Saturday, 23 January 2021

Lanzarote Aquarium

 Visited in July 2013, the Aquarium Lanzarote is an aquatic museum featuring 33 tanks and over 1 million litres of water. The tanks feature mainly sea life native to the Canary Islands including clown fishes, blowfishes, sea urchins, sharks and turtles. the aquarium can be found near the centre of Costa Teguise  in the east of the island. I took a number of short videos whilst touring the aquarium and they can be seen below and on YouTube. They were filmed using a Samsung Galaxy Tablet.

Uploaded to YouTube on the 4th August 2013, currently seen 379 times. The video features a 3 legged turtle swimming around.

Uploaded to YouTube on 10th August 2013, the video has to date been viewed 2668 times. It features a shark swimming.

The final video uploaded to YouTube in August 2017 and seen 41 times to date shows all the clips put together of the sea life in their tanks.

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Sunday, 17 January 2021

UK Rugby League Grounds from Above

 One of my hobbies is the sport of Rugby League, I am a supporter of Halifax RLFC, who recently changed there name to Halifax Panthers. The club has had it's success throughout it's history being league champions 4 times and challenge cup winners 5 times. Since relegation from Super League in 2003 the club has been a mainstay of the championship. It was from the recent decision by Super League to refuse re-entry to the competition to Toronto Wolfpack and open up a bidding process to clubs from the championship to enter super league and league ones clubs to enter the championship that I started to have a look at the grounds of the League 1 clubs.

From this interest the idea of creating a short video of each clubs ground from the air was born, originally I had planned to only show the league 1 clubs grounds, but found I had enjoyed the process as it differed from what I normally put together so I then completed videos of all the Championships clubs and Super  League clubs home stadia.

League 1.

League 1 currently features 10 clubs, with future admissions possible from a reborn Toronto Wolfpack, Ottawa Aces, New York City, Belgrade, Valencia, Bristol and Liverpool, Ottawa the only confirmed one for 2022. For the 2021 season the league will be made up of Barrow Raiders, Coventry Bears, Doncaster RLFC, Hunslet Hawks, Keighley Cougars, London Skolars, North Wales Crusaders, Rochdale Hornets, West Wales Raiders and Workington Town.


Probably the most competitive league in the British rugby system where a good start to the season could see any one of the 14 clubs either promoted or relegated. The 2021 season will see Batley Bulldogs, Bradford Bulls, Dewsbury Rams, Featherstone Rovers, Halifax Panthers, London Broncos, Newcastle Thunder, Oldham RLFC, Sheffield Eagles, Swinton Lions, Toulouse Olympique,  Whitehaven RLFC, Widnes Vikings and York City Knights do battle.

Super League.

The Super League is the highest level of rugby league competition in the UK and the 2nd highest worldwide. After the ejection of Toronto Wolfpack, Leigh Centurions were promoted to level the competition to 12 clubs for the 2021 season and the rest are, Castleford Tigers, Catalans Dragons, Huddersfield Giants, Hull FC, Hull Kingston Rovers, Leeds Rhinos, Salford Red Devils, St Helens RFC, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Warrington Wolves, and Wigan Warriors.

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Saturday, 16 January 2021

Postcards from Kenya, Morocco, Singapore and the United States of America

The current Covid pandemic has made it hard to get out with my camera since the start of the first lockdown last March in the United Kingdom, so I am currently taking an opportunity to work my way through sets I have already taken over the last decade, some slides I have acquired and some postcards I own too.

Todays post features 5 postcards from around the world, 4 of which were posted and 2 are from the same resort.

Sandman Motel.

The Sandman Motel is roadside stop in the city of Santa Rosa, California, an area famous as wine country.

The card was sent to the management and staff of the Manor Hotel, Yeovil in August 1977 and the both hotels still trade now some 44 years later.

Turtle Beach Hotel, Watamu, Kenya

This card again features a hotel and was posted, sadly the date is hard to make out.

Tangier, Morocco

This card was never posted and has no writing to give any indication of date.

Turtle Beach Hotel, Watamu, Kenya (Again)

Part of a set I bought, both of these Kenyan cards above were included in the sale, this one appears to have been posted in February, but like the other the date is hard to make out completely. Though it has the same image as above I thought the text may be of interest so decided to share both.


The final postcard for this post features a set of 3 images of Singapore.

Posted in January 1975.

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Saturday, 2 January 2021

Recent Uploads to YouTube - Christmas, Winter, Accademia and a set of Landscapes from around the world.

I've recently had a bit of a uploading spree to YouTube of various sets I have put together featuring images I had collected that were either public domain or copyright free. They were just created as i was at a loose end and though I would have a play around.

Video 1 features a set of Christmas type images, overlaid with a instrumental track of Deck the Halls.

Video 2 features images of 30 landscape from around the world. They were collected from sites such as Pexels and similar.

Video 3 again features a collection of images taken from sites like Pexels. It features a set of winter scenes from around the world with each location marked.

The final video for this post features a set of images taken in Accademia, Venice by me in 2018.

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