Salford 12th January 2018

Swooping over the old docks

Engaging in interaction with old fish boxes

A feathered veteran hovers over the waters

Gracefully landing on the cast fences below

Usually seen diving for his dinner

Lately enjoying the pickings

Left behind by the tourist taking in the attractions


In Flight

Salford 26th August 2017

The aviators are circling again

looking for a suitable place to rest

whilst the sun is high in a northern sky


Gliding from roof to roof

checking out the pickings

in lined up gardens


Unafraid and Unabashed

to businesses back yards they’ll pip

for some chucked out fish (or stray chips)


Or land in someones home back yard

looking in food bins for some fish from a tin

or filleted bones that’s been left there in



IWM Duxford , Cambridge, 5/6/2017


For a brief moment today,

looking around the hangar in Cambridge

I got to see the marvels of flight first hand

Great planes – from early pioneers to new planes and even spaceflight

Hoped to see something special – and I wasn’t disappointed

Tomorrow – i’ll take a look at what I captured



On a Mission

Poem that appeared in “Writers Cramp” in 2010, For BASIC

The pigeon is skipping down the lane,
on a Mission.
He’s looking for that bit of fish,
from the open sardine tin,
left by the daytripper
at St Francis’ Basin.

Or the Half Eaten Sandwich,
Left in the bins
By the Designer
at the Outlet by Salford Quays

And passing snow geese can only look on,
as the pigeon hops,
between passing pedestrians,
in their summer regalia.

He doesn’t mind,
He and his friends,
He doesn’t mind
What they drop,
So long as they can have it
for dinner.


The Harrier Jump Jet – On display at the front of the Main Exhibition Space, IWM North.


Hello chaps! all you down there
Tis I, the mechanical bird in th’air
protecting you all at night and day
keeping enemy forces at bay

Armed only with the best weaponry –
I carry tactical rockets you see!
But my best qualities are in th’movement in air
passing over forests and mountains wi’ flair

I can take off from ships , both large and of small
my take off system’s the best of them all
One blast from my jets and up i do go
so i can look for the enemy foe

And whether its land, or down on the sea
my pals on the ground are glad to see me
as i help them out, ‘gainst enemy
and provide them some cover from over the trees

And when i’ve provided my air support
i’ll head off back to carrier or port
before a new mission, another sortie
keeping you safe, out over the sea.