Misty campus evening

Thursday 10th January 2019, 4.30pm (day 2,695)

Misty campus evening, 10/1/19

A full day in Manchester, and into the evening as well. By late on the city had become clamped under a vast sea of fog; here at 4.30 the first inklings of it give a romantic quality to the older remaining campus buildings.

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Ripples

Wednesday 9th January 2019, 12.40pm (day 2,694)

Ripples on Ullswater, 9/1/19

Another nice visual illustration of a) physics and b) that it was far too nice a day to be sat in an office. I like also the little ‘V’ to the right which, if you look closely, seems to be caused by a swan, maybe mimicking that bigger metal brother. I bet its wake won’t end up spreading across the whole width of the lake though: which the boat’s did manage.

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House view

Tuesday 8th January 2019, 10.40am (day 2,693)

Eiffel buildings, 8/1/19

It’s an attractive view, for sure, but I’m seeing it quite a lot lately. I feel a little hemmed in… I need to move around more. The weather forecast is good tomorrow though — time for a walk.

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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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Birkenhead Central station

Sunday 6th January 2019, 4.30pm (day 2,691)

Birkenhead Central, 6/1/19

The start of a journey home on a Sunday afternoon. A good day out: but I like this picture just because of the melancholy feel to it, because it’s a melancholy time of year, isn’t it. And the yellow.

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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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Piccadilly Pigeons

Friday 4th January 2019, 1.20pm (day 2,689)

Piccadilly pigeons, 4/1/19

Back into Manchester for work-related reasons for the first time since 18th December. The Christmas holidays are over for us all. These pigeons ponder the possibility of a dip in the fountains of Piccadilly Gardens, but understandably refuse — it was a chilly day, winter has its bite back to some extent.

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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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On Skiddaw, looking east

Wednesday 2nd January 2019, 12.50pm (day 2,687)

View east from Skiddaw, 2/1/19

If you think I was staying in and working on a day like this — you obviously don’t know me very well. This picture is taken from around 3,000 feet up, on Skiddaw, fourth-highest mountain in England, yet with almost no wind today it wasn’t even particularly cold. A glorious day: can the rest of 2019 be like this please?

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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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