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Welcome to my repurposed and rebuilt website – the place where I write about things that interest me: music, technology, the media, politics, people and more.

Each month I’ll feature a different photo here on the home page – they’ll all be shots I’ve taken, and should you want to use any of them drop me a line from the Contact page. It’s likely I’ll always say yes, but I’d rather be asked first. Good manners… they cost nothing, you know.

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A photo for August 2014

This cross stands on a hillside in rural France. I walked past it late one evening in August 2013.

I couldn’t make out, or understand, enough of the text to be able to learn who it was put there for, or by. But its presence there, quite literally in the middle of French nowhere, was touching. Whoever put it there was driven to do something in lasting memory of someone important to them.

French hillside cross

French hillside cross

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A photo for July 2014

When I was a boy, my bedroom faced west. I loved watching the sun set. The backdrop wasn’t the prettiest, gasometers, tower blocks, and the like.

I take a lot of sunset photos. I’d never really wondered (until now) if that was some sort of throwback to a childhood fascination. But it has to be reasonable to assume that a great many of us, even if we are unaware or in denial, are stuck in patterns of behaviour that became established when we were young.

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Sunset, 15 July 2013

Sunset, 15 July 2013

 

A photo for June 2014

Johnny Marr 6 June 2013

Johnny Marr, 6 June 2013

I know, I know … this is a terrible shot. But that’s not important. I took this from the balcony of The Brook, a live music venue in Southampton, last June. I’d managed to score two tickets to see Johnny Marr and his band at one of the two small-venue ‘warm up gigs’ they were doing before they embarked on the festival circuit.

I took my eldest son with me. It was his first ever gig. Johnny Marr has been a hero and an inspiration to me since 1983, so seeing him live was a really big deal. Taking my eldest son with me made it even more special.

At the gig, someone I’d never met before recognised me from Twitter and came up to say hello. The day after, this photo got Retweeted by Johnny’s drummer Jack Mitchell. It was a great night and produced some excellent memories.

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A photo for May 2014

Bella & work friends 1940s

Isabel Fleming, furthest left, and unnamed friends, 1940s

I didn’t take this photo. It was taken decades before I was born, and shows my mother as a young woman. She’s seated on the far left of the picture. I don’t know who the other women in the photo are. I’ve chosen this as my photo for May, because 3 May would have been her birthday, and is also the anniversary of her death. I wrote this piece about her a couple of years ago.

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