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Saturday, August 01, 2015

We Are All In It ( 'till we close our eyes....)

British Sea Power are this blog's "house band".
Ive seen them play live 5 times in the past 12 years. We grow old together....
Here is a photo I took tonight of them playing to another full-house at The Hebden Bridge Trades Club.
 Videos & more photos from tonight will follow below (when I can Be arsed)
They were/are / will be beautiful. Nothing Else To be said..really......

Friday, July 31, 2015

It was my Birthday yesterday.
Me , Cathy & Chris went for a meal at The White Lion in Hebden Bridge.
Afterwards, we caught the train into Manchester's Royal Exchange to see Maxine Peake in The Skriker. Here are some photos i took of the day.

Friday, July 24, 2015

deep dreams

Don't Worry ! I haven't gone bonkers!
 Here are some images i have uploaded & had re- imagined by Google's "Deep dream" software.
For the beginnings of an explanation, Read This 
Its perfectly simple to' do 'your own photos.Be warned, the novelty wears off quite quickly.But, for a short while you may get a good 'buzz'.
 The Idea (i think!) is that Mr Google Labs "reads" your original picture ; then compares it with millions of random images worldwide & adds extra elements ,somehow.
 For example, to your photo of an cup ,it may add someone else's photo of a puppy drinking ......!
I am quite interested, because it makes me go back to the original photo to understand the logic of what it 'sees' & how it interprets the information there.It genuinely makes you understand the original image better (trust me!..it does..)
 So far,it seems to me it works better on Black & White photos and Sepia. Counter -intuitive but true.....
Anyhow.Try it for yourself.
  psychic lab is much slower ( maybe 2 days) but slightly better effect than
https://dreamdeeply.com/ which is  not quite as good, but should give you a dream picture within 5 minutes.Which ever way,enjoy!
psychedelic-maps-made-with-googles-deepdream

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thursday, July 16, 2015

some pigs pushing some dogs in the mud

I will begin this post by sending my love to all my Muslim friends.Happy EID! 
  this week's sepia saturday post prompt is " pigs.....or possibly butchers, or shops, or men in aprons .... or hats (well, pigskin hats).." 
 I'm happy to oblige .
Albeit that the Muslim Festival of Eid is happening  this weekend , which makes for unfortunate timing, but never mind......
i dont have any pigs and suchlike in my personal collection.(I,ve been pork scratching all week, too no avail) But I found me a couple of images from other places instead.
The first photo is an  opportunity to introduce you to Andrew Simpson's blog   Now Andrew is a prolific historical blogger from Greater Manchester.
He posts most days.A real gem of a blogspot.
Please visit him and say "hello".
1903-1911 Mr Unsworth the Meat Purveyor at. Number 2 Chorlton Green .

My second photo (nicked from someone else's facebook) is of the 1970 Krumlin Festival.
Now I,ve spoken several times here before[ *My previous posts on Krumlin*]
Oh Jesus!Those wacky sepian  olden days! When it was always muddy & "rapid response units" had yet be invented....
AS a Postscript.....while decorating  this week's post i came across this sepia image on facebook.I  think most Sepiaologists will find it achingly poignant......

Friday, July 10, 2015

I can't compete with the riders in the other heats

David Byrne :Psycho Killer
 (Also featuring) Joe Henry, Greg Cohen and Duisburg Chamber Orchestra 
Live at the Jahrhunderthalle Bochum, Germany, August 19, 2006.


Cath took this photo of me in Hebden Bridge last Sunday. I really dont smile a lot, do I ?
What is that all about ? Bad Teeth ?Slavic personality ? a chronic  lack of humour  & empathy ...?
Its a mystery......


But!this week's sepia saturday   is about "unsmiling faces"  So it kinda fits the bill.Non?

the last time my smile was ever captured on camera was here, 15 years ago, entering a club toilet in Blackpool.So perhaps its better i dont make a habit of it......?


Click [HERE] to see other sepia saturday posts this weekend ..... 


The Rolling Stones;Start Me Up:
 Live at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, Indianapolis, Indiana; July 4, 2015.

Saturday, July 04, 2015

ظافر يوسف‎. may your hands be full of nothing.

Fuga Hirundinum (Birds Requiem Suite):DHAFER YOUSSEF ظافر يوسف‎. Jazz à Vienne, Théâtre Antique, Vienne, France; June 29, 2015
 Tunisian Dhafer Youssef is a composer, singer and oud player. He developed an interest in jazz at an early age and clandestinely listened to it during his education at a Qur’anic school. He later left Tunisia to start a jazz career and has lived in Europe since 1990, usually in Paris or Vienna
.[ - wikipedia]
 Some random photos I took in Hebden Bridge today.
Patti Smith:Live at Glastonbury, Pyramid Stage, Worthy Farm, Pilton, UK; June 28, 2015.
 Smith explained that it was the spiritual leader’s 80th birthday on July 6.
 “We are grateful to him for all his love of humanity and making people aware of the importance of saving the planet,” she said, before reading a poem she had written for him.
 Glastonbury’s Emily Eavis then brought The Dalai Lama onto the stage to huge cheers from the crowd. “I think it would be nice if Glastonbury wished The Dalai Lama a happy birthday,” said Smith, before leading the audience in a rousing rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’.
 The Dalai Lama then blew out a single candle on a cake made of fruit, before cutting it.
 “Thank you, thank you,” he said. “Dear brothers and sisters, I really appreciate so many people’s expression of warm feeling.”
He then went on to joke about the age of Smith and her band. “These singers and musicians have white hair, but they look very youthful! That gives me encouragement, I should be more like you - more active!”
[click below  to listen}

Friday, July 03, 2015

the last bit of voice i have....

i went into Halifax on Thursday night.Had me a few drinks with Phil the x-Fireman & Comrade Ken.Hurrah!
 PATTI SMITH Live at Glastonbury, Pyramid Stage, Worthy Farm, Pilton, UK; June 28, 2015. 

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Zy plays a trick with his teeth

I admire this series of photographs from the Hotel Austerity.


Brian the Poet .
This week's sepia saturday is around "hotels".
Me &Cathy went to Bury Met with Don & Margaret to see Robin & Bina  Williamson play
.[Robin is ex-Incredible String Band.]
 I love the music.
 Robin has a refreshing lack of Ego & a grand sense of humour.
He comes from Portobello  , just outside Edinburgh..where my Mam came from.
In one or two of these photos i fancy he looks a  little  like me.........Something genetic :)?
Here are some of my photos from day (unfortunately,my audio recorded didnt work..I would have like to have  shared their music here   tonight ...but some fine pix none the less)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

"its not always like what we see on the surface......" (quote from the dvd)

Wisconsin Death Trip

By sheer chance on Saturday night (2oth June) i sat down to watch the dvd Wisconsin Death Trip .
The visual motif that  punctuates the film  throughout  is that of the local newspaper Editor  typing out his news reports. .....
[I got this film out from Hebden Bridge Library.Part  of their current "American Gothic" promotion]
At the same time,i borrowed the book of the same name..
it's stuffed full of glorious sepia photos.Something of a Sepians Bible .






Tricky one this. Sepia Saturday this week has the topic of "typewriters"
. I have no photos of them.....
 .I suppose in the those olden ,sepia, days folk were more economical with their film.? Typewriters were ubiquitous & we thought they would live  forever.We thought them immortal as we were .....ha! fools, little did we know........
 The nearest I have is this photo taken in my late-20th century office in Halifax with my work colleague  Calla.
I like Calla, she is my type of woman.......

See other sepia saturday  posts {here}


Finally.check out the ever excellent lost gallery blogspot for gallons of sepia typewriters......

And the sheer bonkersness of Wisconsin Death Trip makes me think of similarity with this photo of my grandparents life in Saranac ,New York State. see more here