Carlisle Photo Festival – a last minute visit

From the website for Carlisle Photo Festival:

“Carlisle Photo Festival was founded in 2012 with the wish to focus on bringing emerging photographers’ work out to the public by displaying their work in urban and accessible spaces.The aim for Carlisle Photo Festival is to create an international and national platform for contemporary photography.A platform that explores all aspects in photography and where emerging talents, professionals, amateurs and photography enthusiasts can meet”

As soon as I heard about this event I knew I wanted to visit it – however we could only visit the festival on Sunday (the last day) so only two of the venues were still open: the Old Post Office and The Galley.

The last time I was inside the Post Office building on Warwick Road it was probably to buy stamps or send a parcel or something and was in slightly better nick than what you can see now. It closed in 2008 and they are about to convert it into a smart new hotel (not sure if there are any original features left to be preserved though). I took a sneaky pic through a hole in the partition into the old sorting area beyond.

There were some interesting ideas shown in the photos, although we thought that some of them were a bit pretentious (e.g. a bland photo of a few heather plants on a hillside, which honestly could have been anywhere). I liked the central images taken with old cameras of various places within Cumbria, the Kansas pics, microscope images taken using a phone, and the face-swap photoshop portraits.

Next we headed to the Galley, located in the Atlas Works , originally a Victorian textile mill. I honestly didn’t know this gallery was here so that alone was worth the visit. I found these photos a bit more interesting although the only ones I can remember as I write are the Lithuanian ones. I think I would have preferred to see more photos from each photographer; in some cases there were only 2 images per artist.

Overall, I personally would have liked to have seen more colourful images – perhaps the selection were chosen to match the more industrial settings, not sure. I seem to remember the brightest ones!

The Old Post Office, Warwick Road, Carlisle

Inside Carlisle old Post Office

Inside Carlisle old Post Office

Inside Carlisle old Post Office

Inside Carlisle old Post Office

Inside Carlisle old Post Office

Inside Carlisle old Post Office

Inside Carlisle old Post Office

Inside Carlisle old Post Office

The Galley, Atlas Works, Nelson Street, Denton Holme, Carlisle

Inside Galley, Nelson Street, Carlisle

Inside Galley, Nelson Street, Carlisle


Little Aches and Pains

Surfing is great, isn’t it ?

What on earth did people do for entertainment before the internet?

I love this song by Paul & Dan Kelly.

Now, play it again.

Now – tell me you’re not singing it ?


“Family Heirlooms” – or get your jugs out

Other people have jewellery, furniture, paintings, houses even – what do we have?


And, a photo of the jugs. This was taken in my great grandmother’s kitchen about 100 years ago.

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The two large flowery jugs at top right are mostly green with small pink flowers, my Mam has one of them, and also the one at the right end of the second shelf which is styled like a barrel.

The others tend to be various shades of brown and gold – I recognise a few of them as still being in the family.

I seem to remember that photographs were quite expensive to process in those days so I’m quite impressed that someone saw fit to take this image – Instagram before its time, perhaps?

Extreme Armchair Internet Stalking

This has been entertaining me tonight –

Zoom right in and see all the planes queuing up to land at Heathrow

Find out where that one over the north sea is heading (Chicago, from Schiphol!)

See what’s flying over your house, in real time

Click on each plane to see the Top Trump details

… and isn’t it amazing to see how many planes are up there!


The Cure for Hiccups

Yes, you heard me – the cure.

This works particularly well with those painful, hard hiccups, the sort you get when you’ve had too much wine or eaten too much (not sure why else you would get hiccups to be honest).

Just ordinary vinegar – anything you have handy – premium or bog standard. as long as it’s full strength.


So by now you’re thinking, “But it’ll taste horrible! What sort of person takes vinegar straight?” – Well, someone who wants to get rid of their hiccups, that’s who.

All you need is one teaspoonful to see the effects. It’s nothing to do with the chemistry – in fact if you’ve overdone it with food or drink the chances are that your stomach is too acidic and this will only add to it – no, this is to do with control of the diaphragm.

Hold the teaspoonful of vinegar in front of you – preferably over the sink or something because let’s face it, you’re probably going to spill it – and think about how painful it would be if you hiccuped* WHILE you’re trying to have that spoonful. I’ve done it – it hurts, believe me. In order for you not to hiccup, you need to control your breathing. You need to concentrate. Get in the vinegar zone. Ready?

Now, carefully pour out and drink the vinegar. DON’T HICCUP!

Now wait. If you hiccup again, take another spoonful. Oh, and don’t forget to breathe.

Have your hiccups gone? No? Well click here to get your money back.


*why does this not have two p’s? And, why do we put an apostrophe in “p’s”?


Daisy Daisy

I fancied a change to my twitter background, so I had a little play about and designed this image. I liked it so much I decided to use it here, too.

Feel free to use it – I hope it brightens your day up as much as it does mine – it would be great if you let me know though cos then I can tell people about your blog or twitter ID too.

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Twitter for idiots

1. Go to and sign up.

It will tell you if your name is already taken or if you have to think of something else.

Try to use something that’s easy to remember. Avoid numbers. Spammers use numbers.


2. Follow the instructions on screen.

Follow some people.

Twitter will give you a list of suggestions.

You could type “pinkpebs” into the search box and follow me, too.


3. Follow all the instructions – press “skip” if you don’t want to do something, but try not to skip this next screen, Add Character.

If you don’t upload a photo, twitter will use an egg. Newbies are Eggs. No-one trusts an egg.

Also, no-one trusts a cleavage photo. Spammers use cleavage photos.

Choose a picture, even if it’s a cartoon or something. Press “upload image” and find an image to use. It’ll tell you if the image you choose is too big or the wrong type.

You don’t have to write a Bio – it helps people know who you are, so it depends on whether you want people to know who you are as to whether you fill this bit in. If you do, you get 160 characters for this bit.


4. Now your account is created – twitter will ask you to confirm your email address so best go to your inbox and click the link, then it’ll trust you.

5. Explore!

You could click on the #discover link at the top and see some more recommendations.

@connect will take you to a list of messages you’ve received or conversations you’re included in.

Pressing Me will take you to a list of your tweets. This is probably blank just now so go back to Home and tweet something.

Remember that it’s possible for everyone to see what you tweet. Pretty unlikely until someone follows you, though.

If you want to direct a tweet at a particular person, find their profile and find out their twitter profile name and include it in your message. An example could be “Hello @pinkpebs I’m new“. If you don’t include their name they won’t know it’s for them and may not see it.

OK That’ll do for starters – if you can’t work the rest out yourself then you really must be an idiot. Twitter is much easier for newbies these days than it was when I joined. If you need help, ask people – preferably not famous ones though cos they tend not to answer.

Good luck