Flettons

In the autumn Saturday afternoon sun We went to look at the demolition of the shops And I saw the houses sitting on the road behind Made of kiss-marked flettons With UPVC and aluminium additions There was something there all of a sudden About your far away house I want to try and get to […]

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The Back Bedroom

A skylight at the end of a corridor A mattress on the floor A cold room where the afternoon sun Can not seem pure The skirting board bridges Bare boards and white walls We sit and talk The twilight grows As evening comes and goes Intimate, but clothed More memorable and easier to separate Than […]

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Dead Love in Dunedin

In a museum on the other side of the world A patterned 70’s frock hangs preserved I pull out my camera to take a photo But who is it for? You Gone long ago Because I loved you, I loved your ideas A slice of passion I should no longer harvest Photos I no longer […]

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Diana Day

The 4th of August 2018 was #DianaDay, a hashtag driven day of photography coming out of social media. I got into the idea of #DianaDay through my friend Denise, who I only know electronically. She lives in the USA and I live here in England, but we’ve formed a unique friendship online based on our […]

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The Last, Lost

  The postcard tumbling out of the book Lay on the floor and gave me a look “You’re late” it said It had been hidden for my surprise For quite some time I picked it up Dressed in a finery of affection Reflecting the mood of the day Finished with a kiss Evidence of love […]

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Go boy, go

All the while the melancholy tick-tock of summer Saying “Go boy, go” Get done what’s got to be done Kiss who’s got to be kissed Looking out over sunsets, Elsfield hills, Eynsham Road, Cumnor Hill, Tattershall Road, Rawson’s Lane, Chapel Hill, Hedgehog Bridge Looking out over empty fields Hot and tired from cycling, but raging […]

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Weekend Away

I am small and I want to feel small Dwarfed in my heart by the awe of love I want to be dwarfed in plain sight By the awe of tall buildings White limestone monuments Grey concrete abstractions Fiery red-brick towers With the chaos of a hungry heart in love Surrounded by tall buildings There […]

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Triumph Stag Beetle

I grew up between two rivers In the west it was all twangy guitars and old secondhand books In the east, neat lawns and modern furniture Somewhere in the middle Was a seventies furnished in the fifties A MkIII Cortina A pathway from the door to the chair Worn into the nylon carpet with a […]

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Bretagne 5, 1593 kHz

I’ve always been a radio nerd since I was a kid, tuning around on my Binatone radio cassette player, and it’s a considerable pleasure of my new car that it’s complicated entertainment system still has Medium and Long Wave radio (AM in other parts of the world). Whilst many of the continental stations on these […]

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It’s yesterday once more

Or, at least, a year ago. Time is noticeably flying by faster as I get older and older. I took this photo in New York a year ago today on the Staten Island Ferry. It’s a good way to see the Statue of Liberty and the Manhattan Skyline, and it’s free. This was taken with […]

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Adam

Back in April I got the unexpected news that one of my dearest friends, Adam Warne, had died. He was in the year below me at school but I properly met him when I joined Vehicle Derek as the bass player (he was the drummer). The pic at the top is of us onstage in […]

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The Marvel of Media Network

For several years now I’ve been enjoying having access to the archive of vintage editions of the Media Network programme, as broadcast on short-wave by Radio Netherlands in the period 1981-2000. I was a short wave listener in the 1980’s but must confess that I was never a regular listener to any one station. I […]

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Family cars I can remember

My earliest memories are from about 1973/74. My dad’s cars Light metallic blue Mk3 Ford Cortina saloon Orange Mk3 Cortina estate Dark blue Mk4 Cortina estate Yellow Rover 2200TC “P6” Gold Rover 3500 “SD1” circa ’80 Gold Ford Granada 2.8 Ghia estate Green Ford Granada 2.8 GL estate Dark blue Mk4 Cortina estate White Ford […]

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Chromogenic absence

NYC 20th May 2016. Olympus OM10 and Kodak BW400CN film. I’ve never felt the chromogenic films really get low-light dark tones as well as they might. There is a speckled effect here which isn’t even the legendary “grain” – it just feels like something struggling. But I’ve also not done these fully analogue for years […]

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The Scorpions – Blackout

I bought the 1982 LP “Blackout” by The Scorpions on cassette back in the summer of 1985, and it was amongst the first albums I bought totally by myself (as opposed to by my parents as gifts for me when I was little). The Scorpions are still touring today and listening back to Blackout over […]

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