Flak is born

29. 05. 2010 at 16:16

flak
After what appears to be ages David Burleson and I have created our first CD’s worth of material under the name Flak. We’ve been pulling it together over a one year period in Friday night sessions. And now have it mixed down and ready to roll.

We will be launching the CD on a variety of media soon. Watch this space!

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wtf!

21. 05. 2010 at 08:47

I’ve always been the one in the house that’s had to deal with spiders, bees and other bugs. More recently with the introduction of a cat I’m now also in control of frog, bird, mouse, vole and, would you believe it, worm removal. None of it bothered me, until last night when this thing appeared.

what is this!

I’ve no idea what it is (any clues?) but it was much bigger than a bumble bee and with no reference as to whether it would sting or bite gave me quite a shock as it took off and flew like a Hercules in an¬†uncontrollable fashion. There was a huge sense of relief when I managed to get it out through the window (I’m not a squasher, I like to let them go)

For all those overseas readers you can tell from the shock that us Brits are a bit rubbish when it comes to bugs!

Back in the hills

03. 05. 2010 at 10:37

It’s been a while, but I’m now feeling good about climbing hills and venturing off the beaten tracks. Last week I took the day off and walked from the Strines Reservoir Car Park over to Derwent edge and did a round walk across the edge, downto Cutthroat Bridge and back over to the Strines Inn for a pint of the guest Ale. I think it’s about 6 miles. I wasn’t phased and the legs didn’t give in.

So yesterday I did what I’ve been meaning to do for several years and visited the crash site of the B-29 Superfortress on Higher Shelf Stones, nr Bleaklow. It’s not too difficult to get to, but is very exposed, and, despite it being May, we hit a short hail storm. Thankfully it quickly passed.

The quarter mile area of airplane wreckage isn’t marked – basically you walk the Pennine way from the top of the Snake Pass, heading towards Bleaklow and then take a left to cut over the moorland and head for the trig point on Shelf Stones.¬† The wreckage is about 500 yards or so from the trig point.

It’s an incredible site and quite Eerie. Fragments of riveted aluminium and stainless steel, engines and various other objects are scattered everywhere. Poppies and remembrance crosses have been left over the years, some made from nearby gritstone on the exposed peat.

The site is well worth a visit.

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