Friday, December 26, 2008

Nine Barrow Down

View towards Poole Harbour and Brownsea Island.

View towards Corfe Castle.

There's an overgrown stone circle in a wood at the foot of the hill by the road, which for some years has been fenced off by the landowner, Rempstone Estates, who've erected signs to warn off trespassers. It's possible that it was built by the same Bronze Age tribes who were responsible for the burial mounds / barrows, on top of the chalk ridge.

The Beast Of Ballard Down

Several possibilities as to how this deer ended up like this.
Locals think that pet dogs could be responsible.
Tourists imagine The Beast Of Ballard Down.

It's more likely that a car was involved at the start, before foxes, carrion crows and other carnivores got stuck in. Who knows, maybe Hugh Fearnley Mutton Chops had a leg for Xmas ?

There are still plenty of live ones left.

UPDATE : Reports in the media, confirmed by the police, of several incidents of poachers leaving jam sandwiches and buns in the road to attract deer, which are then wounded or killed by traffic. Metro news article

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Studland Little Sea

Fresh water lake cut off from the sea by the formation of the sand dunes as recently as 1880. A haven for birds, with several hides around the shore, but relatively poor in nutrients and supporting little aquatic life. (Not much bird life about either today)

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

St Mary's, Swanage

Dusty the donkey (not pictured) made an appearance at St Mary's, Swanage, along with a couple of well behaved sheep, at the Christmas Eve children's carol service. No sign of local resident Jonathan Woss, atoning for his beastliness.

Saturday, December 20, 2008

D Locked

My bicycle D Lock refused to open after I'd been shopping in town. Fortunately I hadn't locked it to anything. Unfortunately, I had to carry it two miles home, stopping along the way to wrestle with the key and get my breath back.

YouTube has lots of videos of people opening locks like these with pen tops and a friend told me they were easy to open with one tap of a hammer. I broke the end off the first key while holding it with pliars, but had two backups. I oiled the lock and barrel and twisted the key for a couple of hours, getting nowhere. I watched more clips on YouTube, exasperated as people put the end of a Bic biro into the lock, twisting for at most a few minutes before opening it. One video showed someone with an angle grinder taking a few minutes to cut through. (Where are all those noisy builders when you need them ?)

I read somewhere that it would take an hour with a hacksaw. I only had a small one with an old blade, but got comfortable on the floor and started sawing, imagining that it would take more than an hour, but having no choice. My day had been scuppered and I couldn't go anywhere without sorting it out.

Happily, it only took 20 minutes.

Friday, December 19, 2008

Video - Coniston Leap (Hit The North)

After lots of pffaffing - uploaded the 2004 video of 'Hit The North' to lastfm and YouTube, featuring the soundtrack Coniston Leap, from the album Asylum Seeker. (And no, nothing to do with The Fall!)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Polish Radio Sessions

I've recently remastered the 1993 Polish Radio Sessions from cassette tape. They were originally recorded on a borrowed mini disc recorder, but a friend lost the disc ! I performed three or four live sessions for Przemek Mroczek's program at Radio Koszalin between 1990-93 and for a time, the radio station had recordings on quality analogue tape. As far as i know, none of them survived.

I've uploaded six tracks to lastfm which I plan to release as an EP download in the near future.