Monday, 27 May 2019

CWJ open day at Bruntingthorpe

After a pretty miserable showery day the weather cleared up and made it easier for ground crew at the CWJ Open day at Bruntingthorpe. A year has passed since last I made it down there and had not thought that I would have much involvement with the Lightnings. Was surprised to be asked if I wanted to be one of the starter crew for XS904 along with two of my 5 squadron pals from Binbrook days, just like the old days. Although the legs not so good these days, but managed to do what was required.

A normal start is easy, but with the added walk down the runway to chock the aircraft for static reheat tests was the test for tired legs. The Jet performed immaculately and as always the show stopper. Have not seen many photos of the event so far and have just one of us doing our thing (copyright of Shaun Westell) Steve LeCount on the left and myself removing a chock. Pilot for the day was John Ward.



Tuesday, 21 May 2019

Cold War Jets Open day

Off to the Cold war Jets Open day and Bruntingthorpe Airfield on Sunday 26th May. It has been a year since I was last down at the Lightning Appreciation Group to see the lads. Am going down with two ex Lightning pals.


Tuesday, 14 May 2019

My Bike

Have just put my Bike up for sale on Facebook Marketplace. Gets little use really and a shame to sit in the garage, if it sells it sells.
 

Saturday, 11 May 2019

Local Tavern


Friday nights entertainment playing dominoes with family and friends. Nice friendly atmosphere and decent beer served. 8.30 start, finishing at approx 11.30pm.

Monday, 6 May 2019

May Bank Holiday

This has been the coldest bank holiday that I can remember. We have had lots of hot sunny days a month or so back, so very disappointing. Looking forward to being able to enjoy being outside hopefully soon.

Thursday, 2 May 2019

Monday, 29 April 2019

Photography

The start to my career was in photography, firstly as a darkroom technician in monochrome film development and printing, located in a basement of a large Victorian house in the west end of Dundee in the 1960's. Eventually moving in to the retail side of the business and moving on to one of the largest photographic businesses in Dundee where modern darkroom equipment was used. I saw the introduction of colour processing in its infancy and enjoyed the changes.

I left the photographic trade in 1971 when I enlisted in the Royal Air Force, completing a 22 year engagement as an aircraft electrical engineer. Thinking back to the early years and the equipment I used and bought, is certainly a far cry from the digital cameras in use today. I have had several digital SLR's in my time, and now am quite content with my Panasonic bridge camera, which these days does not get as much use as I would like.

My very first camera bought in the 70's was Halina 35x 35mm film camera and I wish I had kept it, for the price and quality of the lens, it was one of the best.



Time Capsule

Created a time capsule of where I lived 143 Lochee Road, Dundee till 1953, very old tenement building on the right with outside toilet share...