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Re: Ray's Photos

Postby Rayge » 26 Apr 2018, 21:11

In Part one today, London in late July 1983, while part Two gets equinoctial in Sandford

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Thirty-Six
Chip and Kiki drink to Chip's birthday, and school being out for summer, on 26 July

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Sisters

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Frogs
(FRiends Of Gay Switchboard) Marc helped to set it up, and Chip, most of whose male friends were gay or bi, was a contributor

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Power Couple

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Chopping Out

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Fantabulosa

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Knot

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Re: Ray's Photos

Postby Rayge » 26 Apr 2018, 21:14

Part Two

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Vanishing Point

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A Great Year for Primroses

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Redhead
Pollarded willow

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Goodbye to All That

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Hallo There
Apricot blossom in the greenhouse

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Purple Blaze

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Re: Ray's Photos

Postby Rayge » 27 Apr 2018, 19:59

In part one, zooming through the last week or so of March, and signs of what's to come

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Pulmonaria

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Blades

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Blaze

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Working on the Jesus Gimmick

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Sign of the Times

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Awakening
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Re: Ray's Photos

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Part Two

When I originally scanned these images, I was caring for Chip in her last illness, so I suppose that it's only natural that I chose to scan pictures of her and others, rather than anonymous churches or whatever else caught my eye back in the ’80s, which is why we're getting nothing but people here.
As I go through them now, cleaning up the scans and posting the results on here, I become increasingly conscious that all this was literally half my lifetime ago, and become only too aware of the weight of all those histories, of what became of these people, as best I know,. Sometimes I think I can see signs of what was to come. But I'm always wrong.
Anyway, more hot fun in the sumertime, 1983, without captions, unless someone new turns up

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Here's a case in point. That's Heather in the bikini, and that's her garden not far from where I lived in Cricklewood. She was a long-time friend of Chip, and also shared her place in the late seventies with Pete and Anni. It was through her that Chip met Anni, and, as mentioned to death on here already, Anni who introduced me to Chip. I should also point out, in case anyone was wondering, that despite her looks, Heather was healthy and ate like a horse.

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Stall
The old guy in the overcoat on the right is Adrian, who shared his stall on the Portobello Road with Rog, who supplied me. I'd meet Rog there on a Saturday morning, and we'd decamp to the rooftop cafe across the road (whence I took this pic) to exchange cash and packages

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Re: Ray's Photos

Postby Rayge » 28 Apr 2018, 16:25

Part one from the archive: visitors to the Mansions, and a bit of beach time in Brighton, in the summer of ’83

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Tramp

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Holly
Confusingly, two of my pals called their first-born girls Holly, although neither was born anywhere near mid-winter

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Hipster

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High Tide

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Uncle Bill

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Postby Rayge » 28 Apr 2018, 16:26

Part Two

Into the last week of March this year, and it seems to be mostly about trees, or at least timber

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The Fall of Eden

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Waterlogs

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Stilted

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Swaying
My son came out to take down two trees, a goat willow in my garden and a Douglas fir on my neighbours. I sort of helped.
An odd feeling, but while I weed out tree seedlings by the score in the garden, cutting down mature trees churns me up
emotionally, no matter how necessary it might be.

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Douglas

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Crow

same old same old tomorrow (probably: Monday if wet)
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Re: Ray's Photos

Postby Rayge » 29 Apr 2018, 17:10

Part One today is enjoying a change in the weather towards the end of March: part two is still in the summer of 83, and getting about a little bit

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Feature

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Ears

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Early

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Morning Hunt
Let out first thing in the morning, Scrap heads straight for the field behind the house to check out the doings of the nightlifers

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Cocoon

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Lowrider

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High Livers

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Re: Ray's Photos

Postby Rayge » 29 Apr 2018, 17:11

Part Two

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By Request
My fan thought I should have included this yesterday...

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Bounce
Laura gives it plenty

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Hunk of Cheese Selfie

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Mo and Mart
In the 70s, Mart, a Merthyr boy, was often around in Abewrystwyth (one of his boyhood friends lives near Clive to this day), before moving to Brighton. Which is why Mo and presumably Clive are visiting

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Street Sounds
Portobello Road

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Re: Ray's Photos

Postby Rayge » 30 Apr 2018, 21:10

In Part one, it's Pete and Becky's wedding, or at least the after-party. I was official photographer, so shot only print films, then whipped out the transparencies at the end. Anyway, it's August 1983 and champers in the garden is the order of the day

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Pals
Jill and Chip had been friends since their early twenties, when they shared a flat

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Kiki
My future sister-in-law

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Wheel

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Last Orders

Later...
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Golden Girl

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Cross Porpoises

Tomorrow – Scotland
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Re: Ray's Photos

Postby Rayge » 30 Apr 2018, 21:12

Part Two
Coming to the end of March, and it's been a soggy month
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Going Down

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Gold

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Pathway

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Blue Window

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The Lads

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Michael
a tale hangs, but not told here and now

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Line-up

Tomorrow, nearly there
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Re: Ray's Photos

Postby Rayge » 01 May 2018, 19:28

Part One, the last days of March, 2018.

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Storm Warning

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Lowering

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Ewe de Toilette
I'll get my goat...

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Dendritic Dramatic

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Goldrings

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Yellows

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Mysteries of the Heart

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Blue Cross

Next time, if I get it together, April. Or maybe something completely different..
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Re: Ray's Photos

Postby Rayge » 01 May 2018, 19:29

Part Two is gambolling about in South-West Scotland again, at least at the beginning: it's August 1983

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There's Not Much Gorse When it Comes to Bracken
Magnificent captioning: an in-joke understandable to about three people, none of whom are ever likely to see it.

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Topside with Heather

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Typecast

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Stooked

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Far Firth
The Solway Firth. On the Blue Horizon

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Paddles

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Perfect

Tomorrow, back to That London (and briefly That Brighton)
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Re: Ray's Photos

Postby Rayge » 02 May 2018, 20:37

In part one today, high jinks in the tail end of summer 1983 in Brighton and London, while in Part Two, the beginning of April

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Spike
Sansevieria/snake plant/mother-in-law's tongue in flower

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New Season
1983-4 was the first season I had a season ticket at White Hart Lane. Spurs vs Nottingham Forest. Sad to say, 35 years on I can still name all the Spurs players and two or three of the Forest guys. There's three or four Garys in there

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Danger Zone

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In My Room

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Scoffing

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Canoodling

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Watching
Fisherman Bob drinks in some culture

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The Shadow Nose

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Postby Rayge » 02 May 2018, 20:38

Part Two

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Woodland Waking

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Meringue

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Strokes

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Uptown

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That Told ’Em
Himself takes exception to some wood anemones

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Meh
The wood anemones, knowing they are eternal, shrug it off

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Re: Ray's Photos

Postby Rayge » 03 May 2018, 19:37

In part one, April is beginning to shift into gear, with definite signs of life and colour returning to the garden (and mostly greenhouse, tbf)

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Inspiration

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Realization

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New Broom

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Golden Eyes

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Green Fusion

Meanwhile on the Millennium Green
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Trumpets Sound
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Postby Rayge » 03 May 2018, 19:40

Part Two
On with the weird as the approach of Autumn 83 gathers pace

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Beached

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At Home with the Guys

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The New Girl
This must be my first photo of Toots (on the left, with Kiki's dog Butch), who was found by Chip in Stamford Hill,
dodging in and out of traffic and dragging some rope behind her. Chip did her best to find out who had owned her,
but no-one came forward, and she lived with Chip for the next three years or so. Chip called her Tootsie because
she was all black apart from one white toe.

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White Nightmare

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Lighting Up Time
Oxford Street?

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Flight

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Communications

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Re: Ray's Photos

Postby Rayge » 05 May 2018, 21:04

Sorry about yesterday - ahem, technical problems.
Part one, 1983 is showing the end of summer and beginning of autumn in general indoor pursuits and sunsets...

First, three pics of Mark in Cardiff
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Cream Phone

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Rat Boy in the Coal Hole

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Skinning Up
Job papers and Three castles rolling tobacco, the choices of connoisseurs

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Hairbag

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Construction

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Gantry

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The Roots of Blasphemy
One of Billy's charming tableaux

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Re: Ray's Photos

Postby Rayge » 05 May 2018, 21:06

Part Two
Early last month, and we're definitely moving more into the outdoors

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On Guard

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Wild Primroses on the Lynch

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Scent of Magnolia, Sweet and Fresh

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Catkins

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Dragonfly

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Bugeye

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Re: Ray's Photos

Postby Rayge » 06 May 2018, 19:54

In part one, from last month, HipsterDawg's four-part guide to relaxation, book-ended by some domestic scenes:
Part Two, autumn 1983, features a variety of waifs and strays, as usual.

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Ring and Finial

So, it's about 1.30 a.m. and, not for the first time, I wake up on the sofa after drifting away in front of BBC4. This time, though, Scrap is beside me, equally relaxed, and I have a camera to hand.

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Basic Hang

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Headless

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Drifting Floorwards

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Back on Board

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Primula Party

Tomorrow, a duo special
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Re: Ray's Photos

Postby Rayge » 06 May 2018, 19:57

Part Two

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Hangdog
Sad Daniel

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Mummy's
Toots curls up on chip's discarded clothing

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The Quest Goes On I
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The Quest Goes On II
Just about every time I visited Bill in Brighton, he persuaded me to take a pic or two of him with Biggles to send home to his widowed mum, who doted on cats, and him, but unfortunately insisted that the final result would not suggest either of them to be the deranged hooligans they actually were. I never fulfilled the commission

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Party at Ed's
Carolyn gets down with Elvis

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Cool Pose, Matt

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Groan
Fridge at the Mansions loaded for bear. Not VEGAN!

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