Author Archives: Patrick

About Patrick

a photographer, writer and blogger, a studio and press photographer since the mid 1960's, first published writings in 1974

The Shriving of Miss Esme Stamp…

Episode 44… Reason He looked at Charles with open eye. ‘Beats your town living Charlie!’ he remarked. It was only the second time Esme had ever heard anyone call Charles: Charlie. In her mind he was a Charles not a … Continue reading

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The Kings Head…

The Kings Head as it appears today on the Moscow road in Bayswater London. In my fictitious tale “The Shriving of Miss Esme Stamp” Charles Hepworth’s little photographic shop sat on the opposite corner facing the building. The site today … Continue reading

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Snap Around…

A familiar sight to visitors at St. Pancras Station in North London would be the statue of ‘The Lovers’, ‘The Dent Clock’ and the statue of Sir John Betjeman sculptured by Martin Jennings.

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The Shriving of Miss Esme Stamp…

Episode 43… Good Company There was much small talk over supper and Esme seemed to take to Bill and Margarita, odd couple as they appeared, with some delight. There was even agreement that she would pose for the painter sometime … Continue reading

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Snap Around…

Well, this must be about the most famous statue in Hyde Park. In your lunch hour you can sit by the lake as many do, enjoy your big mac and fries, and forget the hustle and bustle of Central London…

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The Shriving of Miss Esme Stamp…

Episode 42… Arrival He was instantly likeable, as with so many of Charles odd arty friends and Charles was not surprised at his friend’s enthusiasm for Esme, his reputation as a painter was widely recognized. The reference to their “Commotion” … Continue reading

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Snap Around…

There are times on a warm sunny day when you gotta take a sandwich and coffee and sit in the Park… This was one of those times. It was my Birthday and the big meal would be tonight, so this just hit … Continue reading

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The Shriving of Miss Esme Stamp…

Episode 41… Journey (Part Two) ‘Well, this is about as far as we go with the car.’ announced Charles. ‘We’ll have to do the rest on foot.’ Esme groaned. ‘Don’t worry, it’s not much further. We can do it in about ten minutes.’ … Continue reading

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The Shriving of Miss Esme Stamp…

Episode 41… Journey (Part One) In that journey to Wales she was mostly silent. Unhurried life pressed past the windows of the car, and Charles drove with an almost equal presence of mind. Crowded thoughts entered her head and now … Continue reading

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The Shriving of Miss Esme Stamp…

Episode 40… Decision ‘Esme… I’ve been giving our situation a lot of thought.’ Charles looked at her with careful consideration. She seemed to him to have more maturity now than ever he realised. She had grown into a fine woman. … Continue reading

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