Glass Houses

10th May 2017

An acrostic about politics – and what some politicians should do from time to time

Sat amongst your opulent surroundings

A testimony to your greatness,

You hurl insults at one-another

In vain – but in reality you

Never address the problems youre sent in to fix

Got to say – that a child, aged three


Sees and understands what you can’t

Overall, you talk the talk – but responsibility is

Royally Ignored – which is funny for a parliamentarian

Reality will bite back at you , but by then all the

Yelling and screaming from you and your collegues will be too late.

Special effects

A Musical Piece (p) Brian F Kirkham 2017

Brain and Spinal Injury Centre, Salford

10th March 2017

Today at BASICs photography session, we’ve had a bit of a Musical theme, using objects we’ve used before together with some musical notation.

Musical Notation (Closeup) (p) Brian F Kirkham 2017

Sheets of Music were used by the group to create some wonderful imagery. everything from rings and chains to coloured backgrounds.

Musical Heart (p) Brian F Kirkham 2017

Some shots required close up photography or zoom, whilst others required angles or distance. Once again, I used my Bridge camera to create the shots , and we used overhead lighting to get the best of the effects.   I’m happy with the shots I took in the session

Heart of the Music (p) Brian F Kirkham 2017
Ringing Musical Heart (p) Brian F Kirkham 2017
Maskerade (p) Brian F Kirkham 2017
Musical Reflections (p) Brian F Kirkham 2017
Musical Fortune (p)  Brian F Kirkham 2017

Tale of a Chameleon


By Brian F Kirkham

23rd August 2016



Young Fred he came home wi’ a lizard

he wanted the whole world to see

he showed it to his Mum and Dad

and talked about it wi’ glee!

Now his dad he brought the lizard

a new home of glass that stood by settee.

Wi atmosphere and temperature settings

to turn up and down by degree.

Now Fred, he grew awfully worried.

would he like it in th’ glass house?, he feared

And one day, his fears they were realised

when his pet lizard – a chameleon – disappeared.

And Mum and Dad they searched round the houses

and the garden wi very big tree

but chameleon he had changed colour

so the family could no longer see

But soon, the chameleon was hungry,

and appeared right in front of Fred’s eyes!

he’d wondered off you see – in search for some tea

and was eating some spiders and flies



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Under tremendous heat

Sand melts down

into clear globules

which form into a clear substance

Its clear to see



If we didn’t have glass

we would probably be

Living in Caves

(letting the wind in)



Magical substance

Liquid then solid

Forming  beaker

Holding drinks



Multiple Uses

from the thermometer

to much simpler kinds

the child’s marbles

The Glass

The Glass
Water in Glass

The world belongs, to those who look at the glass and say: What’s up with this Glass? Excuse me? Excuse me ? This is my glass ? I don’t think so.  My Glass was full!  And it was a bigger glass!

Words from Terry Pratchett’s Discworld Novel : The Truth

Picture by Inkdropk – taken at BASICs photography workshop, Salford.

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