Tuesday, 11 March 2014
Many of you will recognise these cheeky chappies, from the television, as they are of course The Hairy Bikers; chefs Si King & Dave Myers.
They have been on the TV a number of years now, cooking up regional, national and international dishes from the back of their motorbikes.
A new series has recently started on the BBC which shows them going around Asia and cooking the various dishes that the continent has created.
They were in Smiths today signing their latest cookbooks for fans. Due to a long team meeting at work, I arrived just as they were signing their last books. So I managed to get this shot whilst they were posing for shop staff.
They then left the store and headed for a stand outside where there were a couple of motorbikes belonging the the Nottinghamshire Blood Bikes. They chatted to the guys and signed a few more books that people had bought, but not had the opportunity of getting signed in Smiths.
Saturday, 8 March 2014
A late afternoon drive to visit Gail's mum who lives in a nursing home some miles away, and the sun was beginning to set. Gail suggested that we stop off somewhere to see if we could find a spot to take a photo or two of it.
We stopped off at a place called South Normanton and found a bridge that spans the M1. It was only for pedestrians, and was a bit scary with all the vehicles speeding past fifty feet below.
Whilst taking some other sky shots from the side of the bridge, a mother and daughter appeared at the brow, which gives the scene some interest and focal point.
Friday, 7 March 2014
Well it's gone. The Pagoda is no more.
Above is the scene on Wednesday, below, how it is today. Now just a pile of bricks and rubble.
I shall continue to watch what is happening to the site and to try and find out what is going to be built in its place.
Thursday, 6 March 2014
Walking through the Lace Market, I came across this giant sculpture of a telephone handset.
It's part of a street art exhibition that has been created by students at the Confetti Institute of Creative Technicians, and has been done to promote apprenticeships.
There are apparently around a dozen sculptures dotted across the city. So it will be interesting to see what else the students have created.
Wednesday, 5 March 2014
They're coming to get you. Slowly at first, creeping along, so you don't notice them. Then all of a sudden, bam they've got you.
I bet you're scared now, at what these mysterious things are that I've managed to get a photo of.
Well you don't have to be, as they are only spores on some moss that I saw growing on a wall near the canal. I just happened to shoot it with my new 60mm macro lens that I got at the Photography Show.
Sadly the shot isn't super sharp. A mixture of the wind blowing the plant and my lack of knowledge of shooting with a specialist lens. Hopefully this will improve and I'll be able to take life size photos of insects, beetles etc.
Tuesday, 4 March 2014
As a late birthday present; well it did come all the way from Hong Kong, Gail bought me this Minion case for my iPhone.
Isn't he amusing, and being made from rubber, he should hopefully help to protect my phone, should I happen to have an accident with it.
Monday, 3 March 2014
Not being at work for the last week, I didn't get to visit the city centre at all, so I was wondering what state the old Pagoda Chinese restaurant would be in, now I know that it is being demolished.
So at lunchtime I went to have a look and see if much work had taken place during my time away. Well, as you can see they have certainly raised the roof. Well knocked it down actually!
It's interesting to see that they used the first floor as the kitchen, and I think there are a couple of dumb waiters there, so it saves walking up and down stairs.
I bet it will be fully demolished by the end of the week. Then it will be interesting to see what they build in its place. Be really funny if it is going to be another Chinese restaurant!
Sunday, 2 March 2014
It's always interesting to see how air travel has developed since the early 1920's, when small propeller driven plane used to fly to France and other parts of Europe. Croydon Airport seemed to be the most well known at that time.
Birmingham Airport started life in the late 1930s in Elmdon, which is part of Solihull. Elmdon Aerodrome opened in 1939, but was soon turned into an RAF base, then becoming Birmingham Airport in about 1960.
My photo shows the Elmdon Building, which was the original terminal building. It's a great example of Art Deco architecture. Perfectly symmetrical, with all the straight lines that are typical of 30s buildings. The canopies on each side were built to protect passengers and baggage from bad weather as they went on and came off the planes.
A shame that it was not possible to see the front of the building, as unfortunately that is inside the airport parameter. But this old photo from English Heritage shows what an amazing building it is. It even looks like a plane. A really lovely building, and pleased that it is still in use. I just think that it needs a bit of TLC and a lick of paint.
Saturday, 1 March 2014
For the next few days, the NEC in Birmingham will be full of photography enthusiasts, as it holds the relaunched and rebranded Photography Show.
Today was the first day & so Gail and I popped down to see what was going on and how much money we could try not to spend!
Of course it was packed. And there was a good buzz in the air. It seemed a lot different to last year's Focus on Imaging. Plenty of brightly lit stands showing their wares. The Olympus stand looked enormous, and it was good to say hello to top tog Damian McGillicuddy, who had just completed a demonstration using one of Olympus's latest cameras.
During the time we were there, I was looking for something unusual to photograph, other than people trying out cameras or looking at the latest kit. So I was quite surprised to see Darth Vader and one of his Stormtroopers there in full menacing stance.
They of course haven't mistaken the West Midlands for Tatooine and were about to destroy it with the Death Star, but were posing, as part of a studio lighting demonstration.
Friday, 28 February 2014
Gail & I are off to Birmingham for a bit of a weekend away. Well we won't be getting much further than the NEC, as we are are going to two shows there; the Wedding Show & The Photography Show.
Gail fancied having a look around. Not because she wants to get married again, but because a niece of hers is getting married sometime in the near future, and she has offered to give her some ideas.
So we went trawling around the different stalls that were selling all sorts of wedding gear, from invitations to venues. There was of course loads of wedding dresses on sale, and the highlight for me was the half hour catwalk show. So for thirty minutes I could pretend to be one of the photographers at say London Fashion week. Just a few seconds to try and bag the winning shot of each costume.
The official show photographer had of course nabbed the best spot; right in front of the end of the runway, so I stood a few feet away at the side of him. Not such a good spot for close-ups, as I kept getting the lights in the shot, but I'm pleased with this one, and don't think that it would look too out of place in the pages of fashion magazines.