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Another manic Monday where the hours available were too few to fit in all the tasks at hand…

Despite that, I have had a productive day, even if a chunk of it seemed to revolve around eBay! I had a lot of orders to fulfil this morning, posting pictures and other railway memoribilia countrywide. Plus, I’ve now loaded another 60 plus old slides for sale, with as many again to follow on Wednesday – which should keep me busy when bids close on Sunday! The money’s certainly coming in useful and filling a budgetary gap. Here’s a sample of today’s listings.


I’d hoped that the Covid situation would have started easing now and the tap on work pipe-line would have started to open, but the spike in Covid cases has kiboshed that. Thankfully, I still have several writing jobs to keep me occupied…

I did manage to take a break from staring at a computers screen in order to get some exercise, pick up some shopping and post packages. My timing was excellent as the skies cleared whilst I was out and I had a perfect window for a break on the rocks over looking the Calder Valley, where I could soak up some sun (and vitamin D) whilst answering a few emails. Within an hour of me getting home the weather had turned deathly dull, leaving the day unrecogniseable and giving me no excuse but to knuckle down to some work – not that there’s much else to do at the moment because of the new Covid restrictions!

OK, it’s time for the picture of the day, which combines two loves. Travel and railways. I took it on the 14th December 2010. This is the magnificent railway station in Lucknow, Northern India. It’s a city I’d always wanted to visit but this was my first time. I was travelling through Asia for several months and was trying to arrange an interview with the head of the Delhi Metro Corporation for the International Railway Journal. Then India clamped down on visas because of terrorism and it all got very complicated!

A superb example of what became known as Indo-Saracenic architecture. Lucknow Charbagh station. It was designed by J. H. Hornimen and opened in 1923. Its architecture is a blend of Rajput, Awadhi and Mughal styles.

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