Aith Gun

Aith Gun
Breezy Isles, Shetland

Saturday, April 24, 2010

It is a Con (trail), oh

The ban on air travel over the UK showed me, and probably others how the skies should look like. Not before the Wright brothers have we had a plane free sky.
But to get this, alot of folk have had their travel plans disrupted, airlines had reported serious losses and alot of bad energy was abound I bet. We also had to endure bits of Iceland falling on us...
Then on the radio came the news, suddenly the manufacturers said yup, we have adjusted the tolerences and our engines can be used (no pressure I bet). Then we hear in the news that fighter jets had to be grounded soon after. But their engines are different and they tend only to have one. I bet too that there is some frantic post flight inspections going on. I hope that nothing bad comes of this..
And slowly the skies filled

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Community Radio

I have signed up for a course on radio production with our local community radio station. A 3 day course on the productions required, presenting and content. We also learn interview stuff, editing and the more technical side. We then have to produce and present 3 shows for air and we can then, if ready get a more regular shows. Gonna have to think up an angle on this....
Will keep you informed...

Friday, April 16, 2010

My Dads Birthday

Tomorrow, my Dad will turn 70. Sadly he will know nothing of this, his memories have been atacked by Alzheimer's

I visit him as often as I can, he had little recolection of me 2 years ago, but the last visit the whole world seemed a challenge for him.

It is upsetting to watch a person go through this, and for me the knowledge that what my Dad does now would sicken him if his mind were to return.

He currently lives in his own house and has support, but to be fair to his dignity, he needs full time professional care.

My sister and myself do what we can do, we are not trained in these matters, and I think we have our own worries and fears towards this.

So to my Dads memory, I raise a glass. Happy birthday Dad, where ever you are...

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Horses, Milligan, Wars and Matchstick Men

Well the weekend started with me and a filly. Well this was my first time on a horse this big. We got to learn the rudiments and also discovered horses have a personality, a rising trot and that horses eat each others poo..oooh
Then a dash to Salford, Manchester
On the way we spotted some of these....
This then was followed by a spell at the theatre to watch Spike Milligans "Adolf Hitler:My Part in His Downfall" at The Lowry
We had a fantastic time, the show was full of some of Spikes comments, plenty of music and the guys were extreamly good at all the instruments and parts they played. We were in the tiers but the seating was not very comfortable, we were on bar stools, like you have around the breakfast bar.
The day was done....but the adventure wasn't.
We walk along the docks and the litter bins were overflowing, we got back to the Holiday Inn to find our room was missing towels, so a call to reception, a 15 minute wait, then an out of breath lad in a waistcoat thrust two towel at me through the door and ran off, I get the feeling he may have been on his own.
The next day, we walked past the same overflowing litter bins to the Imperial War Museum..
Was greeted by a Russian Tank
A few things to watch and do. There is a basis to the displays of a timeline through the 20th Century.
A pod used by folk on the roofs of buildings in our major cities on fire watch, they would protect from flashes and some shrapnel but not a direct hit, slits were cut for obs.
A ship mounted flame thrower. To be honnest, tanks of highly flammable fuels on a vessel being shot at that has a flame thrower with the reach of a standard fire hose is not a vessel I want to be on.

This is the Merlin engine that powered Spitfires and Hurricanes, built by Rolls Royce. A brilliant piece of kit that helped win the battle against Hitlers plans.

The above two are from the Berlin Wall, the searchlight was electricaly powered via gears and used to pinpoint escapers to the better west.
The above was the British Nuclear Deterant and a also a pic of the Americans and Russians with a apt title...
Then back to The Lowry to look at Lowrys paintings and drawings and a wee tour.
In all a fantastic weekend.....

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Grand National

Well, placed a load of small each way bets....

Can't Buy Time
Madison Du Berlais
Priests Leap
Black Alatachi
Pablo Du Charmill
Character Building
Palypso De Creek
Comply or Die...

Friday, April 09, 2010

Thursday, April 08, 2010

The three and a half miles home from work

Leaving work on my bike I travel past a few interesting places and sites.

I first cross the River Lostock

Then along a footpath next to the A6

After a while I pass Pickerings Farm House and barn built in the 17th century and extended during the 18th century..

Just up the road is Todd Hall, built in 1630..

After another few minutes go past an old Mill which is now a trade centre..

Then across the East Cosat Main Line (Rail)


Then down some country lanes...

I come across Lords House Farm...

Soon to be Raized...

Then there is the horsey sect...

And then, a housing estate where folks live with this sorta view (outragous, get me a Faradays Cage!!)

Down a crappy path...
The view up....
The mean machine...
My street and my house...note the 3 varieties of Thyme in the window, Oregano, Parsley and garlic, Rosemary in the large pot..

My day today

Right let us get this started.
Today I was working in Skelmersdale

Carbon Reduction is the name of the game today. Installing new street lighting that is better for the environment, it costs less to run and they have a unit on them that dims the light by 50% from 22:30 to 06:00.

Skelmersdale has a poor reputation amongst some folk in Lancashire. The folk were put there when Liverpool cleared some of their estates. It has been sadly neglected and no real good stuff has happend without protest. Others treat the inhabitants poorly and if you come from Skelmersdale, you are a sub class. That is how other folks see Skelm folk.
Everytime I work there the thoughts of this do upset me. If folk are constantly treated like shite they will start to act like it.

To add a little positive to this area I always try to do a little extra, clear overhanging bushes from paths and go a little extra distance to enhance folks lives, basicaly, being nice, smiling and helpful.

It borders Beacon Park and the historic Up Holand

It has some open scrub around it and the odd remaining farm.

During the past years, land was lent and borrowed according to needs, when the council purchaced it to build the New town, it caused alot of problems, which are still ongoing today.

Tuesday, April 06, 2010

I have to add that this is a picture taken before I stopped smoking, which is pretty obvious. But stopped in 2008....