Monday, July 08, 2019

yoko,todmorden fish, doggerland & turkish bath.....

I'm as cynical as the next bloke.
 But I must say I was really 'moved' in Manchester on Thursday .
We attended Yoko Ono's "Bell For Peace' in Manchester Cathedral Garden. Just yards from the Arena Bombings.
Thousands of us people stood together  singing "Give Peace A Chance"
 It might be 'hippy shit' But it's better than 'Boris Shit' or 'Tommy Robinson shit' or 'Nigel Farage shit' .Non?
I think we are simply weary...?

So  ,here are some (infact most) of my photos from the past 7 days.
If you cant be arsed sitting thru this slideshow, click here.....

Saturday, June 29, 2019

little atoms

Wednesday:Me & Cath in Manchester Central Libary in our civvies.
Thursday lunchtime in Halifax with Paul & Ken (pictured left) Looking at this fucking ugly new statue at Woolshops.
see all my photos from this week here: 

Friday, June 14, 2019


6 of my old photos around the theme of church
See other sepia saturday posts  here:

Published by Alan Burnett  . It is nowt  to do with me ( i even had to pay for my own copy!) Any further info can be got from Alan Via:

Monday, May 27, 2019

and wrap it up in a sailor’s knot

Even from her "grave", Theresa May continues to  poison the well!
I voted Labour & still support Jeremy Corbyn 100%
I have dear friends (usually Labour voters) who voted for both The Brexit Party and Liberal Democrats last Thursday.
 Be careful what you wish for my friends..............dont forget Europe's drift to the right (e.g. Le Penn).Ironically, given this was a 'European Election', nobody on the telly has once mentoned "Europe"!


Wednesday, May 22, 2019

it was Cathy's Birthday yesterday

Lots of pressies & phonecalls.

"It's good of you to ask me sir To tell you how I spend my day..........." link:

see all the day's photos here
This week ,I've been a little pissed off with the new BBC /HBO Drama "Gentleman Jack" starring Suranna Jones. Now, its (yet another) chance to see Halifax on TV. Great!
But is Anne Lister such a great "Icon"? She introduced coal mining to Shibden. She sent girls as young as 8 to work 10 hours shifts underground.
'Might be worth you reading this  report of how she abused the  poor people of Halifax.
Patience Kershaw reported "."sometimes the miners beat me if i am not fast enough:
I push carts for 11 miles a day. my life is terrible..." 

Not Very Sexy Halifax!

Thursday, May 16, 2019

justice,we will be publically hung in June .

n.b. click image for biggery

Another promotional image from THE HIDDEN TABLEAUX'S PETERLOO MASSACRE 1819 
 You will have to visit Manchester Central Library Friday 7th June - Saturday 28th September 2019 for official full  huge images!Lots of senseless violence guaranteed...........
 As I recall , the promo  above was taken at the end of shooting in Moston on the Saturday afternoon in October with a few of us who were still in costume. that's me in the corner,losing my religion.....
Red Saunders, the man behind this "Hidden " project , (he is a lovely bloke) is the founder of 'Rock Against Racism'.Read about him here--->

Friday, May 03, 2019

King David's Grave.

Because I was helping the Labour Party this week in Mytholmroyd & Luddenden Foot
I didnt have time to finish this post. 
Pop back here next week to read it in  full , once I have time to finish the text.
enjoy the photos & sounds.
Love Tony .
Keep Voting Labour !
my photo of King David Hartley's gravestone in Heptonstall Old Church .


    Odetta: Mandel Hall, University of Chicago Chicago, IL US November 23, 1957

    Saturday, April 27, 2019

    why dont théy stop and ßuy somé of our ßéads..?

    A photo i took on Crosby Beach in 2015. fun fact : Gormley's statues were cast in Hargreaves Foundry (behind Holdsworths Mill) in Halifax.

    My apologies to Dominic.
    (i still have the same sofa!)
    Your comment [see above] ,along with the rest of the post ,went 'kapput' tonight !
     This is the reposted, 're-imaginedness of the original. . 

    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.................


    Or George Galloway..who knows As Promised Don I'm back !  My   abstinence  was not intentional ! So.... pics of the gig at Bury Met will...