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Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Silent Night

Despite the snowy and freezing conditions, our Flickr photography launch party still went ahead. Not as many people turned up as we'd like, but those that did brave the elements hopefully had a good time with viewing our work, listening to MuHa and seeing some other artists' work that was on show.

I took this photo when we were leaving to go home. It had been snowing for a few hours and the city centre was almost deserted. Some of the buses had stopped running to some of the more hillier parts of Nottingham.

Monday, 29 November 2010

Don't Stop Believing

Besides being the name of a popular TV series, it is also the name of a new comedy club that recently opened down near the canal. The owners actually took over the building from a previous comedy club called Jongulars, who have now moved to new premises closer to the city centre. Gail and I haven't visited Glee yet. Maybe one day, as they have live bands on too.

Sunday, 28 November 2010


Another band that entertained the audience at the switch on last night were The Moonlighters. A jazz group made up of students from the nearby university. They were very good, even though I'm not a fan of jazz music. They performed a version of the Pink Panther theme, which is always good to hear, and reminds me of the old joke; Where does the Pink Panther come from? Durham, Durham, Durham!

Saturday, 27 November 2010

Baby, It's Cold Outside

Well we've had the first dusting of winter snow today. Gail and I woke up to a white landscape. It didn't snow anymore during the day, but blimey was it cold! Beeston's Christmas lights were also being turned on. So I went down in the afternoon and caught a couple of bands playing. Then after the ceremony, a local band called Sticky Morales entertained everyone for an hour or so. They were very good and I snapped away whilst jigging to the music. Here's some members of the band in action.

Friday, 26 November 2010

Model Shot

As I mentioned on Wednesday, I went to see a fashion show, rather than watching the Christmas lights being switched on. I'd been to these shows a couple of time before, so I knew what to expect. There were a couple of changes this time though; no chairs for people to sit on and no list of the clothes being modelled. Obviously victims of the recession. The models themselves were the same as the organisers have used before. Which was ok. But it would be nice to see some new faces.

Thursday, 25 November 2010

Nation Shall Speak Unto Nation

Tonight Gail and I went for a tour of our local BBC studios. I had arranged it for my Flickr friends some time ago, but due to other commitments, only one managed to make it. So we received special treatment by Lynne the guide. We met some of the TV and radio journalists, had a good exploration of the actual studio where they present East Midlands Today, and then looked in the Gallery and Graphics Suite, where all the technical stuff goes on. It was quite fascinating, especially for Lewis, who wants to be a video journalist when he finishes his college course. Here he is getting in some early practice.

Wednesday, 24 November 2010

Lighting Up Time

Here is a shot of the Christmas market and lights in the Old Market Square that started tonight. I missed the actual switching on, as I went to the fashion show instead. But the lights were only switched on by two radio presenters. So I don't think I missed much. I was somewhat disappointed by the market though. I thought it was supposed to be in the Dickensian style, rather than a German one. But to be honest, I couldn't really tell the difference from the one they built last year. The workmen were still putting up some of the kiosks tonight, which I found rather poor, as I would have thought that everything should have been ready by dusk.

It wasn't snowing tonight. The 'snow' you can see was being pumped out from a machine on the balcony of the Council House. It was a nice touch, and added to the atmosphere. I'm not sure what it was made of, but it looked like soap bubbles.

Tuesday, 23 November 2010

It's Snow Time!

The last minute preparations are taking place for the big switch on of the Christmas lights tomorrow in the Old Market Square. This year they have done away with the German market, and having a Dickensian one instead. They will still sell the same things, just under a different name. This workman was spraying fake snow onto the roofs of the market stalls. Mind you, if the weathermen are telling the truth, we will be getting some real snow by the end of the week.

I'm also putting my Headbanger Challenge entry up early, as I might be out a fair time tomorrow. I will be going to a fashion show, which are always good fun . Imac's chosen this weeks' theme of "Collage". Lucky he typed it correctly, otherwise you will be seeing shots of my local seat of learning! I've gone for a weather theme, as I was looking through my archive and noticed that I had quite a few photos of people with umbrellas. Alas not one with Rihanna.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Love Is A Drug

Here's an unusual piece of street art I came across the other day. It was drawn on a wall. So maybe I should have called the post "Stone Me".

I think the artist had to disappear quickly, that why it looks slightly unfinished. Maybe he or she will return one day complete the little character and his love for cannabis.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Empty Chairs At Empty Tables

Here's the outside seating area at the Trip to Jerusalem. And as you can see, no one is keen to drink their pint in foggy, wet weather. They would all rather be inside, sitting by the amber glow of a log fire. Well, wouldn't you?

The title that I came up with has inspired me to hunt out a video from YouTube featuring the title song from Les Miserables. Nothing like a good bit of musical theatre to finish off your Sunday evening. Have a good week.

Saturday, 20 November 2010

The Fog On The Trent

Quite dense fog descended on Nottingham again yesterday, shrouding the city in a grey blanket. So I popped over to the castle to see what it looked like. And as you can see the weather gives the photograph a certain Turneresque quality.

Friday, 19 November 2010

Rough Spice

I had a request yesterday to see if I could get a more close-up shot of the fire damaged building. Well the fire has been put out and the road reopened, so after I had been to the dentist for a check-up, I moseyed over to see what was happening. As the building is opposite the main Nottingham Trent University campus, there were quite a few students hanging around and watching the action of the workmen who were trying to make the building safe. I took some rooftop shots from the multistorey car park, which I may put on my Flickr site tomorrow.

Thursday, 18 November 2010

Smoke And The Water

Some parts of the city centre were in a bit a trouble today, as police had shut some roads due to a large fire in a former nightclub. The second one this year. I wonder if there's a pattern? This one on Goldsmith Street was up for sale too. I went to the top of a multi-storey car park and managed to get a shot or two. Ideally I should have had my G1 and 45-200mm lens with me, so I could have got a bit of a closer shot. Don't think I'll ever make a photojournalist, as I always seem to have the wrong camera and lens with me.

Wednesday, 17 November 2010

When I Was Younger, So Much Younger Than Today

I've had great difficulty tonight trying to sort out my Headbanger Challenge photo. The technology didn't work! I couldn't get my little photoscanner to copy the pictures to an SD card. So I tried Gail's scanner, but it wasn't working properly. So I ended up using my GF1 and took their photos that way.

This week's subject has also been a difficult one. Dave chose "Childhood Antics". Difficult for me, as I have no children to photograph, and you're not allowed to take pictures of anyone else's. So I used a bit of 'out of the box' thinking, and so here is a montage of me as cute little 2 year old, up to various escapades as recorded by my older brother, who now lives in Australia.

My main photo today records some of my memories of some TV shows I used to enjoy as a child. I caught this display at the Brewhouse Museum, which is a row of houses below the castle, which have been converted into a small museum showing life down the ages, mainly from Victorian times.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Play Misty For Me

There was quite a cold and frosty fog this morning as I cycled to work. I made a slight detour and went through Highfields. I stopped off every so often and took various photos of the trees, lake etc that were bathed in this eerie white mist. I was about twenty minutes late for work, but as the organisation operates a flexitime policy, I wasn't officially late.

Monday, 15 November 2010

Castle Keep

I bet there was many a time when Robin Hood snuck into the castle under the cover of darkness, to rescue someone or to steal some riches back from the evil sheriff. But these days it's all CCTV cameras rather than bows and arrows, although sometimes the castle does open at nighttime a few times a year for special occasions.

Sunday, 14 November 2010

Making A Meal Of It

Last night Gail and I went out for a bite to eat and to see a film at the local multiplex. We went to Frankie & Benny's, where I had a pizza, and Gail went for the ribbed steak. Both meals were very nice, although I do like my pizza base to be a little thicker. Of course I had my camera with me, and took a few shots of the diners and waiters. As I was using my GF1 & 20mm lens, I didn't need to switch the flash on. I just kept it on the table, and clicked away.
I like the text they use around the restaurant to highlight dishes etc. I believe it is called "Broadway" and certainly blends in well to the New York themed diner.

The film we went to see was called "You Again". A comedy about a bully from high school who is engaged to the brother of the girl she bullied 8 years ago. It was ok, but nothing special. As far as I am aware students in England don't have to endure such treatment in colleges as they do in the States for some reason. Maybe we are kinder to each other when we get to 16, as most of the bullying seems to go on in junior school.

Saturday, 13 November 2010

A Fruit By Any Other Name

As you know this week's Headbanger theme was persimmons, or the colours that the fruit represents. We all struggled, except for Lanny, who had a photo of a whole lot of them.
Strangely enough I was grocery shopping yesterday, and guess what my local greengrocer had? Yes persimmons! Although they are called sharon fruits here. Also the ones I bought were more yellow in colour and came from Spain, rather than the good old USA.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Sparks Will Fly

I just had to stop and take some photos of this workman welding a bit of broken fire escape. I was a little disappointed that there weren't more sparks about, but then he was only using a small welding tool.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Least We Forget

Today, across England and the Commonwealth, people stood in silence for two minutes at 11am, to remember all those people lost to wars. The fallen are also remembered by people wearing poppies, with funds raised going to help the victims of war.
The Council House has worn a big one all week. The scaffolding around the dome has been up quite some time. I'm not sure what they are doing, but they have had to stop the chimes, otherwise all the workmen would be deaf by now.

Stop press on the Headbanger Challenge. Gail is voting on behalf of Imac this week, and she told me that persimmons are known as Sharon fruits in the UK. I've had Sharon fruits before, but they have been yellow, rather than red which Lanny has shown us.

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Seeing Red

Lanny has chosen the most devilish theme this week for the Headbanger Challenge. Persimmon. A fruit, a bit like a tomato. Practically unknown in the UK as far as I know, so we are posting our version of the red hue. Here's mine, a rather gorgeous sunset over Eastwood. Taken after a rehearsal at the ruined priory there earlier in the year. A bit cliched I know, but it hasn't been a very colourful week so far.

Don't forget to see how the rest of the team have interpreted the theme.

Today's offering is something less brightly coloured, the Nottingham Canal, which I took tonight cycling home. And no wind or rain which was a bonus. The orange glow of the lights is quite welcoming and adds to the reflection of the trees in the water. I took this handheld with my GF1, and I don't think it's turned out too bad.

My musical offering this week is Kate Bush & Wuthering Heights. I could have gone for Chris de Burgh and Lady in Red, but this is Kate's rarely seen video of her dancing in a red dress.

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

It's A Taxing Time

Another poor day for photography. So here's one I took a couple of weeks ago, on a slightly drier and less windy day. Another view of the Inland Revenue building taken from the castle. I've thought about having a wander about at lunchtime, see if I can get some close ups of the glass panels etc, but with the country on a heightened security level these days, it might not be wise, even though I work for the government myself.

I bet all the employees will be extra busy come the New Year, as VAT is going to rise to 20%. So there will be loads of queries etc. Although Marks and Spencer's have announced that they will not be passing on the rise to customers. And no doubt many other companies will be following suit.

Monday, 8 November 2010

That's Handy

I had a day off work today, as I intended to do some gardening and a tidy up of the garage, including sorting out a load of 45's that I want to sell. But it rained all day long, so I was stuck in the house. Even Marmalade only ventured out for a few minutes. Still it gave me the opportunity of finishing editing some of my photographs that I am having printed in a book, through Photobox. So I sorted them out and uploaded to their site. So in a few days, I should have a professional looking volume of some of my pictures.

So it is a matter of dredging the archive for today's offering. And I'm afraid it's not a very good one. One that I should have deleted from Picasa. Still I suppose it does have its charm, with the girl's hand mirroring the one on the advert.

Sunday, 7 November 2010

Snowy Weather

I don't know if this window display of Tintin's dog is a prediction of some seriously bad weather to come, but they do make a cute display. I better not buy one though, as Marmalade may get a bit upset at finding a new dog in the house.

Saturday, 6 November 2010

Free Advertising

found this sign behind one of the many city centre pubs that haven't been turned into trendy wine bars. Now that smokers have to light up outside, someone at the Gatehouse had the bright idea of promoting their food while they puffed away. I just hope they still employ the same chef, or one that is as good as, otherwise they could be sued for false advertising!

Friday, 5 November 2010

Oh La La

Whilst waiting to cross Maid Marian Way, I spotted this old Citroen van chugging along. Going by the number plate, it dates from 1969. And of course having my GF1 primed and ready, I pressed the shutter button a few times, as the lights were on green.

Thursday, 4 November 2010

She's Got Those Bluesday Blues

I snapped this young lady outside the castle yesterday whilst I was chatting to a Flickr pal, who I happen to stumble upon in the castle grounds. He was standing under some trees and sheltering from the rain. I went with the intention of finding some more leaves for my headbanger collage. But as they were all soaking wet by this time, I didn't bother.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

Forever Autumn

This week's theme courtesy of Tom, is Autumn, or Fall, as our American cousins like to call it. A relatively simple theme to capture. But I was looking for something a bit different; a bit more unique than the usual shots of brown and red tinted trees. So I thought I would take a hint from Tony Hart, and try and create something with the leaves themselves. My first attempt was poor, to say the least. Then Gail fiddled with them a bit. I was after a sort of rocky mountain, full of texture and colour. I know a blue background may have helped. But in the end I gave up, and have gone for a nude, sunlit tree instead!

This is a fantastic song from my favourite album ever; Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds. Enjoy

Tuesday, 2 November 2010

Drinking Time

There's something rather special and decidedly English about pup signs. There's the usual ones with royal connection; the Queen Victoria, and The George. Then there's the Red Lion, and the white Hart. Not forgetting the unusual ones like The Man in Space. The Trent Navigation isn't far from the River Trent, which was one of the main water arteries in the country, with loads of working boats carrying products long before trucks were invented.

Monday, 1 November 2010

Top O'the Evening

St Mary's Church in the Lace Market taken last Friday evening, even though there's a blue sky.