Nothing Ever Happens

Round about now, 4 years ago, regardless of the difference in time, I was descending from the Tongariro Alpine Crossing in New Zealand and knew nothing of so many of the things that make up my life right now. On a cold, rainy afternoon where it seems as though nothing ever happens, this is a […]

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Escaping With Estimates

Desperate days always fade Days desperate for contact and company never last Just like any other days People come and go Old people once desired Are replaced with new people, newly desired Daydreaming inside a building Just like the ones I daydream of from the outside Which knock me sideways with awe When I visit […]

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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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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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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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Photo Chat Vlog Season 1 Episode 10 – Konica C35, San Francisco and why I #believeinfilm

So the camera I talk about in this photo chat vlog is the Konica c35, and as you can see from this picture it’s a small rangefinder type camera which means you’ve got manual focusing but you’ve also got automatic shutter and exposure. I’m really fond of this camera. Mine cost me four pounds from […]

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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 Boston Grammar School but I properly met him when I joined hardcore punk band Vehicle Derek in early 1988 as the bass player (he was the drummer). The pic […]

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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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