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PIPS

PIPS

I’d asked twitter #harrogate if anyone had heard of the PIPS last night – they were billed to headline a free gig night at the Zoso late bar, Harrogate.  Among the ensuing trickle of info I got back was a link -to a review from AMZ1981 which notes that PIPS are a “three piece outfit that are painfully difficult to describe”… Read more →

Grove Road School Disco

Grove Road School Disco

  Tonight’s annual school disco at Grove Road School Harrogate, was the “Best Disco Ever” according the kid who wrote lovely note I found on the floor. If I was still an actual real kid I’d probably have thought the same. I’ts a bit of an institution, a real community event. We’ve been going every year for probably 10 years (we’ve… Read more →

Resumed progress

Resumed progress

Resumed progress on project finish kitchen. A project that started last October in a very intense fashion for a month – we swapped rooms around making our old dining room our new kitchen, which involved removing a skip full of chimney and re plumbing the boiler, rescuing our Belfast sink and digging new waste water channels and all sorts. We… Read more →

Atom Panopticon

Atom Panopticon

I visited The Atom this evening. In Wycoller, Lancashire,  near a row of gnarled old trees wrapping their limbs around what looked like a row of gravestones – slabs of rock forming ancient ‘vaccary walling’ (a sight worth a visit in its own right) squats The Atom.  It’s one of four art installations involving the construction of series of 21st-century landmarks called Panopticons.   The whole landscape… Read more →

Paint

Paint

Walking down the paint isle in DIY shops can’t help but make you smile a bit when you’re called Matt.  A whole selection of objects with my name in big letters, plastered on the front of them. Incidentally, I think the PC way of describing me should be ‘Caucasian’ though, for the record… sorry.. So today, I’ve put a bunch… Read more →

Double X, X-Pro

Double X, X-Pro

I got a film back from the lab today, which included the above image. The image is straight out of the camera – no digital trickery. I achieved it by using two techniques – double exposure and cross processing.  I shot two photos on the the same piece of transparency film that I had processed through standard negative C41 processing (which is ‘the wrong’ process for transparency film) –… Read more →

Cimenagraphs

Cimenagraphs

I’ve been playing with a new (to me) photo technology called Cinemagraph. There’s an native app on the phone I’m running at the moment – a Nokia Lumia 920 with Windows8 – called Cinemagraph. It’s great fun. Here’s a selection of cinemagraphs from the last week.. Sleepy Elsie Bed time Elsie. Bed time. Dogs and Henge Dwellers More henge dwellers… Read more →

Pretty colours

Pretty colours

I was taken aback by this sight this morning. A Bright pink tree with a rich blue backdrop of a sky. I stopped for a minute and soaked it in. Undoubtedly the best part of the day today (07:00 ish – dog walk round The Stray) – the weather set in to rain by mid morning and it’s been damp (at… Read more →

Royal Hall Harrogate

Royal Hall Harrogate

I like the original name for Harrogate’s Royal Hall : Kursaal. It means ‘Cure Hall’ in German and was a popular format for public entertainment venues of the sort, in Victorian times – particularly in Spa towns. This was changed due to frayed Anglo Germanic relations and the Kursaal concept never really caught on in England, but the word is still fairly well known… Read more →

Bilton Gala

Bilton Gala

For over 30 years, a true community event called Bilton Gala has taken place on May Day Bank Holiday Monday, in the heart of one of the oldest and biggest suburbs of Harrogate called (you guessed it) Bilton. If this year’s Bilton Gala was a newspaper, it would be a bank holiday special edition of The Sun, with a headline… Read more →

Best man and Beltane

Best man and Beltane

 Two blog worthy things happened today. The first of which;  I’ve been asked to be a best man to an absolute top guy – Henry Morris. The same Henry Morris who runs ultra marathons (for instance, the Hardmoor 113 mile race – off road with 5,700m ascent), direct internationally acclaimed Shakespeare plays, was a respectable Mastermind contestant (specialist subject, The KLF) and yet… Read more →