I want to share with you Norman Priesset of photographs of Pontypridd from New Years Day, 2005, which I recently found on Flickr.

I’ve written before about the decline of Pontypridd, and am planning on doing so again later this year. For as long as I’ve lived here in Ponty, the talk of the town has always been about how local council neglect has seen Ponty become more and more run down over the years. And sets of photos like Norman’s are an important example of how this has been the case for years, under successive administrations. Compare his to mine from 2007, and you’ll see little difference, sadly, in the state of this town.

I’d urge you all to go out and vote in the local elections next month, but in all honesty I’ve been unable to work out from the ‘net whether or not there will be any local elections in Pontypridd.

Anyways, go and check out Norman’s photos, and see the situation for yourself.

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Download the full-size picture (3884 x 2600) to use as your desktop wallpaper.

My desktop wallpaper today is this shot of some birds on a rock by the sea by the Butt of Lewis in Scotland.

Every time we choose to holiday in Scotland, we have a great time. We’ve thoroughly fallen for the country, and hope one day to be able to afford to move up there permanently. (That’ll have to wait some years, until Kristi’s elderly parents don’t need us any more, and until my Tai Chi school down here doesn’t need me either). Scotland in general, and the islands in particular, are a photography paradise. One day, I’d love to write and publish a book just of Scottish island photography. That really would be a labour of love.

I’ll be back on Monday with more desktop wallpaper for you to stare at behind those dull Word documents and Excel spreadsheets 🙂

If you’re reading this in the RSS feed, my original blog post also includes a Google map showing where this photo was taken. Unfortunately I haven’t managed to get the map to appear yet in the RSS feed, so for now you’ll have to click through to my blog if you want to see the map. Sorry.

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