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Cold misery

Posted by
Curly (South Shields, United Kingdom) on 1 April 2013 in People & Portrait and Portfolio.

First of all thank you to all of those who have been sticking by me this past couple of months, it has not been easy finding time to post a daily picture but your thoughts and good wishes for my wife have helped me to sustain some sort of output. She is now in the midst of a second series of radio therapy at Newcastle's Freeman Hospital and, although her cancer is still terminal, she is feeling much happier in herself and can, for now, swallow and eat. I am sorry that for the moment I cannot make time to visit and comment on your pages, but I'm sure I will return sometime in the future.

I did manage to take a few pictures over the past week, none of which I would call truly remarkable, but at least they document some of the things happening in my life here in South Shields.

This is the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside on the steps of the old Town Hall in South Shields Market Place. The Mayor, Cllr. Eilleen Leask was delivering her address at the 162 nd. annual Procession of Witness on Good Friday. Turnout from the Sunday Schools and youth religious groups was a little lower than usual - something to do with the rather cold weather!
No wonder we see four miserable faces here.

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Jeff from Honolulu, United States

Great photo. Their expressions say it all. Glad to hear your wife is doing a bit better.

1 Apr 2013 5:11am

ursulakatariina from Ed, Sweden

Superb shot. The expressions are great.
Clad to hear things are a little better with your wife.

1 Apr 2013 5:16am

Navin Harish from Noida, India

Great shot

1 Apr 2013 5:18am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

I want to wish her the easier times. Her fight is the most severe that no one will face.The people in the picture are not very happy looking. I also will not be. Miserable weather.

1 Apr 2013 5:42am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Does look a glum moment, Curly. Winston on the left of shot looks like he's just got bad news from Stalin.

1 Apr 2013 6:21am

Christine from Ellemford, United Kingdom

Ronnie beat me to it, I think you have your photos confused this has to be somewhere in Russia

1 Apr 2013 7:05am

Ank from Zwolle, Netherlands

Good to read that you're wife is feeling better, to be able to eat something will help a lot.

Great picture with those miserable looking people!

1 Apr 2013 7:40am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

Brilliant image Curly - nothing wrong with this frame.

1 Apr 2013 8:11am

CElliottUK from Reading, United Kingdom

Haha! My first thought was "Cold War - Russians reviewing military parade", then I saw Ronnie's comment, and realised that I was in the wrong country!

1 Apr 2013 9:09am

Tede from Aubenas 07, France

Superbe N&B, des portraits vraiment remarquables. Bonne journée Curly.

1 Apr 2013 9:25am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

The delights of climate change encapsulated :)

1 Apr 2013 9:28am

Calusarus from Drome des collines, France

An impressive winter testimony :-)

1 Apr 2013 9:36am

JRs from Japan

No Easter smile:)

1 Apr 2013 10:04am

David from Avranches, France

Shot Curly.

1 Apr 2013 10:08am

MNC from Montpellier, France

Excellent capture. I like the expression of the lady on the left, and the fact that all characters seem to be away from each others, looking at different places...
See you soon, Curly.

1 Apr 2013 10:18am

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Nice documentary shot.

1 Apr 2013 10:30am

~~~Ann~~~ from Nelson, New Zealand

Thank you for the update Curly.

I very much like this image. Great expressions and atmosphere, even if it is chilly! Three out of four look grumpy, but the Mayor seems to be taking things in stride.

1 Apr 2013 10:38am

PATRICK from miramas, France

excellent capture

1 Apr 2013 11:08am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Strong documentary shot, Curly. As we see here, civic duties are not always easy! Pleased to know you and your wife have a little comforting news.

1 Apr 2013 11:11am

Japanalia from Yokohama, Japan

Keep it going, Curly, and be strong! You need all the encouragement that we can give you! Maybe....there's light at the end of the tunnel and your wife might fight it back, after all!

1 Apr 2013 11:16am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

To swallow and to eat, those are ones of the most important in human life.

1 Apr 2013 11:21am

Veronique from France-and-, Switzerland

Thank you for the news about your wife and your self. Don't bother for us....we'll be there when you come back ;-)

1 Apr 2013 11:30am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

A hug to your wife and for you. Great courage and strength.

1 Apr 2013 11:43am

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

We all have our bad times ... friendship and love makes them more bearable.
I like this picture full of cold hard ... faces and some ice cream ... He understands ... Despite all the image is excellent. Snow completely transforms ... A hug, Adela

1 Apr 2013 12:27pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

I haven't met you in person, Curly, but admire your photography and straightforward helpful candour when commenting, and as such I now often send my thoughts your way. Thanks for sharing the news about your wife, and our fingers are crossed for continued reduced discomforts and as much quality of life as can be provided for all of you going forward. This shot speaks volumes about the tenacity of Winter and its grip upon much of Europe. Great faces and expressions.

1 Apr 2013 2:42pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

Witnesses on Good Friday should be glum ... and this is over the top! ;D

This second session will be another trial for everyone, but with your wife's improved level of happiness, and ability to eat, you can hopefully see a few more smiles from her. Please know my thoughts and prayers continue!

1 Apr 2013 2:56pm

mseguid from Es Castell-Menorca-I Balears, Spain

Impresive. I like it

1 Apr 2013 4:36pm

Irene from San Francisco, United States

Excellent shot.
My thoughts are with you Curly.

1 Apr 2013 5:06pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

They definitely do not look like happy campers Curly! Well seen and captured! ;-)

1 Apr 2013 6:13pm

franz from Baden, Austria

very appropriate for good friday ... those expressions are overwhelming !!!
i'm happy with you for the silver lining on the horizon, curly, and am hoping for more sunshine in your lives ...

1 Apr 2013 6:24pm

Ainsley from Derbyshire, United Kingdom

A great docu shot with a dull mood captured well. Glad things are on the up for you if only for the short term.

1 Apr 2013 7:40pm

Emilio Garcia from Pleasanton, United States

A great capture of a truly disfunctional group. Everyone seem to be miserable and detached from the moment! Superb.

1 Apr 2013 8:10pm

Steven from Chicagoland, United States

Kudos to them for braving the elements! Processing in B&W really helps make the snow stand out nicely here!!

1 Apr 2013 9:02pm

Doug from Burnham-on-Sea, United Kingdom

Terrific capture Curly. I wish you and your family well

1 Apr 2013 9:39pm

Anina Botes from Auckland, New Zealand

A great portrait. None of them seem very happy, maybe they are over the winter :)
Thank you for the update regarding your wife, I'm glad to hear that she is doing better. Best wishes to you and the family, I'm thinking of you.

1 Apr 2013 10:26pm

Carol from Leamington, Canada

Very stern faces here.... you've really captured the mood of the day Curly and the snowflakes compound it! A good one! Glad to hear some good news and hopefully it will just keep getting better for all of you. Take care.

1 Apr 2013 10:35pm

AMH from Buenos Aires, Argentina

una muy buena fotografía y una captura notable . en cada fotografía de tu blog me enseñas un poco mas de tus costumbras aunque te parezca mentira tu blog es como viajar a tu tierra y disfrutar cada momento .
querido Curly !! como no vamos a estar cerca tuyo en momentos como este eres una persona muy buena y en momentos así son cuando aparecen los amigos . desde aquí toda mi fuerza para tu esposa . para los niños y para vos . un abrazo a tu familia . Alejandra

1 Apr 2013 11:06pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

They do look a little unhappy! I love their expressions. I truly wish that there was more that we could do for you Curly. I think about you and Mrs. Curly often.

2 Apr 2013 12:47am

Becky from los angeles, United States

A great image. So much personality here it is jumping off the page. Sending light to you and your wife.

2 Apr 2013 3:11am

L'angevine from Angers, France

intéressante expression de chacun

2 Apr 2013 7:13am

The Mouse from Glasgow, United Kingdom

They do look miserable, great shot.

2 Apr 2013 9:16pm

Jules from Drayton, United Kingdom

looking bitterly cold and very cheesed off

3 Apr 2013 12:01pm

David from Scotland, United Kingdom

What has Milliband done to the community spirit? It's a wonderful shot.

5 Apr 2013 11:34am

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