Children

I must admit that I thought for a while about publishing these. They were taken in September 1970 at the school my aunt taught at - I showed her some of them last weekend, and I think she said it was in East London. It was over 40 years ago, but she remembered plenty of them - names and what they were like.I was unsure about showing them as they're not family, but I think they're really good documentary portraits....
Read More

Drunk and disorderly

Back in this post, I mentioned someone getting drunk at their sister's wedding - Mother at her sister's wedding in October 1966.The bride.A proper working class party - a keg of beer, and a bottle of Dubonnet for the ladies.The is Mother at the wrong end of presumably a few Dubonnets - her getting very drunk at her younger sister's wedding is a well-told story in the family.What's particularly ironic about her inability to stand up is this picture of The Brother, taken earlier in the day.This is actually him standing up on his own for the first time.I happened to mention at lunch today that I was sorting out photos of this wedding (my aunt is coming to lunch tomorrow), and Mother asked if there was a shot of The Brother standing up, mentioning the significance of it - which I hadn't realised. The Brother commented on the irony of him standing up and her not being able to......
Read More

Strut that funky stuff…

Was it really September when I last posted? Oops.As the Masque Theatre is rapidly heading towards its 80th anniversary (it's actually in 2012, but they've started preparing nice and early), Mother asked me to dig out all of the Masque negatives I could find. I don't think anyone (least of all me) was quite expecting somewhere in the region of 400 films that I delivered a couple of weeks ago!Fortunately, now that I've handed over all of the Masque negs, they become an SEP (Someone Else's Problem - Douglas Adams) and I can concentrate on the rest of the archive.Anyway, I was trying to work out where I'd got up to on the blog, and found some older pics that I passed over previously.Dancing at a couple of Masque parties in 1964....
Read More

Masque Theatre summer show

The Masque Theatre in Northampton put on an open-air show every summer, usually Shakespeare. Traditionally it was always held in the courtyard of the museum in Abington Park, but this was closed for a number of years over the last decade or so. However, they're back there now, which means that the actors once again have to battle to be heard over the peacocks from the small aviary just behind. Assuming there are still any there - I haven't lived in Northampton since 1992, so I've no idea whether there are or not! As this is 1961, it must be Much Ado About Nothing. If I recall correctly, the little ticket booth is green, and always saw additional service in the Borough Show in Abington Park a week or two later. I spent many summer evenings around there, often selling programmes, as my father was generally in the play and my mother helped out, sometimes prompting, sometimes in the ticket office....
Read More