Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Ralph Winston Fox

Nationalism is like cheap alcohol:

 First, it makes you drunk, then it makes you blind, and then it kills you.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

this week....

Me & Chris went to Malham on Wednesay.
On Thursday me & Cathy went to Manchester. 
Friday, I went with Phil, Martin & Jim drinking in Manchester,

Friday, February 01, 2019

you will never be as sexy as me........

Between ages 10 & 12 I used to go to a second-hand record shop up Haley Hill in Halifax ( next door to a 'temperance bar' )to buy Buddy Holly records.
 He was my first 'rock god'. (de-throned in 1965 by Bob Dylan)
 I liked Buddy's style. geeky-ugly:awkward;shy. The complete opposite of Elvis . Elvis's  whole style seemed to me "you will never be as sexy as me'. Not what a 10 year old yorkshire lad needs to hear.......

 Holly was more a big brother & friend to me than a competitor.( and 100% better musician IMHO)
Anyway.tomorrow ( 3nd February) is the 60th year since Holly died in that plane crash.
again today. i found these two photos on the sepia saturday
theme of "hats" & "men walking"... *just* about scraped it!? 
(Plus a "bonus track" we see Buddy, Jerry Lee Lewis & The Big Bopper walking to a plane )

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

grayston unity

Me and Cathy were in Halifax tonight at The Grayston Unity to hear John Alker' [pictured] talk on the History of Peterloo. We love both John & the bar!


Thursday, January 24, 2019

in Halifax tonight.

This week's sepia saturday has a "car" theme. This seemed topical !
"the brexit dice game"......in Halifax tonight

Ken was interviewed on BBC Look North tonight.

Sunday, January 20, 2019

I pity the poor immigrant.....

I see the turd has floated back again to the top of the bowl......
One of my favourite Bob Dylan songs, from one of my favourite Bob Dylan albums.
I always consider my Dad when I listen to these lyrics.
: Although I'm not sure (now) that they actually reflect him.....but,on some level. perhaps they do?
 I will let the angels decide that one!
This version is from Robyn Hitchcock.  Recorded on the 27th December 2018 in San Francisco.
You can listen /download  the whole concert  here:
*n.b. All the music you hear here is always copyright free. This is no exception.*
2nd June 2015 me,Cath,Don & Margaret  saw Robyn Hitchcock play live at Bury Met: Photos
Me & Cathy Zimnoch in the pub tonight.

Friday, January 11, 2019

"Royal train 1905-06 India"

i took this photo tonight in Manchester   My long standing friends  & confidants Jim Stridgen & Ken Kersley.;in the Sir_Ralph_Abercromby Pub

So, I went to Hebden Bridge Antique Centre
and found these 3 train related photos.
See other other Sepia Saturday contributions  here:
"Royal  train 1905-06 India"
"Gierrol a gauehe dces fetits garde"
I have been in Manchester this week. Photos here;

Tuesday, January 01, 2019


Wishing all my courageous readers a good New Year. 
Whatever you wish, may it come true .
July 30th 2018. My birthday. Photo i took outside HOME in Manchester opposite the statue of Engels.
Me, Cathy & Chris in Greece when younger  .Photo taken my my Mum.
Bob from Bacup was in hospital (Blackburn) on Christmas Day. He's back home now. Me & Chris drove up to Bacup this afternoon to see him. I took this photo of  the  astronomy centre
Up on the Tops ,on the way over.................

Tuesday, December 25, 2018


view & download these photos (it's free!) here:
 https://zimnoch.smugmug.com/My-historyfamily/2018/ Your not going to get any description or explaination  .You know that, dont you?   But it does look like I might have had a good & busy year. I saw surprisingly few gigs this year.
Though what I did see , was quality.
Jane Siberry ("so so good" in my best Donald Trump voice) . I listened to her music in 1997 (long drives from Boston Spa) Every bit as beautiful as I hoped.
British Sea Power ( for the 5th time in my life) Why are they not big?
Simone Felice at The Deaf Institute in Manchester (what quirky venue) .I love the bloke.
 But my best gig was Young Fathers in Manchester. So much intelligence.So much forward thinking .a knock out concert.
Young Fathers- Holy Ghost from Oscar Hudson on Vimeo.

Monday, December 10, 2018

poortoun : "a city with my name on, i will enter in disguise" : Jackie Leven.

see all this week's sepia saturday posts

I am having incredible lucid dreams at the moment: like a box-set I keep getting repeats of 'Previous Espisodes'. Mostly of places I used to live. Hebden Bridge:Halifax:Cheshire:Liverpool:London's East End;London's City ..etc. Warm dreams...but I wake up wondering where I am now......No Partisan!

me in the garden, outside my bedroom............

Jackie Leven:Winchester: 2001. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jackie_Leven
It's 7 years since dear sweet Jackie died....... 
here   is my post from that time...........
This week's sepia saturday theme is around that of "bedroom".
 Here are two photos I took of my bedroom in 1972.
 I can date them fairly well, due to the wall display.
I was back at my Mum & Dad's house in Halifax after a year in the City of London youth hostel where I had been working.
I display a pencil sketch of me drawn by a lass from Wales. Some underground newspapers & graphics from OZ magazine on the wall.
No Maps you notice? Just a calendar.
Within months, I was off to Liverpool & teacher training college.
This was my security between the two......
Strange to say, I feel myself ( a little) in that same place again...

Thursday, December 06, 2018


i changed my motor....

Monday, December 03, 2018

Jane Siberry.

Cathy & I saw & heard Jane at The Hebden Bridge Trades Club last night.........
Special mention for Nicola Hardman who opened & joined Jane's set. 

Last week itv visited here: this week the BBC

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

doris and the olden days

Me & doris in the early noughties outside the Crown & Anchor pub in Halifax.

A Lovely day.
 I met with Doris for a Greek Meal in Hebden Bridge at lunchtime ( catching up on news) .
It's what grown up people do.
 Strange how we might know hundreds of people in our lives,. but only a few come back to check up where we are now,
What a lovely person.
Then onto Halifax for a few jars with Phil & Ken...................
(Thursday night: ITN News spent 50 minutes looking at this post tonight.What's that about? Are they looking for "the new Trevor McDonald? )

Saturday, November 17, 2018

the haunted victorian pencil and his nanny.

Today I went to The Good Shepard R.C. church in Mytholmroyd .
. A Labour Party meeting.
The guest speaker was an Damian Casserley ,economist who was an advisor to Gordon Brown/Ed Balls in the last Labour Government.
 He was talking about the challenges to an incoming Labour Government.
We had tea & cake.

Thursday, November 08, 2018

Negro Colleges in Wartime


 A movie sponsored by the U.S. Office of War Information:made in 1944. details here :
This is a sepia saturday post.
The theme is around images that feature " cold stone statues and haunted, unrecognisable faces...." 
The statue pictured is that of "Lifting the Veil of Ignorance" a monument to educator Booker T. Washington on the campus of Tuskegee University in Macon County.
The statue is  by Charles Keck , and was dedicated in 1922.
 I didnt know of Booker T until I saw this movie . You can read about his life here:
  My immediate thought, while watching the movie , was that I guess those Alabama students you see would have had to sit at the back of their buses travelling  from the college after  filming .......... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmett_Till
Maybe   Emmitt Till's Open Coffin did more for US Civil Rights than any Statue or movie ever did.....?

Friday, November 02, 2018

it may be someone else's blood soaking into the dust, but i am that dust.

I saw this for sale in Manchester Art Gallery's shop today. My Christmas Present for everybody this year?Maybe Donald Trump or Stephen Christopher Yaxley-Lennon  could make a campaign baseball cap with it?

myself & Cathy went to Manchester Central Libary today (2nd november 2018) to see the plans for Jeremy Deller's Peterloo memorial. https://manchesterhistories.co.uk/projects/peterloo2019
What I saw looks good ,although its hard to tell just from a wee model.
The only doubt is the location between The Midland & G-Mex.

 It will be built in that cordened-off area that ,during Tory Conferences, Boris goes jogging.
 Maybe he will trip up on it?
No more news about my 'Moston Photos' http://everton.blogspot.com/2018/10/peterloo.html 
.I guess it will all be under wraps until nearer the 200th anniversary next year?
All I have heard,so far, is  that blown-up versions will be displayed in 5 locations throughout the city (billboards?!) i will be everywhere...like a rash.hopefully, [unless i end up on the cutting-room floor......]
a photo i took of the artist Jeremy Deller a few years ago in Manchester Art Gallery.
All my assorted photos from the last couple of weeks are here:
The only other things of note today,in Manchester.
(a) I bought my first ever 'white poppy' in the Quakers Lodge in Manchester. Maybe, one fine day, the good people of Halifax, West Yorkshirewill build a monument to remember  the six people murdered in the town by British Army sabres during the 'Plug Riots' ?

(b) in Manchester Art Gallery , a young couple stopped me on the stairs and asked if I minded having my photo taken for " a book about 50 men in Manchester". A black & white headshot....
All of a sudden, everybody wants to capture my image! 
( winks ;) to Pulau Pinang)

Friday, October 26, 2018

day by day......

 Shirty got his nickname because he walked around with his long hair flowing,
his shirt-tail hanging out.......
 I always remember at least four or five young girls following him everywhere
.A babe -magnet!
As a 15 year old, i wanted to hate his charisma.But  he was such a nice guy. It was hard......
A nice photo taken tonight in Sowerby Bridge.
It was taken by 'Shirty 'Whitehead's daughter,Ellie, (she works behind the bar at The Shepards Rest) It was her birthday yesterday......
Shirty was in the same class as me at school.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

the leaves are just the colour of your eyes.......

So me & Chris went walking on The Tops again today. 
Up Cragg Vale.
I wanted to show him the route I took on my 30th Birthday , doing The Pennine Way with Phil the Ex-Fireman ..i thought it might help........
 I have always thought it a strange,particular, place.
 Last week's post   showed  it's magical spaces ( deer;mushrooms:holy wells ).
 But  (this week) it feels to have  sinister elements too......
The Cragg Coiners tried to hide away there , from the government...but they got themselves found and hanged eventually.....
In more recent times, Jimmy Savile was a churchwarder at the local church. He lived in a campervan in the church's grounds........
He Put on lurid costums & gave sermons from the pulpit.
How'a about that then? 
For 3 weeks over my 30th Birthday, me & Phil 'did' The Pennine Way , including our passing through Calderdale & Cragg Vale.
 I remember turning '30' being quite traumatic for me.
. It's funny. '18':'21''40' even '60'! never really bothered me....
But '30'.wow! a shock....
 I remember the night I turned 30. We were camping in some Godforsaken village in North Yorkshire. I got terribly pissed.
I started chatting-up up some woman in a local pub ( even though her boyfriend was sat right next to her at the time).
 He got a wee bit angry & was going to thump me.
 Luckily Phil ( home on leave from Northern Ireland) whisked me out of the pub sharpish. It was closing time, anyway....
" A Lucky Escape" I remember Phil saying as we went back to the empty field we had put up our tent.
. The next morning. Hungover, we crawled out of our tent , to find the couple had (in the night) pitched their tent right next to us.
we made our excuses, & left rather fast....

Saturday, October 20, 2018

jaw bones and tooth rattles........

Look.To begin with, I know my opinion about anything  is irrelivant  .
(But I'm full of cold, and have fuck all to do but rant here today......)
You might be surprised to know that I think this march today in London is just plain wrong
I do not agree with it.Infact,I think  it dangerous.
The idea of going on a March in support of neoliberalism ( which  is what got us into this mess in the first place) is a wee bit daft IMHO.
I voted "Remain" , and would do so again.However, when the Brexiteers say that a "Peoples Vote" (in effect a 2nd referendum) would undermine our democracy, i think they are right.
We must respect the result of the Referendum ( even though I think it's leaders ;Farage:Boris;Rees-Mogg et al are all twats). Besides which, if there was a second referendum, the 'Leavers' would most likely win it again.
I find it depressing that the whole Brexit debate has been framed in terms of nostalgia.
The Brexiteers wishing for a return to the 50's. The Remainers wishing it was 1969 again. It's neither.This never can be.
Personally,  I would be much happier with a "Jeremy Corbyn Red Brexit" than a "Chuka Ummuna  Remain".
A photo i took during The Peoples Assembly March in Manchester in 2015. 80,000 marched. see all my photos here https://www.smugmug.com/gallery/n-Lr9ZhK/

Saturday, October 13, 2018


Cath & Red Saunders  today.   ( Red's Bio )
 It was taken today at Moston Community Arts & Music Centre A grand place (eg live music & cinema).
It used to be the bath house for Moston Coal  Pit .
I remember 'Old Jim' ar Rochdale hammam talk of it......
below are my photos.
Also you can see itv's News report 
  We remembered those murdered at Peterloo_Massacre
As the itv video explains, several of  us  cast today were direct decendants of some of those killed at Peterloo , including the pregnant woman pictured in some of the pictures with me.
Back-in-the-day ,Red Saunders was the brains behind setting up Rock Against Racism & The Anti-Nazi League
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red_Saunders_(photographer)  Chris is still very poorly.(it's 2 months now.....)Dont be fooled by the smiling.It's only acting(and denial.....?)

Sunday, September 30, 2018

golden slumbers

Llyn Cwm Bychan.
 Llanbedr . A week's stay in a really remote cottage up Snowden.....
After a long strange journey (through a place I didnt know) we were greeted by  a home baked cake the owner had left us..
 Keep checking back here for my photos of our travels throughout the week ( + a few images from last week)


Thursday, September 20, 2018

a postcard of the hanging.

We go see Julie Hesmondhaigh (formally of Accrington) in a play in Manchester next Thursday.
Then we bugger off to Mid-Wales for a week  in a rented cottage .......i may take photos?
to give you an idea of what me & Cath might look like in Red Saunders 'Peterloo' might look like.....this is one he did earlier...  
William Cuffay and the London Chartists, 1842 
"The 1832 Reform Act had extended the vote to more men with property but the working class still did not have a vote. A nationwide campaign involving men and women called for change and they became known as The Chartists, the first mass working class movement in Britain. The People’s Charter of 1838 demanded votes for all men, constituencies of equal size, the abolition of the property qualification, annual parliaments and salaries for members of Parliament. Portrayed is a meeting of the London Chartists in Whitechapel, in 1842, with William Cuffay, the son of a slave and the elected President of the London Chartists. He was transported to Tasmania for his endeavours, later pardoned, and continued to be politically active there."

Friday, September 14, 2018

ferryman has hands of stone.


Bride Stones, Todmorden
One of the people at Ken's birthday Do last night in Halifax was Jason Foster.A lovely bloke .Above is one of his works. His website is here https://www.360cities.net/profile/jasonfoster
Jason Foster.
Meanwhile.In other news..
.this STV programme about the late great Jackie Leven was uploaded onto youtube a couple of days ago.


I'm afraid I will have to go for the 'and surprise us with an old photograph of your own choice.....' option for this week's sepia saturday 
Dear sweet Sepians.This week I give you the solitary sport of 'French Fishing'........
This postcard is one of a dozen or so similar ones  being sold at Hebden Bridge Antique Centre
.All cute kids: All individual portraits.
French fish must be very patient and helpful...........?

On Monday Me , Chris & Cathy went to Harrogate. I had a session at it's Turkish Baths .
It must be three years since I last went! It's still a bit like heaven for me ( 160 degrees in the top room).
On Tuesday we went to see the surrealist photos of Lee Miller They were great . It's the first time I have been to The Hepworth. Very disappointed in the building itself.Its an ugly Stalinist mess.

On Wednesday we went to Crawshawbooth Quaker Meeting House . It's over 300 years old & is the oldest Quaker building in the World.It's beautiful & caretaker Phil told me it has a ghost.
 How Cool! A Quaker Ghost......
We spent a couple of hours talking with the caretaker , Phil. Lovely bloke. I hope to visit again ( it's up near my friend Bob in Bacup).
On Thursday I met with Ken in Halifax to drown his birthday.
You can see some of my photo of the week here........
You wouldn't know it from these photos, I suppose, but it's been a very cruel week for me personally.
 view/examine these new photos here https://zimnoch.smugmug.com/Harrogate-Wakefield/

Thursday, September 06, 2018

oh! qu'est beau.

See  here ,other contributions to this week's sepia saturday
Mine is a postcard I found at http://www.hebdenantiques.co.uk/
"steps" certainly."flowers" i think too? (In the lady's hat...?)

All The Young Dudes

  Me ,in white,  throwing some glorious "Sid Viscous Shapes" :)