Easy how people forget

July 29th, 2009

A month ago today it was an extremely hot day. We had a few weeks of it being really hot for Britain, and everyone loved it.

A month later, people have completely forgotten this, and go back to the old “typical British weather” complaint.

August is forecast as wet. Shame.

Summer party

July 18th, 2009

DSC_2263A night when a free bar is combined with luxurious facilities can only mean an amazing night out in which all are involved, the social barriers are broken down, and your arms end end up around random people you don’t know them, their name, or where they come from.

Images from this crazy night out can be found here. (You must have a Facebook account and be a friend of a friend)


July 12th, 2009
The Great Orme Tramway has existed since 1902, and it, along with the San Francisco tram network, are the only remaining ones of their type.

The Great Orme Tramway has existed since 1902, and it, along with the San Francisco tram network, are the only remaining ones of their type.

Today I went to Llandudno, North Wales. It’s been a while, and now I have my camera, so I took that along with me. I coerced my parents into paying for one of the City Sightseeing tours, as there was one there. It went over to neighbouring Conwy too, and I got many images, all of which can be seen here.

The day began with a 9am start, which is early for a Sunday, for me! We made haste to the A55 and barrelled down it before the traffic could build. We saw many strange and classical cars from a range of locations and times driving along the A55, the strangest was when we were taken over by an Illinois registered muscle car. Getting to Llandudno at around 10:30, we put four hours on the pay and display, and went over to the pier. Every other time we’d have gone down it, but this time we stopped for the above tour, and that took an hour. We saw some interesting sights and learned some of the local history, a lot of which I already knew.

When we arrived back we went to a JD Wetherspoons for a meal. I remembered I wasn’t driving so I had a few pints around now. We then went over to the tram station and spent an hour and a half ascending, discovering, and descending the Great Orme, after which we headed back to the car and home again.

I’ve noticed an increasing amount of dust on the image sensor of my camera, evidenced in recent images. I’m going to have to buy an air blower to remove the dust, as touching it will make it worse. If that won’t do it, I’ve heard cleaning alcohol and a lint free cloth should work, but I really don’t want to touch the image sensor, so I may see if I can’t get it cleaned somewhere. Anyway, I’ve not done an image collage in a while, so here goes:
Conwy Castle
The lower section passing loopOwain Glyndwr statue.Leyland Tiger Cub


July 7th, 2009

My monitor died last week. It had a good run – Two and a half years. It seems to be heat issues, but this heat threshold at which it dies is rather low. So, a new one I have bought! The new one is a BenQ G2410HD, 23.6″ in size. I like it. HD programs are now worth the download. 1080p from here on out. The box wants it to be a 24″, but this isn’t true.

Now I have a good monitor, my next purchase should probably be a new graphics card. Saving £500 should be easy, for a top of the line card.

Hot shit.

June 29th, 2009

Redwither Tower

Redwither Tower

It really is. It was 28.5 celcius at THE TOWER. For Britain, this is hot. The met office has given a warmer forecast for the end of the week.

Today I went to the Trafford Centre with some friends from work. Getting there was mad as I went too fast and missed the lane for the M60, so ended up using a route I remembered from many years back which requires you going past Old Trafford and then through Trafford Park, a massive industrial estate.It's really the tower

Most of my clothes buying experiences stem from internet shopping, or the odd shirt I find that nobody seems to use, so it was an experience. I went to River Island and Topshop Topman. The thing I noticed is that there appear to be craploads of hot women around suddenly.

I have some clothes for the Avox summer party now. Excellent.

The Ffestiniog Railway

June 21st, 2009
Rolling past Merddin Emrys

Rolling past Merddin Emrys

Yesterday I went to the Ffestiniog Railway in North West Wales. It’s been a week since I got my camera back, so took it with me to get some excellent photos from areas not reachable by road or public footpath. I only ended up going because my father has always wanted a day out going up the Conwy Valley by train. It’s a great journey, the only problem being you have to spend time in Blaenau Ffestiniog for a few hours to make a day out of it and the only problem with that is that you have to spend time in Blaenau Ffestiniog. The only two things to alleviate this issue is to do one of two things; Go under Blaenau Ffestiniog in the Llechwedd slate caverns, or get away from Blaenau Ffestiniog on the Ffestiniog railway. The latter made more sense, as it takes you away from that forsaken place.

The day began with an early start on a Saturday. Usually this isn’t an issue, but as I’d not had 15 hours sleep in the previous week, it meant I was really tired. So my dad drove, to ensure I didn’t crash into a wall. Unfortunately we were stuck behind slow moving traffic for most of the way. I’m sorry, but if you can’t do 60 in an NSL where 60 is safe, GTFO mah roads. Seriously, 40 is not a viable alternative.

Anyway, we got to Llandudno Junction for 10:20, ten minutes to park and get the tickets. But there was a problem. This was an NCP car park, it only accepted coins, and we had none. So we needed to get the tickets and the parking. So, I parked by phone using my dads card. By the time I’d gotten off the convoluted automated phone system and back to reality, we were on the train, halfway up the Conwy valley, on the side with no views, and facing backwards, so there are no photos of Llandudno Junction or the train journey up.


Rolling past Merddin Emrys

Of course, apparently my dad was heading for a good seat when he was shooed away from it by an approaching woman, who could only be described as a “chunky scouser”. My dad was further shocked when the train moved off away from the direction he thought it was heading. After a short hour journey, including a four minute journey through the seventh longest tunnel in Britain, at over two miles.

Upon exiting the tunnel, the doom and gloom of Blaenau dawns on you. It was raining, the sky is grey, the enormous slate tips are grey, the buildings are grey, their slate roofs are grey, the tarmac roads are grey, the pavements are grey, and the only green areas are tiny gardens, and council run playing fields. Lovely.

Upon stopping at the station, we notice an FR train is there in the station. Headed by the double fairlie David Lloyd George, this train was rather empty, being the first train of the day from Porthmadog, probably leaving around 9:15. Most people from our busy train rushed over to the booking office, which was a less than impressive container, which I am sure is the one we got tickets from in Caernarfon a number of years ago (see below)

Blaenau Ffestiniog Railway Station

By this point, it was raining heavily. We quickly retreated to a carriage with space left, in our case, an old heritage carriage from the 1920’s. This had no aisle or end connection to the rest of the train, but every two seats were enclosed, with windows on each side. The seat was comfortable, but the backrest was wooden, and not very. As the train snakes its way out of Blaenau, the train gets so close to walls and other trackside objects that in some places there must be almost no clearance at all, yet the train maintains what appears to be quite a good speed.

The weather improved considerably on the way down, and by the time we got to Porthmadog it was bright enough for the sun to start poking through.

Minffordd Yard

Once we were in Porthmadog, we had 35 minutes to kill, so we walked to the bank, got out some cash, and both a pint each and some sandwiches from the station. The pub there, Spooners, has won pub of the year several times, and you can see why.

The journey back to Blaenau was notably sunnier, and I had several photos by now, but when we arrived back in Blaenau, it was grey again. We boarded the train, but not before I got this classic of both gauges.

Big and Small

We got back to Llandudno Junction, but I was falling asleep at this point, so the way back was quieter. When I got back, I put the photos on the upload, and then fell asleep. 16 hours later, I woke up again, and am completely rejuvenated, but was annoyed to find the upload had put everything up twice, and not in the right set. So I’ve spent the last few hours making things work correctly. Oh well.

The days photos can be seen HERE

Dragon Boat Racing!

June 17th, 2009

It’s been three days, but whatever.

I'm in the bright yellow T-Shirt

I'm in the bright yellow T-Shirt

On Sunday I went to Chester with half of Avox to experience a dragon boat race. The company was split into two teams, the Tigers and the Dragons. I forget which I was on, and ended up doing being on both anyway, by the end though, I was on my original team, and after wounding one of the other team, we won in a race against them, and also beat their fastest time.

Of course, the weather was better than expected, meaning I didn’t put on any sun lotion and got burned. The fact I was wearing sunglasses made it worse. A lot worse. I looked like an inverse Panda the next day.  Parking was a right arse as well, and I ended up parking in front of a friend to avoid endless walking to the site.

Each team had three races each, and the last race was between the two teams. There were a lot of people around and it was most busy. Between the two races, I wandered out onto a jetty and took some shots of the other team loading.

The other team loads up

The other team loads up

Not having my D40 on me, I had to use a *shudder* compact camera, with it’s traditional grainyness and poor zoom and focus. Not to mention the tiny thing didn’t have much power left, with batteries that can’t be charged, and the SD card was gone, meaning I was limited to the poor internal memory. The cable was missing, meaning I had to get a new one, which is why this post is three days late, hence the rambling about this because I can’t remember anything that happened on the day now. Oh well.

There were some shocking team names there, like “Posh and Decks”, or “Sunk and Disorderly”. I was most impressed with some of the teams speeds, and none of the Avox teams were able to get into the final race, a four boat head off. A shame.

All in all it was an excellent day out, with much fun had by all involved, and if you ever hear of such a competition locally, get your scrawny arses over there, because you’ll love it. Next company outings involve the annual company do, and Paintballing! Woo.

In unrelated news, there is now a Photos page up and running. This uses a script that integrates with Flickr, so go and have a ganders.

This weekend I’m going back out to the countryside with my D40. I’ll bring back images. Really.

New Domain

June 10th, 2009

Welcome to chrisjones.uk.net! Check it out.

I spent the other night fixing the TT-Terminal. I changed all files to use tt-terminal.co.uk as a base URL, so nothing should be broke. The news posting software was also a bit broke, but I’ve fixed that too.

Using a script from orudge, the logo in the top left now rotate between several, randomly. I’ll add more.

Also, check out Zernebok Hosting Ltd for all your hosting needs! If I’m going to be a part owner, I’m going to advertise it everywhere, dammit!

How Lord of the Rings should have ended

June 2nd, 2009

In other news, my parents have gone for two weeks, but have taken my camera. No photos! Nooooo!

A test of Webelements and local history.

May 27th, 2009

As an excuse to see if Google Webelements works here, a map of the village in which I live.

It does seem to work, but switching between Visual and HTML modes seems to remove the iframe code! Madness.

Anyway, recently I have been doing some research into RAF Wrexham (I appear to have modified this article from this state a while back).

Click to Enlarge!

Click to Enlarge!

This image to the left is a map of aforementioned RAF station I have been working on over the last few weeks. Getting information on this is scarce, as with most RAF bases in the immediate postwar period that were sold off (This particular one became a quarry), however I feel I have it down accurate enough. However, there appears to have been a lot of activity there due to surrounding bases being too boggy to land at, and the paved runways at Wrexham offered a dry haven.

The below map shows what it looks like today. Compare it to the map I have created and it can be seen there is much difference!

May 22nd, 2009

It’s another bank holiday weekends. The goverment of this nation rolls these things like a pair of loaded dice. Now you won’t catch a limey like me flappin his gums, but sittin around yappin don’t put no steak on the table if you catch my drift.

I was ponderin whether or not a young palooka like me should hop into the jalopy with my camera. Strictly on the level, mind you, I ain’t none for taking no photos of no shawl-less dames, y’know.

A gumshoe like me needs to know when to do it and how it needs to be done, y’see. The emptyness of the streets don’t come a’knocking with work and wages, and a fella needs dough to get the bootleg, don’t he.

I wonder

May 19th, 2009

Due to a lack of money this month to go out driving for photos, I think I shall delve into the archives and see if I can find any of interest. I’ve already started off with three I thought were quite interesting.

Royal Navy Ship
Royal Navy Ship 2
Edmund Gardner, Liverpool

No photos

May 11th, 2009

I don’t think I’ve gone this many sunny weekends without going off on a mad drive with my trusty camera.

Oh well, looks like the recession has me nailed.

Entanet internet

May 9th, 2009

My ISP has been rather poor this year. Four major interruptions in as many months. Last year had none. Previous issues were due to cable theft, but other networks are more resilient when the same thing happens.

At least I get good EDGE coverage up here. It means I can write this!

Bank Holiday Weekend

May 1st, 2009

Hurray, It’s the weekend. The weather is looking good. I wonder what I can do.

I discovered I blogged at least once a week last month. Which is excellent.

If you’re hidden behind a curtain of noobness, check out http://failblog.org if you’re bored. We’ve had good times on Fridays for the past years following this site.