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Thursday, January 28, 2016

testing my new camera

https://zimnoch.smugmug.com/organize/Dropbox/Mostly-Manchester-28th-January

Some photos i took this week. Testing my new  Canon IXUS 240 HS.
It looks ok.

  •  A Good low-light option,so gig pixs might improve this year?
  • My old point & shoot ( Fujifilm F70) has been put out to stud for the time being.
  • my main camera remains my NIKON D200.
  • I also will used my Panasonic HM-TA2 mainly now for audio purposes.

The new Canon was a good buy.Brand New& boxed .£290 list price but i got it for £99 (via Germany)

  • These test images where mainly taken in Halifax & Manchester today.

Saturday, January 23, 2016

the cat steps..........


nice news  re:The Cat Steps (near Clover Hill in Halifax )  Historic England ( Part of English Heritage) have decided that an application for the listing of it  should be taken forward for a full assessment.
Fingers crossed!!
Now.My late Mum lived on  Clover Hill  for several years in the latter part of her life. But my most vivid memories of it are of  walking  as a 10/  11 year old .travelling  alone down it.Mostly on a Sunday morning, 9  to 10 am.....
At that particular time I was losing my (Catholic) religion. 'Telling my Mam & Dad I was walking to church for Sunday Mass......but ,often, i took sacraments on those Cat Steps instead.......without telling a soul.... 
A 30 minute walk.In the middle of town.Yet often (especially on a Sunday morning ) you saw nobody else.So Silent.So Hidden.Mystical in   retrospect...... Beautiful meadows & drystone wall.Splendid Memories.......

Friday, January 15, 2016

under pressure


I cant imagine anybody is interested in what i thought about David Bowie: besides which , far too much none sense has been spoken on the subject this week.Except to say,he wasn't the Messiah. He was a very naughty boy.........
I went to Halifax tonight.Drinking with Comrade Ken& Phil the Ex-Fireman.


Sunday, January 10, 2016

Friday, January 08, 2016

a piece without title


The Good News Is
 I Went on a Pub Crawl in Hebden Bridge tonight .
It was a colleague's leaving do (being relocated out of the area for the time being,, because of the floods) The bad news is the only pub still open is The White Lion ( the dearest pub in town .....,oh the irony..I actually paid for a pint tonight.that cost £ 4.80p!.)
 {The Trades was also open ,doing a fund raiser ,but i was on this "do" so I didn't go there......} Prior.I went around Hebden Bridge & took photos of some closed pubs ( I forgot The Crown on my travels.....-& , to be honest, Marshall's doesn't look any more wrecked than before........................!)

Monday, January 04, 2016

St.James's Church.


St.James Church: Mytholm Steeps, Hebden Bridge :today:Service -Flood Support.
Posted by Tony Zimnoch on Sunday, January 3, 2016

Friday, January 01, 2016

Floods of Biblical Proportions Happened.

Photo taken by Martin Parr:1975: Manikinholes Methodist Chapel [near Hebden Bridge].


It was suggested less than two years ago that my town of Hebden Bridge   should be designated the UK's second city.
Today,as I write this ,the only businesses now  left open in the town are Nathan's Barbers:  Marco's Italian Greasy Spoon  
,2 small charity shops: Bonsalls DIY shop; The White   Lion Pub.; Boots Chemist &The Town Hall.That's all that left open/ habitable!
A week ago .Rain Came over a 12 hour period when  Floods of Biblical Proportions happened...
Destroyed in Hebden Bridge alone  are...2 churches;.3 Banks:8 pubs;The Post Office& sorting office; The Library:The Theatre:The Cinema:The Council's Elderly Day Centre:many hundreds of homes wrecked and/or  evacuated: The Coop Supermarket & approx 200 shops & business:factory units:are not habitable :bridges have collapsed:the only road out has a dirty big crack in it between Hebden bridge & Mytholmroyd.
Even 2 days ago 500 other homes in Hebden Bridge were without electricity.
This was just one town ! Others along the valley were just  as broken or,arguably, even worse.The towns and villages of Mytholmroyd:Todmorden;Copley:Sowerby Bridge:Brighouse:Midgley.etc etc all got hit    .......        
A Million things happened this week.Here are just a few Vignettes that will have to act as a taste of things.
Over the New Year Weekend, the local  Town Hall is where the volunteers are organised.
 A huge room (the size of a half a football field) has free dry foods that have been donated & you can come in and help yourself.Plus cleaning products.etc:a kitchen & cafe were the Muslims serve the free hot food. Legal Advice etc etc is also  given.
Local People offer their  skills for free so,[Hebden being Hebden ] you can even get free Reflexology!
Today (new year's eve) I went to our only remaining barber to get a haircut.The owner Nathan (with beard) was offering haircuts/beer & disco.A interesting combination........The kids & Mums seemed to enjoy it..!
Loyds Bank: Hebden Bridge: last Saturday morning.

Sadly I have heard some  terrible stories from neighbouring   Mytholmroyd. The (fairly new build) Catholic church The Good Shepard ( a mini Liverpool cathedral / built in-the-round) is totally fucking. I hear the 80 year old Parish Priest was rescued in the dark while wandering dazed & confused down a side street.waist deep in water.
Nearby, in a big posh housing estate , rescue services couldnt reach because of water levels.Local farmers went from door to door to check everybody was ok (apparently a lot of elderly people lived there) .They burst into one Living Room and  found a silent, immobile elderly gent sat upright in his armchair with  water all around his waist.......Two big farming lads had to carry him out  to safety.......
Read *here* how the town is organising how to mend itself (& how you might wishes to help)
Dec 31st 2015.Beer/Disco/Haircut Promotion:Nathan's Barbers,Hebden Bridge.

This week i having been doing my small bit by trying to help salvage the Council's Elderly Peoples Day Centre.
The British  Army are here.So are groups of Muslim volunteers, from as far afield as London, who have been here this week helping us.
A few of the many Muslim Lads from London (300 miles away!)who came this week help us.

The local Muslim Community has been amazing !Halifax Mosques have set up a food kitchen & have been shipping in daily hot free food.





This is another one  of my legendary Sepia Saturday   posts.