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The Birds (II), 2013

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Richard and I have just completed our twenty-third collaboration. And it’s a bit of a special one. Visit Richard’s superb blog, CK Ponderings to see the results.

Here’s a sneak preview to whet your appetite…

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Get Ready For Love #1, #2, #3, 2013

Street Portrait (for and of Pierce) #1, 2013

Street Portrait (for and of Pierce) #1, 2013

Well, I’d spent about an hour trying to photograph birds in flight – don’t ask. Anyway, thwarted, hassled and with a crick in my neck I headed back where I should have been in the first place. And the first person I saw was Pierce. So in thrall to my quiet desperation about the lack of bird action was I that I walked straight past him. It took a while for his image to sink in. Yow! And then I was back there. Pierce was really good about letting me take shots of him (about ten) – these are the best two. Thanks very much, Pierce! Hope you like your pictures.

Street Portrait (for and of Pierce) #2, 2013

Street Portrait (for and of Pierce) #2, 2013

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If you want to see all the street portraits to date in one place, go here: http://tfipmremix.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/london-faces-remix/

Street Portrait (for and of Kenny) #1, 2013

So the day before yesterday saw sunshine briefly bathe Kingsway in a frigid yellow glow. In certain places it manifested itself as a harsh spotlight. When I saw Kenny I legged it to the middle of the road and took as many shots as I could between passing pedestrians and rumbling traffic.

We had a brief chat – and Kenny very generously agreed to having his portrait taken. Did I mention it was perishing cold? Anyway, thanks Kenny! Hope you like your picture.

Street Portrait (for and of Kenny) #2, 2013

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If you want to see all the street portraits to date in one place, go here: http://tfipmremix.wordpress.com/2012/12/03/london-faces-remix/

First Frost, 2013

This was taken in Beckenham, UK.

First Frost  is a short story anthology, edited by Charlotte Cole. It was published in 1998.

Contributors include: Charlotte Cole, Angela Carter, Helen Dunmore, Carol Shields, Margaret Atwood, Ali Smith and A.L. Kennedy. A pretty stellar line-up. It’s at this point that I have to admit to not reading it yet, although I’m a big fan of all the above-mentioned writers. Nikki says it’s great, so it’s gone on my list for this year.

Here’s what it says on the back cover: “Friendships growing in long winter evenings, moments of love in a snow-encrusted landscape, the heart-soaring freedom of a clear cold sky…First Frost is an irresistible and evocative collection of stories by some of the best contemporary women writers – a breathtaking winter read.”

And here’s the first paragraph of Helen Dunmore’s Girls on Ice:

Ulli has studied the brackish waters of the Baltic in high-school science. She remember field trips when she had to sample and test sea water before reading up on experiments which reported the leaching of DDT from the shores of our great neighbour into the tissues of the Baltic herring. Our great neighbour. That was what they called the Soviet Union then. Ironic, derisive. That was the way to survive. There are no national borders as far as pollution is concerned, their teacher had emphasised. They should arm themselves with information. It was their future.

In our house, this book can be found: dining room, left-hand bookshelves, second shelf down.

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Thanks to the usual suspects (John, Deanne and Terry) for title shenanigans and Richard at CK Ponderings for being a super-cool collaborator. Our next collaboration will be posted on Richard’s blog on Sunday.