Tag Archives: books

Chetham’s Library, Manchester

Wednesday 19th June 2019, 11.10am (day 2,855)

Chetham's Library, 19/6/19

Now that’s a proper library. And I was here for scholarly purposes, too. Occasionally it is still possible to feel that in my profession, things are as they were a couple of centuries ago. I mean, in a good way.

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Bookstall, Oxford Road

Tuesday 23rd April 2019, 1.50pm (day 2,798)

Bookstall, Oxford Road, 23/4/19

Back to work properly, but still a relatively balmy vibe over Manchester thanks to continuing good weather (it’s on the change, though), and a general lack of people of the academic persuasion. Why black and white today? Why not? I haven’t posted in monochrome for a while.

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The chained library

Tuesday 12th March 2019, 10.55am (day 2,756)

Chained library, 12/3/19

A visit to Hereford today, and its cathedral, mainly to see the very famous and superb Mappa Mundi, or medieval map of the world, created in about 1300. A wonderful object but though I got many photos of the details, none of those would be my own art — so here’s a shot from the adjacent Chained Library. Hereford has long been a seat of learning and with books so valuable in olden times, they were chained to the shelves to prevent theft. We take knowledge and education for granted these days — although if Donald Trump keeps going with present policy, perhaps that will change soon.

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Self-portrait in British Library

Wednesday 21st March 2018, 2.40pm (day 2,400)

British library selfie, 21/3/18

There are worse places to come and do a couple of days’ work than London and worse buildings to spend the first day in than the British Library. I seem to have come out looking like the business end of a felt pen, but still, I quite like this one. Day 2,400 of the blog, a nice round number so I have updated the stats (if you really want to see how obsessively anal one can get with chronicling). I calculate day 2,500 should come at the end of June.

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In the library

Thursday 3rd December 2015, 2.15pm (day 1,561)

Library shelves, 3/12/15

I do sometimes still end up doing work in this place. I wonder whether the government think it is ‘productive’…

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Books on the floor of Joe’s room

Thursday 4th July 2013, 4.10pm (day 679)

Books on floor, 4/7/13

While citizens of the USA were presumably celebtrating their Independence Day today, I had a day spent mostly at home writing. These books caught my eye later on though, bathed in a small pool of afternoon sunlight. It would be nice to claim our Joe was a voracious reader but I think these are on their way to the car boot sale. Indeed it would probably embarrass him to reveal to the world there are still around 20 Thomas the Tank Engine books visible here. So I won’t point that out.

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The British Library

Friday 18th May 2012, 3.25pm (day 267)

British Library, 18/5/12

Went to London on a day trip today, for a meeting, which we held here mainly because it’s easy to get to and a nice space. What you see here is the ‘King’s Library’, the King in question being George III: his library now sits as a kind of monumental pedestal n the centre of the building. The new concourse at King’s Cross station is also pretty cool, by the way. With St Pancras between the two this is becoming a decent part of the city.

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