Saturday, 31 May 2014
Here are pictures of a couple of viaducts I have bonded with. Above is Larpool Viaduct, Whitby, the top photograph taken by self, the lower photograph taken by Mrs Nick.
Below are pictures of Bennerley Viaduct on the Notts/Derbyshire border. I am always surprised to see how sombre Bennerley Viaduct looks in pictures as it is near my home and I have nothing but happy memories of visiting it with family and friends.
Should you wish to enlarge your experience of the nations` viaductical delights, here are some links you might like ;
Many crime fiction buffs will no doubt share my fondness for the adventures of fictional sleuth Sexton Blake.
For what it`s worth, I never think of those stories as being `retro` and I don`t appreciate them with any sense of `post-modern irony` or wotnot. I leave that sort of thing to others.
Vintage crimestopper Blake was interpreted by many different writers over the years, one of my favourites being the late Walter Tyrer.
I`ve posted reviews of Walters` works here, there and everywhere but only recently have I been able to provide a potted biog.
To see the result of my efforts, look for `Walter Tyrer ; A Writers` Life, posted a couple of days ago at http://thesextonblakeblog.blogspot.com .
Walter Tyrer (1956 publicity shot). Thanks to Ray Elmitt for providing this.
Wednesday, 21 May 2014
I`m having a long-overdue sort-out of my old photos and today we`re going with a railway theme.
Above are pictures of steam trains at Matlock Town ( more info from www.peakrail.co.uk ).
Below are pictures of abandoned railway materials near to Bennerley Viaduct. I see these often and always wonder if some group of railway enthusiasts couldn`t find a use for them. They`re doing no-one any good where they are.
I`ve had a quite look around the web, and unsurprisingly there are a bewildering array of sites catering to rail buffs.
For a useful overview of heritage railway sites, click here ; www.uksteam.info/links.htm .
Also useful is www.rail.co.uk .
There are numerous camnpaign groups, including the national campaign Action for Rail ( http://actionforrail.org ) , the Skipton-based SELRAP ( www.selrap.org.uk ) and The Campaign for Better Tranport ( www.bettertransport.org.uk ) who campaign on issues around HS2, for lower train fares and, in partnership with a number of local groups, for the re-opening of a number disused railway lines.