The way different animals migrate has fascinated people for countless millennia. From salmon swimming upstream with unerring accuracy to find their spawning grounds, to birds flying south to avoid the cold touch of winter, to herds of wildebeest locating their fresh grazing lands. It’s a reminder that there are some parts of nature that willContinue reading “The Migration of the Teddy Bears”
Of all the buildings in the Isle of Man, this must be one of the most remarkable. Cynics scoffed when the Third Ronague Cub Pack proposed building a replica of the Eiffel Tower out of lolly sticks, next to their hut. But under the watchful eye of their Akela, Mrs Kineen, the result, as youContinue reading “Tower Record”
Let me take you by the thoroughly-sanitised hand and lead you through the streets of the Isle of Man. When I’m not photographing the interesting or frankly bizarre buildings of my own dear Ellan Vannin, I also like to mix things up a bit by taking pictures of some of the more attention-grabbing street namesContinue reading “Signs of Wonder”
Here’s another of my pictures of Manx buildings. This one definitely isn’t too pretty but it has an interesting history. It’s a Second World War lookout pillbox, on Douglas Head. It was built as a line of defence for HMS Valkyrie, a naval base once situated on the Head, where personnel were trained in secretContinue reading “Pertwee’s Pillbox”
Now and then I get a chance to write for the website We Are Cult. As the name suggests it covers TV, music, books, films, and other stuff that’s much-loved but a few steps away from the best sellers. It’s always a joy to see the articles that I’ve written presented in such a stylishContinue reading “We Are Cult”
Everyone has it. The cupboard that seems to function as a portal to another dimension. Not in a magical ‘gateway to Narnia’ fashion, but in a ‘put things into it and they vanish off the face of the Earth’ sort of way. Shortly after embracing the ways of decluttering, I made an attempt to bringContinue reading “The Cupboard of Chaos”
Here’s another picture I’ve taken of a building in the Isle of Man that’s caught my attention. Well, in this case, it didn’t so much catch my attention as take up a place in my subconscious, when I was naught but a Micro-Mark. If you know the island in even the slightest way, then IContinue reading “King of the Castles”
A hobby of mine is taking pictures of buildings around the Isle of Man that have caught my attention, for good or bad reasons. I thought I might post a few here, starting with this great big gateau of a construction, at the southern end of Douglas Promenade. This was originally built as The GrandContinue reading “The Ghost of The Grand Hotel”
The poet TS Eliot observed that he had measured out his life in coffee spoons. These days, he’d be better off with cake forks. We seem to mark major life events with cake. Is it your birthday? Here’s a cake. Had a baby? Cake will help. Getting married? You get a cake that’s actually threeContinue reading “Googling my Bonnag”
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