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Bottom of School Street

Wednesday 10th July 2013, 4.10pm (day 685)

Bottom of School Street, 10/7/13

Stayed at home almost all day writing, and it wasn’t even a sunny day, so no real light. Here’s a study of form and composition from my locality that I’ve not yet covered, however. The School in question is Stubbings, the steps go up to its lower entrance. (Not a contradiction in terms – that’s Hebden Bridge for you.) I make this the first post box to appear on the blog, though I might be wrong.

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Clare, adding up

Saturday 3rd December 2011, 11.10am (day 100)

Clare, writing, 3/12/11

Another effort today by the Whitworth family to sell various forms of artwork (home-made and otherwise) to a mildly interested public. Better than three weeks ago: we made a reasonable amount for two hours’ work.

This blog is now 100 days old so I’ve put some more photos up on the ‘Best of the Rest’ page. Of the 100 photos I’ve used here are some stats – the numbers don’t quite add up because sometimes I’ve just had to classify them in more than one category:

  • 8 of the photos are landscapes, 5 of these from the Lake District – 30 urban scenes (of which 14 are in Hebden Bridge and 7 in Manchester) – 25 portraits (6 of Joe, 5 of Clare, 6 of friends or colleagues, 8 of strangers and, mercifully, only one a self-portrait) – 10 of flora and fauna – 6 classed as ‘transport’ and 22 interiors.
  • 14 of the daily photos are taken outside of the UK: 4 in Russia, 3 in Finland and 5 in Norway, plus two at indeterminate locations, somewhere over the North Sea in planes (to and from the same trip to Bergen in early November).
  • The most popular time for photos is the morning: 40 of the 100 have been taken between 8am – noon. Only four have been taken after 8pm.
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Stubbings School, Hebden Bridge – closed

Wednesday 30th November 2011, 9.55am (day 97)

Stubbings is closed, 30/11/11

The public sector comprises people like teachers, refuse collectors, immigration officers, police officers, nurses, gravediggers…  performing those tasks which are essential to the functionality and health of a society but which are difficult to ‘market’, unglamorous, dangerous, non-profit-making or all of the above. The UK government has, since taking power in a right-wing, private-sector-led coup that followed the inconclusive May 2010 general election, launched a sustained raid on the pensions funds of these groups, using the proceeds to pay off bankers who privatise and tax-dodge with their profits, but nationalise their debts – the perfect scam – and spending them on nuclear weapons that will never be fired (see October 3rd commentary).

The public sector unions responded by today calling a widespread strike, which will be excoriated in certain right-wing papers tomorrow as a matter of course, despite being supported by 61% of the British public, according to one opinion poll. Had Joe’s school been open – it was not – I would have kept him off anyway as a show of support. I hope there are more. Something has to make the bastards crack. They’re a Coalition for heaven’s sake, all it takes is the Lib Dems to stop pimping our arses while the Chancellor stands behind, shafting away.

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