A Grim North

Musings from a northerner living in the deep south…

Archive for August, 2009

Scilly Animals

Posted by Alan on August 20, 2009

Last update from the Scilly Holiday before I lose t’interwebs – heres a few shots of the tame animals on Scilly.

A Seagull (actually at St Ives, not Scilly)

A Seagull (actually at St Ives, not Scilly)

Another gull - still evil

Another gull - still evil

Moo Cow!

Moo Cow!

Insects

Insects

Some kind of bird

Some kind of bird

Puffins!

Puffins!

Small birds with biscuits

Small birds with biscuits

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CentrePoint – The Centre Point

Posted by Alan on August 20, 2009

If you’ve been following my twitter lately you’ll have seen a couple of pix from CentrePoint.

Well… here’s a few more. I may not get to travel out of London – but sometimes the London opportunities are fascinating enough.

The City

The City

The British Museum

The British Museum

Westminster

Westminster

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Summer in the City

Posted by Alan on August 16, 2009

We’re mid packing at the moment. So when an opportunity for a BBQ out in Z1 comes up of course we gave up and went for al fresco dining. Good food, some good banter and a great view from Mike’s new flat.

Facing West

Facing South

However… we weren’t especially wowed by the design of the balcony. It seemed to built mostly of wood – and held on with just a 6 bolts. (Large bolts obviously). Still it shook quite a bit when if you jumped!

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New Flat Confirmed

Posted by Alan on August 7, 2009

Indeed… I am moving again. Though at least this time I’ll have had an address for a whole 12 months! Woo!

Hopefully, we’l double our time in this flat and maybe save up for a deposit on buying one for ourselves…

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Scilly Helicopter

Posted by Alan on August 4, 2009

When we took the helicopter back from Scilly, I took the “no electronics” rule really strictly – hence the total lack of photos thus far! Instead, I took my old Fujica film SLR (STX-1 for the camera geeks) on board to play. I haven’t used the camera in a long time but after a few test shots on land over the holiday I gradually got back into the analogue world. (Not until after I’d taken an entire roll at the wrong ASA setting though… that film is going to a cheaper developer me after we move house!)

Anyway… back to the real reason for the post. Here are those photos. I have to say I am not hugely impressed with the Jessops film to CD processing, though I guess for £2 a roll you can hardly expect fabulous results.

St Mary's from the Air

St Mary's from the Air

Landfall at Lands End

Landfall at Lands End - The visitor centre and lighthouse are on the other side of the chopper...

Patchwork Quilt of Mousehole

Patchwork Quilt of Mousehole

Newlyn Harbour

Newlyn Harbour

St Michael's Mount

St Michael's Mount

Sikorsky S 61 at Long Rock Heliport, Penzance

Sikorsky S 61 at Long Rock Heliport, Penzance

The development also gave me a film back in return. So now I have 2 rolls of 200ASA in the fridge again. I suspect the STX-1 might come out to play again if we get a bit of an ‘Indian Summer’ this September…

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Field Day 2009

Posted by Alan on August 1, 2009

Second festival of 2009 for me, Field Day in Victoria Park near Bow. It was a pretty good idea but a bit of a washout.

There were a few OK bands but sound quality wasn’t awesome at any of the stages. And it rained. Quite a lot. Never mind… could have been much worse. However, by MOGWAI they had fixed the sound problems on the main stage and the event bowed out with an awesome Glasgow Mega-Snake. Can’t be bothered with a proper review like… so here are some pictorial highlights 🙂

Final Fantasy

Final Fantasy

The Thing - Not My Thing!

The Thing - Not My Thing!

The Horrors

The Horrors

Rainbow over Bow

Rainbow over Bow

Mogwai

Mogwai

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List of Bands

  • Wet Paint
  • Final Fantasy
  • Wood Pigeon
  • The Thing
  • The Horrors
  • Juana Molina
  • Mumford and Sons
  • Malcolm Middleton
  • Santigold
  • Four Tet
  • (DJ Skream – Positioning move!)
  • Mogwai

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