Title: John Calloway (Nepal)

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URL: http://johnnyc1959.wordpress.com/

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Back in mono… - 16/Oct/2021 15:28 - 2 days ago
Not everything is in black and white, but sometimes it really is that simple. Drums, guitar, voice, and a wall of sound. That...
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Balcony Man - 10/Oct/2021 11:35 - 8 days ago
“I’m two hundred pounds of packed iceSitting on a chair and in the morning sunPutting on my tap dancing shoes, oh my...
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Sunlight and shadow… - 06/Oct/2021 19:34 - 12 days ago
Words chiselled into polished stone, embossed with fading gold. No explanation, just there, on the towpath of the Stroudwater Na...
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Willow and water… - 05/Oct/2021 07:45 - 13 days ago
A week of reading, walking and exploring new landscapes…and the occasional glass of something to inspire and offer new pathway...
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Bread and circuses… - 04/Oct/2021 15:31 - 14 days ago
The latest mechanisms of government put forward by the Tory party appeared to be lacking in any real substance, despite the...
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No mean feat…? - 28/Sep/2021 18:12 - 20 days ago
So, that’s it for Trailwalker 2021. Mark and Ben made the distance-100km inside 28 hours. Unfortunately yours truly was to...
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Fade into grey… - 21/Sep/2021 17:53 - 27 days ago
Despite being a familiar and favourite walk, the seafront from Eastney to South Parade Pier always rewards patience and observan...
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On the road again… - 18/Sep/2021 18:21 - 30 days ago
‘Sal, we gotta go and never stop going ’till we get there.’ ‘Where we going, man?’ ‘I don’t know but we gott...
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IDLES @ Portsmouth Guildhall - 13/Sep/2021 20:57 - 35 days ago
Wrong lens, extremely high ISO, but managed to pull a few reasonable shots out of the bag, despite the graininess of a lot of th...
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Klaatu lives…. - 12/Sep/2021 13:04 - 36 days ago
…in the West Midlands. So…a brief wander around my hometown ahead of the CCFC game against Middlesbrough. [2-0 to th...
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Life with the lion…? - 05/Sep/2021 15:34 - 43 days ago
Evidently the people in the following photographs are part of a concerted effort to carry out “a shameful attack our way o...
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Lee‘Scratch’Perry (20/3/1936 to 29/8/2021) - 30/Aug/2021 19:24 - 49 days ago
There’s plenty of obituaries out there detailing the importance of Lee Perry, and his contribution to music, so I don̵...
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Tracks and transports… - 29/Aug/2021 16:07 - 50 days ago
Clapham Junction – Under The Westway – Clapham Junction A triptych of sorts. Waypoints en route to watching CCFC aga...
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End of the pier show… - 16/Aug/2021 20:19 - 63 days ago
Another public service announcement with guitars courtesy of Pompey Punk N’ Roll. Nothing better than live music at the en...
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A minor detour… - 13/Aug/2021 16:59 - 66 days ago
A minotaur? A non-thematic collection of oddities and outliers from the Wickham Festival. As Neil Innes once suggested, “I’v...
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Available light… - 10/Aug/2021 16:00 - 69 days ago
I seem to have ‘failed better’ in the available light stakes, so a few more portraits of individual artists at Wickh...
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Keep a good head, and always carry a lightbulb… - 09/Aug/2021 18:46 - 70 days ago
If it’s good enough for Bobby Z, it’s good enough for me. So let’s get this out of the way first of all. Massi...
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Portraits in landscape… - 09/Aug/2021 13:23 - 70 days ago
Back home after four days at the Wickham Festival and well over 250 photographs to look through. Some taken on the mobile phone ...
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Inside: We Shelter Here Sometimes… - 01/Aug/2021 12:15 - 78 days ago
For the past ten years or so, like many other Portsmouth residents, I’ve happened upon the work of My Dog Sighs. Sometimes...
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Landscapes of the imagination… - 29/Jul/2021 17:33 - 81 days ago
“The Salterns Way is a 12 mile cycle route from the centre of Chichester to the sand dunes of East Head. Some of the route...
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Ship to shore… - 25/Jul/2021 17:50 - 85 days ago
Dodging heavy showers today, but lucky enough that the available light brought out the best of the landscape. The photos below a...
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Ghosts in the machine… - 22/Jul/2021 19:11 - 88 days ago
I’ve recently been thinking about and reading a lot stuff about hauntology, fragments of reality and half remembered image...
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And so it begins… - 18/Jul/2021 19:28 - 92 days ago
The Clown Prince of Bell End (sic), has declared that tomorrow is ‘freedom day’. Personally I prefer to believe the ...
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Fast Trains @ The Wedgewood Rooms: 15 July 2021 - 17/Jul/2021 13:20 - 93 days ago
So good to be back at the Wedgewood Rooms. Some 18 months since my last visit there. The Bellrays if you want to know… Any...
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A kind of blue… - 11/Jul/2021 18:53 - 99 days ago
Tide on the turn, fishermen on the jetty, and some interesting reflections, shadows and silhouettes… Eastney Storm Outfall...
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Real landscape…? - 04/Jul/2021 18:45 - 106 days ago
Most weekends I try and get out for a relatively long walk, with the destination often emerging using the Kerouac approach…...
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Story of the blues… - 03/Jul/2021 13:55 - 107 days ago
So…another socially distanced gig and a reminder of the importance of electric music for the mind, body and soul…. T...
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The ghost of Robert Johnson hides beneath the darkened pier… - 27/Jun/2021 19:08 - 113 days ago
The idea that a photograph is a ‘true’ representation of what is seen through the camera lens can always be subverte...
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Dream sequence… - 20/Jun/2021 18:54 - 120 days ago
Sometimes you can just be in the right place at the right time. So this photograph gets a post all of its own, just because its ...
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Got live if you want it… - 19/Jun/2021 16:45 - 121 days ago
Mark Chadwick from the Levellers sings “songs from inside a fucking tea room in Southsea”… Yep…one man, ...
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A sense of place… - 13/Jun/2021 18:24 - 127 days ago
Chasing light and shadow this weekend…. @ Hilsea Lines. Sometimes its enough to let the images speak for themselves…...
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The space between… - 13/Jun/2021 18:03 - 127 days ago
“The beach is an ambiguous place, an in between place… A place where everything transformational…begins and en...
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Light, shade and a little colour… - 06/Jun/2021 15:50 - 134 days ago
So the gradual unlocking continues, with another socially distanced gig from the Pompey Punk n’ Roll crew. This time indoo...
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On the beach… - 03/Jun/2021 17:34 - 137 days ago
Despite being on the eastern side of the most densely populated city in the UK, Eastney beach remains remarkably free of people,...
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Pompey Punk n’Roll: 31 May 2021 - 31/May/2021 19:45 - 140 days ago
I have seen the future rock and roll…and it is local promoters putting on gigs that keep music live, bring people out and ...
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Waiting… - 30/May/2021 18:41 - 141 days ago
Vladimir: “That passed the time”Estragon: “It would have passed in any case”.Vladimir: “Yes, but n...
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Coventry blue: Triptych III - 30/May/2021 17:56 - 141 days ago
Coventry was a centre for the weaving trade in medieval times, and known for cloth dyed blue. Its not clear what shade of blue, ...
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Chasing light: Triptych II - 29/May/2021 18:08 - 142 days ago
The magnificence of Coventry Cathedral is something which, as a boy growing up, I rather took for granted. I’ve reflected ...
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Colour (Triptych I) - 29/May/2021 15:17 - 142 days ago
A somewhat spur of the moment journey to my hometown Coventry yesterday. One day beyond my 62nd birthday, the urge to revisit, r...
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Sea gods… - 23/May/2021 19:07 - 148 days ago
Ominous dark clouds over Eastney this weekend, and an uneasy feeling that something or somebody is watching. Or maybe its just t...
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Alea iacta est… - 16/May/2021 18:59 - 155 days ago
“Men at some time are masters of their fates.The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our starsBut in ourselves, that we are unde...
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Process…. - 15/May/2021 16:55 - 156 days ago
Sometimes the landscapes (and seascapes) that appear in this blog conjure up memories or make connections with the songs or writ...
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Ten minute window… - 09/May/2021 15:58 - 162 days ago
So, this is something of an experiment. I was reading about a film by Wayne Wang called “Smoke” recently. The centra...
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King Rocker… - 03/May/2021 18:24 - 168 days ago
Took me a while to put this post up, as I couldn’t find photographs from the last Nightingales gig. At the Wedgewood Rooms...
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Light falls through itself… - 03/May/2021 15:48 - 168 days ago
Back to Farlington Marshes on a quiet bank holiday Monday. It’s a location that bears repeated visits, whatever the weathe...
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Concrete, steel and glass… - 02/May/2021 18:49 - 169 days ago
A different type of landscape this weekend… Black and white images from the centre of Portsmouth. I’ve been re-readi...
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Pink Moon… - 26/Apr/2021 21:11 - 175 days ago
“Saw it written and I saw it sayPink moon is on its wayAnd none of you stand so tallPink moon gonna get ye allAnd it’...
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Transient… - 25/Apr/2021 19:14 - 176 days ago
Is it possible to make art from photographing ordinary, everyday objects? Is there something in the relationship between the ...
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Abstract… - 20/Apr/2021 17:22 - 181 days ago
….A dual meaning if ever there was one.  Abstract shapes from a derelict boatbuilders in Bosham, c/w plants and micro-org...
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In search of dream spaces… - 18/Apr/2021 08:27 - 183 days ago
The true flaneur walks purposefully, yet with little clear purpose… A random turn, a footbridge, a flash of colour in a ro...
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C’est la vie… - 11/Apr/2021 14:44 - 190 days ago
… aka “Washed Up at Broadmarsh”. Haven’t been to Broadmarsh for a couple of weeks, but this beached and ...
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Fragmentary blue… - 04/Apr/2021 18:40 - 197 days ago
“Why make so much of fragmentary blue In here and there a bird, or butterfly, Or flower, or wearing-stone, or open eye, Wh...
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The golden hour… - 03/Apr/2021 17:16 - 198 days ago
The lengthening days offer more opportunity to observe and capture the hour before sunset. That time where the sun bathes the la...
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Nothing but blue skies… - 28/Mar/2021 19:21 - 204 days ago
Another walk in the vicinity of the Fraser Range over the weekend. If you’ve visited this blog before you’ll know th...
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Nostalgia for an age yet to come… - 21/Mar/2021 19:24 - 211 days ago
For some reason, this song came into my head… “…About the future I only can reminisce For what I’ve had ...
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Of gods and monsters… - 14/Mar/2021 17:43 - 218 days ago
Last week work took me to Selsey so after I’d finished, I took the opportunity to walk along the seafront. Just a few mile...
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Do you have a case mate? - 07/Mar/2021 15:39 - 225 days ago
Hilsea Lines on a Sunday afternoon. I’ve lost count of the number of times that I’ve been here over the years, but i...
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The Browndown Mushroom…and other portals… - 05/Mar/2021 20:08 - 227 days ago
A rare opportunity to visit somewhere different as the car needed servicing and the dealership is located in Gosport. So, after ...
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PO1…. - 01/Mar/2021 18:49 - 231 days ago
There’s something quite forlorn about Portsmouth city centre at the moment. Not that Pompey is unique, but I do wonder how...
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Accidental Joseph Beuys…. - 26/Feb/2021 10:51 - 234 days ago
Sometimes there’s no ‘why’ to taking a photograph, beyond the fact that something has caught my eye. And so it...
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Southsea Scene/Seen… - 24/Feb/2021 16:40 - 236 days ago
As is always the case, not everything is black and white. However, the ‘truth’ of today is that this is Southsea. Th...
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Shiny Crane, Herring Gull Flyer… - 23/Feb/2021 21:25 - 237 days ago
After  yesterday’s somewhat inconclusive attempt to locate the Green Man, today’s walking holiday in the Costa del ...
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In search of the Green Man… - 22/Feb/2021 20:55 - 238 days ago
“Have you seen Jack-in-the-Green? With his long tail hanging down. He sits quietly under every tree In the folds of his ve...
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Liminality… - 21/Feb/2021 19:01 - 239 days ago
Eastney has always been something of a magnet for me over the years. A certain degree of isolation, or in a certain light desola...
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See me… - 16/Feb/2021 22:16 - 244 days ago
Hilsea Lido remains shut during the current COVID lockdown. Something of a forlorn place at the moment, but in sepia it somehow ...
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Vagueness and disorder… - 14/Feb/2021 19:05 - 246 days ago
“The sea in fact is that state of barbaric vagueness and disorder out of which civilisation has emerged and into which, un...
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Almost blue… - 10/Feb/2021 18:47 - 250 days ago
Not your usual roadside ice. Here’s my theory… Tight bend + standing water + vehicle spray + sub-zero temperatures ...
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No More Heroes… - 09/Feb/2021 21:07 - 251 days ago
Whatever happened to… Hugh Cornwell? Another photograph from the Wickham Festival.  First saw the Stranglers in 1977PC, (...
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Really free… - 08/Feb/2021 20:08 - 252 days ago
In the absence of any live music in recent months, a bit of a trawl through the gig archive has thrown up a few pictures that I ...
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Landscape re-imagined… - 07/Feb/2021 15:45 - 253 days ago
The camera never lies…but it can sometimes tell a different story. Photographs stripped of context and colour invite diffe...
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A new horizon… - 31/Jan/2021 18:47 - 260 days ago
A cold day in West Sussex… There’s still beauty to be found in solitude, but I’m guessing that there’s a...
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Nighthawks and (would be) diners… - 24/Jan/2021 15:22 - 267 days ago
Sometimes you just get lucky with a photograph. Nightfall comes quickly in January, but in truth darkness is darkness, whatever ...
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It’s so ethereal… - 09/Jan/2021 19:29 - 282 days ago
In October 2008 I started a part time photography degree at the University of East London. I didn’t finish it, as I ended ...
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White chalk… - 04/Jan/2021 19:52 - 287 days ago
“The chalk that makes up Portsdown Hill was laid down between 100 and 65 million years ago at the bottom of a deep tropica...
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Tiers of a clown… - 02/Jan/2021 19:11 - 289 days ago
A walk along Hilsea Lines, taking in the footbridge linking the Railway Triangle to the Highbury Estate. Looking for clues, sign...
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A Blakean Year… - 01/Jan/2021 18:47 - 290 days ago
So…it’s just after midnight at the beginning of 2021. That moment where Morpheus is preparing to shape dreams from t...
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Light on the horizon… - 31/Dec/2020 16:47 - 291 days ago
So…a strange light over the city this early evening. Maybe its a portent…who knows… Anyway, as darkness slowly...
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After the storm, blue skies, calm seas and plain sailing…allegedly. - 27/Dec/2020 16:43 - 295 days ago
“I paid fifteen million dollars, twelve hundred and seventy-two cents I paid one thousand, two hundred twenty-seven dollar...
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20-20 Vision… - 21/Dec/2020 20:28 - 301 days ago
“There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky; that is the interi...
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Cross process…. - 13/Dec/2020 20:10 - 309 days ago
Cross processing is when film is developed in a solution which is not made for that specific type of film. The outcome is depend...
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Vanishing point… - 06/Dec/2020 15:52 - 316 days ago
An unusually calm sea at Eastney this morning, but still enough reminders that nature will continue to have her way, regardless ...
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Bedhampton revisited… - 29/Nov/2020 16:11 - 323 days ago
“The past sure is tense they’re heading up for the main event all those people seem to be hell-bent see those people up ...
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Broadmarsh Coastal Park - 22/Nov/2020 19:50 - 330 days ago
To the south of Bedhampton and Havant lies Broadmarsh Coastal Park, overlooking Langstone Harbour. Havant Borough Townscape, La...
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Strange parallels…? - 21/Nov/2020 17:15 - 331 days ago
Those of you that have been following this blog for the past ten or so years might recall that between 2010 and 2012 I was livin...
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Another green world… - 19/Nov/2020 19:44 - 333 days ago
Farlington Marshes again. It always interests me that photographs taken on the same day as each other can convey such a differen...
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Concrete solutions… - 15/Nov/2020 17:07 - 337 days ago
Farlington Marshes is pretty much on my doorstep, being just over a mile away from home. Over the years, I’ve written abou...
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End of the pier show (II)… - 01/Nov/2020 19:16 - 351 days ago
So, here we go again. Clowns to the left of us,  rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic. A rising tide, and the captain of t...
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Sturnus vulgaris… - 25/Oct/2020 19:58 - 358 days ago
“There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky; that is the in...
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Ascend… - 19/Oct/2020 19:48 - 364 days ago
For no other reason than I really like this image, but it doesn’t ‘fit’ with the rest… Oh…and I th...
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Beyond here lies nothing….? - 19/Oct/2020 19:10 - 364 days ago
“…Wight.  Southeast veering south 5 to 7. Moderate occasionally rough. Occasional rain. Good, occasionally mode...
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Not out of the woods yet.. - 11/Oct/2020 19:51 - 372 days ago
“Who possesses this landscape? The man who bought it, or I who am possessed by it?”  The above emanates from a poe...
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Rust never sleeps…. - 30/Sep/2020 16:07 - 383 days ago
Underneath South Parade Pier, Southsea this morning. Sometimes the underside can be just as rewarding as that which is above. Es...
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Edifice and architecture… - 30/Sep/2020 15:16 - 383 days ago
I promise that I don’t go looking for photographs that can be used to illustrate the internal workings of my mind during t...
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End of the pier show… - 24/Sep/2020 18:06 - 389 days ago
The Scene: A coastal town somewhere in England. The citizens are finding it increasingly difficult to believe Bojo the clown. Hi...
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Welcome to the machine… - 22/Sep/2020 17:12 - 391 days ago
On the face of it the machinery of government looks to be fit for purpose. Indeed, some have been moved to call it world beating...
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Barely afloat… - 20/Sep/2020 08:37 - 393 days ago
The thing about photography is that sometimes a different narrative begins to emerge when you review the images that you’ve ta...
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Last exit… - 13/Sep/2020 19:22 - 400 days ago
This is a public service announcement…with guitars… Pompey Punk N’Roll IV… What could be better to raise...
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Not everything is black and white… - 06/Sep/2020 16:30 - 407 days ago
If history can be found in stone and mortar, then the ruins of Titchfield Abbey have borne witness to events stretching back alm...
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Coastal sequence… - 31/Aug/2020 13:52 - 413 days ago
An overcast day with the sun trying its best to break on through, threats of thunderstorms, and rain in the air. Always a good d...
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Got live if you want it… - 31/Aug/2020 08:13 - 413 days ago
Another fine afternoon at the Old House At Home, Milton courtesy of Pompey Punk N’ Roll Garden Party III. Cheers Chris Abb...
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Sky, sea, sand, shingle… - 23/Aug/2020 12:18 - 421 days ago
The Eastney end of Langstone Harbour remains one of my favourite places to visit, whatever the weather. Predictably unpredictabl...
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It’s only rock and roll… - 16/Aug/2020 20:03 - 428 days ago
To misquote Jon Landau… “I saw rock and roll’s future, and it is small outdoor venues and local pubs that...
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Territory… - 15/Aug/2020 08:23 - 429 days ago
Having lived on the chalk slopes to the north of Portsmouth for some 30 years, I can say with a considerable  degree of certain...
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Bare bones…. - 09/Aug/2020 12:39 - 435 days ago
Spent the best part of yesterday in Gosport. Nothing particularly thematic in this post… 😉 All comments author’s ...
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Fade to grey… - 08/Aug/2020 21:59 - 436 days ago
It’s hard to imagine, when looking at an empty aggregates wharf, that for many centuries Fareham was a significant seaport. H...
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Darkness at the edge of town… - 02/Aug/2020 09:45 - 442 days ago
Despite appearances, all of these images were taken within the space of around ½ an hour. Photographing in middle of the aftern...
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Green… - 26/Jul/2020 19:11 - 449 days ago
This weekend’s walk took me to Emsworth, a town with a history going back to medieval times. The local museum’s website ...
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Flying a (red) kite…? - 25/Jul/2020 16:19 - 450 days ago
One of the of the outcomes of a more home based existence over the past months has been a sustained and systematic attempt to ...
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Seize the infinite blue… - 19/Jul/2020 11:28 - 456 days ago
Everywhere the sky. As above, so below, reflected in the small pools of sea water left by the tide as it retreats from the stra...
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Reflections and shadows… - 13/Jul/2020 17:54 - 462 days ago
This weekend’s foray around Portsmouth took in the northern section of the North Portsea Island Coastal Defence Scheme at Tip...
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Triptych… - 05/Jul/2020 13:55 - 470 days ago
At a time when those that would govern us seem unable to communicate other than in slogans, sound bites and ambiguity, a reminde...
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Missing this….? - 30/Jun/2020 19:51 - 475 days ago
Every photograph in this post was taken in the past twelve months at a  music venue that may not survive the current COVID pand...
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Subliminal…. - 29/Jun/2020 08:13 - 476 days ago
Maybe there’s a story here… Remote surveillance, lockdowns, ambiguous guidance and instruction, machinery of unknown ori...
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It’s all a game… - 27/Jun/2020 15:01 - 478 days ago
Walking northwards out of Portsmouth on the west side of Portsea Island takes you past Whale Island, on a coastal path running a...
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Hyper real…? - 14/Jun/2020 16:48 - 491 days ago
As we begin to emerge, blinking into the ‘new reality’, guided by instruction, intuition or instinct, is this the mo...
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Walls come tumbling down…slowly… - 11/Jun/2020 16:53 - 494 days ago
Eastney, and in particular the fenced off site of the The Fraser Range has been something of a magnet to me over the years. Curr...
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Exit stage right… - 30/May/2020 18:26 - 506 days ago
Sometimes imagination has a way of imposing itself upon reality. Walking along the foreshore from Langstone towards Warblington,...
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A miller’s tale…? - 19/May/2020 19:47 - 517 days ago
Another ‘off the beaten track’ walk last weekend, seeking out historical fragments on the margins. Starting once again at Ol...
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A straight line doesn’t always take you where you need to go… - 17/May/2020 19:40 - 519 days ago
Every now and then the day job creeps into this blog. A few weeks ago I wrote about how COVID guidance of a ‘one size fit...
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On the margins… - 08/May/2020 18:41 - 528 days ago
Today felt like a day to head south to another location within walking distance of home. With the current restrictions on moveme...
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Blue Sky Thinking… - 03/May/2020 19:08 - 533 days ago
Standing in splendid isolation on the chalk scarp of Portsdown Hill is a small copse. Clearly visible from the A27 as you approa...
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Another direction… - 26/Apr/2020 17:38 - 540 days ago
Blessed with good weather, the east, in the form of Bedhampton, beckoned. The village, its population, resources and value are r...
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Broken light… - 19/Apr/2020 15:46 - 547 days ago
I’m still looking for those out of the way places, not too far from home. The places where you come across the occasional dog ...
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Don’t fence me in… - 18/Apr/2020 15:25 - 548 days ago
In recent days Government guidance has been changed to permit people with specific health needs to exercise outside more than on...
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Then there is… - 13/Apr/2020 15:52 - 553 days ago
I’ve been transfixed over the past couple of weeks by reading Nan Shepherd’s “The Living Mountain”, a book written abou...
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Then there is no mountain… - 04/Apr/2020 18:57 - 562 days ago
There’s something richly rewarding about ‘exploring’ a mountainous area that you’ve never been to, in th...
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First there is a mountain… - 29/Mar/2020 11:30 - 568 days ago
Yesterday evening I read the first chapter of Nan Shepherd’s book, “The Living Mountain” in the company of several...
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Breathe… - 21/Mar/2020 17:41 - 576 days ago
If ever there was a need to walk along the shore, to breathe deeply, to watch and listen to the sea, and feel the wind against y...
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Sequence… - 15/Mar/2020 20:45 - 582 days ago
Amidst all of the chaos and uncertainty, as we seemingly head towards a period of enforced self-isolation, a series of photograp...
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Walking for a purpose… - 09/Mar/2020 19:54 - 588 days ago
Over the weekend I completed a twelve mile walking loop beginning and ending at Old Winchester Hill, and taking in some of the t...
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Terracing… - 07/Mar/2020 08:19 - 590 days ago
For those of you who’ve been following this blog for a while, this photograph has certain similarity to some of the photos I t...
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Duncan Reid&The Big Heads @ The Barn, Milton. (+Acid Attack&Black Bombers) - 01/Mar/2020 17:56 - 596 days ago
Spread the word people of Portsmouth and beyond… Garage/trash/punk/rock and roll is alive and kicking at The Barn. Acid At...
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Blue… - 26/Feb/2020 21:51 - 600 days ago
“The world is blue at its edges and in its depths. This blue is the light that got lost…”   [Rebecca Solnit: “A Fie...
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On the beach… - 24/Feb/2020 08:32 - 602 days ago
There’s something quite surreal about being the midst of Saharan sand which blots out the sun and turns the sky a fiery orange...
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Writing on the wall…? - 12/Feb/2020 18:31 - 614 days ago
Some time in the 1970’s I remember watching a TV programme called “The Stone Tape”, a BBC drama by Nigel Kneale. The b...
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Coast… - 10/Feb/2020 21:51 - 616 days ago
“It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose should now be threatened by the activities of one form of...
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Arch Drude 2020… - 02/Feb/2020 12:50 - 624 days ago
The day after ‘getting it done’…what better antidote than Saint Julian @ The Engine Rooms, Southampton. Sanity...
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The Fallen Leaves, Eight Rounds Rapid&The Dinz… (Part II) - 26/Jan/2020 20:41 - 631 days ago
And so to the end of the beginning…. Probably should have posted this first. The prequel to the magnificent Fallen Leaves&...
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The Fallen Leaves, Eight Rounds Rapid&The Dinz…(Part I) - 26/Jan/2020 16:31 - 631 days ago
Not quite an existentialist manifesto, but proof that a £10 admission charge can  take you down some interesting pathways. Or ...
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Writing on the wall… - 25/Jan/2020 09:20 - 632 days ago
Came across this in Southampton the other day. #truth 😉 Also twinned with Bognor Regis…...
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The Bellrays @ The Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth… - 16/Jan/2020 21:06 - 641 days ago
So…here we are. First gig of 2020, and one hell of a benchmark for the rest of the year. Kicking off their UK tour at the ...
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Bird or whale….? - 01/Jan/2020 10:27 - 656 days ago
Waking, he stared at the object at the foot of his bed Eyesight failing, and the memory of why he was here gone, he struggled to...
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Waiting… - 29/Dec/2019 12:55 - 659 days ago
So…we have made our mark on the paper. We have made our choice… We have… And what must we do now…? We wa...
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The 99… - 01/Dec/2019 10:51 - 687 days ago
It seems that piers are starting to be something of a regular subject on this blog… Partly because I have the good fortune...
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Apparently it’s manifesto time… - 24/Nov/2019 20:08 - 694 days ago
“You [demagogues] are like the fishers for eels; in still waters they catch nothing, but if they thoroughly stir up the slime,...
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(Don’t)…diss…a…pier… - 08/Nov/2019 20:04 - 710 days ago
“A pier is a disappointed bridge; yet stare at it for long enough and you can dream it to the other side of the Channel.” [J...
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The Cult @ Portsmouth Guildhall… - 30/Oct/2019 18:24 - 719 days ago
Ah…Sonic Temple…Where did 30 years go…Who cares… Magnificent….Relevant… Listen… Read&#...
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39…In memoriam… - 27/Oct/2019 08:28 - 722 days ago
‘Beyond here lies nothing but chillness, hostility, (the) frozen waves of an ice-hard sea…’ [Ovid: “Poems from exile...
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John Murry and Curse of Lono - 16/Oct/2019 21:34 - 733 days ago
Good beer….check!  Band drinking in the pub beforehand…check! A promoter that values the music and musicians…...
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Pintar esta pared… - 13/Oct/2019 15:44 - 736 days ago
In any town or city I’m always on the look out for street art and/or graffiti. Sometimes a detour down a side street is needed...
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Los Boliches - 11/Oct/2019 18:39 - 738 days ago
Something about mad dogs and Englishmen… Whatever…empty streets for sure, but still something to see…...
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A geometry of sorts… - 11/Oct/2019 08:02 - 738 days ago
“Artists use frauds to make human beings seem more wonderful than they really are. Dancers show us human beings who move much ...
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Carpe diem baby… - 01/Oct/2019 20:20 - 748 days ago
“All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players; They have their exits and their entrances; And one man i...
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Little Barrie @ The Old Barn, Milton… - 22/Sep/2019 13:51 - 757 days ago
“From a smokey lounge in the distant past fast forward to overdriven bass and guitars from the future is where ‘Death expres...
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Coastal squeeze… - 20/Sep/2019 06:26 - 759 days ago
Not the name of some up and coming new band…although “…hello Portsmouth…we are Coastal Squeeze and this one...
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Dungeness… - 14/Sep/2019 18:39 - 765 days ago
Two nuclear power stations, (one now decommissioned), a vast expanse of shingle beach, out on a limb, boat carcasses and rusting...
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One Eyed Jacks @ 35…. - 13/Sep/2019 05:54 - 766 days ago
Spear of Destiny @ The 1865, Southampton. Revisiting “One Eyed Jacks” …where did the last 35 years go? Magnificent...
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Everything that is, casts a shadow… - 05/Sep/2019 19:01 - 774 days ago
“Between the idea And the reality Between the motion And the act Falls the Shadow…” From “The Hollow Men”: TS Elio...
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Ben Poole @ The Maltings, Farnham… - 31/Aug/2019 11:11 - 779 days ago
Great blues, great guitarist, great band, great venue…nothing else to add…. Ben Poole website Boogaloo Promotions we...
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Walk in silence… - 30/Aug/2019 18:46 - 780 days ago
The ghosts in the machine that is New Order make their presence felt throughout. And so Victorious 2019 comes to an end… S...
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Packet of three…. - 26/Aug/2019 18:58 - 784 days ago
One of the great things about festivals is coming across bands that you haven’t heard or know much about. For sure you can...
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Ziggy Marley @ Victorious… - 26/Aug/2019 13:09 - 784 days ago
“See dem fake leaders In the place of power they sit From religion to politics Riding a wave of fear Starting fires, they ...
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You can’t always get what you want… - 26/Aug/2019 12:32 - 784 days ago
But if you try some time, you might get…The Bog Rolling Stones. ”I met a gin soaked bar room queen in Portsea…” ...
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Messages to you… - 24/Aug/2019 09:29 - 786 days ago
Still relevant… The Specials @ Victorious… “I see a clinic full of cynics Who want to twist the peoples’ wri...
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Welcome to the machine… - 19/Aug/2019 17:12 - 791 days ago
“Haven’t we been here before?”  Yes, but it is important that we hear the same words endlessly. Those that govern us ...
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Reverse Rett… - 18/Aug/2019 07:54 - 792 days ago
Music still has the power to raise awareness and effect change. Last night at the Wedgewood Rooms a group of Portsmouth musician...
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Light on the horizon… - 02/Aug/2019 10:13 - 808 days ago
At a time when those who purport to bring us ‘news’ see fit to declare that the ideas of a young woman of 16 are not worthy ...
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Alora - 01/Aug/2019 14:57 - 809 days ago
A journey of 1000 miles starts with going in the right direction… A choice of two directions from a station with only a li...
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Blind men on revolving chairs… - 30/Jul/2019 13:01 - 811 days ago
Look back far enough in this blog and you’ll find photographs and thoughts from my time in Nepal. For the time that I was ther...
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From here to eternity…? - 30/Jul/2019 08:55 - 811 days ago
“Will the day never come?” “Never. We must wait here for an eternity. There is no beginning, nor end to this journey. We a...
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The Delta Bombers… - 21/Jul/2019 11:19 - 820 days ago
…at the Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth. Timeless…....
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Calling Elvis…? - 21/Jul/2019 10:48 - 820 days ago
Danny ‘O’ and the Astrotones @ The Wedgewood Rooms, Portsmouth. “Do the Astro…” You know you want to…. 🙂...
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Omen….? - 18/Jul/2019 07:16 - 823 days ago
“These late eclipses in the sun and moon portend no good to us.                               Though the wisdo...
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Not dark yet… - 14/Jul/2019 15:48 - 827 days ago
Obviously 5 believers showed up at Hyde Park in their boots of Spanish leather, ready to hear you both roll another number. They...
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High Rise… - 13/Jul/2019 19:40 - 828 days ago
“These people were content with their environment, and felt no particular objection to an impersonal steel and concrete landsc...
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Remnants…. - 09/Jul/2019 17:44 - 832 days ago
This series of three photographs is a sequel to a post I made earlier in the year about the use of plastics in farming. I went ...
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Billy Bragg @The Wedgewood Rooms… - 06/Jul/2019 07:13 - 835 days ago
5th July 2019: A socialism of the heart…. 🙂 Their faces shone and they were gone and I was left alone I walked these an...
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Edifice… - 03/Jul/2019 17:07 - 838 days ago
In the future we will look back with fondness to the monuments that we created to honour the state craft of our parliamentarians...
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Outfall… - 30/Jun/2019 19:17 - 841 days ago
At the margins of cities are some of the things we take for granted. Unloved and often unwanted, unless they can be located R...
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Product placement… - 27/Jun/2019 14:40 - 844 days ago
So…in the midst of an increasing societal culture of blame, maybe its time to take a little personal responsibility…...
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A symmetry of sorts… - 23/Jun/2019 15:59 - 848 days ago
Been hanging on to these photos for a few weeks now…other stuff sort of  ‘happened’. Anyway, these pictures a...
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Tower… - 22/Jun/2019 18:56 - 849 days ago
“We shall build a tower that will reach to the stars!” Having conceived Babel, yet unable to build it themselves, they had t...
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Not everything is black and white… - 16/Jun/2019 18:47 - 855 days ago
“One day we will all become ghosts. Frozen moments in time. Fragments of someone else’s memory. He thought about the absence...
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Kris Kristofferson and The Strangers @ De Oosterpoort, Groningen - 14/Jun/2019 19:34 - 857 days ago
“Freedom’s just another word for nothing left to lose…”   Another storyteller from another time…....
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Towards the other Long Island… - 14/Jun/2019 18:43 - 857 days ago
So….it goes without saying that, if you are going to visit a good friend in northern Netherlands, the first thing you shou...
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Is this land safe? - 26/May/2019 07:08 - 876 days ago
On the face of it, something of an odd question. A track leading onto chalk down….a familiar landscape here in the south o...
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Blind bliss… - 19/May/2019 17:38 - 883 days ago
Came across this today whilst out walking. It’s somewhat rambling, and maybe a little confusing. It looks like its been th...
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Lost albums from the other side… - 07/May/2019 15:22 - 895 days ago
On the basis that these days, images can mean whatever you want them to mean, and truth is lies, whilst lies are truth… Pe...
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This is a public service announcement, with guitar… - 06/May/2019 06:59 - 896 days ago
Every once in a while you are lucky enough to catch a support artist who you just blows you away. And so it was with Emily Cap...
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Different lens…different perspective…. - 05/May/2019 16:00 - 897 days ago
Glen Matlock & Earl Slick @ The Haunt, Brighton…Revisited...
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Glen Matlock @ The Haunt, Brighton… - 04/May/2019 07:09 - 898 days ago
“What did you do in the punk wars daddy?” “I can’t remember…its all so sepia…” Who needs history though, w...
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Arresting images… - 20/Apr/2019 17:05 - 912 days ago
“Here they come now, here they come A pulling you away There are powers at play more forceful than we Come over here and sit d...
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Triptych… - 16/Apr/2019 17:17 - 916 days ago
“Watching a coast as it slips by the ship is like thinking about an enigma. There it is before you, smiling, frowning, invitin...
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Legend…. - 14/Apr/2019 15:27 - 918 days ago
So…an interesting line-up at Brighton Dome. Billed as ‘Drum Legends’.  To be honest, the main attraction for ...
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Ship of fools… - 01/Apr/2019 22:08 - 931 days ago
And so it continues… “Went to see the captain, strangest I could find, Laid my proposition down, laid it on the line. I ...
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In de Stijl of the night…? - 27/Mar/2019 20:50 - 936 days ago
Total abstraction using the most basic design components of vertical and horizontal lines and primary colours. Precision and uni...
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The Knife Angel… - 24/Mar/2019 23:08 - 939 days ago
The Knife Angel currently stands outside Coventry Cathedral: a sculpture fashioned from some 100,000 knives removed from UK stre...
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Mannahatta… - 17/Mar/2019 15:35 - 946 days ago
Walt Whitman wrote Mannahatta in 1900. (Hard to imagine that before then, New York was a quiet wooded island called Mannahatta...
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(Take a) Proper Gander… - 14/Mar/2019 06:45 - 949 days ago
“The Party seeks power entirely for its own sake. We are not interested in the good of others; we are interested solely in...
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Urban landscape… - 09/Mar/2019 15:53 - 954 days ago
It means whatever you want it to mean…. “The ice age is coming, the sun is zooming in Meltdown expected, the wheat i...
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One day we will all become ghosts… - 08/Mar/2019 18:18 - 955 days ago
The first time Ricky ventured into Central Park, he was struck by its emptiness. Yes it was cold, but the sun was warm on his ba...
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Oxford Girl… - 28/Feb/2019 20:20 - 963 days ago
    Without whom…etc x...
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This ain’t no Mudd Club…. - 20/Feb/2019 20:16 - 971 days ago
“This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco This ain’t no fooling around This ain’t no Mudd Club, or...
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Just a thought… - 11/Feb/2019 19:13 - 980 days ago
At a time when walls and hard borders seem to be uppermost in the minds of some people, I found myself thinking of bridges…...
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Physical Graffiti… - 11/Feb/2019 02:47 - 980 days ago
96-98 St Marks Place, East Village… Look familiar….? “…I know to trip is just to fall I used to rock it, som...
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Empire State of mind… - 10/Feb/2019 02:14 - 981 days ago
“In New York, Concrete jungle where dreams are made of There’s nothin’ you can’t do Now you’re in New ...
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In dreams… - 06/Feb/2019 13:01 - 985 days ago
So I get a call from my agent. He says “…hey Ricky, I got you a part in something just off Broadway. It’s mostly improvise...
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New York Tendaberry…? - 05/Feb/2019 02:46 - 986 days ago
“I was so much older then, I’m younger than that now” …and so it came to pass that in my 60th year, I get to go for the ...
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Not everything is black and white…. - 02/Jan/2019 20:56 - 1020 days ago
Selective colour. Could almost be a metaphor for the next 80 days or so… So, clearly the country is open for businessR...
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Everything is broken… - 05/Dec/2018 11:15 - 1048 days ago
“Broken lines, broken strings Broken threads, broken springs Broken idols, broken heads People sleeping in broken beds Ain...
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Curse of Lono… - 24/Nov/2018 15:25 - 1059 days ago
A cold Thursday evening warms a little on arrival at the Railway Inn, Winchester. Whats not to like when the band are drinking ...
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Phoenix nights…? - 10/Nov/2018 13:04 - 1073 days ago
“There was a silly damn bird called a phoenix back before Christ, every few hundred years he built a pyre and burnt himsel...
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Resist…! - 09/Nov/2018 19:34 - 1074 days ago
“On stage exorcism with you…”  [“Limited Edition Heart”: Gruff Rhys] Without doubt one of the gig...
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Rock and roll excess…? - 07/Nov/2018 17:18 - 1076 days ago
If you advertise, they (may) come… A new project of sorts… here...
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To hold infinity… - 31/Oct/2018 11:19 - 1083 days ago
“To see a World in a Grain of Sand And a Heaven in a Wild Flower Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand And Eternity in an hou...
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Thank you NHS.. - 06/Oct/2018 23:05 - 1108 days ago
“The collective principle asserts that the resources of medical skill and the apparatus of healing shall be placed at the disp...
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This is a public service announcement….with guitars…. - 03/Sep/2018 17:06 - 1141 days ago
…and a brass section. Offbeat Offensive…. Pompey’s finest third generation ska band…accept no substitute...
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PINS… - 27/Aug/2018 16:36 - 1148 days ago
More from Victorious…25 August 2018 PINS… ‘Find’ of the day… Check them out here… “Ser...
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Lean into the light…. - 26/Aug/2018 07:10 - 1149 days ago
Paul Weller @ Victorious, Portsmouth. 25 August 2018 …’nuff said…...
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Power in the darkness…? - 20/Aug/2018 20:50 - 1155 days ago
“Power in the darkness Frightening lies from the other side Power in the darkness Stand up and fight for your rights…...
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Huzzah…..! - 08/Aug/2018 17:20 - 1167 days ago
Ferocious Dog @ Wickham Festival: Saturday 4th August “…they are the music business’s worst nightmare – a great band...
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Fake photos….. - 14/Jul/2018 15:43 - 1192 days ago
“I think the British people like me a lot. They like me so much the police have had to build barriers everywhere I go to s...
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This could be the last time… - 23/May/2018 12:37 - 1244 days ago
London Stadium. Dateline 22 May 2018. A legitimate reason to run onto the West Ham pitch…! So…£90+ and the obligato...
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Code of the road… - 16/May/2018 21:06 - 1251 days ago
“They call him Snake, he minds his own business He got his own sound, we’re glad that he’s with us…” “Co...
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Chalk… - 07/May/2018 17:56 - 1260 days ago
“White chalk hills are all I’ve known White chalk hills will rot my bones….”    [PJ Harvey: “Whi...
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Thee Hypnotics… - 15/Apr/2018 14:45 - 1282 days ago
“Thee Hypnotics care only for their own generic past and frenetic present. The future doesn’t even get a look in… ...
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Tide/Tied…. - 08/Apr/2018 19:47 - 1289 days ago
How often do we look without really seeing? We might think that we ‘know’ intimately our immediate environment. But ...
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In defence of small gods… - 28/Jan/2018 20:31 - 1359 days ago
Still trying to find the words, but maybe the pictures speak in their own language? All  I know is that you can lose yourself i...
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Tree… - 10/Dec/2017 20:41 - 1408 days ago
Under unending interrogation by wind Tortured by huge scaldings of light Tried to confess all but could not Bleed a word Strippe...
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Landscape as memory… - 26/Nov/2017 17:29 - 1422 days ago
Nearby where I live are Hilsea Lines, a series fortifications, built to protect the northern approach to Portsmouth from attack...
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Look… - 01/Oct/2017 18:40 - 1478 days ago
“One day I will find the right words, and they will be simple.”  [Jack Kerouac. “The Dharma Bums”] Beauty is no...
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Of…or from…? - 17/Sep/2017 20:43 - 1492 days ago
“To be of means to listen. To commit to being around, to a robust pragmatism as to what this wider murmuring may require o...
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Industrial re-evolution…? - 29/Aug/2017 20:07 - 1511 days ago
“Imagine the impossible, then create it…” “The clothes you’re wearing, the room, the house, the ci...
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Hopetown…[ii] - 26/Jul/2017 17:53 - 1545 days ago
For as long as he could remember, Ricky had been looking for something, but in truth he couldn’t really say what it was...
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Hopetown…[i] - 16/Jul/2017 19:19 - 1555 days ago
Ricky was holding court at his local, “The Vaults”- a sometime music venue in a rundown part of town. Still a watering hole ...
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Foggy notion… - 19/Apr/2017 20:17 - 1643 days ago
“This melancholy London — I sometimes imagine that the souls of the lost are compelled to walk through its streets perpetual...
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A Modern Day Parable? - 21/Feb/2017 20:36 - 1700 days ago
“Graffiti is one of the few tools you have if you have almost nothing. And even if you don’t come up with a picture to c...
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Out of season…. - 20/Feb/2017 17:27 - 1701 days ago
“It is a curious situation that the sea, from which life first arose should now be threatened by the activities of one form of...
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What’s the story….? - 15/Aug/2016 19:57 - 1890 days ago
“I’ve asked many famous photographers to help me edit and they say, ‘Well, this photo goes with this one, and what’s the...
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Not everything is black and white… - 25/Jun/2016 14:32 - 1941 days ago
Is then no nook of English ground secure From rash assault? Schemes of retirement sown In youth, and ‘mid the busy world k...
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A Guide To Modern Day Political Leadership and Governance… - 23/May/2016 19:22 - 1974 days ago
Alice: Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here? The Cheshire Cat: That depends a good deal on where you wan...
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Water and air… - 21/May/2016 16:20 - 1976 days ago
“Water and air. So very commonplace are these substances, they hardly attract attention―and yet they vouchsafe our very...
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Everything is broken… - 10/Apr/2016 18:53 - 2017 days ago
“Broken bottles broken plates Broken switches broken gates Broken dishes broken parts Streets are filled with broken heart...
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Washed up… - 28/Mar/2016 17:17 - 2030 days ago
In 2015 the Marine Conservation Society  reported that 3,298 items of rubbish were picked up per kilometre of beach surveyed. T...
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A different kind of blue…? - 20/Mar/2016 19:44 - 2038 days ago
“Exultation is the going Of an inland soul to sea, Past the Houses – Past the Headlands – Into deep Eternity – Bred ...
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What does it all mean…? - 18/Mar/2016 20:16 - 2040 days ago
“If you do not know where you come from, then you don’t know where you are, and if you don’t know where you are, t...
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Deep? - 13/Mar/2016 19:27 - 2045 days ago
“People on the land think of the sea as a void, an emptiness haunted by mythological hazards. The sea marks the end of thi...
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Roar… - 06/Mar/2016 13:03 - 2052 days ago
  “The Beasts that be In wood and waste Now sit and see Nor ride nor haste…” The Lion: William Morris Som...
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Under African skies… - 01/Mar/2016 20:13 - 2057 days ago
“All along the river, Chelmsford’s army lay asleep Come to crush the children of Mageba Come to exact the realm̵...
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Clouds….. - 08/Feb/2016 22:01 - 2079 days ago
“There cannot be a single thing which is not cloud. Cathedrals have it in that tree of boulders and stained glass with Bib...
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Hope is the thing with feathers… - 29/Dec/2015 18:42 - 2120 days ago
To everyone who stopped by over the past year. Here’s to 2016. Found this whilst wandering around Southsea, stuck onto the...
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Vive le rock… - 08/Dec/2015 22:30 - 2141 days ago
“Sing you little fuckers Sing like you’ve got no choice…” Come On/Let’s Go [Paul Weller] Possibly ...
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The Waterboys @ Portsmouth Guildhall - 15/Nov/2015 20:17 - 2164 days ago
Possibly one of my favourite gig photographs… This is Steve Wickham, who Mike Scott describes as the world’s greates...
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Up there is just a sea of possibilities…. - 01/Nov/2015 15:33 - 2178 days ago
Patti Smith crops up from time to time on these pages…  :-) 40 years since the release of Horses...still the most played ...
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Too much monkey business…. - 25/Oct/2015 11:32 - 2185 days ago
Some are born to greatness. Others have it thrust upon them. Whilst others…well they just are. Ricky was holding court at his ...
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The Real Macaw…. - 13/Oct/2015 14:47 - 2197 days ago
Its beginning to feel like valediction time as yet another songwriter with attitude, edge, venom and songs that mean something l...
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Anger is an energy…. - 05/Oct/2015 14:37 - 2205 days ago
Still got it…. Public Image Ltd @ The Engine Rooms, Southampton…. Confrontational, loud, and in a venue that is R...
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Discuss…. - 28/Sep/2015 13:10 - 2212 days ago
A few random thoughts following a couple of days of wandering through Shoreditch over the weekend … “Some people become ...
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59%… - 13/Sep/2015 18:38 - 2227 days ago
“For the past couple of decades the Labour leadership has looked upon the various nascent social movements that have emerg...
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Life is about rhythm… - 07/Sep/2015 19:25 - 2233 days ago
“Life is about rhythm. We vibrate, our hearts are pumping blood, we are a rhythm machine, that’s what we are….R...
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The flame still burns… - 06/Sep/2015 16:55 - 2234 days ago
“I was wrong about God. Turns out he likes that 70’s stuff after all. So it didn’t piss down and they played f...
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Imagine… - 24/Aug/2015 20:09 - 2247 days ago
“To the complaint, ‘There are no people in these photographs,’ I respond, There are always two people: the photogr...
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Journey…. - 11/Aug/2015 08:23 - 2260 days ago
“Though we travel the world over to find beautiful, we must carry it with us, or we will find it not”. [Ralph Waldo ...
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Calling Elvis… - 29/Jul/2015 13:41 - 2273 days ago
House of Lords….home of the anti-Elvis? “Elvis is in everybody out there. Everybody’s got Elvis in them! Every...
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Trailwalker update…. - 13/Jul/2015 16:11 - 2289 days ago
Just two weeks to go now, and our final ‘big walk’, to get a few more miles under our feet, and more specifically, t...
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Desire lines…. - 08/Jul/2015 14:40 - 2294 days ago
This post is primarily a vehicle for (hopefully) raising funds for Oxfam and the Gurkha Welfare Trust. Four of us, plus our 2 ma...
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A modern parable…..? - 05/Jul/2015 19:48 - 2297 days ago
“The ship wherein Theseus and the youth of Athens returned had thirty oars, and was preserved by the Athenians    ...
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Keep music live… - 16/Jun/2015 19:54 - 2316 days ago
“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” [Aldous Huxley, Music at Night (193...
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This is a public service announcement…. - 02/Jun/2015 17:53 - 2330 days ago
Whaddya mean , you’ve never heard of Terry Reid… “There’s something Shakespearean about Terry Reid. The...
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Maintain the momentum… - 25/May/2015 19:38 - 2338 days ago
I make absolutely no apology for keeping Nepal a live issue on this blog…. It’s now just one month to the day from t...
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Still life with sunflowers (and shopping trollies)…. - 17/May/2015 17:01 - 2346 days ago
Jonathan Richman w/the Modern Lovers: “Vincent Van Gogh” “Well, have you heard about the painter, Vincent van ...
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But what does it all mean… - 14/May/2015 19:33 - 2349 days ago
“…People who spent most of their natural lives riding iron bicycles over the rocky roadsteads of this parish get their p...
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Something wicked this way comes…. - 10/May/2015 20:12 - 2353 days ago
“Poverty is the parent of revolution and crime.”  [Aristotle] So…here’s what we can look forward to… R...
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Give…an update. - 08/May/2015 20:30 - 2355 days ago
In May 2014 I wrote of my ongoing links with CSRC, the land rights organisation that I worked with whilst living in Nepal. At th...
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Can I have a word… - 30/Apr/2015 17:41 - 2363 days ago
Change the name, but not the story…a continuation……. Regular as clockwork, Joe knocks on the door. The slow, s...
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Give… - 25/Apr/2015 23:49 - 2368 days ago
So…where to begin? Here I sit, safe in my home in Portsmouth, watching the news unfold. For a brief moment Nepal becomes h...
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Welcome to the machine… - 19/Apr/2015 20:40 - 2374 days ago
“Regardless of how fast GDP grows, an economic system that fails to deliver gains for most of its citizens, and in which a ris...
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Gimme some truth… - 12/Apr/2015 20:06 - 2381 days ago
“I’m sick and tired of hearing things From uptight, short-sighted, narrow-minded hypocrites All I want is the truth ...
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The wisdom of bridges… - 29/Mar/2015 16:17 - 2395 days ago
“The wisdom of bridges comes from the fact that they know the both sides, they know the both shores…” [Mehmet Murat Il...
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Bert knew things… - 25/Mar/2015 20:01 - 2399 days ago
A story of sorts….a prologue maybe… Bert knew things. It wasn’t always apparent though, since for most of the ...
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Epitaph… - 08/Mar/2015 20:52 - 2416 days ago
“Let’s talk of graves, of worms, and epitaphs; Make dust our paper and with rainy eyes Write sorrow on the bosom of the ...
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Vote… - 01/Mar/2015 17:00 - 2423 days ago
Came across these obscured windows in Havant earlier today… For some reason, the following quote from Yes Minister came i...
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A sense of place… - 15/Feb/2015 21:05 - 2437 days ago
“The Severn was water, the water was mud whose eddies stood and did not fill, the kind of water that’s thicker than bloo...
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Beached… - 07/Feb/2015 16:37 - 2445 days ago
“We might as well be dead. Do you think death could possibly be a boat?” [From Tom Stoppard: “Rosencrantz and ...
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Art for art’s sake…. - 01/Feb/2015 17:54 - 2451 days ago
“In a decaying society, art, if it is truthful, must also reflect decay. And unless it wants to break faith with its social fu...
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In a dream I heard Gabriel’s trumpet… - 30/Jan/2015 20:20 - 2453 days ago
“I saw the feet of pilgrims bleeding I saw whole cities drowning I saw whole armies dying…” [Mark Lanegan: ...
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A sign of the times…. - 24/Jan/2015 21:07 - 2459 days ago
At a time when the comedy roadshow that is Davos is providing a platform for the “great and the good” (sic) to agoni...
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Tree of life….? - 18/Jan/2015 20:35 - 2465 days ago
“Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They...
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Don’t follow leaders… - 13/Jan/2015 21:59 - 2470 days ago
A bit of a detour…but hey, it’s my blog… :-) 50 years ago, on 14 January 1965, Blind Boy Grunt recorded this&#...
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Marsh…. - 11/Jan/2015 17:45 - 2472 days ago
“To stand at the edge of the sea, to sense the ebb and flow of the tides, to feel the breath of a mist moving over a great sal...
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I’ve got a golden ticket… - 31/Dec/2014 19:47 - 2483 days ago
“…I’ve got a golden ticket I’ve got a golden chance to make my way And with a golden ticket, it’s ...
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I’ve got a golden ticket… - 31/Dec/2014 19:47 - 2483 days ago
“…I’ve got a golden ticket I’ve got a golden chance to make my way And with a golden ticket, it’s ...
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Learning the trees… - 27/Dec/2014 16:52 - 2487 days ago
“Before you can learn the trees, you have to learn The language of the trees…” [Howard Nemerov: “Learnin...
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Learning the trees… - 27/Dec/2014 16:52 - 2487 days ago
“Before you can learn the trees, you have to learn The language of the trees…” [Howard Nemerov: “Learnin...
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Towards a new Waste Land… - 14/Dec/2014 17:07 - 2500 days ago
“The river’s tent is broken: the last fingers of leaf Clutch and sink into the wet bank. The wind Crosses the brown land...
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Towards a new Waste Land… - 14/Dec/2014 17:07 - 2500 days ago
“The river’s tent is broken: the last fingers of leaf Clutch and sink into the wet bank. The wind Crosses the brown land...
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Shine… - 07/Dec/2014 21:22 - 2507 days ago
“We cast a shadow on something wherever we stand, and it is no good moving from place to place to save things; because the...
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Shine… - 07/Dec/2014 21:22 - 2507 days ago
“We cast a shadow on something wherever we stand, and it is no good moving from place to place to save things; because the...
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We are not numbers….. - 06/Dec/2014 18:35 - 2508 days ago
“We are not numbers We are not shadows We are humanity in all of its guises We cannot be reduced to simple cliches We are ...
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We are not numbers….. - 06/Dec/2014 18:35 - 2508 days ago
“We are not numbers We are not shadows We are humanity in all of its guises We cannot be reduced to simple cliches We are ...
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To the wind….. - 01/Dec/2014 22:12 - 2513 days ago
After a weekend where reason appears to have gone out of the window, where greed and baser instincts seem to be the principle d...
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To the wind….. - 01/Dec/2014 22:12 - 2513 days ago
After a weekend where reason appears to have gone out of the window, where greed and baser instincts seem to be the principle d...
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Go not to the temple… - 24/Nov/2014 20:22 - 2520 days ago
“You are what you believe in. You become that which you believe you can become” [Bhagavad Gita] “Go not to the tem...
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Go not to the temple… - 24/Nov/2014 20:22 - 2520 days ago
“You are what you believe in. You become that which you believe you can become” [Bhagavad Gita] “Go not to the tem...
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Decay and neglect….. - 22/Nov/2014 21:00 - 2522 days ago
There’s something of an emerging theme to my photographs these days. I’m increasingly drawn to decay, and in particu...
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Decay and neglect….. - 22/Nov/2014 21:00 - 2522 days ago
There’s something of an emerging theme to my photographs these days. I’m increasingly drawn to decay, and in particu...
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The eyes have it… - 17/Nov/2014 18:33 - 2527 days ago
A simple truth… “The world loved man when he smiled. The world became afraid of him when he laughed.” [Rabindranath Ta...
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The eyes have it… - 17/Nov/2014 18:33 - 2527 days ago
A simple truth… “The world loved man when he smiled. The world became afraid of him when he laughed.” [Rabindranath Ta...
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All things must pass… - 16/Nov/2014 19:20 - 2528 days ago
“We are born into a realm of constant change. Everything is decaying. We are continually losing all that we come in contact wi...
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All things must pass… - 16/Nov/2014 19:20 - 2528 days ago
“We are born into a realm of constant change. Everything is decaying. We are continually losing all that we come in contact wi...
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A meditation of sorts…. - 13/Nov/2014 02:15 - 2531 days ago
Farewell Nepal…. Find your own silent space within the universe The one that brings peace from solitude Create your own ri...
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On reflection… - 10/Nov/2014 10:24 - 2534 days ago
Returning to Kathmandu, albeit for just a few days, has been a source of some reflection. To walk in familiar places is to call ...
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Wayside shrines… - 04/Nov/2014 13:59 - 2540 days ago
One of the great joys of being back in Nepal…. I have passed you day by day Seen you anointed with flowers Offered gifts o...
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परिवर्तनशील (अनित्य) - 04/Nov/2014 05:06 - 2540 days ago
Change and thus impermanent… The sun always rises from the kettle, and sets in an empty glass, the earth I inhabit goes on...
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Ascend… - 02/Nov/2014 03:23 - 2542 days ago
“The traveller has to knock at every alien door to come to his own, and one has to wander through all the outer worlds to ...
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Crossing the threshold… - 01/Nov/2014 17:07 - 2543 days ago
Upon reflection… Crossing the border into Nepal from India and already there’s a feeling of familiarity and, dare I ...
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Tales of the riverbank… - 29/Oct/2014 11:11 - 2546 days ago
To sít amongst the thousands of Indians that journey to Haridwar to witness the Ganga aarti ceremony at Haar-ki-Paris ghat is a...
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Playthings - 27/Oct/2014 08:55 - 2548 days ago
Sometimes the things that we wish for fail to make us happy. Sometimes a different perspective is needed… “Child, ho...
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Taxi…. - 26/Oct/2014 03:59 - 2549 days ago
“It’s when your driver starts to read about Gandhi and the Buddha that it’s time to wet your pants.”   [From Ar...
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At the fourth goat, it will be 12.45 am precisely… - 14/Oct/2014 19:21 - 2561 days ago
Originally posted on Ideas & images from Portsmouth and beyond:Namaste Well, here I am again then. On line intermittently fo...
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At the fourth goat, it will be 12.45 am precisely… - 14/Oct/2014 19:21 - 2561 days ago
Originally posted on Ideas & images from Portsmouth and beyond:Namaste Well, here I am again then. On line intermittently fo...
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A poem for our times…? - 05/Oct/2014 18:23 - 2570 days ago
“I heard an Angel singing When the day was springing, “Mercy, Pity, Peace Is the world’s release.” Thus ...
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A poem for our times…? - 05/Oct/2014 18:23 - 2570 days ago
“I heard an Angel singing When the day was springing, “Mercy, Pity, Peace Is the world’s release.” Thus ...
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Niets is verloren… - 24/Sep/2014 19:32 - 2581 days ago
….Nothing is lost. I have a box of postcards which were acquired by my Dad whilst serving in the Royal Armoured Corps duri...
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Niets is verloren… - 24/Sep/2014 19:32 - 2581 days ago
….Nothing is lost. I have a box of postcards which were acquired by my Dad whilst serving in the Royal Armoured Corps duri...
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The order of the universe is (partly) restored…. - 09/Sep/2014 19:04 - 2596 days ago
[Or.. Coventry City FC return to the Ricoh] “My name is John, and I’m a Coventry City supporter….”  The...
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The order of the universe is (partly) restored…. - 09/Sep/2014 19:04 - 2596 days ago
[Or.. Coventry City FC return to the Ricoh] “My name is John, and I’m a Coventry City supporter….”  The...
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Reet Petite and Gone…? - 31/Aug/2014 19:00 - 2605 days ago
…live, for one last time at The Old House At Home, Milton. (Or so they say….) Real ale, good company, live music...
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Reet Petite and Gone…? - 31/Aug/2014 19:00 - 2605 days ago
Live, for one last time at The Old House At Home, Milton. Real ale, good company, live music…and a washboard. Life is goo...
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Take left turns as much as possible… - 26/Aug/2014 19:22 - 2610 days ago
“Always ask any questions that are to be asked and never answer any. Turn everything you hear to your own advantage. Always ca...
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Take left turns as much as possible… - 26/Aug/2014 19:22 - 2610 days ago
“Always ask any questions that are to be asked and never answer any. Turn everything you hear to your own advantage. Always ca...
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That flashbulb moment…. - 25/Aug/2014 10:31 - 2611 days ago
“Don’t ask me why I obsessively look to rock ’n’ roll bands for some kind of model for a better society. I guess it’s ...
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That flashbulb moment…. - 25/Aug/2014 10:31 - 2611 days ago
“Don’t ask me why I obsessively look to rock ’n’ roll bands for some kind of model for a better society. I guess it’s ...
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Songs in the key of life…. - 17/Aug/2014 16:56 - 2619 days ago
Boom… Wickham Festival, 2014 “In this olden world Harder than a gemstone would it be to change Once a youthful garde...
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Songs in the key of life…. - 17/Aug/2014 16:56 - 2619 days ago
Boom… Wickham Festival, 2014 “In this olden world Harder than a gemstone would it be to change Once a youthful garde...
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More light… - 23/Jul/2014 19:53 - 2644 days ago
And so…it’s time to move on…. Two years working as a local authority social worker in adult social care, and t...
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More light… - 23/Jul/2014 19:53 - 2644 days ago
And so…it’s time to move on…. Two years working as a local authority social worker in adult social care, and t...
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Ideology… - 10/Jul/2014 20:23 - 2657 days ago
Southampton Guildhall: 10 July 2014 There’s plenty of news coverage about today’s strike/public sector protest…...
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Ideology… - 10/Jul/2014 20:23 - 2657 days ago
Southampton Guildhall: 10 July 2014 There’s plenty of news coverage about today’s strike/public sector protest…...
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A garden of earthly delights…? - 29/Jun/2014 15:36 - 2668 days ago
A modern-day triptych…. Found these today whilst wandering through Portsmouth. Stuck onto a boarded up building…al...
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It’s a sign… - 29/Jun/2014 10:03 - 2668 days ago
Increasing levels of homelessness, low wages and zero hours contracts, hostile architecture…and financial corporations tha...
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All memory is suspect… - 23/Jun/2014 21:10 - 2674 days ago
Ancient monument against a yellowing sky Sepia vision of a bygone age… But what if these walls could tell their story Shar...
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Available light… - 22/Jun/2014 18:39 - 2675 days ago
I love the way that light prises open the darkest corner…casts shadows of uncertainty…reveals texture and substance ...
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Better days…? - 21/Jun/2014 20:33 - 2676 days ago
Sometimes a photograph just is…the lucky  juxtaposition of things. A pick-up truck…ice-cream in the back…a ra...
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Fade to nothing… - 09/Jun/2014 19:49 - 2688 days ago
Found graffiti in Southsea…. Time for a bit of Rilke… “…Other people change faces incredibly fast, put on one af...
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Fallen…. - 26/May/2014 13:57 - 2702 days ago
“Trees are poems that earth writes upon the sky. We fell them down and turn them into paper, that we may record our emptin...
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Watching the river flow… - 22/May/2014 19:58 - 2706 days ago
“The sectors of a city…are decipherable, but the personal meaning they have for us is incommunicable…” [Guy ...
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जय भुमि - 18/May/2014 18:53 - 2710 days ago
Despite being away from Nepal for some two years now, I still maintain links with CSRC, the land rights organisation that I work...
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Fighting like the flowers… - 04/May/2014 19:13 - 2724 days ago
“…Every man has his flower thought he knows it or not from the mighty old English rose to the humble forget-me-not…...
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Jumpers for goalposts…. - 20/Apr/2014 10:11 - 2738 days ago
What…you’ve never heard of the Meon Valley Sunday Football League, or the Pink Cup? Shame on you glory hunters, wit...
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Full fathom five… - 13/Apr/2014 16:14 - 2745 days ago
“…The sea is our pathway to each other, and to everyone else. The sea is our endless saga, the sea is our most power...
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Not quite April fools… - 04/Apr/2014 17:46 - 2754 days ago
We can neither confirm, nor deny that your every word is listened to We can neither confirm, nor deny that we are watching your ...
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“The Salvador Dali of music….” - 28/Mar/2014 16:46 - 2761 days ago
…and who’s gonna argue with Keith Richards… Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry…78 years young …and st...
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A tale of two Britains…. - 17/Mar/2014 21:25 - 2772 days ago
“Inequality is a growing problem in the UK. While austerity measures in Britain continue to hit the poorest families harde...
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Memory is life… - 12/Mar/2014 21:05 - 2777 days ago
“Memory is life. It is always carried by groups of living people, and therefore it is in permanent evolution.” [From "Age of...
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Shadows and ghosts… - 01/Mar/2014 19:10 - 2788 days ago
“Photographers deal in things which are continually vanishing, and when they have vanished there is no contrivance on eart...
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Paris unadorned… - 28/Feb/2014 19:57 - 2789 days ago
In 1946 Ed Clark photographed Paris for LIFE magazine. The accompanying narrative described the photographs as  “… ...
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Down in the Cellars…. - 26/Feb/2014 16:21 - 2791 days ago
Double header @ The Cellars, Eastney…. Keeping music live ….what else is there to say…. First up, The Surfin&#...
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How much these walls have seen… - 16/Feb/2014 16:59 - 2801 days ago
“Winter will pass, spring will come again, and then you won’t be here any more, you’ll be pulled down. How muc...
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Requiem for a starfish… - 09/Feb/2014 16:13 - 2808 days ago
“Some storm far out, I thought, had ravaged the sea, stirred up its bed, sent the whole mess flying to shore. At my feet I...
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And another thing…. - 02/Feb/2014 17:47 - 2815 days ago
500,000 people in the UK are reliant on food aid, Tesco admits to having generated 28,500 tonnes of food waste at its stores and...
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Mekon says… - 01/Feb/2014 20:30 - 2816 days ago
“O what can ail thee, knight-at-arms, Alone and palely loitering? The sedge has withered from the lake, And no birds sing&...
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A work in progress… - 26/Jan/2014 12:45 - 2822 days ago
“The village of Wymering… lies about half a mile west of Cosham…. The church and vicarage are on the north sid...
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Can blue men sing the whites…? - 11/Jan/2014 16:46 - 2837 days ago
Hell yeah... “Gimme dat harp boy Ain’t no fat man’s toy  You hear what he is saying You hear he’s sayin...
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Dignity and choice… - 04/Jan/2014 19:53 - 2844 days ago
Christmas and New Year out of the way and those on the margins once again get consigned to the list of social “problems...
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Sea-wash… - 26/Dec/2013 22:02 - 2853 days ago
“The sea-wash never ends. The sea-wash repeats, repeats. Only old songs? Is that all the sea knows? Only the old strong so...
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Same horse, different jockey… - 21/Dec/2013 20:33 - 2858 days ago
15 October 1977, Leeds University. First sighting of Ian Dury and the Blockheads, doing material from ‘New Boots & Pan...
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Gathered in their masses… - 13/Dec/2013 19:51 - 2866 days ago
When the Death Star comes, (as it must) to destroy all that is rank and fetid in the world of music, there will be survivors… ...
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Walk the city… - 18/Nov/2013 21:23 - 2891 days ago
Random words, random photographs. Images that I like… that maybe tell a story, maybe don’t… Walk the city and us...
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Zelfportret van een ander… revisited. - 12/Nov/2013 22:22 - 2897 days ago
“Life is short, break the rules, forgive quickly… and never regret anything that made you smile. Twenty years from ...
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Only football….. - 26/Oct/2013 19:56 - 2914 days ago
The thing about ‘found photographs’ is that you can impose your own narrative. No date on the photograph below, but ...
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Hallucinating light… - 23/Oct/2013 21:49 - 2917 days ago
“I ride inside the purple dawn collecting golden due  That falls from citidels of dreams I shake whilst flying through  ...
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Food for the soul….not wreckreation? - 21/Oct/2013 15:47 - 2919 days ago
“…the boat has not only been for our civilisation, from the sixteenth century until the present, the great instrumen...
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Ship of fools… - 06/Oct/2013 20:00 - 2934 days ago
“Ship of Fools’ criss-crossed the sea and canals of Europe with their comic and pathetic cargo of souls. Some of the...
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My back pages... - 01/Oct/2013 19:23 - 2939 days ago
Reblogged from Ideas & images from Portsmouth and beyond: Well I now have a job so (maybe) the rambling will stop! But first...
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Dreaming the lives of ancestors… - 28/Sep/2013 19:31 - 2942 days ago
“I looked at your picture, faded and torn Imagined your life before my father was born Wondered what you were thinking Who...
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Striking the right pose…. - 23/Sep/2013 13:00 - 2947 days ago
II (b): “Your camera is not a weapon…” III(a): “Use photography to convey a message...” IV (c): &#...
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India was in my blood… - 14/Sep/2013 19:51 - 2956 days ago
“India was in my blood and there was much in her that instinctively thrilled me. And yet I approached her almost as an ali...
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Don’t drive so fast in the daytime… - 25/Aug/2013 19:11 - 2976 days ago
“Our battered suitcases were piled on the sidewalk again; we had longer ways to go. But no matter, the road is life” [Ja...
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Please leave this world as clean as when you came… - 21/Aug/2013 14:01 - 2980 days ago
“Voices like the sea inside a shell Telling me I cannot stake a claim Possession is a clue but not the game So please leav...
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Beached… - 15/Aug/2013 14:56 - 2986 days ago
Not necessarily a metaphor for anything…. Just thought it was about time to get out with the camera and take a few new pho...
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Days… - 11/Aug/2013 12:02 - 2990 days ago
In 1939, the Robbins children who had remained in India arrived in the family home in Radford and for the first time met their...
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Does this come with fries….? - 10/Aug/2013 19:39 - 2991 days ago
Returning to the UK last year after two years of living in Nepal, I wrote that one of the things that had the greatest impact u...
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London Calling… - 27/Jul/2013 18:22 - 3005 days ago
Having just been to the LS Lowry exhibition at Tate Britain , I thought I’d wave a flag for another artist named Lowry who...
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Staying on… - 21/Jul/2013 19:47 - 3011 days ago
“The butterfly counts not months but moments, and has time enough”. [From "Fireflies" by Rabindranath Tagore]  Some...
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Slow travel…. - 30/Jun/2013 13:06 - 3032 days ago
In a world where communication can be almost instantaneous, a reminder that it wasn’t always quite as straightforward̷...
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Barriers and fences… - 28/Jun/2013 18:36 - 3034 days ago
Here we go again… “The Treasury wants to continue to target welfare spending…. but there is no appetite any m...
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A different world…. - 23/Jun/2013 20:41 - 3039 days ago
In 1960, the world was very small for a Coventry kid, just approaching his second Christmas. I have no recollection of  this ph...
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Beware of the flowers…cos I’m sure they’re gonna get you, yeah… - 18/Jun/2013 18:50 - 3044 days ago
I was a florist … Photographed on the way to work in Southampton today…made me think of this “Look out baby Lo...
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Opening a box of memories…. - 16/Jun/2013 10:54 - 3046 days ago
“One day, quite some time ago I happened on a photograph of Napoleon’s youngest brother Jerome, taken in 1852. And I...
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Are you sure Frank done it this way… - 09/Jun/2013 21:56 - 3053 days ago
A slight detour from the usual subject maybe…but a lead-in to where things might be going for a few posts at least. There&...
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Sometimes a picture is more than just a picture… - 07/Jun/2013 18:48 - 3055 days ago
For no other reason than I like this photograph, which I took just off the Cowley Road in Oxford… and because Frank O̵...
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A new tyranny….revisited. - 04/Jun/2013 21:21 - 3058 days ago
Continuing a theme from an earlier post… Oxfam estimates that of the $18.47 trillion being held by individuals in tax have...
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Inventing social categories… - 16/May/2013 14:01 - 3077 days ago
“Everywhere I go I hear what’s going on And the more I hear the less I know Everywhere I go I hear what’s goin...
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A new tyranny…? - 10/May/2013 18:41 - 3083 days ago
As humanity finds itself measured , weighed and found wanting by those who would rather see progress as a means of saving money,...
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Temple Beautiful… - 30/Apr/2013 18:09 - 3093 days ago
Do you believe in rock & roll…and can music save your mortal soul…? Hell yeah…if it’s made by Chuck ...
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Tommy Atkins died… - 28/Apr/2013 18:58 - 3095 days ago
“I went into a public-’ouse to get a pint o’ beer, The publican ‘e up an’ sez, “We serve no ...
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White Lightening… - 22/Apr/2013 03:51 - 3101 days ago
In the light of recent discussions regarding the possibility of Brighton Council setting up safe rooms for the injecting of dru...
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Divide and rule… - 04/Apr/2013 20:28 - 3119 days ago
So much for communities… Maybe I’m missing something, but in the week that the ‘spare room subsidy‘ kick...
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Sleepwalking through cities of glass and steel…. - 31/Mar/2013 19:25 - 3123 days ago
This came to mind whilst in London the other day…. “Bazza is a looter In brogues, pinstripe and tie Short selling in...
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Do the maths…an update… - 26/Mar/2013 20:12 - 3128 days ago
No apologies for reposting an extract from my last blog…. “From September 1st 2012, squatting in a residential prope...
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Do the maths…. - 05/Mar/2013 23:19 - 3149 days ago
At the end of March last year I returned to the UK after two years of living and working as a volunteer in Nepal. Prior to that ...
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Beneath rails of steel lies Morpheus… - 03/Mar/2013 20:57 - 3151 days ago
“The photographer is an armed version of the solitary walker reconnoitering, stalking, cruising the urban inferno, the voy...
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In dark spaces… - 22/Feb/2013 14:52 - 3160 days ago
In dark spaces between sleeping and dreaming are the lives we had and the lives that we wish for…. On whitewashed walls we...
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A blind man on a revolving chair. - 13/Feb/2013 14:43 - 3169 days ago
The title of this post is not mine, but that of the Nepali poet Bhupi Sherchan (1936-1989). The poem of the same name is reprodu...
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An imagined community…? - 10/Feb/2013 20:09 - 3172 days ago
What binds a nation together? Is it defined by allegiance to a flag, history and tradition or a constructed narrative about the...
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Tomorrow it will all melt… - 18/Jan/2013 20:43 - 3195 days ago
“…. Thus having prepared their buds against a sure winter the wise trees stand sleeping in the cold…”  ...
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Who knows what tomorrow may bring… - 31/Dec/2012 05:30 - 3213 days ago
Whatever we may have learned over the past year, and whatever our resolutions for the coming year…. Real change is more th...
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Perspective… - 16/Dec/2012 19:53 - 3228 days ago
As winter weather holds us in its grip, and we bemoan the incessant rain….a couple of observations. 783 million people in ...
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In the port of Amsterdam… - 02/Dec/2012 19:42 - 3242 days ago
“In the port of Amsterdam There’s a sailor who sings Of the dreams that he brings From the wide open sea…  Ja...
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Zelfportret van een ander… - 22/Nov/2012 12:16 - 3252 days ago
One of the things that two years living in another country does is allow time to reflect on how things are, and to try and under...
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Reaching an understanding… - 21/Oct/2012 17:23 - 3284 days ago
“I had been for several years a traveller in the Himalaya, before I could get rid of that tyranny of the senses, which so ...
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Just one thing… - 04/Oct/2012 10:37 - 3301 days ago
Last weekend saw me heading up to Birmingham to a VSO returning volunteers weekend, almost 6 months after arriving back in the U...
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Look at this… - 23/Sep/2012 17:11 - 3312 days ago
In the aftermath of KateGate, and the impending report from the Leveson Enquiry, a few thoughts. Not my words, but certainly a ...
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Outside of society, that’s where I want to be… - 14/Sep/2012 18:53 - 3321 days ago
Well, you know that Patti crops up from time to time on these pages… She’s still got it, some 34(!!) years laterR...
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The last resort? - 19/Aug/2012 21:00 - 3347 days ago
“When I was down beside the sea A wooden spade they gave to me To dig the sandy shore. My holes were empty like a cup. In ...
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One of those days in England… - 06/Aug/2012 13:54 - 3360 days ago
“Slowly slipping into history feel us go With these times another age could never know See the photos black and white and ...
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Under construction… - 05/Jul/2012 14:53 - 3392 days ago
I haven’t quite started work yet… The mechanics of references being taken up and CRB checks being carried out always...
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My back pages… - 14/Jun/2012 14:48 - 3413 days ago
Well I now have a job so (maybe) the rambling will stop! But first of all, a story that might well have been entitled “Bob...
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A different drum beat… - 05/Jun/2012 16:37 - 3422 days ago
On one side of the world a Diamond Jubilee celebration which, whatever your views, brought worldwide media attention to the UK....
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We mean it ma’am… - 27/May/2012 20:23 - 3431 days ago
Or…how I never saw the Sex Pistols. Another trawl through the vinyl, and it seems only right to raise the flag for “...
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More food for thought… - 17/May/2012 15:25 - 3441 days ago
The last few years has seen an increase in acquisitions of land (mainly for agricultural use) in developing countries. This wave...
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Fohat digs holes in space… - 04/May/2012 14:46 - 3454 days ago
The John Peel record archive was made available online earlier this week. Perhaps something of a ‘so what’ event fo...
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A line on the horizon… - 29/Apr/2012 13:52 - 3459 days ago
Just over a month since getting back to the UK now, and still trying to work out what’s next.  Possibly not the ideal tim...
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Time to wake up… - 05/Apr/2012 13:01 - 3483 days ago
Good to know that we have an objective view of water here in the UK… The South East of England gets a hosepipe ban becaus...
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World’s apart….? - 30/Mar/2012 09:00 - 3489 days ago
I’ve been back in the UK for three days and the ‘journey’ (for now), is over. Leaving Nepal was a massive wren...
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Preparing for life in the fast lane… - 15/Mar/2012 09:32 - 3504 days ago
The last few weeks have rushed by and the journey is almost over. The process of ‘letting go’ is reinforced by the impending...
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This is not a tribute… - 13/Mar/2012 07:28 - 3506 days ago
Some are born to greatness. Others have it thrust upon them. Whilst others, well… they just are. When the Death Star comes, (a...
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Talkin’bout a revolution… - 07/Mar/2012 09:56 - 3512 days ago
I found myself in the Open Theatre in Kathmandu last weekend. Its a venue for rallies in the city and its always an interesting ...
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One door closes… - 14/Feb/2012 07:48 - 3534 days ago
“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite. For man has closed himself u...
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Long after you are gone… - 10/Feb/2012 05:04 - 3538 days ago
Long after you are gone the mountains will be there… Possibly the last time I’m going to get a close-up of the Himal...
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Rice - 06/Feb/2012 07:01 - 3542 days ago
More than half of the population of Nepal lives in remote hill and mountain regions. Agricultural development in these areas has...
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Progress…. - 05/Feb/2012 09:30 - 3543 days ago
The Lazimpat area of Kathmandu includes the only major northwards running road in the city. Co-incidentally it is where I live. ...
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From little things, big things grow… - 16/Jan/2012 08:36 - 3563 days ago
I have just spent the past three days, (plus the best part of a day either side traveling there) in Thimora, Chitwan at the bi-a...
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Peace falls like dropping snow…? - 10/Jan/2012 05:49 - 3569 days ago
Not my words, but they need to be read. From today’s Republica No other comment necessary. “My fellow Nepali friends...
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I ain’t gonna work on Bhatterai’s farm no more… - 04/Jan/2012 12:01 - 3575 days ago
With apologies to Bob Dylan. Go on…you know you want to check out the song by clicking on the picture below…and  f...
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The Journey Home - 03/Jan/2012 05:24 - 3576 days ago
January 2012 already, and suddenly two years doesn’t seem to be a very long time. My placement finishes towards the end of Mar...
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Sing the song of the moment… - 28/Dec/2011 05:36 - 3582 days ago
Happy New Year…and thanks to all who stopped by, liked or commented….   “Sing of the fleeting smiles that van...
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Drought is inevitable but famine is man made… - 23/Dec/2011 09:17 - 3587 days ago
Not a quote from a development organisation, but from photographer Rankin, after doing a photo shoot for Oxfam. Coming to the en...
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Maybe a bit of joined up thinking wouldn’t go amiss… - 15/Dec/2011 07:08 - 3595 days ago
Following the recent COP 17, [The 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate C...
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Its all downhill from here… - 28/Nov/2011 03:59 - 3612 days ago
Not a metaphor…a statement of fact. Four more days of descent, and after the exertions of the past few days, its quite nic...
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Further on up the road… - 20/Nov/2011 07:45 - 3620 days ago
Khopra to Khayar Barahi Lake (4700m above sea level) 1100 metres up and back in the same day…and why not? A 6 am start for...
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The other side of the mountain - 18/Nov/2011 08:19 - 3622 days ago
 Mists that shroud  Winds that chill  Rains that soak men to the marrow  Make them old before their time…         ...
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Always the same, yet ever changing. - 15/Nov/2011 04:10 - 3625 days ago
Bhaisi Kharka to Khopra (3660m above sea level) Early the next morning before sunrise the Dhalagiri range looms on the horizon&#...
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Mice, mountains and leech karma…(II) - 08/Nov/2011 06:24 - 3632 days ago
…and so we continue. Dhamli to Tadapani (2800m above sea level) Amongst the many t-shirts that you can find in the Thamel ...
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Mice, mountains and leech karma…(I) - 07/Nov/2011 05:03 - 3633 days ago
Back at the beginning of October I went on a trek to the Annapurna region with four other VSO volunteers (Akke Antje, Debbie, Gw...
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Women and agriculture - 06/Nov/2011 07:24 - 3634 days ago
Been a bit slow on posting here. Normal service resumed shortly…hopefully! Meanwhile…stuff I wrote for the day job&#...
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Contract…? - 11/Oct/2011 12:34 - 3660 days ago
Continuing in vaguely philosophical mode…. “She approaches with no hint of a smile “One photograph” she ...
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On visiting the Korean Monastery, Lumbini…. - 29/Sep/2011 06:44 - 3672 days ago
“Lotus like, and imperfect, I sit As darkness becomes visible Leaving only the shadow play of swaying lanterns And the fli...
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6.9…. - 19/Sep/2011 04:20 - 3682 days ago
A reminder yesterday evening that Kathmandu lies on an earthquake zone. At around 6.25 pm, a low rumble and the floor starts to ...
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Here we go again…. - 24/Aug/2011 07:25 - 3708 days ago
In the light of other events worldwide, the saga of Nepal’s governance isn’t receiving much, (if any) international news cov...
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You’ll go far my son…. - 12/Aug/2011 05:49 - 3720 days ago
…well, to Nepal at least. Not the usual ramblings…this time a few thoughts on the recent visit by Rob (son), and Joa...
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Participatory Mapping - 27/Jul/2011 01:09 - 3736 days ago
“Maps are more than pieces of paper. They are stories, conversations, lives and songs lived out in a place and are inseparable...
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Validation… - 27/Jul/2011 00:59 - 3736 days ago
I recently attended the Annual Review of CSRC at Nagarkot. The event brought together staff from CSRC, co-ordinators and activis...
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A tale of the West…(Part III) - 29/Jun/2011 06:59 - 3764 days ago
This is the final post in respect of my recent trip west, and, having had some time to reflect on what I’ve seen, this is an a...
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Milestones…. - 27/Jun/2011 04:23 - 3766 days ago
10,000 hits so far! No bull!! Thanks for everyone’s comments and just generally stopping by! Much appreciated...
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A tale of the West…(Part II) - 23/Jun/2011 08:37 - 3770 days ago
The journey continues… A short bus ride and another early start brings us to Rajipur. The village, comprising a Tharu comm...
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A tale of the West…. (Part I) - 20/Jun/2011 07:28 - 3773 days ago
Wednesday morning begins at just after 5am when I’m picked up by the CSRC jeep to travel with other staff to the far west of N...
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Culture shock in reverse? - 13/Jun/2011 05:30 - 3780 days ago
Well…I’m back in Nepal after almost 3 weeks in the UK. It goes without saying that seeing family & friends has b...
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A new direction… - 17/May/2011 09:22 - 3807 days ago
Well, the dust has finally settled and I think I’m well and truly ‘settled’ in Kathmandu…but not for too long. There...
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On reflection…. Part II - 26/Apr/2011 06:55 - 3828 days ago
I’ve been a little quiet over the past couple of weeks, but with good reason. I’ve moved from Banepa, and I’m ...
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On reflection….Part I - 03/Apr/2011 07:42 - 3851 days ago
I’ve just passed the milestone of living in Nepal for one year….so the next couple of posts will be something of an over...
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Humanity… - 30/Mar/2011 19:14 - 3855 days ago
Sometimes I wonder why I carry a camera with me every day…and on days like today  you realise why. I talk to people, and ...
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Health Camp, Panchkhal, Kavre District - 26/Mar/2011 18:21 - 3859 days ago
Thursday 24 March was world TB day and, given the extent to which People Living With HIV & AIDS are co-infected with tuberc...
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Mela - 20/Mar/2011 03:44 - 3865 days ago
Not many words this time, just some of my favourite photos of the past couple of weeks. Up the road from where I live there was ...
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Brickworks…the story continues. - 07/Mar/2011 16:57 - 3878 days ago
I really don’t know how to put things into words sometimes…maybe its better to let the images speak for themselves. Mayb...
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Food for thought… - 28/Feb/2011 16:54 - 3885 days ago
Statistics, as we all know, don’t always reflect the full picture. Questions of provenance, accuracy and purpose sometimes nee...
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Nothing is ever black and white… - 21/Feb/2011 17:05 - 3892 days ago
Time marches inexorably on, and yet some things seem to remain the same. Nepal now has a prime minister, but its difficult to se...
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Return to the brickyard… - 10/Feb/2011 14:08 - 3903 days ago
I went back to the brickyard today, having been thinking about what I might do with regard to making a long term photography pro...
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Just Another Photograph From Nepal… - 25/Jan/2011 13:15 - 3919 days ago
Just before leaving the UK for Nepal I wrote something about how an image devoid of context allows the viewer the opportunity to...
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Tomorrow is a long time… - 17/Jan/2011 16:17 - 3927 days ago
If you’ve been reading this blog for any length of time, you’ll know that I frequently utilise the titles of favourite songs...
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The road less travelled…(Part IV) - 15/Jan/2011 01:03 - 3929 days ago
Already half way through January, so the final installment of travels over the recent festive season is slightly out of date! Ho...
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The road less travelled…(Part III) - 08/Jan/2011 09:30 - 3936 days ago
It seems only right that the reason for our good fortune whilst in Gorkha should have the first photograph. This is Sunil, who h...
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The road less travelled…(Part II) - 04/Jan/2011 15:05 - 3940 days ago
Ah…Christmas Day, and Akke Antje and I have a 6.30 start to get the bus to Butwal. To quote Van Morrison…‘no guru,...
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The road less travelled…(Part I) - 02/Jan/2011 06:04 - 3942 days ago
And so the New Year begins…. Were there to have been Christmas tinsel and trimmings in abundance in Nepal, (and as far as ...
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Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers&Bastards…. - 22/Dec/2010 16:25 - 3953 days ago
Well if the title is good enough for Tom Waits, its good enough for me…! “…I wanted the record to be like empt...
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Through Western Eyes… - 17/Dec/2010 04:01 - 3958 days ago
Almost nine months here in Nepal, with Christmas & New Year just around the corner. Not sure I’m into the ‘refle...
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The sun ain’t gonna shine anymore… - 06/Dec/2010 15:07 - 3969 days ago
Winter is really beginning to take a hold now, and theres been a marked drop in temperature over the past month or so. The days ...
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The politics of inertia…(or indifference?) - 29/Nov/2010 14:00 - 3976 days ago
Back into a routine (of sorts) at work. Meanwhile there is another seemingly routine activity  going on…the singular inab...
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Crossing continents (Part II) - 22/Nov/2010 15:57 - 3983 days ago
So much for maintaining the narrative of Lesley’s visit!!  So here’s the short version of the bits after Kathmandu&...
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Crossing continents. (Part I) - 13/Nov/2010 05:47 - 3992 days ago
Seven months in and an opportunity to ‘revisit’ my first impressions of Nepal, this time through someone else’s eyes. For ...
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Bhojpur&beyond…a small odyssey (Part IV) - 22/Oct/2010 01:56 - 4014 days ago
The ‘routine’ is well established by now, and despite being awake at 5.30, the world is already turning! I’m still struck ...
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Bhojpur and beyond…a small odyssey (Part III) - 20/Oct/2010 17:06 - 4016 days ago
Awake at about 5.15 in the morning, but village life has already begun a good hour or so. (I’m pretty familiar with this in ac...
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Bhojpur and beyond…a small odyssey (Part II) - 19/Oct/2010 11:19 - 4017 days ago
Some ancient misty morning indeed… (Jackie Leven if you’re interested…) Another full day of walking ahead̷...
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Bhojpur and beyond…a small odyssey (Part I) - 17/Oct/2010 16:28 - 4019 days ago
A chance meeting in Kathmandu with Bhupal,  a teacher from the far east of Nepal back in May of this year, and I’m off to...
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Who knows what tomorrow may bring… - 02/Oct/2010 08:56 - 4034 days ago
Nothing like a bit of uncertainty to focus the mind! Navadeep Jyoti Kendra’s funding has now ended, and until June 2011 the Po...
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Road of the braver man… - 28/Sep/2010 14:52 - 4038 days ago
Sometimes you just stumble into something because you decide to take a particular turn. Today was one of those days…. I ha...
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Tomorrow is a long time… - 26/Sep/2010 12:45 - 4040 days ago
“Give me $100 please…”. The boy’s request was nothing if not insistent. Disappointed that I was not a tourist and mo...
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On the road again… - 19/Sep/2010 15:43 - 4047 days ago
So ends the week long language ‘refresher’ course in Kathmandu. A chance to catch up with other volunteers and to share expe...
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Return of the Grievous Angel… - 06/Sep/2010 16:52 - 4060 days ago
“Won’t you scratch my itch sweet Annie Rich And welcome me back to town….” Gram Parsons For a variety of reasons...
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Janai Purnima - 24/Aug/2010 11:01 - 4073 days ago
Today is a national holiday in Nepal as Janai Purnima, the sacred thread festival of Hindus, is observed today throughout the co...
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Who knows where the time goes… - 21/Aug/2010 16:06 - 4076 days ago
This week seems to have passed in a flash. I know that there’s quite a lot going on work wise at the moment, but I think that ...
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Without the aid of a safety net… - 16/Aug/2010 11:05 - 4081 days ago
Time marches inexorably on, and its now some five months since I arrived in Nepal. A placement of two years seems on paper to be...
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Eat y’self fitter… - 08/Aug/2010 18:27 - 4089 days ago
Well that’s that then…recovered and back in the saddle so to speak! Business as usual…or not! I’ve become accust...
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Three cheers for Knorr’s packet soups… - 01/Aug/2010 15:35 - 4096 days ago
Rain and circumstances (which I’ll describe shortly) haven’t allowed a lot of time for new photographs, but heres a shot fro...
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Toast,mangoes and a bus accident… - 24/Jul/2010 01:11 - 4104 days ago
I had one of those Rupert Brooke moments at the beginning of the week…except with toast replacing the honey….. “&#...
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Sometimes flowers ain’t enough… - 17/Jul/2010 05:27 - 4111 days ago
I briefly mentioned last time that funding for SPN and NJC is coming to an end in September. They are considered to be short-ter...
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Every place that I have been, leaves its message on my skin… - 10/Jul/2010 11:32 - 4118 days ago
True to form, a line from a song buries itself in my consciousness as I begin to think about events of the past week. Literally ...
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Normal service will be resumed shortly… - 02/Jul/2010 13:18 - 4126 days ago
So…I have the keys to my permanent accommodation here in Banepa. I’ve spent most of the week sorting various things ...
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Watcher of the skies…. - 26/Jun/2010 02:50 - 4132 days ago
Since I’ve been back here, temperatures in and around Banepa have hovered around 30⁰C. Even as I take the kilometer or so wa...
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Are you ready for the country…? - 19/Jun/2010 12:24 - 4139 days ago
I think I’m going to have the same relationship with Kathmandu that I had with London. It’s not too far from home, its got l...
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The needle and the damage done…. - 12/Jun/2010 07:39 - 4146 days ago
Sitting with a beer and reflecting after a week at work has never been a particularly onerous task for me. Its therefore not ent...
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सवागत…. - 05/Jun/2010 05:04 - 4153 days ago
And so as I bid farewell to Kathmandu, one of the more surreal images of my last few days there. Not something I’ve ever seen ...
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It takes a stranger to understand what the wind says in a strange land… - 01/Jun/2010 15:55 - 4157 days ago
Two months of living in Nepal, and the scenery is about to change yet again. Tomorrow morning at 8.00am I’ll be heading out of...
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Time is tight… - 29/May/2010 13:25 - 4160 days ago
And so once again brinkmanship is the order of the day. Just as consensus appeared unlikely, so all of the major parties agreed ...
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In the shadow of uncertainty… - 27/May/2010 17:13 - 4162 days ago
May 27th brings us back to Kathmandu following four days at the annual VSO conference, at a venue in Godavari, an hour or so’s...
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I greet the divine within you - 18/May/2010 12:09 - 4171 days ago
With just less than a week until we meet with our respective partner agencies, time to reflect and take stock of how much distan...
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The return of the Budol 6… - 11/May/2010 11:41 - 4178 days ago
So, here I am, back in Kathmandu, along with the rest of the Budol 6 as we will henceforth be known!  The bandh was called off ...
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Maoists riding a tiger… - 08/May/2010 01:14 - 4181 days ago
So reads the headline in yesterday’s Kathmandu Post (7 May 2010). Day five of the general strike completed, and the pictur...
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The revolution starts at closing time… - 03/May/2010 15:02 - 4186 days ago
Thankfully events in Kathmandu passed off peacefully over the weekend. “Amid growing fears of violence, the May Day demonstrat...
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