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Pondering the future

Tuesday 30th June 2020, 11.20am (day 3,232)

Pondering, 30/6/20

First trip to campus since March 8th, which as it was a Sunday, already had a desolate, end-of-the-world feel about it that the subsequent closure has cemented in place. On the few days over lockdown that I have visited, all of the city of Manchester has seemed like a coma patient. There is a certain amount of internal activity, things moving around from place to place, but there’s no real life or consciousness to it. This guy looks very much like he’s pondering his future and so should we all. Plants are doing well, though.

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Hot day on campus

Thursday 25th July 2019, 3.30pm (day 2,891)

Hot campus, 25/7/19

Infrastructurally, politically, the country moves inexorably to a state of meltdown, but hey, let’s at least enjoy the sunshine while it lasts.

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Reading in Russell Square

Thursday 31st January 2019, 12.40pm (day 2,716)

Reading in Russell Square, 31/1/19

Up and about again today, though not very far nor very energetically. This is the kind of vibe I am trying to affect at the moment.

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Back to school

Monday 16th April 2018, 10.25am (day 2,426)

Sam Alex foyer, 16/4/18

2017-18 is my thirteenth academic year at the University of Manchester, meaning that today was the 39th opening day of a term there. Samuel Alexander has seen more than me, certainly as a bust in the foyer of his eponymous building: but according to his memorial he did 31 years as a functioning professor (of Philosophy) so I’ll catch him up in, er…. 2036.

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An inanimate object with a secret inner life

Tuesday 27th March 2018, 12.10pm (day 2,406)

Tripod, 27/3/18

It’s student video-making season: Sissi (bottom left) becomes the latest to come to my office and point a camera at me for sundry purposes. While she reviewed her footage, I became intrigued by her tripod. This is an inanimate object with a secret inner life if ever there was one. People go to certain clubs dressed like this.

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In University Place

Tuesday 28th November 2017, 9.30am (day 2,287)

University Place, 28/11/17

She’s about to stand up, so this was my one chance to get this picture — hence, it’s fiercely cropped and could be a lot sharper. But…. I still kinda like it. You can’t really go wrong with rimlight like that.

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The Osaka recruitment fair

Thursday 23rd March 2017, 7.00pm (day 2,037)

Osaka fair, 23/3/17

I am here to work rather than just swan around visiting shrines, so here is a picture of that side of my life. We are trying to persuade Japanese potential students to come and study in Manchester — many of whom are vastly intelligent, fluent in English and would be obvious assets to the intellectual community, only you try telling this to certain elements in the reactionary press. Anyway, ignoring this aspect of our lives my colleague James, on the left, and his temporary client, seem happy enough as they discuss how to arrange this. I like this picture, it makes it feel like our presence here has a real positive point.

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Greenhouse café

Tuesday 31st January 2017, 11.05am (day 1,986)

Greenhouse cafe, 31/1/17

Although teaching term has restarted at Manchester, this guy still looked very much on his own in the corner of this particular campus café, and that’s what I was trying to capture.

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By the entrance to the Botanical Gardens

Friday 3rd May 2013, 10.15am (day 617)

Botanical garden, 3/5/13

Maybe I take too many candid photos of strangers but let’s look at it this way: 617 days into this blog and I’m trying not to repeat myself, take away the street portrait photography and there’d be even less to work with. I think this photo also encapsulates how nice it is to have this lovely slab of parkland right beside the QUT campus: who’d not feel like studying outside, in the continuing lovely weather here.

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Keeping it old school

Sunday 14th April 2013, 11.05am (day 598)

QUT library, 14/4/13

In the Gardens Point library, QUT, this Sunday morning. You see, I do still hang around in libraries now and again, as do the students.

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