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.