Two Thousand & Eight – In Pictures


This period between Christmas and New Year always seems like a perfect time for recollection and preparation – so to work on the former I’m using my photographs on Flickr as a prop to recall what 2008 was all about. And if this seems a little self indulgent that’s because it is.


Started quietly and it seems photographically speaking uneventfully.


Saw us travel to Wembley to watch a dull game of football in a deal of luxury at no cost to ourselves (which is the best combination surely ?). I only ever went to the old Wembley Stadium once, many many moons ago (when I was too young to know better) not to see football but U2 (as I said many moons ago), so I’ve no idea how the new one compares. That said we were impressed with almost everything other than the football which was a shame given that it was Fabio Capello’s first game as England coach, England scraped a lacklustre win beating Switzerland 2-1.

We also visited the Botanic Gardens in Cambridge for the first time. I can’t work out why we’ve never been before but I’m sure that now we have we’ll return sooner and in more clement weather.


In March we had a week away in one of the Forestry Commissions cabins in Keldy, hidden away in the North York Moors National Park. In between feeding the squirrels we managed trips to York and Harrogate, travelled across the moors to Whitby (to hang out with the goths and go for fish and chips at The Magpie Cafe) and then finally visited the wildly out of season Robin Hoods Bay.

The drive home at the end of the week was more entertaining than the normal return to the everyday because of a detour via Hull to visit The Deep (and the Humber Bridge, which is always worth a diversion). And then not far from home we stumbled upon an impromptu performance by the Red Arrows training at RAF Scampton, which was nice.


Was the month in which I spent one of the coldest hours of my life. The hour in question was spent at Wells Town FC (‘Home of the Seasiders’) watching my nephew in the Under 10s beat the home side – soundly.

April was also the month when I travelled down to London with work which unintentionally allowed me to have a good nose around the rather wonderful refurbished and reopened  St Pancras.


Not much happening in May.

Picked up my dad up from Heathrow after his trip to Nepal and enjoyed the somewhat misleading welcome signage.

Ventured over to Blickling again (or Bono’s House if you’re a fan of Alan Partridge) and discovered the bookshop – quite how we’ve managed to miss it on previous occasions is odd however we won’t in the future as it’s like a mini Barter Books, more of which later.

Final event of the month was Steve Rayner’s 40th birthday party at the Sick Room with the mighty, marvellous Magoo making a very rare live outing and Chris TT in support. 


Off to the seaside for the weekend. Brighton again and this time we’re actually visiting in the summer (albeit the British summer). Brighton’s always an enjoyable place to spend time in and this time was no exception with graffiti and the many antique shops down The Lanes taking up most of our time.

Then another trip down to London for Interesting 2008. Which was very enjoyable and very very very interesting.

And finally I went along to Lynn Museum to see the newly installed Seahenge exhibit (which probaly isn’t the real Seahenge but hey I suspended my belief whilst I was there . . . ).



A quiet month other than our attendance at a World Championship sporting event. The event in question was the World Snail Racing Championship at Congham, beat that.

Tweets : [and now we have tweets to refer to also . . .]

I’m about to photograph a cake, somewhat outside my remit, but photograph I will. 11:43 PM Jul 9th

Settling back into work after a trip to view wonderful glass from the Czech Republic : 1:53 AM Jul 15th


August started with my attendance at the Tenant Participation Advisory Service conference at the Birmingham Metrople Hotel in – well not really Birmingham  – but an industrial estate on the outer edges of the city. It wasn’t as unenjoyable as I feared but by the same respect wasn’t as enjoyable as I hoped.

Later in the month we took a trip to Bath staying in a tip top B&B, 139. On the way there (in a roundabout way) we visited Stonehenge (which was a somewhat traumatic experience that I wouldn’t advise), Silbury Hill (which was being largely ignored) and Avebury (where I could have spent all day). Bath was an enjoyable place to wander about particulary due to the appearance of King Bladud’s Pigs.

Finally the icing on the month’s cake was a long delayed visit to the tremendous Collectors World in Downham Market which I advise you to visit now – and by that I mean right now.

Tweets :

Passing the site of the Battle of Naseby. 3:39 AM Aug 1st 

In my hotel room avoiding workshops and watching Dad’s Army. 7:12 AM Aug 2nd

At Stonehenge being mildly appalled. 6:44 AM Aug 17th

Looking for signs of Julian Cope in Avebury. 5:29 AM Aug 17th

When arriving at a hotel you’d always hope not to see ‘pest control’ also in the car park. 11:40 PM Aug 17th

Feeling paranoid because my optometrist fainted during my eye examination. 12:07 AM Aug 27th

At Collectors World in Norfolk – amazing and frightening ! 3:36 AM Aug 30th


September saw the Heritage Open Day come around again and we wandered out to see some of the buildings we missed in previous years – although to be honest the Masonic Lodge and the Majestic Cinema were top of my list again.

Continuing on the heritage theme we also drove over to Norwich later in the month, where I spent the day wandering the city on the trail of the Norwich 12.

Tweets :

Texting from inside the local Masonic Lodge – odd. 12:25 AM Sep 14th

Marvelling at a magic marble machine. 2:21 AM Sep 8th

Feeling gloomy. 8:05 AM Sep 24th

Wishing it was overcast. 4:44 AM Sep 19th

Preparing myself spiritually for a dull day in training. 10:08 PM Sep 1st


October saw a return trip to see the mighty mighty Hot Chip (and the equally fine Max Tundra in support) in Cambridge.

And a visit to the somewhat idiosyncratic Railworld in Peterborough.

Remarkably I’ve only just remembered our day trip to Great Yarmouth which is a shame because although some of the visiting party were reluctant to go (not me) an enjoyable time was had, highlights were the Louis Tussaud’s House of Wax (which were as entertaining as I hoped), the Docwras Rock Shop, the Merrival Model Village and just the town in general. Well worth a visit . . .

Tweets :

Warming up after a morning at Under 10s Football, most importantly ‘we’ won 5-1 and are now top of the league. To clarify I am over 10. 2:29 AM Oct 25th

Preparing to get down wit the kids at Hot Chip. 6:22 AM Oct 30th


November was a month of snow (not literally). The first early snow came at home on a Sunday late in the month – it didn’t last long, but hey snow is snow.

Once the excitement of the early snow had abated we were able to entertain ourselves with an evening in the company of Half Man Half Biscuit at the Waterfront in Norwich. 

Then back to the snow, this time in Northumberland for a return trip to Beacon Hill Farm. The weather somewhat influenced our itinerary whilst we were there however we still managed to get to Alnwick on my birthday to visit the wonderful (but very cold) Barter Books as well as getting out to Morpeth (for supplies), Newcastle (to take in the Laing Art Gallery, the Centre For Life and ahem the Metro Centre), and Durham (where we managed to stay on our feet despite the snow and ice). 

Tweets :

Fireworks outside – far too early for Obama. As ever I’m a little scared to look because of an overexposure to “The Day Of The Triffids”. 10:58 AM Nov 4th

Looking forward to giving my Joy Division Oven Gloves a trip out tonight with Tranmere’s finest. 5:50 AM Nov 12th

At a very very cold FA Trophy match. 5:54 AM Nov 22nd

Off to check the fog out on the Tyne. 10:54 PM Nov 30th

Hunkering down in deepest, darkest Northumberland. 11:49 AM Nov 28th


And so we come to December returning home (slowly) from Northumberland to the relative chaos of the last month of the year.

Tweets :

The snow has arrived ! 9:49 PM Dec 3rd from web

In Durham trying not to fall over in the ice and snow . . . 3:09 AM Dec 3rd from txt

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