I've just got the cover to make for the new London Down Your Way archive, it was a bit of a beast to get sorted, I had to discard a lot of the material even HD can't work miracles. Anyway I'll get the cover done tomorrow. I'm still bus scanning cine films and for once managed to get a few more digital uploads on to the PMP shop. I'm going to work on the Portugal DVD archive next and then the next bus spot. Horrendous weather, gales and torrential rain, more of the same again tomorrow. I started work again on the diorama with more roads in situ and trying to get my head around the bus station which is a bit of a challenge but the trouble with working from a real one is that you feel you should make an effort to respect the layout even if you have to compromise the space and size. Anyway bottom line it's all coming together. Looking to the next phase a modern setting, I got a new kit, well 2 actually for distribution centre and a modern bus station which should be handy for the present day, Johns Model Railways, good price and simple construction but superb photo work. I'll bring you some photos tomorrow plus the cover of the new London film.
The London inspired bus garage on my diorama has moved forward a lot from yesterday, I've removed branding though so it can cover for any scene I want to set around it. The pavements and road in front has also been put in place since taking these shots this afternoon. I was also copying some more films, the London Transport film from our friend John Bishop actually features a lot of clips from my own collection from the likes of Terry Barker. These weren't the best of quality and really not viewable until scanned into HD. This has allowed a lot of tweaking on the editing deck and I've accumulated nearly an hour with more to go mostly early 60's as much of the RT roof box stock was there and also the RTWs are on another film covering their last days in service. It's been a hard slog sometimes working to half a second in the editing. It contains some important material which not overall as good as the rest of the Spot On London it does cover a lot earlier era. Plenty on London Trolleybuses which I know have a big following. I hope to have this finished in the next few days.
I'm keeping on eye open for the weather as I don't think tomorrow is going to be great for filming with high winds, all very frustrating especially if it was wrong and I could have done a trip. Lots to do if I don't go out and at least the London DVD will progress a lot. We had a bit of a catch up session with letter writing to MP and local councils regarding their various anti disabled antics. Anyway having a rest now, the least DVD orders since early March today so there is a bit of a rest from that but I expect the magazine adverts will be out very soon.
In the mean time here are some more shots from Ternhill for which I need to edit the three DVDs.
I was in Shropshire filming today at Ternhill, my latest favourite spot, first time I've tackled it in anything but fair weather and it was great, as busy as usual and although a bit too much brightness at times it did eventually settle down to just cloudy and a steady level of illumination. The difference is how hard it is to make constant adjustments. A couple of classics spotted. Tomorrow we will be over in North Lincolnshire, light cloud forecast.
When I got home mid afternoon after a brew I tackled the roof to the model bus depot. This turned our to be a challenge to far and it was really going wrong so I decided that getting the structure solid and level should be No1 priority and then I can apply the sheets of printed detail afterwards, saves hacking away at lots more card and also means that I could reuse and complete the one which I got upside down, believe me it sound daft but it could have looked ok either way, I unearthed the illustration and realised I'd made a mistake. I had a big clear up and am leaving the structure to set solid before I tackle it again. My acrylic paints have arrived, this means I can tackle the concrete bus stops when the depot is complete.
Obviously this evenings slide show is from Tern Hill!
It took a bit of doing, all afternoon editing but I got there in the end, it will be on the PMP shop tomorrow. As promised there will be a volume on London and also a Portugal archive feature as well as bus Spot Ultra (s) - yes there may be two. While the weather is more suitable for filming tomorrow and Tuesday I will get out and about with the camera, Tern Hill tomorrow then over North Lincs tomorrow, obviously subject to weather etc. Then I can get back too editing the other archive features later in the week.
I also tackled the roof for the model bus depot, it was a bit hard doing that while editing and scanning more cine plus getting phone calls and DVD orders coming through. All the orders are ready to post in the morning. I'm a bit shattered now and there is some wine left a lovely Beaune, mmmm delicious. Well hope that you haven't all been blow away with these wretched winds - more from me tomorrow,.
This is my bus garage for the diorama, designed to fit in with the availble space and allow a good number of bus to be seen. Kingsway kit then copied and garage name removed and create extra parts to widen rather than add depth, that is covered using their garage wall sheet and the interior download which give an impression of depth. Hard to get it in a photo. It is all quite sturdy and it was done while it digitised film file was being saved. There does seem to be quite a heap of card though. Next comes the roof and then detailing the interior with doors, clocking in clock , clock , notices etc. I though some pickets outside would convey the olden golden days very well, just prototype say in London or Dublin!
I treat all the cine carefully but especially so for my pal John Bishop, I can't fathom these sticky tape things, got some from China but the illustrations and writing might as well be in Chinese, oh it is. I think it was meant to be English. Anyway the old ways are often the best and you only give up one frome by splicing the old way with the special cement. It works particularly well with Kodak and thats the best and he used it right through to that day when the cine camera was laid up to rest.
I managed to get a lot of clips on to Youtube overnight. It must seem thin picking this week for DVDs but all the work has been preparation, tomorrow I'll start to file them in the main archive and then I can easily sort them to a particular location. I am still on track to do South Yorkshire, London, Sussex and Portugal. Identifying some of the collections which have a lot of rail content is hard for me, one 400' reel had about 8 locations from several preserved railways to a few seconds on the IOW tube stock. It looked rough over 40 years ago! I've been working since 8am so I think a rest is now in order. We have got all the DVDs ready for posting received up to this morning, the rest will be done Sunday evening. It is relatively quiet compared to last week.
I managed as promised to get a lot of clips associated with the Christmas Special DVD released yesterday loaded on to Youtube, there will be a few more in this batch to come possibly tomorrow. Several feature Hong Kong hence tonights picture remembering CMB. I've been gathering together a whole wealth of freshly HD scanned cine film derived archives and can tell you that in addition to Down Your Way South Yorkshire there will be a similar one on London and another covering Sussex. A Tickety Boo production stand alone volume will look at all the Portuguese trolleybus systems and include trams and buses. There will be more but I must concentrate on getting these ready as we feel sure they will be on many Christmas want lists. I also managed to complete the annual newsletter which goes out with our Christmas cards. This year we stay with Rothbury and the PMP release is nice and cheerful with a bus and a lorry. I'll put the news letter on the front page and on the whats happening page which probably needs updating. I need to get the current batch of scanned films filed and in the data base, some you won't have seen for decades back in the early transfer of cine to video.
I have also been busy fitting in a little modelling for the diorama and now realise that all the kits I have purchased will easily full more than the allotted space for the scene I'm working on, sound familiar? In between all this we have ongoing battles with the council and our complaints against discrimination of people with disabilities, not helped by having the most vocal anti person as MP , she was also one of those who voted against a second lock down to try and control the pandemic. Esther McVey is an objectionable gobbie bitch somewhere to the right of Attila the Hun. Anyway we are also having to do our blood pressure readings after our annual review at Holmes Chapel Health centre, mine isn't that bad but Mandy's has gone through the roof. The constant drip drip of appeals for cash keeps coming in all directions despite several being in receipt of substantial standing order donations . We are still busy with the DVDs but the downside is Youtube where viewing is down to 33% of peak in the summer and thus the revenue from advertising is much weaker, it all balances out and it is hard to get your cake and eat it ( especially so at present as we are trying to get my glucose reading in my blood down).
Anyway in case it is of interest I'll insert our Christmas letter, if you are a regular you will have seen and heard it all before.
Things are still a bit hectic with the DVD orders still flooding in and I'm now operating with two cine film scanners, I decided to give the new one a whirl and see if it operated ok which it is doing so far considering the last one via China lasted 10 minutes and the other created a juddering image. I'm copying film from 3 collections at the moment in addition to a couple of my own which have eventually caught me up. I've created a special Christmas DVD remembering those heady days of the 1990's when we were heading off to exotic climes each Christmas, it just became the norm really as we had to take a time week holiday at Christmas but only took 7 days leave so I'd add on another week which made Australia and New Zealand much more possible although they were both inexpensive in those days.
I couldn't start to tell you what I've scanned onto HD digital in the last few days there should be the makings of many more archive features. There will be a Down Your Way on South Yorkshire for certain and a Portuguese archive covering trams, trolleys, buses and trains. I also promise another Bus Spot Ultra from South Yorkshire before Christmas. I'm now looking at the weather for tomorrow, looking a bit mixed but I'll get out with the camera if I can.
Mandy finally got a reply from the council on the application process for renewing her blue disabled parking badge. Typical white wash on most of it, really it is hardly worth complaining as they are as bent as they come. Cheshire West and Chester and Cheshire East officials are both the scum of the public world, I can just imagine them in Germany in WWII jumping with glee each night when the new came on and gave the numbers of people gassed in the previous 24 hours. You eben have to show your passport to get into dump your rubbish now. I dreamt something like that, a bad Monty Python sort of routine mixed up with the last three evenings with archive film on BBC 4 of Berlin in 1945 and another programme on amateur cine in the war. Certainly all levels of government in Britain have been able to indulge in discrimination wholesale on the back of emergency Corona legislation.
I was over in Wakefield today and on my old favourite for a time stomping ground at the distribution centres but without the truck stop it would be a lot duller. It was convenient there to get a drink and a sausage barm . My shoulder was aching after a few hours but since I got home it is fine. I think regular readers will know that we support many familes with children and adults with intellectual handicaps and that caring for them can be challenging beyond belied. One of our young viewers had been waiting for a heart operation and it was cancelled several times. The good news though is that he has now had the op but....
names changed etc but the content is as happened,
Hello Dave and Mandy,
'Hope you’re both keeping well.
I’m pleased to tell you that John has at long last had his heart valve replacement operation, last Friday in East Midlands, and that he’s making a good recovery. Because of his special needs, the consultant had agreed he should be kept sedated for a couple of days afterwards while he was still hooked up to drips and drains etc, so he wouldn’t be tempted to try and remove them.
The downside is that I spent 48 hours in the Royal Infirmary with mild concussion and a dislocated shoulder. I’d driven John down to the hospital on Thursday, wheeled him into the ward and gone back to the car park to fetch our bags as I was going to stay with him that night, partly to make sure there was no last-minute refusal by him to go down to theatre the following morning. After taking the bags out of the car, there is then a three-hour gap in my memory until I came round in A&E having apparently been hit by a reversing BMW in the car park ( which never stopped) and hit my head. I’m lucky that no skin or bone was broken and that my glasses and watch survived intact. I’m told two ambulances and three police cars attended, and staff at both hospitals and the police have been brilliant. They were able to work out that John was already in the hospital and which ward; Fiona was contacted and dropped everything to drive down to East Midlands and support him; a junior nurse stayed with him until she arrived, and the police visited me later that evening and supplied details of the BMW, driver, his insurance and the crime number.
Fiona brought me home on Saturday afternoon, so now she’s having to do the 100-mile round trip each day to be with John, which is tiring enough, without having to assist me getting my socks on and off each morning and night! Thankfully my head’s quite clear and I can look after myself while she’s out. Her nurse training has also been put to good use, as the sling she’s put me in is much more professional than the one the hospital provided.
John's been very brave, and when he phoned me just now, he sounds much brighter. The ward staff have presented him with a teddy bear who’s had the same operation and has a dressing on its chest just like his. He’s well chuffed!
An eventful few days and it just goes to show, you never know what’s round the corner. But thank goodness John's through this hurdle and doing well.
All the best'
I hope the driver gets whats coming to him big time and no smack on the had and don't be naughty again. I guess hospitals have lots of cctv and it must have been a text book pull for the police.
Anyway we are safe and well although one of my best friends and traveling companions is facing treatment later this month, I suppose normal life goes on but at least with Corona the news isn't all bleak.
Here are some shots from Wakefield this morning.
We got the bulk of the DVD orders packed up on Sunday so there was just a few stragglers which came in overnight to sort. I've been scanning more cine film today and downloading the material for our Christmas special. In the end I decided there was so much material that I would limit it to trips in the 1990's which gives quite a good spread mostly Australasia, Asia and the Sub Continent. Some really cracking bus and lorry material which should benefit to a bit of tweaking and adjusting to a wide screen HD environment, there will be plenty of trailers to go on to Youtube but tomorrow I'll be filming lorries at Wakefield, another destination for lorries will be Newark to get the sugar beet traffic and there are plenty more. For buses I might get over to Scunthorpe and Grimsby and then as we get to December I'll trundle down and pick off the remaining hot spots like Swindon and Bath and perhaps even High Wycombe which has escaped me after several aborted missions.
With a bit of handicraft and plenty of card I've managed to make something approaching what will be a bit care worn offices and a under cover waiting area for the express services at the bus station, the other side is a supermarket, it marks the transition on the diorama from the 50-60s to the 60-80s and some careful grouping of vehicles will hopefully make each little scene reasonably set in a correct period. I'll keep the pictures coming now there is more to see under construction. I'll make a start on painting the concrete bus shelters, they will go on concrete slabs, I've already got lamps which look like the Wrexham ones although it has no pretensions to be in North Wales it is always well to keep a prototype in mind. My weathering powder set arrived today, I can't see much time to play with it yet but I feel some grubby vehicles on the way and sooty buildings arising.
As I have almost caught up with immediate issues time to look at some more specials, archives etc coming soon for the PMP range. There will be a Down Your Way and A Bus Spot, possibly Doncaster or Rotherham. Perhaps the Down Your Way could be South Yorkshire, another possibility is Sussex. The Christmas special will be a story of the many diverse destinations we have visited over Christmas / New Year holiday periods - I've counted around 20 trips in the video era and my intention would be not to repeat a country, we had several trips to Australia and New Zealand for instance so we'll just pick one in fact this could help spread the dates covered through from 1990/91 to our last such trips Cuba and Columbia 2014/2016 respectively. This promised to provide plenty of Youtube uploads when I have material on the time line and may be a time to get some digitised. So plenty there to keep me quiet. The cine scanner is busy working away in the background I got 10 reels edited and identifies ready to go into our film archive section for OTA.
Mandy was busy after packing the DVD orders received up to last night she turned her attention to our Christmas cake. Meanwhile I was busy getting through the concrete bus stops which I eventually finishes. How it all fits onto my scene on the diorama I don't know, it has sort of grown and grown and I've heaps of building kits to construct, perhaps not enough space for everything. I've tried to pick subjects which have scope for incorporating plenty of model vehicles, after all it is supposed to be part of the overall showcase of my collection. I went through the Oxford diecast list I got from Peter Turland at the Wythall running day but thankfully we are up to speed on the wanted list he has for me, perhaps I need to prune out a few more as space is already starting to look tight. I am continuing my indoor work tomorrow then plan a truck filming trip Thursday. I might do a lock down bus film later in the week. Anyway to get myself 'tune in' on the Christmas special DVD lets look at at least one location, yes i can't get enough of Cuba!
PMP Sponsors of bus rallies for 25 years.