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Cobweb city

Friday 20th September 2019, 8.30am (day 2,948)

Cobweb city, 20/9/19

Continuing my two-day walk, in the morning, the heath was at points a profusion of cobwebs, highlighted by dew and the morning sun: this photo captures a portion of it but cannot reflect the sheer scale of this spider-city, a fly’s vision of hell. When I returned past this point a few hours later, there was no sign of all this. Note the little brown leaf trapped to centre right, proof this is not a monochrome shot.

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High House Bank

Thursday 19th September 2019, 12.55pm (day 2,947)

High House Bank, 19/9/19

One last chance to get away from it all before teaching starts, and if one is going to get away, the Shap Fells, in the far east of the Lake District, is certainly the place to do this. Two days’ walking (of which today was the first), over 24 miles, and I saw more deer (three) than people (none). High House Bank is the easternmost Wainwright and rises attractively over the valley of Borrowdale below (this is not the Borrowdale you’ve heard of, by the way).

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Entrance to the tea rooms

Wednesday 18th September 2019, 11.15am (day 2,946)

Richmond tea rooms, 18/9/19

It’s nice that after nearly a decade and a half working in Manchester that I can still discover some new places. This was one: I just fancied a cup of tea at this point, and surely an establishment named like this can deliver? It certainly could. Inside had to be seen to be believed as well, but I couldn’t just snap away at the customers; the profusion of flowers in the porch does give something of the right impression, however.

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By the Mancunian Way

Tuesday 17th September 2019, 9.20am (day 2,945)

By Mancunian Way, 17/9/19

I am sure that with better photographic equipment than mine one could have made this look like a lovely soft star of sunbeams, sparkling gently through the foliage on this lovely September morning. But hey, the main A57 motorway — the Mancunian Way — is a few yards to the left of this shot, and this is as firmly big-city as yesterday’s morning picture. So I beg forgiveness. I do like this little spot, an oasis in the morning walk to work — it’s featured before.

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St. Pancras New Church

Monday 16th September 2019, 8.35am (day 2,944)

St. Pancras New Church, 16/9/19

“New” is relative; this building was being built 200 years ago today, and was eventually consecrated in May 1822 to serve the residents of the new London suburb of Bloomsbury on what was, at that point, the edge of the city. The caryatid columns seen here now look out over Euston Road and all its carbon monoxide fumes. But they’ve lasted longer than the rest of us, and will continue to endure unless the HS2 rail link takes them out (I wouldn’t put it past the present administration).

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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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Oxenhope Recreation

Saturday 14th September 2019, 2.40pm (day 2,942)

Oxenhope Recreation, 14/9/19

The kind of place I do like to hang out on a Saturday afternoon. And on a glorious day like this, how can one be blamed? No money changed hands. There was merely the fun of the game (a decent one too — 5-4 to the hosts in orange, Oxenhope Recreation, versus Headingley) and the view.

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The last rays of sun

Friday 13th September 2019, 6.20pm (day 2,941)

Clare in sun, 13/9/19

The end of a week, and some relaxation time was definitely called for. This one spot outside Calan’s holds the sunshine for as long as is becoming possible at this time of year, as the days decline. Clare makes the most of this, even though (and she did pre-approve the use of this pic) it does make her look like she is sporting some fine sideburns.

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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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First class of the year (42 people)

Wednesday 11th September 2019, 10.05am (day 2,939)

HNAP session, 11/9/19

The first class of the year, which as it usually is, is with newly appointed Manchester staff and not students. Which is why it was not quite so hard to get them talking to each other. I am pretty sure there are 42 people on this shot, fitting nicely with the (long-outdated) title of the blog… and that without too much cropping (OK, I did a bit).

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