The write stuff ..

If you follow me on Twitter you’ll know I’ve just finished writing a book. It’s a Children’s Adventure Story and I started it way back in the 1990s – so far back, in fact, that the original pages are actually all written on my old typewriter, replete with lots of xxxx and Tippex! After only a couple of chapters it got put to one side and lay in a draw until I picked it up again about 6 years ago. It’s taken me until now to finally type those magical words – The End !

I can’t tell you how good it was to finally finish it, and rather amusing to relate that I didn’t realise I had a word and page count on my Mac, so imagine my shock when, last week, I found out I’d written over 221, 000 words – spanning over 533 pages! Gulp!..

I’ve already submitted my manuscript to several publishers and it’s only now that I feel like a proper writer. I’ve had my first rejection!..


Get off yer arses ..

If you shop at Sainsbury’s supermarket you’ll be asked at the check-out if you’re collecting ‘Active Kids’ vouchers. I always reply ‘Kids shouldn’t need vouchers to be active’ (I know, what a wit!) .. and think nothing more of it but, yesterday, I saw a big advertising poster for the scheme announcing ‘Let’s get our kids active’ and I thought ‘what the hell is going on’? How come we suddenly need large companies to try to get kids off their arses? Eat well, move well and live well is the aim of the project. Well, the weather was gorgeous yesterday and, when I was a kid, that would have meant getting home from school, having a meal invariably involving chips and getting outside to play until it went dark. You couldn’t keep us in! Now that, my friends, was living well ..

Ps: Today’s shot is another from my archive at Martin O’Neill Photography ..

What a load of rubbish ..

As I turn more and more into Victor Meldrew – an ever-complaining fictional TV character for those of you reading overseas – I thought I’d share a photographic project I started a while back. It’s nothing I work on too much, just a slowly-growing collection of photographs taken as and when I see them. It’s called ‘Bush as Bin’ and features items of trash/rubbish/litter that have been left in our gorgeous green hedges. People in this country are so lazy! England is becoming one big trash heap! Ironically, the slogan on this discarded MacDonald’s bag reads ‘Some things we’d love to share’. Well, thanks for the thought you moron – now pick it up and take it home you lazy git ..

Falling Down ..

Still one of my favourite Wedding photographs, and I think it’s nice that it takes a second to clock what’s actually going on in the shot. I couldn’t resist it and I’ve decided to have a canvas print of this image made to go with my collection of ‘big’ shots in the studio window ..

It was nice to be back at Peckforton Castle on Saturday, although strange as I wasn’t there to take any Wedding photographs. We had a family get-together to celebrate an 80th birthday and all I can say is “Peckforton, your afteroon tea was delicious!” Of course, as I was drinking tea, there wasn’t much falling down done ..