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So there we were in Newcastle last week. We'd just had a relaxed coffee break, and were trundling our cases to the Metro station, to head out to the airport. When up pops a Town Crier in full regalia, with a (presumably press) photographer in tow.
They stopped for some very quick shots at Grey's Monument, but by the time I'd got my camera out they were off again.
So of course I did the obvious thing - dumped my suitcase with Bill and set off in hot pursuit. Fortunately they stopped again at the Cenotaph in Old Eldon Square.
By the time I got back to Bill he was having kittens about missing our flight - but we still made it in time.
I found out afterwards that this is a real Town Crier, from Alnwick up on the Northumberland coast, and the photos were to publicise a week of out-door community theatre events based on him telling local stories.
Thanks for looking,
Moira

Camera:Nikon D40 Check out Nikon Nation!
Lens:kit 18-55 mm
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:For Crying Out Loud...
Username:mrswoolybill mrswoolybill
Uploaded:27 Jul 2007 - 8:02 AM
Tags:Newcastle, Newcastle upon tyne, Photo journalism, Portraits / people, Story telling, Street theatre, Town crier
Votes:43

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AngelaR
AngelaR  10155 forum posts United Kingdom
27 Jul 2007 - 8:04 AM

That's dedication for you Moira - a great capture. I thought at first it was your Bill.

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AlanBW
AlanBW  9 England
27 Jul 2007 - 8:08 AM

Great capture of the Town Cryer - and a tog togged too! Nice one Moira.

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mikbee
mikbee Plus Member 8mikbee vcard Scotland8 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2007 - 8:23 AM

Good capture of the T.C. but what about that reflection-its a cracker.Good capture too of the man at work.Striking colours as well.Nice one Moira.
Mick.

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Badgerfred Plus Member 8Badgerfred vcard Wales
27 Jul 2007 - 8:55 AM

Superb candid Moira,
Fred.

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Barbaraj
Barbaraj  8450 forum posts England
27 Jul 2007 - 9:06 AM

The reflection in Boots building pulls my eye too. Well known spot. You show the coffee spot also!

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Nettles
Nettles  8 England
27 Jul 2007 - 9:12 AM

Ooh, you'd have been in trouble.
He looks a jolly fellow and obviously enjoys his job.
Nice one.
Annette

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field  8 Wales
27 Jul 2007 - 9:45 AM

At first I thought you couldn't have staged a shot of two more different occupations....but then they're both in the communication business. Well captured.
Phil

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8772 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1263 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2007 - 9:49 AM

Thanks folks! My goodness, everyone's up bright and early today.
Well spotted Barbara, that's Boskoops, our favourite coffee haunt in the background.
Annette - I don't think there would be any objection to what I was doing - a PR chap who was with them was killing himself laughing, and gave me some leaflets about the event.
Oh, and some nice lines for Mick in the reflections - I hadn't even noticed that!
Moira

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TyChee
TyChee Plus Member 10260 forum postsTyChee vcard United States1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2007 - 11:41 AM

This is too funny! Great title and nice capture! I'm glad you didn't miss your flight!
Ty

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Rock
Rock Plus Member 13Rock vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2007 - 12:14 PM

I remember Eldon Square and the town centre as I lived in NC as a lad.

Fine shot, does he Cry for the Magpies !

Rock

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 8772 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1263 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2007 - 12:15 PM

PS Please note that the photographer has carefully positioned his subject so that half the face is in dark shadow. As he didn't appear to be using fill-in flash I assume that he's been doing a spot of dodging, as I had to in order to get any sign of the right eye!
Moira

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jaktis
jaktis Plus Member 1184 forum postsjaktis vcard Sweden
27 Jul 2007 - 12:32 PM

A great picture off the photographer with ´his regalia

Peter

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mrswoolybill
mrswoolybill Critique Team 8772 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1263 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2007 - 12:43 PM

Rock - he's the Alnwick Town Crier so I suspect he might support Berwick Rangers!
Moira

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helenlinda
helenlinda Plus Member 8342 forum postshelenlinda vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2007 - 12:54 PM

Nice that someone set this up for you!
Good shot
Helen

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gingerdelight
27 Jul 2007 - 4:49 PM

Well done on the shot AND the chase!!
x Carol x

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper Plus Member 9lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2007 - 5:45 PM

Nicely taken shot Moira. Got the comp' just right.
Trouble is, believe it or not, I was going to put a picture of Rochesters town crier on tonight, but will hold that one back for a bit i think. Any way, this is a better shot than mine.

John Smile

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Rende
Rende Plus Member 837 forum postsRende vcard Netherlands4 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2007 - 7:20 PM

Great capture, especially with the crouching photographer, which makes a lovely composition.
It took me ages and several attempts to get to your image, but our puppy loved it because I used the waiting time to play with her Wink
Rende

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mrswoolybill Critique Team 8772 forum postsmrswoolybill vcard United Kingdom1263 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2007 - 8:04 PM

Thanks to everyone who's visited this, and clicked and commented, on a pretty difficult day! I've made a few attempts at the site but usually lost patience and given up. I'll catch up when 'normal service is resumed!
Moira

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newy17
newy17  9273 forum posts United Kingdom
27 Jul 2007 - 8:38 PM

love the relections of the building and captured the t/c in full swing superb shot moira.
ian.

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shona
shona  9 Scotland
27 Jul 2007 - 9:36 PM

nice shot, shona Smile

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spanner99
spanner99  8
27 Jul 2007 - 9:47 PM

haha great title, nice shot. I like it Smile

Steph
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Boagman65
Boagman65  8 Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2007 - 9:58 PM

A real interesting shot well worth all the effort.

Andy.

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27 Jul 2007 - 10:49 PM

Some bums are always spoiling a good shot Wink. A great capture . Only ever seen one once and that was in Yorkshire . A bitter cold Easter . We were having delicious homemade veg soup in a pub and he popped in . I think for a warm by the fire .

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Mjhearne  8432 forum posts Scotland4 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2007 - 10:54 PM

Great candid Shot!
Well done!

Matthew

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csr
csr  8 England
27 Jul 2007 - 11:01 PM

GRAET SHOT NICE ANGLE
CHRIS

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imagio  9 England1 Constructive Critique Points
27 Jul 2007 - 11:17 PM

Nice candid Moira see you got the photo man in..

Bernie

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Hop-A-Long
28 Jul 2007 - 1:06 AM

Glad you caught your flight. This is a great image. Nice colours.
Thanks for your kind comment Moira.
Andy

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28 Jul 2007 - 1:20 AM

An amusing capture.

Best Matt

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Brilane
Brilane  9 Wales12 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2007 - 2:32 AM

Quite a character, and well photographed.
Brian

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28 Jul 2007 - 7:55 AM

Good description which makes the image work very well.
Jon

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ChristineL
ChristineL  1039 forum posts United Kingdom
28 Jul 2007 - 8:40 AM

a lovely colourful character Moira,
Chris.

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SandraKay
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28 Jul 2007 - 12:00 PM

Love this - not only the subject's proud expression and the excellent composition & colour - but it reminds me of one of those small toys where you click under the base and the toy collapses & then it pops up again when you stop clicking.
Sandra

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28 Jul 2007 - 12:39 PM

Fun shot....made me smile.....your perspective is unique as usualSmile

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JohnEW
JohnEW  8
28 Jul 2007 - 2:32 PM

True photojournalism, you should have pushed the 'tog out of the way! Wink
John

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brownsilent
28 Jul 2007 - 3:52 PM

He looks gorgeous and seems to have fun.
Johanna

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AlanC1  8 England1 Constructive Critique Points
28 Jul 2007 - 8:48 PM

Superb Again

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nolongeramember
29 Jul 2007 - 4:38 PM

Excellent perspective , caught the jovial character ...!!! love the write up also..

Nikki Smile

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TonyFrith
TonyFrith  8 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
29 Jul 2007 - 8:24 PM

Glad you didnt miss the plane
The photographer makes this,, great colours
Tony

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wyatturp
wyatturp  9 England
29 Jul 2007 - 9:36 PM

Owe ya -click

Doug

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3 Aug 2007 - 5:36 PM

Brilliant capture.
Tom.

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Traceyflowerpots

Ohhhhhhhhhh Yayyyyyyyyyyyy Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh Yyyyaaaaaaaaaaaay what a lovely shot , I can hear him from here hahaha.

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19 Aug 2007 - 11:30 PM

Great shot. You're the ultimate entusiast! John

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