Compo

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  1. 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 for today, a view of Port Stanley taken from the top of Wireless Ridge; scene of one of the final battles of the Falklands war in 1982. My house was just to the left of the cross behind the white crab processing shed.:
  2. 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.
  3. 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: Two by the wall at the top and workman doing repairs part-way down] The bottom of the steps. And finally, the tourists chatting to the workman .
  4. 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:
  5. Three pics of Loch Watten for PP:
  6. 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.
  7. 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:; http://www.hugoross.co.uk/index.asp
  8. 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.
  9. 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 5. Stone wall on the Causeway Mire.
  10. Reflections at Amble on the Northumbrian coast.
  11. Low Alwinton church, in the Northumbrian National Park.
  12. I wonder if you can see this one, Brew? Warkworth Castle on a fine November afternoon (2-11-2019)
  13. Seems to have been a Google, Flikr and Photobucket problem alright, CT. Let's hope it stays good.
  14. 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.
  15. 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 "Postimage.org". Here's hoping they stay for long enough to see them! Posting in two parts......Part one: Dunnet Head lighthouse, showing the Isle of Hoy in the distance. A waterfall showing the water rising up over the cliff. A sandstone outcrop along the route. The aptly named, Red Geo. More in part two.................................................................
  16. 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 shoes are laced up wrong You'd better take off your Homburg 'Cause your overcoat is too long Town clock in the market square Stands waiting for the hour When its hands they both turn backward And on meeting will devour Both themselves and also any fool Who dares to tell the time And the sun and moon will shadow And the signpost cease to sign Your trouser cuffs are dirty And your shoes are laced up wrong You'd better take off your Homburg 'Cause your overcoat is too long Your trouser cuffs are dirty... Source: Musixmatch Songwriters: Keith Reid / Gary Brooker
  17. Dave Clark does indeed own the RSG rights.
  18. DJ360: I have the single, Zabadak on my jukebox. It's one of my favourite tunes but I agree the lyrics are weird, to say the least. The flipside (Don't hear that term very often these days!) "The Sun Goes Down", is equally strange.
  19. Right.......I used the phrase "Just Sayin'" at the end of my opening post. It seems that the term is meant to be used as an expression of being fed-up with someone or something. So, I apologise firstly for using a catchphrase and secondly for misusing the term. I have modified the originall post to remove the offending phrase.
  20. I was listening to Radio Caroline North this morning when the song 'Elenore' by The Turtles came on. I was musing on how pathetic the lyrics were. for example: Chorus ".....Elenore gee I think you're swell And you really do me well You're my pride and joy et cetera" That awful song was then followed by The Days of Pearly Spencer. just take a look at the lyrics - what a difference in quality: A tenement, a dirty street Walked and worn by shoe less feet Inside it's long and so complete Watched by shivering sun Old eyes in a small child's face Watching as the shadows race Trough walls and cracks and leave no trace And daylight's brightness shuns The days of Pearly Spencer The race is almost run Nose pressed hard on frosted glass Gazing as the swollen mass On concrete fields where grows no grass Stumbles blindly on Iron trees smother the air But withering they stand and stare Trough eyes that neither know nor care Where the grass is gone The days of Pearly Spencer The race is almost run Pearly where's your milk white skin? What that stubble on your chin? Buried in the rot gut gin You played and lost not won You played a house that can't be beat Now look your head's bowed in defeat You walked too far along the street Where only rats can run The days of Pearly Spencer The race is almost run The days of Pearly Spencer The race is almost run Comments welcome.......
  21. Trying "Post Image" to see if my pictures really are "Things you don't see anymore".
  22. I can see photos up until September 28th and the links work from the 29th but can see no images after that date. I wonder if it is my workshop gnomes reaching out in the world?
  23. Is it the song "Nottingham Ale"? I used to have a copy of the song on tape but it is long gone.