Friday 4th August 2017, 11.55am (day 2,171)
I’m still on holiday, so I’m not here. You haven’t seen me. (Taken from inside the Urbis/National Football Museum building, though you can’t prove that.)
I do say that on this blog no pictures are staged or posed, and this is the case — I do not arrange any photos specifically to be a blog post, I just take pictures of what’s happening around me at any given time. This is perhaps on the borderline of acceptability then but I did take this photo anyway, for other purposes, and it was the one that I liked best today. My Educational Technology and Communication students on their annual field trip to the National Football Museum in Manchester, with replicas of the Premier League and FA Cup trophies.
I don’t watch TV so I don’t know who the woman on the left is, but she’s clearly something to do with TV presenting because the gaggle of lighting technicians and cameramen seen here are just a portion of the posse of hangers-on, outside broadcast vans, police outriders and so on, that surrounded her in front of the National Football Museum this morning. Anyone care to provide the ID?
UPDATE: Apparently this is Michelle Ackerley — they were filming a piece for BBC’s Crimewatch (hence all the coppers, which I did think were otherwise a bit excessive)
Today was Joe’s bithrday. Amazingly, I seem to as of today be the parent of a teenager. Yet it was a win-win situation for him, because almost the first thing that happened today was that we got the phone call telling us it was a snow day, thus a day off school. But he didn’t lie around doing nothing — I took him into Manchester instead, where it was just as revoltingly snowy.
It’s Joe’s half-term, so to occupy him (and also mark Clare’s birthday) we went to the National Football Museum in Manchester. This is part of the new “From Pitch to Pixel” exhibition, head that bright orange ball and become part of some giant interactive artwork being compiled over several months, called “Hit It!”. And become part of my rather longer-lasting interactive artwork too….
As I try to keep cranking up the creativity levels on days that otherwise mundane and work-filled, it helps if a) the light is right (continued glorious weather throughout the UK) and b) someone walks across the shot at just the right moment.
(Note also how the Co-operative Group have subliminally got their branding into the picture.)
Visited the National Football Museum today, on a reconnaissance for a field trip I will be bringing my students on in a couple of weeks’ time. Yes, I get to take them to the Football Museum — and why not, it’s an interesting place, worth exploring. This exhibit, for example — showing a womens’ football team pictured during World War I, a time at which due to the regime’s need for labour women’s rights had quite a flowering. And then, as evidenced by the quote along the top of this image, they were then squashed over again (“The game of football is quite unsuitable for women and ought not to be encouraged” — from the Football Association, 1921). As goes football, so go many other areas of life.