Images of Golcar and the Colne Valley

About a year ago a very good friend of mine gave me “temporary custody” of his Sony a65 Digital SLR with the instruction to make as much use of it as possible. I have used it several times but it is taking me a while to get used to as my regular cameras, a Nikon D5200 and a Pentax k50, seem to be very similar but the Sony is quite different with settings and where various things are positioned on the body of the camera.

Anyway, as it was a very pleasant afternoon today I decided to have a walk around the village I live in on top of the Pennines, and which affords me wonderful views along the Colne valley toward Slaithwaite and Marsden. So camera in hand I set out and just took random shots to get used to the camera. I photographed whatever took my fancy, from picturesque views of the countryside to whatever was in peoples gardens.

Below are a sample of the shots I took, and Mike, I hope you feel I have done your camera justice..

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Photographs (C) Kindadukish

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Thomas the Tank Engine weekend………..

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Waiting for the train to arrive at Ramsbottom Station…………

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Personal meeting with Thomas the Tank Engine

There are some things in life that every child should be introduced to at the very earliest age, and one of those is to travel on a steam train. Add value by making the train “Thomas the Tank Engine” and you have a winning formula.

This young man was seen at the East Lancashire Railway special “Thomas Event” which is very popular with both children and parents (in some cases moreso with their parents and even grandparents!).

 

 

 

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“One of our two main parties has adopted, almost without thinking about it, an ideology of which race hate is an intrinsic part”

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Let me introduce myself, Im Ken Livingstone, the anti-semitic bigot that represents the Labour Party, so be quiet or I will compare you to a concentration camp guard!

The following article was written by Charles Moore of the Daily Telegraph and summarises beautifully the “cancerous growth of anti-semitism” within the Labour Party, and the labour leaders unwillingness to tackle it whilst at the same time condoning the “islamo-fascism” of many of his party members, not just muslims but many left wing sympathisers who see a simple  equation of islam = exploited and downtrodden, West = colonialist, exploitative powers.

Apparently both Corbyn and Livingstone have said the “the Labour Party don’t have a problem with anti-semitism” That would be in the same way the the Pope doesn’t have a problem with abortion, contraception, paedophile priests, female priests, women and not least the Gay community!

Jeremy Corbyn has refused to share a platform with David Cameron over the EU referendum, although they both advocate a Remain vote. Mr Corbyn’s stated reason for this refusal is that “We are not on the same side”.

In his long career, Mr Corbyn has shared a platform with – among many other such – Sheikh Raed Saleh, who (elsewhere) repeated the “blood libel” against the Jews, and called them “monkeys” and “bacteria”; with representatives of the British Muslim Initiative, which plays the anti-Semitic card of comparing Jews with Nazis with its “Stop the Holocaust in Gaza” placards; and with what he calls his “friends” from Hamas. Hamas’ Charter refers to “the Jews’ Nazism” and quotes approvingly the saying of the Prophet that when Jews hide from Moslems behind stones and trees, “The stones and trees will say: ‘O Moslems…, there is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him’.”

Sharing a platform with the above, Mr Corbyn presumably believes that he and they, unlike he and Mr Cameron, are on the same side.

It is in this context that one must place Ken Livingstone and his Zionists = Hitler outburst and Naz Shah’s suggestion (which Mr Livingstone was excusing) that the entire population of Israel should be deported to the United States. Both of them must feel bewildered by the condemnation heaped upon them, because they inhabit a party whose leader has, over his 40 years in politics, spent hundreds and hundreds of hours sharing platforms with virtually every sort of Muslim anti-Semite and advocate of terrorism that one can imagine. They may have thought they had permission.

There is, of course, an important difference between Mr Livingstone and Mr Corbyn. You can tell by the way the former drags Hitler in, by his bad-taste references to hating Jews as if it were half-funny, that he actually is personally anti-Semitic. You can find no such thing, to be the best of my knowledge, about Mr Corbyn.

But I’m not sure that makes things better. If Labour’s problem was individual, oddball anti-Semites, they could simply be removed. If it is about an ideology so wide and deep that its adherents don’t even realise what they are supporting, then you really have got trouble. If perfectly pleasant people like Mr Corbyn, with no personal malice, nevertheless make common cause with such extremism, then you have got, to use a concept beloved of the Left, institutional racism.

 This story is less to do with individual wickedness than with what has happened to the Left. The stuff that Mr Livingstone garbled about Hitler supporting Zionism comes from a book by Lenni Brenner called Zionism in the Age of the Dictators. Brenner, a Trotskyite who renounced his own Jewish upbringing, sought to prove that Zionism in the Thirties was a Jewish collaboration with Hitler. In the early Eighties, when the book was published, Mr Livingstone was in charge of Labour Herald, the newspaper vehicle for his hard-Left takeover of London Labour (printed with the help of money from Colonel Gaddafi’s Libya). Labour Herald gave Brenner’s book an ecstatic review. It was part of a growing trend.During the Sixties, much of the Left moved from its traditional concern with the organised working class to a greater focus on “the wretched of the earth”. The phrase was the title of a book by the Marxist philosopher, Franz Fanon, who heavily influenced, among others, the young Barack Obama. In this picture, the greatest enemy was colonialism, and the perpetual victim was the Third World, or what is nowadays called the Global South. Violent struggle by the victims to cast off their shackles was advocated.

In the same period, the Soviet Union, which had frequently used anti-Semitic propaganda to reinforce its internal repressions, began to export the stuff. In the Middle East, where it sought advantage against the United States and the West, such tropes were particularly effective. Many in the Muslim world craved support for the idea that Israel, which had so amazingly trounced its Arab neighbours when they attacked it in 1967, was part of a global plot by Western power and money to keep them in subjection.

Until then, in countries like Britain, Jews and Israel had usually been well treated by the Left and seen as allies in the fight against fascism. Now this shifted. The Young Liberals, taken over by leftists such as Peter Hain, who much later became a Labour Cabinet Minister, were the first grouping to become militant about the Palestinian cause. Then the ideology spread, and gradually broadened into the all-encompassing account of dispossession and oppression – applicable from Bethlehem to Belfast to Birmingham, Alabama – which it is today.

One might have thought that September 11 2001 would have made this movement pause. If blood-crazed theocrats had started the 21st century by blowing up themselves and a couple of thousand ordinary citizens in the name of Allah, might it not be time for a bit of secular modernity? But no, instead these events seemed only to assist the narrative of burning grievance against the West, and the conspiracy theories that go with it. Many of the chaps and organisations with whom Jeremy Corbyn has shared platforms have ever since promoted the brilliant idea that it was actually the Jews who destroyed the World Trade Centre. I have not heard Mr Corbyn rebuke them for saying this.

Although people like Mr Corbyn have never shown belief in Islamist doctrines about chucking homosexuals off cliffs or imposing sharia law or torching synagogues, they have found themselves absolutely unable to confront such things. In doing so, they would have to question the most sacred tenet of the “anti-imperialist” Left, that the Western powers are always wrong. Besides, why should they consider accusations that they are anti-Semitic? In their minds, anti-Semitism, like all other racism, is a product of fascism. They are anti-fascists, so they simply can’t be racists.

By electing Mr Corbyn as leader, Labour in effect endorsed this paranoid narrative of grievance and conspiracy that has developed over the last 50 years. So its new recruits are drawn from that school of thought – more Islamists and anti-Semites; fewer Jews, or, come to that, ordinary working people. Unlike in the Eighties, the party has not been infiltrated in a calculated manner (though Mr Corbyn’s lieutenants are now making up for lost time). It has simply decayed so much that its immune system can no longer resist the infection. One of our two main parties has adopted, almost without thinking about it, an ideology of which race hate is an intrinsic part. This has never happened before in Britain.

Next week, London will elect a new Mayor. Sadiq Khan, the Labour candidate, is astute. He was quick to condemn Mr Livingstone on Thursday. But he too has done a good deal of platform-sharing. In 2004, for example, he appeared on the same bill in Tooting as prominent Holocaust deniers, Hamas supporters, misogynists and supporters of violence against Israel. He now says he “regrets giving the impression” that he shared their views The other main performer on the platform that day was a backbench Labour MP, one Jeremy Corbyn. Today, regrets are too late.

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Jeremy Corbyn – anti-semitic bigot

Of course I am an anti-semite………I am leader of the Labour Party and have to set an example!

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Let me introduce you to Jeremy Corbyn, the so called leader of the “anti-semitic” Labour party. A man who has shared platforms with Hamas and Hezbollah and referred to them as “our friends”. Has developed links with some of the Muslim terrorists in Iran as well as giving succour to anyone who supports Palestine. His propensity to lambast Israel for anything they do whilst excusing anything and everything that Hamas do, simply is mind boggling.

So, here is a list of words / phrases that come to mind when thinking about the “qualities” that Corbyn exhibits:-

  • Ineffective
  • Lacking leadership skills
  • Poor communicator
  • Demotivating
  • Anti-semitic
  • Anti-British
  • Anti armed forces
  • Anti nuclear deterant
  • Islamic apologist
  • Student agitator mentality
  • Immaturity
  • Lacking vision
  • Procrastinator
  • Bigot
  • Racist
  • Sexist

This is the man who would be Prime Minister and would like us, the general public to vote for him. Hell would freeze over before I would vote for a cretin like Corbyn. He and his cabal of  “leftist fascists” would drag us back to the good old days (of the 1970s) of “Militant” and the deluded ideas that they promoted. Corbyn is inept, and locked into the “student politics” model of his youth……..in effect he has never grown up. He is unable to communicate his ideas and vision to those who do not think like him, because he is used to only having to speak to those who agree with his “wacko”ideas.

Support the Labour party at your peril………………and I say that with a heavy heart as I was a Labour supporter for many years, as I have always believed in social equality, equality of opportunity and developing a society that takes care of those who are unable to look after themselves.

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John Mann responds to Ken Livingstone and he doesn’t mince his words………..

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The above is John Mann a Labour MP who today had the balls to do what no other Labour official would do and that was “call out” Ken Livingstone over the latters remarks about Jews and Israel. Corbyn has shown a singular lack of leadership over the anti-semitism “cancer” that pervades the current Labour party but let anyone murmur anything about islam and muslims and Corbyn and his leftist hacks will be at the barricades condemning people for “islamophobia” which, of course there is no such “illness.”

Not to put too fine a point on it, what he actually said to Livingtsone in a public confrontation was “you are a fucking disgrace” along with several other epithets and home truths.

So this evening I shall raise a glass of wine to Mr Mann for reacting in such a positive and “direct” way………..they obviously don’t mince words back in Bassetlaw.

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Ah, a Jew hater and anti-semite…………welcome to the Labour Party

 

Let me introduce you to Labour Party members who do a very nice line in Jew hating and outright anti-Semitism…………….remember folks that similar ones are coming your way in local / regional elections. In order of appearance:-

1 Naz Shah (Labour MP)

2 Ken Livingstone (Adviser to Jeremy Corbyn)

3 Aysegul Gurbuz (Labour councilor)

4 Rupa Huq (Labour MP)

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Naz Shah MP

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Ken Livingstone

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Aysegul Gurbuz Labour Councillor

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Rupa Huq MP

Does Labour have a problem with anti-Semitism? When someone like Gerry Downing, a member of the Socialist Fight organisation, can demand that the “Jewish problem” be addressed, and then apply and gain party membership (albeit briefly), it’s clear that it might. And when Vicky Kirby, Labour’s former candidate in Woking, who was suspended after tweeting “What do you know abt Jews? They’ve got big noses and support Spurs. lol” gets readmitted to the party, one feels still greater unease.

Following recent allegations of anti-Semitic behaviour and intimidation at Oxford University Labour Club, Labour Students have launched an immediate investigation and the Labour Party welcomes and supports this action.”

During the last couple of days there has been a furore over comments made by Naz Shah the Bradford West MP. The allegations centre around a 2014 Facebook post, in which Shah shared a graphic of Israel’s outline superimposed on a map of the US under the headline “Solution for Israel-Palestine Conflict – Relocate Israel into United States”, with the comment: “Problem solved.” The Guido Fawkes website – which published the post – also pointed to another made before Ms Shah was an MP, which used the hashtag £IsraelApartheid above a quote saying: “Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal”.

The Bradford West MP has now made four separate apologies for the comments, including one to the House of Commons.

Former London Mayor Ken Livingstone has waded into the debate and defended Naz Shah less than an hour after she was finally suspended by his ally Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn. The Labour leader sparked fury by resisting removing the party whip for more than a day, with aides bizarrely insisting Ms Shah had not agreed with her own words. Appearing on LBC Radio today, Mr Livingstone said the remarks were ‘over the top’ and ‘offensive’ but it had been a mistake to suspend her. ‘What we have at the moment is a lot of people making a big issue about anti-Semitism in the Labour Party. In 47 years I have never heard anyone say anything anti-Semitic. ‘We expelled a couple of people from the Labour Party early on for saying things that could clearly be interpreted as anti-Semitic.

‘This is not that; this is an over-the-top comment about the horrendous conflict between the Israelis and the Palestinians.’ Labour backbencher John Woodcock posted on Twitter: ‘Listening to Ken Livingstone on LBC who won’t go further than saying Naz Shah’s comments were ‘over the top’. Hard to believe.’

Ken Livingstone has form with making offensive comments about Jews and Israel e.g. likening a Jewish journalist to a concentration camp guard was a similar attempt at dragging the Holocaust into the discourse.

Guido Fawkes also reports an astonishing interview by Labour MP Rupa Huq on the Today programme, in which she defended Naz Shah’s actions as merely a “silly” mistake and insisted: “Naz Shah did not write any anti-Semitic tracts, she just clicked share“.

Guido Fawkes (blog) reports that Shah had also employed a Labour councillor, Mohammed Shabbir, who is also alleged to have made antisemitic remarks, claiming Russian Orthodox Jews were involved in “the sex trafficking trade – demand is particularly high among Charedim, the conservative Orthodox Jews, many of whom are regular clients of brothels”.The Jewish Chronicle also runs a piece on Shabbir’s comments about the decision to fly the Palestinian flag – but not Israel’s flag – at Bradford town hall. It reports that when some councillors questioned why the Israeli flag could not be flown, Shabbir wrote:

 Many here in Bradford would be nauseated at seeing the Nazi flag or some other fascist with their Nazi salutes and chants. Frankly Israel is a ‘terror’ and ‘apartheid’ state, its vexillum has become a symbol of despotism and genocide. In my view there is not an appropriate time to fly this flag in Bradford. One may ask what could be this time?

Could it be at the return of British Israelis from Gaza with blood on their hands? I think not. Could it be during the Holocaust memorial? Many Jews and people will question the conflation of a tragedy and crime like the Holocaust with a flag committing another ethnic cleansing. So what is an appropriate time? There is none.

 Shabbir is reported to have said: “The views on my blog are all about humanity despite which religion people follow. My actions within my community speak louder than words and the comments on my blog have been misconstrued and taken out of context.”

More questions are being asked about other Labour party members, the latest involved the suspension of Khadim Hussain, a Labour councillor and former lord mayor of Bradford, who was put under investigation for sharing a Facebook post that complained “your school education system only tells you about Anne Frank and the 6 million Zionists that were killed by Hitler”. He has now quit the party.

Aysegul Gurbuz, 20, is the latest name drawn into a row threatening to divide the party. Gurbuz represents the High Town ward in Luton after being elected in May 2015. She also sits on a panel supervising Bedfordshire Police.

But messages on her Twitter account, now deleted, suggest strong support for Adolf Hitler who is referred to as “my man Hitler” and the “greatest man in history”. Another tweet hoped that Iran would use a “nuclear weapon” to “wipe Israel off the map”. Other tweets expressed “disgust” that “Jews are so powerful”, and one even stated “Ed Miliband is Jewish. He will never become prime minister of Britain.” One tweet said: “If it wasn’t for my man Hitler these Jews would’ve wiped Palestine years ago. Sorry but it’s a fact.” The tweet’s author added “Not hating on Jews btw”.

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There is a real nasty streak of anti-semitism running through the heart of the Labour party at present and the leader seems unable (or unwilling) to do anything to tackle it. However, given his support for Hamas and Hezbollah we should perhaps not be surprised by his stance. The Labour party is buying seats by pandering to the muslims and turning a blind eye to the “islamification” of a party I was once proud to vote for. No more!!!!!

Source Materials: Dalily Mail/The Guardian/The Independent/HuffingtonPost/Jewish Chronicle/GuidoFawkes

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Welcome to Manchester…………..I don’t think!

Yesterday I drove to Manchester to meet my daughter for coffee and as I always do I slung my camera around my shoulder (Pentax K50) with the hope of getting some interesting photographs of the city.

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I parked up near Strangeways Prison and made my way into the city centre via what can only be described as Manchester’s “low profile” cathedral. A quick scan of the skyline across the River Irwell and I saw the tremendous amount of building / development taking place which, would seem to indicate that the economic upturn has started in Manchester.

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I continued my ramble around the city centre and saw the chaos being created by the development of the new “tram track.” Cross Street and the bottom end of Market Street look a bit of a shambles, and lets face it, Manchester has never been one of the prettiest cities.

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I then wandered along Deansgate making my way to the Spinningfields area which is a business, retail and residential development in the west of the City, between South Deansgate and the River Irwell. Its aim is to enhance Manchester’s position in the global market and the development even won the Regeneration prize at the 2005 Property Awards.

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Basically the area is a “mountain of glass” with numerous high-rise offices, cafes / bistros and upmarket retail outlets. At the moment several enormous cranes dominate the area, as further development takes place and these are very impressive machines.

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So, as I wandered around I was taking photographs of the developing skyline when I was approached by a young man in a “high viz” yellow jacket who stopped me and asked why I was taking photographs. The conversation went something like this:-

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Security Guard: Why are you taking photographs?

Me: why do you want to know?

SG: its about security

Me: what do you mean security?

SG: are you taking photographs for commercial purposes or for your own personal use?

Me: that is for me to know and has nothing to do with you

SG: you need permission from the owners to photograph around here

Me: since when did I need permission to take photographs in the middle of a city, which is open to the public?

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By now I was getting a little bit pissed off with the line of questioning and he seemed to pick up on this and backed away muttering “we have to ask for security purposes.” As I walked away a gentleman tapped me on the shoulder and said “as one photographer to another, just a heads up, I get stopped when I try to take photographs around here, particularly if I set up my tripod to get professional shots. These so called security guards are a nuisance.” I thanked him for his advice and continued on my way.

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Now in these worrying days of islamic terrorism I appreciate the need for vigilance and security in city centres but there are ways and means of doing this rather than dressing it up as questions about “photography for commercial purposes” and warnings that “permission is needed to take photographs”.

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Moreover, if the security forces are using any kind of “profiling techniques” to identify possible security risks I hardly think that I, as a white, 67 year old, middle class man fall into any of the high risk categories!

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I think a little customer service training would not go amiss on the young man who questioned me, and it occurred to me “what kind of image does this approach give the city?” particularly, foreign tourists visiting for the first time.

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Don’t get me wrong, I am very fond of Manchester as it was the first major city I visited as a young teenager, travelled to the city to buy my precious jazz LPs back in the 60s and had the dubious distinction of having to walk home on new years eve after an evening of drinking at various dubious “dives” in the city……..and believe me a 13 mile walk at 2.00am on new years day after a lengthy drinking session is not one I would recommend.

So, my message to Manchester, stop being so officious and make people who come to the city welcome rather than treating them as “security risks” simply because they want to photograph the city.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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