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Gus

Tuesday 17th December 2019, 3.40pm (day 3,036)

Gus, 17/12/19

“You’re not pointing that camera at me, are you?” asks Gus. Well yeah, actually you could see that I was…  No offence meant my friend.

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Clare’s December build

Monday 2nd December 2019, 9.35am (day 3,021)

Lego advent calendar, 2/12/19

Advent calendars which just involved opening a door and seeing a picture of an elf or something have long been deemed passé; now there must be something to consume, or play with, or build. As in the Harry Potter Lego Multimedia Cross-Disciplinary Advertising calendar that the wife has acquired this year. Day 2 — build the Hogwarts Express, for Master Potter who came out bright and fresh on Dec 1 (that’s him to bottom right).

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Working on my balcony

Sunday 24th November 2019, 4.45pm (day 3,013)

Working on balcony, 24/11/19

Today, Monday and Tuesday are going to be the work days on this trip — today, to get ready for the other two. I needed a rest after the journey, anyway. Little to see, therefore: it was either the inside of a restaurant, or the pleasant balcony outside my room where I spent the afternoon hacking away on the laptop. There is, of course, more to see of Indonesia than this, but you’ll have to bear with me.

Why the monochrome? As is often the case — to hide coloured blotches caused by lens flare. It works, too. In the original. most of the top right quadrant is stained red.

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I have a new Official Birthday

Sunday 17th November 2019, 7.40pm (day 3,006)

Official birthday sparkler, 17/11/19

Having stayed at the in-laws’ over the weekend, it was announced that I was being taken out for dinner this Sunday night — and the justification being that they hadn’t had the chance to be taken out for my 50th birthday back at the end of August. Seeing as a rather long time had elapsed between then and today we decided that, like the Queen, I should have a real birtday and then an ‘Official Birthday’ — weeks later in the year (Queen Elizabeth II has her real birthday on April 21st and then an Official thing in June some time). Forgive my presumption, but I got a cake and everything, here pictured with sparkler flaiming, so I’m happy to embrace a second such day each year. On November 17th perhaps — let’s see if I remember it 🙂

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Reggie and Annie (true love)

Wednesday 6th November 2019, 5.45pm (day 2,995)

Reggie and Annie, 6/11/19

Reggie and Annie are as true a couple as I have ever met. Somewhat out of focus though it is, I like this photo because it demonstrates that fact.

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At the Food Festival (again)

Saturday 28th September 2019, 6.45pm (day, 2,956)

Food festival, 28/9/19

A Saturday night out in Manchester and, to start it, a return to the Food & Drink Festival also depicted (more abstractly) yesterday. On both days there were plenty of pleasant things to consume. Manchester makes its five-in-a-row: only the second time I have managed this, the first being in March 2014.

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Platform 1, Leeds station

Tuesday 10th September 2019, 2.10pm (day 2,938)

Leeds station, 10/9/19

More monochrome, but it felt right. The position of the half-seen guard may or may not be a sign of despair at the state of the local train service.

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Day of endless gray

Monday 9th September 2019, 7.00pm (day 2,937)

Grey September day, 9/9/19

The blue skies of the last two days were definitively absent today. The view from the back of the house was the limit of my horizons. Had I not set the monochrome filter you wouldn’t really see a great deal more colour beyond a kind of dull green on the hillside. Happy Mondays.

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Barricade

Friday 16th August 2019, 1.45pm (day 2,913)

Barricaded in, 16/8/19

I have to write. I basically barricaded myself in the house to do so, even if only symbolically. These are the tough assignments: days in the house, working, grey and dull weather, and not even any family members around to pose for portraits. So here is the barricade, either a messy abstract of a shot or an interesting bunch of textures. What’s going on with the floor exactly, I don’t know, but that’s my house for you.

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As good a reason to come to Belgium as any

Saturday 3rd August 2019, 8.10pm (day 2,900)

Belgian beer, 3/8/19

I’ve always been prepared to state that the Belgians do the world’s finest beer. And it’s very nice to finally come to their country and test this out for real. Has my mind changed? Not in the least.

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