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Fetching and carrying

As the weekend draws closer, so does the dread job of emptying my office ready for it being decorated. While much of the prep work has been done (including carefully packing cameras into boxes), the actual main task remains. I’ve even gone out and bought a sack barrow in oprder to make the job of moving bookcases a bit easier. I would have hired a barrow, but the cost for a week’s hire was only a little less than buying one brand new so I figured I might as well do that instead. That way I can use it as long as needed and I can also sell it on afterwards and hopefully get a chunk of the money back.

Anyway, another diary-type post, and little in the way of photography talk. My apologies if this isn’t anyone who happens to be reading’s sort of thing – I’m hoping I might find some small break one day next week to actually go out and make some new photos and perhaps talk about that. Otherwise, I think my blog might need to run on archive pictures for a while.

When will come the day
When all I have to do is
Simply please myself?

Carrying the can

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Taken on 4 September 2021

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Who is this cardboard stranger..?

Who might this be stood beside a Sunbeam with an unusual “protrusion”?

Bond back

Why it’s none other than “Jamesh” Bond in his Sean Connery guise…

What is protruding?
Why it’sh nothing but his gun
What elshe could it be?

Bond front

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Taken on 4 September 2021

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Slightly topical

I thought I’d post something that reflects the times. Yes, that’s right, that IS an Only Fools and Horses themed truck you see!..

Apologies for the naff post. I’m in the throes of prepping my office to be redecorated next week which is involving lots of effort – basically every piece of furniture needs to be taken out as it’s having a new floor laid at the same time, so I’ve spent hours carefully packing things away with the lurking knowledge that I will have to reverse the whole process next week. On top of that, we’re also having the other upstairs rooms decorated and re-carpeted the same week – plus the staircase. <sob>…

Re-decorating
Five syllables full of threat
Of stolen free time

Del Bo(y)nd

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Taken on 4 September 2021

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Private Benjamin

It’s been a lllooooonnng time since I watched the movie Private Benjamin – it was most likely as a VHS rental sometime in the 80s, where I remember a bedraggled, helmet wearing Goldie Hawn peering out from the box on the video shop’s shelves. As a result I have no idea if a truck the same, or similar to this one featured in the film, or if the owner named it by some other association. It’s an impressive looking vehicle whatever the case.

In VHS days
Persusing the shelves of films
For that night’s viewing

Private Benjamin

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Taken on 4 September 2021

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Donkey work

I’ve spent a large part of the day prepping my office for when it’s decorated and has new flooring laid the week after next. It’s been a complete PITA, I’m exhausted, and there’s still loads to do. Mostly it will be a case of moving things out off the office for the decorating etc. and then moning them back when the flooring has been laid. If it were just my office being done then this wouldn’t be too bad, but we’re also having all the other bedrooms and staircase decorated the same week, so I’m going to have to replicate a lot of the work across three other rooms while trying to figure out where everything will go when it isn’t in it’s normal place. I’ve got the week booked off work, but can’t see it being much of a break.

I really hate this stuff…

Decorating time
It’s about as much fun as
Having my teeth pulled

Donkeys

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Taken on 4 September 2021

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Remembering the bikes I once owned

I was quite pleased when I came across this set of Raleigh pedal-bikes recently. I was the owner of two of the models seen in the picture – the Budgie (at the front), and the Chopper (third one along). Despite having the Budgie first, I never progressed beyond the use of stabilisers with it, and it was on the much larger Chopper that I actually learnt to ride a bike. I think at the time the Chopper was still a bit too big for me, but I had one anyway (2nd hand initially, and later a brand new one for Christmas one year).

I learnt to ride it when one of the bigger kids on the street took me out with it. Promising to hold the back so it wouldn’t tip over while I got my balance he proceded to let go as I rolled down a hill on it. It was a ride-or-die type situation, and I rode.

I never had a Tomahawk, which can be seen nestled between the other two bikes in the photo – although one of my friends did, if I remember correctly. It was like the kid brother to the chopper, sharing the same large rear wheel / smaller front wheel design, but on a smaller scale and lacking the three gears of its sibling.

Carefree times gone by
We would ride our bikes all day
Then back home for tea

Bikes

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Taken on 4 September 2021

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Atomic. Bacterial. Chemical.

I found this scene to be somewhat sinister, perhaps a hangover from growing up under the shadow of a potential third world war during the 80s. The mannequin with its gas-mask and rubber gloevs reminiscent of a scene from countless post-apocalyptic dramas.

The title of today’s post is nicked from the 2000AD comic strip, ABC Warriors.

The place I grew up
Was the scene of the film “Threads”
‘Twas scary as hell.

Sinister

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Taken on 4 September 2021

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My blogging “streak”

For the last few months I’ve had a notification from WordPress about my “streak”. As of today I’ll be told “You’re on a 1,009-day streak on Steel City Snapper photography!“. I can’t remember exactly when it started, but it was probably a month or two before I hit one-thousand consecutive posts. I expected it to stop when it reached the 1k figure, but it hasn’t. Instead I get a little system-generated reminder that I haven’t had a day off posting in nearly three years. There might be some way to turn it off in the site settings, but it’s not yet gotten quite annoying enough for me to be bothered to find out.

Anyway, with no connection to my ramblings whatsoever, today I’ll share a picture of the back-end of a Mk II Ford Escort. Enjoy!

I once nearly bought
A Mk II Escort in blue
With black vinyl roof

Escort rear end

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Taken on 4 September 2021