There is a light that never goes out

There is a light that never goes out

Marr’s rendition shows what a joyful song this is, despite the superficial conclusion which many (or most) people draw from the chorus. It’s not about death, but the incredibly deep love felt by the protagonist. I think this didn’t come across in Morrissey’s renditions, because his style emphasised misery instead of joy.

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Close-up of seaweed on Lunan Bay beach

Beachin’

Living in a land-locked, mountainous country can be hard when you love the seaside, beaches, caves and coastal nature. Luckily, Scotland abounds in such things, and we took the opportunity to spend a couple of hours at Lunan Bay when we visited Angus in July.

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Grand Canal, Venice, photographed from the Ponte dell'Accademia

Surprised by Venice

We took advantage of a much-reduced number of tourists in July to visit Venice. I came away with an unexpected number of good and unique photographs.

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Swallows on a telephone wire

Last of the swallows

Last of the swallows for this year, I suspect. I haven’t seen them around much this year at home, but there were dozens out yesterday, feeding their young before their long journey. (We have a perfectly-positioned telephone wire near our balcony, so it’s a great spot to watch and to photograph them.)

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Bluebells in Switzerland

Until I moved to Switzerland, my interest in photography was mainly confined to recording what I was up to; from time with friends and family, to documentary photography on the streets of London and capturing scenes when I was on holiday. I had begun getting interested in landscape photography after a few visits to the […]

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Great Asby Scar

Leaving the familiar fells and valleys of the Lake District to visit a less familiar part of northern England.

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The wilds of Scotland

Even after the many miles of road travel to the populated north of Scotland, the next stage out into the northern Highlands, delineated by the huge Great Glen between Oban and Inverness, is something else entirely. Leaving dual carriageways behind on the Black Isle and heading west, especially during inclement weather, both the roads and the landscape become increasingly […]

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A nerve-wracking trip to Birg cable-car station

My only cable-car trip into the high Alps this past winter season was in February. Webcam confirmation of a fabulous cloud inversion encouraged me to get into the mountains after a long abstinence. I expected the visit to be be a nerve-wracking experience thanks to so many people wearing their coronavirus face-masks around their chins, […]

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Uferweg Iseltwald

A pedestrian-only footpath through the woods and cliffs on the southern shore of Lake Brienz.

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Birg to Mürren through the clouds

Birg to Mürren through the clouds

I’m looking forward to the new cable-cars next year. I hope that they’ll have dirt-repellent, scratch-resistant windows. (Sequence filmed in February 2021.)

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Schloss Habsburg

A mighty family rose from a little castle amongst the fields in Swiss canton Aargau.

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Strandbad Rheinfelden

About as close as we can get to visiting Germany at the moment; the car park next to the Rhine on the edge of Switzerland. (The river marks the northern border.)

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