photography

Classic Morgan 3 Wheeler

Photograph: Red Marley Hill Climb 2010

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Read all about em at http://www.morgan3wheeler.co.uk/.  And if you got the dough, buy yourself one of their brand-new models.  Or a classic – either will cost you a pretty penny m’dear!

The Red Marley Hill Climb is a precipitous race for classic motorbikes.  Why not check it out this year?

My dog’s getting old…

"I may be old, but not as old as you!  Bet you keel over before me!"

“I may be old, but not as old as you! Bet you keel over before me!”

I got Deedee in 2007, when she was 2-ish years old.  I decided that Hallowe’en  was her “birthday”; it’s 2015 now, which means she’ll be 10 in October.  And she’s showing her age now: she doesn’t want the long walks we used to take in her youth, and quite a few people I’ve met in the street and who’ve stopped to admire her have commented on the fact she’s getting on.  She’s still big and strong, boisterous in her friendliness, but not quite the nutcase she was when I was given her.

I think big dogs like her have a life expectancy of between 10 and 15.  Fingers crossed she doesn’t kick the bucket too soon, I don’t mind getting a wheelbarrow to push her around in, but obviously I’d prefer her to stay in good shape until she goes off to the kennel in the sky (assuming she doesn’t get sent to dog hell: apparently Satan chases dog hell inmates around with a vacuum cleaner, and she hates vacuum cleaners!).

Anyway, here she is, looking older but still giving it the boisterous bark-barky behaviour. An oldie, but she’s still got that daft grin.  So, here’s to another 10 years of craziness!  Send her your love via the Comments, she is a right attention-hog!

 

Under The Bridge

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It’s hard to believe
That there’s nobody out there
It’s hard to believe
That I’m all alone
At least I have her love
The city she loves me
Lonely as I am
Together we cry

Under the bridge downtown
Is where I drew some blood
Under the bridge downtown
I could not get enough
Under the bridge downtown
Forgot about my love
Under the bridge downtown
I gave my life away

~ “Under The Bridge”, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blood Sugar Sex Magik

 

I don’t just take photos you know…

If you are aware of my other blog, http://ihatehate.wordpress.com, you may know that I’m not just a photographer.  I write on a number of different issues, such as politics, current affairs, soppy crap going on in my life (yes, I do have a life offline – soppy as it may be) – and I also write fiction and the (very occasional) poem.   I don’t write as much fiction as I’d like to: I’m a lazy sod, and I find it easier to shoot togs rather than sit down at my keyboard and construct fiction that I think (hope) someone will find meaningful.  But, when the nasty winter weather swoops in, and I don’t feel like sorting through the togs I’ve been taking, and I’m too cynical and heart-aching to write for http://ihatehate.wordpress.com, I sometimes delve into the fiction folder on my computer and sometimes manage to write a story (or even a poem, believe it or not!) that I think doesn’t stink too bad.  And when I do this, I sometimes put my stories on http://www.shortbreadstories.co.uk/.  If you go to http://www.shortbreadstories.co.uk/member/view/martin_topping/ you can see some stuph about me.  There’s a “recent activity” thing at http://www.shortbreadstories.co.uk/member/view/martin_topping/recent_activity/ (not a  lot there at the moment (1 January 2015) but I’m gonna try and make a new year’s resolution to get more stuph up at http://www.shortstories.co.uk… as well as getting more of my photos on martintoppingimages.wordpress.com… and learning basic electronics and python coding (yeah, I often start a new year with loads of good intentions, then I drink and take drugs and end up doing jack shit… but maybe if some of you hum,an beings out there give me a bit of hassle, maybe I’ll actually *do* something this year!  Tell ya what: if you bug me to do stuph, I’ll try really hard to actually *do* stuph!  Anyone wanna help me?

So help me out, dammit!!  I think if you go to http://www.shortbreadstories.co.uk/member/view/martin_topping/messages/, you can leave me nasty messages, like “Quit moping around! Get some stuph done!!”  And if you *can’t* leave me hate mail there, you can always leave me comments at https://martintoppingimages.wordpress.com and http://ihatehate.wordpress.com.  So what do ya say?  You wanna help me make 2015 the year I finally quit being such a lazy, hedonistic dickhead?  Please?  Or shall I just get on with my usual moping and crying and have you point at me as an example of a no-good loser?  I like it when people encourage me.  So what do you say?  Pretty please n stuph?

Oh, nearly forgot.  This is https://martintoppingimages.wordpress.com, so I better post a tog, right?  Here’s one I shot last July, I call it The flower in the green cos it’s a flower in some defocused green stuph.

The flower in the green, July 2014.  If you don't like it, tell me to shoot some better stuph.

The flower in the green, July 2014. If you don’t like it, tell me to shoot some better stuph.

Anyway, New Year’s Resolutions and boots up my ass.  I’ll provide the one, you give me the other.  Who knows, maybe I’ll become famous or an alcoholic drug addict or something, eh?

Ruby Red Ruby Ruby… Ruby Ruby Ruby Red…

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Ruby, my mate Kev’s lovely red Staffordshire Bull Terrier,  1 January 2015… this time next year nearly all the Earth’s animals will be extinct, we’ll be facing the decision whether to eat “man’s best friend” or the giant mutant rats that will be dragging children down into the toilets… So who – or what – will you be eating??