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The Bridge.


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A little post about a big Bridge.

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Captain James Cook was born just a short distance from me Here in Middlesbrough. You no doubt will have heard of him, he discovered Australia.

 Well I find it a delicious coincidence
that the Sydney harbour bridge, was built from iron that was SMELTED in the blast furnaces of Middlesbrough.
So, my  Town has a strong connection to Australia and it’s most iconic of Bridges.
Middlesbrough discovered Australia and built it a Bridge.

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INDIGENOUS AUSTRALIANS ARE DESCENDENTS OF AFRICAN MIGRANTS, AND THEIR ANCESTORS MAY HAVE BEEN AMONG THE FIRST MAJOR GROUPS TO LEAVE AFRICA.

 Australia is a wild and beautiful land, a land of strange looking creatures and dark skinned natives. These natives lived in perfect harmony with Nature, . They understood her moods, her secrets her wonderful ways. 

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So the World was turning BEAUTIFULLY,  Nature was doing her stunning thing and all was well in AUSTRALIA.

Then came the white man  !

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Captain Cook taking POSSESSION of Australia.

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It is little wonder that the natives are restless, nobody is happy to be “invaded”

http://www.uproxx.com/tv/2012/02/drunk-aboriginal-women-attack-abc-crew-filming-dumb-drunk-and-racist/

But this post is about the “Bridge”  the beautiful Bridge that was built by the men of Middlesbrough.

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FOR MORE INFO AND PICS OF BRIDGE.

Click link.

http://www.sydneyharbourbridge.info/

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16 MEN DIED DURING IT’S CONSTRUCTION AND ACCIDENTS HAPPENED DAILY.

SO THE NEXT TIME YOU CROSS THE BRIDGE,  “REMEMBER THE MAGNIFICENT MEN FROM MIDDLESBROUGH, WHO DESIGNED AND CONSTRUCTED, THIS BEAUTIFUL EXAMPLE OF  FINE   ENGINEERING.

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These are the OLD furnaces that produced the iron for the bridge.

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This is where we make steel now in Middlesbrough. It was closed down for 2 years but now is producing the best steel in the world once again.

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THEY SAY THAT “LOVE CAN BUILD A BRIDGE”  BUT THIS ONE WAS BUILT WITH BLOOD, SWEAT AND TEARS.

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WHEN WE THINK OF AUSTRALIA, WE THINK OF DESERT’S, CHOKING DUST AND BAKING HOT SUNSHINE. WELL TAKE A LOOK AT THIS. I WOULD NOT LIKE TO MACHETE MY WAY THROUGH THIS TO BUY A  X X X X.

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Here you find two good reasons “not” to go swimming when in Australia.

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  • I have never visited Australia, despite many invitations from my cousin.  But I think the time is fast approaching when i do finally accept her offer.

  •  TO ANY PERSON INTENDING TO VISIT AUSTRALIA, I HOPE YOU HAVE A MOST WONDERFUL TIME IN THAT BEAUTIFUL  LAND.

Sweden.


 

A  visit  to  Sweden. 

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                               Recently I visited My Daughter "Lisa"  her husband "Balla"  and my 2 Grandchildren, Aliue and Adama,

near Stockholm.

This is a succinct account of what happened and what didn’t happen, during my 2 week stay in Sweden.

We had talked of visiting a wildlife safari park, and a visit to the mountains.

But because of an emergency operation on Adamas over sized tonsils, these plans were scuppered.

Adama was in much pain and had to be given strong pain killing medicine 3/4 times every 24 hours.

I can still hear her screams of pain that would  ring throughout the house day and night.

But I am pleased to say that  after 5/6 days, the pain eased and Adama became her normal self.

She would take the laces from my shoes and hide them.

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This is Adama beginning to feel a little better.

 

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This is Aliue, smiling for his G/dad.

 

I dislike Zoo’s, however, for the sake of the children we visited "Scansen".

The inferior version of London Zoo. I felt obligated to take the odd snap or two.

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Many hours were spent walking through the woods that surround my Daughters house,

and I was left amazed at the diversity of the woodland creachers that visited this enchanting

wild wood.

I was deeply touched, I became connected and I became a hunter.

Looking, watching, listening, walking slowly, hoping and waiting for a beautiful

moment to reveal itself. And on a few occations a beautiful moment did materialise

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I saw this  Great green woodpecker only twice and feel very lucky to have captured this shot of him.

 

I had seen and taken pictures of a "Red Squirrel" earlier in the week, but on the penultimate day

of my visit. I came across two young ones playing and darting through the branches of a great old tree.

Amazingly fast that one sometimes sees only red flashes, as they scamper around and dive from tree

to tree.

 

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Just standing amidst this unearthly silence with not a leaf that trembled.

Showered me with a sensation that, at that precious moment I was at one with Nature.

An exciting and uplifting high.

Quite suddenly, a movement in the trees up ahead, or the call of a bird,

would brake the spell.

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Not one rain drop fell during the first 12 days of my visit, nor may I add did the sunshine.

The entire Scandinavian continent had become blanketed  by a cover of dense cloud.

Then with just 2 days left, the sun finally made an appearance.

It became quite warm and pleasent.

Too little too late 😦

Stockholm is a beautiful city, but as my Daughter explains in this interview

with a Swedish magazine.

She prefers the peace and tranquility of the woods, rather than the hustle and bustle

of the city. I must say that I concur with my Daughter on this.

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The interview revolved around "foster care" for  problem children.

 

If anyone has plans of visiting Sweden, then I suggest that, you do not use sheltered

parking lots.  £18 for a one hour stay. 

Avoid "Scansen" like the plague, there are many other beautiful sights to see rather than this

pathetic excuse for a zoo,

and take a suitcase full of money. You shall most certainly need it.

 

Finally   my favourite dish of my stay in this beautiful land.

Roast Lamb in a (freshly picked from the woods) wild mushroom sauce.  "WOW"…

 

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Goodbye  Stockholm, until the next time.

 

PS.

Just before I left Sweden my Daughter asked ,

"what was the first thing I was going to do upon my arrival back home"

I think this picture answers her question  perfectly. 

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I hope you have enjoyed  reading about my visit

 to the land of the Vikings.

There are more pictures in two new albums, check them out while you are here.

LOVE AND PEACE

Kenny.

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Bank Holiday weekend.


 
 
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 Firstly, I would like to thank the people that have commented
 and I am pleased, no, delighted to inform you that I am now at last pain free.
I have been out and about over the Bank holiday,
 and had a very pleasant time of it.
Thank you all once more for your input.
 
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 SATURDAY.
 
I learned that 2 pairs of "Avoctes" had successfully reared 8 chicks between them,
 at the ""Teesmouth national nature reserve"" It was a little special as the Avocetes had not nested there previously
( I had walked these marshes, fields and flats many times, before it became a reserve )
and it seemed to me, to be a good place to visit. As much water had passed through this reserve since last I was there.
It is different now !
The fields, marshes and lakes were I once walked among clouds of Dunlin, Redshanks and many other wading birds, now, was fenced off, and no humans were aloud to enter 😦 
 
Dotted along the roadside stood  a handful of bird watchers, one of them informed me that he had spotted
a Black turn. He then kindly suggested that I look through his very expensive telescope.
"WOW"  I could see the twinkles in it’s eye’s as it sat amid some Lapwings, on a little island some 250 yards away.
It was in the center of a large lake, that I had often swam in as a child.
 
Further along the road I came across the seals that this area is well noted for.
Although some distance from the road it was still a pleasure to see them once more,
basking  along the bank of the river.
 
 

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And to think this is less than 2 miles from the center of town.

To drive here from town we took the Transporter bridge  across the river Tees, a most beautiful bridge me thinks.

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SUNDAY.

I rested, did not wish to over do it.

MONDAY.

Visited  Knaresborough a wonderful historic town with the river Nid running through it.

The main attraction being "Old mother Shiptons cave", reputed to be the oldest tourist attraction in England.

Combined with this was a pleasant  mile and a half promenade along the river bank, which was skirted by some very expensive residenceses

Who would not just die to live here.

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I was almost tempted to hire a rowing boat, but thought better of it.

The last thing I want is another trapped nerve.

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And finally Old Mother Shipton herself.

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""Knaresborough""

A little Jewel of a place. But bring your own sunshine.

Check out new album for more pics.

Take care you all and remember, if things don’t change

they shall stay as they is.

""OH""    Those Russians !

Kenny.

 

 

Time to change.


IF ANY BODY IS GUILTY OF JUST ONE OF THE BELOW,
THEN IT IS TIME FOR CHANGE.
 
  • I spend too recklessly
  • Laugh to little
  • Drive to fast
  • "Get angry too quickly"
  • Stay up late
  • Read too little
  • Watch tv too much
  • "And give thought to others feelings too seldom" 

I know it is time to make changes in my life.

 

There is a gateway to a path that if I decide to walk down

I could rapidly come to like.

But I don't know just where it leads, "yet"

 

I feel the life I have been leading

is about to become very different.

 

For something to begin something must finish

so, I am starting at the end !

The end.

 

 

 

 

Derwent water.


Had a wonderful brake in the Lakes , the weather was kind if a little chilly. Managed a spot of fishing but the fishies were not biting 😦  the scenery was  breathtaking and  most beautiful.

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THIS IS A PLACE I COULD SEE MYSELF RETIERING TO…IF I WAS A RICH MAN.  LOL.

AUSTRALIA OR SINK.


This is Terry and I at  "Paddies Hole" getting ready to sail around the world, we shall sail in Captain Cooks wake to Australia. We intend to set sail from Whitby harbour in the very near future, we shall sail down the coast of France and Spain to the Canaries and hang out there for a few days, I know a little place that dose a marvelous mermaid salad. Then it is of into the sunset down the west coast of Africa to The Gambia, there are people there that I would like to meet. We then shall round The Cape ( may stop of at Kate’s place for a quick coffee) and its of across the Indian Ocean and sooner or later Australia shall appear on the horizon, (we hope). I have relatives there that I would like to see again. Terry and I are not sure about the return journey, in fact we may just hang out and become beach-bums, drinking glasses of wine around fires and watching sunrises, so, it is possible that you may never see Terry or I again, (hopefully I hear some say) lol.

We are indeed looking for a third mate To work in the galley, to swab the deck, and if necessary to walk the plank. ( I wonder, Mmmm…perhaps the £aird would like to join the crew.)

Terry my mate.

ANYBODY KNOW THE WAY TO SOUTH AFRICA ?

PLEASE REMEMBER THIS IS A DREAM, NOTHING MORE.

THE NORTHERN LIGHTS.


A WONDERFUL SIGHT TO BEHOLD, A SIGHT I HAVE YET TO SEE. BUT ONE CAN ALWAYS HOPE.

 GO HERE TO LEARN MORE.  http://images.google.co.uk/imgres?imgurl=http://www.iit.edu/~johnsonp/smart00/lights2.jpg&imgrefurl=http://www.iit.edu/~johnsonp/smart00/lesson1.htm&h=367&w=318&sz=43&hl=en&start=13&tbnid=JLsEEZOJ8odCpM:&tbnh=122&tbnw=106&prev=/images%3Fq%3Dnorthern%2Blights%26svnum%3D10%26hl%3Den%26lr%3D%26rls%3DSUNA,SUNA:2007-02,SUNA:en%26sa%3DN

"Flaming lights on the sky
a night of northern lights
A wedding is going on up there
among the crowd of stars
The Moon is rising
a god among sparkling goddesses."

Mayday 06.


Visited ‘Ravenscar’ and ‘Robin Hoods Bay’ for the day, weather was ok and was nice to see the old place again with its spectacular views across the bay.
 Walking back to the car from the beach at Robin Hoods Bay is not recommended for  unfit  people like myself, lol, so be prepared for a stiff climb up a very steep hill,
"cough" "gasp" "splutter" "splutter", however, there are plenty of benches carefully positioned along the way for one to rest .  A really nice day out.

Sweden


Had a wonderful time in Sweden visiting my daughter and my new grandaughter, well done Lisa, I am so proud of you .
The weather was fantastic and the food was very special, a mixture of typical Swedish fare and African spicy lamb.
Took some great pic’s of the Stockholm archipelago and the zoo.
cant wait to get back there.
Saw a fantastic rainbow while traveling on the x2000 tilting train.
 
Check out the photo album.