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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

The Universe In A Jar

£15 seems a cheap price to pay for owning extracts of the universe.

Collecting some of the Earth is fairly easy, and I suppose Neil Armstrong brought some Moon dust back with him when he landed in the Eagle spaceship in 1969. Hope it's not past its sell by date though.

But how do you manage to bottle the sky and the sun. And if the sun is so hot, how come it hasn't melted the container?

Monday, 21 July 2014


I was quite surprised to see a load of people playing table tennis near the Old Market Square at lunchtime.

Apparently Nottingham is one of about 16 cities across the country that are involved in the project called Ping,and organised by the English Table Tennis Association and money from the National Lottery.

Anyone of any ability can play for free, with bats and balls being provided.  Monday was the launch, and the activity goes on until the end of August.

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Leaving On A Jetplane

Well what a difference in the weather today. Three torrential rainstorms. I got soaked twice!

Still warm though.

After so much photography recently, I didn't take anything today, so here's a photo that I took last week of a Boeing 737-500 belonging to Thompson Holidays, that was coming into land at East Midlands Airport.

Be great to be on a flight somewhere sunny for a few days. But we haven't got any time off until the middle of next month

Friday, 18 July 2014

Raindrops Are Falling On My Head

It has apparently been the hottest day of the year today, and yes it has felt like it. I actually thought I was in Dubai, it was that hot.

I'm writing this at 11pm (BST) and the clock/date/temperature gauge on the wall is showing 28C, or 82F, for those like me that prefer the old style weights and measures.

I took this photo yesterday evening, as we had just had a shower. Raindrops clinging to a leaf on one of our rose bushes.

Tomorrow's weather has been forecast as having severe storms. So that should be fun!

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Tide's Out

After visiting Highfields the other day to see how much water has been lost from the lake, I thought I would do a return visit and see if there has been any changes.

Yes, I would say that some more water has disappeared, and it can't just be down to the sunny weather.

I am still waiting to hear whether anyone has found out what the actual cause is.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014


I took this colourful display of handmade glass coasters at the recent Sunday market which was held at the old Barton's garage.

There were certainly many varied designs on offer, but I resisted buying one. If I did, I would probably go for the heart one, being an old romantic.

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Toad In The Hole

Not at work today, so spent the day pottering around in the garden doing some weeding and tidying up the rubbish that's accumulated over the past few months.

Whilst I was chucking some old broken pots away, I removed one that had fallen in a bowl of water. And to my surprise, up popped a small frog. So I thought he would make a good photo for the blog. If he stayed in the bowl while I went to fetch my camera.

Fortunately he was still there, waiting to have his portrait taken.

Monday, 14 July 2014

Greased Lightning

After I had finished taking photos at Donington Park last week, I stopped off at the Aeropark museum close to East Midlands Airport.

It's a relatively small open air museum compared to say Hendon, and is right next to one of the airports' runways, but they have quite an impressive collection of military planes, such as a Canberra, a Nimrod, a Vulcan and this prime example of an English Electric Lightning.

Sunday, 13 July 2014

It's A Midnight Special

I had a busy day with my photography yesterday, with most of the day spent recording Beeston's Carnival. Then I went to a 50th birthday party, and finally I went to a local pub to see two friends of mine, who are musicians in their own right, and also perform as the duo Midnight Special.

Joe loves the blues, while Emma is a folkie, but together they are quite impressive with a mix of the two styles. The Hop Pole was busy, as they have quite a following across the area, as they are really very good and should be snapped up by a record company very soon.

Saturday, 12 July 2014

A Vintage Runaround

Phew, has it been hot today. The sun has been shining all day long and according to reports, the temperature has been hotter than the Mediterranean.

Beeston's carnival has been taking place all day, with music, stalls, a parade and games to play. There was also a few classic are on show, including this Rover 3500 from around 1973.

The carnival is always a great event and a good opportunity to meet up with old friends. I saw about eight in total and met someone that I only know from Facebook.

Friday, 11 July 2014

Good Time Girl

This is Nottingham singer Ronika, who I saw at an intimate gig on Friday night.

I wasn't sure what she would be like, as I've not really been aware of her music. But I was pleasantly surprised as how good she was and how catchy her songs were.

I would say that she is a mixture of 1980s Madonna, with a hint of Cyndi Lauper. Her debut album is called Selectadisc, and is named after one of the cities' greatest record shops, which sadly closed down a few years ago.

There has been a number of local bands and artists recently that have begun to get their names known. Obviously Jake Bugg is the most famous; then you have London Grammar and Indiana. I'm sure Ronika will soon be playing much bigger places than the Bodega, so in a way I have been lucky to see her while she's still approachable.

Thursday, 10 July 2014

Battery Life

Motor racing took a new turn today at Donington Park. Although not as high profile yet as Formula 1 racing with the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Sebastian Vettel, electric racing cars are the new kids on the circuit, and go by the name of Formula E.

They look the same, go as quick, but they are a lot quieter and obviously don't use petrol. You just plug them into the mains and an hour later you can go racing again.  As it's a pretty new sport, there are only about 20 cars in existence, and they are all the same model. But no doubt the teams will be able to tinker with them in the future.

The first ever official race is going to take place in Beijing on the 13th of September. If you want to learn more about this exciting new motorsport, then here's a WEBLINK to the Formula E site.

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Who Stole All The Water Then?

This is the lake at Highfields Park. Well what's left of it, as for the last couple of weeks, the water has been slowly draining away, but no one quite knows why.  There have been various theories; the warm weather, low rainfall. Even dredging. although none has yet taken place.

But most locals agree that it is down to the nearby tramworks. Apparently they have been building the line on marshy ground, and have diverted the underground streams that fed into the lake, and so the water is disappearing, gallon by gallon.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Keep Out

No, I didn't take this photo at a local prison or school, but is actually an office block that is slowly being knocked down.  They have to be very careful as the building is in a residential area. In fact there are houses right up against one side of the building.

I don't know exactly what's going to be built in its place, but I don't think it will have as many floors, as the present building does.

Monday, 7 July 2014


Photography takes many forms, from the straight portrait to documentary and street photography. If you've been following my blog for some time, then you would have seen that I have tried them all.

But I came across a new and probably unique form of photography today, when I visited my local Waterstones bookshop.

Howie the artist has taken normal photos of Asian women and then tweaked them in Photoshop so that they look like paintings. He also gives his photos an old sepia look too.

I enjoyed looking at the photos in the exhibition and chatting to Howie about photography. Here's a WEB-LINK to his site, where you can see some more of his fine art photography. And if you have the opportunity, do pop into Waterstones and see the work in real life. You won't be disappointed.