Up a bit today, which is only to be expected after last night’s big meal and small drink. As it looked like being a nice day, I decided to get out and go somewhere. I took a while to decide, and the longer I took deciding, the less sensible some of the more distant options seemed, so in the end I went to Durham. As I arrived at the station at roughly the same time several million football fans got off trains with the apparent intent of getting in the way a lot, it took about a week to get across the concourse to the ticket office, so I missed a couple of trains. Fortunately, it wasn’t too long to wait for the next one, and I was soon in Durham. Durham city centre proved to be very busy, with more people than I recall seeing there before walking up and down the shopping streets. But the area around the cathedral was relatively quiet, and I had no problems getting some photography done. I took the Canon 5D Mark III and the 50mm f/1.4 lens on this occasion. Various pictures will appear over the next few days, but I thought I’d start with this one of the statue of the Marquess of Londonderry, which is a familiar landmark in Durham’s Market Place. I’ve seen this statue many times, but I’d never really noticed that the horse has such a messy hairstyle, or indeed its slightly wild-looking expression.
Shutter speed: 1/125s
Focal length: 50mm
Taken: 2 February, 2013
I had a good wander around Durham, as the Garmin evidence shows:
Then I got the next train back to a crowded Newcastle, which was interrupted by some minor drama on arrival, as the British Transport Police had been called. The doors were kept locked until the train guard had spoken to them, and presumably told them who to look for. Once the doors were opened, for reasons not revealed to the rest of the train’s occupants, a group of passengers were pulled aside for a chat.
 OK, that might have been a bit large, too
 Possibly exaggeration
 Well, I suppose they mighty have been going somewhere, but the effect was to get in my way
 Another possible exaggeration
 Extra footnotes in this post just for Sherry
 Hi Sherry!
 Or whatever job title they’re using this week