Yorkshire Sculpture Park on a glorious August day……………..

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Blue skies, cotton wool clouds and a temperature of 18c (that is warm for the UK) meant that a trip to the Yorkshire Sculpture Park was on the cards for today. After parking about a mile from the park and wandering trough several fields (with marvellous views of West Yorkshire) we arrived at the park.

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A gentle stroll along a shaded lane to the bridge, afforded wonderful views to both ends of the lake. The flora and fauna this year are exceptional, beautiful colours and a variety of wildlife to boot!

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The park was very busy with lots of visitors, particularly young families. This is an ideal place to bring them as they can run free and do all the things kids are supposed to, but often are stopped from doing so in these “risk aversion days.

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It doesn’t matter how many times you have visited the park, there is always something new to discover, wildlife to see and people to engage in conversation with, as you amble around the park.

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With trusty Pentax K50 in hand, I did my walk taking photographs of anything that took my fancy, panoramic views, shots of the woods and today some of the insect life of the park, notably the butterflies. I shall be moving to another part of the north of England in a few weeks and the Yorkshire Sculpture Park is the thing I will miss most………….but I am sure I shall make occasional forays across the border to visit this wonderful place.

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Above are some of the photographs I took today, and below a series of photos displaying a very powerful and profound message about art!

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Photographs (c) Kindadukish 2017

 

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Huddersfield Food & Drink Festival 2017

Yes, it’s that time of year again when the food festival hits the streets of Huddersfield, or to be more precise the station square and one or two side streets. I visited today and similar to last year we were blessed with good weather thus ensuring a healthy turnout by the locals. The festival has built something of a reputation and today I saw food from over a dozen different countries on sale.

One disappointment for me though was the fact that it is virtually all street food stalls, whereas in previous years there have been more people selling products. Having said that there were some old favourites in attendance including “Drizzle of Oil” from Honley and the “Chillie Jam”man.

A wide variety of local and regional beers were in attendance at the various bars and although it was early in the day considerable alcohol was being appreciated by seasoned drinkers. I stuck to cappuccino from the little mobile van that goes by the name of “Mini mocha coffee” and what excellent coffee it was.

I eventually succumbed to some food but was overwhelmed with the choice before me. Eventually I settled on a falafel, olive and salad  from the North African / middle eastern food stall. The stall holder said they had been so busy yesterday afternoon that they had sold out of all their food.

This year they seem to have abandoned the cookery demonstrations on the main stage and replaced them with music. The band playing when I arrived seemed to be of Indian origin and were making a hell of a racket for early in the day. Perhaps this is just a sign that I am getting old! Musically they were good……….just a little loud.

Still, it seems another successful food festival which will raise the profile of Huddersfield as a town intent on developing and embracing the 21st century. Below are some of the images I captured at the festival today.

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Photographs (c) Kindadukish 2017

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Sounds of the Sixties………get rid of Tony Blackburn PLEASE!

 

 

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As a child of the 60s my formative musical education was based around the emerging popular music scene of the time. As a teenager I listened to the Rolling Stones, Yardbirds, John Mayall, the Searchers, Swinging Blue Jeans as well as the music coming out of America, in particular the Stax and Tamla Motown artists.As I approach my 69th birthday I look back upon this time with great nostalgia and indeed still listen to records form this era. I recently bought a four CD collection of 60s music, and whilst there is some real dross on it (I was Kaiser bills batman) there is some great stuff featured (The Wanderer, Good Vibrations).

So in recent years I was a regular listener to BBC Radio 2 show “Sounds of the Sixties” introduced by the excellent Brian Mathew. In his long career he had been the host of Saturday Club among other programmes, and began presenting Sounds of the Sixties in 1990, often employing the same vocabulary and the same measured delivery he had used in previous decades.

His Saturday show broadcast between 8–10 am was often an island oasis of good music compared to the rest of the dross pumped out by other BBC radio shows. His articulate, intelligent and no nonsense approach were so welcome in an era of the “look at me DJ”. Mathew’s musical knowledge was unmatched and reflected the years he had been in the business plus the research that he must have done to prepare his programmes.

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He was very self-effacing and the focus of his programme was the music, nothing else. Despite being in his late 80s his enthusiasm for the music came across clearly in every broadcast and he was pure joy to listen to.

On 26 November 2016, Tim Rice stood in as presenter of the show. Rice announced that he would be sitting in for a few weeks since Matthew was “under the weather, Matthew had collapsed at home and had spent a few weeks in hospital. On 27 January 2017, the BBC announced that he would not return to the programme because of ill health. Matthew himself, however, disagreed with the BBC’s statement, saying: “That’s absolute balderdash. I was ready and willing and able to go back, and they’ve just said they are going to put the programme in the hands of other people.

The BBC’s off-hand treatment led to an e-petition signed by thousands of “avids” demanding his return. As a result, Matthew presented his final show on Saturday 25 February 2017.  A week later 4 March 2017, Sounds Of The 60s passed to Tony Blackburn. However a Brian Matthew show from 2015 was broadcast in the repeat slot on 6 March 2017 with new linking material from Matthew.

And so we come to the crux of the matter, namely Tony Blackburn. A man who thinks the show is about him, his pathetic juvenile humour (Arnold the dog anyone?) and his need to talk about who he has met, talked to and appeared with. The show has also been moved to the 6 – 8.00am slot when most of us oldies are probably still in bed, so thanks BBC for ignoring your older listeners and forgive me if I treat your “diversity and inclusiveness” policy with the contempt that it deserves.

Just get rid of Tony Blackburn, he is an insult to the late Brian Mathew and the legacy that he left for playing excellent music and treating his audience as adults with intelligence.

 

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All whites are racist according to black Cambridge student……………….

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Cambridge University is investigating remarks by the head of an equality group who claimed “all white people are racist” and praised protesters who clashed violently with police.

Jason Osamede Okundaye, 20, who runs the university students’ Black and Minority Ethnic Campaign, posted the comment on Twitter on Friday night after protests over the death of Rashan Charles turned violent and police were attacked in London.

Tweets from his account encouraged the protesters and claimed that white people had “colonised” the Dalston neighbourhood of east London. Police are also investigating his remarks.

One tweet said: “Watching these middle-class white people despair over black people protesting in their colonised Dalston is absolutely delicious.”

Another read: “ALL white people are racist. White middle class, white working class, white men, white women, white gays, white children they can ALL geddit.”

Of course given that he is of Nigerian stock and that the country has a well known reputation for:-

  • Bribary
  • Corruption
  • Kidnapping
  • Financial scams
  • Internet scams
  • Inter tribal warfare

perhaps we should expect nothing less from such an individual. However, some might accuse me of making sweeping generalisations and stereotyping with my above descriptions. But if he considers it legitimate to class all “white people” as racists I feel imbued to make my comments about Nigerians (said with tongue in cheek).

I will now await a knock on the door from the “thought police” to question me about my post. And if so, I do hope he receives the same “treatment!”

Source: Timesonline/Personal comment
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Turkish women reject Erdogans wish to “islamify” (and control) them

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Hundreds of women have taken to the streets of Istanbul to protest against the violence and animosity they face over demands to dress more conservatively.

Turkish women participating in the march on Saturday, dubbed “Don’t Mess With My Outfit”, chanted slogans and carried denim shorts on hangers as examples of the type of clothing that some men in the country find unacceptable.

“We will not obey, be silenced, be afraid. We will win through resistance,” they chanted.

This move to suppress the rights of women is symptomatic of the Islamification of Turkey and driven by the the current president Erdogan. And this is a country that EU members want to admit to membership!

Source:BBConline

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The Lake District……..ascent of Hallin Fell

 

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On top of Hallin Fell

I ventured up to the Lake District earlier this week for a few days to do a little walking and more importantly to get out with my camera to photograph this area of outstanding beauty. For those of you familiar with the lake District you will know that the weather can be very changeable and as someone once commented “its one of the few places you can get four seasons in one day.”

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Looking north up Ullswater

Tuesday morning was grey and overcast but we set out to drive along Ullswater to a place called Howtown on the east side of the lake. We parked the car and set out to ascend Hallin Fell, passing some workmen on the way who were still repairing a bridge damaged in the 2015 floods. The air was breathless and the water on the lake perfectly calm, the view from the steamer jetty, even with low clouds, was stunningly beautiful.

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The view along Martindale from Hallin Fell

Hallin Fell is very popular with walkers and before setting out I had a quick look on Wikipedia and this is what it said “The climb from Howtown to the obelisk at the summit is short and easy, there are also multiple paths up from St Peters Church  at The Hause and from Howtown  hamlet.” Well, short it may be, but easy it is not, unless I selected one of the more difficult routes, and the fact that I am not as fit as I used to be (could be something to do with age).

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The steamer on its way to Pooly Bridge

We started the ascent but regularly had to stop and take in the inspiring view looking back along Martindale, the fell tops were caressed by low clouds slowly drifting over them creating a somewhat eerie atmosphere.

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Parish church of St Peter, Martindale

Onwards to the top with my legs and knees beginning to feel the strain and I was lulled into a false sense of achievement when I reached a ridge which I thought was the summit, only to have my hopes dashed when I realised there was still some distance to go. Eventually we reached the top and the famous “obelisk” that marks the summit.

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The jetty at Howtown looking across the lake

During the next bit of the climb we came across the carcass of a dead sheep, I can only assume that it either died of natural causes or had been savaged by some other animal, the state it was in I would think the latter.

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Sheep carcass passed on the ascent of the fell

I have to say that the exertions of the climb were a small price to pay for the spectacular views along the lake, both north and south. Looking to the south of the lake I spotted a small object moving slowly, and gradually the Ullswater steamer came into view. Moving very sedately it created wonderful patterns in its wake and it was just possible to make out all the passengers on board enjoying the trip.

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A Herdwick sheep, breed indigenous to Cumbria

We spent a good half hour at the summit enjoying the panorama, and in some ways reluctant to take the trail down and give up the wonderful views. But eventually we started our descent and some time later, with creaking knees we arrived at the base of the fell and then made our way back to the car……….at a very genteel pace (and with aching knee joints).

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Young girls testing themselves on Ullswater……..and very impressive they were

If you are visiting the Lake District I recommend you put Hallin Fell on your itinerary, the effort of reaching the top is more than worthwhile………………..

Photographs (c) Kindadukish 2017

 

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“Mum, I need to wee…….NOW!”

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Yesterday I was visiting my local supermarket and was casually ambling along the wines and beers aisle I heard the sound of screaming and screeching emanating from what could only be very young children.

As I turned in to the  next aisle I saw two young children (possible about three years of age or perhaps a little younger) running up and down the aisle, hiding behind stanchions and screaming at each other. Their mother was over at the meat stall selecting products and appeared oblivious to the racket the two kids were making.

Now I am not known for my tolerance (as my wife and daughter regularly remind me) but I thought “just ignore it, finish your shopping and go.” So with this in mind I carried on shopping when the woman and the two kids came past me. The next thing I heard was the kid dressed in the Spiderman outfit (all in one jumpsuit) yelled at the top off his voice “I need to wee” The mother shouted at him “can you wait until I have finished” to which he screamed even louder “I need to wee NOW!”

The mother by this time was pushing a trolley laden with food but she had to abandon it and run out of the store to take the little lad for a wee, I thought it will be entertaining trying to get him out of his spiderman outfit. It did cross my mind that this was some kind of “divine retribution.”

I then paid for my goods and left the store and as I walked back to my car I thought, despite being an avowed atheist, perhaps there is some kind of deity after all…………

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