Disaster at the Angel of the North.



B.B’s attempt to ride the wings of the angel of the north ended in disaster today. It was his first try which he had nearly completed when there was a spine chilling loud creaking cracking noise as the wing he was riding on started to twist, followed by a snapping as the wing came away from the body of the angel.

Luckily the two spectators standing the closest to the the wing were pulled out of the way at the last minute by two of B.B’s support crew, as the edge of the wing hit the ground.

Emergency services were quick to arrive at the scene. Paramedics treated B.B at the scene before he was helicoptered to hospital. Suzanne and George Hackington were treated for shock, the two crew Sideways Jim and Melted Bert were also treated for minor injuries sustained in saving the Hackingtons from the falling wing.

The police and fire service are investigating how it was possible for the wing to come down. A spokes person for the council confirmed that an engineer had inspected the angel only two days before the stunt was to take place, giving the all clear for the attempt.

When asked a police spokes person said that they were keeping an open mind and would not be drawn on whether or not it had been sabotaged.

Dr Holingwood from the local hospital gave us a statement saying that Mr B.B Boots had had a miraculous escape stating that none of his injuries had been life threatening. He sustained a broken arm, fractured leg and a number of cuts with some heavy bruising. He is as comfortable as could be expected under the circumstances. It will be some time before he will be riding his bike again.

Mitch Dango event organiser said that they would cooperate with the investigation in any way they could and would like to thank and praise everyone involved for their quick responses. It could have ended very differently with several fatalities. He also said that he still cannot believe what had happened.



Flattened and Broken could it be saved.

Look away to painful to watch

Look away to painful to watch.

A very rare Kawasaki Z 400 battery cover turned up the other day. The cover managed to unclip itself from the bike while the owner was out for a spin. Before the owner could retrieve it from mortal danger he had the unhappy experience on seeing it crushed under the wheels of a car. So close and yet……


On unpacking the close to death part it was examined very carefully. Can it be saved? We rushed it into the workshop to start ‘life support’. There were a number of things that needed to be checked. Plastic of this age can suffer from age related symptoms – water retention and fishers in the surface when

Extensive damage shown from the inside

Extensive damage shown from the inside.

heated. Also the material type had to be checked so it could be matched with one of our donor patches. Without this knowledge ‘life support’ would no longer be needed. Fortunately we had a good match, meaning the prognosis was good. In fact when we tested the material it was in excellent health if it was not for the crush ‘injuries’ and missing bits. So we could bring the panel back to full health but it would take time.

Damage from the outside

Damage from the outside. We were told not to rebuild the dummy air vent.

Before dealing with the breakages we slowly reformed it’s shape by heating the damaged areas that had not broken off. Slowly but surely heat and pressure was applied, bringing it back to its former shape. Then painstakingly we stitched together all the cracks. It is surprising how much stitching

Flattend area reformed

Flattend area reformed. Showing missing lug.

was done – near on six metres! With a part this badly damaged it’s repair has to be staged so that it did not get over heated. Because of this it spent a lot of time in ‘recovery’.

Now that the panel was strong enough it was time to replace the areas that were missing.

Shaped and scraped

Shaped and scraped

For this we used brand new plastic. All the parts were cut to a rough size and then tacked into place. Again taking care not to use to much heat. As we worked, it steadily regained its ‘health’.

New lug made from plastic.

New lug made from plastic. Also shows internal stitching together.

Now that the ‘surgery’ was complete the panel was placed in the recovery area to give the repairs time to settle in. Then the brutal task of flattening and shaping the welding and new material would begin. Once done it would be ready for a new paint graft.

Reformed and welded corner.

Reformed and welded corner.

Rebuilt corner with new plastic. Shaped and scraped

Rebuilt corner with new plastic. Shaped and scraped. The darker areas show where the new material has been added.

A day of seduction?

f5inwaterThis is the saucy minx of an F5 that I use to take most of my photographs with, coupled with the sexy little prime of a 28 mm lens. Add a roll of Agfa APX to caress the back of the focal plane shutter and I’m in for a sensual day of picture making.

With camera in hand I stroll out gateinshadeinto a bright day with a gentle heat, fanned by a breeze that shifts the leaves on the trees. Now looking at the image in the view finder that is alive with dancing shadows I wait with finger poised touching the trigger in growing anticipation, waiting, waiting for the right breath of wind to push the shadows into place to complete the composition the eye so lusts for.

Click! anticipation spent, I turn away moving to the next flirtatious view to hookonwallseduce my eye and so the day is flirted away click by click. Before I know where I am an entrancing morning has been teased away.

Not quite what I had in mind when I started writing this cheeky post but it does sex up the thought process behind the taking of each image made. A bit of fun at my expense. Believe it or not there was such a day and the pictures that illustrate this post are the results. A full days exposure and legal too!


Gordon Blue.

Trevor has a very particular way of writing and for the uninitiated can be difficult to get a handle on.   Please stick with it, it will get easier with time. The picture that appears with the text is related.

Thanks again Trev.


Gordon Blue Prints?

From Past Life No Longer Seen Are Captured Moments As A Scene Showing A Loco And Tender Maid Of Mettle Kept For Service In Fine Fettle In loco Parentis She Endured M.A.D Cold War Until In S.A.N.E Common Sense She Saw Her N.U.T. House Pupils Cite Their Mind’s-Eye And Get Supervision From God On High? Cold Shivers She-Receives As In Awe And Splendour She-Believes Her S.A.N.E,Ventriloquist Of Garrison Bordon Trains M.A.D. Mankind As Blue Prince Gordon.”

By Unsung Busking Poetess Lady Bird Avery’s Ghost Writer. Longmoor Military Railway Engine

No 600 Gordon, In Bordon Garrison, Liss, Hampshire; Photographed By Ladybird’s Son Birdcage Avery, At The Longmoor Military Railway Final Open Day On 5 July 1969 A.D..

The thinking man’s read by Trev the Rev.


The Cheltenham Flyer Ufology. Flying Sorceress Wren Lori Noyes [A Traction Engine Maid With Attraction?]; Aloudspeaker Of This Cheep Unsung Singing Telegram: Portrays Her Romantic Sects Cymbal New Ditty As:- “The Stripper”?. Patiently Make A Patient Profit From Viewing This FeeMail Of Lori Noyes [As Your Unsung Singing Telegram Maid For You To Cite]: By Optionally Giving The N.H.S. Swear Box Alms, For This Wren’s Fowl Language?. [ Phonetics Of N.H.S. Eulogist:- Ladyship Wren B.R.Avery Of Gravesend].

We Would like to Thank Trev  for this puzzlement.