Thursday, 22 December 2011


Change at Aldgate EastA seething mass of confusionWaiting to meet me at YorkKilling time before the B&B openedThe weather was lovely...It's a castle made of bricks
Definitely a big brick castleAnother dreary Barracks viewHousenMelbourne StreetIf i had the money...A quick one up the alley
Another quick one up the alleyPossibly i got a bit carried away...Alright, alright, last one, i promise!Out of the alley and down to the riverParting of the waysBaiting up
Peek a booTroll BiffaOf course it doesn't look like that in real life...On the other side of the bridge, it was rainingWill this do?WD No14 WEST
A couple of days in York, a set on Flickr.

I was up there recently for a few days of rest and gentle, camera based relaxation. Enjoyed it a lot, York is a great place if you like picturesque old stuff and beer. Oh and rivers, they've got some of those too. Yes, i liked it a lot. but still not enough to be looking forward to going up there again tonight because 'the trunk driver didn't turn up and you were the only cover we could get'.

I doubt very much if i'll meet John Allison either, not unless he's unlucky enough to be driving up the A1 at midnight. He does write some bloody good comics though.

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Wandering around Walton on the Naze in the dark

Pulling power the birds can't resistJust stopped for a quick peeMooning with a tripodCity of Tiny LightsMoonlight Sea Grain

Once upon a time, long , long ago, i took a picture here in the low, fading evening light. I took it with a cheap plastic instamatic type camera, using film that was a year out of date. It's dark, grainy and heavily vignetted and quite quite wonderful, it looks like some kind of primordial landscape, like from when life first emerged from the seas. It is, i think, the best picture i have ever taken. One day, with all my fancy digital kit, one day, i'll catch that picture again...
Just not today.

Sunday, 4 December 2011

Not actually the end of the world as such..

Anyone unfortunate enough to have spent time in my company will know i'm a cheery, optimistic soul, indeed one of my favourite phrases is "we're doomed", closely followed by "it's the end of the world". Quite how these apply to my current situation, sitting, cosy and stuffed full of rather nice curry in a warehouse canteen, gazing out of the window as I wait for the lorry to get loaded, may not at first be apparent. Allow me to elaborate: in the car park outside is a bush, nothing special, it has little green leaves and little yellow flowers. Yesterday when I was here there were what appeared to be bees buzzing around them. I haven't seen any today, but then the weather was better yesterday, quite nice and sunny, today it's all grey and miserable, quite wintry  in fact. But then that's not surprising, we're only a couple of weeks away from the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year. It is, in fact, more or less the middle of the bleeding winter. And yesterday it was all nice and sunny and there were bees buzzing round the flowers...
So, there you go then, probably not the end just yet, and probably not the whole world, but soon I'd say, and certainly for this particular bunch of over clever monkeys and much of the stuff around them. Best get a window seat while you can, I suspect this will be a once in a lifetime experience.