Last Year’s Model

2014-04-06 10.55.37-1Once they were sporting the latest fashions, attracting envious looks and positive comments from aspiring consumers. How times have changed. Now, these mannequins stand broken and neglected in a disused shopping unit, peering through a scratched and dirty window at a world that has moved on and is passing them by.

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Upside Down House

upside down houseAt first glance it looks the same as any other building in the street. Look closer, however – see how the house on the right has its door at the top, and the windows upside down. The drain pipe is running the wrong way and the tv aerial is close to the pavement. The industrial unit to the left is also upside down. Look how the For Sale sign is the wrong way around.

The explanation for this? Some will try to tell you it is a public art installation. I have my own theory however – that the builder had the architect’s plans upside down during construction!

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Next

funfairThe hazy winter’s end day was drawing to a close. It was only a couple of weeks now until the funfair at the end of the Seaside Pier would open for business for the new season, and this place would be teeming with young kids once more. Amongst them would be the thrill seekers, drawn to the big dipper, and the speed kings, lured in by the dodgems. Many, however, would be attracted once again by the unique lure of the Ghost Ship.

Nothing that exceptional about the ride itself – a succession of mild scares experienced from a carriage as it makes its way along a track through the dark. Except for one thing.

A tragic accident occurred here 14 years ago this summer. Shania Malone, a 17 year old summer hand, had been making earnings to help her way through college, until being fatally injured one awful day, when the ride failed during a maintenance check. The park had been shut down as a result, and the resulting inquest, and health and safety litigation, sufficient to put the owners out of business.

For three whole seasons the park had lain empty, until the new owners had taken charge. With fresh investment, it was now flourishing and, finally, health and safety certification was no longer an issue. However, one vestige of the previous regime remained.

Each summer, the press reported the sudden death of another young woman who had recently ridden the Ghost Ship. In each case, when coming off the ride, the woman had reported seeing the image of a young girl at the same point – the place where Shania had died. Death would come two, maybe three, weeks after the sighting. Sometimes it was due to a surprise illness or a tragic road accident. There was no rational way it could be connected with the ride, but it always occurred.

All of which added to the mystery and allure of the park. At the onset of a new summer season, the owners knew that the media coverage ensured a fresh round of young daredevils eager to sample the ride, to see if they might encounter the strange ghostly image. All publicity was good publicity, they felt.

And as the last of the winter hands finished oiling the mechanisms, and shammying down the carriages, there was one thought never far from their minds: this summer, who would be next?

 

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The Emigre

bodiesIngenious. It had been the perfect crime, through conception, planning and execution.

Employment as a gardener, tending Lord Hatchwell’s country estate, had afforded the necessary access. He had spent spring and summer showing how dedicated a worker he could be, earning the confidence and respect of the old aristocrat. Then, as the last of the autumn leaves had fallen, he did it. A lifetime of pent-up feeling came to a head in one fateful moment, when he finally struck a blow in support of his own personal class war. The hours he had spent sharpening those garden shears – it had all been worth it.

Others in the village had merely assumed Lord Hatchwell had gone abroad for the winter, as was his custom – whether to enjoy a warmer climate, or for tax reasons. However, the blossom of the snowdrops and crocuses signalled that winter was drawing to a close, and soon they would know the truth. Though now safely and anonymously abroad, how he wished he could be there to see the look on their faces, when the covers came off. As they swilled their G&T’s in the drawing room, looking out upon the estate lawn, they would discover what had really happened. Those covers that were supposedly protecting the garden statues from the winter frost were instead disguising one very deadly secret – murder.

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Field of Dreams

20140209_105519Is all that we see or seem but a dream within a dream? (Edgar Allan Poe)

I took this photo of the installation known as Yellow and White Extension by Jesus Soto at the Reina Sofia Gallery in Madrid.

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Knowledge=Power

2014-02-09 12.02.55“In the modern world the balance of power is no longer between governments of large states, but between corporations and individuals. Information has replaced armaments, and data banks are the new fortresses. Openness and transparency is the way to breach their defences. Disclosure is the new guerrilla tactic.”

My photograph shows, from a distorted angle, an old black and white TV set playing an episode of the US 1960 game show “I’ve Got a Secret”.

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Temptation

2014-02-09 18.06.59The luscious, glistening presentation of colour and texture in a local sweet shop window. Who could resist?

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