Tag Archives: graffiti

Zagreb central station (James Bond reference)

Wednesday 16th May 2018, 1.40pm (day 2,456)

Zagreb station, 16/5/18

The conference ended today but I am in Zagreb until Friday, and transited to a different hotel in the early afternoon. My walk there took me past the main railway station, a symbolic spot for those who have seen and enjoyed From Russia With Love — the best Bond movie (yes, it is) — as it’s here that 007 meets the evil Grant –the best Bond villain (don’t argue now) — posing as a fellow British agent.

Actually, those scenes weren’t filmed here, but in Turkey: and in the book, Grant and Bond meet not in Zagreb, but Trieste. But this is just detail….

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Anyone for tennis?

Monday 2nd April 2018, 12.55pm (day 2,412)

Tennis court, 2/4/18

Easter. A time to celebrate spring, a time of renewal and growth. A day for another few tons of grey slush to barrel out of the sky and drench and depress us all. This should be a tennis court in the park. Instead it’s a sea of crud that doesn’t even have the decency to be solid, at least then we could build a snowman.

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My nan’s harder

Saturday 10th February 2018, 11.55am (day 2,361)

My nans harder, 10/2/18

A day spent entirely at or in the vicinity of home was never going to be easy photographically, so let’s pick up some more of HB’s amusing graffiti to epitomise the day. Plenty of post-processing was needed to bring out the blue of the spray paint. But if only I could add the missing apostrophe without feeling like a total pedant.

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Prefabs and posters

Friday 8th December 2017, 9.15am (day 2,297)

Prefabs and posters, 8/12/17Last day of a long week spent mostly (Monday aside) in Manchester. Was worried it was going to be a day too far but some good things happened and in the morning, at least, it was sunny. So here’s another picture of a building site. But a sunny one.

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Misty morning

Friday 27th October 2017, 8.05am (day 2,255)

Misty building site, 27/10/17

It became a very bright and sunny day in Manchester but at 8am the whole city centre was wreathed in this rather eerie mist. A long and busy week comes to an end; time for a break….

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Alley off Trafalgar Street, Brighton

Sunday 10th September 2017, 10.40am (day 2,208)

Brighton alley, 10/9/17

I do like side streets. Particularly in an attractive place like Brighton, where the graffiti artists have talent and vision, on a relatively sunny morning.

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Anonymous critique of British politics

Monday 10th July 2017, 8.05am (day 2,146)

Poiitical statement, 10/7/17

Sums it up for me, in at least two different ways.

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Underpass

Wednesday 5th July 2017, 3.50pm (day 2,141)

Underpass, 5/7/17

So scabbed has my walk to work become by various building sites of one form or another that each day I go into Manchester I find myself driven down further obscure corners of the urban architecture. And who is Gurn? Who knows what claims are made here?

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The rusty container (with smiley)

Monday 12th June 2017, 2.40pm (day 2,118)

Rusting container, 12/6/17

Hebden Bridge and Mytholmroyd, though considered by some authorities (e.g. the post office) to be the same place, are separated by a clear half-mile or so of space in which there are no houses or buildings on the main road or the path/lane that goes through the woods and along the river bank, the latter being my favoured way to walk between the two. And on that path, it is this rusting, graffiti-covered but still mostly intact cargo container stood in the woods that, for me, represents the moment at which I arrive in Mytholmroyd (though after that it’s still a good fifteen minutes’ walk to get to, say, Joe’s school, which is where I was heading today). It’s been close to getting on the blog for some time now — let’s finally feature it. I like the ‘smiley face’ in the rust to top right.

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Before I die I want to…

Thursday 2nd March 2017, 4.35pm (day 2,016)

Before I die, 2/3/17

An ‘installation’, I guess you’d call this, on campus at the moment…. Probably a huge amount of sociological analysis to be done here.

And how would I answer this question? Well, my bucket list is actually getting a few things ticked off it this year, if all works out (e.g. Japan, midnight sun, eclipse), so maybe I should think of some new ones. Or be all Zen about it, accept that my life could end at any time, and just take what’s coming — while continuing to faithfully record it of course.

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