Monday, March 06, 2023

Two Six Two

These were incredible machines and probably had the potential to change the balance of air power in the war.  Like all things military, though, the tooth to tail ratio must be considered.  By the time development was far enough along to field these jets the industrial support and military logistics needed to make and operate them in significant numbers was already being devoted to defending against the Allied land invasion.  

This example sits in the RAF museum in London

Monday, February 13, 2023


Sometimes you just have to start pointing your camera at things and see what you get.

Monday, February 06, 2023

Above and below

Modern technology is pretty amazing.  The top photo was actually a handful of pictures taken with a cell phone on a cloudy day near dusk and then stitched together and tweaked until the colors looked decent.  Pixel peepers will no doubt see the flaws in it, but it's perfectly passable quality for a personal  photo album (if anyone actually has those anymore.)

Monday, January 30, 2023

F.E. 2b

I read "The Fledgling" by Arch Whitehouse long before I ever saw an F.E.2b in person.  From the description and the pictures I had seen, it seemed it was a tiny, frail little thing.  The aircraft equivalent of a crane fly.  In person it looked so much more substantial that I didn't recognize it at first.  

Monday, January 23, 2023

Siang Kong: Shrine to a Junkyard

Filed under: places you would never know about if you didn't just happen upon them during a walk.

Monday, January 16, 2023

The North Star

Originally built in 1837, this broad gauge locomotive served the Great Western Railway until 1871.  It was scrapped  in 1906 but parts of it were saved and used to build this nonworking replica in 1923.  It can be viewed today in the STEAM museum in Swindon, UK.

Monday, January 09, 2023


 My grandfather had a poster hanging above the stairs to the basement.  It pictured smartly dressed man posing on the fender of (I think) a Rolls Royce.  The caption at the bottom loudly proclaimed "Poverty Sucks."

I can't help but think of that whenever i see this much vintage chrome in one place.

Monday, January 02, 2023



Some of the downhill runs on the Ravenglass and Eskdale can produce what seem like frightening speed, but considering how close you are to the rails, I'm sure the sensation is somewhat more impressive than the reality.