Winter Sunrise in Shropshire

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Anthony Sargeant took this photograph from the bedroom window of his Shropshire home. The English countryside can be especially beautiful on clear winter days when the bare branches of the deciduous trees give a translucency to the landscape. The water meadows around the River Corve had been flooded the previous day and in the night left sheets of frozen ice.

Fishing Boat coming into the quay at Ullapool in Scotland

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Making its way through the early morning mist cloaking the sea loch at Ullapool in Scotland this boat is returning with its catch. Photographed in 1976 by Anthony Sargeant while on an extended holiday along the West Coast of Scotland. It is a very traditional clinker built small fishing vessels of which there used to be thousands around the UK coast.

UK and EU – Rats and Sinking Ships

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In response to the Ex-Prime Minister of Belgian and now EU Parliament negotiator for Brexit talks, Guy Verhofstadt, likening the UK leaving the EU to “rats leaving a sinking ship”. Anthony Sargeant says that there are two interesting points about the comment; (1) the Belgian Europhile seems to think the EU is sinking (which it probably is) and (2) rats are an extremely successful species which thrives around the world (which may well turn out to be how the UK fares in terms of global trade post-Brexit). But as a Belgian you can imagine the dismay at the very thought of the collapse of the EU infrastructure and consequent redundancy of all of those vanity-project buildings in Brussels – what will Belgium do with them? And what will it do as an economy no longer propped up by the income generated by over 50,000 well paid EU civil servants in Brussels, plus ancillary staff. If you think that closure of the Port Talbot Steelworks would be bad for Wales then the collapse of EU would be a disaster for Belgium which is economically challenged, not least by the internal schisms of its society on language and religious grounds (this leads to duplication not just of language in government documentation but also of whole institutions. So in Brussels for example, you have the Universite Libre of Brussels but also the Vrije Universiteit of Brussels and so on down the educational system in towns and Villages across the country.

Half a Shoulder of slow cooked Mutton

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A half a shoulder of mutton (blade half) studded with garlic was covered in baking paper and foil and slow cooked in a low oven at 100 degrees Celsius for 18 hours by Anthony Sargeant. The result it that the meat is still pink but beautifully tender and has that deeper flavour of good mutton […]

via Half a Shoulder of slow cooked Mutton 

Children’s Annuals were very popular in the 1950s

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This hardback childrens’ annual was published by Dean and Sons of London in the 1950s. Such books were a popular Christmas present in those far off days. Anthony Sargeant found this copy in some boxes of books bought at auction.

via Children’s Annuals were very popular in the 1950s — Anthony J Sargeant in 1966