Saturday, April 17, 2021

This week : a haircut, some gyms & swims , and a Manifesto !

A Todmorden Bookshop


Audio: Jerry Jeff Walker : Texas 1991 

As I have already said here , I am no longer in The Labour Party . 

I am , currently, much taken with the new Northern Independence Party .

 How they  pan out is unclear. It's very early days. 

They only have 5 candidates standing in the coming local elections ,plus Thelma Walker the former Labour MP for Colne Valley, who is standing for them in the Hartlepool by-election .( who will be lucky not to lose her deposit)

They are (like me) Corbyn Refugees .Socialists. I can't fault their logic. I hope they establish themselves and ( at the very least) give the Starmeristas a sharp nudge and stand candidates in every Northen seat ( they even talking of standing a candidate in Holborn , Starmer's seat)

Anyway ,its a long-term thing .Much will change before 2024 

They pubished their Manifesto this week.Read it  here .Personally, I can find no fault here

Newcastle ,during the minute silence for Prince Philip.

Thelma Walker campaigning in Hartlepool this week.

Thelma's CV

Saturday, April 03, 2021

Hells Angel of The North

 Today,this biker in Hebden Bridge had just been moved on by a Traffic Warden for parking in a dangerous
place.and  he saw me taking photos of that exchange.

So, seconds later, he aimed his machine
at me.(Nearly got my toes seconds after this photo was taken ! )

"Social Distancing"is a thing of the past!

audio is Polly Harvey in 2000.



In other news, I left the Labour Party last  May.(12 months ago I had an email from The Labour Party saying I was "under investigation":n.b. I wasn't suspended, but the treat was there. As I given so much time to the party over recent years it felt like a slap in the face . So I jumped, rather than waiting to be pushed)

 Today ,I  dislike Starmer more than Johnson . I certainly will not be voting Labour in the coming  local elections and I am seriously thinking of joining this lot instead with a view to 2024. . 

I have voted Labour in EVERY local & national election  on for 50 years . That it has come to this is incredible. (is this  how Labour lost Scotland?) So Sad. I don't really take any pride in the situation .

The Northern Independence Party (NIP) are mentioned in The Guardian today.True a Corbyn -fashion.but , it turns out, maybe Starmer's bastard child? .....

Strange Days.........


Tuesday, March 30, 2021

more Bear having some subscription "issues" with my Soundcloud audio player atm; 

so I'm using an alternative platform this week


In Hebden Bridge this afternoon. Cath had her first Covid Jab yesterday

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Live ( pre-Lockdown ) at The Bear Cafe in Todmorden.

live at the BEAR CAFE in Todmorden

the photo is of the blossom in Hebden Bridge Park 22nd March

 audio is of my friend Gareth Scott , from the album "The Basin Stone" 

Thursday, March 18, 2021

𝑨𝒔𝒕𝒓𝒂 𝒁𝒆𝒏𝒊𝒄𝒂 𝑴𝒐𝒏 𝑨𝒎𝒐𝒖𝒓

This week's audio is from The Seldom Scene: soundboard from the Lisner Auditorium, Washington, DC; January 28, 1973

So I had my first Astra Zenica jab early Monday morning . i havn't been out of the house since ,until I went into Hebden Bridge this afternoon. 

i've not been very well ( in a 'man-flu 'kinda way ) Headache: sore arm : dizzy and (strangley ) 

I have been really adverse to loud sounds of any kind.

 So.Anyway. I arrive in Hebden Bridge to be greeted by some Opera Lass doing her level best to make my ears bleed...........

Saturday, March 13, 2021

𝐃𝐞𝐞𝐩 𝐍𝐨𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐥𝐠𝐢𝐚™


So my 14 day free trial of Deep Nostalgia™ has finished and i have cancelled my account 

the photos i have tried with it have been interesting , but with unpredicatable results. Some have been splendid ( i have shared a few here already e'g my Grandmother Helen; view here  

Others have been either poor or plain weird!

 Anyway , before my trial finished i tried uploading a few more. Here is one I like. I took this photo in Havana in 1997. It's of a lass called Norby ,and was taken in The Hemingway Bodega 

I stayed in Havana for about a week. I was lucky in that for much of the time I was a guest of Norby and her Mum and family . She introduced me to the wonderful city. 

They had some interesting contacts ! She introduced me to the then Auxiliary Bishop of Havana (!) who showed me ,one afternoon, around Havana Cathedral 

Despite what you may imagine , the authorities seemed ok with religion. They dont do the churches any favours, but it seemed tolerated. 

My Polish upbringing has made me a bit of a sucker for graveyards and Havana has a massive one right in the middle of it. Colon Cemetery is superb and Norby showed me Amelia Goyri's grave which is a bit of a legend


She also took me to see a "weeping Statue" that scores of Cubans visit, once a week, to watch it weep and say prayers. (no, i saw nowt)

 Three final vignettes:

 • On the first day there , I was sat in a Cafe and asked the waitress for a "Coca Cola" . She immediately , at the top of her loud booming voice , gave me a two minute lecture about how Coca Cola was something "US /capitalist" and they didnt sell it there .In future I must ask for "Cuban Cola". I suitably blushed & stuttered.• 

• One day I said to Norby I wanted to go to the beach ( Havana didnt seem to have any i could find) she took me to one she said "local people couldn't use". We arrived .It was nice enough but deserted . A soldier stood guard and asked to see my passport . Once on the beach I sunbathed alone for a while .Then suddenly I saw a nurse (in white) cross my eyeline ,pushing very slowly a pram along the sand.(not easy to walk in nurse-shoes pushing a pram on sand i guess.....) It was like a scene from some slow-motion 60's Avant Garde movie .

 Norby later explained that there was a nearby hospital and the Cuban Government took in a quota of children who were victims of the Chernobyl Disaster.• 

• My final memory .The best! was being sat in a square in the city listening to Buena Vista Social Club's debut cd 

i had bought it in Manchester Airport . Some local kids must have heard what i was listening too and one asked to listen himself .Within 5 minutes I had a huddle of a dozen kids passing the headphones around singing and dancing around along to the music. They just didnt seem to sell cds in Havana .Rare as hens teeth At the time I felt a little proud , although it seems a little sad now....... 

To compound my sadness , on my final day, I found ,in the corner of a "Revolutionary Bookshop" the only cds in the shop. I bought all 3 (of Cuban Music ). I bought all of them. And probably flew away with all the cd's in Cuba in my baggage .............

Friday, March 12, 2021

Love To Mothers



We Saw & heard live music this week!

audio:Sandy Denny live :

 I saw heard her live once at Krumlin

England's finest singer!

In other news, I get my first Covid jab on Monday

Saturday, March 06, 2021

Hazel of the Rocks (Nawglan , the Sacred Nine )

Many thanks to Matt Steady was sent me this promotional c.d. this week., with his blessing to share a track here.

All grand music ( ten tracks) Spoiled for choice!

Here is some info on Matt

Saturday, February 27, 2021

My Grandmother Helen

 Who Died in Childbirth, So even my Mum never knew her........

Linda Thompson ( of Richard & Linda Thompson fame) said this was "Amazing" when I posted on facebook today.

Memo to Sir Keith


Saturday, February 20, 2021

If dreams were lightning


This Week.

Me outside a window of the Hope Gallery in Hebden Bridge.

 Making an Exhibition of myself.......

audio: John Prine 1972

and a bonus! we bumped into the lovely Bea in Hebden!

Friday, February 05, 2021

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

No boat's gonna row


Just checked my feet and the Levee did not break today!

Below, a tv reporter & cameraman today in Mytholmroyd.............


The last few days have been daft down the Valley 

Because of Covid restrictions , the only people on the streets are TV Reporters.

 I have seen at least 3 different channels reporting here . Not here to help, only to "feel our pain" and photograph it !

Friday, January 08, 2021

liberal smiles.....

Mr Corbyn refused to have dinner with Trump. but Johnson backed him for the Nobel Peace Prize. 

 This is all you need to know about the UK establishment and liberal politics in general. 

Saying that , today I bought a great big greasy tub of Brylcreem . The first time in 20 years.

 "The Starmer Effect"?


Thursday, December 31, 2020

Happy New Year

About 13 months ago I was canvassing for Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Party.

 During Which , In Todmorden ,I remember passing a graveyard and seeing this statue 

I thought i must come back later and photograph it. 

This week I did.

Cath's Birthday