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Welcome to this Blog.

It’s about my enthusiasms – mainly photographic history, music and artsy stuff – now & then.

Launched in November 2011, I wrote a blogpost everyday for 18 months – and now & then since.

The site disappeared into cyberpsace for a few years, but is now back.

Check out the ‘Random Articles’ on the Home Page to get a flavour of the site.

Cross The Mersey

Posted by on Jan 14, 2018 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

Cross The Mersey

Photo exhibitions are now a regular feature of the online landscape, so shows that are physically miles from where you live can be viewed from cyberspace. One that opened a few days ago and caught my eye is ‘The Pier Head – Tom Wood’ at Liverpool’s Open Eye Gallery. Over the course of 25 years, the photographer took thousands of rolls of film as he journied across the River Mersey between Liverpool and the Wirral Peninsula. The images he captured portray ordinary people of all ages going about their business on the...

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1001 Photographs

Posted by on Dec 17, 2017 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

1001 Photographs

With only a week to go until Christmas, book buying opportunities are rapidly disappearing, so my final photography-themed recommendation of 2017 is one that purists may turn their noses up at. But there’s so much to enjoy in the newly-published addition to the ‘Before You Die‘ series on ‘1001 Photographs You Must See…‘ (Quintessence Books / £20 – but currently half-price at Waterstone’s in the UK). Starting with Niepce, Fox Talbot and Daguerre (in that order), the 960-pager takes its reader on...

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vivian maier 2

Posted by on Dec 10, 2017 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

vivian maier 2

The story of Vivian Maier (1926-2009) is one that has fascinated the world of photography over the past few years. Like many people in the UK, I was first introduced to her work and her story in the 2013 BBC ‘Imagine’ documentary, Vivian Maier: Who Took Nanny’s Pictures? That was followed a year later by John Maloof’s cinema-released documentary Finding Vivian Maier, which I (perhaps over) enthusiastically blogged about at the time, and was informed by his own role in bringing Maier’s photographs to public...

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the great nadar

Posted by on Dec 3, 2017 in Blog | 1 comment

the great nadar

When I began this blog in 2011, it’s main purpose was to help me learn the ropes of the fast-developing world of online content and social media, and look to find an audience I could establish a regular connection with. Initially, I blogged every day for about 18 months, which was great fun and allowed me to roam far and wide, writing about whatever took my fancy from music and books to films and tv. The response via post ‘comments’ and twitter responses made it a very uplifting experience and taught me a great deal about...

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if you were me 3

Posted by on Nov 26, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

if you were me 3

In recent times, this blog has burst into life occasionally when I’ve heard a radio programme or watched a tv programme or documentary … and it’s prompted me to recall an earlier post. That was the case this morning when BBC Radio 4’s ‘Broadcasting House’ sequence devoted an item to the 70s tv show ‘If You Were Me.’ For new readers, two teenagers, one British and one from another European country, swapped lives for a week, went to live in each other’s homes like a televised foreign...

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a shaggy dog story

Posted by on Jul 9, 2017 in Blog | 0 comments

a shaggy dog story

A famous photograph came into my mind today, prompted by a passing mention in the latest edition of BBC Radio 4’s ‘Desert Island Discs.’ The TV presenter Sue Perkins was talking about ‘a difficult time in her life’ after a relationship ended and to illustrate the point, she chose Nick Drake’s ‘Northern Sky’ as one of her 8 tracks. But what caught my attention was a reference she made to years later seeing a picture of Nick “walking his dog past the exact flat I was living in when I was...

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thanks to the unthanks

Posted by on May 13, 2017 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

thanks to the unthanks

The latest chapter in a musical story I have followed for the past three decades is currently being played out at venues across the UK. The Unthanks – sisters Rachel and Becky with a wonderfully sympathetic band of supporting musicians – are touring their show ‘How Wild The Wind Blows,’ featuring the songs and poems of Molly Drake. Regular visitors to this blog will know Molly as the mother of the singer-songwriter Nick Drake, whose story I played a small part in telling via two radio documentaries – ‘Fruit...

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nick drake remembered

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

nick drake remembered

Forty years ago today, the singer-songwriter Nick Drake died. You will find many tributes elsewhere on the web and in publications large and small. But I thought you might enjoy reading a couple of previously unpublished pieces, written nearly a decade ago, about two encounters from my own journalistic pursuit of Nick. The first with his mother Molly and sister Gabrielle in 1992. The second with the actor Brad Pitt in 2004.          *                      *                     *                       *...

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stereo works of art

Posted by on Nov 8, 2014 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

stereo works of art

3D is going through one of its periodic ‘hot’ periods with assorted Hollywood blockbusters being screened and appreciated by a cinema full of people wearing big glasses. But as a new exhibition at Tate Britain reveals, the phenomenon has its roots in the middle of the 19th century. “‘Poor Man’s Picture Gallery’: Victorian Art and Stereoscopic Photography” celebrates the hugely popular craze of  three-dimensional photos – or ‘stereographs’ – that caught the public imagination in...

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finding vivian maier

Posted by on Aug 10, 2014 in Blog, Featured | 0 comments

finding vivian maier

Documentaries are perhaps my favourite form of story-telling – either for radio or tv. But increasingly really amazing documentaries are getting a cinema release, and that’s what’s happened to the truly remarkable ‘Finding Vivian Maier (12).’ The story of the nanny photographer Vivian Maier (1926-2009) is one that has generated the sort of column inches any documentary maker can only dream of. I first became aware of Maier’s story in the summer of 2013 thanks to a film in the BBC’s...

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