ABOUT ME

I live in a camper van with a couple of West Highland Terriers for company.
My passion is photography but it is a work in progress.
I am always willing to share what knowledge I have and can be contacted through the comments on this post or e-mail ADRIAN
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Tuesday, 14 September 2010

A GRAND NIGHT (14/09/10)

Last night was spent dissolutely in The Foresters Arms just outside Darlington. I seem to be spending half my life in pubs at the moment, either cooking, boozing or just cluttering up their car parks.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA  The Foresters Arms and our hostess, the landlady………………

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA “I hate having my photograph taken.”……..Could have fooled me or perhaps she was just putting on a brave face, a lovely brave face.

It was folk night so decided to give the people the benefit of my ignorance, all images are shot with bounced flash.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA This is Dave and he really is from Detroit, in fact he should be home by now. One happy American. A happy pissed American. Not used to our beers. (Budwiesser is his home tipple………An old joke……’What’s the difference between Budwiesser and making love in a Kayak?……..Precious little…they are both F…ing close to water!).

Now the folk singers were not quite so happy. Who would be singing songs of love thwarted……….those songs reflect the lighter side of life……………we then get the real belly laugh stuff………..mining disasters…….rail crashes…….all grist to their mill.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The master of ceremonies.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The backing band….of one. He sang the Tom Lehrer classic………..’Poisoning Pigeons in the Park.’ I have not heard it in ages, if you haven’t then it will no doubt be on ‘You Tube.’ Worth a listen.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The headline band of one, I’m completely hopeless, prayed I’d remember his name but of course I’ve forgotten it. Sorry these things happen when one has partaken of falling down water. Sadly these things happen to me when I haven’t.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The business end of things. I do have some shots of the audience but will spare you……………As I said miserable faces one and all, or almost, this lady is beautiful…………………

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA A grand smile………and so has this gentleman.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I kept missing the smiles and laughs but he is also a superb spoon player……………………

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I know…………..watching a spoon player here is like watching snooker on a black and white television. I can actually remember being daft enough to do so………..in those far off days telly was magical. A damn sight better than radio though! For me things have come full circle……..I’m radio man again. Sorry lost the plot for a second.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA What do I do with this, our hostess deciding that whatever they can do she can do better. Here we go…………………..

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA ‘Sloop John ‘B’. Not brilliant but entertaining, I’ve got to sixty and a half without ever realizing why guitars have a dent in them……….Slow learner………Just twigged……so ladies can play them………..one would think Eric Clapton wealthy enough to buy a straight topped instrument………….Not get by with the unisex version. Sets me thinking about bicycles…No… I’ll not go there!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA“ Awlright was it?”

“ To be honest….. No!……….maybe”

Entertainment (10) ………Star quality…….weell!… don’t give up the day job.

I will now bring this post to a close with a picture of two Irishmen who are building a local prison………..The reason they are included was because they requested to have their photo taken. Funny this genre of photography, it takes an hour of chat and banter to pull a semi reasonable image and then after one has acted the court jester no one wants to be left out.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAPlease don’t grin laugh at my accent………………I laugh at yours!

A great evening and I learned so much. The one thing I did learn is to wander about with the gear and keep asking and keep flashing, sorry firing the flash. People like to be appreciated……………..Flash is distracting…………But bounced of walls and ceilings just about acceptable. The biggest thing I learned was to become part of the show. I will try for more of this sort of thing and hopefully concentrate less on me and more on the subjects. ( How can one be so camera shy when working the blunt end?)

Thank you one and all you were tolerant and gorgeous. I just hope I did you justice.

 

7 comments:

  1. Great pics Adrian, I hope the folk music is a fantastic way to finish a grand night out.

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  2. Looks like a great pub and you have captured the essence of it brilliantly. Just so British - i bet the American guy loved every minute of it.

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  3. Hey, Adrian! Say hello to all your friends and have a happy time! With your photos is like being there! Regards!

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  4. Now Paddies missus is going to start asking questions. what de f*wk you doin in de pwb wid a bottle of moet.

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  5. Bob I was way out of both competence and comfort zones was a good night though.

    Ben, thanks, I appreciate the encouragement but be careful it only inspires further excesses.

    Wind, thanks they probably won't be friends or friendly after this.

    Tony, be careful...This day and age he could be with the missus. Told you before I am English they are Irish and you are Welsh be happy.

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  6. You have some great faces there, Adrian. Well worth having a good night out!

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  7. Pauline thanks turned out better than I thought it would but there is room for considerable improvement.

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