Welcome to the Website of Alan Burnett: writer, blogger, collector of old photographs, and devotee of all things pointless and inconsequential.

Breakfast On The Morning Tram

One of my favourite Stacey Kent songs has always been Breakfast On The Morning Tram, which was written by Jim Tomlinson with lyrics by Kazuo Ishiguro. I’ve always imagined some exotic European

Dripping With Colour

Halifax Borough Market – dark and light, hard and soft, functional lines and extravagant curves … and dripping with colour.  Come to think of it, that could be a suitable

Town Halls, Sewers And Chapels

The Victorians were good at Town Halls: built with equal parts of civic pride, cheap labour and local taxes. Town Halls, sewers, churches and chapels – the Victorians were big

Going That Little Bit Further

When you get to the end of the road, there is an ingrained need in us all, to get in a rowing boat and go that little bit further.

High Church, Halifax

The ethereal spire of All Soul’s Church seems to almost float above the mills, shops and apartments, as though it’s determined to grab the spiritual high ground. This is high

New Normality

A day out in Skipton – a return to normality of types. I am sure, however, that normality used to involve wild parties, exotic travel and racing through the sun-soaked

Reclining Figure, Halifax 1970

One of the least known of Henry Moore’s monumental sculptures is his 1970 Reclining Figure which has been on permanent display in Halifax for the last fifty years. In order


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