Who Won the Eighties (11 October 2020)

I always liked Fandango’s Who Won the Week post, and like to join in with some quirky stories from my own newsfeeds. All from our unique vantage points, the idea is to pick something (a person, organisation, anything) which “won” the week.

A quickie today. U2’s Joshua Tree (1987) was this week voted the best album of the Eighties, by listeners of a UK national radio station (Radio 2). I don’t mind a bit of U2, although this wouldn’t even come close to being my Top Album. But nevertheless, that’s what people decided, so please enjoy my favourite U2 track (which also happened to come from this album).


Life through the Lens (11 October 2020)

As my previous series came to an end, I had the idea to post some of my own photographs.

When my eyes were better, I used to enjoy photography. I had some decent kit and was around just as digital photography was taking off. Although it was strictly a hobby for me, two of my photos were published. One rural shot of hay bales ended up in a brochure made by the UK’s NFU (farming), another ended up in a coffee-table book about lighthouses. I wasn’t David Bailey but a couple of times, I was fortunate to be in the right place at the right time.

I thought I’d share some. All these photographs were taken by me, I own the copyright so if you’d like to use any, go for it. Just so long as you don’t use them to make any money.

My aim is to publish weekly again but this time, on Sunday afternoons. I’m just going to repeat this spiel each week, too, for the benefit of new readers, so you can safely skip to the camera graphic to save reading the blurb each time.

If you look at the category above (high on left, by the date), I’ll put every photo in that same category so you can find previously-published photos. If I feel a photo needs some explanation, I’ll maybe write a line or two to go with it. Like the last time, I’ll keep going until I run out of steam. Oh, and feel free to join in, if the fancy takes you.

I’ve linked to a higher-res umage under each photo.

You know I mentioned above that some of my work had been published? Well, this was one such photo. It was taken in late August one year, on holiday in Norfolk

I published it online, and I guess it must have caught the attention of the UK’s National Farmers’ Union, who contacted me to ask my permission to use it in some publicity material, which I granted.


for Fandango’s One Word Challenge (FOWC), fit. When I saw the prompt today I thought immediately about writing about some characters I developed, but I quite like writing my daily poem, so what better than a poem about these characters?

It’s funny, when I write about the characters, I deliberately avoid anything physical, because I think attraction is an intellectual thing. But, of course he fancies her! Who wouldn’t?

A lonely man, not long divorced,
His humdrum life running its course,
He was lucky enough to have a job he prized,
As his life imploded, his world downsized.

Their meeting was a quirk of fate,
Neither looking for a mate,
A short-term gig to help them out,
Anna would help end Paul’s drought.

When Paul met Anna, thought she was fit.
An attractive girl, if he’d just admit.
But office rules being what they are,
Paul admired her from afar.

When at last he found the circumstance,
Plucked up courage, took the chance,
A risky business, she might misread,
But fortunately, she agreed.

Even on their date, Paul was not sure,
Were they just friends, or something more?
Insecure, his hopes were slim,
What could she possibly see in him?

Anxiety threatened to betray,
Anna might call it all a day,
I’m glad she overcame her doubt,
So I have lots to write about.