For some reason the demolition company, Thompson of Prudhoe, decided to leave this children’s playground toy in-situ while they demolished everything around it.
This was part of the ongoing demolition of the Chandless estate, Gateshead, Tyne and Wear UK, which saw the completion of the 2nd block of high rise flats, Monk Court. All that remains to be done on this is to remove all of the concrete and steel reinforcing bar from the site.
There is one tower block remaining, Abbot Court, and some maisonettes to be demolished.
I am working on finalising the timelapse video for this stage and it will be available on my YouTube channel soon.
The UK’s first ever all-terrain wheelchair beach race and fun day was held on Longsands beach, Tynemouth, Tyne & Wear on Saturday.
The event, organised by Bob Lines of Dolphin Lifts & Mobility and Steve Smith of Shape Adaptation Specialists, was inspired by the recent events such as the Paralympics, especially Paralympic star, Stephen Miller, who also opened the Independent Living showroom at Kingston Park, just outside of the City of Newcastle. Independent Living is the collaboration of Dolphin, the mobility specialists and Shape, who specialise in property adaptation, and offers the widest range of mobility and living aids in the region.
Steve Smith’s 16 year old son, James, who has duchenne muscular dystrophy, took part in today’s event and even won one of the races. He says “It is great to be able to get onto the beach and join in the fun with his friends and today’s event has been brilliant”
James Smith in his all-terrain wheelchair at the race and fun day, Longsands beach, Tynemouth, Tyne & Wear
Steve Smith told a local reporter that “Seeing the look on son James’ face when his chair reaches 8 miles per hour, which is quite fast, made him think about letting others experience this thrill for the first time and see the smiles on their faces.”
Both disabled and able bodied people were able to try out a range of all-terrain wheelchairs and participate in the races on a beach circuit, which included a figure of eight manoeuvre and a 360° turn before returning to the finish line along a chicane and final straight.
It is has the backing of the local council, who readily gave their permission to hold the event on the beach. Mr Smith said “We are hoping this will now become an annual event and we hope to raise enough awareness and money to be able to place at least 2 all-terrain wheelchairs here at Longsands on a permanent basis, at least through the summer months, to allow anyone with a disability to get on the beach with their friends and families. The lifeguards, who are based here, would be on hand to lift anyone into the chairs and back out again when they have finished.”
Despite the weather men predicting a 12°c drop in temperatures and a howling north east wind with torrential rain, the inaugural race day was a sunny and pleasant day enjoyed by hundreds of visitors. Organisers said “we couldn’t have hoped for a better day, it’s been absolutely brilliant. Hopefully we can continue in the coming years with the same good luck”
For more information about all-terrain wheelchairs and all other mobility and access needs you can visit the Independent Living website at www.independentlivingshowroom.co.uk or pop along to the showroom at unit 16f, Airport Industrial Estate, Kingston Park, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, NE3 2EF 0191 271 2600
No, it’s actually Gateshead Council! Although if the hat fits…
In their infinite wisdom the council still think cut backs mean “do nothing”
Have these people in town hall learnt nothing over the last few years? By doing nothing and letting things fall into disrepair costs the local tax payers a small fortune when the inevitable repair/restoration finally gets done!
This estate, just off Sunderland Road, used to be a nice tidy place, but now it’s becoming a rotten looking place. It’s a shame because it is home to a lot of elderly people who struggle to get about. This means it would be nice if their council could bother their ass to make where they live a nice place as it’s the only thing a lot of them get to see. Of course it doesn’t help that the smack-heads and wasters are being put in there when the old folks shuffle along.
Funny thing is it’s not like they don’t know about it or see it. The car parks, that are meant for residents and their visitors, are FULL of tight fisted and SELFISH council workers each day, who park here rather than pay to park in the bloody car park the council had built just across the road that is now almost empty each day!
For f*** sakes Gateshead Council try and take some pride in all of Gateshead and not just the likes of Low Fell etc. Stop taking the p*** out of your residents and sort your act out!
Oh and when you fools think about going for city status again anytime in the future walk down the s** hole of a High Street and then don’t bother as you just embarrass yourselves!
Well the World Photography Day (WPD) 2013 came and passed on the 19th August and I decided I would do a bit of night time photography down on the Newcastle/Gateshead quayside for my contribution.
Here’s what I chose from my series of shots and is my offering for this year…..
Here are the other images from the set
I have been through all of the gallery pages so far on the WPD website and favourited some really great images. There are more images being loaded up all of the time. If you would like to take part you have until the 25th August to register and upload 1 image.
Even if you don’t want to take part it’s well worth a look to see some of the great pictures people have taken throughout the world, you will have to register to vote for your favourite images.
I went to a local museum today to get some shots of Titan the Robot, who was putting on a few demonstrations.
As I started to shoot I realised that this would be better if I added video to the stills.
Now I’m not really one for shooting video with my 7D, I have a purpose built camera for that sort of thing. Thing is, I didn’t have that on me today, so I had no choice but to flick the switch and use the bitch.
Don’t get me wrong the quality you get from using an HD Dslr for filming is fantastic but I just like to keep things separate. Anyway, I got home uploaded my shots and videos to my computer and set about editing the stills. Happy with what I had got I put them on my FB Page and shared them with the museum’s page too.
Then I edited the videos, took out most of the bad stuff and put nice transitions in to make it all flow rather nicely. Right then, off to YouTube with my goodies. Half an hour later, after it had uploaded and then got processed and checked and double checked, finally YouTube let me see it. A really nice yellow (I think, might have been pale blue?!?) bar popped up with my video stating ” we noticed your video was a bit shaky, would you like us to fix it?” Ha! Yeah right, I’ve seen your fixes before, I thought to myself and promptly clicked “no thanks”
There are a couple of places where the video is a little bit shaky, see for yourself in a moment, but for the most part I can live with it. It’s not easy to hold a camera for any length of time in mid air without any aid. This is due to the fact you have to use the LCD screen and not the viewfinder as it is blocked off by the mirror.
Now a few hours later and I’m catching up with all things photography via my Twitter account and I come across an article about keeping your Dslr from shaking when using as a video camera! Ooh, I think, how strange is that?, must be an omen or something.
So I go off and look at what it has to say about Loupes for attaching to the rear of your camera and how good they are. To my surprise they really are! It’s like a giant viewfinder with it’s own eyepiece and everything! Ah, I thought, bet they cost a small fortune due to the glass and stuff inside them. To my surprise the Kinotehnik LCDVF is very reasonably priced yet an excellent performer.
Check out their website and have a look at this little baby, LCDVF at €99 or £85.99 or $131.50 it’s certainly worth the investment to get nice steady hand-held shots and you can also get critical focus nailed at the same time with a whopping 220% magnification.
I know what my next accessory purchase is going to be, unless the nice folk at Kinotehnik want to give me one for writing such nice things about them? No? Oh, okay, worth a try
Here’s my, shaky in parts, video of Titan the Robot doing his thing.
And here is the link again to Kinotehnik so you can go read up on the kit they have to offer and order yourself one.
After Lord Howell’s ridiculous comments and suggestion that the North East UK is ideal for fracking as it has large uninhabited areas, people have come forward and shown how beautiful the region is.
His misguided thoughts are that it is only the south of the country that has places of natural outstanding beauty. Well let me tell you Lord Howell, there are far more places of outstanding natural beauty up here than there is down there, and I should know, I was born down there and moved up here 10 years ago and have never looked back!
I would say he needs to look again, the areas he speaks of are not desolate. They are untouched and unspoilt and are of outstanding natural beauty. We are talking about Northumberland National Park, North York Moors National Park, Kielder, The Pennines, The Borders and many more beautiful sites up here.
I would say that he has large areas of his ageing brain that are now uninhabited by any useful cells and is a prime example, why the courts, seeing as they are trying to make a decision at the moment, really should legalise euthanasia!
Downing Street say that he does not speak for the Government. Well stop him and the rest of these daft buggers from speaking in public altogether then for goodness sakes! They do more harm than good and also show how the great North/South divide really is there, albeit only from them down south.
As the Geordies would say “Hadaway n Shite”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Below is a small selection of images to show just how beautiful the area is, not just the land but also the people and the culture! This only scratches the surface of what is up here and is centred mainly around Newcastle and Gateshead
The 25th Sunderland International Air Show has got off to a flying start with the Red Arrows officially opening the event, the first time they have flown a display on the Friday night. Also appearing were the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Eurofighter Typhoon FGR4 and the SWIP Twister Display Team. Culminating in a fantastic fireworks display on Roker Beach.
I only went to get shots of the fireworks so I missed the memorial flight and the Red Arrows, but saw the Typhoon and SWIP. I didn’t go prepared for shooting jets and stunt planes so I videoed those instead
The Red Arrows will be opening the proceedings again tomorrow, Saturday 27th, but will NOT be flying on Sunday, so if you want to see them be in place at Roker for 1pm tomorrow.
I wont be attending the rest of the show due to other commitments this year so this will be my only post for this event.
Here’s some of the fireworks shots from tonight, enjoy
Another wedding and a returning customer for a location portrait shoot amongst other things, thank goodness summer has finally arrived!
Since I last posted I have had to rebuild the retail area of my website twice due to the lack of attention some software companies pay to their updates when it comes to functioning WordPress plugins!
The last update I did to the one that was powering the shop killed it stone dead after I had spent more than 2 months building it and populating it with over 300 different images!
I rebuilt it with a completely new plugin and then some kind person, another user of the software not the company that is meant to support it, pointed out that he had had the same problem and told me what he did to fix it.
As I liked that software more than I did the new one I went back and rebuilt it again! Just shoot me if it all goes wrong again!
Anyway all is good here at Chun towers and I am looking forward to a packed summer, oh and lots of cake! Sweetest Sensation has stepped up their game and are producing bigger cakes than ever and more of them. I have the pleasure of shooting for them and I also get to taste some of the new flavours, life is good, life is Sweetest Sensation