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  1. I found this photo in the book "Blowing off Steam" by Jack Bracken. Jack was a former fireman based on the Midland line at Mansfield loco. I can receommend the book if you can find a copy - it's full of great anecdotal stories of his exploits between 1941-1954, when he left the railway to start his own business. I wonder if there are any more photos of scrappings in action at Rigley's? Class Code O2/1 Designer Gresley Designation 2-8-0 Built 30/06/1921
  2. After reading a strtng of terrible railway books, I have found a good, well written, anecdotal railway book written by a retired Masfield locomotive fireman (1941-1954). His accounts of happenings are second to none and so well written that I find it hard to put down.
  3. SWMBO ordered a sonic cleaner (weighing 3Kg) for my birthday on 1st November. It was sent out the same day by the company and fell into the hands of YODEL. Checking the tracker it seems that Yodel delivered it through their own company letterbox over a week ago. A complaint last week promised to sort it out - still no goods......I still can't work out how they could deliver it through ANY letterbox let alone their own?!
  4. Some weeks ago I bought a pack of six cans of Heinz baked beans with "no added sugar" by accident - someone must have put them in the stack of standard Heinz beans and I picked them up without noticing. Last weekend I determined to use them up and have done with them (I don't really like them) and so I opened a can from the pack. I then turned arouond to mash a pot of tea and when I turned back the beans were beginning to climb out of the can and escape! I concluded that they must have been contaminated so I popped off an email to Heinz and lo! Yesterday I received a written apology and £5 in
  5. Rememebr it?! If you want to work for the delivery company "Yodel" it is a compulsory skill!
  6. Whilst out and about in the Falkland Islands in the 1980s I lived on the edge of the capital, Port Stanley. Here are a few images of Stanley taken in 1987: 1. Ross Road - The main street. To the left of the photo you can see the brokene mast taken from the British Cruiser HMS Exter after its departure from the Battle of the River Plate, when it limped back to Stanley for repairs: 2. Stanley cathedral and the whale jawbone arch: 3. The Globe Hotel. The most southerly British pub in the world: 4. And finally f
  7. Cornckrakes are just about kaput here in Scotland. In 2014 there were 1,289 males recorded but by 2017 the numbr was down to only 866 [Source: RSPB]. I have only heard one male calling recently and that was last year.
  8. Here are a few more of my efforts from yesterday. I timed it wrongly and the sun was casting a deep shadow over the Whaligoe Cove but I managed to get a few shots in. If you look closely, you can see two tourists on the steps and a workman in high-vis trousers soing some repairs. A house with a view - the former Whaligoe mill. Whaligoe Cove waterfall (250 ft from top to bottom) The bottom of the falls. For scale and prespective, here is a shot of the steps with three people on them. Can you see them? [Clue:
  9. Today the sun shone so I went out to Whaligoe on the East Coast of Caithness to take a few pictures. Here's a starter for ten - more to follow tomorrow:
  10. Three pics of Loch Watten for PP:
  11. Make sure you know his opening times, PP. He has been talking about retirement for a couple of years now and seems to be opening for shortter hours these days. Don't know about my ability to take videos though :/ I used to be a mamber of the RBL locally. They have a boat on the loch. If I rejoin I could possibly get the RBL boat for free. That's if they still have one, of course.
  12. Some hillwalkers take a collapsible rod into the hills with them and fish as they go along, Phil. Brown Trout are the main fish to be found in the acid lochs of the north. Sea Trout and Salmon in the rivers. Permits available from Hugo Ross, Wick High Street. All the gen is here:;
  13. Thanks PP. These were all taken withiin 25 mins drive of home. I have fished Loch Watten just once - I also caught nowt. It used to be famous for its quantiity of Brown Trout but these days it seems there's not so many about. This year there was a blue algal bloom on the loch which closed it down for a while. There has also been a lot of weed offshore, which may have made fishing less productive for fly fishermen. Anyrode miduck - I look forward to your visit. I have no fly gear though.
  14. Went out for a walk near Dunbeath in Caithness yesterday morning. It was very cold, the roads were covered in "Black Ice" (Can we say that these days?) and it snowed at first light, turning to sleet then rain later. When the clouds cleared it left a sharp, sunny day but still very cold. 1. Tories exploding nuclear weapons in the North Sea in order to show their imagined "British Empire" who's boss. 2. Scaraben 3. L to R: Maiden's Pap; Morven; Small Mount. 4. Loch Rangag on teh Causeway Mire
  15. Reflections at Amble on the Northumbrian coast.
  16. Low Alwinton church, in the Northumbrian National Park.
  17. I wonder if you can see this one, Brew? Warkworth Castle on a fine November afternoon (2-11-2019)
  18. Seems to have been a Google, Flikr and Photobucket problem alright, CT. Let's hope it stays good.
  19. Dunnet Head part two........ A fissure in the cliff - that's 300ft down to the bottom. The group consisted of the ranger (At the head of the walking snake) and six ladies (Which was nice) and of course myself at the rear, taking the photo. Lunchtime with a view. And finally.....A fresh piece of Otter Poo. Ther eare a lot of Otters on Dunnet Head. They inhabit the many small lakes (Lochans) that abound on the moor.
  20. I was out and about on Dunnet Head yesteday. This is the most northerly point on the British mainland. For a change, I joined a Ranger guided walk from Dunnet village for the 10km walk to the head. The weather was generally fine but the wind was very strong and gusting to gale force at times. Small streams for waterfalls over the 300ft cliffs but in tehe wind they were more like water-rises than falls! The wind was blowing the water back up skywards from the cliffs. The following pictures have been uploaded via "". Here's hoping they stay for long enough to see them! Posting i
  21. How about this for odd lyrics. It is my favourite Procol Harum song: Homburg Procol Harum Your multilingual business friend Has packed her bags and fled Leaving only ash-filled ashtrays And the lipstick, unmade bed The mirror, on reflection Has climbed back upon the wall For the floor she found descended And the ceiling was too tall Your trouser cuffs are dirty And your shoe
  22. Dave Clark does indeed own the RSG rights.