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June's Pictures

Windy Harbour Minus Harbor
Windy Harbour Minus Harbor (FujiFilm FinePix 1600)

On a trip to Werneth Low we visited a site where a restaurant used to be. It closed and then was abandoned and now it has been demolished. I never saw the restaurant and have no idea what it was called but some things still stand. What you can't see in the picture is a plaque from the AA that points to places in the distant that you might be able to see from here and some you can't with a memorial for two people called Shelmerdine, husband and wife I assume -the last of which I believe was a victim of Shipman. It's strange that when the demolish some things they just leave other things behind. Here of course we have the steps from the car park up to the restaurant. You can even see the markings for the car park with the reserved spaces just not in this picture. I have never been to the restaurant but can only imagine how it looked when it was night when you glanced out of the window as you were eating you steak in chips in the 80s. I can only imagine it would be like the view we saw when we stayed at a hotel that looked over Llandudno in a hotel that has also been demolished. It seemed so nice to see the lights of the town below was we were sat so high up as we saw the wind lash the surrounds as we sat in luxury.

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Buxton Raceway
Buxton Raceway (FujiFilm FinePix 1600)

On a nice and hot Fathers day what's the best thing to do? Well the answer is simple, you drive to Buxton, forget to put suncream on and stand on a block of concrete for 6 hours in the baking sun watching maniacs drive cars around an oval of tarmac. I tried my panning techniques out using the Finepix and came up with a few conclusions. The first is that I am probably not that bad a panning since the Finepix is a bit poor. The delay you get when you press the shutter is unbelievable so you can't work out of you still have the car in shot whilst you're panning or even when it has decided to start taking the picture. The amount of times when I got a nice picture of an empty track is untrue. Add to this the fact that the auto-focus kept on focusing on the fence and not the cars none of which was viewable on the monitor or the viewfinder made the whole taking pictures thing difficult.

This is the best there was unfortunately. A picture of the Hot Fords race, it was the best panned one just not the best framed as I got the official photographer in the shot too. It was all a bit mad with thrills and spills, with Samantha Taylor having a strong run in the first two rounds of the ministox until she was flipped and I suspect that the car just wasn't the same for the final. As for the UK Modified (whatever they are), they were mental. 200Bhp and 500kg so they flew and were impressive. In short it was a good day out. Better for the family than a large circuit as there is no walking though keeping up with the action is difficult and it's a pity there's no instant reply and it's a shame that I didn't have a hat.

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Diving Belle
Diving Belle (FujiFilm FinePix 1600)

I'm so stupid that I didn't put two and two together here. This is a sculpture called Diving Belle and at the time it didn't occur to me at all what the play on words was. It was only when I got home and started typing it into Google that I realised that there was a play on words and please believe me it was the fact that I was typing Diving Belle and not the results that helped me out.

This is one of two sculptures in Scarborough that if you do enter into Google then you'll have to add Scarborough as well to get any sense as it looks to be a local thig that Google just doesn't care about, in fact it really still wants it to make sense as it suggests you really mean Diving Bell.

Anyway, with a weekend away in the first UK seaside resort (apparently) we saw this. Aimed at boosting civic pride this was the first of two. How plonking this on the end of the quay just next to the lighthouse just does that I have no idea. I did have to find out where number two was deposited but it took me until I came home to find out as it was erected a year or two later and was a Bather Belle outside the ill-fated Woolworths. Anyway I like the sculpture but I'm not sure I liked the picture of the Bathing Belle but I suspect that's personal taste.

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