Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Monte Carlo Historique Rally 2016

The Monte Carlo is starting to feel like an annual event in Paisley, with this being the third year running that I have come along to see the race get under way.

It feels strange to see car models that I remember driving being considered as classic cars, but it is also very pleasing that their owners have seen fit to preserve them for events such as this.

Paisley Abbey makes a beautiful backdrop and the public came out in great numbers to cheer the participants on their way.

Monday, 4 January 2016

Glasgow at Night

Once in a while I take a trip to the big city to see the bright lights.

Last week we went up hoping to see some of the Christmas lights around George Square before they came down.

We stopped around the Squinty Bridge and took some pictures of the bridges in that part of the city and of the  buildings alongside.

We then went to George Square but were disappointed that the attractions were away and high fences put up around the square. I did however get some pictures which I will add on a separate blog.

We then moved down to the Gallery of Modern Art which always looks good at night, helped by the ground being damp from the light showers causing added reflections.

Glasgow's Squinty Bridge
Bells Bridge leading to the Armadillo and Hydro
BBC television studio with Bells Bridge in front
The view up-river from Bells Bridge
Duke of Wellington protecting the GOMA
Gallery of Modern Art
Gallery of Modern Art
Key Scottish dates
Under a canopy of lights

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

Coca Cola truck comes to Silverburn

Glasgow once again had a visit from the big red Coca Cola truck.

Unlike last year's visit to the city centre, this year it came to the Silverburn Shopping Centre.

People crowded round it and queued up to have their pictures taken.

Eventually the time came for the truck to leave, on its way to another busy location for hundreds more avid fans to get up close to it..

Saturday, 14 November 2015

Late Night Photographs

As a mark of respect for the victims of the attacks in Paris, buildings throughout Britain have been lit up in the colours of the French national flag.

Unsure of how long this would last, we took a near midnight trip, firstly to Clydebank and then to Glasgow.

The rain tried its hardest to spoil our photographs but our spirits were not dampened by the weather.

Clydebank's titan crane
SSE Hydro
After returning to Greenock we waited at the waterfront for the demolition of Hawick Court, the last of seven high flats in Greenock.

This was expected to take place around 2am, however we spent a further 2 hours eagerly waiting the warning siren to tell us that the blowdown was imminent.

All this time mother nature continued to pour down on us making our wait a rather unpleasant affair.

To avoid getting the camera gear soaked we sat in the car and shot hand held, resting the camera on the open window of the car.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Inverclyde Council Fireworks Display

My first visit to the Council's fireworks display in a few years and it didn't feel like a typical November night.

The weather felt decidedly warmer, drier and calmer than many past displays I have been to.

Using the recent James Bond film, Spectre, as a theme for the show, there were a large proportion of white fireworks in the display.

Overall, I was pleased with the event.

Thursday, 5 November 2015

Glasgow Airport

Plane spotting on a dull rainy day isn't always fun.

However a report that two RAF Typhoon jets were parked overnight and due to fly out again in the morning brought me up to Glasgow Airport for their departure.

After they left I went to the end of Runway 23 to watch some commercials arriving.

Sunday, 25 October 2015

Bo'ness Steam Gala

October started with a visit to see 60009 on the borders railway, and ended with a visit to Bo'ness Heritage Railway for their Autumn Steam Gala.

Along with the resident locos we were hoping to see Ian Riley's Black 5, 44871 and a special visitor from Furness.

The day did not disappoint with 44871 hauling along with 62712 Morayshire, which is due to go out of service for overhaul.

The star of the day was No 20, a beautiful 0-4-0 tender engine built in 1863.No 20 is Britain's oldest working standard gauge steam loco.