adwick school uniform
Some photographs capture something “more”. On the face of it, this is but a picture of some trees. For us who went there, however, it is the grave of Adwick School. Here stood our senior wing.
There is a wistfull atmosphere. Black and white amplifies this. That maybe entirely subjective, but I am not the only one to pick up on it. There is something “more” to this picture than meets the eye.
Trying to define this something “more” is like chasing a rainbow. The moment you approach it, it moves further away from you. Yet I am not speaking of associations that only we who came here can know about; there is something more, that makes even those who didn’t, to describe it as “haunting”.
For me (qualifying therefore what I write precisely with feedback on my earlier post both from people who did know what used be here and those who have absolutely no personal association with the place) this is both unsettling and very beautiful all at the same time. “Haunting” would therefore be a fitting description.
I have recently received some pictures not only of what used to be here (and off camera in the likewise demolished main building further up to the right), but from our world and time that long have passed. Unfortunately I cannot post these, because they are not for further publication. However, I can tell you they are no less poignant.
Most of these pictures are in black and white. Yet that seems to highlight any associations one actually might have. I do not even notice the absense of colour: that something “more” seems to allow my brain to “see” what is not there!
I find myself transported backwards in time. Once our uniform was very smart and characteristic. Before its lamentable decline in the nineties it was very strictly enforced. As I see my uniform thus again, it is as though I am standing there among those pictured. It is so incredibly “virtual” an experience – to use a modern expression. Yet again the black and white picture but re-enforces this experience!
I am utterly captivated by the photography. This was the world I knew! Yet I cannot bear it too long. That something “more” is unsettling as well. It is a world that has forever gone.
With respect to the hauntingly beautiful, yet eerie picture shown above, we are looking at a graveyard. What now is but some trees and grass, was once our childhood world alas!
Some things have to be nipped right in the bud. Now would be the right time to do so.
I don’t quite know whether I should laugh or cry
I suppose it had to happen. I finally end up with a pretty good symbol, and (merely because some people disagree with what I write on social media, and because they wish to find any means to slander and discredit me) someone has to suggest that my avatar and blog symbol be some modified form of the swastika!
So, let me state very clearly where it comes from. Firstly it has nothing to do with the Third Reich, nor is my symbol in fact any such modification. As I have already stated on the blog’s “Welcome” page, the symbol used is based – like everything else in the blog design – on the now defunct uniform of the former Adwick School. I have added a Greek cross to represent my Christian Faith (diametrically opposed to any affiliations with national socialism), and what those trying to bring me into disrepute claim to be a nazi eagle is in fact the raven of the vikings.
I have also already detailed the origin of the Yorkshire Viking Norway blog symbol (and my avatar). Nevertheless I state categorically that the raven has nothing whatsoever to do with national socialism or the far right, and is intended merely to show that Norway is my new home. The supposed “swastica” is in fact two letters “A” and “S”, the logo of my former school. It will be blatantly obvious to anyone who went there, and it is that which has been modified as seen below. The sister blog also describes its adaptation here if you fancy trying your Norwegian.
So there you have it, nothing to see here and you can all move on! There is NO swastika, and I have NO affiliations and never have had any affiliations to the far right – nor will I ever have any. Were it not for the fact that I do not wish either my blog to be brought into disrepute by ignorance, or to get in trouble with the Facebook police I should simply ignore this. As it is I don’t quite know whether I should laugh or cry.
Still as I stated at the beginning of this post, I should be perhaps flattered. I have obviously hit on something that grabs the attention. I have used a symbol regularly since 1990, and using indeed the very same elements from Adwick. My latest symbol has obviously the winning combination.
Some people will do anything to stir up trouble. As I also wrote at the start, some things need nipping in the bud. This is one.
The Yorkshire Viking is the result of a re-brand earlier this Autumn. It has already been very successful. The name especially seems to have resulted in more hits.
The former logo of Adwick School and the older school uniform were used to form the design of the cover and the new blog logo. Now I’ve gone a stage further – the colour scheme of the entire blog is based on the same.
Still remaining are improvements to the links. Right now the links only show up as green. When I have made the css code and got it to work (have had a few “bugs” first time round), the links will be underlined.
Hope you like the only blog still in Adwick uniform!