My friend Tony O'Mahony is now know as the bird man of the Southern Cem and recently featured on TV, talking of which it was rather weird watching the Jeff Lynne story the other night with all those stars of rock and pop not least Paul McCartney et al and just to see our clip of Birmingham buses winging by for a couple of seconds and then a nice mention in the credits. The graves were in a bit of a state as the warm autumn meant the grass kept growing, the new battery operated strimmer came into its own and soon had the area around the graves looking reasonably spruced up, there were lots of grass roots to extract and I had bulbs and bedding to put in, whilst putting the waste into the Sussex trug basket I managed to twist my back and suffered an instant herniated disc which to some relief popped back in but had done it's limited damage and I'm now floating on a mix of Tramadols and Diazapan. Anyway I struggled on to get the jobs done, the worst bit was staggering with the full basket half a dozen times to the waste bin by the chapel, one of those no longer used, just one out of three remains active as the price of plots means most people go up in smoke at the crem these days.
I'd intended carryning on a few yards down the road and looking at the trams on shadow service to the airport, the suin was just right and I waited and waited, eventually about 4 trams came within minutes then nothing but over the horizon came Ralph Garnett and friend, we had a chat and waited and waited then went to Jacksons boat, got a couple of shots of them going over the new viaduct over the diminutive Mersey more like a Canal at that spot, then we carried on to the new stop serving Sale Water Park. Public service starts MOnday the 3rd November, a year or more ahead of schedule!So no surprise then that I have a couple of pictures from this, plus tonight the Bucks and Herts DVDs will be ready and clips going on Youtube and available on our shop ( see this sites shop page.)