Monday, 30 June 2008

Clarion House, Nelson

I called in to see my good friends Arthur and Kathy at the weekend and they let me borrow this photograph which must have been taken about 1970 or 1971. It was taken at Clarion House near Nelson (which astonishingly still survives) which was at one time owned by the socialist Clarion Cycling Club. In the picture Arthur is on the extreme left (a place where he will be more than comfortable) and Kath is holding baby Linda next to the pram. The other little girl is their eldest daughter Tina. Issy and I are in the centre of the picture along with a portrait of, I think, Kier Hardie.

More Issy

Another picture of Isobel from the same period as the one a couple of days ago. This was taken in my room at Keele University. The posters of Karl Marx dates it quite well.

On Holiday In Hove

I have no idea who this is. It was in a collection of family photograph and, I guess, it dates back to the 1930s or 1940s. From the name of the photographer stamped on the back of the print it would appear that it was taken in Hove, Sussex. But who do I know who would have gone all the way down there on holiday?


One of my favourite photographs of all time. I took it almost forty years ago. Issy was a second-year student at Bedford College and I was visiting her. It was taken in the back garden of the flat she shared in Tuffnal Park.

Thursday, 26 June 2008

More Jazz

Another photograph from the same session at the Head of Steam. The blur captures the excitement and the movement of the music quite well.

Jazz At The Head Of Steam

Jumping back into the archives. This was taken - about six or seven years ago - at the Head of Steam in Huddersfield during one of their regular jazz sessions.

Brick Dressed Up As Stone

This is one side of the border or the other and to see the stone buildings you would automatically assume it was the Yorkshire side. But this is the wrong side of the border. One can only assume that it is the usual Lancashire brick dressed up as Yorkshire stone.

Border Hopping

In my search for sheep I did accidentally cross over the border into what I imagine is Greater Manchester (or Oldham or some such foreign place). It is interesting to note that the grass is still green over there.

Wanna See A Picture Of A Sheep's Bottom?

But what sheep usually do when you approach them with a camera is simply to turn around and walk away. I therefore have one of the finest collections of images of sheep's bottoms in the North of England. My archive is available for genuine and discerning collectors only.

Sheep And Their Knowledge Of The Highway Code

The thing about sheep is that they have no knowledge of the Highway Code. Try and take their photograph and they are likely to walk out into the middle of the road without a care in the world and without a look to either the left or the right.

Sheep Dressed As .... Sheep

The remit not only called on photographs of jazz musicians dressed as sheep, but also sheep dressed as sheep. And they had to be Marsden sheep.


What did you do today Daddy? Well actually I drove up onto the moors to take some photographs of a celebrated soprano saxophonist, dressed as a sheep, against the background of a sheep warning sign!. The things you will do for the Marsden Jazz Festival.

Wednesday, 18 June 2008

Hand Car Wash

What you can't see from this photograph (taken through the window of a bus) is the sign at the very top of the old flour mill which reads "Hand Car Wash". But how do you get the cars up there?

60th Party 4

At last a good picture. Me and my good friend Goura.

60th Party 3

Pictures of other people are far safer territory. Here is (from left to right) Xan, Will and Tim.

60th Party 2

Not sure who took this one, but I discovered it on my camera the following day. At least I look as though I am having a good time.

60th Party 1

The first of what is a very small number of photographs taken at my 60th birthday party. It had been decided that it would not be a good thing for me to take photos of my own party.

Gondola Prow

The beautiful Victorian prow of the yacht, which is now owned and operated by the National Trust.

The Steam Yacht Gondola

Our visit to Ambleside was planned so that we could take a trip on the wonderful 19th century steam yacht, Gondola.

Ruskin's Grave

During our trip to the Lakes Mark and I were wandering around a graveyard in Ambleside when we can across a very ornate headstone. Only later did we discover that it was John Ruskin's grave.

Monday, 9 June 2008

Great Langdale Beck

Great Langdale Beck runs through the middle of the estate and part of it was channelled so as to sweep passed Purdey's Bar where we had a very pleasant nightcap.

The Langdale Estate

Our hotel for the evening was on the Langdale Estate. The estate included bars, a health spa, swimming pool and its own traditional Lakeland pub.

The Very Top

Here is the top of Harrison Stickle with Pike o' Stickle in the background. There was a Stone Age Axe Factory near Pike o' Stickle and we had intended visiting that, but by then my knees were beginning to give way.

The Champagne Lunch

When we reached the top Mark produced a bottle of champagne and we drank a toast to my 60 years and the 2,000 feet we had just climbed.

Stickle Tarn

Stickle Tarn is an unbelievable site. What is such a large body of water doing half-way up a mountain? I always thought that water left to its own devices would follow the demands of gravity. In the case of Stickle Tarn something has intervened - namely a rather large stone wall.

Mark Takes Oxygen

Once you reach Stickle Tarn the land lies flat .. but not for long. Soon another scree trail leads onwards and upwards. Nevertheless it provides a useful point at which to take on oxygen for the climb ahead.

Not The Top Of The Scree Slope

"The top of the scree slope" became a famous way-marker as, according to Mark and his friend Wainwright, it would indicate the proximity of Stickle Tarn. But the scree slope went on and on and on...

Mark Checks His Wainwright

Mark checks his trusty copy of Alfred Wainwright's "Guide To The Lakeland Fells". The relative smoothness of the path at this point suggests that it was at a very early stage of our journey.

Looking Up

Looking up, from the start of our walk amongst the Langdale Pikes. Here we were just outside the Old Dungeon Ghyll Hotel looking up at the route which would take us to the top of Harrison Stickle.

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