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Entry for April 09, 2008 – Pink Water Tower

Posted by HelenEdith on April 9, 2008

I was just packing up to leave the office this evening when I happened to glance out the window and see the water tower in the New Holland tractor plant coloured pink by the setting sun.

I had my new camera phone with me, so I took a couple of pictures through the office window.

The results definitely don’t even compare with what I can get out of my DSLR, but a camera phone is a lot lighter to carry around!

I just wish that Samsung had included a chapter in the manual about how to use the camera part of the phone. I’m sure that they assume that everybody is familiar with a point and click camera and automatically knows what all the symbols mean, but that’s just not the case for me. I really need to go out for a walk with the camera phone and learn how to use it.

Pictures taken in better lighting conditions would undoubtedly be better. I suspect that the camera used its maximum ISO to take this picture, judging by the noise in it, but I’ll never know, as the EXIF data attached to the JPEG didn’t include anything useful like the ISO or the shutter speed.

Anyway, I captured the moment for posterity, and if I ever have my DSLR handy when the water tower is bathed in pink light, maybe I’ll do better one day. 🙂

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Book review: Anne McCaffrey – Pegasus in Space

Posted by HelenEdith on September 27, 2007

This is the third book in the ‘Talent’ series – a series which Anne McCaffrey started back in 1959. This book neatly fills a gap between ‘Pegasus in Flight’ (the second ‘Talent’ book) and ‘The Rowan’ (the first ‘Tower and Hive’ book).

Anne McCaffrey has remained true to her original characters, but has incorporated things into this latest book which hadn’t been thought of in 1959. The one that comes to mind is the ‘Reeve Board’: a device which those with a spinal injury can use to keep their muscles in tone. I’m not aware of whether there actually *is* a Reeve Board in reality, but this book is dedicated to Christopher Reeve, so we know where she got the idea from.

The story told by the book is that of Peter Reidinger, who also appeared earlier in the ‘Talent’ series. Peter has a spinal injury, but has learnt to move using telekinesis. He can move not only himself, but also other objects, and he can move them considerable distances. His powers of telepathy also come in handy, and he’s on hand to avert more than one disaster in space as the story unfolds.

Anne McCaffrey’s ‘Talent’ and ‘Tower and Hive’ books are my favourites among all of her work. I can almost feel I’m there with the kinetics as they shift loads by mental strength – with a little help from special generators they can tap into. I would love there to be more books in this series.

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Website update: Woolwich Ferry Annual River Trip 2006

Posted by HelenEdith on August 18, 2007

I\’ve moved a few more pictures from Yahoo! Photos to my own website. (They\’re bigger on my own site, too.)

These ones were taken last year when the Woolwich Ferry made its annual charity river trip to the Upper Pool with its car deck full of people enjoying the ride up the river and their own special lift of Tower Bridge.

Click here to view them.

The picture I\’ve included above shows John Burns (one of three boats which form the Woolwich Ferry service) passing in front of City Hall on the way upriver.

I’ve moved a few more pictures from Yahoo! Photos to my own website. (They’re bigger on my own site, too.)

These ones were taken last year when the Woolwich Ferry made its annual charity river trip to the Upper Pool with its car deck full of people enjoying the ride up the river and their own special lift of Tower Bridge.

Click here to view them.

The picture I’ve included above shows John Burns (one of three boats which form the Woolwich Ferry service) passing in front of City Hall on the way upriver.

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Website update: Tower Bridge lift and other nearby sights

Posted by HelenEdith on July 28, 2007

I’ve got a few more pictures off Yahoo Photos this afternoon. I had a complete Tower Bridge lift on there, taken from actually on the bridge, which could be run as a slideshow. Now it’s on my website in its own animated page. 🙂 I added in some pictures of the paddle steamer Waverley, who was visiting London that day, and was in fact the reason why I was in the Tower Bridge area with a camera; plus pictures of a couple of other pleasure craft and a rather pleasant view of the City of London’s skyline.

Click here to view them. I don’t recommend clicking on the animation unless you have a broadband connection, as it’s 41 full-sized images long!

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Website update: Ocean Majesty and Seabourn Pride, 3rd July 2005

Posted by HelenEdith on July 21, 2007

A couple of years ago, we were lucky enough for a Tower Bridge lift for a cruise ship to coincide with City Hall being open to the public and we went and took advantage of the opportunity.

We were surprised that there weren’t more people up on the observation balcony to see a really big ship passing through Tower Bridge, but we had the place almost to ourselves. There was one other person up there who had come specially to see Ocean Majesty pass through Tower Bridge; and a few tourists for whom the event was an unexpected bonus.

Click here to view pictures of Ocean Majesty, and also Seabourn Pride, a second cruise ship, who was berthed in the Lower Pool, plus tugs Cobham and Sun Thames, who were in attendance on Ocean Majesty.

Here are links for City Hall – weekend opening, Port of London Authority Cruise Ship Diary and Tower Bridge Lift Schedule, which are the websites to monitor if you want to try and find a day when you can see this sight for yourself.

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