Lined up like a regiment of administrative soldiers, the massed highlighters take to the field, ready to accentuate the positive, even if they can’t eliminate the negative. With one stroke they stream the words and phrases, hand out awards and bestow colourful certificates of credibility.
You know what it's like. You've had a drink or two too many, you are on the edge of being bored, Coronation Street is not what it was, you want to broaden your horizons ...... so you get into one of those "I bet I could" conversations. I would like to say that it was … Continue reading Around The World In Eighty Words : START
My picture today shows the spire of Square Congregational Church, Halifax during the nadir of its fortunes in the early 1970s. Two fires and a gale had already brought this fine Victorian church to its knees - when I took this photograph it was patiently awaiting the inevitable Biblical flood and plague of locusts. Luckily … Continue reading Plague And Pestilence In Downtown Halifax
I have been participating in the Sepia Saturday project for the best part of ten years and matching themes for most of that time. I have featured pictures of bridges to match bridges and pictures of my granny in a hat to coincide with hat week. After getting on for 600 weeks, however, I now … Continue reading Matching Moods On Sepia Saturday
This immensely colourful postcard of the conservatory at Akroyd Park in Halifax must date from the first decade of the twentieth century, although it is difficult to date it precisely as it was never posted. Bankfield House, the home of Edward Akroyd, and its grounds, were sold to Halifax Corporation in the 1880s and converted … Continue reading A Postcard From The Conservatory
My great uncle, Fowler Beanland, was a collector of postcards during the great postcard collection craze of the first decade of the twentieth century. He saved all the postcards he received and, on his death, these were passed on to first my mother and later to me. This particular card from the collection features a … Continue reading Postcard From Eliza – 2lbs Of Averlenture
There are few better ways of spending an evening than undertaking a pointless journey of discovery. I am not using the word "pointless" in a negative sense - I'm a great believer in pointlessness - but in the sense of an exercise that is an end in itself rather than a means to some other … Continue reading A Postcard From Randal Cremer
Spirit of Art by James Woodford. Huddersfield Library and Art Gallery. 1937 Walked through Huddersfield today and fell into conversation with the Spirit of Art, one of the two grand sculptures outside Huddersfield Library and Art Gallery. She was happy to talk to me having had nobody but the Spirit of Literature - from the … Continue reading Talking To Spirits