Sunday, 30 January 2011


Part of a set I took at Maidstone rugby club yesterday. Grief but it was cold! Maidstone, in red, were beaten by East Grinstead.

Tuesday, 25 January 2011

A question or two

I think Andy Gray's comments were crass and have no place in any professional working environment. I think the decision about whether to continue with his employment or not rests entirely with his employers; Sky. But what I don't understand is why these videos are being released to the press. It seems possible, but unlikely, that the snippets which have been used by the broadcast media are isolated incidents or that his behaviour has suddenly changed; Sky must have known that he was acting in an inappropriate manner but they only take action after they have released this evidence. Do they need the public opprobrium to support their decision? Have they released the footage in order to test the public to see how they, Sky, should respond? Is this a "Stars in their eyes" style sacking? I've been puzzling over that on the way home.

Sunday, 23 January 2011

Saturday, 22 January 2011

Friday, 21 January 2011


WTF?, originally uploaded by nogbad the bad.

I'm really struggling to understand the point. Haggis is a specific dish; it's offal and onion and oats and herbs and stuff. The distinctive ingredients are sheep's heart and lungs and liver. I recognise that the sensibilities of someone from Vegetaria or its smaller neighbour Vega mean that they won't eat such stuff and I respect their choice but a vegetarian haggis is an oxymoron - if it don't got the internals of a lamb it isn't a haggis; end of. By the way - it doesn't go the other way necessarily, something with the internals of a lamb isn't always a haggis - it might be a lamb.

Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Tuesday, 18 January 2011

Sic transit gloria mundi

This image is one of a set I took around Salford Quays while waiting for Jemma on Sunday evening. When I was a young man at catering college Manchester Liners still sailed between Manchester and Canada and they were often suggested as a suitable employer for newly trained chefs. I didn't join them, Manchester Liners went bust and the docks fell into disuse and then disrepair - coincidence? In some ways the reason that the docks survived physically is that the river Irwell, which flows through the centre of Manchester and forms the border between the cities of Salford and Manchester, flows into the docks; the buildings might be bulldozed but the water will still need to go somewhere. 

This shot is looking west, downstream, from beside The Lowry; the Imperial War Museum is out of shot on the left. While I might have fleetingly considered a life on the ocean wave my father would have been seasick looking at this photo.

Sunday, 9 January 2011

3 - 1

It's a very popular score isn't it? For those who don't know the second image is from the Stevenage Vs Newcastle game.

Saturday, 8 January 2011

Thursday, 6 January 2011