Friday, 26 December 2014


Regular readers know that I like to keep the look and feel of the my postings light-hearted, especially as we get towards the Christmas end of the year. A time of goodwill, so this year is no exception. Have you ever wondered why Boxing Day is called Boxing Day? 

I thought it was the day that those fun presents like that - full drum kit - purchased for you by a favourite uncle who was better known for playing practical jokes. A day when the drums had to be packed back in their boxes, ready to return them to the shops. In exchange for something a bit quieter like a jigsaw!
Wikipedia says:- Boxing Day is a holiday traditionally celebrated on the day following Christmas Day, when servants and tradespeople would receive gifts, known as a 'Christmas box' from their bosses or employers.
Well times have changed. My last employer I worked for 25 years. The academic institution owes me quite a backlog of 'Christmas Boxes' numbering roundabout 25!  However, there is an earlier precedent dating from the Middle Ages. Being the time of opening up of the church poor box, to distribute alms to the needy. So maybe I should also go to see the local vicar as well.

Thursday, 25 December 2014

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Throughout the last few years of boat ownership. I have been taking a number of photographs around the canals and rivers system. Obviously the subject would vary depending on where we were and what we were doing.
The photographic image was taken using a Canon 550d DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) which is my camera of choice. I use Coral Paintshop Pro X6 photo editing software for adding the logo and creating a smaller thumbnail image.

There is no particular theme, other than most of my photography is waterways inspired. It's whatever that caught my attention at the time. So I thought I might include a few of my photographs into the blog. I am looking for titles to give to the images, you might like to suggest one of your own.

I take photographs for my own personal pleasure. Whilst I reserve copyright ownership of the photographic image. You are free to use the image for your own purposes as long as the logo is not removed and you give credit to where the photograph came from. The image provided on the blog is a thumbnail of the original photographic image. 

This late autumn, early winter image was taken just before dusk on the Trent and Mersey canal. With little to no wind the water provides an almost perfect mirror image of the landscape.

I rather like the way that water darkens the cloud reflection in the sky. The silhouette outline and lack of detail in the deep shadows very nicely hides the fact that there was a van parked under the trees.

Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Is it me!

Once more the Trust goes to the courts, seeking through inequality of arms to make people frightened and subdued. Just plane simple bullying. However, this time the case is lost and CaRT will stand with egg on its face once more.

Is it me!

Is it me I ask myself, whenever I question what's seems wrong;
its a foible a trait the way I am, and its been with me life long;
never could avoid the issue, I always had something to say;
it seems I was blighted or blessed, I can't help I am that way.

Well is it me because I question it, can't stand around to watch;
it irks and troubles me, when something has been botched;
there is much wrong in this life, and diplomacy not my way;
for I believe that the under dog,  must also have its day.

Yes its me that will stand up, to the way things are today;
might is never right, no matter what you think or say;
your comeuppance will come, and this might be the day;
there are many more like me, and I'm not going to go away.

It is me shining a light in the dark, where bad deeds are done;
there is still much to do, because you're not the only one;
you just remember that, you are always being observed;
people will still have their say, and the injustice will be curbed.

Friends can come and go, you have such a lot to learn; 
morels have a value, through them respect you'll have to earn;
because transparency and openness, is now the only way;
charitable in more than name, one day it might even pay.

The Alternative Canal Laureate.

Evan Keel.