Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Star Trails

I've been doing a bit of astrophotography recently and have my first two star trail pictures.

Friday, February 19, 2016

My YouTube videos

I've got a few videos on YouTube.

Ghost Train in the Lakes is one I made with John. It's a bit of fun.
 

 Bread Baking is my experiment at speeding up the film.


Listening to Voice Hearers is my first attempt at a serious video. It is quite long (1 hour) but it is worthwhile watching in order to hear the accounts of Kate, Bob and Shaun, all of who hear voices in their heads as a result of childhood abuse.


 More recently I have made 4 video from two different Ukulele Jukebox performances.








Saturday, January 30, 2016

Coalbrookdale


Went to Coalbrookdale this week for a few days. Coalbrookdale B, finished making electricity last November, now just a very impressive background.

The Valley Hotel where we stayed


Ironbridge early morning. The sky was pink, but in the valley the bridge was blue. 

Dale End Park and the River Severn
Merrythought teddy bear factory


A teddy bear shop

The bridge






Views from the bridge





A Coalport pottery kiln

Inside a kiln

The saggar workshop

Part of the Coalport pottery, now a bespoke bicycle factory 


Saturday, December 12, 2015

Floods at Herdwick Croft

First I should set the scene. This is the entrance to Herdwick Croft caravan park where Liz and I have a static caravan. 


The site owners have posted a video which shows what the River Derwent was like last weekend. The video is from the same perspective as this first photo, looking towards Ouse Bridge.


This next picture shows the side view of the bridge...


... while this one shows what the river is normally like. A pleasant place to have a picnic.


And this photo is looking towards the caravan park from the bridge. 


Just by the entrance however is a reminder of the level that the flood water reached in 2009.


This year, Stuart Wilson (the park owner) says that the river was 2 feet higher. He put this video on Facebook.


video


Sunday, November 8, 2015

What Have They Done to Our Town?

(With apologies to Melanie)

Look what they've done to our town ma,
Look what they've done to our town,
They've built a lot of brand new shops
And covered them with glass ma,
Look what they've done to our town.

Look what they've done to our town ma,
Look what they've done to our town,
They've taken our best river view
And blocked it out with flats ma,
Look what they've done to our town.

Look what they've done to our town ma,
Look what they've done to our town,
They've erected a big wire fence
To keep us off the green ma,
Look what they've done to our town.

Look what they've done to our town ma,
Look what they've done to our town,
They've taken out the roundabout
And caused a traffic jam ma,
Look what they've done to our town.

Look what they've done to our town ma,
Look what they've done to our town,
They've stopped us having fireworks
And put our bonfire out ma,
Look what they've done to our town.

Qu'ont-ils fait à notre ville ma,
Qu'ont-ils fait à notre ville,
Ils ont construit des appartements
Au bord de la rivière ma,
Qu'ont-ils fait à notre ville.

What can we do for our town ma?
What can we do for our town?
We can cast our votes for someone else,
For someone we can trust ma,
That's what we can do for our town.

Possibly the last town fireworks display in Garstang