Here are the new DVD releases for the current week. A very busy day, cars clean inside and out, DVD covers done, EBay PMP Shop updated and lots of clips on Malta to go on our Youtube site.
It is fairly deadly trying to plan ahead this time of year, initial indications will be buses at Leicester Tuesday then Wednesday Mandy will come with me to Leeds then a gap Thursday ( trucks might be possible) then on Friday nearer home, Rochdale and Oldham. Things of course can change several times but its good to have some sort of plan. On Monday we'll be at the RNCM and watching a masterclass from one of the worlds greatest cello players followed later by a private recital for the Principles Circle members. We may well also catch up with others in the circle who are friends after attending many events and bumping into each other several times.
I've just managed to match up another one of the Bubb family films scans with the original soundtrack. It would seem that is with both files on the editing timeline and adjusted to start and finish the same point that's it cracked but either method could have slight delays, breaks in film, 'dry' joints, a join gets stuck in te scanner so my clever idea it to run through both and remove any glitches and then get the timing in sync!
We have been tied up with domestic chores for much of the day, changing the bed, getting ready for the cleaners who are actually now coming next Tuesday, doing the weeks shopping, getting a lot of DVD orders ready to post out, lots of answer phone messages, it goes on. First of all though much of the morning went by as we had our 6 monthly dentist check ups, we go as a bubble these days saves then having to do the full clean up between patients.
As I scanned The Bubb Blackpool films I thought that we could stand a trip to the seaside for our slide show this evening.
I had a very leisurely drive down to Shrewsbury this morning, I pulled in at Prees truck stops and took a couple of photos from the car to avoid getting my shoes dirty. We had lunch at the local pub and I dropped off Dave Forrests cine/video collection for long tern deposit and safekeeping within the Online Transport Archive. We had our usual far ranging chat setting the world to rights and on my next visit we are going into town to see what lies of interest for scanning in the archive building.
Mandy had a mishap in Manchester today when shopping at White Stuff off St Peters Square, she went over backwards in the wheelchair trying to get up their ramp, they ended up with a paramedic called by the big issue seller outside, maximum embarrassment for Mandy, for the second time shaken but no serious long term damage.
I'll be back at the scanners and editing over the next few days and lots of bus film visits on the to do list. I've even put them on the PMP DVD list at the bottom. Anyway a couple of lorries at Prees this morning.
Mandy had a nasty fall today but seems to be sore but stoic as ever just carrying on after a bit of a rest.
First thing up early and up to Bolton in pouring rain, then it stops when I arrive and the sun eventually comes out. Strange as it might seem this time of day suits Bolton in even winter sun light as it streams over the low building and hits them 3/4 side on, perfect for photography ( ish), anyway it worked for me, the DVD master is just burning and all four of the Immingham discs are ready. A few clips to put on Youtube for this evening.
I did some enquiries for the Polio Group meetings and excursions this year and got a couple sorted out. I also I've been making more progress through the Bubb family films, I've also tried to tidy up a bit in the editing room but as ever then more stuff arrives, a delivery of two huge rolls of plastic poppy packing. Everything more or less stashed away. Tomorrow I'm down at Shrewsbury with Peter Waller of the Online Transport Archive, looking forward to some more of that superb Shropshire ale with lunch.
Friday is also spoken for as we both have our 6 monthly dental check up and clean but I'm sure we'll manage to get some work done. We had the new outside lights fitted yesterday morning. The Queens Platinum jubilee committee meets tomorrow presuming Plumlies newly refurbished cafe opens, it still looked shut this lunch time when I got back from Bolton. I would normally have been there but it got moved and then clashed with Shrewsbury. I've done my fair share for the village celebrations in the background.
Tonight its St Oswalds PCC meeting. We may have a RNCM masterclass and private recital on Monday, a leading world class Cello player is attending the college and always a joy to see how the top players coach the young musicians. Anyway here are some pictures from Bolton, oh I forgot I managed to file away a few hundred still shots.
The first 45 minutes of film were easy enough but then the sky cleared and I struggled to get the other 15 minutes but got it in the end but called it a day as sky looked very clear even down to Walsall. Tomorrow it is pretty dire, possible drizzle and strong breeze at Bolton but I'll try and get the remainder of the sequence started Monday if I can.
Still thrashing away with the Bubb family cine collection and Thursday I'm down at Shrewsbury to drop off a collection for storage at the OTA. I need to get the editing suite / show room a bit better organised which still requires some more balloon gaming with several plastic storage boxes of stuff I'll probably never get round to looking at but you hate to chuck it all out, decisions!
I've finished doing a spread sheet for our trip to Mexico in March, I'll be posting away dates so people know when they can expect DVD orders, really it the middle of March and mid July that we'll both be away. I'll also try and update the notes on which events we will be attending.
Some shots from Stoke this morning.
Four hours of film at Immingham, perfect weather considering time of year, friendly drivers lots of variety. Its only the early start to get past West Yorkshire queues that's the gruelling thing and its over two hours to get there both ways this time of year you drive straight into the sun. Lots of lovely scenes for you I'm downloading the files ready to edit. Had to get the electric cupboard opened up ready for the sparks tomorrow fitting the new exterior lighting. It makes movement around the editing room difficult and I'm probably too tired to get that much done tonight. If the weather plays ball with the forecast I'll be filming in Stoke etc tomorrow.
Tomorrow , Monday, I'll be over at Immingham filming. Then it is fingers crossed for Tuesday and Wednesday as it could do anything. I'll stick to about a 25 mile radius and look out of the window first thing and make a decision.
I have actually managed to stitch together the first of the bubb family films scanned to digital with a soundtrack which was taken on the old tele cine method many years ago. It has turned out really good but took quite a time but we can say the first was the learning curve and it will get better as we go forward.
I go over to Shrewsbury next Thursday and catch up with Peter Waller of Online transport Archive, I've Dave Forrest's film collection to deposit with them for safe keeping. This month i intend to contact all our old contacts for cine film and see if we can achieve anything similar with them, also waiting on Robin Hannays family to arrange collection of the rest of his collection of films.
Trailers for all these are already on Youtube..
I am still getting the latest cine film collection scanned and downloading the old telecine copies which had the soundtrack to comb8ine on the editing suite. Shame we cannot have the £100k machine that can accept soundtrack, the machines that government sponsored archives can afford. Here it must be costing a fortune to keep Boris in wine each week. I suppose looking on the good side he could be killing himself drinking too much.
Quite a lot on the to do list, I'll be posting our dates for travels in the coming week to assist with urgent orders for upcoming birthdays which as it happens includes myself arriving at the ripe old age of 70 on 16th March. We'll hopefully be in Mexico at that time. Then in July we will be on a wildlife trip in Brazil. There will probably be a brief Romania transport trip and if Cyprus opens up more I may be on a quick flit to see the old British lorries on the potato harvest late spring. There may well be other trips as we make up for lost time. I'll try and update the rally and events we shall attend. Certainly among the earlier ones will be Detling and Brooklands.
I should be in a position to release some more Tickety Boo archives films soon.
A tiring day even though I wasn't that far away. The weather held at light cloud for filming buses in Preston, there are vaccination and testing centres outside the bus station there. Quite a variety in the buses really this has always been a good place for a spotting session. Shame I managed to forget my still camera but a few shots which I haven't tidied up yet taken on the video camera. I then headed down to Bolton where the sky cleared and photography would be a nightmare in low sun but I got half way to another programme so it will save time next week if I get suitable weather to finish there and tick off another Manchester location. At least I have got Birmingham and Preston this week.
It is starting to look like we'll be in Mexico for my 70th birthday in March, we also looked at returning to Cuba again or maybe a proper visit to Costa Rica , we only had a day last time. Really Mexico offers extreme good value at present and has flights from Manchester. Here we go with the Preston scenes.
We mustered a respectable gathering for our Polio Fellowship branch meeting at Ellesmere Port this afternoon after getting my hair cut by Zoe recently returned after long term illness and we had a good natter to catch up. Good to see Fellowship members and again catch up and a few things for me to follow on with for events this year. I'm compiling a short list of potential trips to various locations easily accessible to UK visitors at the moment.They need to have some transport interest for myself plus swimming pool and heat for the girls.
I'm still running off the scans for the Bubb family cine films and this is the prelude to downloading the original analogue tape copies which had the sound track to make one new HD Digital copy with sound. The scenes seem to be coming out really well from views of the monitoring screen. The whole collection of cine isn't too onerous although I'm waiting for the second try at a Super VHS player which I've found on Ebay, the first received wasn't S VHS at all despite clearly stating it was in their listing, they have finally agreed to issue a credit - I should have noted their terrible score on feedback, I cannot believe they are still allowed to trade with 34 negative reviews live. I'm really trying hard to avoid EBay now and of course Amazon is a thing of the past.
Weather for tomorrows filming, going downhill fast as it approaches with sunny periods now in the mix. I'm still uncertain but wouldn't venture too far away with such mixed data coming through now, re assess at bed time! We have plenty of Youtube clips on schedule to appear each day and intend to follow on from the Uruguay clips with other distant locations following on soon. We have plenty to go at!
Preston was one location we had considered for tomorrow who knows what will come of these plans with our fickle weather, shots from past visits there.
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