Tag Archives: car

Worst parking — world record attempt

Monday 29th March 2021, 2.05pm (day 3,504)

Absurd parking, 29/3/21

Even the traffic warden was somewhat bemused by this saloon ‘parked’ not only on one of the slip roads to the Mancunian Way, but across a pedestrian crossing. However, I suspect the true owners of this car are not — at this point in time — aware of it being parked there. Hey, maybe they’ll beat the tow-truck.

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The sun comes out, briefly

Monday 15th February 2021, 1.20pm (day 3,462)

Mermaid in car, 15/2/21

It was about 12ºC today, compared with -2ºC on Saturday. The sun shone for a couple of hours in the afternoon and, just for a moment, there were intimations of spring. This lady appears to be enjoying it, albeit from behind glass.

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Emergency refuge

Friday 12th February 2021, 3.05pm (day 3,459)

By the M1, 12/2/21

I don’t know, one gets the chance to go out for a change, and then the car breaks down on the motorway on the way back. But everyone with whom I then had to engage to sort this out, did indeed get it sorted out, so credit to them all.

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Car crash (remote)

Friday 13th December 2019, 10.15am (day 3,032)

Dead car on path, 13/12/19

A car crash in a remote, forgotten part of Europe that probably happened three and a half years ago seems an adequate metaphor for the way things panned out today. This is a good sixty feet below the road. Maybe the occupants got out, but I actually suspect not.

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Late night taxi

Saturday 8th June 2019, 1.40am (day 2,844)

Airport taxi, 8/6/19

Back home. Such a grey and rainy day today, a total contrast with the last two days in Greece. So dull that I did not feel moved to take a picture at all between waking and sleeping: but I did get this one in the early hours as I waited for my taxi driver to get his parking token. Cars are intrinsically dull too, but that makes it representative.

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The big cat leaps

Monday 11th February 2019, 7.50am (day 2,727)

Leaping jaguar, 11/2/19

The big cat leaps into the sunrise of the urban jungle…. I walk past this sign every time I go to work in Manchester, and one nice thing about doing this blog is that I can see things anew; having never thought of taking a photograph of it before, it made itself rather attractive on this Monday morning.

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Drainage problems

Thursday 7th February 2019, 11.00am (day 2,723)

Mancunian Way splash, 7/2/19

Honestly, the street drainage in Manchester is appalling. It was wet this morning, but not that wet. But from the look of the streets it was as if some tropical storm had washed over.

Anyway, I don’t have to deal with the place so much in the next few months. The next time there’ll be even the chance to take two photos in a row from Manchester will be late March: after that, hopefully, September.

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Reaction to parking ticket

Wednesday 28th November 2018, 11.10am (day 2,652)

Parking ticket, 26/11/18

This is not my car. But I do sympathise with the owner, as this is taken near my house and they must live nearby (going on how often I see this car). Under such circumstances I too might have a mushroom cloud coming out of my head. Then again that’s one reason I don’t own a car.

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Garage, Burnley (not Turf Moor)

Thursday 8th November 2018, 5.20pm (day 2,632)

Burnley garage, 8/11/18

The town of Burnley has nearly 75,000 people in it and lies less than a dozen miles from my house, so one might have expected it to have appeared on the blog more than three times in the last seven years — and all three of them (6/4/12, 1/19/12 and 22/11/15) were taken at Turf Moor, the home of Burnley FC. Is there much other reason to go to Burnley? Not if the evidence of my life is anything to go by, but I did find cause to visit today for non-footballing reasons. The garage was nothing to do with it, but I do like the scene, even if there’s not quite the desired symmetry to the shot.

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Browns

Sunday 7th October 2018, 12.20pm (day 2,600)

Browns, 7/10/18

The browns of autumn…. Only, there is no plant life in sight. The world is still browning up, though. (Or is it browning down.)

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