18 May 2016

Winner

Some observant visitors to this blog will remember seeing this picture before. I snapped it while walking past a pub between Smithfield Markets and The Barbican - down in London.

Well I am publishing it once more because a few days ago it was  selected as the "picture of the week" on the "geograph" photo website. That particular week, 6123 pictures were submitted to "geograph" so you will understand why I am as pleased as punch that my photo was the winner.

I e-mailed "The Old Red Cow" pub, hoping they would be able to let the silver-haired gentleman in the photograph know that his image has gained a small degree of fame amongst "geograph" subscribers and visitors. However, so far I have had no reply.

Things I like about this image are - the way the man is holding that full pint of Guinness, the fact that his chosen newspaper is "FT Money", his slightly dishevelled hairstyle and his skew-whiff spectacles. Reflected in the glass are the names of some of the stations that will be linked by London's new "crossrail" project.. I also wonder - what was he looking askance at? It's slightly intriguing.

31 comments:

  1. Congratulations again!! Great photo, as usual.

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  2. Congratulations on having your photo selected!

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    1. I accept your congratulations with good grace Red.

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  3. Congratulations! The "Geograph" people have chosen well, I think.

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    1. In every year there are of course just 52 winners so to get one is a great achievement. Last year I had two. This pleases me more than it should.

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  4. Congratulations. It's a shame that his wife happened to see the picture when he was supposed to be taking her for lunch and that he's lost his job because the company has a no drinks at lunchtime policy.

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    1. I must admit that I do feel slightly guilty about destroying his life but it was all in the name of Art... so that's okay.

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  5. It's clearly the multi-billionaire Roman Abramovitch wondering why he can't get any peace to swot up up on his favourite subject, even when he disguises himself as a banker down on his uppers.

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    1. It's a damned good disguise. He must have been wearing a latex Harry Worth mask with a Minnie Caldwell wig.

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  6. A picture tells a thousand words YP. Congratulations on the win. You could speculate on things all day. Hope he sees and approves of the image.

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    1. I am planning a secret trip to Hawes or Leyburn to snap you and your lunching ladies. Watch this space.

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  7. I am not surprised the pub hasn't replied. The poor bloke as crept out for a secret assignation and now the world knows.

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    1. I thought it politic not to snap him when the escort lady arrived and pecked him on the cheek. Or was it his carer?

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  8. It is a high honour to have the privilege of basking in your exalted presence and to consider you a cyberfriend. Your skills in photographic endeavours, which are formidable, continue to dazzle and impress. Hip hip hoorah and a few huzzahs thrown in for good measure. Mentally sending "For he's a jolly good fellow" and similar complimentary songs your way.

    Or, as we say in America, you done good.

    "A pat on the back is better than a kick in the pants any day of the week." --Aesop Brague (332 B.C.E. - 247 B.C.E.)

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    1. I accept your gushing praise with great humility Aesop.

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  9. Congratulations on the well-deserved recognition! This is definitely one of my favorites, for all the reasons you mentioned!

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    1. I recall you said you liked it the first time round. Thanks Steve.

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  10. The poor bugger was probably in Witness Protection, and you went and outed him!!!

    Congratulations, Yorkie...give yourself a pat on your back from me. :)

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    1. Ouch! I think I might have dislocated my shoulder doing that Lee!

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  11. Great photo love Lee's comment.
    I just when back to some of your older posts and you have a great eye for taking photos!

    cheers, parsnip and thehamish

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    1. Thanks for looking back Ms Parsnip. You are very kind.

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  12. Congratulations, and well done YP - an excellent choice as a winner.
    The chap is probably contemplating where exactly he's going to place the few million that he had as a half-yearly bonus from some high powered City job.

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    1. You might be right CG. The FT News is almost the last newspaper I would choose to read in a pub - after "The Sun" and "Hamster Keepers Weekly".

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    2. The "Hamster Keepers Weekly" has all sorts of useful stuff in it - if you're a hamster !

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    3. I must admit that I read your article "Sexing baby Syrian hamsters". Fascinating.

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  13. Paint his nose red and it looks a bit like tom stephenson

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    1. I don't visit that fellow's blog as when I did I found him to be to be unnecessarily rude and a bit of a cleverdick. I don't like people like that.

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  14. Congratulations and deserves to be picture of the week. When I first saw it a few weeks ago I immediately thought of Dave Allen ( the Irish comedian ) and again today I thought it was him especially with him drinking Guiness though if I remember correctly Dave Allens tipple was Jamiesons Irish whiskey, He died about ten years ago or did he ?......maybe he'd had enough fame and wanted to descend into obscurity and now you've outed him.

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    1. You might be on to something Tweetart! He does look like an aged Dave Allen AND he was sitting on a stool!
      Thanks for calling by.

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  15. He's probably looking at the guy taking his picture. It is a good picture. Very British I think.

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