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I is for Ignorance and Interesting

Ignorance is defined as a state of being uninformed, but it can also be caused by dis- or misinformation — believing something to be true when it isn’t.

One of my favourite tv shows is QI (for quite interesting), a panel game hosted by Stephen Fry that lifts the lid on common misconceptions. Read more ›››

H is for Hats

Tipping the Denton Linney

If you ever watch a modern film set in the 1930s or 40s and compare it with the old black and white films of that era, there is one really noticeable difference. It’s the way the actors carry off wearing a hat.

The modern actor looks either self-conscious or affected, whereas for the likes of Bogart and Bogarde a hat wasn’t a prop or something dug up by the wardrobe mistress. It was actually the most natural thing in the world to don a fedora because that’s what they wore off-screen. Read more ›››

G is for Grandparents

I feel quite lucky to have known all four of my grandparents and for them to have had an influence on who I am and my values in life. I say ‘lucky’ because my children never knew their grandmothers and have only one granddad left.

Starting with my paternal grandfather left: James ‘Jim’ Rhodes was born in Mottram-in-Longdendale in Cheshire in 1895, the eldest son to survive infancy of Jeremiah Rhodes and Suzannah Ratcliffe. Jeremiah was a coachman, or cab driver, working for his Uncle Miles. Read more ›››

F is for Fruit

There is nothing like fruit for adding flavour to your five-a-day diet. It also makes for a colorful photograph like the the one on the left, taken in the indoor market in Ashton.

This ABC Wednesday post is all about fotos of local fruit, though not in a conventional sense as you’ll see. Read more ›››

E is for English Heritage

One natural resource that England has aplenty is history. It’s all around us, and not just the grand palaces, castles, stately homes and cathedrals — it can also be found in the humblest of structures.

The organisation charged with and protecting these buildings is English Heritage. Their criteria for ‘listing’ them is complex, but it includes pretty much everything built up to 1840 and anything after then that is of special interest, quality and character or technological importance. Read more ›››

D is for Dick Dastardly

Dick Dastardly

Cartoons are seldom accused of leading their young audience astray, but it was certainly true in my case when Dick Dastardly and the Wacky Racers introduced me to the world of gambling.

I was in my teens and though we considered ourselves too old for kids television, but me and my schoolmates were open in our enjoyment of Wacky Races, especially Dick Dastardly and Mutley. Read more ›››

C is for Cape Town

By the time you are reading this, I should be in the air on my way to South Africa so it seemed appropriate that this week’s posting should be C for Cape Town, our eventual destination.

We are visiting South Africa to see our daughter who is living there at the moment, but the primary purpose is a holiday to experience the country and I will be armed with my camera in the hope of getting enough material for a whole round of ABC Wednesday. Read more ›››

B is for Bridges

According to the Tarot Reading Psychic: “…the symbolism of the bridge is not to be taken lightly. In fact, bridges often indicate major transitions in a persons life including important spiritual transformations.”

True or not, I find bridges fascinating and seem to photograph them a lot. Like the one on the left which I took from the footpath beneath the busy A627, while beneath traffic thunders east and west on the M67 motorway. Read more ›››

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