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Our Ginnel [Jun. 1st, 2007|06:04 pm]
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[User Picture]From: sovay
2007-06-01 07:48 pm (UTC)
I love your photographs. They capture an amazing sense of story or history, even if unknown; they never look just like surfaces and skies.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-06-01 08:17 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'm glad they affect you that way. It's that sense of the inner life of a place that I'm after.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2007-06-01 08:20 pm (UTC)
I like this very much. Life behind the facade.
:)
But I´ve not heard the word "ginnel" before. I assume that means alleyway?
Odd word...
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[User Picture]From: heleninwales
2007-06-02 09:49 am (UTC)
I think "ginnel" is Lancashire dialect. I'm originally from Up North, not far from where poliphilo lives, and personally I would have called the thing in the photo a "back entry". To me a ginnel is narrower, usually the narrow passage between two buildings, ie buildings without back yards. But usage no doubt varies.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-06-02 10:48 am (UTC)
You are probably right. I'm not a native of these parts. My grasp of local dialect is a little shaky.

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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2007-06-02 02:55 pm (UTC)
Thank you. I enjoy learning about localisms.
:)
I spent some time in Lancaster but never heard the word.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-06-02 10:45 am (UTC)
We sometimes refer to it as "the backings".
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[User Picture]From: momof2girls
2007-06-01 08:31 pm (UTC)
It looks like a nice little area. Do kids play in it?

(I had to look up what "ginnel" meant - I'd never heard that term before!)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-06-02 10:11 am (UTC)
Kids don't use it much- it's a little too secluded.

This may change. They recently put gates on all the exits and entrances and only the residents have keys. This will make it a whole lot "safer".
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[User Picture]From: momof2girls
2007-06-02 01:56 pm (UTC)
I was also wondering if that's where the teenage hooligans were hanging out and causing trouble. Are they still around?
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-06-02 03:00 pm (UTC)
They were on the other side of the fence, not in the alley itself- though once the altercation had started they climbed over into the alley to confront me.

I haven't seen them since. Touch wood.
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[User Picture]From: humblenarrator
2007-06-01 09:07 pm (UTC)
Who would want to start a fire here? (I like how the second photo emerges out of shadow.)
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-06-02 10:13 am (UTC)
Who would want to start a fire? Kids of course.

Innocent and irresponsible.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-06-02 10:13 am (UTC)

Re: I love these!

Thank you.
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From: manfalling
2007-06-02 02:05 am (UTC)
These are remarkably colorful. I never thought of your ginnel (I always thought guinnel) was as colorful as this. I would have guessed- grey. But no. Maybe due to it being a good day and sunny, whereas normally that's not the case.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2007-06-02 10:14 am (UTC)
I know what you mean. But the sun really makes the red brick glow.
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