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Wednesday, 30 July 2008

Bath River Avon in 1966

This Picture of Wendy was taken while the Churchill Bridge over the river Avon was being built to replace the Old Bridge in 1966.
The bridge in the picture is one of the two Bailey Bridges that carried the traffic while the bridge was built.
Notice the old tea stall on the right, Tuckers Feed Store on the left and Churchill House in the centre now all demolished.

Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Bath Hackney Carriage

Should all taxis be fitted with hands free mobiles!
Though I suppose the horse would be more likely
to stop than a car if there was a problem!

Monday, 28 July 2008

Dead Pig in Bath

 King Bladud’s Pigs in Bath have been a great success.
We have over a hundred life size pigs decorated by local artists throughout the town.
Some have been vandalised (this one by the pigeons) but others have been set on fire.

I think someone tried to steal  “Hog the front page”  the Bath Chronicle Pig painted by Laura Izaguirre by breaking its back leg.
The pigs are to be sold for charity later on the year.
 But all in all thats quite good 
compared to Sam’s Bacon Sandwich!

Friday, 25 July 2008

Sewage in Batemans Bay, NSW, Australia

Sounds like it’s important to watch this light!

Monday, 21 July 2008

The British Museum

Our Son-in-Law David has been on a computer course in London again this week, and has been photographing the landmarks.
This is The British Museum with his Canon PowerShot A610 
Picture Copyright David Mattock

Sunday, 13 July 2008

Spotted Wood Pecker

We have a squirrel proof nut container for the smaller birds.
In the last few days it has been emptied at great speed, today we found the reason.
This spotted wood pecker has just moved in.

Friday, 11 July 2008

Greedy Seagull

I was waiting in the RUH car park in Bath yesterday, watching a greedy seagull.
The pictures were taken through the car windscreen.
I could have taken better quality, but if I climbed out of the car I would only have had an apple core to photograph!
"This looks good"
"Yes I can Spear it"  
"But can I still fly!" 
"Yes it's easy"

All pictures COPYRIGHT Sam Farr

Thursday, 10 July 2008

Western Power Round the Bend and Up the Pole!

Western Power needed to replace the transmission pole on the bend at the top corner of our land, very close to the narrow lane today.
We had a month’s notice that the power would be off for 6 hours, but it was only off for four.
I have to say they were very efficient and polite, doing this awkward job without a cherry picker to save obstructing the narrow road.

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

Chris Patten and Hong Kong

On our recent trip to Hong Kong, I wasn’t surprised that everybody I talked to about the former governor Lord Patton of Barnes had a very high opinion of him.
He was Baths MP from 1979 to 1992, and as a staff photographer at the Bath Chronicle I photographed Chris most weeks.
Here is one of my favourites from Red Nose Day!

In 1992 I was sent to London to meet Chris as he left his flat in London at 6.30am.
Then I went in his car to Conservative Central Office to Photograph him with the then Prime Minister John Major, and others at the press conference.
Finally I watched him board his helicopter back to Bath.
None of these pictures were ever published.

All Pictures Copyright Sam Farr / The Bath Chronicle

Friday, 4 July 2008

Lottie at the park

Lottie at the park
Picture Copyright David Mattock


David made his yearly visit to Wimbledon 
on the first day this year.
Pictures Copyright David Mattock

Tuesday, 1 July 2008

Anneka Rice at Butler and Tanner

It looks like Butler and Tanner the Frome Printers may be saved as the administrator has accepted a offer by the management team at last.
This is an old picture from my files of a visit to the works by Anneka Rice making a Challenge Anneka program in the late 80’s.