Britain, as seen through the lens of a reluctant resident.

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Wiltshire - 2012 to 2016

Desperately Seeking a White Horse

Out and about in the beautiful countryside near where I live ... a paradise of chalk downs, white horses, canals and cider based products.

The Wansdyke early medieval defensive earthworks near Devizes.

Devizes - 2014 to 2016

Desperately Seeking Ruth Pierce

On 12th April 2014 I moved to live in Devizes in Wiltshire. It's such a gorgeous little town I'm sure there will be many more photographs than this so I'm going to stick them all in this album here and keep adding and adding and adding.

A Devizes cross in the evening sun.

West Country & Wales

Desperately Seeking Our Isambard

A jolly holiday in the West Country and a bit of South Wales with my good friend Bärbel.

In our one week whistle stop tour we saw:

Lacock Abbey.
The Dundas Aquaduct on the Kennet and Avon Canal.
Royal Crescent and the Roman Baths in Bath.
Stonehenge.
Salisbury Cathedral.
Brunel’s SS Great Britain and Clifton Suspension Bridge in Bristol.
Silbury Hill and Hackpen Hill White Horse.
Caerphilly Castle and a statue of Tommy Cooper.

We saw some other things too but it was raining too hard for us to bother taking photographs.

And we went for a pint and a curry.

And some things we didn't see ... so ... we'll be back.

Have you seen Isambard Kingdom Brunel?

 

Avebury

Desperately Seeking a Megalithic Thing 

A sunny Sunday afternoon's wander around the village and the stone circle in Avebury, Wiltshire.

An old tree and an even older standing stone at Avebury in Wiltshire.

Manchester & Salford

Desperately Seeking Nobby Stiles' Sister

A weekend away in Manchester and Salford. Wouldn't you just die without the Blue Peter Garden?

Bridge over the Salford Quays.

Devizes - the spiritual end

Desperately Seeking Inner Peace

Some of my little friends who live in my house with me and who talk to me in the night.

I just wish they knew a bit more about Leeds United, punk rock, Etruscan pottery and single malt whisky.

Sometimes there are awkward silences.

Calm ...

Chester

Desperately Seeking Cheerful Charlie

Here we going taking photographs of Chester (and West Kirby) on a cold and frosty morning.

No one did shopping malls like the Victorians did shopping malls.

WOMAD Festival 2014

Desperately Seeking Fatoumata Diawara

The WOMAD Music Festival 2014 near Malmesbury in Wiltshire.

A long hot sunny weekend in a tent in a field with a sea of cider and a myriad of amazing bands from the wonderful world of World Music.

My best friends were (in order of appearance) Chloé Bird (Spain), Söndörgő (Hungary), The Good Ones (Rwanda), The Jolly Boys (Jamaica), Goran Bregović & His Wedding Funeral Orchestra (Serbia/Bulgaria), Čači Vorba (Poland), Catrin Finch & Seckou Keita (Wales/Senegal), Amira Kheir (Sudan), Septeto Santiaguero (Cuba), Lucinda Belle (England), Muyayo Rif (Spain), 9Bach (Wales), Elemotho (Namibia), Clinton Fearon (Jamaica), The Magnolia Sisters (USA), Nuru Kane (Senegal), Dakha Brakha (Ukraine), Mahsa & Marjan Vahdat (Iran), Fatoumata Diawara & Roberto Fonseca (Mali/Cuba), and Sinéad O'Connor (Ireland).

WOMAD … One music! One heart! One world!

Dakha Brakha ... not only the best band in Ukraine but also the best band in World Music.

We are Seacroft

Desperately Seeking Dorothy's Marmalade or Jam

A couple of days spent wandering round the fashionable Seacroft and Crossgates district of Leeds.

My sentimental journey took in the place where Seacroft Town Centre used to be, the grotty subway I used to walk through to go and do my paper round on Swarcliffe Estate and the iconic landmarks of Crossgates (ie the Station pub and the station).

I met Dorothy and her friends from Seacroft Gate flats, I watched the world premier of Ian Roden's 'We Are Seacroft' fillum and for the first time ever I stayed the night in what was called the Windmill Hotel in my day.

Continuing the next morning I went to see the sadly crumbling and soon to be demolished Seacroft Hospital, the vast expanse of Killingbeck Cemetery (hello Dad) and the Devon pub where in 1976 I fell in love with Candi Staton, thanks to who, my young heart has run free ever since.

I think when they put the sign on the front of the Station pub they made a typographical error. I think it should have been called the Staton.

What's the use in sharing this one and only life?

Three of the lovely people who live in Seacroft Gate Flats in Leeds.

Devizes - the canal end

Desperately Seeking A Dream By The Old Canal

Whilst lazing on a sunny afternoon in my Devizes home, I decided to go out and have a wander along the astonishingly nearby Kennet and Avon Canal and this was what I saw.

Dirty Devizes doves.

Leeds Part Four

Desperately Seeking the King and the Law

Leeds City Centre in all its splendour.

The ceiling in the Corn Exchange ... the Victorian ironworkers' answer to the Sistine Chapel.

Leeds Part Three

Desperately Seeking Susan

A wander round the fashionable Woodhouse district of lovely Leeds. A place that conjures up a million happy memories for me.

Wonderful, wonderful Woodhouse!

Chippenham - the posh end

Desperately Seeking la Casa de la Revolución Gloriosa

I must confess that I didn't travel very far to take these photographs.

Our house in Chippenham from 21st June 1996 to sometime in the spring of 2014 (probably and hopefully).

Where did the last eighteen years go? I'm very glad to be leaving but very sad to be leaving, if you get my drift.

Thank you Chippenham. It's been a ball, though not always a perfectly spherical one.

The Buddha of Pewsham.

Frome

Desperately Seeking Jenson Button

We built this Somerset market town on rock 'n' roll!

Here I provide photographic evidence that I spent (rather than wasted) a somewhat slightly less than sunny Sunday afternoon out and about in Frome in Somerset in Britan.

What I hadn't realised until I got there was that Frome was the home town of former Formula One motor racing champion, Jenson Button, and that a couple of weeks after my visit those rock legends, Jefferson Starship, would be performing live at that most iconic of rock venues, the Cheese & Grain.

The Church of John the Baptist in Frome as Armageddon rages in the background.

Chippenham

I moved to Chippenham on 21st June 1996. Sooner or later I know I will leave but, having lived there for so long,  it will always have a place in my heart. So I thought it was about time I snapped a few snaps in preparation for some day in the future when I become all soppy and sentimental and find myself pining for the Buttercross.

The Angel Hotel in Chippenham Market Place . . . and the very hotel after which Bird's named their 'Angel Delight' dessert product.

Leeds Part Two

Desperately Seeking the Curry Centre

A winter's day in a deep and dark November in the middle of my lovely, precious, beautiful City of Leeds.

I only wished I'd taken my posh camera instead of the diddy little crappy one.

But don't worry Leeds and Leodians ... I'll be back!

Merrion Street, Leeds … the street in which I had my first ever curry … and by Jaysus, the floodgates were opened more than metaphorically.

Leeds Part One

Desperately Seeking Bridget & Arthur

A nostalgic walk around my old stomping ground in Leeds, from City Square to the Town Hall to the Victoria Hotel in Great George Street and up Woodhouse Lane to the Eldon and the Pack Horse near the University.

And further enhance your viewing pleasure, I’ve added a very small sample of pictures from a trip to see Leeds United at Elland Road and a ska and punk band I went to see in the Duck & Drake a day earlier.

Warning: This gallery contains images of bare ladies' bottoms, though they are made from bronze which makes them a just a little less cheeky.

Leeds Town Hall ... my favourite building in my favourite city.

Leeds 14

Desperately Seeking the Derrisford Café

A nostalgic and slightly heart-breaking walk around my old stomping ground (thank goodness for Slade) of Seacroft, Swarcliffe and Whinmoor on the East side of Leeds where I lived in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Please spare a moment to think of the old Seacroft Town Centre, Foxwood School, the Pathfinder, the Fellmonger, the Lion & Lamb, the Squinting Cat and the Derrisford Café.  

This is where I grew up. It’s not a pretty place but it’s a pretty special place to me.

The Post Box at Taylor's Close, Seacroft.

Islay & Jura

Desperately Seeking Isla Duncan

Whisky galore . . . in Oban, Islay, Jura and Glasgow with wor Lesley.

And it was also a case of fresh air galore, lovely friendly people galore, mouthwatering victuals galore and breathtaking scenery galore.

But mostly whisky galore!

Window shopping on the Isle of Jura.