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Wednesday, August 27, 2008

The Presidential Campaign

Having woken up on Monday night and plugged my radio headphones in to hear the Democrats conference I thought that this video clip is very relevant.
Its got something here for everyone, no matter what politics your are!!
Make sure you have your speakers on.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Dyrham Park House

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Having joined the National Trust when we went to Dorset we're now visiting places to get our monies worth. This is Dyrham Park House near Bath, as no pictures are allowed inside read all about it here.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Bird in the window

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One for Rosy, as it reminded me of your bird drawing and you mentioned Victorian drawings, well this is one of the glass panes in our front window.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Dorset Apple Cake

Here's something from Dorset which I thought you might like, and this is the one Nicky made.

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Dorset Apple Cake Recipe

Ingredients : Makes one 18cm round cake

225 g Cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped

1/2 Lemon, juiced

225 g Plain flour

7.5 ml Baking powder

115 g Butter, diced

165 g Soft light brown sugar

1 Egg, beaten

30-45 ml Milk, to mix

2.5 mlGround cinnamon

Method :
Preheat the oven to 180oC/350oF/Gas 4. Grease and line an 18 cm round cake tin.
Toss the apple with the lemon juice and set aside.
Sift the flour and baking powder together, then rub in the butter, until the mixture resembles breadcrumbs.
Stir in 115 g of the brown sugar, the apple and the egg, and mix well, adding sufficient milk to make a soft dropping consistency.
Transfer the dough to the prepared tin. In a bowl, mix together the remaining sugar and the cinnamon.
Sprinkle over the cake mixture, then bake for 45-50 minutes, until golden.
Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack.

Friday, August 08, 2008

I forgot my camera!!

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Something I rarely do.

I put the battery on charge just before we were leaving and then 50 miles into the journey I remembered it. So rather than turn back I was camera less for a few days, hence the postcards.

So thanks to ,The Swanage Railway Co. and Salmon Postcards, as at least I have photographs of the few days away in beautiful Dorset.

Dorset is sometimes described as one of the "forgotten" counties of England, well if it is then good, as fewer people will think of visiting and it'll retain its originality.
It's well worth a visit though.

Saturday, August 02, 2008

Newport Transporter Bridge

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About the Newport Transporter Bridge

A Brief History and Description
In the late 19th century rapid development was taking place on the East side of the River Usk some way downstream of the existing bridge in the town centre and the local authority identified a need for a river crossing to transport workers to the then new Lysaghts steelworks in particular.
The site was a difficult one because of the very high tidal range and the need to maintain access for high-masted ships .Various alternatives were suggested including a conventional bridge, a lifting bridge and a tunnel. To achieve the necessary height the approaches to a conventional or even lifting bridge would have had to be extremely long and a tunnel was considered too expensive.
Mr R H Haynes was the Borough Engineer at the time and had heard of the work of Ferdinand Arnodin who had designed an 'Aerial Ferry'. This consisted of two high towers supporting a 'railway track' from which is suspended a platform or 'gondola' on which passengers or vehicles ride. Such a design would overcome the difficulties outlined above and the councillors, after inspecting such a bridge at Rouen in France, decided to build one in Newport.
Parliamentary approval was obtained in 1900, construction started in 1902 and was completed by 12 September 1906 when the new bridge was opened by Viscount Tredegar.
The Newport Transporter Bridge is arguably the finest of its kind, the towers standing 645 feet apart and rising 242 feet above road level It is electrically powered, the gondola being pulled across by a cable wound round a drum in the motor house on the East bank at a maximum speed of 10 feet per second.
The 1959 film 'Tiger Bay' was filmed partly on the Bridge (though artistic licence somehow moved it to Cardiff docks!). The film starred a young Hayley Mills who is now Honorary Life Vice President of FONTB.
In 1981 the Bridge celebrated its 75th anniversary and was given Grade II listed building status. However by 1985 it had deteriorated to such an extent that it had to be closed on safety grounds. The then owners, Gwent County Council, obtained funds from CADW and the European Architectural Heritage Fund and by December 1995 it was reopened. Shortly afterwards in April 1996 ownership transferred to Newport County Borough Council following local Government reorganisation. The Transporter Bridge again formed a small but useful part of Newport's road network and is now a Grade I listed structure.
In 2005 a new bridge just upstream of the Transporter Bridge opened as part of the City's Southern Distributor Road. As a result traffic over the Transporter Bridge has declined, motorists finding it quicker and cheaper to use the new bridge.
The future of the Transporter Bridge will therefore lie in its value as a part of Newport's heritage and its tourism potential.
[courtesy of Friends of Newport Transporter Bridge website]