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Orwell’s England – August (The end)

(Golden September skies in Staffordshire last week) The blackberries are out again, a year’s spun by and I’ve finished my Orwell’s England project. In the same way that I rounded up July’s efforts, I’m going to whizz through my August photographs here. Midges – Magravine Cemetery One of the four rules that I set myself […]

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Orwell’s England June and July

Madrid Barajas Airport on one of my recent travels Summer came and I was struck by a run of weddings and birthdays that knocked me off my writing rhythm. To put it geographically, over the past ten weeks I’ve been to weddings (and related events) on the west coast of Scotland, in Staffordshire, Amsterdam, Berlin […]

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Orwell’s England Number Twenty Four – Stewed rhubarb

(To read about the project have a look at this page / Click on the image to see a detailed view) Subject: Stewed rhubarb Location: At home, Baron’s Court Orwell marked stewed rhubarb down for his second association in May, setting me an easier photograph than many of the others and also prompting me to […]

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Orwell’s England Number Twenty Three – The pleasure of not wearing underclothes

(To read about the project have a look at this page / Click on the image to see a detailed view) Subject: The pleasure of not wearing underclothes Location: Furnival Gardens, Hammersmith The few surviving photographs of George Orwell tell us without doubt that he was not a man of fashion. His choice of dress […]

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Orwell’s England Number Twenty Two: Seeing the first swallow, which is usually a sand-martin

(To read about the project have a look at this page / Click on the image to see a detailed view) Subject: Seeing the first swallow, which is usually a sand-martin Location: Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire When thinking of April, Orwell thought most of all of birds. With typical exactitude he pinpointed 14 April as the […]

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Orwell’s England Number Twenty One: The smell of the earth after a shower

(To read about the project have a look at this page / Click on the image to see a detailed view) Subject: The smell of the earth after a shower Location: Around Hertfordshire, various I decided to go beyond a simple photograph for this one. I had planned to hold a wide-angled lens right to […]

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Orwell’s England Number Twenty: The pleasure of hearing a cuckoo punctually on the fourteenth

(To read about the project have a look at this page / Click on the image to see a detailed view) Subject: The pleasure of hearing a cuckoo punctually on the fourteenth Location: Cassiobury Park, Watford I thought I’d try something different for this one. Birdsong is a difficult thing to convey in a photograph, […]

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Orwell’s England Number Nineteen: Hares boxing in the young corn

(To read about the project have a look at this page / Click on the image to see a detailed view) Subject: Hares having boxing matches in the young corn (in the right hand side of the photo, just above the gatepost) Location: Blithfield, Staffordshire There’s an old English saying, ‘As mad as a March […]

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Orwell’s England Number Eighteen: Icy Winds Sweeping Round Street Corners and Blowing Grit in Your Eyes

(To read about the project have a look at this page / Click on the image to see a detailed view) Subject: Icy winds sweeping round street corners and blowing grit in your eyes Location: Outside the Harlequin Shopping Centre I took this photo on 11 March, although it might well have been 11 January. […]

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Orwell’s England Number Seventeen: Wallflowers

(To read about the project have a look at this page / Click on the image to see a detailed view) Subject: Wallflowers Location: Barton Grange Garden Centre, Preston I thought I’d wait till the end of March for a wallflower, but contrary to its usual rhythms March grew colder as the month wore on. […]

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