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Monday, 31 January 2011

A Musical Tribute

Tonight Gail and I went to a concert in memory of a musical friend of ours called Pat Gardner. I must admit that we didn't know him as well as we would have liked. In fact we hadn't seen him or his wife Mell for a few years, since I gave up going to a local drama group. That's where we met him, as he used to do the lights and sound for our productions. I knew he was musical, but I didn't really know that he had played in a number of local bands for some years including the "Midnight Pumpkin Trucks".
Here's one of the many guitarists that were taking part. His name is Leigh Bosworth and he was really very, very good. I took many photos, and plan to put a lot of them on my Flickr site.

Sunday, 30 January 2011

Steve's Snacks

For those that don't know, Red Nose Day is an annual event that raises money for various charities both here and abroad. It has been going a number of years, and aims to put a smile on people's faces as they dig deep into their pockets. Many comedians take part, or famous personalities allow themselves to be made fools of.

I was surprised to see a range of crisps in my local poundshop featuring a number of comedians on the packets. Here's a shot of Stephen Fry, with his humous "Full English Fry Up" flavour. I'm not sure what egg, bacon, sausage, tomato and baked bean flavoured crisps taste like, but I'm not really that keen on finding out!

Saturday, 29 January 2011

No Barcodes Used Here

Another shot from the Brewhouse Museum. This is what the Victorian version of a supermarket looked like. Only everything was behind the counter and you got the assistant to weigh, count and bag your purchases, whilst chatting away about the weather, apologising not having certain items and the ongoing scandal involving Mrs Gray and the chimney sweep.

I've tweaked the photo to give it that authentic sepia look which a lot of photographs had then, due to the size of the camera, glass plates and the developing chemicals. So much easier now, but are the images as interesting?

Friday, 28 January 2011

Flower Girls

A couple of friends here deciding what, if any flowers to buy. Maybe they are going to see a friend who is in hospital, or more happily someone's birthday. Whatever the occasion, I hope they chose a good bunch and made the recipient very happy.

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Down Under

I don't know about you, but I'm getting a bit fed up with this cold weather. I know it's winter, but it could be a little warmer and the sun could pay a visit for a change. I hear that some more snow is on the way too. As if we hadn't had enough recently. So I am posting a shot of Sydney Harbour. One of the best places on Earth to live. Gail and I would certainly love to live there. But alas there aren't enough zeros on the end of our bank balance. So we can only dream, and save up enough money, so we can go again

Yesterday was of course Australia Day. So best wishes to all those that are lucky enough to live in the best part of the globe.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Tunnel Of Love

Here's another shot of the tunnel that leads to the Park estate. Originally built so horses and coaches could make an easy exit into Nottingham and beyond. One of the city's hidden gems, and always worth a walk through.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

Where's Daisy?

I went round the Brewhouse Museum this lunchtime, looking for inspiration for this week's Headbanger Challenge; "Pipes", as chosen by Dave.
Quite a few ideas have been turning through my head, and I thought that there might be a display of smoking pipes which would be something unusual, as you don't see the traditional tobacconists anymore. But alas they only had one on show & not very photogenic at that. So it was back to Plan A; a shot from last summer of the local pipe and drum band, doing their stuff at the Beeston Carnival.

While I was looking round the museum, I took a few shots of different things, including this old delivery bike, which once belonged to the Co-op. Not a stylish carriage, as the song goes. Poor Daisy would have to clamber inside the front part and get comfy. Or have a croggy, as they say around here.

Monday, 24 January 2011

The End

I never knew that Nottingham held a record breaker in the form of the world's smallest cinema. But alas, like many things these days it has shut it's doors for the last time. The cinema is only 15ft x 15ft and holds 21 seats. It's been going for 8 years, but the owner has decided not to renew the lease. I guess now that the second smallest cinema in world, now becomes the record breaker. Which is if you're interested is in Tinonee, New South Wales, Australia.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Close Up Magic

I am in a bit of a dilemma at the moment. Panasonic have launched a new zoom lens. It covers 100mm-300mm, and I quite fancy buying one, so I can get a little bit closer to the action. The thing is, I already own a 45-200mm lens. So my problem is, do I spend a fair amount of money on a lens that only gives me a slight advantage on the glass that I already own? Toughie eh!

The guy at the camera shop was very helpful and let me try it out on my G1. So I took a shot with the lens, standing in the same place as the one I took with my 200mm. The comparison is helpful, and indeed the lens would be useful. But can I justify the expense? If it say covered 100-400mm, then I wouldn't have the problem.

Saturday, 22 January 2011


I know it's frowned upon these days to take photos of children, but I couldn't resist shooting this little boy who was 'helping' his mum dress a charity shop window display in town. It's a shame that people worry about pictures of children, as they are so engaging and pull some great expressions. Alas Gail and I don't have any, otherwise I would have posted quite a few on here by now. So you'll just have to make do with our substitute child; Marmalade.

Friday, 21 January 2011

Frozen Solid

It was another very cold night last night, mainly due to a clear sky and a full moon. When I tried to unlock our gates I found that the lock had frozen. A small tap and it broke free. But before I did, I took a photo for posterity. Although I bet we will have many more before the clocks go forward in March.

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Book Em Dano!

I went to a public meeting tonight where they discussed the planned cuts to the library service by the county council, which have been determined by government as part of the general reduction in the country's budget deficit. Libraries are vital to people's lives, through reading, learning or just going in to meet up with friends. I have been a library member since I was about six and have borrowed hundreds of books down the years.

These cuts to libraries have angered and upset many people. Some direct action has already taken place. For instance in one town, the residents took out every book in their library and stripped the shelves bare. The plan for Beeston is for people to all converge in our library on February 5th for a "read-in". I will be attending, and hope to take some pictures of the event.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011


In a state of panic Lanny has come up with this week's theme of 'missing'. So many ideas sprang to mind. One of the first ideas I had was based around the old Memory Game. The idea is that you try to remember what's on the board. It's taken away and then brought back and you have to guess what's missing. But there's a twist with mine, as I've added three things. See if you can find them.

But then I came across this street performer in town. He looked like he was sitting down. But wait! It looks like his chair is missing. I'm not sure how he is achieving it. But it's a very good effect.

Don't forget to visit my other Headbanger chums to see how they have interpreted the theme.

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

It's Life Jim, But Not As We Know It

Here's some more characters from the former Tales Of Robin Hood. I don't know about you, but these models look rather sinister and creepy. I don't know what they are made of, but the artist/s have given them very strange faces, like they were suffering from something.

Monday, 17 January 2011

Pulling Faces

Work has now begun in turning the old Tales of Robin Hood tourist attraction on Maid Marian Way into a supermarket. A Tesco no less. As if there isn't enough of them in the city centre already. At the last count there were six. Far too many for one city centre I think. For various reasons I am not a fan of the supermarket chain. Besides trying to dominate the country, if not the world, the worst is not paying farmers and producers a decent rate for their products.

Sunday, 16 January 2011

20th Century Breakdown

Still suffering a bit from the flu and now also have 'Photographer's Block'; the lack of creativity and ability to take photographs. It hasn't helped that it has been raining nearly all day. To try and cure myself of the problem, I have tried taking some more pictures of some model cars that I have. Here is an old van belonging to the AA, or Automobile Association, who have been around almost since cars were invented. Their main aim is to mend vehicles that have broken down at the side of the road or at someone's house. If they can't mend it, then they will tow the vehicle to wherever the owner wants to go.

Saturday, 15 January 2011

Clicking Away

For some reason Gail decided that she wanted to use my camera around the house, taking photos of all sorts of things, including Marmalade who was napping on the stairs. Strangely she took a shot of what was on the television at the time, which was the BBC's Magicians show. Here is Chris Tarrant walking over some broken glass under the instruction of one of the magicians.

Friday, 14 January 2011

Castle Wall

A night shot of a portion of the wall of Nottingham Castle, together with the sandstone base, which includes entrances to various caves and a secret entrance to the castle itself.

Thursday, 13 January 2011

Rooftop View

Here's a view over the rooftops of an area of the Park estate. It's quite a green area, even though I've turned the photo into monochrome.

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

Wet Wet Wet

This week's theme is 'water' and comes from old Neptune himself; Tom.

Water is all around us, and for the poor people of Brisbane, it is a little too close for comfort right now. Not forgetting all the animals, who of course have been affected too. I have been to the Sunshine State, and it's a very nice city. Lets hope things get back to normal for them soon.

I've considered many photos from my archive, but thought I would find something new. Fresh water you might say. So travelling back from work, I stopped for a short while at the side of the canal, and took this shot of a waterside bar and recently installed bridge.

Talking of bridges, the musical offering this week is the Simon and Garfunkel classic "Bridge over Troubled Water". But not sung by Paul and Art, but by the legend that is Elvis.

Tonight's picture is of the main Nottingham University campus building. I thought I would show it in black and white for moody effect. And don't forget to see how my waterbourne headbanger friends have interpreted the theme.

Tuesday, 11 January 2011

Back On The Chain Gang

Well I struggled into work today for the first time in almost a week. I've finished off my antibiotics, but still coughing and bunged up. But not as bad as poor Gail, as she has now almost lost her voice. Some husbands might think that a blessing. Getting a rest from their wife's voice, but I don't like to see my beloved poorly.

Being back at work, has also given me the opportunity of taking photos again. Although I didn't take that many today, as it was dull and overcast, and also not very warm. Cycling home, I stopped off and took this film poster on the side of a bus shelter.

Monday, 10 January 2011

Flower Power

This rather artistic bay window is part of a house that was designed by Watson Fothergill. The house is called Glendower and was built between 1884 and 1885. I wonder if the inside is as just as nice?

Sunday, 9 January 2011

Robin By Night

Here's a familiar shot of the statue of Robin Hood standing by the castle. What might not be so familiar is him at night.

Saturday, 8 January 2011


Well the antibiotics appear to be slowly working. I'm probably only coughing 100 times a day, instead of 200. I was pleased to hear the guy at the chemists say that I could still drink, as I like a drop of real ale now and again. I'm not a hardened drinker at all, but like the occasional pint with my meal. I used to like lager a lot, especially Stella, but now I have reached middle age, my taste buds have changed and I prefer ales that have been brewed the old fashioned way. One of my favourites is this one; Hobgoblin, brewed in Oxfordshire by Wychwoods. There are a few local brewers in Nottingham, but for some reason I haven't tasted their wares yet.

Friday, 7 January 2011

Pink Bunny

I bought this as a present for Gail a year or so ago. She usually has it leaning over the top of her computer screen, so it is looking at her while she's surfing, or reading her messages on Facebook. Marmalade now likes to jump up on our computer desks to see what we are doing. She will walk between our two machines, as they are back to back and will knock poor bunny off with her tail!

Thursday, 6 January 2011

Hold Tight

This is a 1:76 scale model of a Leyland TDI bus, painted in a special livery for the Australian market. I don't know if a real version of the bus ever went on that route, but Gail and I went on a open top coach trip there when we got married, and it was very enjoyable.

Wednesday, 5 January 2011

Squaring The Circle

My choice this week for the Headbanger Challenge. I was going to be very creative to try and win the gold back, but the illness that Gail and I have at the moment, seem to have put paid to it. Having over three weeks of continual coughing, a blocked nose and trouble sleeping have dented my spirits. I have even succumbed to the suggestion of visiting my GP. So I have looked around the house and garden for ideas. Firstly we have the upside of a square bowl with round writing, then we have a blueberry muffin with cream sitting in a square bowl, and finally here's one of the many metal covers that you find buried in the street. This is a stop cock for the water tap.

Don't forget to pop over and see what Dave, Imac, Lanny and Tom have come up with.

Finding subjects for my daily blog has been a struggle too. The Christmas presents from Gail's sister who lives in Scotland finally arrived today. Well we had to collect the package from the Post Office. All delayed by the recent bad weather. Gail received some smelly's and a broach, while I got a copy of Stephen Fry's autobiography. One book I shall enjoy reading. Thanks Carol x

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

On The Rocks

A similar theme to yesterday, although this time I've used a number of small stones and pebbles to make the diorama.

Monday, 3 January 2011

On Safari

Not getting out much at the moment has seriously interrupted my hunt around town for the picture of the day. So I have had to resort to being more creative at home. Here's one of the several model cars that I have picked up over the years from shops, jumble sales and the like.
I thought this Land Rover would look quite at home on the rocky plateau, which is in fact a large seashell.

Sunday, 2 January 2011

Poladroid Princess

Having used this photo of Gail on the front of her personalised birthday card, I wondered what it would look like as a fake Polaroid. Now that Poladroid is available for Mac computers, I've given it a go. I think the result has turned out quite well and adds a bit of mystique to the picture that I took in Greece a few years ago when we were on holiday there.

Saturday, 1 January 2011

In Sickness And In Health

It's a Happy New Year to everyone, although Gail and I are still suffering with the flu virus that is presently going round. We've both had it for over two weeks now, and it doesn't seem like it's going to go any time soon. With me it's the coughing that is getting me down, while Gail is suffering the most from a blocked nose. Here's a selection of the things we are taking at the moment to try and help it on its way.