Friday, October 31, 2008

A Book A Week In 2008

Finished, the 52nd book was Mark Billingham's thriller Lifeless in which an undercover policeman sleeps rough with London's down and outs in order to catch a killer who preys on the homeless.

2008 is the Year Of Reading, how are you getting on ?

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Gravestone Original and Cartooned





I've played around with this shot and added some photoscape effects, I'm drawn to cemeteries, to their tranquility and restfulness, and to their gothic art. I love the way the ivy has grown around the edges of this headstone.
We Remember



I don't know anything about F A Hitchen apart from the facts engraved on his memorial headstone, he joined the army probably when he was 18, at just 19 years old he died, a soldier of his country, fighting for a free world, and was buried in Ilkley.

For all the things that I am, that I am able to do, is because of men like him.



2008 Poppy Appeal
A Walk In The Woods

Just to see what I could find to take photogrpahs of, which turned out mostly to be fungi.



Ganoderma Adspersum, almost as woody as the tree it was growing on, inedible. (Or it might be Fomus Fomentarious)



Shaggy Pholiota, bitter tasting and inedible.

I can't identify any of the ones below, post in the comments if you know what any of them are.

















Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Ingleborough



The boys have now done two of the 3 Peaks, so getting to the top of this one is our next goal.
Yorkshiresoul's Arse - Bigger Than Pen-y-Ghent !

Three days ago the heroic competitors in this year's OMM were walking through Biblical storms and floods, today we wandered up Whernside in lovely crisp Autumnal sunshine.



Stephen and Wosser with Whernside behind them.



Ribblehead Viaduct.



Joseph and Kevin striding up the hill, Jo and Stephen soon turned into mountain goats and went scampering up the hill whilst us older / fatter / much less fit old farts ached and creaked and moaned our way up.

It was a busy day on Whernside, with lots of hikers and campers walking up and down.



Ingleborough in the background.



At the summit, Kevin, Patrick, Wosser, Stephen, Joseph, YS behind the camera.



Lunch, and whilst I'm wandering around taking pictures, Wosser utters the sort of comment that could go down in the gang's folklore, "YS, move your arse - I can't see Pen-Y-Ghent."

The weather today was cool and sunny on the way up, but the incoming weather front pushed a band of freezing air in front of it and brought the lightest dusting of snow on the way down. On two of my last three ascents of Whernside the weather conditions have been atrocious, especially when I did the 3 Peaks with Steve, so it was really nice today to walk up in good weather.

Hill walking is great fun, and I'm really happy that my mates are starting to join me, I've walked all my life ever since being introduced to it as a cub scout and I would encourage anyone to get out into the countryside. Just learn how to read a map and use a compass, be weather aware and get yourself out there, push yourself a bit and see how wonderful our little island can be.

Monday, October 27, 2008

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Peace Dove Fail

Animals dying, it's not funny, except when it is.

Log Throwing Fail

It's OK, he's not dead, although a Darwin Award would be well deserved.

Not Safe To Eat



Fly Agaric growing on the golf course, poisonous and hallucinogenic.
It Rained A Bit Last Night



This is the 3rd hole at Ilkley Golf Club this morning.



The 13th hole, which has become a little island.



Refelctions in a large pool on the 6th.

I won't see many customers today.

Saturday, October 25, 2008

A La Carte Night

Apologies if some of the shots are slightly out of focus or badly composed, it was rather hectic setting the meals up and trying to photograph them at the same time.

STARTERS

Pan seared scallops on a green pea puree with pack choi £4.50



Warm black pudding and chorizo salad £3.50



Lishman’s Merguez sausage with white bean casserole £3.50



Mediterranean fish soup with aioli topped croute £3.50




MAIN COURSES

Pork fillet stuffed with garlic and peppers served on an apple and cider sauce £12.00




Glazed shoulder of lamb with champ and a balsamic jus £12.00



Monkfish fillet with mussels in a saffron cream sauce £13.00



Seared duck breast on a sweet potato puree with crispy pancetta served with a red wine reduction £12.00



We know we didn't get the reduction right on this one, so we reduced it again to get a better consistency, but I didn't take a pic of that one as it was getting a little hectic.



DESSERTS

Pear frangipane tart with white chocolate sauce £3.25

Baked apple filled with brandy soaked vine fruits and served with vanilla ice cream £3.25



Whiskey and honey cream parfait with coffee syrup £3.50

A selection of cheeses served with biscuits and chutney £3.95



Two people have contributed hugely to tonight's success, chef Phil pictured above without whom we simply couldn't have cooked the food, and Meg who managed the room (and turned our card room into a lovely country house styled dining room), printed the special menu's and generally did all the things that I forgot. Thanks also to the Presidents and Captains and the Hon Sec for letting us show off, and to my Chairman of House John for having the confidence in us to let us do this. Not to forget Rob, Paula and Julia who did an excellent job of waiting and clearing and serving on.

I missed pictures of some of the desserts, but we have some spare so I might set them up and photograph them tomorrow.
The Photography Of Beth Cooper







Beth attends Ilkley Grammar School and shot these pictures as part of a work experience project, the lovely model is our very own Paula Chatterjee. If Beth gets a Flickr (or similar) page I'll put up a link to it.
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Tonight's Menu

STARTERS

Pan seared scallops on a green pea puree with pack choi £4.50

Warm black pudding and chorizo salad £3.50

Lishman’s Merguez sausage with white bean casserole £3.50

Mediterranean fish soup with aioli topped croute £3.50


MAIN COURSES

Pork fillet stuffed with garlic and peppers served on an apple and cider sauce £12.00

Glazed shoulder of lamb with champ and a balsamic jus £12.00

Monkfish fillet with mussels in a saffron cream sauce £13.00

Seared duck breast on a sweet potato puree with crispy pancetta served with a red wine reduction £12.00


All of our main courses will be served with potatoes and fresh vegetables or a mixed salad.


DESSERTS

Pear frangipane tart with white chocolate sauce £3.25

Baked apple filled with brandy soaked vine fruits and served with vanilla ice cream £3.25

Whiskey and honey cream parfait with coffee syrup £3.50

A selection of cheeses served with biscuits and chutney £3.95



Coffee and petit fours £1.50
Clouds At Sunset







Apple Crisps



To garnish my baked apples stuffed with brandy soaked vine fruits and home made vanilla ice cream.

We're doing an a la carte night at the golf club tonight, invitation only for the officers, we will try to take photos of the food if time allows.
Chef Phil



He's not usually a shy, retiring sort, just when I get the camra out.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Guns 'n Roses Chinese Democracy Gets Release Date, Snore



Back we go, back into the mists of dawn, back to the dawn of rock, or back a decade at least when GnR last put out any original music.

For those rock kids that have never heard of Guns 'n Roses, they used to be quite big. No wait, they were huge, their album Appetite For Destruction sold by the millions, over 28 million copies sold worldwide, that's a lot of vinyl. GnR had as much interested in drugs as they did in music, they are right up ther with the Ozzy Osbournes / Motley Crues / Aerosmiths of the drug taking rock heirachy.

That said, they managed a couple of ep's and two hugely overblown albums Use Your Illusion 1+2 which contained about a single album's worth of decent songs, but about six years after the band had hit the rock scene they beagn to dissolve. Band members were fired, others left, and soon Axl Rose was all on his own with just the legal rights to the band's name for company.

The various other members of GnR have had some success (well, Slash mostly) with Snakepit, Velvet Revolver (Slash didn't learn first time around about dysfunctional singers obviously) and others.

Axl has spent the last decade making Chinese Democracy, which has become an industry byword for "it'll never happen", hiring and firing people with great regularity, booking and cancelling shows and getting into fights in nightclubs.

And he's got a really shit haircut.



Who is in GnR now then ? Well if I told you that he fired a guitarist called Buckethead and replaced him with one called Bumblefoot would it give a clue to Axl's mental state ? What made him think that replacing the uber cool Slash with a man who wears a Kentucky Fried Chicken bucket on his head was a good idea ? GnR, whoever they are, are the Axl Rose Ego Support Band and nothing else, Axl, Slash, Izzy, Duff, Adler, that was the band. Perhaps with half a band's original line up you can call them the same thing, but this incarnation is not GnR no matter what a legal document may claim.

So now the fabled Chinese Democracy album is due to be relased on the 24th of November, but who cares ? GnR were the band of the moment when they released AFD, it was a awesome album packed ful of rock songs that sound vibrant, aggressive and fresh today, by Illusion they had become a bloated Spinal Tap parody of themselves, still able to pull off the occasional blinder but too addled to cut out the rubbish. Another ten years on and does anyone really care what GnR have become, do Axl and the band name still have enough pulling power after all this time, and the main question for intrigued rock fans...are you going to line Axl's pockets with more of your hard earned cash, or just log onto Limewire/Soulseek/Bittorrent ?