I AM CHRISTOPHER LEACH THE ARTIST. I started this blog so that I can share with everyone my vast collection of transport photographs showing a personal and nostalgic view of the industry with images that span some 45 years taking in the U.K and some of Europe. I have no darkroom and so rather than being the perfectionist after tidying them up I upload the images warts and all, and even those that won't scan squarely or are scratched. In a way it adds age and character. You are all free to download these for your personal use but please remember I still own them and you are not just free to use them without prior permission for any knd of publishing. Click on images to enlarge them and if you want to see more leave your comments or visit my website for the mother-site with galleries including those Buses & Girls: PICTUREWORLD
Monday, 7 July 2008
Stratford: Switch off that Mic or watch thy tongue-The pitiful sonnet of the cursed Sierra Man
A damp day and the thoughtlessness of Sierra-Man conspires to make old Merrie England not so merry. Stratford on Avon in 1990 and even though Guide Friday seemed very partial to former Nottingham Leyland Atlanteans for it's open-top tour fleet there was plenty of other interest too like this former Bournemouth Daimler Fleetline with Weymann convertible open-top bodywork. In their former Hampshire hometown these ten buses had been named after English Counties with No.184 being Cheshire, but had they chosen No.182 instead they could have had this one Warwickshire, the Shakespeare County. However like the world famous bard who hailed from this small Midland's town so did the operations of Guide Friday and in it's own way it became just as famous as it's distinctive open-top buses trundled around the seaside towns and interesting cities of not just the the UK but far away right across the European Mainland too.