Tag Archives: black and white

Rochdale evening

Tuesday 1st November 2022, 9.00pm (day 4,086)

Rochdale evening, 1/11/22

Why was I in the depths of Rochdale at 9pm on a Tuesday evening? Photography reasons, of course. (OK, actually it was a football match.) The substantial tower blocks in the background are locally known as the ‘Seven Sisters’, I believe. As is often the case, going monochrome disguises some dubious sodium-lighting yellowness and the odd bit of lens flare. Plus it just seems like a black-and-white kind of place, to be honest, befitting the first day of November.

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Social club

Friday 29th October 2022, 2.05pm (day 4,083)

Vauxhall Motors FC, 29/11/22

There might only have been about 35 or so people at the game, but it was social enough — despite appearances at this point.

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Neighbour’s hands

Monday 10th October 2022, 1.05pm (day 4,064)

Neighbour's hands, 10/10/22

Another day when there wasn’t a great deal to do except spy on the neighbours: but I did like the shapes her hands were making.

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Abington services, M74

Sunday 11th September 2022, 12.20pm (day 4,035)

Abington services, 11/9/22

The drive home. The convenience of Abington service station on the M74, two and a half hours from Dundee, and usually three hours from home: unless the bastards close the M6, like they did this weekend. But that’s a different and undepicted story. I hope, at least, that this couple, also heading south, still felt affectionate once they got home.

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Chamber of (mild) torture

Tuesday 30th August 2022, 10.20am (day 4,023)

Dentist light, 30/8/22

This was the view looking up from the dentist’s chair in which I spent a not-entirely-enjoyable 40 minutes this morning. Could have been worse I suppose — and would have been, before convenient local anaesthetics were invented.

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Once a piano

Monday 1st August 2022, 5.25pm (day 3,994)

Piano remnants, 1/8/22

The ‘West Riding’ bar on Dewsbury station ranks up there with the world’s great railway station refreshment rooms. It’s quite as good as Stalybridge’s, and that’s high praise indeed. The random scattering of stuff around it, inside and out, seems natural rather than the affectations of an interior designer. It’s been a while since this piano made any music, but it remains interesting in different ways.

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Monday morning in Oxford

Monday 18th July 2022, 8.45am (day 3,980)

Ship Street, Oxford, 18/7/22

My perambulation around the southern parts of England continues. Academic that I am you might have expected Oxford — undoubtedly one of the world’s greatest seats of learning — to have featured on here over the last 11 years (nearly). Its rival Cambridge has done so, and I have to say I do find that the more attractive place of the two. Cambridge has rural charm whereas Oxford is really just a middling-sized city with, admittedly, some pretty fine buildings. But on a sunny, pleasant Monday morning, it’ll do.

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Smoke break (early)

Wednesday 8th June 2022, 7.40am (day 3,940)

Smoke break, 8/6/22

At the moment it’s a case of — do I sit at home all day working, or trug into Manchester and sit in my office all day? Well, at least going into Manchester gets me a bit more exercise. There always seems to be at least one person smoking outside this building on Booth Street in the city centre, no matter how early I pass by.

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Fishing in the Dee

Monday 23rd May 2022, 2.00pm (day 3,924)

Fishing in the Dee, 23/5/22

Aberdeen’s debut appearance on this blog was on 24th June 2015 with a picture of a bloke stood in the middle of the River Dee, presumably fishing. Six years and eleven months on, for all I know this is the same bloke, although he’s further downstream than before. Still, I stand by my first impression of that time: that this is a surprisingly attractive city, this river particularly: it’s hard to believe that this is very near the centre of a place with 200,000 inhabitants. The cars on the bridge are the only real hint of urbanity.

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Canal Street lock

Monday 9th May 2022, 8.55am (day 3,910)

Canal Street lock, 9/5/22

Hardly a great photo technically, and converted to black and white as much to conceal deficiencies as any other reason. But it does suggest that when there is a boat in the Canal Street lock in Manchester city centre, this is often the most interesting thing to see on the walk into work. It’s nice that this old transport system is still used: not everything useful has to be hyper-efficient.

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