Slavery Museum, Liverpool

Saturday 11th January 2020, 11.00am (day 3,061)

Slavery Museum, 12/1/20

A day out in Liverpool with Joe. The day as a whole was a good one, but let’s not talk about the football match later on. More agreeable was the Slavery Museum on Albert Dock, which while rather (understandably) depressing in places was certainly interesting — if not very big. These are Igbo carvings, I believe. The message in the back is pertinent. But yes, the black line, separating the panes of glass in the display cabinet, does bother me.

This pic was taken on my phone, as something happened today which has always been a possibility — I didn’t charge the camera battery properly and after the first picture of the day, when we were already on our journey, it died. Phone cameras these days do just as good a job of course, so act well as a backup. But one of these days a technical fail may well lead to a day with no photo: the most likely one I can think of being that my SD card breaks when I try to upload pictures the morning after, and thus too late to grab any emergency replacement. I hope that never happens of course, but I do wonder what my reaction would be. After (so far) 3,061 consecutive days of photography it would be something of a blow, to be sure.

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Notes on someone else’s work

Friday 10th January 2020, 1.10pm (day 3,060)

Thesis annotations, 10/1/20

Friday was one of those highly exciting days spent entirely working at home (or, I admit, in the pub after), and with little light outside. I have this thesis to examine in a couple of weeks so finished reading it today — it having been lugged aroud the Lakes on Wednesday too. What’s my opinion on it? Well, that’s not for this forum. But at least the task will get me to Belfast in a fortnight, and provide more diverse material for this blog.

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End of the ice cavern

Thursday 9th January 2020, 9.45am (day 3,059)

End of the ice cavern, 9/1/20

Early January, time to take down the Christmas decorations. Or, in this case, the Christmas ice-based themed dispenser of alcohol. Let’s time how long it is before the next similar installation thing goes up outside the Corn Exchange; when’s Chinese New Year, a month?

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Walking to Keswick

Wednesday 8th January 2020, 12.45pm (day 3,058)

Keswick path, 8/1/20

These two walkers had the same idea as me — that there are better things to do sometimes than sit around in an office on a Wednesday. I started my trek in Keswick and had come along this path just previously, so I know where they’re going.

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Selfie in mirror corner

Tuesday 7th January 2020, 9.30am (day 3,057)

Mirror corner selfie, 7/1/20

A day on which I got plenty of work done, but which was of such profound photographic dullness that I was grateful for what opportunities arose. The only time I left the house was for my bi-annual teeth scrape at the dentists’, so here’s a pseudo-selfie in the waiting room. One of the few of my 3,000+ shots to come with its own frame, anyway.

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On campus (with optical illusion)

Monday 6th January 2019. 2.05pm (day 3,056)

Campus optical illusion, 6/1/20

A Manchester shot for the first time since December 19th. I must be showing my face on campus again. I like it when there’s nobody there. I only went in, basically, to up my step count.

There is a nice optical illusion on fhis shot. Look at the three pieces of guttering to the right and note how we seem here to have one of those ‘can this shape exist?’ dimensional paradoxes. I know how it’s happened, but it’s not immediately obvious on the picture itself.

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The FA Cup comes to Brighouse

Sunday 5th January 2019, 2.35pm (day 3,055)

FA Cuo at Brighouse, 5/1/20

One match to go, one victory more and there will be the chance to play the big teams in the Women’s FA Cup. But alas this was not to be the fate of Brighouse, in orange. Visitors Barnsley get the prize with a 1-0 win (and yes, it was a penalty). My mother aside, there haven’t been many people on the blog lately, so let’s compensate for that today; there were 321 spectators today, more than BTFC’s men’s team have managed for most games thise season.

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Footbridge, Saltney

Saturday 4th January 2019, 1.35pm (day 3,054)

Saltney footbridge, 4/1/20

One of those shots where it is very tough to get every perpendicular and parallel JUST so… but I gave it a go.

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I’m content, duck

Friday 3rd January 2019, 11.45am (day 3,053)

Smiley duck, 3/1/20This duck looks contented enough to me. I swear that is a smile at the corner of its bill. Mind you, one thing to not complain about in 2020 thus far is the weather, and today was another very pleasant day. I like this picture because of the very limited pallette — it’s strictly brown, maybe a bit of grey — but still interesting.

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The 2019 temperature record (in scarf form)

Thursday 2nd January 2019, 1.00pm (day 3,052)

Temperature record scarf, 2/1/20

Clare, in her own way, is a chronicler just as compulsively as I am, only it comes out in different media. Like this for example. A scarf with 365 knitted rows, one for each day of 2019, and a different colour depending on what the average temperature was on each of those days. Hence the year starts with the cooler shades and generally gets orange and purple in the middle (those balmy days of July and August). And now it is being worn, and very cosy it looks too. Practical and chronological at the same time; maybe future archaeologists will find it and wonder at the significance of the banding.

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