2013 review: in pictures

In documenting and discussing this year’s happenings I’ve had to include many dull and unattractive photos, such as those of Lendal Bridge signage. To redress that, various photos, through the months of 2013, of pretty things, cheery things, noticed during my wanderings. (See also: Sounds … More …

Christmas message, via pantomime badges

Cliff Richard, when choosing a rhyme for ‘Christmas time’, chose ‘mistletoe and wine’. Sorry to remind you of that song as you’re probably sick of hearing it. I know I am. A far better rhyme: ‘Christmas time: pantomime’. Specifically, the one at the Theatre Royal.

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Sign on the library door

I wanted to call in the library, briefly, this afternoon. The front doors were closed, which was a bit disappointing.

There was a sign pinned to the front door, explaining the reasons for the closure.

Just a conference, just one day. But have a look at the handwritten messages.

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York, by haiku

Looking upwards, to station sign: YORK - and ornate top of iron column, and glass and iron roof

Slow sliding into
gentle curve of roof. Alight.
Four letters spell home.

‘York Station’ – an attempt … More …

An unusual sight, from West Offices

A cheery red bus on a gloomy wet day

At first glance this appears to be just a rather unremarkable photo of a bus in a street on a gloomy wet day.

If you know York well, you’ll know that it’s not usual to see buses and other everyday through-traffic on this short stretch of road.

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Happy Easter


Splendid springtime is here again, with flowers blooming. The daffodils on the banks of the city walls are so often photographed, but of course the jolly yellow loveliness isn’t confined to there. Here’s a … More …

Snippet – how things change

‘I know of only one place where one can be publicly sociable in the small hours, and that is the all-night buffet on platform 14′

– Pamela Ward, in the Esher report, writing about York in 1968, when York station was clearly a happening kind of place …

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