Sunday, 28 February 2010


This is what the BBC used over the closing credits of the Olympic coverage

How sad is it that I knew the version straight away?

Tuesday, 23 February 2010


Police and Highways officers clear the carriageway after an accident in the snow. This was today and the queue was horridable.


In my garden

Sunday, 21 February 2010


Pile, originally uploaded by nogbad the bad.
Egyptian style pile of Tolberonic goodness. The perfect foodstuff as it includes so many of the required food-groups including chocolate, fruit and nuts. Add a glass of Guinness and it's the perfect meal.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010


These cartoons are from the xkcd site. There are some truly wonderful ones.
They are made available under a CC by-nc license


Nerd cartoon

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Sign the petition for libel reform

From the petition for libel reform:

Freedom to criticise and question, in strong terms and without malice, is the cornerstone of argument and debate, whether in scholarly journals, on websites, in newspapers or elsewhere. Our current libel laws inhibit debate and stifle free expression. They discourage writers from tackling important subjects and thereby deny us the right to read about them.
Give some thought to signing the petition

BBC - Scranton High glee club

I listened to this when it was on the Richard Bacon programme. Driving back from Manchester singing along to it - wonderful.

more about "BBC - Scranton High glee club", posted with vodpod

Monday, 15 February 2010


Sometimes only a real fire will do.

He's behind you!

He's behind you!
He's behind you!, originally uploaded by nogbad the bad.

Children will always want to look in a direction away from the main event. I took a series of these shots so I can confirm that the child was facing the train when it arrived.

Cloudy tower

Cloudy tower
Cloudy tower, originally uploaded by nogbad the bad.
I like the broody feel of this one. It's from the CCCU campus, the roofs in the foreground are CCCU. The layered clouds add to the sense of foreboding. No manipulation of the light in this shot.

Sunday, 14 February 2010

Bell Harry in the distance

Looking towards Canterbury cathedral from Canterbury Christ Church University campus. In the foreground are the pond and lawn and, through the windows, the coffee shop where the library used to be.

Love this!

Thursday, 11 February 2010


Twenty years ago today we could start buying South African fruit.

Tuesday, 9 February 2010

It's nearly Valentine's Day!

Regular readers will know that I post from this site each year at roughly this time. I hope nobody thinks I'm a heartless, unromantic lump - I hope I've managed to hide that ;-)

Saturday, 6 February 2010

S and D and R&R

Roland, who knows stuff, tells me we saw Drury live during the Kilburn and the High Roads days. I must admit I don't remember but we did see a lot of bands (and drink a good deal of beer; good or otherwise). I know Roland saw Bowie on a night I was elsewhere and we saw The Who in 1976 at the Kings Hall, Belle Vue - Roland queued for more than 24 hours for the tickets. We saw Ted Nugent to see The Steve Gibbons Band. The Sensational Alex Harvey Band we didn't see because we had seats behind a pillar. We saw Steve Gibbons a good few times and Be Bop Deluxe were good and so were SNAFU. So here's Drury for Roland.

Wednesday, 3 February 2010

Fancying this!

There is to be an exhibition of Don McCullin's photographs at the Imperial War Museum North (Opposite The Lowry at Salford Quays, Manchester). McCullin documented some of the major conflicts, famines and disasters over 50 years; the building of the Berlin Wall, Vietnam, the Six Day war, Northern Ireland in the 70s, Bangladesh and the Falklands. Some of his images are iconic, even though many people won't know who took the shot. He's also taken some defining photographs of England particularly the parts we might wish not to see. Look at these images of poverty in this country in the 1970s. I'm certainly going to try to get to this one.

I wonder......

I wonder whether this is one of the best piano intros in rock/pop? I wonder how many people of around my age haven't found this track and cherished it?

This is a live version from the Old Grey Whistle Test circa 1976

Tuesday, 2 February 2010

Monday, 1 February 2010

I close my eyes........

Music from a time when perms, moustaches and shiny jumpsuits ruled.