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Sunday 13th November 2022, 10.45am (day 4,098)

Captions, Leeds, 13/11/22

It looks like I may have laid these captions over the photo with some editing software but that’s not the case. Instead these were hanging above Briggate, in Leeds, because someone had clearly decided that positive-sounding, but actually meaningless, exhortations to solidarity are just what the country needs to get us through this time of incompetency.

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Marginal notes

Tuesday 19th July 2022, 11.10am (day 3,981)

Marginalia, 19/7/22

I am in Oxford to consult an archive of material relevant to St. Helena, collected by the late Trevor Hearl, who, it appears, knew absolutely everything there was to know about the island — and as you see here, was prepared to offer his opinions to civil servants on their ‘Efficiency Reports’.

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95% recycled?

Monday 13th June 2022, 12.20pm (day 3,945)

95% recycled, 13/6/22

After the expanded horizons of yesterday, it was back to work today. I could have posted a pic demonstrating that I am a Pinball Wizard (all-time high score on the pub machine) but that would just have been me showing off, so let’s try to make out that I was engaged in some gainful employment. Whether the message on the pen is a metaphor or not, that’s up to you to determine.

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Monday 31st January 2022, 3.15pm (day 3,812)

Tree communication, 31/1/22

Communicating by carving a message into a tree is known as ‘blazing’ — something I only found out immediately before posting this, thanks to the ever-fascinating Wikipedia. The most famous blazed tree is probably one in Queensland, where a message was left in 1861 for a party of explorers that was never found. I doubt this one, on the path from Hebden Bridge to Mytholmroyd, is as significant in historical terms, but obviously it meant something to someone at the time. And, thanks to this post, to me too, here and now.

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Running near empty

Monday 13th July 2020, 12.55pm (day 3,245)

Biro, 13/7/20

From Wednesday this week I am off work for the rest of the month.  But until that day is reached, I am like this pen.  Just about still functioning but there’s very little left in the tank.

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Saturday 15th February 2020, 10.45am (day 3,096)

Old diaries, 15/2/20

Dull photo, but it was a dull day as everyone waited for Storm Dennis to see whether it felt like adding to the misery. But it did not.

This blog is really just an outgrowth of the personal diary I have kept every day since the start of 1984. I raided the archive today, and here are a bunch of the thirty or so volumes of my other auto-chronicle. Is there a word for this urge to record things? Whatever the name of the condition, I have it.

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Joe’s homework

Thursday 15th January 2015, 5.00pm (day 1,239)

Joe's homework, 15/1/15

It’s a long period at home — 10 of the 15 shots so far in 2015 have been taken in Hebden Bridge. Though things liven up again come early February, there is no change to come in the next fortnight. So I have to find my creativity where I can, by leeching on the work of others.

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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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