. Words

So, I’ve been having a little internal debate with myself for some time now about the amount I write on my blog. I’m a photographer, I’m not a journalist. Inadvertently, my blogs seem to have become more like a review and that’s not something I ever intended. In a society where it seems that everyone is keen to have their opinion heard, whether it’s relevant or not, I began to question what right I had to bore people with my observations. I mean, my photographs are my observations too. Isn’t that enough?

Anyway, I opened up my debate to you good people out there and it seems that the majority of you appreciate a little story behind the pictures, so it looks as though you’re stuck with my inane ramblings for a while longer.

Be warned though, I have a lot going on in my head. My desk usually looks like this…

. Stand Out Comedy Tour

So, yesterday I caught up with three of the UK’s funniest female stand-up comics, Zoe Lyons, Jen Brister and Suzi Ruffell, on their first ever live tour together.

Following on from their recent appearances at Edinburgh Fringe, this tour is a combination of all the best bits, rolled into one. Three very different outlooks but all fantastically funny, and there was rarely a moment when the audience weren’t either captivated by one of the many engaging tales or rolling about their seats with laughter. These three ladies are seriously funny.

The evening, at Sound Control, was hosted by the hugely entertaining Heather Peace, who took a break from her own singing and acting to keep the evening running smoothly with her usual mix of charm and wit.

And to top it all off we had a special musical performance from AMiTY. Never have I seen anyone play the drums, guitar and sing all at the same time. The crowd loved it and were soon dancing in the aisles. A fantastic way to spend an otherwise miserable night in Manchester.

The tour continues around the UK this week and I can heartily recommend it.

. One final star-jump

So, love and respect to Ash & Richard, who yesterday completed their star-jumping journey up the Pennine Way.

I met the weary travellers in Scotland to bring them back home, but just before I did, we managed to fit in one more star-jump at Jedburgh Abbey… dressed as monks. The German tourists and staff seemed to find it all quite amusing!

Richard has a Facebook page dedicated to star-jumping (star jump spectacular), with pictures from across the globe. Why not add your own…?

. Star-jumping the Pennine Way

Two very good friends have won a magazine competition to walk the Pennine Way, which is a 270 mile trek from the Peak District, through 3 national parks and over the border into Scotland. They’ll be doing this in just over a week and won the competition because they said they’d like to star-jump all the way…well, at ever place of interest, at least.

Today, I’m joining them for one of the shorter sections of the walk…

Today’s section of the walk started in the very picturesque town of Hebden Bridge, before heading up over the moors to the equally pretty village of Haworth, 13 miles away.

We rested at ‘Top Withens’, reputed to be the setting for ‘Wuthering Heights’ by Emily Bronte, where we ate some very ample portions of Bakewell Tart and were attacked by either bats or pigeons. We weren’t entirely sure which. It all happened very quickly and it was dark inside the remains of Top Withins!

Good luck, chaps!!!