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May 13, 2016

Badge Collecting

Filed under: Technology,Uncategorized,Wallpaper — admin @ 8:57 pm

With the promise of good weather and the chance for a day out, earlier today saw a visit to the Beaulieu Motor Museum in Hampshire. Beaulieu might be something of a misnomer, to be honest, because the estuary where the river meets West Solent is anything but “beautiful water”…

Attractions include the national collection, a smallish display of vehicles featured in film and television, a “Top Gear” exhibit and the stately home and gardens. Whilst it was an entirely pleasant day out I can’t help but come away a little bit underwhelmed. Prices were a steep £24 for a single adult ticket and, well, considering this place has been running since the late 1950s, it looks as though it has been stagnating for at least the last 15-20 years or so. There is so much happening in the realms of personal transportation today – electric vehicles, hydrogen cells, alternative fuels such as LPG, yet none of this seemed to be mentioned. Instead we had a variety of vehicles from “Top Gear” and a video of Clarkson & Crew with the man himself muttering “POWER!!!” several times.

To be fair, there are some incredible, exquisite collector’s piece vehicles here, including priceless originals such as the World-Land-Speed-Record breaking Bluebird. The garden, grounds and stately home were all neat and tidy, the staff were cheerfully helpful and faultlessly polite, but, well, the exhibits did look a little tired and dirty and in need of a bit more variety.

And: my personal pet peeve: the exhibits were crammed in so close together that framing shots of single vehicles was literally impossible. When you can’t snap an entire car without getting corners of other models invading your shot, what do you do? My answer, crude as it was, amounted to badge collecting…

April 2, 2013

Weyhill 2013, Take Three

Filed under: UK,Wallpaper,Wildlife — admin @ 8:15 pm

Working through yesterday’s 300-odd images turned out to be a real delight, mainly because (through fluke or acquired skill: you decide) I had managed to be a little more successful in terms of capturing some half-decent shots. You can imagine my surprise when I went through the collection and dug out a few more nice images…


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