Saturday, May 24, 2008


We have a perfectly good swimming baths already, just off St paul's Square where my last two post have been from, so why they are building this one is anyone's guess. We asked for a cinema. Perhaps it was a typo, or the the wording got lost in (the Manx) translation, but instead of the cinema, we don't have and need, we get a new swimming baths, we don't need. Town Planners, who obviously don't reside here, must surely be responsible. The image amused me as to the left you can see a mock up billboard of the shiny new building when finished, basking under a brilliant blue sky and solitary cloud, which I tried to emulate. Enlarge to see.

Today I'm going to mention fellow bloggers who for varied reasons known to me deserve a namecheck. It's something I'm going to do more of as I do feel the blogging community has astonished me with your interest in this tiny island. It's a way of saying thanks and perhaps sharing blogs you may not previously have come across.

Congratulations must go to a fellow photgrapher 365 BRETT TRAFFORD who has reached the finals of the best of blogs in the hobby section. I'm not at all surprised and thrilled for Brett, who is a superb photographer and writes a very eclectic mix of posts. I've already voted and drumming up support for him. If you can, have a wander round his blog. It's really worth it.

For pandering to my whims by starting the blog in the first place BIRMINGHAM UK . It's special to me beacuse it's the place I was born and raised long before I came to the Isle of Man. Engalnd's second city never looked so good, and the text to go with it has been well researched. I have learnt a lot of my old home town from this blog. Well worth spending some time there.

Finally today a blog that is very close to my heart BARKER BITES BACK! . I know how much effort this guy puts into his work, often into the early hours, and weekends, working to very stringent deadlines. The work of a cartoonist is far more time consuming and isolating than that of a photographer, especially when his work has to represent such respectable organisations such as the BBC. Really worth popping over to this blog and leaving your thoughts. Why so important to me? He's my partner that's why and he's been so supportive of my decison to quit banking for photography that a public thanks was deserved.

The tourists are arriving so I will try and snap some. Determined to get some people in my blog


Louis la Vache said...

How kind of you to post those accolades!

After reading your comment at San Francisco Bay Daily Photo about the blue sky, "Louis" smiled when he saw your own blue sky behind the Bureaucratic Baths. :-)

Profile Not Available said...

Ahhhh, yes. City planners. I will hold my tongue! Love the photo! Very kind of you to call attention to some terrific other blogs!

Anonymous said...

I read your other piece about the swimming baths. Crazy isn't it? Really super image with those curves and the bright blue sky.

Will have to email you this week.


Unknown said...

Nice shot and a wonderful blue sky!

Tanya Breese said...

Is a swimming bath a swimming pool? Sorry you haven't a need for it and you didn't get your cinema. Seems like here all we get are pharmacies, ugh!
The building does have a nice shape about it though!

marley said...

Love the clear blue sky. It even makes the building site look good! Why do town planners ask residents what they want, and then do the opposite?! Maybe its one of the qualifications needed for the job.

Thanks for the link to the Birmingham DPB. Its a good one :)

Chuck Pefley said...

So often one group's improvement is another's nightmare. I know it's impossible to please all the people all of the time, but egads! Pleasing some of the time would sure be a pleasant turn-a-bout.

Barker has a keen sense of humor :)

Alex Mazilu said...

perfect blue.

Carraol said...

Hope the new cinema looks like your picture, great!

Shutterspy said...

Thanks so much for the mention! I really appreciate it :-D

I love the way the billboard makes it like a 'picture-inside-a-picture' type thing with the sky etc. Great job :-D

We too have recently had a new swimming pool built in Solihull. Unfortunately, it's *instead* of the old one, but right next to the old building - they didn't refurbish it or anything, just built a new one. So many people have complained because it has no diving boards, no chutes and it isn't deep enough for octopush or scuba diving lessons.

In fact, it's a total disaster and now I don't know where to go if I want to use the diving boards :( I loved using the diving boards there :(

Josy said...

Maybe they decided that the swimming baths would be cheaper. Still--that's no excuse!--it'd be cheaper to not build ANYTHING than to build something dumb and pointless.

Joy said...

They probably thought they can make more money than the others.

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Kris McCracken said...

What a lovely blue sky!

Petrea Burchard said...

Wow, the blue is spectacular! (Way better in your shot than in the poster;)

mrsnesbitt said...

Oooooooooooooooooooh! Photographs of the tourists! LOL! Must comb my hair!

Anonymous said...

very beautiful shot and colors. and interesting links


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