Tag Archives: graffiti

Steam cleaning, MOT

Thursday 9th June 2022, 11.50am (day 3,941)

In Batley, 9/6/22

If this garage did ever offer the services suggested here, it doesn’t do so any more. This abandoned lot sits near Batley rail station, a town making its debut on the blog today, albeit unglamorously. The nob graffito is the final touch.

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Art criticism

Wednesday 18th May 2022, 4.15pm (day 3,919)

Pretentious crap, 18/5/22

I’ve been saving this one up for a while; this piece of anonymous art criticism has been in place for some months now. Could he be saying the same thing about my own work? Pretentious, I hope not. Boring maybe, but that’s life.

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Manchester, old v new

Monday 11th April 2022, 6.55pm (day 3,882)

Near Deansgate, 11/4/22

An excuse today to walk through some parts of Manchester that I don’t frequent often. Although the brick rectangle to the bottom left annoys me somewhat, I think that this shot reflects, for me, the way Manchester seems to have developed in the last ten years or more. Significant parts of it aspire to be the hypermodern ‘skyscraper forest’ these days, but the old industrial landscape hangs on here and there.

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Who’s that?

Friday 7th January 2022, 2.10pm (day 3,788)

Who's that, 7/1/22

Either someone from the local Mytholmroyd graffiti fraternity is concerned that an interloper is muscling in on their territory — or they’re doing one of those things where, lacking attention, they have done the equivalent of liking their own blog post. Which is it? Inquiring minds want to know.

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Heading for campus, early

Tuesday 7th September 2021, 8.05am (day 3,666)

Manchester morning, 7/9/21

Did something I had not done since 28th July, and went to campus. The scenes are much the same as they have ever been, but the weather is certainly very fine at the moment. A ‘goodlife’ indeed, even at 8.05am.

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Potatoe insult

Thursday 2nd September 2021, 1.35pm (day 3,661)

Bird is a potatoe, 2/9/21

There are so many questions begged by this corner of Calder Holmes Park that I don’t even know where to start. Who is ‘Bird’? Why is s/he called that? Is the superhero graffito connected in any way? What have they done to deserve being called a ‘potatoe’ and has Dan Quayle been involved?

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Down in the subway

Wednesday 16th June 2021, 10.35am (day 3,583)

This subway under Manchester Road in Rochdale is very neglected, a real hole in the ground. But with the sunshine pouring down from outside, it’s not unattractive.

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Under the A1

Friday 9th April 2021, 10.15am (day 3,515)

Under the A1, 9/4/21

I went out on a walk today: the last day, officially, of my Easter break. I saw no reason to stay at home. I don’t know quite why I like this picture, except that it was one of those that worked out as anticipated; this is the picture I hoped it would be when I pressed the shutter. The road is the A1, a mile or so east of the town of Chester-le-Street, in County Durham.

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Dead brolly

Tuesday 23rd February 2021, 3.50pm (day 3,470)

Dead brolly, 23/2/21

In fact, this is so dismembered I’m not even sure it is, or used to be, an umbrella. But never mind. It makes a difference from depicting the dead city of Manchester more generally. And does reflect what was a quite windy day.

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Psychedelic pathway

Friday 29th January 2021, 3.50pm (day 3,445)

Psychedelic footpath, 29/1/21

It’s just some graffiti on the old pumping station up in the woods above my house. But wouldn’t it be nice if this really were some portal into another world. One where the pubs were open, would be a real good start.

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