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Favourite Pictures


Here are my favourite shots (plus my favourite mural ! )


Also see Favourite transmitter pictures.

My Favourite Mural Eiffel Tower in perfect symmetry, part one. Eiffel Tower in perfect symmetry, part two. The wife at Kom Ombo temple (Egypt) The Moon and the Obelisk at Luxor (Egypt) Modderpoort South Africa

My Favourite Mural

View as one approaches Modderpoort (S Africa) which is most famous for its cave church. Unfortunately the latter has had to be fortified to prevent unauthorised access, which rather negatively affects its appeal these days.....

Montjuic Communication Tower (Barcelona)

Designed by Santiago Calatrava it was built between 1989 and 1992 for its opening to coincide with the Olympic Games held in the city, in fact the Olympic stadium is just discernible in the background. It is 136m high and is visible from all over Barcelona. I had to think long and hard about whether I should put this shot in “Favourite Pictures” because it`s not actually that imaginative. But the fact it`s such a beautiful structure, it is a little relevant to the site and the fact that we use it as our “desktop background” (so it must be one of my favourite pictures ! ) persuaded me.

The Moon and the Obelisk at Luxor (Egypt)

San Siro (Milan)

Eiffel Tower in perfect symmetry parts one and two.

I`m not sure if these pictures are that outstanding but the 1st of Aug 2008 Eclipse in China took a hell of a lot of getting to, so I`m including them anyway. That and the fact the event was stunning !

The viewing site was just N of Yiwu in NW China and careful examination of the above picture will reveal the “official” Eclipse site which was on a lot of the TV coverage.

The top shot was before first contact (between the Moon and the Sun) to show “normal” lighting conditions.

My wife`s sitting down on the job !

The second picture (on the left) is of the Sun gradually being covered by the Moon. Note the clouds which resulted in some stress to the crowds, would they clear in time ?

They did, but only just......

On the left is Totality, the Sun is completely covered by the moon which really does reduce the light levels, as shown in the picture below.


Incidentally it didn`t go as dark as it did in Penzance back in 1999.  We were on the Promenade and that particular Eclipse was marred by almost total cloud cover, but it did at least accentuate the darkness.

It was still well worth going to, I won`t be around for the next British eclipse !

How lucky was I to get these pictures ? ! ?

As I walked down the hill from Acklam Wold transmitter, enjoying the beautiful sunshine, the fabulous blue sky and the wonderful view, this little chap (or is it a chapess ?) ran up the road, stopped right in front of me and then looked me up and down a while, before getting bored and darting off.  Absolutely fantastic.  I`d never have seen it had I driven there.......  

Who says that visiting transmitters is boring !

What is it ? What is it ? (2)

What is this ? !  


It`s about 4ft high and located by the river Loxley just below Damflask in NW Sheffield. It`s grid ref is SK 2875  9025.


Is it some sort of flood prevention sluice ?

But what`s the point of it with no other walls about ?


Is it some sort of sheep pen / stock counter doorway ?

But it`s built of 4 to 6” thick concrete ! ? !  


Is it a mounting for a WW2 Anti Aircraft gun to protect against  bombing of the dam ?  (The little known Luftwaffe plan “Der Damm en Busten” - reprised).



I had no idea what it was but subsequent research (see the Sheffield Forum discussion of this topic) suggests a sluice gate but the earth berms having been removed

Level crossing with a difference, it`s across Sumburgh airport`s runway !

Level Crossing With A Difference !  


Shetland is a great place for a holiday, loads to see, really friendly people, and it`s light till past 11.00 PM, provided you go in the summer, obviously....... But where else can you use a level crossing across a runway ! Above is the level crossing across the Sumburgh airport runway with a Flybe Saab 340 landing, it`s just above the white fence on the left.

Flybe Saab 340 on approach to Sumburgh airport Shetland

The picture above right is the plane on approach to landing. However, don`t let the above pictures fool you into thinking Shetland`s infrastructure is somehow substandard, it`s actually unbelievably good. The oil revenues probably have a lot to do with it but there are as many swimming pools (albeit smaller ones) in Shetland, population 22,000, as in Sheffield, population 500,000.  There are also decent public conveniences in the middle of nowhere, unlike in the UK where you`ve just got to cross your legs, or go for yet another coffee just so you can use their loo, but that just means you have to go again.

Oh right ! (light above head illuminates) I get it now, that`s how they make their money !

So, the unlikely moral of this story is :

Don`t open a coffee shop in Shetland.........

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Kelham Island from the mill race. This race flow round the south of  Kelham Island and the River Don flows round the north, thus making Kelham Island an island !


And what a museum it is !

Well worth a visit.


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My wife Sarah at Kom Ombo temple (Egypt)

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Picture 3 (above) reveals the light level dropping quickly, note the shadows proving that the Sun is actually shining, it isn`t cloud cover causing the dim conditions.


San Siro stadium Milan

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Camper van heaven (nearly as good as boating.......).

How would you fancy waking up to this ? No houses within a mile or two. Perfect peace. But even better than the New Zealand scenery is the friendliness of the people. The owner of the farm not only offered to let us stay here for the night but took an hour and a half out of her day to take us on a Quad bike to see some otherwise inaccessible Maori War poles !

Erasmusbrug Rotterdam. The latter is well worth a visit, loads to do in a fairly compact area and easily accessible by public transport, so it fits in well with a trip over on the ferry !

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please help us increase the number of people reading it.


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A penny for your thoughts ?                  Ness of Melby, Shetland. (Link)

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The Oyster Catcher and the Puffins

Just because you`re paranoid it doesn`t mean they`re not talking about you......


Oyster Catcher and Puffins on Fair Isle (July 12)

Kelham Island mill race (Sheffield)

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