Friday, April 19, 2019

pace egg play

"The name pace is derived from Latin pascha ('Easter') (c.f. the adjective paschal). The drama takes the form of mock combat between the hero and villain, in which the hero is killed and brought back to life, often by a quack doctor. In some the plays the figure of St George smites all challengers, and the fool, Toss Pot, rejoices..........."

Toss Pot.

Tuesday, April 09, 2019

oné hundréd stokérs

Early on Sunday Me ,Cath & Chris drove to Rawden .
Cath was attending a Retreat Day at The White Eagle Lodge.
 After dropping Cath off, me & Chris drove to the Russian Baths in Bramley. 
I went there about 5 years ago. Since then, it was closed by Leeds Council .However it has recently reopened as  a "Community Pool",run by volunteers & goodwill.
 It has a really good vibe. and the locals are breathing the life back into this 1904 Edwardian Bath House. 
"Russian Baths" is a rather grand title for what is ,essentially, a tiled steam room.
 But maybe ,as beer tastes better out of glass rather than plastic, so steam feels better in tiles rather than the plastic shells modern steam rooms have? 
Returning,we parked in Rawden crematorium (next to the White Eagle Lodge) And ,while waiting for Cath & her friends to finish , I wandered around the beautiful grounds & took some photos......
On Monday we all went to Harrogate Turkish Baths. Ive been going there for 30+ years , usually once or twice a year. 
They monitized it too much these days, but I still find it sweet.
 The attendant today told a story I had never heard before. I dont know how true it is, but it conjures up an interesting image ,for me, that illustrates "Victorian Values"
The Top Hot Room ( temperature 70C/160F + plus) is heated through its marble floor. In the 19th century this heat came from a coal furnace in the basement below. 
While the Toffs sat sweating & having their brows wiped by Attendants dressed in servant costumns  ,below ,in the cellars, it took 100 men to be constantly stoking the furnace boilers. 
Some things dont change!
By the way , Newcastle Turkish Baths reopens this summer (details  the link below)

a lady drawing & drinking Harrogate's sulphur water. it's surprisingly warm to the touch !

Saturday, April 06, 2019

Hidden Project :update #1

Jack Davies and Paul Soanes enact 'The Specials Constables '

Red Saunders  website went 'live' this morning.
Extra stuff will be added by him  as things progress.
On it  you can watch  a 5 minutes promotional video that explains things .
(Me & Cath are featured on this film )
You can also donate to the crowd funding here:
My   own photos from the Moston stage are here 
I will repost as it develops  further .Watch this space! 

Friday, March 29, 2019

in chinatown

Neil (aka 'Nodge') ,who I've known for 20 years.Pictured above.Here he is writing in The Guardian this  February."Project fear:what will Brexit gothic fiction look like"
tv studio lighting can be a bugger sometimes......

Thursday, March 28, 2019

"the moon's a balloon" ( David Niven)

See here: for this week's sepia saturday 
 "Going up and down but never getting anywhere"........ 
In 1972, as Charles Duke was training to visit the moon with Apollo 16, he regretted spending so much time away from his wife and sons.
“So just to get the kids excited about what dad was going to do, I said, ‘Would y’all like to go to the moon with me?'” “We can take a picture of the family and so the whole family can go to the moon.” “I talked with Dotty and the boys about it and they were delighted about having a picture of the Duke family on the Moon,” he wrote in his autobiography, Moonwalker.
 “So one day, Ludy Benjamin, a NASA photographer and good friend, came over to our house in Lago and took a picture of the four of us. On the back of the picture I wrote, ‘This is the family of astronaut Charles Duke of planet Earth, who landed on the moon on the twentieth of April 1972.’
Then we all signed it and put our thumbprints on the back.”
 On April 23 Duke and John Young went exploring with the lunar rover in the Descartes Highlands, and he dropped the photo, wrapped in plastic, onto the surface and photographed it with his Hasselblad camera.
 He left it there. “After 43 years, the temperature of the moon every month goes up to 400 degrees [Fahrenheit] in our landing area, and at night it drops almost absolute zero,” he said in 2015.
 “Shrink wrap doesn’t turn out too well in those temperatures.
It looked OK when I dropped it, but I never looked at it again and I would imagine it’s all faded out by now.”

Saturday, March 16, 2019


The Sepia Saturday post this week has it's theme around "dance". 
But I am shocked by the murder of those poor Muslims this week by white right- wing extremists in New Zealand. 
The world has gone mad.
I have many Muslim friends.I weep with them tonight.
My contribution this week is a selection of photos of  me, around the late 90's  around Halifax.
 They seem very innocent compared with today.....

Read here:

Friday, February 22, 2019

For the Turnstiles

"billboards" !!!
It was warm today in England ( for February )
 So, on a whim ,me and my son Chris jumped in the car at midday & pointed it in the general direction of the West Coast. 
No idea where we were going ,other than "the seaside".
 We later found ourselves on the beach at Hest Bank,Morecambe Bay. Dont worry, I havent heard of it either! Sort of a 'One-Horse Town       [    only the horse must have drowned......? ]
*Crazy ;) *
Anyway.a Nice day.
The temperatures reached 20 degrees (amazing for England in February) And Chris took photos of me & a Ladybird.

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" 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: 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.
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 ..........
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.
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' 
.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 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)

Phil's Birthday Drinks In Halifax

See All Photos Here :