Thursday, May 31

i blame the hippy at southport station who came up to me & said he knew where I could buy some "cheap grass".......



" Despite all this, I have sympathy for the obsessive photographers........ it’s easy to feel that a memory isn’t evidence enough that something happened. It’s too dreamlike......."
Me & Chris on the road through  Sheranozy (photo taken by Cathy)

The French are so full of shit.
The two most famous things about France are "The  Guillotine" and The   Champs-Elysees,
. right?
Turns out, they were both stolen from the English. 
The Guillotine was invented in
Halifax Yorkshire.
The  Boulevards of Paris  were the brain child of  Louis Napoleon who was exiled  in Southport in 1838. 
He lived near   Lord Street , and when he returned to France he remodeled the city to look like that bit of Lancashire!
https://www.theguardian.com/theguardian/2000/apr/25/guardianleaders





Two further twists for me.
  • I was born on Lord Street in Halifax.
  •  Once, when visting my Dad's birthplace in Eastern Poland my family proudly showed me the village's one & only Historical Landmark.
 "Look" they said excitedly.I looked where they pointed, but saw nothing but a barren ,empty dirt track. "that" they said "is where "Napoleon's Army marched through on the way to Russia..."
Sometime, you cant see history?

Friday, May 25

"You're only young once, they say, but doesn't it go for a long time? " Hilary Mantel.


 A few days after the Manchester Bomb 12 months ago a young Muslim lad called Baktash Noon walked into Manchester City centre..........
He then blindfolded himself.
He stood perfectly still. Arms outstretched and proceeded to offer hugs to the other grieving people of Manchester.
With a felt pen, he had written  on a bit of cardboard:
 "I'm a Muslim + I trust you.do you trust me enough for a hug?"
He then  stood alone,  blindfolded, for over an hour.
He was met with hundreds of ,all positive , returns of affection.
A wonderful display of mutual trust.
An example to us all.(I wouldnt ,as a wimp, have had the balls to do that!)
 St Anne's Church in Manchester is currently holding a display of paintings recording this event .
Me & Cath  went to look at this on Wednesday afternoon & to lay some flowers in memory of the 22 people ( the majority ,children)who were murdered.
https://www.manchester.anglican.org  Cathy turned 60 this week. As well as this visit to Manchester on Wednesday, on Monday we went to Liverpool to see the newly opened John & Yoko Exhibition.http://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/mol/exhibitions/double-fantasy/
 Here are a few photos of this week.
You can see all these individual images here at https://zimnoch.smugmug.com/
You may view in hi-res: download & share to your hearts content!(You may do this freely, in any manner desired, even without naming the source)




Sunday, May 13

live at the deaf institute

One of the videos I took .I'm having problems downloading videos files at present(?) So I,ve had to reduce file size & the quality isn't currently as good as it could be/will be.........anyway......
 Thursday night, me & Cath went to Manchester's deaf institute
to see  Simone Felice .
It's the third time we have seen him in the past four years. If you don't know his music, one of his songs ( "Radio Song") was featured on the soundtrack of the recent Oscar winning movie "three billboards"...
Cath  in the downstairs bar.
you can see all the day's photos here: https://zimnoch.smugmug.com/Simone-FeliceManchester-Deaf-Institute10-th-May-2018/
I have 3 better videos I will add later once I,ve sorted out my "file-size problems".................
http://www.simonefelice.com/ 

Wednesday, May 9

"when I speak to kids I tell them the best kung fu move is to run ,dont fight"~ Benjamin Zephaniah.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Benjamin_Zephaniah  Apologies.i need to catch up with my comments soon......
Lovely sunny weekend in England.
 see slideshow below for my photos. Me &
Cathy go to Manchester on Thursday to The Deaf Institute to see Simone Felice. https://zimnoch.smugmug.com/May-Day-Bank-Holiday-weekend2018/

Thursday, May 3

Shall be the maws of kites.........

This week's  sepia saturday ,; seems to be around the themes of people;bathing:seaside; sand; etc
Today I visited (for the first time) Hebden Bridge Antiques Centre well worth a general look around.But what especially pleased me was a big buckety -thing selling old/random sepia photography! Hundreds...!
 Its very unusual to see this nowadays.50p each .Which I thought "not bad".
 it would take me hours to look at them all (must go back next week) but I did find several concerning this week's theme.
 Here are two.(no notes on the back)
the maws of kites (at the seaside!)

On the subject of seachanges , Me & Cathy voted this morning in the UK Local elections. We voted again for Jeremy Corbyn's socialist Labour Party. In addition, I went out canvassing for the party this evening.Here is Cathy pictured with fellow Party member Rodger.
You, my American visitors,remember the name Jeremy Corbyn .https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeremy_Corbyn 
Think of him as a scruffy, slightly more radical   Bernie Sanders, who rides a bike & grows his own veg...!
He could well be Britain's new Prime Minister within the next 12 months. 
Cathy with Roger O'Doherty.