Stats are correct up to and including 30th April 2017, which was day 2,075 of the blog.
A total of 189 named locations have made it onto the blog, though some are collectives: for example, the Lake District, a label applied to everywhere within that National Park. (I could add the Moon, which appears on a few pictures — see the ‘random observations’ below — and Jupiter.) The 100th different location was Istanbul airport. However, more than 189 different places have actually appeared as, sometimes, when the photo is taken in or from some kind of transport, it is not possible to specify a location. These appear as ‘Unspecified’ in the lists below.
The top 10 locations, in terms of numbers of pictures, are:
- Hebden Bridge: 835 photos in my home town, or 40.24% of the total. The railway station is pictured above.
- Manchester: 385 in the city where I work, well, some of the time. 18.55% of the total.
- The Lake District: 81, accepting its identity as a single location (see note above). The 50th photo was the one shown below, taken on 24/1/15.
- London: 56.
- Brisbane: 51.
- Moscow: 47
- Leeds: 40
- Bergen: 37
- Brighton: 26
- Morecambe: 19.
Between them these 10 locations account for 1,577, or 76% of all the shots on the blog.
The longest sequences of photos in particular places are:
- Brisbane holds the record, depicted on 15 days in a row (14/3/13 to 28/3/13).
- Hebden Bridge‘s longest sequence was 10 days in a row (28/12/11 to 6/1/12) (it has had other longish sequences but I include only this longest one).
- Yasawas, Fiji: 8 days (16/5/13 – 23/5/13).
- Kilimanjaro National Park [pictured below]: 7 days (28/7/15 – 3/8/15).
- Rome: 6 days (21/7/14 – 26/7/14): note that these pictures are from two different countries, with one being taken in the Vatican City, rather than Italy. Prague also makes 6 days (8/10/16 – 13/10/16).
- Stavanger (pictured above), Moscow (three times), Tokyo, Edinburgh and (only once) Manchester all manage 5-day streaks. Manchester’s only one was 24/3/14 – 28/3/14.
I’m surprised Bergen doesn’t make this list. Prague, Rome, Kilimanjaro and the Yasawas all make their only appearance on the blog with these sequences. In Prague’s case this also extends to the country (the Czech Republic).
From 23/10/15 to 20/11/15 there were 29 consecutive pictures taken only in Hebden Bridge or Manchester, the longest such streak.
From 13/4/17 to 23/4/17 eleven different locations made it in eleven days: Manchester, Wolverhampton, Lancaster, Morecambe, the Lake District, Haworth, Hebden Bridge, Markham Moor, Cambridge, King’s Lynn and Heckington.
The locations have been distributed through 26 countries, as follows:
The United Kingdom accounts for 1,692 of the photos, or 81.54% of them. The longest run of UK pictures came between 16/11/13 and 31/3/14 inclusive — 136 days. 18 of the photos were taken in Scotland, 12 in Wales, and the remainder in England. The 1,000th was taken in Hebden Bridge on 6/4/15 and the 1,500th also in HB on 24/9/16.
The full list of UK locations (in alphabetical order) and the numbers of photos at each is as follows: Aberdeen (2), Aberystwyth (2), Arundel (3), Aston-on-Trent (1), Billsborrow (1), Birmingham (4), Blackburn (8), Blackpool (2), Bolton (1), Bradford (6), Brighton [pictured above] (26), Burnley (3), Burslem (1), Bury (1), Cambridge (5), Carlisle (2), Chester (1), Clitheroe (1), Conwy (1), Coverdale (1), Cragg Vale (2), Crowborough (2), Derby (1), Devil’s Bridge (1), Doncaster (2), Dukinfield (2), Dundee (4), Dunsop Bridge (1), Edinburgh (6), Foxfield (2), Glasgow (5), Glasson (1), Glen Clova (1), Grange-over-Sands (2), Halifax (16), Haworth (4), Hebden Bridge (835), Heckington (1), Heysham (2), Huddersfield (4), Hurst Green (1), Keighley (4), King’s Lynn (1), Kirkby-in-Furness (1), Lake District (81), Lancaster (9), Leeds (40), Littleborough (4), Liverpool (4), Llandudno (2), Llangollen (1), London (56), Long Causeway (3), Luddenden (2), Lutterworth (1), Manchester (385), Markham Moor (1), Middleham (2), Middlesbrough (2), Midgley (1), Mills Hill (2), Morecambe (19), Mytholmroyd (8), Newcastle (4), Newport (3), Nottingham (2), Oxenhope (4), Peterborough (2), Ponterwyd (1), Portmeirion (1), Preston (4), Ravenglass (1), Ribblehead (1), Ripponden (1), Rochdale (2), Rock Ferry [depicted below] (1), Sabden (8), Salford (2), Seascale (1), Sheffield (3), Sidcup (5), Slaithwaite (1), Solway Firth (1), Southport (1), Sowerby Bridge (2), Stockport (1), Symonds Yat (2), Todmorden (10), Ulverston (1), Unspecified (10), Walsden (1), Wetherby (4), Whalley (2), Wigan (1), Wolverhampton (2), Worston (1), Wraysholme (1), Yarm (1), York (8).
Of these, the most recent to be depicted was Heckington (23/4/17). The place I visited longest ago, without yet having gone back, was Stockport (14/10/11). The best ‘one-off’ shot — a place I have only depicted once, and to be honest, am unlikely to return to — is probably this one, taken on 5/12/14 in Rock Ferry, Merseyside.
Australia is the second most-depicted country with 97 photos:
Full list of Australian locations: Adelaide (2), Ballina (1), Brisbane (51), Byron Bay [pictured above] (3), Cleveland (1), Cooktown (1), Geelong (1). Glasshouse mountains (1), Glenelg (1), Hobart (4), Kangaroo Island (4), Katoomba (3), Laura (1), Melbourne region (1), Mulligan highway (1), Nimbin (1), Redcliffe (1), South Port (1), Stradbroke Island (3), Sydney (10), Wagga Wagga (4).
Norway: 76. Locations: Bergen (37), Bø (1), Finse (1), Gardemoen airport (2), Kristiansand (3), Lysefjord (1), Oslo (3), Seljord (2), Skulsfjord [pictured at the very top of the page] (1), Snilstveitøy [pictured below] (1), Stavanger (13), Tjeldstø (1), Tromsø (3), Trondheim (3), Unspecified (3), Østerfjord (1).
Russia: 52. Domodedovo airport (4), Moscow (47), Unspecified (1).
The United States of America: 17. Atlanta airport (1), Honey Island swamp (1), Lake Pontchartrain (1), New Orleans (3), San Francisco (5), Stanford (2), Tuscaloosa (4).
New Zealand: 13. Collingwood (2), Dunedin (1), Heaphy Track [pictured below] (3), Karamea (1), Marlborough Sound (1), Nelson (1), Stewart Island (3), Unspecified (1).
Tanzania: 12. Dar es Salaam (1), Kilimanjaro national park (7), Moshi (3), Unspecified (1).
Finland: 12. Helsinki (9), Tampere (3).
Fiji: 10. Nadi (1), the Yasawas [pictured below] (8), Unspecified (1).
Denmark: 10. Copenhagen (3), Kastrup airport (3), Nyborg (2), Øresund (1), Æbelø (1).
Japan: 9. Osaka (2), Tokyo (7).
The Netherlands: 9. Amsterdam (3), Maastricht (3), Schiphol airport [pictured below] (3).
Kenya: 8. Lake Naivasha (1), Nairobi (7).
Italy: 6. Fiumicino airport (1), Rome (5 — see also the Vatican, listed below). Ostia got on to the “Best of the Rest” page but not the main blog.
Czech Republic: 6. All in Prague.
Portugal: 6. Cascais (1), Lisbon (4, including the one just below), Sintra (1).
Croatia: 5. Dubrovnik (3), Dubrovnik airport (1), Popovici (1).
Estonia: 4. All in Tallinn.
Germany: 4. Hamburg (3), Munich airport (1). Frankfurt got onto the “Best of the Rest” page early on, but has yet to make the main blog.
Sweden: 4. Borås (2), Gothenburg (2).
Lebanon: 3. All Beirut.
The Vatican City: 1 (in Rome, obviously).
The remaining few pictures are accounted for by:
- In addition to the ‘Unspecified’ shots listed above, where I at least knew what country I was in, 10 photos have been taken in or from aeroplanes where it is not possible even to identify a country (such as the one above, which could be Belgium, France or Germany going on the route of the flight I was on at the time)
- The photo of Lake Nasser on 11/1/13 was taken over Egypt or Sudan; can’t be sure either way.
- Four photos were taken in airports while changing planes, where in none of these cases did I leave the airport and visit the country: Singapore (Changi airport); the United Arab Emirates (Abu Dhabi); and Turkey (Istanbul airport), which has managed this twice (18/8/13 and 25/7/15).
Geographical extremes are as follows:
- Northernmost photo: This record has recently been taken by the photo of Skulsfjord in Norway, taken on 8/3/17 at approximately 69º 48′ North. (See the top of this page.)
- Southernmost: Pretty much a dead heat between two photos taken on Stewart Island, New Zealand, on 20/2/13 and 22/2/13: both are more-or-less at 43º 53′ South.
- Easternmost: The photo of the dancers in Nadi, Fiji, on 15/5/13, at approximately 177º 25′ East.
- Westernmost: the one of the Aquatic Park Pier, San Francisco, taken on 29/3/15 at around 122º 25′ West.
- Highest above sea level: discounting photos taken from planes, the highest was the summit of Kilimanjaro, depicted above; as I’m slightly below the summit here let’s say this is about 5,885 metres or around 19,310 feet above sea level. The others taken on Kilimanjaro will all occupy the next few places in this table: otherwise the next highest is also pictured above, with Lake Naivasha at around 6,150 feet, or 1,880 metres above sea level. The highest UK shot is going to be the one approaching the summit of Scafell Pike on 19/5/12, which must be about 3,100 feet.
- Photos that incorporate a timepiece of some kind, so you can check my timing: — discounting ones which are not working, there are 24 of these: 21/9/16, 20/5/16 (Big Ben), 26/1/16, 8/1/16 (it’s there…), 29/11/15, 21/11/15 (though you need a magnifying glass) 9/3/15, 27/2/15, 30/6/14 (look for it), 4/6/14 (on the laptop) 5/4/14, 13/3/14, 23/1/14, 8/1/14, 23/12/13, 1/8/13 (look closely), 28/7/13 (inaccurate), 26/7/13, 16/7/13 (inaccurate), 11/12/12 (look very closely), 12/11/12, 4/9/12, 9/10/11 (laptop), 27/9/11 (pictured above – this is Helsinki railway station)
- Photos that include someone else taking a photograph (that is, not counting myself captured as a reflection or self-portrait): 28 — 22/2/17 (video), 15/10/16, 2/7/16, 17/6/16 (TV), 9/5/16 (selfie with phone), 13/4/16, 5/4/16, 15/10/15 (TV camera), 10/10/15, 1/8/15, 15/6/15, 30/1/15 (Clare), 30/12/14, 5/9/14. 18/7/14, 18/1/14, 29/10/13, 24/8/13, 12/5/13, 4/4/13 (Clare), 14/3/13, 31/1/13, 29/1/13, 23/12/12 (my father), 10/10/12 (video), 25/6/12, 23/1/12 (a whole crowd of photographers), 25/12/11 (Joe), 7/9/11.
- Photos that include the Moon — currently number 18: 7/3/17, 1/1/17, 14/12/16, 14/3/16, 17/9/15, 2/8/15, 29/6/15, 11/5/14, 10/11/13, 10/5/13 (eclipse – pictured above), 21/2/13 (not easy to see, but it’s there in the centre), 29/10/12, 5/9/12, 6/6/12, 6/2/12, 16/1/12, 15/12/11, 8/12/11. Honorable mention also to Jupiter and three of its own moons, pictured on 3/3/14.
- Joe, my son, appears on 88 photographs – including one run (3/1/13 – 5/1/13) run of three consecutive days
- Clare, my wife, is on 72
- 26 photographs can be considered self-portraits
- My friend Steve Grey is on 8 photos
- My mother-in-law Carol is on 5
- My Dad’s on 4
- Eight people are on three photos each, and twelve other people are on two photos each.
All the rest are single-serving models. Of these the cutest – of the single-serving models, before the wife complains – is this lady here! Wowza!
Celebrity-spotting — at least, these people count as celebrities in my world: Bobby Gillespie; Saint Etienne; Michelle Ackerley; Peter Hook; Gogol Bordello; David Stockdale; Dick Knight; Jürgen Habermas; Etienne Wenger; Julian Cope and (now added to the list after having been shamefully omitted for nearly four years) Neil Young. I have no idea who the lady at the Amsterdam movie premiere was, but I assume she was a celebrity in the Netherlands at least, judging by the number of cameras (including mine) being shoved in her face.
Five animals have definitely appeared more than once. The Muscovy duck that adopted Hebden Bridge as its home has appeared on five photos: complicated by the fact that more muscovy ducks did turn up but the original is the one pictured above (4/2/12 , 7/7/13, 6/2/13, 28/5/14 and 17/7/15). Tara, the Railway’s adopted pub dog (sadly now deceased) has been on four photos. Two dogs have appeared twice: a whippet, first on 8/2/12 the second time in unfortunate circumstances on July 9th 2012, and Maggie the black labrador (18/1/15 and 3/7/16). A cat (Mathilda, according to her name tag) has also appeared twice (18/5/14 and 8/3/15).
There is also some evidence to suggest that the cave spider pictured here on 9/6/12 is the same one as is nearest the lens on 17/8/16 (same location, same red markings on the knees and they live long enough). Similar arguments can be advanced for the heron depicted on (at least) 23/1/17, 25/5/16 and 17/2/16 — have a look at the pictures and decide for yourselves.
The most animals to be visible on one single photo are probably these starlings, pictured over Brighton’s ruined West Pier.
A golden eagle in September 2012 was the best birdwatching coup, even if it’s not a great photo. This cassowary is probably the most exotic avian model, although a weka, a cockatoo, an emu, and, in suburban Kent, a parakeet also have a case.
Most other common forms of animal have made it onto the blog at some point, though it took nearly three years for cows and fish to make it. Exotic non-bird life include an alligator, some elephants,three water dragons and six monkeys, five of which are pictured below (two being babies clutching to the breasts of their mothers: look closely).
Note that all times on the blog are rounded to the nearest five minutes (e.g. 8:55, 9:00, 9:05, etc). The most popular hours for taking photos reflect my average daily habits, and the prevalence of daylight, as much as anything else. 15:00-15:55 maintains its lead with 216 pictures, followed by 14:00 – 14:55 with 210.
5.00 – 5.55 finally made it in January 2017 with a shot from Manchester Airport, meaning all hours of the day are represented somewhere.
The latest picture in a calendar day was taken in Brisbane at 23:50 on 17th March 2013 (St Patrick’s Day). The earliest was at 00:10 on 27th September 2014 in Bergen. However, reflecting bedtimes, the earliest genuine morning shot, that is, a shot taken after I had spent the first part of the day asleep and then got up, was at 3.45 am on 7th July 2014 [pictured above] and the latest night shot (end of an evening out) 3.00am on 9/1/16.
From 17/2/13 to 11/3/13 I had 21 consecutive afternoon shots. The longest run of consecutive morning shots is 6 (9/10/13 – 14/10/13).
The complete distribution of shots by time is:
- 0.00 – 0.55: 1
- 1.00 – 1:55: 3
- 2.00 – 2.55: 1
- 3:00 – 3:55: 2
- 4.00 – 4:55: 2
- 5.00 – 5.55: 1
- 6.00 – 6.55: 11
- 7.00 – 7.55: 41
- 8.00 – 8.55: 134
- 9.00 – 9.55: 191
- 10.00 – 10.55: 141
- 11.00 – 11.55: 194
- 12.00 – 12.55: 159
- 13.00 – 13.55: 163
- 14.00 – 14.55: 210
- 15.00 – 15.55: 216
- 16.00 – 16.55: 180
- 17.00 – 17.55: 146
- 18.00 – 18.55: 95
- 19.00 – 19.55: 75
- 20.00 – 20.55: 45
- 21.00 – 21.55: 35
- 22.00 – 22.55: 20
- 23.00 – 23.55: 9
Seeing as I have been known to attend the occasional football match, let’s list all the stadia that have appeared on the blog, currently numbering 27, plus five more that have appeared but where I’ve not seen a match. All are for games for the home team against my lot, Brighton & Hove Albion, unless specified:
Birmingham City, St. Andrew’s; Blackburn Rovers, Ewood Park (3 times: one pictured above); Blackpool, Bloomfield Road (twice); Bolton Wanderers, Reebok Stadium; Brighton and Hove Albion, American Express Stadium (4 times, versus Barnsley, Portsmouth, Birmingham City and Reading); Brisbane Lions, the Gabba (twice: for Australian Rules football matches versus Adelaide and Melbourne); Burnley, Turf Moor (3 times); Clapton, Old Spotted Dog Stadium (versus Barking); CSKA Moscow, Khimki Arena (versus Manchester City); Doncaster Rovers, Keepmoat Stadium; Halifax Town, The Shay (5 times, versus Aldershot Town, Barnet, Alfreton Town, Darlington and Woking); Huddersfield Town, John Smith’s Stadium (twice); King’s Lynn Town, The Walks (versus Chesham United); Leeds United, Elland Road; Liverpool, Anfield; Middlesbrough, Riverside Stadium (twice); Morecambe, Globe Arena (twice, versus Bristol Rovers and Accrington Stanley); Newcastle United, St. James’s Park; Nottingham Forest, City Ground; Port Vale, Vale Park; Preston North End, Deepdale (twice); Queen’s Park, Hampden Park (versus Brechin City); Rochdale, Spotland (versus Bury); Sheffield Wednesday, Hillsborough; Whitehawk, Enclosed Ground (versus Wealdstone: pictured below); Wigan Athletic, DW Stadium, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Molineux.
In the case of Burnley, Bolton, King’s Lynn, Middlesbrough, Wigan and Burslem (Port Vale), these stadium shots account for the respective towns’ only appearances on the blog.
Five stadia have otherwise appeared on the blog but I did not attend a match there (and in all cases have never done so): the Bryant-Denny stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama (home of the University of Alabama football team); the Bislett Stadium in Oslo (not a football stadium); Celtic Park, Glasgow (Celtic FC); London Stadium, London (West Ham United); and the Millerntor stadium, Hamburg (St. Pauli).
Some of these are hard facts — others, blatant matters of opinion…
- World’s biggest pencil
- World’s greatest cycle race, the Tour de France [pictured]
- The Vatican — the world’s smallest country, and also (probably) its biggest museum
- Highest point in Africa, and world’s tallest freestanding mountain (Kilimanjaro)
- World’s most populous city (Tokyo) and busiest railway station (Shinjuku)
- World’s northernmost city of over 50,000 inhabitants: Tromsø, Norway
- World’s longest rail bridge over water (Lake Ponchartrain, USA)
- One of the world’s top 10 views, according to the Lonely Planet (Preikestolen, Lysefjord, Norway)
- The Great Orme copper mine is reputed to be the world’s largest underground excavation from prehistoric times
- World’s best restaurant — Noma in Copenhagen, as voted for on more than one occasion by restaurant critics
- World’s greatest living political philosopher (Jürgen Habermas)
- World’s best beer — it just is.