The Dumb Waiters … the band lacked equipment and ability but had more than enough enthusiasm to overcome any obstacles. This was a time where garage bands were considered the norm if your music was to have integrity and authenticity.
Only a few weeks after the Britons celebrated Queen Elizabeth’s Jubilee the nation received the announcement that the monarch had died. Otley Parish Church historic bells peal at the onset of a period of mourning.
Gradual decline, entropy, or death by natural causes: buildings are still there, but look structurally unkempt, free from droppings, no longer teaming with wildlife, except the occasional clinging shrub or weed sprouting from waterlogged gutters or fall-pipes. Walls strained with the seasonal flow of rain cascading down the side of the building caused by glogged arteries and moribund maintenance cycles.
Asymmetric spinning tops, always turning, always wobbling, like cams turning, piston shafts moving, tugboats on the river passing in the night fog. I remember when I was a child my dad would show me the ships in Hull dock. He recounted seeing the Graf Zeppelin, children left their school classrooms to see the giant airship pass overhead.
It was the 3rd June 2022, the Queen’s Jubilee and a public holiday for Britain. In Otley the Parish Church bells would ring at three o’clock in the afternoon. This was an opportunity to not to be missed to record the unique sound of the recently refurbished bells.
Royal Air Force 158 Squadron Memorial, I felt it was unmissable. I was not disappointed; Peter Naylor’s work is visually striking in the landscape and sculpture of the Halifax bomber air crew silhouetted against the sky is very moving.