Monday, 27 April 2020

YouTube - My top 5 Videos

Occasionally I like to do a top 5 of how my pictures or videos are getting along on there various platforms, a few days ago sharing one about my top 5 pictures on Flickr, today I thought I'd do a top 5 of my Flickr videos over the last 365 days.

Number 5
Uploaded on the 21st October 2017, the video shows me driving along the M6 motorway through Cumbria, Northern England. In the last year it has been viewed 936 times making it my 5th most popular video. Since appearing on YouTube it has been viewed a total 2008 times.

Number 4
Uploaded to YouTube November 2nd 2013, the video shows a drive through Jedburgh in the borders region of Scotland. In the last 12 months it has been viewed 974 times, and to date 5762 times.

Number 3
Filmed in March 2019, the video shows footage of rising water levels and potential flooding that looked like it was about to devastate Sowerby Bridge again, luckily the levels subsided overnight. The town has lived with the fear of flooding since the Calder Valley flooding of Boxing Day 2015 devastated areas of the town for the first time in near fifty years. In the last 365 days it has been viewed 1639 times and a total of 2143 since uploading to YouTube.

Number 2
Although number 2 for the last 12 months this is by far my most popular upload to YouTube, to date being viewed 21329 times, including 2960 times in the last year. It shows a drive over the Carter's Bar border point between England and Scotland.

Number 1
My number 1 video for the last year was filmed early morning in Venice, Italy and shows the MSC Lirica cruise ship sailing past the San Marco area of Venice towards the port..
In the last year it has been viewed 3064 times, making it my most popular video of the last year by a clear 500 more than 2nd. Since uploading to YouTube in December 2018 it has been viewed 4364 times.

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Vintage Postcard - Leamington Spa Weir and Suspension Bridge

Part of my collection of postcards is this one sent to 23 Bramble Street, Coventry on the 6th September 1901 or 1907, it looks like a 1 to me from the print but looking into the bridges history it wasn't built until 1903. Sadly I can't quite make out the surname of the couple who's first names are Annie & Arthur and appears to be from their cousin Emily. The postcard contains the following text as best I can make out.

"Dearest Annie & Arthur,
I thought perhaps you would like a postcard of Leamington,
my dear sister & I were both there yesterday, it is a beautiful place but I (can't make the word out but thinks it's discovered) you have both been. I shall come over to Coventry sometime & see you because you were both so kind the last time, we are having some beautiful weather now, so we shall both be very pleased to have you both over at Melton when it is most convenient for you to come, so with love & best wishes to you both I will say,
goodbye from your loving cousin Emily"

Leamington Spa Suspension Bridge and Weir, Vintage Postcard
A copy of the post card without the text can be seen by clicking here.

The suspension bridge still stands today and to give it's proper name is known as the Mill Suspension Bridge, opening to the public in 1903. The bridge is Grade II listed as is the weir below and takes it's name from the site of the towns water mill which stood adjacent to the bridges site and was the towns primary source of water, the mill was demolished in 1899. The bridges design is thought to be based on the Albert Bridge which crossers the River Thames in London.

Until Britain adopted decimal coinage in 1971 the bridge was popular with people throwing pennies and half pennies from the bridge into the weir below, it was once considered good luck and a way of honouring the Gods, I can only assume it was still considered good luck after the bridges opening.

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Sunday, 26 April 2020

Denby Dale Railway Station and Viaduct

Denby Dale Station and Viaduct is a set of 11 pictures taken in May 2016. They can be seen here, on Flickr and on Clickasnap, they may be slight variations in the pictures on Clickasnap to here and Flickr.

Denby Dale Railway Station serves the village of Denby Dale in Kirklees, West Yorkshire, built as a 2 platform station and opened on the 1st July 1850, the station has remained in use since, although is now only a single platform stop since the line was singled and the north bound platform removed. The station was planned by the Huddersfield and Sheffield Junction Railway who had received permission from parliament to build the line in June 1845, by the time the build was completed and opened the line was owned by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway who they had merged with along with many others in July 1847.

The modern day station offers only limited facilities with no toilets or refreshments available, the village centre is only a short walk away though. It is currently used by an average of 3442 passengers per week with an hourly service in each direction Monday to Saturday. 

Denby Dale Viaduct was built along with the line and opened in 1850, originally it was constructed of timber, due to the local price of stone making the project unaffordable. Despite concerns and visit from the board of trade the timber viaduct remained until in March 1877, the railway company under heavy pressure from Huddersfield County Borough Council committed to building a new stone viaduct.  Work commenced on the new viaduct adjacent to the timber one in September 1877 and it was opened on the 15th May 1880. The viaduct is now Grade II listed and features 21 arches.

Viaduct at Denby Dale
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Denby Dale Railway Station

Viaduct at Denby Dale

Southwards at Denby Dale Station.

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Thursday, 23 April 2020

My Top 5 Pictures on Flickr

Every now and again I like to have a post showing how some of my pictures or videos are getting along on various platforms. Today I thought a list of my top 5 on Flickr to fill a bit of time and show a variety of the images I have taken or own.

The Path Downhill.
The Path Downhill
Taken in November 2013, I had just started to take an interest in photography as a hobby and was out exploring the area above the Summit Railway Tunnel, connecting Lancashire and Yorkshire through the Pennine Hills. This was taken on the walk back down from the summit using my then Samsung Galaxy Tablet. It has been viewed 3425 times and favourited 85.
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Hebden Old Bridge.
Hebden Old Bridge.
Taken in July 2018, the bridge is one of my favourite picture spots. It crossers Hebden Water in the centre of Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire and was once the main route across the water in the town. To date it has been seen 4631 times and favourited 77 times.
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Railway Platforms at Brockholes Railway Station.
Railway Platforms at Brockholes.
I took this in May 2016 from the still in use part of Brockholes Station, the buildings pictured being formerly part of the station but now a private residence. I liked how the owner had restored the building to give the look of how stations used to appear. Up to today the picture has been seen 4729 and favourited 128 times on Flickr.
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Bridge of Sighs, Venice
Bridge of Sighs, Venice.
Taken in October 2018 whilst I was visiting my daughter, who was at the time living in Venice. The bridge is so called because it was the last view a prisoner had of Venice before imprisonment. The image has been viewed 5717 times and favourited 121 since uploading.
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Lumbutts Water Tower.
Lumbutts Water Tower.
Taken on New Years Eve 2016, this has pretty much ever since been my number 1 picture on Flickr, and I must confess I have no idea why, but then that's why people like photography, somethings are liked and others not. Up to today it has been viewed 9262 times and favourited 125.

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Venice October 30th 2018

In late 2018 I had the chance to visit my daughter in Venice for a few days and during the course of my stay took a large amount of photo's on various walks around the city state. I have broken them down in to various sets by date.

On this day I spent a large part of it wondering around the San Marco and Accademia areas and there are a total of 71 images which can be seen from that day, all are now available to view on Flickr and Clickasnap, with a few displayed on here.


Venice, Italy 30 October 2018
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Ponte de la Pieta, Venice
Ponta de la Pieta was a short walk along the sea front from San Marco Square.

The Leaning Bell Tower of Santo Stefano, Venice.

Venetian Graffitti

Victor Emmanuel II Monument, Venice

Bacino Orseolo, Venice

Church of San Barnaba, Venice

Gondola's at San Marco, Venice

Grand Canal From Accademia Bridge, Venice

Water Bus Stop on the Grand Canal, Venice
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Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Vintage Pictures- Sussex Castles in the 1960's

This set of 3 pictures is part of a collection of 35mm slides I acquired a couple of years ago and features 3 images taken outside Pevensey, Bodiam and Herstmonceux Castles, Sussex in the 1960's. The pictures can be seen here, on Flickr and on Clickasnap.

Pevensey Castle.
Pevensey Castle, Sussex 1960's
Pevensey Castle is a Roman fort and medieval castle, the first developments here being around the year 290AD and remained in use until the late 16th century. The castle had become an overgrown ruin until the British Government took over the ruins in 1925. The castle was reoccupied by the home Guard, British, Canadian and US armies between 1940 and 45 and the machine gun post that were built can still be seen today. It is now a public attraction operated by English Heritage.

Herstmoneux Castle.
Herstmonceux Castle, Sussex 1960's
Herstmonceux Castle is a brick built Tudor mansion built in 1441, being 1 of the first buildings to be built using brick in England. It is Grade II listed and now owned by Queen's University, Canada.

Bodiam Castle.
Bodiam Castle, Sussex 1960's
Bodiam Castle is an National Trust owned and operated Castle in Sussex, England. The castle was besieged during the Wars of the Roses and seized and dismantled for the owners support of the Royalist cause in the English Civil War. The ruins were purchased by John Fuller in 1829 who started the restoration of the castle, which was continued by the following owners George Cubitt, the 1st Baron Ashcombe and Lord Curzon who donated the castle to the National Trust upon his death in 1925.

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Vintage Pictures - Temple of Jupiter, Lebanon

Temple of Jupiter is 2 pictures taken at the ruins of the Roman Temple dedicated to Jupiter Heliopolitanus at Baalbek, modern day Lebanon. The pictures were part of a collection I obtained, gaining the copyright as part of the deal when I acquired them. Out of over 200 slides and negatives these were the only 2 to feature the site. They were taken in the 1960's.

Built between 16BC and 60AD, the temple was the biggest in the Roman empire dedicated to Jupiter, the columns reaching a height of 30 meters, with a width of almost 2.5. The present condition of the site see's only six columns still standing with their entablature.

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Temple of Jupiter, Lebanon 1960's

Jupiter temple columns Beirut edit

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Tuesday, 21 April 2020

Vintage Pictures- Black Country Museum 1997

As well as taking pictures I also like to collect postcards and photo collections from other people. I have purchased a number of slide collections, obtaining the copyright with them. Occasionally I get the chance to go through some and digitise them, and quite a few times they have the information of where and when they were taken so I take the opportunity to share them as they may be of interest to some people.

A set I recently had the opportunity to digitise was taken in June 1997 at the Black Country Museum, Dudley, it was a set I acquired early in 2019 and currently in the process of digitising. There were only 5 pictures of the museum in the collection purchased.

Black Country Museum 1997
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The Black Country Museum is an open-air visitor attraction that shows the way of life for people living in the area during the last 300 years. Exhibits include mining, metal working, village life, fairground and street life from the 1930's, canal life and transport, as well as many other displays and exhibits. Below is the full set of pictures.

Single Deck Tram at the Black Country Museum June 1997 edit
Dudley, Stourbridge and District electric traction company No. 5
Tividale single-decker built in 1920, the museums first tram has recently undergone a £120000 overhaul.

Dudley Canal Tunnel Black Country Museum edit
The entrance to Dudley Tunnel which sits adjacent to the museum. You can take a 45 minute trip through the tunnel, and the area around the tunnel entrance was converted to a boat dock in 1976 to show what a typical dock on the canals around Birmingham would have been like during the hey day of canal transport.

Horse Bus at the Black Country Museum June 1997 edit
Horse and cart bus attraction

Bottle and Glass Inn Black Country Museum June 1997 edit
Bottle and Glass Inn.
The inn originally stood on Brierley Hill Road overlooking the Stourbridge Canal near the 16 flight of locks. Built sometime after the opening of the canal, there is no mention of a pub on the site until 1822. Lovingly rebuilt at the Black Country Living Museum the pub still offers a warm welcome with traditional ales and food available.

Methodist Chapel at the Black Country Museum June 1997 edit
Providence Chapel
One of the first buildings to be rebuilt at the museum in 1979, the chapel was originally built in 1837 at Darby Hand in Netherton, remaining in use until closure in 1974. The chapel is now known as Darby Hand Chapel and host's services throughout the year.

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Monday, 20 April 2020

Stadio Pierluigi Penzo, Venice

On a visit to Venice in October - November 2018 and being a football fan I wanted to try and visit the local football stadium, I must confess I knew nothing about the local team or even if they had one, but i was intrigued enough to find out knowing the Italians passion for football. 

Upon arrival I asked a couple of people and found yes Venice does have a local football team and they aren't that successful, having gone bankrupt for a third time in 2015 and during the season 2018-19 struggling to avoid relegation from Serie B, eventually surviving a relegation play-off. The only major honour the club has won is the Coppa Italia in 1941.

The stadium itself is the 2nd oldest continually used stadium in Italy, opening in 1913 and takes it's name from fighter pilot Pier Luigi Penzo who served during World War 1. The stadium's record attendance was 26000 in 1966 for a game against AC Milan, a figure that's unlikely to broken as the stadium now has a capacity of just 7450. The stadium looks a little sad and neglected from the outside, I was unable to enter as it was locked up tight and nobody was around to ask, I had thought that you would be able to enter for a small fee. The ground is unique in that visiting teams often arrive by boat.

I took a few pictures of the outside and left, 9 of which can be seen here, on Flickr and on Clickasnap where my images can also be downloaded for a small fee.
Venice Football Ground
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Tha Canal and Boats outside the Stadio Pierluigi Penzo, Venice.

Stadio Pierluigi Penzo, Venice

Path to the Church of Saint Elena past Venice Football Stadium
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Monday, 13 April 2020

Donkey Bridge, Maple Dean Clough, Norland 20 March 2019

I have pictured Donkey Bridge and walked over it many times over the years and previously posted pictures taken there on a couple of occasions. I was recently sorting through some of my old postcards I had collected and came across one taken at Donkey Bridge years ago.

Postcard of Donkey Bridge, Norland

Finding the picture inspired me to have a look through my own collection and I found a set from March 20th 2019 taken with a Nikon d3300 SLR camera. The changes from the picture above which looks like it was taken during the late 19th - early 20th century to the current is large with the surrounding hillside now covered by the trees of North Dean Woods, and the hill top no longer visible from the bridge. The stone built sides still remain although they seems larger than the ones pictured so they have probably been restored at some date since the pictures was taken.

The bridge itself carries a footpath over what depending on who you ask is Maple Dean Clough, or Norland Clough stream. The path itself runs from the end of North Dean Road, Copley to Pickwood Lane, Norland through North Dean Woods.

Donkey Bridge (20-3-19)
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Donkey Bridge

Donkey Bridge

Upstream, Maple Dean Clough

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Saturday, 11 April 2020

Shepley Railway Station

Shepley Railway Station is an album of 11 images taken by me and a short video slideshow of 12 images. They were taken on the 21st May 2016 using a Nikon d3300 SLR camera.

Shepley railway station serves the villages of Shepley and Shelley on the outskirts of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire. Opened on the 1st July 1850 by the Lancashire and Yorkshire Railway Company, the line was authorised by an act of parliament on the 30th June 1845 to connect Huddersfield with the Sheffield, Ashton-under-Lyne and Manchester Railway at Penistone. The line from Penistone to Manchester passed through the Woodhead tunnels and closed in 1981.

Shepley became a junction station on the 1st September 1879 when the 3.5 mile branch line to Clayton West opened and was known as Shepley and Shelley station during this time. The branch closed in 1983 and at the same time much of the Pensitone line was singled, with Shepley keeping it's double track layout only to provide a passing loop between here and Stocksmoor.

The modern day station is a 2 platform staggered lay out either side of a bridge, the station has been unstaffed since 1966 and has only limited facilities. There are no toilets, ticketing machines, disabled access or shops at the station. The station was used by 71536 passengers during 2018/19 at an average of 1375 per week a drop of approx 55 passengers per week on the previous year.

Shepley Railway Station
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Shepley Railway Station

Platform 1 at Shepley Railway Station

Station Path to Platform 2 at Shepley

Train Approaching Shepley Railway Station

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Friday, 10 April 2020

Venice October 29th 2018

Venice October 29th 2018 is a small set of pictures taken on that Monday as I arrived in the city to visit my daughter who was there studying history of art for Warwick University. On the day of my arrival Venice was hit by some of it's worst flooding since the 1960's with levels as high as 5ft above what are considered normal levels for the time of year.

Because of the flooding myself and my wife were unable to get out and explore Venice on the day we arrived or meet up with our daughter, the purpose of the visit. Despite wading through water between my chest and waste to reach the hotel, the flooding didn't ruin the visit. What surprised me most was the attitude of the people who lived there, the flooding looked upon as a minor nuisance to be lived with, rather than a major disruption, with 1 of the shop owner near to St Marks Square commenting "This is Venice, Welcome"

Venice, Italy 29 October 2018
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The pictures of the rooftops and flooded courtyard were taken from our hotel the Hotel Royal San Marco, the hotel and staff being highly recommended by me.

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Taxis Venetian Style
This was taken at the airport whilst waiting for the transfer to Venice. Venetian style taxi's.

San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice
My first view of Venice, taken from the jetty at San Marco after being dropped off by the taxi. At this point I had no idea of the extent of the flooding I was about to find myself part of. Shortly after leaving the jetty I purchased some knee high plastic boots which by the time I had reached San Marco Square were pretty much useless, due to the water reaching a level between knee and waste.

Floods Outside Doge's Palace, Venice
Doge's Palace, where the water level was already above the boots I had bought. Here is where I put my camera away and held my travel bag above my head to prevent my clothes and electrics getting wet. Beyond this point the water level only got deeper and by the time I was across the square and near to my hotel it was between waste and chest deep.

Venice Floods
Later that even the water level had begun to recede, when we arrived the well in the centre of the yard was fully submerged, by the time we retired to bed around 10 pm the level was at pictured.

Rooftops, Venice
This picture was taken looking north across the rooftops of Venice from the hotel room. I just liked how it gave a different perspective of the city and showed how cramped everything was.

These pictures are also included in my Venice album on Flickr with selected also exclusive to Clickasnap. The Flickr album can be seen below, use the arrows to navigate.

Venice, Italy
I am currently sorting through all my pictures taken on the trip.

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