Falling Asleep At The Theatre

12-02-18

Well not on this visit, just popped in for a coffee with the PhotoBuddies. I haven’t actually been to a production yet at the “Curve” theatre in my home city, mainly because they have been putting on musicals, and that’s a sure way for me to fall asleep, which is embarrassing for me and whomever I’m with. Give me a good play, Shakespearean, modern or classic and I’m wide awake !

I had the Minolta X700 with me loaded with Kodak Tri-X, and took a few quick shots in the theatre foyer.

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I’d forgotten how good Tri-X could be, it has been a few years since I last used it. The lens on the Minolta (the only one I have) is a 28 – 70mm zoom and not really rated, but I was pleasantly surprised at the results.

 

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Thursday Doors

08-02-18

It’s been ages since I contributed to the “Thursday Doors” blog over at Norm 2.0 . I haven’t been on any door forays recently having taken photo’s of all the interesting doors in the city !!! or so I thought. While I was out on a photowalk with the photobuddies last week we discovered an interesting building tucked away on a backstreet in between modern high rise developments.

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One of the photobuddies found some interesting information on the history of the school.
It seems the school and attached church were in use from the mid 1800’s to the 1930’s The recess to the right of the door apparently held a statue of St Patrick. I hope the building is restored and put to good use, too many lovely buildings have been demolished around the town.

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The bright reflections were coming from the windows of a modern office block. 

Looks like I need to investigate some more of the back streets in the city and see what I can find.

Back To 1969

07-02-18

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On the last but one PhotoWalk with my photo buddies I wanted to have a look at the factory where I started my very first job on the 4th of August 1969. I was taken on as an apprentice Lithographic Printer at Hodgkins-Millar & Co, with a weekly wage of £5-0-3d.  Looking at the building seems it to have taken on new and varied uses !

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The car at the bottom of the driveway in the picture is where I would park my Francis Barnett motorbike. After the first week of work I wanted to go back to school, loading an A1 size press with heavy art paper was hard work, not to mention the many paper cuts on my hands, they gave me a pair of linen gloves so that I didn’t mark the paper with blood from the paper cuts. Needless to say I stuck it out but within 3 months I was working for a different company as an apprentice Litho Platemaker (a step up).

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The view looking across the road. It was always an industrial part of the city, with plenty of old shops, characterful pubs, and Victorian factories, not so much today, the pubs and shops have been demolished and the area is a bit rundown. I took the photographs on my Minolta X700 using Kodak Tri-X, a film I haven’t used for many years.

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My helpers, supervising my work this morning.

Hairless !

30-01-18

Went for a PhotoWalk with my two PhotoBuddies today, for once the weather was bright and sunny. One of the guys had just got a new iPad and sneakily took a photo. It’s only when I look at a current photo that I realise how old I am, my brain certainly doesn’t. It looks like I haven’t any hair, I did have a very severe haircut last week, might be worth investigating getting a syrup fig !!!!

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iPad photo.

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Olympus OM40 – Agfa Vista 200

It was really good to get out and about with the guys, we rounded off the walk with a bowl of carrot & coriander soup and a coffee at the World Peace cafe in the town. According to the fitness app I walked 6.5 miles (10.4 Kilometres).

Most of the photographs I took were on a film camera, hopefully I can find time to develop the film tomorrow and scan in the negatives on Thursday if they are ok.

Cats, Cats & More Cats (update) #4

28-01-18

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There have been big changes for the group of cats (mother cat, two female kittens and a male kitten) that my neighbour has been taking care of. I can’t believe it was July last year when they first appeared on the scene. They have all grown into fine looking cats,  and are really gentle and affectionate. She contacted Cats Protection to see if they could help neuter and re-home them, a volunteer from the local branch visited yesterday and took two of the cats for neutering.

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I’m guessing this one is the male.

I felt really sad that they were probably going to be split up, and will miss seeing them around, but cats are pretty resilient creatures and often prefer to be on their own. They have been such a great comfort to my neighbour who is partially disabled, I know she will miss them terribly. My two cats though will be pleased/relieved as mum and the  kittens had been wandering into my garden along with five visiting Tom cats !!!!!

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She is going to keep this one, she’s such a sweetie and  gets on with her own cat.

I have noticed quite a change in the behaviour of my own cats as the Tom’s and kittens appeared in my/their garden, they haven’t been going out so much, and unless I’m out in the garden come back in very quickly. Last night Fleur (out of character) started scratching at the carpet, I said No in a loud firm voice and looked straight at her, she immediately jumped on to the arm of the sofa and sidled up to me, and very gently touched my nose with hers, well what do you do !!!!

Possibly The last Image From The Sigma

10-01-17

Before venturing into town this morning I checked my Sigma DP1, enough power in the battery, was the memory card in the camera ! When I switched it on everything worked except I couldn’t see anything through the lens, it was as if the lens cap was on. Information was on the screen, I could view photo’s on the memory card, but can’t capture an image. It’s had a lot of use and I bought it secondhand, so I’m not too upset. I’ll email Sigma UK tomorrow to see if it can be serviced. 

Soft Touch Arts Pop Up Cafe
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This is a great cafe that gives vulnerable young people and adults cooking and catering experience, with all income going directly back to supporting the charity’s cooking and catering projects.