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N 45 B 720 C 7 E Sep 16, 2018 F Sep 18, 2018
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Miserable in Blackpool

Tags:   railings blackpool seaside beach tower rain miserable

N 25 B 876 C 11 E Sep 16, 2018 F Sep 16, 2018
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I always used to doodle in my school books. More often than not they were tiny sketches in the margin where I drew World War II fighters or bombers, naval destroyers or army tanks and armoured cars. Or futuristic supercars or fighter jets. Or I might do sketch plans of my dream house, or a map of a paradise island. I didn't draw people, flowers or animals. But I might have drawn roller coasters.

I was first hooked when my father took my younger brother and I to Battersea funfair. That might have been almost fifty years ago. And then in 1979 I landed in Long Beach on a banana ship and spent a night enjoying the white knuckle thrills at Knott's Berry Farm. The memories never left me and it was my joy to take my two sons back there, and to Six Flags Magic Mountain in 1997 on an amazing road trip around the South West of the USA. And it was so good I took the whole family back there year after year.

But I always loved the thrill of rollercoasters. I would love to design one. Starting with a pencil sketch on an empty sheet of white paper. Light touches with the point at first, shapely curves and dips. A high, over the top, dashing down to a low. The mind starts to imagine, the thrill, the emotion, the quickening heartbeat, the shortening breath. Then firmer strokes, the hand works harder, curving over those smooth shapely esses. The eyes close, imagining, nostrils flaring to take in the air: no, the scent of danger. This 'thing', this ride, she's dangerous, a heady addiction. Thrilling. Sexy in a strange sort of way. She's the ride of a lifetime, this rollercoaster with her ups and downs, twists and turns.

But you'll never want to get off. So when the ride comes to an end there is a certain finality and sense of sorrow. Like death. The fun is over perhaps for a lifetime, unless of course you want to go to the back of the queue and wait for your chance again, one day.

See the people on top?

BTW the sky wasn't grey enough for my liking so I have added a little 'shape' to it. The rollercoaster is real. I was on it.

Tags:   rollercoaster rain blackpool lancashire pleasure beach theme park seaside life is a rollercoaster big one

N 41 B 902 C 13 E Sep 16, 2018 F Sep 16, 2018
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There's no place like an English seaside resort on a wet day. The urge to find some space and fresh air was so great I decided that I would trust the weather forecast that the rain would cease at 8.am. So I timed my arrival for that time. Of course that's when it started to rain! Heavily, and for the next hour and a half. Unsurprisingly I had virtually the whole 4km between the south and north pier to myself. Well apart from Darcy in her pink rain coat. We both got thoroughly soaked through.

What a lousy outing. And things just got worse.

Tags:   blackpool rain seaside lancashire tower pier beach sea

N 50 B 831 C 21 E Sep 15, 2018 F Sep 15, 2018
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I honestly hardly recognised Gary when we met up at Chatterley Whitfield coal mine this morning! I thought it might be his disguise so that he could sneak in to the place to take photos when it was closed to normal visitors. But in fact this was not Gary, who called "Morning Mike!" to me, from amongst a group of togs gathering for a tour of the old colliery

Tags:   portrait miner chatterley whitfield dirty coal colliery worker labourer

N 68 B 1.1K C 13 E Sep 13, 2018 F Sep 13, 2018
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I don't really like standing at the kitchen sink with my hands in a warm soup of dirty dishwater, or putting my shoes on at the bottom of the stairs to go to work, but when I spotted the sun coming in over the sink, shining on the flowers on the dining room table as I got to the bottom of the stairs, I had to stop and look at the sight. A beam of light shining on something is so simple yet so beautiful. I just had to garb a quick hand held shot....and then head for work.

And I'm sorry if my photo stream is becoming top heavy with flowers but I'm struggling to find the time and opportunity to maintain my usual variety.

Tags:   flower arrangement home house still life


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