rustic hay bales in the background and finally because of their semi-formal, portrait-style arrangement. The ground has only been there since 2002, but there’s something timeless about it.

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Day care centre

Friday 9th August 2019, 1.35pm (day 2,906)

Day care centre, 9/8/19

On an uneventful, work-free Friday ungraced by stellar photo opportunities, this seemed to sum things up the best.

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Post-weekend

Sunday 21st July 2019, 7.40pm (day 2,887)

Like father, like son, 21/7/19

These two have clearly had a very good weekend. And so have I.

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The winners

Friday 21st June 2019, 5.25pm (day 2,857)

Isle of Man women, 21/6/19

People have been very much in the background of the blog in the last three weeks, if they appear at all. There have been glimpses of a foot here and there, the back of a head.

Football has also been absent from the blog over the last three weeks, but hey, all close seasons must end, mine as soon as possible. The women seen here are the from Isle of Man team and are celebrating their win in the 2019 Island Games tournament final, 2-1 over Ynys Môn, also known as Anglesey.

The connection between these two absences may be coincidental, but I like it.

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