11 12 13

11, 12, 13

Today is Wednesday, the Eleventh of December, Two Thousand and Thirteen which gives us one of those unique consecutive number sequences that only come around ever so often.

Of course if you live in the USA, and anywhere else where they format the date by giving the month first, this all happened for you a month earlier on Tuesday, November the Twelfth, Two Thousand and Thirteen

The next time a consecutive number sequence happens again in the UK is  the First of February, Two Thousand, One Hundred and Three which is 90 years from now.

Somehow I can’t see me writing about that event. Frightening really!

52/2013 Week 49

52/2013 Week 49

52/2013 Week 49

Bit late with this one which is from last week. Due to the storm I was unable to post as we were without broadband and telephone for two to three days.

The outage made me realise how much I use the internet to research information for my photographs, to maintain my blog and keep in touch with other photographers via Facebook and Google+.

If it came to it I could probably do with out it, but could you?

Cefn Viaduct

Weekly Photo Challenge: Grand

For this weeks challenge I wanted to show you a man-made structure set against a background of nature. As luck would have it, I was in Ty Mawr Country Park last week to photograph the Cefn Viaduct which carries the railway across the park and the River Dee.

Cefn Viaduct

The viaduct was built in 1848 to carry the Shrewsbury to Chester Line, also known as the Severn–Dee Mainline (after the rivers on which Shrewsbury and Chester stand), across the River Dee. The engineer for the line was Henry Robertson, a partner in locomotive builders Beyer Peacock, while the contractor was Thomas Brassey in partnership with William Mackenzie and Robert Stephenson.

Cefn Viaduct

For all it’s size and importance I was unable to find out much about the Cefn Mawr viaduct.

Cefn Viaduct

Thomas Brassey, on the other hand was an English civil engineering contractor and manufacturer of building materials who was responsible for building much of the world’s railways in the 19th century. By 1847, he had built about one-third of the railways in Britain, and by time of his death in 1870 he had built one in every twenty miles of railway in the world.

Storm Surge

Whoo Hoo, I’m Back

Storm Surge

Gale force winds from the sea, an extra high spring tide and a storm surge all  served to breach the sea defences in my little part of North Wales.  Some homes were flooded, fortunately ours wasn’t, the only effect on us  was no telephone or broadband services for a few days

We knew we were in for difficult conditions, the weather services had been predicting for days of the coming storm. Natural Resources Wales had issued flood warnings to approximately 4000 homes in low-lying areas.  Now stormy weather here is nothing like the hurricanes or typhoons experienced in other parts of the world. Our storms are not as violent and generally our sea defences are pretty good at coping.   But for some reason, the heavy seas breached the defences and so more than 400 residents were forced to take refuge in Rhyl Leisure Centre after their homes were left ruined.  It was the highest storm surge we have had in twenty years.  I feel sorry for those whose houses were flooded, especially as we are approaching Christmas. Within minutes of the defences breaching,  the sea was pouring into their houses, ruining everything. Some news reports showed people standing in water up to their waist.

The photograph above was taken an hour before full high tide. You can see the sea is up to the level of the wall and has already topped it. The area in the foreground is a car park. Just out of picture secondary defences were hastily being erected to stem the flow of water.

I’ll come back later this week with some more photographs showing the storm and the efforts to protect against flooding.


Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light

Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light

I saw my first Christmas Tree with all the decorations in a house window yesterday and neighbours are busy slinging lights around their houses. The shops as you would expect are in full Christmas mode and even SKY News has a Christmas tree in the studio background.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Let There Be Light

So it looks like I need to get with it and start joining in the holiday fun. It’s too early. Christmas shouldn’t start for at least another two weeks, don’t you think?

I was sent this a couple of years back and before I decided to publish it here I thought I’d better check copyright etc. Doing a search  for the first sentence led me to a whole host of sites on the web where this has been published so it will be very difficult to find the original copyright holder. If it’s you let me know and I will either withdraw the post or attribute it to you.

I wanted to send some sort of holiday greeting to my friends and colleagues, but it is difficult in today’s world to know exactly what to say without offending someone. So I met with my solicitor yesterday, and on advice I wish to say the following :

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit, my best wishes for an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress, non addictive, gender neutral celebration of the winter solstice holiday practiced with the most enjoyable traditions of religious persuasion or secular practices of your choice with respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions at all .

I also wish you a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling and medically uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar year 2012 , but not without due respect for the calendar of choice of other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make our country great (not to imply that Great Britain is necessarily greater than any other country) and without regard to the race, creed, colour, age, physical ability, religious faith or sexual preference of the wishee.

By accepting this greeting, you are accepting these terms:

This greeting is subject to clarification or withdrawal. It is freely transferable with no alteration to the original greeting. It implies no promise by the wisher to actually implement any of the wishes for her/ him or others and is void were prohibited by law, and is revocable at the sole discretion of the wisher. The wish is warranted to perform as expected within the usual application of good tidings for a period of one year or until the issuance of a new wish at the sole discretion of the wisher.

Best Regards (without prejudice)

Name withheld (UK Data Protection Act 1998)