Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Bourne...

England v Tunisia turned out to be a decent game. The England players didn’t look, as they usually do in major tournaments, like rabbits caught in the headlights. They’d had quite a few chances, and spurned them all, before Harry Kane had a simple tap-in. Tunisia won a penalty, which seemed harsh, and the game looked to be heading for a draw until Kane, unmarked, diverted the ball into the net with a well-timed header in added time. Two scruffy goals mean that England have a very good chance of getting out of their group and into the knockout stages. A collection of England fans paraded through the streets of Bourne after the game, and a few drivers joined in, with blasts on their horns.

Just licensed this shot of Ambleside youth hostel (actually at Waterhead)...


Monday, 18 June 2018

Eng-er-land...

Back in Rutland, by chance, having breakfast in Oakham. After a day’s writing, I’ll find a congenial pub where I can watch England’s first game in the World Cup, against Tunisia. I hope we win, while acknowledging that we might not… so the best attitude to adopt, while watching, will be a zen-like calm…

Just licensed this shot of Preston's iconic bus station...


Sunday, 17 June 2018

Coventry...

An enjoyable couple of days with Chas in Coventry. Instead of a card for Father's Day, or Sunday lunch at a Harvester restaurant, he allowed me to mow his lawn.

Just licensed this shot of Kendal...


Thursday, 14 June 2018

World Cup...

Had a couple more days in a friendly, bijou campsite near Rutland Water. Having edited and uploaded 148 pix, my eyes ache. The World Cup starts today, and the England flags are starting to appear… to mark ‘fifty two years of hurt’.

Classrooms at Uppingham School...


Wednesday, 13 June 2018

Father James...

Wandering around Uppingham School, I popped into the chapel, just after a service had finished, and had a chat with Father James, a young chaplain with a puppyish enthusiasm for the school. Later, having got all the pix I wanted, I was collared by the bursar, who reminded me that the school grounds were private property. After we’d exchanged ’a few words’ he sent me to the headmaster to be beaten. It was just like old times.

Father James striding across the quad...


Monday, 11 June 2018

Scotland v England...

Had a couple of sessions yesterday, photographing around Uppingham, my old school, and catching some cricket on the TV of a pub in the marketplace. Scotland v England didn’t sound very promising - England should win easily, I imagined - though it turned out to be a hell of a game. The Scots batted first, and carted the best of England’s bowlers all over the ground. They ended up with 370, which looked like a winning total. England kept up with the rate, thanks to a rapid century from Jonny Bairstow, but wickets kept falling. Joe Root was run out needlessly, and a couple of other batsmen offered easy catches. In the end it was Moeen Ali and the bowlers who tried to see England home… only failing by 6 runs. The Edinburgh crowd had seen a memorable Scottish win and 736 runs scored in a day. I wonder if the foootball World Cup, beginning on Thursday, will offer as much excitement.

Another supermarket shot, licensed last week...


Saturday, 9 June 2018

Back in Rutland

Another quiet day, driving north to favourite haunts around Rutland, followed by a productive session editing the book. At this stage I feel the need to find somewhere with electricity and wifi, for a few days of intense editing. I need to finish the book before I start getting bored with it…

Licensed last week: a supermarket in Blackburn...