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Updated: 2018-03-18T14:26:56.913+00:00


Trivial Pursuits


So.1970. I was 18.And working as a nursing assistant/'Cadet Nurse' at Stansfield View Hospital in Todmorden.Then,one weekend ,I was offso.....I wanted to go to " A  Festival".................which  all started so well for me! having  grown my hair: got meself all the 'right'clothes:had watched "Easy Rider" a couple of times:and was in the middle of my first Herman Hesse novel.So I felt like a Debutant,entering 'Society'  for the first time.The first thing that happened to me was a young 'hippy'with a London accent walk up to me   to ask"Where are the toilets ,Man"? I had arrived.I  had been recognised as one of the tribe........"When the Humblebums appeared on Saturday evening it started to rain even harder and because the stage roof was flat , water quickly collected and poured through onto the musicians . During the course of their performance the drummer played with an umbrella up and there were constant interruptions due to workmen coming on stage to drill holes in the floor to let the rain out. ..." The above photo is from 1970.In Barkisland ,near Halifax.It is during the  Krumlin FestivalIt was billed to be "England's Woodstock" .A bonkers Idea!  High up in moorland...A torrential storm......Horrible Weather.By the second  night ,the police were handing  out waterproof -sheeting to us baby hippies.......One band ( John Mayall?) had to abandon their set for fear of being electricuted.One person died overnight from exposure...Krumlin was abandoned halfway through this 2 day  storm.Between making drug -arrests,the police helped us evacuate.....The promoter , a  Local   Halifax Lad ©   called  Brian Highleyvanished alone on foot into the stormy misty moorland.He was  .".....owing large sums of money to all and sundry or to have wandered off in a fugue-like state , tramping the moors for several days before being rescued in the nick of time before he expired from exposure and dehydration......."[read more:] It wasnt all bad though! For example,it was  the first time I heard & saw live rock music (other than seeing The Troggs a few years earlier at Halifax's Victoria Theatre)On Krumlin's   first night (before this freak weather came ) I heard Sandy Denny sing :England's finest ever folk voice......It was worth it ,for me,for this alone.+The Pentangle played live too !.And a young Elton John made his 'big audience' debut ( handing out bottles of brandy to some in the crowd to keep them warm)Brian Highley©    later went on to invent 'Trivial Persuits ' and script write on British t.v.'s 'Spitting Image'.Such is life..............This week's  sepia saturday is around the themes of :RAIN ✔,CHILDREN  unless you count us "children trying to get back to the garden...."?  POLICEMEN ✔,NIGHT:a section of the 25,000 crowd.Maybe I am one of them?*vibes=MICHAEL NESMITH & THE FIRST NATIONAL BAND allow="autoplay" frameborder="no" height="300" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%">Highley © [...]

is this what your missing ,the diamonds and the gold?


You may need to write this down/ copy&paste/feedburn/whip out your crayons/ etc
...... and tell people?
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Exactly 3 years ago, me & Cathy saw Young Fathers play live in Rochdale.
  here: are my images + videos from that night.
We go see them again at the end of this month in Manchester.
 They have a new album out this week.
This is the Guardian Review
You may download "Coca Butter" here:
a photo i took of  them in Rochdale.
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 "nothing but a bareface lie
is all  you cunts can hold on to
before it's a shame on you
where's your gail!
where's your shame?
Is this what your missing ?
the diamonds and the gold..."

" I used to dream as a child whenever I passed that shop of trying that spaceman looking helmet on and going to the moon lol "


above.....a quote by someone on facebook this week about Scott & Varley Continuing on from my sepia saturday post last week here is a photo i found today (not even scanned:see my thumb!)I'm kind of "there"in the photo.But you cant really see me.Maybe an ankle/leg?This is perhaps a reason I have never bothered before with this photo.I'm in blue.With my back to camera .In the middle of the "scrum".[you will just have to take my word for this!]Still .It meets a critera for this week's theme of "Sports Fields".See this week's  other sepian posts  here:My photo must have been taken in 1966. I played for Clare Hall School, Halifax. We were unbeaten that season.I played in every game as "hooker".[The bloke in the middle of the scrum who has to win/gain the ball for his team]. The game you see in this photo is being played on Savile Park (aka "The Moor"}.I think it is  Haugh Shaw School we were playing that day.I seem to remember I got my nose bloodied that day.Sadly I have no photographic record of the exact moment  i lost my good  looks.......... width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="">Less than a couple of miles from where this photo was taken in 1966 was Scott & Varey 's Antique Shop on Prescott Street in Halifax.Antique Shops were an usual thing in 60's Halifax.(everybody then wanted "new").The shop had opened in the early 1960's .For  a hundred years before ( built in 1862.)It had been the town's  Co-Op/Industrial Society shop.Scott & Varley's stopped trading  in the early 1970s.It had been owned by 2 brothers.One died.The other remained,living above the shop but keeping  the shop below shut.The strange thing is ,the window display & items for sale have remained unchanged for over 40 years.The doors are always locked.Nobody asnswers if you knock.Sometimes,at night, you can see a light on in the back of the shop. Shades of the Twilight Zone!Its one of those things that if something remains the same for long enough ,you forget about it!It was only from me reading a facebook discussion this week, that i remembered about its existence .I  took these photos yesterday. Incidently.I attended Clare Hall School  between1963&1967 and is only half a mile from Scott& Varleys.Which means they are displaying the exact same items today, as they did when i was a pupil it's nice to know some things dont change! frameborder="no" height="600" scrolling="no" src="" width="600"> A team photo taken straight after the  game on The Moor.(that's me ,extreme right of the bottom row)I had some nice news today .The date has been fixed for the 50 th Aniversary of the opening of Carter Lane Youth Hostel in London.Carter Lane is the old Choirboys School opposite St Pauls in The City of London.  I left school in 1968. I then worked as a nurse in a mental hospital in Todmorden (Stansfield View) In early 1971 I jacked that job in and moved to work at Carter Lane.I had a ball! Sex Drugs & Rock N Roll! I have posted here previously: about some of my adventures!So.The weekend of 25 th July I plan to attend that weekend reunion! We get to look around the building ,then tour the local old pubs inThe City.(a couple are mentioned in Dickens).Meet up with some people I used to work with then( & have kept in touch with since)(Nine years later I returned to London as a teacher in the East End ) a feast of nostalgia awaits![...]

all and sundry.


This week's sepia saturday holds the theme of "groups".Feb: 1965.My brother Zyg's 21st Birthday Party in a club on  Clare Road ,Halifax.Top Row.(l/r) Uncle Gordon ( ex-RAF prisoner of war in Germany for 3 years):Zyg:Me (stood on a box):my Dad Wladylaw (ex-Polish Air Force /got a gong inThe Battle of Arnheim).Bottom Row (l/r) Aunty Brenda :My Mam,Marjory : Aunty Dot :Cousin Pat.1967:Huddersfield   Road,Halifax. (photo by Halifax Courier)Clare Hall School Rugby League team.1966/67 season. That's me 4th left/back row .I dont think it looks much like me ? Behind the cameraman were members of the girls hockey team .I think I was attempting to appear hard  !1996. me with my Transpersonal Gestalt Oasis  Group in Boston Spa. That's me on the floor 'looking a right spangle!1999? Rochdale Turkish Baths. Me:front row middle."The Shining" meets Hitchcocks's "Birds"................caught by Cath this afternoon in front of our new  Living Room  window.. allow="autoplay" frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%">As I create this post  I listen to this .At the end of March me & Cathy have Tickets for Young Fathers! 'lovely Band!Finally i found  here:  a mystery photo..............just because everybody is looking at you...doesnt mean your paranoid.[...]

looks like some cunt from "Mississauga, Ontario"


This blog is being subjected to some quite nasty & personal stalking at the moment.Never trust anybody who wont look you in the eye. cant imagine the interest?Maybe it's the above  link?Related,in turn,to these links: So , with all this snow , I'm begining to feel a little like Jack in "The Shining" ! A lot of retired -time on my hands...& difficulty in getting out & about! Perhaps it's time here to begin addressing a few issues that have been bugging me for over a year now...................Or ,Perhaps not!We shall see. [more text to follow] update:  I notice that, within just a few minutes of posting the above , my suggestion has created a reaction . Strange how people have enough time to stalk yet not to talk.A comment here would be a start at least?( although,remember I told you before? I never ever publish anonymous  comments.)I only ever bought one copy  of this bookI didnt publish it & paid the full cover price for the copy I do have. But I am willing to give it as a"free prize"if I get a comment here from   Mississauga  ![...]

snowball in Hell


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Strange Face in Halifax.


Me & Cath went to Square  Chapel    Halifax  last night to  see  Strange face: Adventures in a lost Nick Drake recording
A full house .
Watch below a you tube video for background of the project.
Michael Burdett is a lovely bloke who talked and held the audience comforably for over two hours.
Ironically Amusingly.I had wanted to take a photo of Michael talking during the show ,but such things it seems are copyrighted...........
Instead ,I share a photo of me in Halifax in the early 70's (channelling my 'inner-drake' )I was one of those (very) rare souls who actually bought a Nick Drake album (Pink Moon)  in his lifetime. allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">
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You can "borrow" this book for 14 days .Simply go here: for free download (it's copyright free)

sepia saturday 407


I take this week's sepia saturday    to be about bicycles. 
The sepia movie   was shot in 1952 (the year i was born & christened "Karol") 
Its called "how friendly are you?"
 It Stars a young lad called Karl
I imagine its purpose   was school/education -related?
A splendid evocation of that period.
Charmingly innocent.(although I worry slightly about all that "fudge"!) 
Whatever.An important & timeless topic.
I can imagine it was a good way into a subject that kids will always find difficult to acknowledge.
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John Perry Barlow

2018-02-19T17:46:12.510+00:00 week, Grateful Dead lyricist and digital rights activist, John Perry Barlow passed away. Although we mourn the loss of a great visionary, we will forever remember his lessons of free speech, personal growth, and marketing tactics. Here are five lessons we learned from the digital rights activist.1. Freedom of Speech is important  Barlow believed that the world should be a place that “all may enter without privilege or prejudice accorded by race, economic power, military force, or station of birth… a world where anyone, anywhere may express his or her beliefs, no matter how singular, without fear of being coerced into silence or conformity.” This is probably due to Barlow’s humble lifestyle on a cattle ranch. Here the idea of being free and having a wide-open space for oneself developed. Barlow was an advocate for net neutrality and believed that the internet was where people could speak openly, having that wide open space as he did on the ranch. As he himself said, “there is a lot of room to define yourself. You can literally make yourself up.”2. People appreciate familiarity  Barlow was not only passionate about self-development through the internet, but believed that putting one’s digital goods out there for the world to see and hear was the best marketing strategy. As the lyricist for the Grateful Dead rock band, Barlow developed a marketing strategy in which he let people bootleg the Grateful Dead’s concerts so people became more familiar and would flock to the music they learned to love. He believed that the secret to marketing was in the availability and familiarity of the product.3. Live freely and without fear In 1990, Barlow took a stance against the government and created the non-profit organization Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF)., he fought against the government for individual’s freedom of speech and personal liberties. He believed that people should have the opportunity to express themselves freely and that the internet was a great place for this purpose. It was because of this that he went to every measure to do so.He took a stand against the government and authorities for what he thought was right. 4. Security matters Although Barlow strongly believed in the internet and all the good the internet had to offer, he was not blind to the darkness of the internet. He believed that people needed to have secure communication methods. He therefore provided, as part of the EFF, security measures through tips, tools, how-tos, tutorials, and software for safer online communications.5. Stand up for what you believe in Barlow believed in an open internet, a free internet, and he held that belief until he died.  It is through Barlow’s strength and stance with the government that today we have the safety, security, and free music and movies to listen and watch. Today, as he can no longer do so, we must take the stance for ourselves and stand up for what we believe, just like he taught us to do. There must be someone from your friends or family who deserves to know what John did for our internet freedom. Share this post to let them know.[...]

The Almighty Sometimes


[I quote here a piece Cathy has written]
"On the 15th Feb ( a significant date , for Cathy  )   we went to see a play at the Royal Exchange in Manchester,
One of the actor's is Julie Hesmondhalgh 
She is on a branch of the family tree ( Cathy's side of the family).originating from Accrington/Clayton-le-moor.
 Cathy's sister Susan ( we hope she doesnt mind us mentioning her name) has worked very hard   to put a family tree together.Susan has researched the family connections in great detail. 
It is thanks to Susan's genealogist skills that we know about the family links  to  Julie Hesmondhalgh.
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[plus:] Saturday's Guardian Magazine

ßack from Lancashire.


A photo I  took  of Cathy in The Shoulder of Mutton in Mytholmroyd tonight at 9 pm.
We had just returned from Lancashire,visting a relative.
Report & tons of photos soon. 
Isnt life exciting!

Bill Boards is Innocent


a London Poet uses billboards to get his message across. I like the idea and ,more importantly ,I like his words. allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="600"> I lived these streets for 4 years in the 70's 80's (mainly Newham) living in grotty East End bedsits and teaching in the schools there.It was so rough there,even the Kray's had to walk around   in pairs....."he who is tired of London..etc.etc.."(as Sam once said).I still have (nice) dreams about where i used to live.......  Also .Something else I came across today.Can I give a wee plug to The East End in Colour 1960 - 1980 by David Granick . (£16.95)This is one of my 'temporary postsIn a couple of days ,me & Cath go over the Pennines to see someone on her ( and my) Family Tree. ♪ ♫just like my dreams they fade and die.....♪  As well as 'billboards' I also talked about R.D. Laing  last week . This movie 'about' him  .starring David Tennant looks rather groovy ( I wonder if  they will show  Mary Barnes  smearing her shit  on any walls?  I suppose if they do , it will have to be multi-coloured and  psychedelic in this Post- Weinstein era........)i might be wrong but the building shown at the start of this clip looks to me like Ironmongers Row swimming pool & turkish baths in Islington?[...]

Su. the name is "Zimnoch". u spelt it wrong on my family tree.


Rest  Well John Perry Barlow a fine Guardian Obituary  a John Perry Barlow ArchiveIn the Shepards Rest in Sowerby Bridge tonight with my Godson Bryn.Me & Cath went to Hebden Bridge Picture House this morning to see 'Three Billoards Outside Ebbin Missouri '.I sat there imagining , if someone gave me 3 billbords ( in ,let us say ,the middle of Halifax ) to give the population messages for 12 months...what would i chose to display to relect my concerns.....?  At this moment in time, I think I'd pick a few ditties by  R.D.Laingn.b.Su............ ...........that's the "Laing" who was a psychologist,not the "Laing" who is a gay country & western singer (that's K.D.....).not that that's a bad thing.only....she never wrote Sanity, Madness & The Family  like wot Ronnie did..... allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="560">'s film  should well win a shed load of Oscars . It's the first great movie of The Trump Era ?The ending , in particular , could have been The Rust-Belt going off to vote......  I dont understand the Guardian's comment that"......the critical backlash to this film: a feeling in some quarters that for all its powerful and compelling female lead, the movie appears obtuse on race and blackness by making it a subsidiary function of the white characters’ moral journey...." [read more:]   I dont get that at all.......I mean,it doesnt have anything to say about Polaks either.So what? Bravo Performance,Frances McDormand . Then I went out on the lash in Sowerby Bridge tonight. frameborder="no" height="600" scrolling="no" src="" width="620">read and learn how to make a family tree [...]

ßréxitérs aré as thick as fuck


 Buy T-Shirt Here:If your a bit thick,here are some of my previous posts you may also enjoy:slow train coming (2013)in the olden days , people had to make their own trees? ( 2011) If your very thick, you will love this video.Taken from my 2011 post how to hate the working classesSome people are ultra literal,arnt they?They dont see things in a wider context .Anybody who reads my blog knows i dont "hate" the working classes ( if I did ,I would not  say so,would i?).In my book. If you cant see irony,context,third-party views..then,yes you are as thick as pig shit ,non? allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="" width="540">For the record. I,m not a "Remainer". I believe the E.U. is deeply flawed.I dont wish for a second referendum.However "Brexit" is different from"Leave".Brexit has been hijacked by a bunch of right wing/nationalsocialists such as Farage & Mogg. Now I dont want to be ruled by "faceless beurocrats from Brussels".But I neither do I want to be governed by Trump. OK .I,ve explained myself. You cunts  can all go and just fuck off  ,s'il vous plaît buyhere:Although , you would be a bit soft to pay £15 for any T-shirt....and even softer to wear it in Public?[...]

"A seemingly pregnant woman would not be suspected of stuffing her clothes with pamphlets, Resistance newspapers, or even weapons."


Italian women  partisans on the Castelluccio front (1944) .Waiting to go on patrol with the US  5th Army.Italy, Women in the Resistance during World War IILate in the winter of 1943 ,three British SAS soldiers were dropped into (still) fascist occupied Italy.deep in a remote mountain region.The  3 Brits were sheltered by villagers& partisans  in the remote hamlet of GessopalenaOne local must have  'grassed' on them?Anyway, they were soon arrested, taken away & tortured by the Germans.As punishment for trying to protect these English Squadies, on 21st January 1944 the  Luftwaffe bombed Gessopalena and completely destroyed  it.Now ,perhaps different nations react differently to grief? The Poles In Warsaw, they rebuilt an identical copy of their city after WW2. However ,Italians( seeming to love ruins.)... kept Gessopalena's damage complete & intact......They did bury  the bodies ,but otherwise  did nothing.....other than to move the undamaged  church bell .To this day , nothing else  has ever been  moved! Clothes, toys furniture ,books ,mirrors....etc.remain  in exactly the same spot they were on the day the Luftwaffe called..Somekind of  permanent record of what  " normality." might once have looked like for the victims.?These days ,its rather weird when you hear that original  church bell call  the new villagers  to Mass in the new church in "new" Gessopalena which was later built a 100 yards away...............I scratched my head and tried to  work out which was the "real"village and   which was the "replica"...... frameborder="no" height="600" scrolling="no" src="" width="600">My son Chris.    Our friend Mick   & myself in Italy in 2010 ( i briefly owned a ruined cottage in the Abruzzo mountains at the time ) allow="autoplay" frameborder="no" height="450" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%">Damien Rice: Montreal 2017(famous blue raincoat):Jackson Browne: Osaka, Japan; October 23, 2017:(late for the sky)This is a sepia saturday post.The themes this week are Dance : Performance : Costumes : Stagei found this photo in 2009 in a junkshop in Lanciano.I was told these are firemen .....Ironically!  looking like a bunch of girls........![...]

Fuck your sharia court : your fatwa: your old testament gods.....


Manchester 2nd feb 2018"You don't divide up an empire with a handshake. You have to cut it with a knife"Robert Saviano."Saviano took the reader inside a world of moral rot, where values were upside down, love was replaced by hatred, life with death, and people were turned into guinea pigs to test drugs. Basic human decency had been lost. Many of those who lived in that hell had started to accept it as normal. It was not, Saviano told us......." Read More:Roberto Saviano (the author of the book it was based on);  Live at the Bristol Festival of Ideas. Wednesday's on Sky Atlantic at 9pm sees the start of Series 3 of " Gomorrah". Shakepeare with an automatic rifle. Try catch it.  in a Pennadomo cafe.( i failed the audition) +here -->some old images of me in Italy Below.Full political interview with the author ,in Bristol. allow="autoplay" frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%">Manchester 2nd Feb 2018. [...]

drinking in dirty dick's:


I went drinking in Halifax tonight with Phil the X-Fireman & Comrade Ken. Hurrah! If you can push past the child drunkard,you will see a slideshow of tonight's photos....... I'm pushing my luck here a bit!This week's sepia saturdayis around 'rooms' & 'interiors '.......I visited a haunted pub in Halifax tonight.I realise I'm stretching things a tad!On a positive note , you can buy  here: a sepian postcard of 'tony the child drunkard' to amuse friends,family & postmen across the world........ click here for all tonight's photos frameborder="no" height="600" scrolling="no" src="" width="600">Dirty Dicks is a well-known Inn in the centre of Halifax for ghost stories and hauntings. It was mentioned in the book Haunted Halifax by Kai Roberts. “Most notable is the spectre of an unknown woman wearing seventeenth century Puritan or Quaker dress, who had been vividly witnessed by a customer around forty years earlier. The second presence was imagined to belong to the son of the last landlord of the original pub, prior to its demolition in 1929. This unfortunate young man is supposed to have burnt to death when a sparkling ember from the hearth set his clothes alight”.  The pubs third otherworldly resident, whose history is not connected to the pub, but with the ship from which it was built. The third ghost is a spirit of an unfortunate seaman who was fatally injured when the ordnance he was moving aboard the HMS Newcastle exploded. ........".. Read More: download here :copyright free"Temperance melodies consisting of English Welsh and American airs adapted to the temperance movement"Saturday is Holocaust Memorial Day .It might be worth saying that British politician Nigel Farage and his (former) party UKIP.are really just a rebooted brand of National Socalism.The very ideology that informed the Holocaust.The smell lingers on......the ghosts remain......Postscript: Sunday 28th January.I just got sent (unsolicited) this:  Job Spec for a post in Devon.Sounds really interesting.Might  lure me out of retirement? Right up my street!A Freelance Oral Historian ."The Beaford Archive is a photographic record of people and community in rural north Devon containing more than 80,000 images covering the 120-year period 1870 to 1990.  According to the Royal Photographic Society, it is “…a unique body of work, unparalleled, at least in this country, for its scale and quality”. However, few of these images are currently accessible to the public. ........ a major conservation and digitisation exercise that will curate and publish online around 10,000 unseen images that together illustrate the late 20th Century social history of rural north Devon. ............. • Digitising, cataloguing, archiving and publishing to the web approximately 10,000 existing 35mm black and white negatives from the James Ravilious and Roger Deakins Beaford Archives • Production of a new fully searchable website to provide a showcase for existing digitised work, newly digitised images and audio, and new work as it is produced • A programme of oral history, learning and community activity which will create new work and engage people in learning and education... I have family down in Devon ('could even be really cheeky and ask for a Reference!)What could possibly go wrong?[...]

when i leave ,you will be dancing on my grave.............


I just booked two tickets to go see Young Fathers at O2 Ritz in Manchester on Friday 23rd March.
allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="355" src="" width="610"> Great to see that the splendid Afro-Edinburgh hip-hop band Young Fathers have a new tour & album out.
They have been giving a wee silence recently.
Me & Cath saw them play live in March 2015 ,around the time they were awarded the Mercury Prize.
My photos& videos from that gig can be viewed here:
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the resurrection men


allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="350" src="" width="600"> A cine film taken in either 1965 or 1966: In Greyfriars Kirkyard in Edinburgh. Pictured are my late Mum & Dad.The third person seen is the Kirkyard's caretaker.Even then,  it was "closed" both for burials and for visting.He had come  specially to unlock the area & show us around.Some of my maternal relatives are buried here.You can see from the inscriptions on the grave stone that they are buried 8 -.Deep. Greyfriars Kirkyard is famous as the scene of some of the early trade & work of the murderers & grave robbers Burke and HareOf course,it is quite poignant,me watching this silent film..........This is a sepia saturday post.See other contributers herea photo i took inside Brompton Cemetery, London. ....Read More[...]

Sugar Ray Leonard


Helping the police with their enquiries ;)  (with Nodge & Steve).No doubt i will write a post sometime about the times I have  tangled with the Police. several  funny ;several not so. As a taster,did you know i was interviewed by two detectives during the Yorkshire Ripper search? Anyway.That's for another time......i certainly feel i want to be more autobiographical here, this year.......fuck the 'mystery'!Exclusive:watch a video of Nigel Farage's latest thoughts on Brexit : allowFullScreen='true' webkitallowfullscreen='true' mozallowfullscreen='true' width='600' height='300' src='' class='b-hbp-video b-uploaded' FRAMEBORDER='0' />Why on Earth is that prick Nigel Farage still being interviewed  on TV News? He is no longer UKIP's leader.He has stood 7 times for Westminster and never been successful .He's just a  Mussolini-in-tweed.Although, I recall,Benito was also well hung I was due to be going out drinking in Sowerby Bridge tonight with Phil & Ken & Bryn.Unfortunately,Phil rang to cancel until next week (worries around snow).So I,m sat at home having "the few beers " I promised myself this morning.Hence the Smörgåsbord  of a post this will ,no doubt,become .....!Ihavnt had a drink in ten days & 'have swum 5 miles this week.. Enough Goodness! previous Cask & Feathers I go to see Bob in Bacup on Monday .We are arranging a curry with him,Nodge,Jim ,Steve,Ken ,Phil etc in Ramsbottom in a few weeks time.on the way home I have an appointment to do some heavy-breathing with my Asthma Nurse in Hebden Bridge. . Also on the cards ,in the next couple of weeks,another curry in Rochdale with Daz,Jim S,Tony T,Martin (Thorpe) the Landlord of The Cask & Feathers (who's name always escapes me).Hydn,Phil & KenAlso next week ,I visit a contact of my friend from Halifax,Israr Hussain.( i first met Israr via Halifax Swimming Pool) I am buying and promoting  Dates & Olive Oil produced in Palestine.The proceeds go to support a childrens charity there.No doubt here & on facebook i will be reporting about the fine work the charity does in Halifax(nb my brother Zyg has put an order in for oil & dates and the possibility of wine?)Chris liam from Portland Oragon donated the track specifically to this blog..The other track"Museum of Childhood" is sung by the late  Jackie Leven.One of the nicest people i have ever personally met allow="autoplay" frameborder="no" height="300" scrolling="no" src="" width="100%">   allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="650" scrolling="no" src="" style="border: none; overflow: hidden;" width="600">Israr Hussain.( image from a portrait displayed at Dean Clough Gallery, Halifax )Israr is a lovely bloke (he went to Crossleys School). He's told me some really funny stories about his various travels. He concides, he doesn't have the most "airoplane-friendly" 'look' post9/11 ! the last few weeks this blog has been bombarded wit[...]

Myth Of Sysiphus

2018-01-17T18:18:35.065+00:00 OK. This week's sepia saturday is themed around 'BRIDGES : BUSY SCENES : TRAMS : TRANSPORT : STREETS'i suppose my obvious choice might have been 'Hebden Bridge' my recently ex-hometown.But rather, I have picked a photo from my childhood in trams,no bridges,no people...just  a single lonely kodak-hintered street of the 1960's.Significantly for me ,a row of buildings long demolished.I bet most Halifax people would be hard-pressed to recognise this perspective now.It's King Cross Street.(just near where Wynsors Shoes now searches for fresh footfall.......)in the 50/60/70's I lived with my mum & dad & brother Zyg nearby (left of photo..and out of shot....)These long gone shops included two Chip Shops :a hardware shop:Halifax's only off-licence:2 Paper shops( one of which i delivered newspapers 1964-1966)Although.In my Minds-I , i remember this road as being  I carried my big bag of newspapers up it.... I dont know about you  .But I still dream of wandering such architecture.A bit like a phantom limb or the gap where a tooth used to be.......God Bless & long live these Kodak Sponsored Dreams! width="100%" height="166" scrolling="no" frameborder="no" allow="autoplay" src="">Are you leavin' Bein' alone Always made you so sad I got memories of the city Followin' me everywhere I go Are you mad with heartache Got a country home And you a Parisienne Gonna take all your sorrows Right along with you when I'm gone And I got to go away Only need a couple of days I got one more chance to sing it And I ain't gon' waste my time 'Cause everything including you Is on the line  Are you troubled Feelin' bad And no one seems to careSTEPHEN STILLS Brexiteer spotted on  Corn Market today , Halifax."......We all live lives afflicted to greater or lesser extent by sin; but it isn’t our state of being that makes us sinful; it’s what we intend when we do things, to ourselves, to others, to God."Fr Alec MitchellManchester Guardian Letters:Saturday 13 January 2018  * intended victim writes. although, knowing it occurs doesnt stop it still happening to others....*.[...]

Happy Birthday Mr Rumi


Lovely meal today at mowgli + visit to Manchester Art Gallery;s Waqas Khan's exhibition with our friends Don & Margaret in Manchester .
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Waqas Khan in conversation with Fareda Khan, Head of Speacial Projects, Manchester Museums and Galleries Partnership from Manchester Art Gallery on Vimeo.
 this exhibition opened on Rumi's Birthday artist produces art in a trance; the art is a record of that trance: by looking at his art the trance resumes & it is shared with me/you.[The singular becomes communal ]: I like that idea.......!

one careful owner


We moved house  just before Christmas.
The place we are renting ( for approx 6 months) is much smaller.
Some things like furniture  have gone into storage.
However ,I have a load of electrical tools that Bob in Bacup is very kindly looking after for me.
 If there is anything you would like to borrow/buy ,email me at
and we can talk more.
you can see the full list here  
Bob (right) Ken (left)

after Brexit , I hope the ladies of Halifax get their Charm Schools back.......


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