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Thursday, May 21, 2015

tits in space

DONALD FAGEN BAND Live at Massey Hall, Toronto, Canada; March 13, 2006.
Seen outside Manchester Library today. I thought it might be  a new statue  to mark the tomb of ' The Unknown Peodophile'?
 It was Cath's Birthday today.
We caught the train & went into Manchester this afternoon.
 Here are some photos from the afternoon. Mainly, we went to the Whitworth Art Gallery & later, Manchester Museum .
I must say,I was wasn't overly impressed with This new Whitworth.
It was OK.& it was a sunny  walk there.....but ,It's just re-opened after a £15 million makeover.Loads of media hype.Frankly ,I dont get it.What's all the fuss about?
I went to the 'old' Whitworth in 2008 just before it closed.So i could compare old&new .I really cant see the purpose.
OK it's bigger& brighter.But it still isn't a patch on Manchester Art Gallery. For such a modern interior, the content seemed oddly old & tired....The only things i thought worth the visit was the Park(which was essentially there before) & the Sarah Lucas room entitled "tits in space" (see my pictures).Great.But bloody expensive tits.........
After The Whitworth we walked to Manchester Museum .Again, somewhere i hadn't visited for years. That was better ! Plus i got the  chance to meet up with my old Cheshire mate Pete Marsh & his mummy......
 After Manchester ,we met up with Chris & had An Italian in Hebden Bridge. A nice day. 

Friday, May 15, 2015

love never came


.........in case  you didn't know,the Tories got in again.Britain is not happy.Mr Cameron has grounded us.Sent us to bed early,without our supper........It shall  end in tears........
Really ,the British election can be summed up quite easily.The Scots want to become more Scottish:the English want to become more American........
 Life, they tell  me, goes on.....So I went out in Hebden Bridge last night.
Its never happened before , but one of the people with us drinking throughout the night   is rather famous .(Listen to his music!)
Richard Bedford came drinking with us in the Fox&Goose & Railway Pubs!
We sat in the Railway  and Ken  said "is that you on the jukebox?".Richard said "yes".
You can see his photo below& above  if you look  ( and know your onions...}
Richard is a very lovely bloke.
A nice night. Hopefully we will do this again soon.
Richard Bedford:Official Website
We BOB DYLANt White Dove [Dandelion 083/84, 2CD] Live at the Irving Plaza, New York City, NY; December 8, 1997. 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

the boy is dead, stop killing him.....


Should we mourn shadows.....?
My oldest friend Phil Thex-Fireman got the all-clear regarding his 10 month chemo& radiotherapy for throat cancer.
above a  few photos of  a night out we had in Hebden Bridge .
This is a sepia saturday post. 
A photo taken by my late Father-in-Law ,Brian.On Blackpool Beach in the 1950's. Of his son Martin ( who is very much alive today,working for our National Health Service,as a Cancer Consultant)
Regular readers here will remember me talk in the past about our ten year old cat Chaz. I am sad .We had to put him to sleep yesterday.
 An outdoor cat.He roamed the fields of Hebden Bridge & must have killed hundreds of mice,birds,rats,
voles& jesus knows what else  over the years.
I remember him killing a rabbit the same size as himself:half-eating it : leaving the remains under Chris's bed as a present.
OnThursday,me & Chris held him as the vet gave him the lethal injection.
As Chaz's  eyes closed for the last time ,i was hoping his victims were not lined up in heaven awaiting his arrival .......
I found the theatre & poetry surprisingly moving.
 When I worked as a 17 year old Nurse at Stansfield View Hospital ,Todmorden i remember laying a patient out. I was at  by my mother's death bed. I am an orphan boy who visited Aunt Brenda & her cancer. I had a prostrate cancer scare myself 5 years ago.
I'm feeling my age...preparing for eventually departure myself.....it's not very rock and roll for a man my age to be mourning a cat's death. So Im surprised it even registered with me ,let alone giving it as the subject of a blog post.
Really ,in truth ,its not about Chaz at all ,but about another bit of life's  leaving.
it has given body to an  increasing vague fear of change...
 So!i am touched by Chaz's Thursday Sweet Surrender & grateful for the subtle shapes he threw in our lives.
When body's bricks crumble, 
don't wail
 Sir, 
you've only been in a jail ....
(RUMI)
i found this old video of Chaz,our beautiful cat .It seems youtube have removed the audio because they detected a Bob Dylan song in the background. No matter, i was talking bollocks anyway...

Thursday, April 16, 2015

4th july

Saturday, April 11, 2015

miscellaneous manchester

Well .We had planned to go by train to see the new Whitworth Art Gallery.
 But, on getting off the train, we needed to go for a piss,so nipped into The Royal Exchange Theatre to use their loos.
While in there, we heard they had cheap seats going for the Saturday Matinee
.So we had a spot of Tolstoy instead of going to The Whitworth (another day now i guess).
 We saw Anna Karenina.I dont know why..It;s not like she ever came to see us..........
 It is,of course,theatre-in-the-round & our cheap seats were right at the front on low benches, so we got to see it all up close.
Ive never seen the Boy Tolstoy before ,but i thought it rather good.
Fine acting & it was quite funky having a Afro-Caribbean Karenia.
I recommend it.Its on until 2nd May.
Above are some random photos I tookbefore & after.

Thursday, April 09, 2015

live at Zeppelinfeld, Nuremberg

My take on the theme this week is old posters.
This is a British Labour Party poster from 1948.
 If the Tory Party wins the UK General Election in May,it will sell off our free National Health Service.And turn it into a USA-style paying system.
Its as brutal as that.
It's important the Tories lose. 
For a fact ,if Labour don't get in power I will lose my public sector  job.Really.It's as personal to me,as that...........
This is a sepia saturday post.



Went Indian Mealing in Hebden Bridge's Eastern Spice tonight. 
With Bob:Noj,John .Jim & Ken.Hurray!
Bob Dylan:Live at the Zeppelinfeld, Nuremberg, Germany; July 1, 1978. The show is imbued with additional meaning since the Zeppelinfeld was constructed in the ’30s and was the site for the Nazi Party rallies between 1933 and 1938 and can be seen in the film Triumph Of The Will. That a Jewish artist such as Bob Dylan preformed there 40 years later provides a special irony for the setting.

Sunday, April 05, 2015

Saint John The Baptist In The Wilderness: Cragg Vale,West Yorkshire.

JER
Me & Cath took these photos today.
Child labour became the norm. Now began the mill owners infamous abuses. At one time or another from 1740 to the early 20th Century there have existed around 11 mills in Cragg. Turvin, Victoria, and Pepper Bank mills on Turvin Brook; Marshaw (opposite the Hinchliffe Arms) with New and Vale mills in Withens Clough. Next down Elphin Brook were Castle, Paper (opposite the Robin Hood Inn), Cragg, Hoo Hole, and Scar Bottom mill (Mytholmroyd).
By the 1820s these were no place for any decent human, let alone the children of the poor. "If there is one place in England that needed legislative interference it is this place; for they work 15 and 16 hours a day frequently, and sometimes all night. Oh! it is a murderous system and the mill owners are the pest and disgrace of society..!"
 It is on record that children died at their work in the mills of Cragg. Died from long hours and harsh treatments handed out. While the mill owners William Greenwood ('Old Billy Hard Times') and the Hinchliffe family amassed their fortunes. It took the 1833 factory act just to begin to address the appalling abuse of child labour and workers
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cragg_Vale

Friday, April 03, 2015

The British General Election.

May 7th :Vote Labour in England & Wales .Vote S.N.P in Scotland.(Dont vote D.U.P .in the 6 Counties.) Hurray!


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Say A Little Prayer.

 Drinks around Halifax tonight.With Phil& Ken .Mostly in Dirty Dicks (Halifax Town were at home to Gateshead) My compacts are being repaired so a bit of improvision with the images.So it goes...... Thank You My Friends XX

Friday, March 20, 2015

deadmen at the shakespeare hotel

[i took this image last May inside the Lewins pub in Halifax.]
This is a Sepia Saturday post.

 I left school aged 15 in 1967.I did a lot of under- age drinking from that age (legally ,in UK, its 18).
The pubs in Halifax i drank in were still very old traditional male-dominated affairs.
 One of my earlier childhood memories is being a toddler, walking near Ramsdens Brewery (a couple of hundred yards from our home on Savile Crescent )
I vividly remember holding my mam's hand as we walked passed its busy main gate.She was teatotal.What she thought of the strong smell of hops &the clatter of the dray horses i dont know.....
. ( n.b.The site was knocked down in the 70s to build new Headquarters for The Halifax Building Society .Such is life.A change Im sure my Mam approved of!)
In 1967 Halifax still had 3 breweries.Ramsdens.Whitakers and (i guess the most famous) Websters.All now long gone.
a 1928 meeting of The Halifax Henpecked-Husbands

How me & my schoolmates ,all just 15 ,often in school uniforms minus ties,(including Phil the x-Fireman :63 this  Sunday!) managed to be served .is a mystery to  me.
I  was a young -looking lad for my age anyway
.But those times were different.More simple,I guess.I only ever remember being refused service once in the several pubs we regularly drank in (i think an average of  3 times a week by 1968 is a fair estimate).
Lewins,as it looks today.
One of the pubs was Lewins on Bull Green. Originally because of the beer shortage during World War I, women were barred from it until as late as 1969  (I guess they just forgot that war had ever ended......!)
.It holds  the record of being the last pub in England to refuse women  customers .
[Although they let women serve .Hurray!]
In 1967 I remember sawdust on the floor: spittoons & beer at 1 shilling & 7 & a half penny. And it tasted like honey ( i found beer never tasted as good when it became legal !)
 Another of our pubs was The Shakespeare Hotel near the railway station.That's where this week's photo is taken.
it's a few years before I entered the picture..judging by the style, I guess late 50's or early 60's? I dont know any of the characters here,but they look fairly typical of the men who tolerated my younger self. God Bless 'em All!Where are they now.....probably in Jesus's Snug?I hope so.
Last Orders! Time Gentlemen Please.........Haven't You Got Homes To Go To?