I was pleased to be invited to do the start and finish line photos for the Bob and Bert’s North Coast 5K and 10K charity run this year again, The finished images, all 671 of them are in an on-line gallery, for free download for the participants, and can be accessed at this LINK. You’ll need a PASSWORD to access the gallery and that password will be available from the event organisers.Continue reading Bob and Bert’s North Coast 5K and 10K
BOB & BERT’S 10K & 5K Run at Portrush.
Some photos from Portrush’s big charity running event sponsored by Bob & Bert’s – the well known local coffee shop – (They do a fantastic Caesar salad…) on Friday 3rd September 2021.
The race was held around 7.30pm, so by the time the runners were getting back to the starting point the light was falling significantly, necessitating a high ISO. Most were shot at ISO3200 on the Fujifilm X-T4Continue reading Bob & BeRT’s 10k & 5K Run
The traditional ‘Last Saturday in August’ parades of the Royal Black Preceptories were held locally this year, instead of county-wide, as usual, so Saintfield District RBP paraded through Ballygowan, Co.Down. Here’s some images, shot from our front gate!
In Northern Ireland, the 12th of July is a major event, the annual celebration of the victory of King William III, Prince of Orange, over the forces of King James II of England, at the Battle of the Boyne in 1690, a victory over the oppressive Stuart dynasty, which granted freedom of religion for everyone in the British Isles. In 2020 the annual festival was cancelled because of Covid, and this year, 2021, only small local parades were held.
The closest parade to me was at Saintfield, Co.Down, and I went along with the Fujifilm X-T4, and two lenses, the 16-55mm f/2.8 and the new 70-300mm f/4. I’m looking for character shots, faces and figures and action and determination…Continue reading Saintfield Twelfth
On Tuesday 22nd June, 2021 our local seat of government, the classic Parliament Building of Stormont, Belfast, was illuminated in blue, to mark the centenary of the first sitting of the Northern Ireland Parliament in 1921. I was commissioned to photograph the building, for publicity purposes, by Traditional Unionist Voice, one of the local political parties, whose initiative had led to this special commemoration event.Continue reading Stormont in Blue
Here’s my ‘Car of the Week’ for Easter –
its a fabulous BMW M4 Coupe, complete with Competition Sideskirts, and retailing new at a breathtaking £103K!Continue reading Supercar – The BMW M4 Club Sport Coupe
Tim (my son) who is a coffee aficionado, bought me some ’38 Coffee’ whole beans for Christmas. I’d duped him into thinking I was getting a brand new professional Gaggia from Santa, and he kindly thought that I’d need some beans for the big day – and of course to make him a decent cup of Americano. I was lying, of course – a serious breach of ethics, and one of those conscience riddled challenges that we all face from time to time.Continue reading 38 Espresso – An After-Christmas Taste Treat!
Motivation and Inspiration
It’s encouraging to drive along a road and see some inspirational words on a wall. In Belfast, it makes a nice change from some of the darker, paramilitary or terrorist inspired murals. Ant when you are ‘getting on a bit’ like me, this wall on the Newtownards Road is particularly appropriate – a good incentive to keep going!
This area of Belfast is known as ‘Ballymacarrett’ – an ancient townland name, and the home of many of the old Belfast industries, most notably the famous Harland and Wolff Shipyard, Short Brothers aircraft factory, the Belfast Rope Works and the Scirocco Works.
The mural features everything that is good about East Belfast, its community and renown, including CS Lewis, born in East Belfast. Also included are a ballerina, Belfast City Hall, and a group of children playing in the street, a boy releasing a dove, symbolising peace.
The main text on the mural is:
You are never too old to set another goal, or to dream a new dream.
The Bathrooms and the Board Room!
I’ve finally got around to uploading part three of my Templemore Avenue Baths Project. If you haven’t seen Part One and Two, you can find them here.
The Public Baths was more than just a swimming pool (or two!). The original idea of the baths was to provide hygiene for the people of East Belfast at a time when houses had no bathrooms. The old bathrooms are long out of use, but I was able to get a look at them. Continue reading Templemore Avenue Baths (Part 3)
Where have all the tourists gone?
I sat for an hour or so in Derry’s Guildhall Square, watching the people coming and going, drunks, locals, buskers, children, parents, tour guides and even the odd tourist… All manner of life passes through it.