Category Archives: Remains

The ‘Remains’ project: to look at how objects – animals, bicycles, boats and gloves – decay and part merge into the background while retaining their identity.

Fish

Benjamin Franklin, someone never short of a good quote, famously said that guests, like fish, begin to smell after three days.  When choosing fresh fish the advice is to: check the smell; test for taut flesh; and look for bright … Continue reading

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Disposal of the Dead

There are good public health reasons for taking care over the disposal of human corpses. The manner of disposal is often dominated by spiritual concerns or a desire to show respect for the dead or both, and may be carried … Continue reading

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Sic Transit

Percy Bysshe Shelley’s poem Ozymandias warns: ‘My name is Ozymandias, king of kings: / Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!’ / Nothing beside remains. Round the decay /…’.  It is not just the ruination of the works of … Continue reading

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Squirrel

This male grey squirrel was foolish enough to climb a local three-phase power supply array, meeting an untimely death and blacking out several properties near Waterbeach. Photo: Grey Squirrel, Waterbeach, Cambs 170624

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Houghton Trestles

On 17th August 1847 the railway line linking Cambridge with St Ives and St Ives with Huntingdon was opened to traffic. The line ran on trestles across the River Ouse at Houghton.  The St Ives – Huntingdon line was closed … Continue reading

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Swan RIP

Remains of a swan found by the River Cam just downstream from Bottisham Lock.  Two mysteries.  First, what species is it?  Probably a Mute, but as the head was missing it I wasn’t able to tell.  It had not been … Continue reading

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Blackbird

The first post under ‘Remains’ for well over 18 months.  Late spring has brought a clutch of dead fledglings and a reminder that this subject has been neglected. Photo: Mowbray Road, Cambridge, May 2016

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Traces

Remains of the steel ribs of a ship merge into the rocks of the Cornish shore.  What’s the story that the waves erase relentlessly?  Walking companions recall seeing the recognisable hull of a ship on earlier visits. Photo: Thretherick, Cornwall, … Continue reading

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Fish

Unknown, broken fish.  Why hasn’t it been picked clean by the east coast Herring Gulls? Photo: Overstrand, May 2013

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Collared Dove

Collared doves are a pale, pinky-brown grey colour, with a distinctive black neck collar.  They have deep red eyes and reddish feet. Their monotonous cooing is a familiar. Often seen on their own or in pairs, flocks may form where … Continue reading

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Frog

A frog he would a-wooing go, Heigh ho! says Rowley, A frog he would a-wooing go, Whether his mother would let him or no. With a rowley, powley, gammon, and spinach, Heigh ho! says Anthony Rowley. Photo: Cambridge, August 2012

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Bicycle

Both bicycle and stand trashed. Photo: Cambridge, July 2012

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Dolls

Two dolls, a coal scuttle and a pot pushed to the margins of a bric-a-brac stall.  Next stop the tip? Photo: Cambridge Country Fair June 2012

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Collared Dove

Collared doves are now seen just about anywhere, but often around towns and villages.  They’re common visitors to gardens. This one was a victim of suburban traffic. But collared doves only came to the UK in the 1950s, after a rapid … Continue reading

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Atavistic

What is one to think about foxes?   Wilde had a culinary view of them: “The English country gentleman galloping after a fox – the unspeakable in pursuit of the inedible.”  For hen-keepers they are more than inedible, they are murderous … Continue reading

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