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. 
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'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
you've only been in a jail ....
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...

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.

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