Random and Weird Phone Shots

Random and Weird Phone Shots Extra – Pumpkin Stuff

Following on from my previous two, seasonally themed, RAWPS, I decided to do an extra one as this has just arrived to Manchester city centre.

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And I finally had it!

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

I felt like a fraud posting the signs the other week without ever having tasted the drink, so I went to Starbucks after work and got it. It was very satisfying, though maybe a bit too sugary.

I just wish I had a phone with a better camera.

Outdoors

Some October Park Shots

Most of the leaves are still green here, with bits of gold here and there. Well, it looks nice anyway, so enjoy:

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It has become my custom to visit Heaton Park always on the penultimate Saturday in October and that’s where today’s pictures are from.

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You can never quote any Anne of Green Gables quote too much, especially not the one about Octobers.

Outdoors

Local

Manchester Old Cheetham Hill police station

I was standing on the street next to mine, photographing this, when a woman approached me and asked me what it was that I was taking a picture of.

“Old Cheetham Hill police station,” I said. Cheetham Hill is this area of Manchester.

The woman was pleasantly surprised and told me she was interested in local old buildings and had been trying to find out for years what this gateway was part of. There was no information on it anywhere.

I told her the truth, that I found it only thanks to Pokemon Go.

In fact, I never even noticed the gateway before, even though I have passed by it regularly for at least a decade. It was when I was catching Pokemon in the summer that I looked at it for the first time–it was a Pokestop. So we chatted a bit, I explained to her how the game worked and then we parted.

I haven’t been able to find out almost anything on the net about this old police station and now I really have to give it to those folks at Nintendo.

This obviously refers to “local” as in where I live, not where I’m from. My home town (if that is the right word, as in the place I was born and bred) is Bratislava. But this makes me think, what is local?

Some Tory politician or other (I’m not making the effort into looking up her name) said at a recent party conference, that firms should be hiring British people instead of immigrants. Because immigrants… well, immigrants. You know, immigrants. I’ve seen a comment on Facebook post that linked to that news article, which agreed with this politician and that it yes, the firms should be recruiting local people in the first place. What is “local people”?

I have been living in Manchester for 13 years, in the same area for  almost 12, have been renting from the same estate agency for 11 years and been living in the same flat for 6. But immigrants.

It will take me a very long time to get over being bitter about Brexit.

 

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Random and Weird Phone Shots

Random and Weird Phone Shots – PSL

It’s that time of the year.

I’m thinking I should give this drink a try one of these days. I’ve not been to Starbucks for like 2 years. I don’t go to coffee shops much, because I, well, don’t go out much. And with most of these chain shops you can’t just walk in and ask for simple coffee–it seems to confuse them for some reason.

Anyway, the left picture is from 2015, the right from 2016.

Outdoors

H2O

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This is Arnside, Cumbria, North West England.

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Railway viaduct. And some seagulls.

There’s about a million ways one can capture water–seas, lakes, rivers, ponds, puddles, waterfalls, fountains, rain, ice, bottled water… I bet there will be many responses to this challenge.

There was a character on Xena Warrior Princess called Lao Ma who said: “Nothing is soft as water. Yet, who can withstand the raging flood?”

How tragically true at this time.

 

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Animals

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I have blogged about my Pepper before.

She has given me a lot. Most importantly, she made me realise I was a cat person. I didn’t know I was a cat person for 33 years, until she decided she was going to live with us. Imagine had she never decided to come to live with us, I would have lived and died not knowing I was a cat person. That is quite something.

Also, if it wasn’t for her, I would not have known what great creatures cats are. Because they’re out of this world. Almost.

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You’d better love me unconditionally. Or else…

Though I have to disagree with people who claim that cats want to take over the world. There’s no need for cats to plot world domination, because they already have it. They domesticated themselves on their own terms and they pretty much do what they want. Humans feed them, love them, pet them, take pictures of them and post them on the internet. We are practically their slaves. So there.

Some quotes about cats from Goodreads:

I would like to see anyone, prophet, king or God, convince a thousand cats to do the same thing at the same time.

Neil Gaiman

Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea.

Robert A Heinlein

If animals could speak, the dog would be a blundering outspoken fellow; but the cat would have the rare grace of never saying a word too much.

Mark Twain

What greater gift than the love of a cat.

Charles Dickens

Finally, let me throw in some Star Trek:

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Meow!

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