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Monday, 31 December 2007

Countdown To Picture Of The Year - 2

Greens Windmill in Sneinton appeared on May 5th. I remember taking a few disappointing shots when it was overcast. But as I was leaving the park, the sun came out, so I returned and took some more. I like windmills and lighthouses, but as I live about 60 miles from the nearest coast, I'm unlikely to see one in the middle of the big city. Mind you, that could be said of windmills. But as you can see, Nottingham has one!

Sunday, 30 December 2007

Countdown To Picture Of The Year - 3

For various reasons I tend not to take too many pictures of people in public. But I quite like the expression on this guy who's pretending to be one of Robin Hood's merry men, which first appeared on August 14th. He's looking a bit mean & moody, and somewhat like he's up to no good.

What do you think?

Saturday, 29 December 2007

Countdown To Picture Of The Year - 4

After viewing the 300 odd photos I've published this year, I've managed to whittle it down to 4. Although there were many 'almost made its'. The selection has been difficult, as I've taken a wide range of subjects in a range of styles. Looking back at them, I've thought I could have taken this a bit better; or more closer, or waited for that illusive decisive moment. But like anything, practice makes perfect as they say. So I aim to take even better ones during 2008.

So my first photo appeared back on Jan 21. I quite enjoy taking reflective pictures and this one of a Victorian street lamp, I think is simple, but effective. To improve it, I should have removed the distracting leaves.

Friday, 28 December 2007

Gis a Job!

Now that Santa has done the rounds for another year, he is effectively out of work. So to make ends meet, he's got a job advertising a local tattoo parlour. I spotted him grabbing a quick jacket potato, before trudging the streets of the city once again.

Thursday, 27 December 2007

Can Dogs Read?

The final photo from Switzerland is of this mosaic picture in the pavement. I spotted quite a few across Genevan streets. Not understanding French, I had no idea what it was saying. Typing it into a translation website, it seemed to say 'don't let your dog poo on the pavement'. Seems a much more effective message than the little signs on lampposts that we get here and which nobody takes any notice of. These pictures are quite decorative too.

Tuesday, 25 December 2007

He's Just A Poor Boy, From A Poor Family

This line from one of the most best loved songs probably gives it away of my featured rock star. It is of course Freddie Mercury, lead singer with legendary band Queen.

Queen first came to Montreux in 1978 to record their album 'Jazz'. Freddie fell in love with the area and bought a house there. It's also where he died in November 1991.

The statue of Freddie overlooks Lake Geneva and was made by Irena Sedlecka. It was unveiled in 1996 by close friends and family.

If you didn't know, the line is from Bohemian Rhapsody, and was the British Christmas number one single in 1975.

Keep on rockin Freddie, wherever you are.

Monday, 24 December 2007

By The White Of The Shiny Mountain

Another town that we visited was Montreux. Which is probably most famous as a subject for the Deep Purple song; "Smoke on the Water". Which tells the story of a hotel that caught fire, which they were going to do a concert in. It's also well known for it's annual jazz festival. Here are two views of the Montreux Palace Hotel, which looks a very nice, but very expensive place to stay.

Saturday, 22 December 2007

There's Snow In Them There Hills

On Monday, we decided to go exploring by bus. One of the few cheap things in Geneva is public transport. In fact it appears to cost nothing to ride on a bus. We had some free passes from our hotel, but the locals just seemed to hop on and off without paying the driver. Vernier was one of the places we visited. It seemed a strange place, as it appeared to be a new community, built on a hill, but nothing there of interest. After taking some photos, we boarded the next bus and returned to Geneva.

Friday, 21 December 2007

Sign of the Times

Here's a typical Swiss road sign. A mixture of typefaces and style of signage. We passed through Lausanne when we spent the day in Montreux. Sunny pictures from this lakeside town to follow over the next few days.

Thursday, 20 December 2007

Raising the Standard

Here's one of the many narrow & quaint streets in the old part of Geneva. There are some interesting examples of architecture and I would have liked to have spent longer investigating, but Gail was getting cold & her feet were aching, so we stopped off at a small cafe for a drink & a bite to eat.

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

Whizzed Over Land from Switzerland.

I'm back from my little jaunt with my darling Gail to Switzerland. I was a bit disheartened to find that the weather was just the same in Geneva as we had left it in England; cold, windy & dull. Never mind, we had a great time & of course I took lots of photos. Some of which I'll be showing you over the next few days. This will give me time to get some new pictures from Nottingham.

The first shot is of the old town next to the lake, with mist and snow covered mountains watching over things.

Sunday, 16 December 2007

Hello Switzerland

Hi folks, Gail & I are in Geneva at the moment for a few days. Naturally I am taking lots of photos, alas the weather isn't very good, overcast & cold. The hotel where we are staying has Internet access, unfortunately I have no way of uploading any of my pictures. So you'll all just have to wait until Thursday!

Friday, 14 December 2007

Turkey Shoot

I know I promised no more Christmas pictures, but I had to show you this window scene, which can be filed under comedy.

It reminds me of the old films from the 1920's & 30's where someone who is being chased would put a shade on their head and pretend to be a lamp.

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

Study By Night

Here's a photo of the Portland Building of Nottingham University. Not one of my best, due to a bit of camera shake. I had left my trusty Gorillapod at home. But it still gives a good impression of what the building is like in the darkness.

Monday, 10 December 2007


Somehow, this Belicia Beacon at a zebra crossing on Queen Street has been pushed over. I have no idea if it was through poor driving or drunken antics. These three workmen look a bit puzzled too.

Sunday, 9 December 2007

Here Comes The Sun

Although people are busy now writing cards & wrapping presents, their minds are also on holidays. The new brochures should be hitting the travel agents' shelves very shortly. Gail & I have already booked our first one. We're off to Dubai again at the end of January for two weeks.

So to remind everyone across the world that doesn't get sunny days anymore, here's a photo of a Dubaian hotel being kissed by the warm sunlight. And if you want to see more photos of Dubai I have my Dubai photo blog. There was also Bluey's fantastic Dubai Daily Photo page, which unfortunately ceased a few months ago.

Saturday, 8 December 2007

Pull The Udder One!

It always pays to carry a camera, as I took this last night, quite by chance. Why this bar on St James' Street had a life sized model of a cow on show I have no idea. It wasn't even called The Cow.

Anyway it reminds me of an old and rather corny joke about a horse going into a pub and asking for a pint of beer. The barman pulls the beer and says to the horse, that'll be £3.50 please. While the horse is counting out some coins, the barman says that they don't serve that many horses. The horse looks the barman straight in the eye and says, "I'm not surprised at three fifty a pint"!

Friday, 7 December 2007

Our Robin

Here's a picture of Robin Hood and his merry men, which is on the inside of the Council House dome. There are all sorts of stories about whether he was a real character or not, and in fact whether he came from Yorkshire, rather than from Nottingham at all.

Sherwood Forest does exist and is now bidding for £50 million of lottery money to be spent on a new visitors centre (a weird design) and lots of new trees. Other bids include the Eden project in Cornwall and a national plan to improve the countries' cycle tracks.

Thursday, 6 December 2007

Governing By Night

Hi everyone I'm back from my jaunt down south.

I have been to Luton for a couple of days for work. Naturally I took my camera and snapped away in my spare time. Although it's supposed to be Nottingham Daily Photo, I have to show you Luton's town hall at night. It's a typical Victorian building with high ceilings and marble floors. The clock works and 'dongs' every 15 minutes. I have to go back next week & will ask if I can go up the tower.

Sunday, 2 December 2007

Moonlight Shadow

Mike Oldfield's hit song from 1983, gave me inspiration for this shot. The moon casting its glow onto a passing cloud.

I won't be around for a couple of days, as I'm away down south on business. Please don't forget me, and pop back on Thursday.

Saturday, 1 December 2007

The Bridge To Nowhere

It's the First of the month and it's theme day, the topic being bridges.

This photo shows all that is left of the viaduct that carried trains along the London, Midland, Scottish line. which closed during the Beeching cuts of the 1960's. The rest has been knocked down over years, as new structures appear across the city. This is likely to be demolished in the next year or so. I have also shown you other parts of this area, which is known as Narrow Marsh a few weeks ago.

Here are the links to the other sites that are participating:
Boston (MA), USA - San Diego (CA), USA - Stayton (OR), USA - New York City (NY), USA - Portland (OR), USA - Montego Bay, Jamaica - Inverness (IL), USA - Singapore, Singapore - Stockholm, Sweden - Setúbal, Portugal - Brussels, Belgium - Phoenix (AZ), USA - Seattle (WA), USA - Hyde, UK - Manila, Philippines - Fort Lauderdale (FL), USA - London, England - Austin (TX), USA - Toulouse, France - Weston (FL), USA - Sesimbra, Portugal - Selma (AL), USA - Silver Spring (MD), USA - Saarbrücken, Germany - Cleveland (OH), USA - Crystal Lake (IL), USA - American Fork (UT), USA - Seoul, South Korea - Kyoto, Japan - Tokyo, Japan - Norwich (Norfolk), UK - North Bay (ON), Canada - Arradon, France - Paderborn, Germany - Durban, South Africa - Philadelphia (PA), USA - Cypress (TX), USA - Cottage Grove (MN), USA - Prague, Czech Republic - Portland (OR), USA - Greenville (SC), USA - Boston (MA), USA - Port Angeles (WA), USA - Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - Wichita (Ks), USA - Saint Paul (MN), USA - Petaling Jaya (Selangor), Malaysia - Grenoble, France - New York City (NY), USA - Nottingham, UK - Hobart (Tasmania), Australia - Arlington (VA), USA - Minneapolis (MN), USA - Miami (FL), USA - Cheltenham, UK - Albuquerque (NM), USA - Saratoga Spgs. (NY), USA - Las Vegas (NV), USA - Tuzla, Bosnia and Herzegovina - Nashville (TN), USA - Toruń, Poland - New Orleans (LA), USA - Port Elizabeth, South Africa - Melbourne, Australia - Moscow, Russia - Trujillo, Peru - Château-Gontier, France - Quincy (MA), USA - Melbourne, Australia - Port Vila, Vanuatu - Joplin (MO), USA - Bellefonte (PA), USA - Brookville (OH), USA - Chateaubriant, France - Chandler (AZ), USA - Stavanger, Norway - Baziège, France - Auckland, New Zealand - Wellington, New Zealand - Ocean Township (NJ), USA - Subang Jaya (Selangor), Malaysia - Detroit (MI), USA - Riga, Latvia - Nelson, New Zealand - Budapest, Hungary - Cape Town, South Africa - Sydney, Australia - Dunedin (FL), USA - Sofia, Bulgaria - Radonvilliers, France - Turin, Italy - Montpellier, France - Kansas City (MO), USA - Minneapolis (MN), USA - Haninge, Sweden - Wailea (HI), USA - Lubbock (TX), USA - Rabaul, Papua New Guinea - Terrell (TX), USA - Mexico City, Mexico - Saint-Petersburg, Russian Federation - Budapest, Hungary - Montréal (QC), Canada - Sharon (CT), USA - Le Guilvinec, France - Jefferson City (MO), USA - Saigon, Vietnam - London, UK - Crepy-en-Valois, France - Orlando (FL), USA - Maple Ridge (BC), Canada - Paris, France - Mainz, Germany - Newcastle (NSW), Australia - Wassenaar (ZH), Netherlands - Menton, France - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Darmstadt, Germany - Naples (FL), USA - Torino, Italy - Saint Louis (MO), USA - Bogor, Indonesia - The Hague, Netherlands - Minneapolis (MN), USA