Gorse Hill

I took a walk this evening at about 9pm as it began to get dark, around a famliar loop of mine near to the Gorse Hill nature reserve in West Lancashire. I don’t often go for my walk late in the evening as this was but I like seeing familiar things in unfamiliar light. It was a black and white kind of evening, so fans of colour pictures look away now. For those of you who care about such things, these were taken with an Olympus E-PL2 and a Jupiter 8 lens.

One Stop Early

I think this autumn is one of the most impressive I have seen. I got off the train home one stop early today, so I could walk through this leafy Lancashire suburb and enjoy the leaves.

Spend your tax break on beer–official permission

Rosie Cooper, MP for West Lancashire, is replying to letters in support of the British Beer and Pub Association-sponsored campaign to axe the beer tax. Apparently the recent tax changes–presumably she means the cut in VAT–mean that “households have on average an extra £20 a month to spend”, a sum that will help protect jobs in the pub industry and elsewhere. In other words, “You have more money: spend it on beer.” While that may not be the best financial advice at a time of economic catastrophe, it has a certain appeal. At this stage though maybe it would be better if the Bank of England just cut out the middle man and started printing beer tokens.