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Taker of photographs, administrator of an application, drinker of tea, coffee, and gin.
Taker of photographs, administrator of an application, drinker of tea, coffee, and gin.

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Bath

Yesterday I travelled a little further afield and drove to Bath in Somerset for the day. I’ve been to Bath a couple of times - once with school when I was 10 years old, and once a year or so ago to watch Bath play rugby.

My first port of call were the famous Roman Baths - I’d never been here before, so it was always going to be the first thing on my list. It was a really fascinating place and the audio guide was excellent. The only problem was the amount of school children visiting in large groups who tended to bunch up and slow everything down, especially in the museum sections.

After coffee and a sandwich at a nearby independent coffee shop, the next stop was Bath Abbey. Very impressive from the outside, though I was a little disappointed with the inside. I think I was expecting bigger, but there was also “stuff” left lying around which made the place look messy.

A short walk from the Abbey are the Parade Gardens, the River Avon, and Pulteney Bridge. The gardens are private and you have to pay to enter (£1.50 I think). You may recognise the weir by Pulteney Bridge if you watched the recent-ish film adaptation of Les Miserables - it’s where Javert, played by Russell Crowe, commits suicide.

Finally I walked up to The Circus and the Royal Crescent where you will find some of the finest examples of Georgian architecture.
Bath
Bath
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HMS M33

A little album for a little ship. M33 is one of the latest editions to the collection at the dockyard, and is one of three surviving Royal Naval ships from the First World War, and is the only surviving ship from the Gallipoli Campaign. M33 is effectively a floating gun platform - it has a shallow draft that allows it get close to the shore and provide support to invading troops. It was slow, not very manoeuvrable, let in water during rough seas, was cold in winter and hot in summer, but managed to survive Gallipoli and later the relief of the North Russian Expeditionary Force from Murmansk in 1919.

She later became a mine-laying training ship, fuelling hulk, and floating office, before being sold to Hampshire County Council and then becoming part of the National Historic Fleet.
HMS M33
HMS M33
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HMS Victory

I think I was probably last on HMS Victory over 30 years ago, and either the beams have got lower or I’ve grown taller! The route you take has definitely changed and although you enter amidships, you make your way straight to the top deck and then work your way down to the hold. You also get a handy little audio guide which you point at infrared beacons dotted about the place; this gives you various facts about where you are or there would be a kind of re-enactment with actors voicing members of the crew, most of which was around the subject of the Battle of Trafalgar.

HMS Victory is the world’s oldest commissioned naval ship and is the flagship of the First Sea Lord.

HMS Victory
HMS Victory
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HMS Warrior

On Tuesday I visited Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, where their 11 attraction ticket affords me year-long access to 11 attractions both on and off-site, many of which I have never visited and some I haven’t visited since I was school-age.

The first of these was HMS Warrior was the Royal Navy’s first iron-clad warship. It was the first and last of its type, becoming obsolete within ten years of launch. It is a great inside to the Victorian Navy.

There is quite a bit of renovation work going on at the moment, so I’ll be making use of that ticket to come back later in the year.
HMS Warrior
HMS Warrior
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Fort Nelson

Hi! Yes I’m still alive! I’ve not been on G+ a lot these past few months, because quite frankly I couldn’t be bothered! Ah well...


Anywho, I’ve had a week off and I’ve spent a few days visiting places local-ish to me. On Monday I paid a visit to the Royal Armouries at Fort Nelson, which is one of a line of forts surrounding Portsmouth Harbour. This location is where the Royal Armouries keeps their big guns, like a section of the Iraqi super gun, and a railway gun. I didn’t take any photos of those, but I did take some photos of the installation of thousands of ceramic poppies called Poppies: Wave, which is part of a two-piece installation (the other part being called Poppies: Window) which is currently touring the UK as part of the centenary commemoration of the end of the First World War.
Fort Nelson
Fort Nelson
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Lumiere London 2018

Lumiere is a free light festival that first came to London in 2015. Installations could be found all over London including on the South Bank, Mayfair, and Westminster. I met up with my friends +James O'Gorman and Nick and we walked on a cold Saturday night from South Bank, to Westminster, then Trafalgar, Leicester Square, Piccadilly, Regents Street, and finally Oxford Circus.

I took my Sony A6000 with the Sony Zeiss 16-70mm set at f4 and ISO 400 as I know it gets very noisy above that. Everything was hand-held, which can be seen from the large number of photos culled during editing. I probably could have taken a lightweight tripod, but there were way too many people in some of the locations and it would have just got in the way.
Lumiere London 2018
Lumiere London 2018
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I don't normally get GAS (Gear Acquisition Syndrome), but this could be a great walk-around lens.

Double Google Assistant Notification

I’ve got a recurring reminder set up on Google Assistant that goes off every Tuesday and Thursday at 4pm. For the first couple of weeks it was all okay, but recently I’ve been getting two notifications each time on both my iPhone and iPad. There is definitely only one entry in Google Assistant and Google Calendar, and there is only one notification in Inbox. Any thoughts?

Still alive.

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