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Tuesday, 30 April 2013

The Xmas Bridge


Remember my X is for Xmas post  showing the bridge that was being demolished well this is what it used to look like.
And this is how it looks now.
Not quite the same as Brunell built it.

Z is for Zepher


This last letter had me thinking  And my first thought was for Zebedee spring which is somthing that is used in industry and we have plenty at work  but after  looking  through some of my Flickr photos and noticed this Zepher MkII, which is much more interesting to look at and I'm a sucker for classic cars.
Z also stands for Zodiac like this one below.
Or this Zodiac rag top I spotted at another show.
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 After entering Blogging from A to Z at the suggestion of fellow blogger Dana I set out to show a different photo each day representing a letter from the alphabet, at times I felt I would fail but I have made it to the end. It's given me the encouragement to try again only this time I will prepare in advance  and have a theme. Thank you to all who have visited my blog and commented I hope you will return.

Monday, 29 April 2013

Y is for Yellow


I did also think of using Yacht but I could find one to use so it is yellow today. Yellow is one of those colors which brighten the place up and heralds the advent of spring.

Daffodils appear along the roadsides and brighten the most dismal day.

 Looking round my garden for influence I spotted this pansy
 Primroses seem to pop up all over the place
 Even the humble weed the dandelion brings its shine to the place.
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Saturday, 27 April 2013

X is for Xmas


I struggled with this one bit like I will for Y & Z but I thought Xmas would do. It's a name I hate as I prefer Christmas but looking it up on Wiki I see it dates back to the 16 century. Since 2008 I have bee going out on Christmas day and taking a photo for Geograph at Midday so here are a few.
Xmas day2010 Cholsey Church in the snow

Xmas Day 2011 Bridge demolition near Goring this was the second attempt.

 Xmas day 2012 Wallingford Bridge in the floods
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Friday, 26 April 2013

W is for Weir



Weirs are barriers across rivers to alter the flow characteristics and help prevent flooding. The river Thames has many along it's course some more impressive than others.
Abingdon weir with gates open

And where the water flows the weirpool.

One of the nicer ones along the Thames, Buscot Weir.
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Thursday, 25 April 2013

V is for VW


VW , Volkswagen or Vdub  the car is a legend in it's own right know all over the world. personally I have never owned a dub though we did have a T5 California for a few years.




One we all recognize and love, Herbie who has not seen the film.






 
 His racing big brother





with the fire breathing engine






and stretched limo version.









But my personal favorites are the camper Vans





Loved by Hippies




Families off camping




Or just cruising around.








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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

T is for Tony


And the tony I'm taling about is Tony Blair the ex priminister of the UK who will be rememberded for the wrong reason. He visited Diamond while he was leader.

 The small daius he was th make the speech from
 Tanking to the staff
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Monday, 22 April 2013

U is for U bend



They come in various guises like the one under the sink or in a road but the ones I find most interesting are the ones in rivers, so much nicer to look at. I found the best ones were on the upper Thames  from Oxford To Lechlaide

They also call them horseshoe bends as they tend to be that shape. This one is near Kelmscot. The one below is near Rushley Lock.
The one below I blogged a while ago and is taken near Buscot.

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Friday, 19 April 2013

S is for Synchrotron



Now most of you will wonder what a Synchroton is the link I added should tell you better than me. I work at one called the Diamond Light Source where I have been for the last eight years.

This is how it looked when I started, my office I work out of now is near the crane to the right.

 Diamond Light Source as you see it today, the office I work from is to the right near the blister sticking out.


Now the place looks a lot different

Q is for Queen


Yes we are talking Queen Elizabeth II. Her Majesty opened the Diamond Light Source on the 19 October 2007 unfortunately I did not get to meet her but I did meet and shake hands with the Duke of Edinburgh.





This was the staff entrance for the day and the entrance for guests



 The reception area at Luchtime for invited guests, including me
 The Queen did the official opening on this dais unveiling a sculpture make buy an artiest in Residence




This is another piece of artwork done by the WI which was on show.



The dining area for guests, must admit I did feel a little out  of place with th VIP's






This is the sculpture the queen unveiled on the dais seen earlier, it now stands in the Diamond House Atrium .

The Red Devils rounded the day off.
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Thursday, 18 April 2013

P is for Primrose



Apart from Snowdrops Primroses are my favorite flower. Snowdrops to me herald  the beginning of the new year and Primroses the beginning of spring. The nicest ones I always think are the ones which grow wild. This one is in the churchyard at Kelmscot.

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Wednesday, 17 April 2013

R is for River


There are many rivers in the UK but the longest and most famous has to be the River Thames this is looking towards St Peters Church in Wallingford.

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The Thames at Benson Lock


View towards St Helen's church in Benson from the end of the lock chamber

The Thames at Benson

O is for Office


 When I first started working at Diamond Light Source the main office block looked like this, I was working out of a portacabin.


Now as you can see it looks a lot different

Inside the place is spacious and modern and after 35 years working from a bench I found it different to have a desk.
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Tuesday, 16 April 2013

N is for Nigel



We are talking Nigel Mansell here the  British F1 World Champion and CART Champion and the only person to win the two simultaneously.

A you can see I have his autograph on a couple of photos, helped knowing his crew chief Dave Brown. I also have his autograph on his book and a couple of Isle of Man first day motorsport covers.
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Monday, 15 April 2013

M is for Mini

I can't do this challenge with out giving the Mini a mention probably the greatest British Car which became an Icon of the Motoring industry.
 This was the first Mini I owned I was 19 in the photo, the car taught me a lot about mechanics on one and a few years later I spent two years as a racing mechanic on
this car which was quite successful but things changed and I  went on to different things.
Helping out with this one while I built my own car.
Which was a very modified 1275GT But I got married and the car went though I my wife had a standard mini that she drove about and our kids grew up with them. Eventually she bought a new car and I had the old mini saying I was going to restore it.
I started in 1997 and what stared out as a small project ended up a marathon as it took four years. The car I ended up with was a far cry from the standard  one it began as with highly modified engine suspension and brakes. I owned the car for just over 20 years but sold it as I felt I would either get banned or kill myself in it. But Mini's still hold a special place for me.
The video below is my old mini being road tested on a rolling road, beware it is noisy but if you don't mind it the turn up the sound.



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