” That’s the sound of the man working…


…on the Chain Gang.

I’ve been reviewing, it’s that time of year. I took this bit of video in Gloucester where they repair and refurbish boats and ships some time ago. This one is a fine tall ship. I was struck by the fact that these guys were chipping away at a chain! How much more interesting if they’d got a bit more of a rhythm to it. Perhaps they could have done it to the sound of the Chain Gang as sung by the great Sam Cooke

Sam Cooke

. I think the ship is called the Kaskelot, and it’s worth looking at the site from the link below. Re-caulking is what the chap by the ship is doing, that is hammering in bits of rope that are in between the boards that make the hull, there’s much more information on the link that will give all the interesting details about how it was all done.

There’s more information right here: The Kaskelot

As you can see I’m trying my hand a little videos, I hope you enjoy them.

Do you get to try them all?

It was a question I forgot to ask of the gentleman in the photo, who runs this family off- licence in Sheffield  where I’ve been again. Dropped into this place in Walkley which is not far from the University area of the City and is well worth a visit. I’ve never seen so many varieties of beer and whisky ( and other alcoholic beverages with strange names ) in one place. Belgian beers and some fine malt whiskies. It’s a family run operation and the shop itself has not changed radically for many years.

They don’t seem to have a website but they certainly have a Facebook page, take a look or better still go and try some of their stuff: The Dram


We’ve had some of those bright sunny winter days where the light is better almost than at any other time, clear and sharp. I came across this building in Sheffield which has some fine brickwork. It’s the end of a church built entirely of brick and in perfect condition, I’d love to have seen the bricklayers putting that together. I’ve tried my hand at bricklaying and for those of you with a tense disposition I’d recommend it. I was only let loose on some garden walls but found the whole thing extremely relaxing. I was advised after completing my handywork that I’d better not be let loose on anything vital like a garage, or I’d need a rubber car. Lets say that the walls ‘swayed’ a little. Not a problem with this building.


Note the artistic juxtaposition of brick and winter sky. There it is again: that word: juxtaposition. It’s one of those words heard on radio four arts programmes and it’s usually when I reach for the off switch. Pretentious? Moi?

Speaking of art I came across this brilliant piece of work by an unknown artist. You could call it an installation or give it another name like “Untitled”. It’s not likely to exist for much longer as it’s on display on a poster site down the road near Carphone Warehouse and the “canvas” is likely to be re-used soon for a bog-off promotion for Tesco.


Thanks for popping in!