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Saturday, 31 January 2009

Taronga Zoo's Kodiak bear.

 
  
We just remembered that Wendy photographed Taronga Zoo's beloved Kodiak bear Bethyl, when we visited in April last year.
Bethyl  was 32 this month and the only Kodiak bear in Australia, she does actually have a little bit of arthritis in her joints so she’s on omega 3 fish oil tablets.

Friday, 30 January 2009

Paddy Ashdown

 
Paddy Ashdown takes to the swings while electioneering in Bath!

Thursday, 29 January 2009

Cleaning the Roman Baths

 
 
The City of Baths famous Roman Baths are regularly emptied and cleaned due to the high mineral content of the spring water.
Last time I photographed it they recovered a tourist’s camera that had been in the water for a few months, they did returned it in a very poor state but as it was digital at least the pictures may have survived!

Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Haunted by the Grey Lady at Bath Theatre Royal

Some years ago I was photographing Bath Theatre Royal; and wanted a picture from the Grey Lady box that is said to be haunted.
I was in the box when to my horror I watched one of my flash heads (they cost £150 even 25 years ago) topple over the edge of the circle and crash to the floor of the empty theatre.
I was quite certain that the flash head had been standing on a good surface and was quit secure.
I have often wondered if the Grey Lady gave it a push because I was in her box.

Tuesday, 27 January 2009

Oil Fire in Uskmouth

Staff practice tackling an oil fire at the old CEGB Safety Training School in Uskmouth.
Taken for Power News about 25 years ago.

Sunday, 25 January 2009

Saturday, 24 January 2009

Next Doors Dog!

 When we had our usual walk around the village today and next doors dog made his usual very aggressive run at the fence.
But was busy wagging his tail before we arrived!

Friday, 23 January 2009

Above and Beyond the call of duty!

A staff member at Sainsbury’s looks after 
a customer’s dog for a couple of minutes!

Thursday, 22 January 2009

Monks Coffee House Bath


I have just found this black and white half frame transparency, date unknown but obviously pre decimal.
Taken in Monks Coffee House in the Abbey Churchyard Bath a mixed grill was 25p and tea 5p.
To put it into context Wendy was earning £5 a week at that time.

Wednesday, 21 January 2009

Good enough for Barack Obama.

Watching the marching bands in the US presidential parade yesterday, I was reminded of Midsomer Norton Marching Brass who were one of the regular winners of national titles.
In 1992 I went to the NEC in Birmingham with reporter Wendy Walker for the National Championships where they beat 11 other Premier class bands.
Click picture to enlarge

Tuesday, 20 January 2009

The Old Bridge Bath


This is a colour negative from the 60s when the Churchill Bridge over the river Avon was being built to replace the Old Bridge in 1966.
The picture is from one of the two Bailey Bridges that carried the traffic while the new bridge was built.
Notice Churchill House in the centre and the old generating plant that was demolished to build a new bus station.

Monday, 19 January 2009

Lonely Planet Guide to Cuba!

 
Family friend Helen Ennis has just returned from Cuba and as you can see she met the guy on the front of this year's Lonely Planet Guide to Cuba!  

Sunday, 18 January 2009

Southgate Street in June 1971


I have just re scanned this picture of Southgate Street taken in June 1971.
This time I scanned it HDR and though it looks false it has brought out a great deal of shadow detail.

Saturday, 17 January 2009

Beau Nash Cinema Bath

The old Beau Nash cinema in Westgate Street shows an eye for comedy by misspelling Young Einstein.
The 1920’s cinema in now a Komedia Comedy Club!

Thursday, 15 January 2009

Corfe Castle

Corfe Castle from the cemetery, a colour slide taken in the 70's

Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Look out the Russians are coming!

I sometimes use my site meter to look through the people who bother to check this blog.
To my surprise I found a visitor from the Kazan Scientific Centre of the Russian Academy of Sciences which is one of the leading world scientific centres in the field of magnetic radio spectroscopy, using as ISP the Joint Supercomputer centre of the Russian academy.
Which of the many cold war secrets of the Bath area were they after, well it was Can Can de Genevieve a troupe of Can Can dancers based in the Bath area.
For the technical among you, please note a low screen res and Firefox used with Windows 98!

Tuesday, 13 January 2009

I'm sorry you can’t park that elephant there sir!

 
I'm Sorry you can’t park that elephant there sir!

 
  
  
I wonder if the elephants will remember the wonder of Woolworths!
 
 The circus comes to Chippenham, taken in the days when circus’s travelled with elephants and always paraded them down the main street of the town for publicity.
Something that I’m sure the health and safety department on Chippenham council would object to now!

Monday, 12 January 2009

Fly Fishing by J. R. Hartley


Norman Lumsden played J. R. Hartley in 
the 1983 Yellow Pages Advert.
The Advert was voted 13th in the top hundred 
adverts, unfortunately Norman passed away 
in November 2001 age 95.

Saturday, 10 January 2009

Frosty morning in Combe Hay.


Frosty morning in Combe Hay.

Monday, 5 January 2009

Bath Woolworths Southgate Branch

This is a 1960’s picture of Southgate Street Bath (currently being rebuilt for the second time) some will remember Woolworth  Bath City Centre Store on the left.

Sunday, 4 January 2009

Woolworth trolley on Desert Island Disks!

 
Well not really, it’s an Australian Woolworths where they sell mainly food and it’s not a desert island it’s at Batemans Bay NSW where it’s apparently against the law to fish or jump off the bridge into the Clyde River but you can get away with dumping a supermarket trolley! 

Saturday, 3 January 2009

Last day of Woolworths in Chippenham!

3pm and the window prices drop from 80% off to 90%.
 
  
  
The little stock that was left was very cheap!
 
  
Even members of the staff were open to offer!
 
 
  Though it was a sad day all the staff seemed cheerful and happy, maybe it was shell shock because the store seems to have gone from a thriving business to liquidation in less than a month!

Thursday, 1 January 2009

How to Aggravate

New Years Family Lunch
Lottie demonstrates how 
to aggravate an Uncle
Tabitha gets chocolate 
mousse on her forehead!
 
  Andy melts the sugar 
on the Crème Brule.
And after lunch a nice quiet 
game of Supermarket Shopping!