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Archive for the month “September, 2013”

A Marathon, the Manfreds revisited, and a World Cup qualifier at Fratton Park…

Had an interesting week in Hampshire last week, beginning on the Sunday with a trip down to New Milton to lend some moral support to a friend who was running her first Marathon (the New Forest Marathon) and I’m pleased to say she got round okay, despite suffering from calf cramps from the half-way point, so well done Jenny :)…

I actually got to New Milton at elevenish, and with the Marathon runners not due to finish until early afternoon, I decided to wander down to nearby Barton on Sea to have a look around. There’s not an awful lot to do in such a sleepy seaside town, although there are a few good cliff-top/beach walks to be had…

Looking eastwards along the cliff-top towards the Beachcomber Cafe...

Looking eastwards along the cliff-top towards the Beachcomber Cafe…

And here are a few random shots from the race itself…

About 200 yards from the finish line, in The Arnewood School...

About 200 yards from the finish line, in The Arnewood School…

Looks in pretty good nick considering he's just run 26 miles... ;)

Looks in pretty good nick considering he’s just run 26 miles… 😉

'Come on Dad!'...some young kids have just spotted their dad (in the yellow top)...

‘Come on Dad!’…some young kids have just spotted their dad (in the yellow top)…

And on the wander back to New Milton railway station, this cartoon caught my eye, in a Dentist’s in Osbourne Road…

Yes, quite...one for cat owners ;)

Yes, quite…one for cat owners 😉

On Wednesday evening I made one of my occasional visits to the Ferneham Halls in Fareham, to see a gig by the Manfreds, who I’d also seen (with a slightly different line-up, that included Mike d’Abo) at the King’s Theatre in Albert Road in Southsea, during the Manfreds’ 50th Anniversary Tour in 2012. That was one of the best live gigs I’ve seen in recent years, so it didn’t take much self-persuasion for me to get a ticket for Wednesday’s event…

Paul Jones, lead singer and bluesy harmonica player...

Paul Jones, lead singer and bluesy harmonica player…

Simon Pegg, on keyboards...

Simon Pegg, on keyboards…

Tom McGuinesss, lead guitarist...

Tom McGuinesss, lead guitarist…

The final two songs the band played at this gig were ‘Pretty Flamingo’, and ‘Doo Wah Diddy Diddy’ (duly sung-along to) but I have a particular affection for the third last song that was played on Wednesday night. When the 1960s’ incarnation of Manfred Mann disbanded in 1969, Tom McGuiness went on to form McGuinness Flint, whose most successful song was ‘When I’m Dead and Gone’…

The gig ended at half-ten, after which I headed back home in light drizzle…

On my way back to Fareham railway station after the gig, a rainy West Street...

On my way back to Fareham railway station after the gig, a rainy West Street…

On the Saturday lunchtime before the New Forest Marathon, I’d watched, on BBC-1, England’s Women Football team World Cup qualifier against Belarus, which England won 6-0. And as soon as I discovered their next match would be at Fratton Park on Thursday evening I didn’t waste too much time in booking myself a ticket for the game (it cost a fiver on line, plus a one pound booking fee).

And thus it was, after work on Thursday evening, I made my way to Fratton Park, and joined some six thousand other spectactors at the game. Following are some photos taken at the match, but first are a few pictures of some of the rather artistic graffiti that surrounds Fratton Park. A couple of these feature stuff done by a chap who uses the tag Fark, who I chanced to meet walking his dog around the football ground one summer’s evening last year, so we had a ten minute chat about his work…

Artwork by Fark 1

Artwork by Fark 1

Artwork by Fark 2

Artwork by Fark 2

Abstract Pompey graffiti

Abstract Pompey graffiti

England v Turkey

England v Turkey

England pre-match bonding...

England pre-match bonding…

The number 4 here is Fara Williams, who has played over a hundred games for England, and scored three dozen goals. I mention her here because we are actually related to one another; her paternal grandpa was the brother of my maternal nan, so I guess that makes us second cousins or something…;)

Play underway...

Play underway…

England attacking in the second half...

England attacking in the second half…

A bit one-sided, but entertaining all the same ;)

A bit one-sided, but entertaining all the same 😉

The match programme...

The match programme…

Before ending this post I might add that this game was in fact the second women’s football international I’ve attended, the other being the London 2012 Olympics semi-final at Wembley, between France and Japan, which I was fortunate enough to get a ticket for last year…

http://yizhivika.com/2012/08/06/

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A change in the seasons…осень наступает…

No mistaking the onset of autumn…and this past week in Hampshire the evidence has abounded…;)

Orchard Road in Southsea...

Orchard Road in Southsea…

ONS bus stop, Segensworth Road West, Titchfield

ONS bus stop, Segensworth Road West, Titchfield

The evenings are still just about light enough to undertake a shortish post-work ramble, so that’s what nine of us, along with three dogs, did on Wednesday evening, in and around Bishop’s Waltham…

St Peter's Church, Bishop's Waltham, Hampshire

St Peter’s Church, Bishop’s Waltham, Hampshire

The Bunch of Grapes pub, in St Peters Street

The Bunch of Grapes pub, in St Peters Street

And yesterday morning, a walk along the Southampton Road on my way to work, harvested these images…

Some autumn dew on roadside leaves...

Some autumn dew on roadside leaves…

Some autumn berries...

Some autumn berries…

A clustering of blackberries...

A clustering of blackberries…

A dormant fly on a thorny branch...

A dormant fly on a thorny branch…

A couple of red berries...

A couple of red berries…

A roadside fungus...

A roadside fungus…

And another...

And another…

And let’s end this early morning ramble with a rather beautiful flower…;)

A white flower in autumn morning sunlight...

A white flower in autumn morning sunlight…

A glimpse into Harrods…and a step back in time…

My partner and I made an occasional visit to The Brompton Road and South Kensington last Sunday afternoon, so here are a couple of shots from inside Harrods, along with a step back into another era further along the Brompton Road….

Wandering around the cornucopia that is Harrods...

Wandering around the cornucopia that is Harrods…

Part of the Egyptian Staircase...

Part of the Egyptian Staircase…

And not far from Harrods, on the other side of the Brompton Road…

The young lady kindly posing for me outside the History Studios in the Brompton Road :) ...

The young lady kindly posing for me outside the History Studios in the Brompton Road 🙂 …

A few days in the North…

Had some leave from work last week so I took the opportunity to visit an old friend now dwelling in North Yorkshire, and here are some of the photos resulting from this brief sojourn in Richmond and surrounds…

Celebrating 150 years of the London Underground, at King's Cross and St. Pancras Tube station...

Celebrating 150 years of the London Underground, at King’s Cross and St. Pancras Tube station…

I caught the East Coast line train from Platform 1 on the King’s Cross to Edinburgh service, as far as Darlington…although it is not perhaps as thrilling a journey as Harry Potter’s journeys were on the Hogwarts Express from Platform 9¾ 😉

Platform 9¾, at King's Cross mainline station...

Platform 9¾, at King’s Cross mainline station…

Darlington is important in the history of railways, as explained here…

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stockton_and_Darlington_Railway

I was heading for Richmond, which is no longer served by a railway line, so it was a half-hour bus journey on the Arriva X26 bus service instead, from a bus stop not far from this clock tower…

West Row, in Darlington town centre...

West Row, in Darlington town centre…

Arriving in Richmond mid-afternoon on Tuesday, I made for a Wetherspoon’s pub near the town centre, The Ralph Fitz Randal, for some welcome food and drink (a jacket potato with five bean chilli, some chips, and a pint of Summer Ale), to await my old friend, who’d been out for a walk that afternoon with a local rambling group. This photo was taken in the afternoon sun, in Friary Gardens, opposite the pub…

Flowers in sunlight, in front of Greyfriars Tower, in Friary Gardens, Richmond, North Yorkshire

Flowers in sunlight, in front of Greyfriars Tower, in Friary Gardens, Richmond, North Yorkshire

On the Wednesday morning I wandered down to The Station, now converted to an café/cinema/exhibition space, and which this week was hosting the touring photographic exhibition Best Shots. Excellent it is too, so go see it if you get the chance locally…

http://www.bestshots.co.uk/tour

This photo was taken on the way back from The Station to the town centre…

Richmond Castle...

Richmond Castle…

I later met up with my friend for a drive up to County Durham, to look at a few buildings thereabouts, Egglestone Abbey, Barnard Castle, and Raby Castle…

Barnard Castle, County Durham...

Barnard Castle, County Durham…

The River Tees, through a window at Barnard Castle...

The River Tees, through a window at Barnard Castle…

Raby Castle, County Durham, home of Lord Barnard...

Raby Castle, County Durham, home of Lord Barnard…

Antlered deer in the grounds of Raby Castle...

Antlered deer in the grounds of Raby Castle…

On the Thursday, I spent the morning exploring Richmond town centre, and paying a visit to Richmond Castle, which is fortunately (as is Barnard Castle) an English Heritage property, which I get into for free, being a Member…

Poster in the window of a shop in Finkle Street, Richmond...

Poster in the window of a shop in Finkle Street, Richmond…

The Keep at Richmond Castle...

The Keep at Richmond Castle…

Hmmm, seemingly a dangerous place, Richmond Castle…;)

Danger Steep Slope, at Richmond Castle...

Danger Steep Slope, at Richmond Castle…

Danger Sudden Drop, at Richmond Castle...

Danger Sudden Drop, at Richmond Castle…

Flowers on the walls of Richmond Castle...

Flowers on the walls of Richmond Castle…

The Market Place, from the top of the Keep at Richmond Castle...

The Market Place, from the top of the Keep at Richmond Castle…

We then spent the afternoon in a circular tour of Swaledale and Wensleydale in my friend’s car, and there are some wonderful views to be had in this part of the world…:)

A sheep at Marrick, in Swaledale...

A sheep at Marrick, in Swaledale…

A cow at Marrick, in Swaledale...

A cow at Marrick, in Swaledale…

Sheep at a water tap, near Marrick, in Swaledale

Sheep at a water tap, near Marrick, in Swaledale

Sheep grazing near the River Swale, near Marrick...

Sheep grazing near the River Swale, near Marrick…

The town of Reeth in Swaledale...

The town of Reeth in Swaledale…

On the road from Muker to Hawes...

On the road from Muker to Hawes…

An artist on the road from Muker to Hawes...

An artist on the road from Muker to Hawes…

View westwards on the road to Hawes from Muker...

View westwards on the road to Hawes from Muker…

On the (literally) high road to Ribblehead from Hawes...

On the (literally) high road to Ribblehead from Hawes…

The weather had been fine for most of the week in North Yorkshire, but on Friday the rains came down, so we spent most of the day at the extraordinary Bowes Museum, outside Barnard Castle, which, incidentally, has a very good café, Café Bowes, on the premises…

Bowes Museum, at Barnard Castle, County Durham...

Bowes Museum, at Barnard Castle, County Durham…

Every day at 2 pm, this 18th Century automaton, The Silver Swan, gives a forty second performance…

http://www.thebowesmuseum.org.uk/collections/the-silver-swan/history/

Awaiting the 2 pm performance of the Silver Swan, at Bowes Museum...

Awaiting the 2 pm performance of the Silver Swan, at Bowes Museum…

The Silver Swan in motion...

The Silver Swan in motion…

The Silver Swan, not moving...

The Silver Swan, not moving…

...and the silver fishes...

…and the silver fishes…

A Pierrot, circa 1900, when wound up, his hands play the harp...

A Pierrot, circa 1900, when wound up, his hands play the harp…

A Penny Farthing bicycle...

A Penny Farthing bicycle…

A couple of exhibits relating to Messrs Mason and Dixon, immortalised by the Mason-Dixon Line between Pennsylvania and Maryland in the United States…

Jeremiah Dixon...

Jeremiah Dixon…

A journal of Charles Mason...

A journal of Charles Mason…

Plenty of good paintings in the Bowes museum, and I rather liked this one…;)

Come back and see me again sometime ;)...

Come back and see me again sometime ;)…

I was taking no chances on missing my connection back to London on Saturday morning, and caught the 09.01 X26 bus back from Richmond Market Place to Darlington Station…

In very good time...

In very good time…

Homeward bound...

Homeward bound…

Сорок четыре года спустя

Ganges Love

Fleeting the moment: enduring the thought,
All love is illusion, yet I find myself caught,
Like a fly in a trap,
Whence there’s no hieing back
To a sky where the blue reeks of sorrow.

O! summer deceiver, you sprang your trap well;
All highways to heaven hide a trapdoor to hell,
Yet I can never forget
How that summer we met
On a shore on the far side of longing.

The flooding of senses made no sense at all;
Ah, would that I could be, held fast in your thrall,
Yet I dare not ask why
When never bluer the sky,
Love struck like the summerstruck Ganges.

© 2013 yizhivika

Late August meanderings…

Unlike last year’s photoblog, where daily uploads were obligatory, this year’s treads an altogether less disciplined path, so here are a few images captured from the last few days’ wanderings in Hampshire and London…

The first two were taken in Fareham in Hampshire, where I sometimes stop off for a cup of tea before continuing on into work…

Looking eastwards, outside the Shopping Centre, in West Street, Fareham

Looking eastwards, outside the Shopping Centre, in West Street, Fareham

When I indulge in this morning cuppa, it’s invariably at B & Bs in Fareham Shopping Centre, and this photo is in recognition of Emily’s charity walk along the Great Wall of China, a year or whenever ago. She told me she walked about a hundred miles, in aid of Great Ormond Street Hospital in London, so well done to Emily, who sometimes serves me with my cup of tea here in Fareham ;)…

Emily with her sum raised charity cheque outside Great Ormond Street Hospital...

Emily with her sum raised charity cheque outside Great Ormond Street Hospital…

Not sure precisely where I took this photo, but it was doubtless in Hampshire in the past few days…

Probably taken in Titchfield...

Probably taken in Titchfield…

I do know where this picture was taken, and it was in Titchfield. The image actually has an allegorical meaning to me, but I’ve no intention of explaining it here ;)…

Walking back to work after a lunchtime pint at The Holiday Inn...

Walking back to work after a lunchtime pint at The Holiday Inn…

Okay, so back to London, and all too often this summer, the Northern Line has been closed at weekends due to Engineering Work, and I’ve been catching buses a lot as a consequence. So it was again yesterday, when I caught an 82 bus from the Tally Ho in North Finchley to Baker Street. The following were taken during a ramble through Marylebone, to Regent Street and beyond, and onto the South Bank…

En route, nearing Oxford Circus, I passed this little gathering outside the Langham Hotel, and I was curious and bemused at first, but didn’t linger long, and settled for a few pictures, one of which was this….

Awaiting Lady Gaga...

Awaiting Lady Gaga…

Nearby, in Langham Place, is the beautiful All Souls’ Church….

All Souls' Church...

All Souls’ Church…

So on I rambled, through Oxford Circus, down Regent Street, through Chinatown, and over Hungerford Bridge to the Royal Festival Hall, on London’s South Bank…

In the Members' Bar of the RFH, there was no no Curious Brew, so I settled for Birra Moretti instead

In the Members’ Bar of the RFH, there was no Curious Brew, so I settled for Birra Moretti instead

View over the RFH Terrace, from the Members' Bar, to the River Thames and Hungerford Bridge beyond...

View over the RFH Terrace, from the Members’ Bar, to the River Thames and Hungerford Bridge beyond…

An alternative way of relaxing, by Lift 3, Green Side...

An alternative way of relaxing, by Lift 3, Green Side…

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