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The only time I have see the word ‘injurious’, in Skegness.
From Pontefract’s marvellous Liquorice Festival.
A favourite sign from Byres Road in Glasgow.
After leaving the pier, sadly Wonkey Donkey was closed.
Weston-super-Mare has at least three crazy/adventure golf courses in close proximity. The old ones are the best.
“Person per tramp” – an example of business speak that doesn’t quite translate outside the business.
Good story on this blue plaque in Weston’s local newspaper – “Although invited to, he never jumped the queue and would happily chat with other visitors.”
Some more photos from new photobook, A Parade of Shops. This time, a selection of shop windows. Above is Ernest Whiteley & Co in Bridlington, a truly stunning ladies outfitter, comfortable in its time warp. More photos at Modern Mooch.
This is the window of J.M. Barnardo in Dublin, who claim to be the world’s oldest furrier. Opened in 1812, the founder’s son Dr Thomas John went on to found Barnardo’s charity.
I find this arrangement, from a ladies’ clothes shop in Biggar, very soothing to look at.
Finally, one of the few remaining joke shops, Tam Shepherd’s. Serving Glasgow’s guisers, partygoers and budding magicians since 1886. Still family run, its windows are always a treat to look at.
This is my favourite sign, from Govan in Glasgow. Telling it like it is.
One from Liverpool. We could all do with a Liver Launderette at some point.
Another Glasgow favourite.
A Glasgow welcome.
A Parade of Shops is now available for £8 including UK P+P.
The first run of Little Shops is now sold out – thanks for your orders. A Parade of Shops can now be ordered for delivery next week.
An unexpected find in Mevagissey.
One from Victoria Road in Glasgow.
I love everything about this, from modesty of the lower case names, to the wooden frontage and the lettering that looks like it’s made from giant Letraset (from Warwick)
A niche offering from Dingwall.
You’ve got to admire the dedication of the shopkeeper who hauls this in and out every day.
Classic British combination of summer paraphernalia with easy to grab umbrellas.
After much swithering, I’ve finished photobook 3: Little Shops. As the title suggests, it’s a book full of little shops, shopfronts and shop windows – from the historic to the hysterical.
Here’s a sneak peak of what’s inside – Part 1: The classics
Little Shops is available to pre-order for £8 including postage. It will be published in early May.
I found this idyllic harbour last week in Corrie on the Isle of Arran.
Corrie lies on the north-east side of the island. It has two harbours – this one is known as Sandstone Quay because of the sandstone that was quarried locally and shipped from here.
The sheep came from the Glasgow Garden Festival, and are a fun presence. There is also a lot going on rock-wise, if you like that kind of thing (I do).
The shoreline is full of plants, lichens, birds and sealife. The textures and colours are amazing.
The colour of the sand is warm and inviting. It reminded me of butterscotch Angel Delight.
These photos have been taken over the past 17 years, in cafes around the UK.
Some are legendary and have become tourist attractions in their own right.
Others are quiet – out of the way and beautifully peaceful.
Many of them have closed now. Two Glasgow cafes that have been open forever closed while I was editing the book, which makes the ones remaining feel even more precious. Support your local caff!
Copies cost £8 from the shop. Price includes UK postage.