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The cat always gets the milk

A cat drinking milk from a small jug on a table

Just in time for and this photo from long ago of a cat helping themselves to the milk from a jug seemed appropriate.


Apertureƒ/9
CameraCanon EOS 20D
Focal length200mm
ISO800
Shutter speed1/400s

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Get Tsingtao Beer in San Francisco!

The window of a restaurant with an overhanging cover. The street is refected in the window and a sign for Tsingtao Beer floats in the window.

Walking down a street in San Francisco and this sign for Tsingtao Beer caught my eye.

This was taken in 2007, during an Automattic meetup, which later became known as a Grand Meetup. In 2007, the company was so small, it wasn’t so Grand, but it was Great!


Apertureƒ/4
CameraCanon EOS 20D
Focal length10mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/100s

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RIP Kirstie Alley

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Kirstie Alley waiting to sign books at Borders in Chicago, surrounded by staff and security

I saw this morning that Kirstie Alley passed away last night at the age of 71. She was great in Cheers, but I barely remember Veronica’s Closet and I’m not familiar with her roles in other shows.

In 2005, my wife and I were in Chicago, and we happened to go into a Borders bookshop there. Kirstie Alley was signing copies of her book upstairs, and a pretty good crowd had gathered. I declined to buy the book but got a few photos of what happened, even though I think staff were unsure of why I was there.

This was 2005, 2 years before the iPhone, and the only other person recording the event was somebody with a big camcorder. No selfies with the celebrity, either!


Apertureƒ/5.6
CameraCanon EOS 20D
Focal length300mm
ISO1600
Shutter speed1/100s

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A Cork Fan and his Lolly

A man wearing a Cork jersey sits on a stone block by Daunt Square in Cork while he eats an ice lol.

Even Cork fans have to take a break and this man was enjoying his ice cream on Daunt Square, on Patrick Street, Cork back in 2006.


Apertureƒ/10
CameraCanon EOS 20D
Focal length10mm
ISO200
Shutter speed1/200s

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Fred Fans in the Spiegeltent

Fred Fans in the Spiegeltent

Fans of Cork band, Fred, enjoying a concert in The Spiegeltent, in June 2006.


Apertureƒ/3.5
CameraCanon EOS 20D
Focal length18mm
ISO1600
Shutter speed1/60s

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A cup and an anchor

A cup and an Anchor

On a pier in Co Cork, somewhere on Sheep’s Head in 2008.


Apertureƒ/7.1
CameraCanon EOS 20D
Focal length13mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/100s

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Michael O’Regan in Yellow

Michael O’Regan in Yellow

Michael O’Regan has been selling the Echo newspaper in this spot on Patrick Street, Cork since 1969. He was a familiar sight to generations of Cork people.

I haven’t seen him in a long time, and this photo was taken in 2006. The latest information I can find on him is a photo taken of him in January 2020 when he met the Lord Mayor of Cork, John Sheehan.


Apertureƒ/9
CameraCanon EOS 20D
Focal length10mm
ISO200
Shutter speed1/160s

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Across the Chetwynd Railway Viaduct

Across the  Chetwynd Railway Viaduct

Most Cork people are familiar with the Chetwynd Railway Viaduct built over the Bandon Road near Bishopstown. Here it is from the top, in 2005.

An important and substantial landmark designed by Charles Nixon, Engineer, which makes a dramatic contribution to the surrounding area. It carried trains on its single line from Cork to West Cork until 1961. It stands 90ft above the road and has a 21ft span. The viaduct displays fine craftsmanship in the stone work seen in the piers and excellent design in the elegant steel arches.

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Apertureƒ/3.5
CameraCanon EOS 20D
Focal length18mm
ISO1600
Shutter speed1/200s

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Selling Oranges on Cornmarket Street

Selling Oranges on Cornmarket Street

In front of Castle Jewellers, June 2005.


Apertureƒ/4
CameraCanon EOS 20D
Focal length30mm
ISO200
Shutter speed1/800s

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Cork 2005

Cork 2005

Older visitors will recognise this poster if they were around Cork in 2005 when the city was “European Capital of Culture”.

This poster was draped over the city library, and I was very lucky to capture a tour bus as it drove past on a fine June day, exactly 17 years ago today.


Apertureƒ/7.1
CameraCanon EOS 20D
Focal length55mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/100s

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The Buildings of Chicago

The Buildings of Chicago

The famous Marina City Building Car Park, Chicago, 2005.


Apertureƒ/9
CameraCanon EOS 20D
Focal length18mm
ISO100
Shutter speed1/200s

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The NRP Comandante João Belo (F480) in Cork

NRP Comandante João Belo (F480)

Back in 2005 many naval ships visited Cork Harbour and one of them was the NRP Comandante João Belo. According to this Wikipedia page it was sold to Uruguay but in 2005 it flew the colours of the Portuguese Navy.

You can find out more about this particular ship here but you’ll have to translate it to English if your Portuguese isn’t up to scratch.

In the background is the “Port of Cork” sign and the buildings of the now demolished Cork Bonded Warehouse.


Apertureƒ/8
CameraCanon EOS 20D
Focal length55mm
ISO400
Shutter speed1/1250s