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Saturday, 29 November 2008

Stall Street Bath in the 60’s

One of my old snaps of Stall Street in the 60’s, things to notice, 1 open to traffic, 2 The fountain was still there (now in Terrace Walk), 3 The Peter Richards Fashion Shop, 4 The Macfisheries van (Bath had three fish shops).
Taken from McIlroys Department Store.

Tuesday, 25 November 2008

The George Hotel Frome

We had our usual monthly trip to Frome last week, and as usual had lunch at the George Hotel.
Most towns have a place that the locals eat; in Bath it’s the Waverley CafĂ© just off Kingsmead Square.
The George Hotel serves similar high value home cooked meals with a sense of humour. 

Monday, 24 November 2008

The Somersetshire Coal Canal

We're very lucky to live in such a beautiful village, Wendy and I try to walk a couple of miles a day so yesterday we walked around part the Somerset Coal Canal.
This is part of the Bulls Nose a group of 22 locks opened in 1805 that was carrying over 1000.000 tons of coal a year by 1820, but it lost its trade to the railways in the 1870s.

Friday, 21 November 2008

3d in the Christmas Pudding!

When I was young it was the tradition to put silver 3d bits in the Christmas pudding.
I think it stopped when real silver coins vanished; it looks like this one still has the pudding on it. 
Darling Deli on Combe Down have reinvented the idea by putting a silver locket in one its Christmas Puddings.

Wednesday, 19 November 2008

Can Can Girls

In June 2007 I photographed Baths own Can Can troupe, called Can Can de Genevieve.
The group includes ITV West reporter Rachael Royce who has just returned from a week with the army reporting from Helmand Province in Afghanistan                          

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

S.W.P.P. & B.P.P.A . Nikon Pro Imaging Event in Bristol

I paid a visit to the SWPP & BPPA Nikon Pro Imaging Event in Bristol today but had more fun photographing the other photographers than the models!

Maybe that why I’m a news photographer!

Monday, 17 November 2008

“Yep just as I thought Brain Dead”

Cathy Shipton, Nurse  Lisa (Duffy) Duffin  checks out Sam, Cathy played Duffy in 124 episodes of Casualty between 1986 and 2006 but still failed to find any signs of brain activity!

Sunday, 16 November 2008

Dads Army

My Father also called Sam served in the First World War, and I believe like many others lied about his age and was serving in France before his 18th birthday.
This is a copy of a postcard he sent to his mother in 1915, he’s the soldier sitting first left.

Friday, 14 November 2008

Pulteney Weir Bath

Pulteney Weir Bath with the former Empire Hotel later used by the Ministry of Defence and now converted into high quality retirement flats.

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Nikon Tie Clips

Since I retired I have rarely worn a tie but I may have to start, as in our house tidy up I came across these Nikon tie clips with built in magnifiers.
I was given them about 30 years ago.

Wednesday, 12 November 2008

Grandfather the Baker

My Grandfather Thomas Harrison had a bakery in Oldfield Park.
This picture of him with two of his four daughters was taken in the 1890s.
It’s a bit late to check now but I think it was Alex and Valerie (my Mother)
The bakery was on the corner of Livingstone Road and is now a supermarket Car Park.

Tuesday, 11 November 2008

Cardboard police in Bangkok and Taunton

I notice that Avon and Somerset Police have started using cardboard policemen like this one I photographed in Bangkok this year.
See where Bangkok leads Taunton follows, we should see some interesting new bars in Taunton soon!

The Corkscrew at Alton Towers.


 After 43 million rides the Corkscrew at Alton Towers has closed, it opened in 1980 at a cost of £1.25 million.
The pictures of me taken about 25 years ago when the family visited the park;  see the shape of my face change as I travel at 44mph into a double-helix.

Monday, 10 November 2008

Wynne’s Infallible Hunter Meter

The family are having a sort out of old junk and I came across this Wynne’s Infallible Hunter Meter it’s about 80 years old and complete with its original chamois case.
It’s difficult in these day of digital cameras with auto focus and exposure, to believe that until 1930's  the only reliable was to work out photographic exposure was to time how long it took for a piece of photographic paper (yes it still has the original paper) to fade to the right colour.

Sunday, 9 November 2008

Pulteny Bridge Bath

The Autumn sun shine on the Avon and 
the Pulteny Bridge in Bath last week.

Friday, 7 November 2008

Combe Hay Village Firework Party

 Frank cooked all night!
Cakes by Nicky Higby

Preparations for the firework party in Combe Hay.

Volunteers prepare for the firework
party in Combe Hay for villagers only!

Thursday, 6 November 2008

Underground car park in Bath

 Work on the new underground car park under the new Southgate Shopping Centre is going well.

Tuesday, 4 November 2008

Chest of Drawers

I looked into the playroom to check on the Grandchildren, when I asked why they’d climbed on things to look in the chest of drawers;  the reply was “we’re looking for a handkerchief for Granny". 
The real answer was they’d spotted Wendy putting chocolate in the drawer a few days before!