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Tate window

Posted: June 18, 2012 in Photographs
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Tate window

Modern tate gallery once a power station, presents a massive stage for installations & large sculpture. But the building itself holds attention, I often wish they had left one of the huge generators in this energy cathedral.

hot day pictures

Posted: May 31, 2012 in Photographs
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Beware, I have pulverized the new Shard building with a compass coverage, on its way if this hot weather doesn’t interfere.


Apprenticed as a fireman in an open steam train cabin, my grandad moved up to engineer when considered “mature” enough by his superiors who had barely set foot in a steam-engine’s cabin. He spent his working life stoking or driving these grey beasts. Then came the day to drive the new Queen Elizabeth.

Among his peers he was considered as the most experienced engineman and therefore, the safest, but some bureaucrat decided a younger man would logically, be a safer engine-driver for the young Queen returning to London from Manchester. After he left his country’s mainlines for the sidings, my grandmother once told me “it broke his heart you know”. After so many years of service given and respect gained? A certificate of long service and a photograph of his favourite engine? He retired from the Salford Railyard that served the Old Trafford Industrial Estate, supported the railwaymen’s football team, met friends at the Union Club and loved his garden.

As a twelve year old, I remember he showed me how to make firelighters from newspaper, as he had done on so many mornings to start the fire beneath the steam engine’s boiler, which I thought was wonderful! I, now too, could start fires, and loved helping him clean the home hearth, bring in the coal and set the fire. Running to open the front door for airflow, and learning how to balance the coal shovel in front of the fireplace on the hearth rail. Covering the whole fireplace with a sheet of newspaper when the flames caught, taking it away carefully when the coal fire roared.

Just an elderly man with his grandson both enjoying the passing of knowledge of the most fundamental kind – how to make fire.


The photograph is of Newcastle-upon Tyne Station in the 1960’s by Eric de Mare and is in the RIBA Collection.


Posted: March 16, 2012 in Health and wellness, People, Photographs
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make a good year

Posted: January 1, 2012 in Health and wellness, Photographs


Happy new year to my online connections, followers, those I follow, online friends – hope holidays gave you the break to relax or enjoy.

regards from dave

where I tie my boat

Posted: October 11, 2011 in Photographs

On the wall of the Thames Embankment

Screens and images

Posted: March 13, 2009 in Photographs

Take a look at these photos from Sky Arts competition – wow! Although there is a heavy reliance on simply recording nature and what naturally occurs for subject matter. A matter of record should not be the only function of art in any media, illustrated by the rabbit.

Some pictures are stunning, but most of all it is so good to see such an eclectic entry. Have a nice day everyone, I hope these pictures help with your simple enjoyment of your time engaged with these screens!

This is Walter Menegazzi’s English Flag



Posted: October 2, 2007 in Photographs


Sliding show

Posted: May 11, 2007 in Photographs