Saturday, December 31, 2005

Sutton Coldfield tv mast

you can hardly see the ever green bushy tree on the horizon and almost dead centre a leafless tree

the next picture was taken through the 10 x 50 Bresser binoculars from LIDL resting on my kitchen window sill and using the Sony cell phone camera - and you can see the Sutton Coldfield tv mast

the focus is on the nearest house but OK for a first try

comment from Armagh Planetarium

The Armagh Observatory is a modern astronomical research institute with a rich heritage. Founded in 1790 by Archbishop Richard Robinson, the Observatory is one of the UK and Ireland's leading scientific research establishments.

Around 25 astronomers are actively studying Stellar Astrophysics, the Sun, Solar System astronomy, and the Earth's climate.

I searched for my own 2003 BLOGS about the tv mast
Hugh searching
and found GENEALOGE: 10/19/2003 - 10/25/2003

International Civic Heraldry site


"The arms are based on the oldest seal of the city, known since 1254.The original seal showed a city wall with towers, which gradually was transformed in the three towers.

The present arms were officially granted in 1661 by King Frederik III, whose monogram is seen on the middle tower. In addition to the shield itself, the arms showed three helmets, two lions as supporters and many other symbols around the shield "
this version is from 1886 and on Dronning Louises Bro

Friday, December 30, 2005

dawn today

Up before dawn and bathing in the cold air at my kitchen window - and then it started to rain and create black ice according to the weather people on TV - yesterday was the coldest day in at least 5 years

Solihull and my latest blog

Thursday, December 29, 2005

cold and frosty

at the bus stop in Bosworth Drive

crazy frog warning

in a slot machine in Chelmsley

it must be noisy in there
I just hope they don't all get out

view from my kitchen window

the new carpark for patients, doctors and staff is done
the yellow buses are called PEOPLES EXPRESS now

the day before at Østerport station, Copenhagen

Metro station under construction

over the railway and motorway to Sweden
Finmeccanica poster

at CPH Copenhagen airport

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

snowing in Brumleby Copenhagen

this Brumleby Santa really is knee deep in flower pots

time to build new nesting boxes

unloved and lost in the snow - an old COMPAQ computer

back window
from the kitchen door step

about 1400 bus, train CPH, 1720 - plane SK 2535 - BHX 1825, train, bus, bus

Tuesday, December 27, 2005


Charlottenlund station in the snow
and I took the stairs down to the subway and up to the street

A big improvement in my health over the last 6 months and my weight around 167 kg or 368 pounds or 26 stone and about 3 stone or 20 kg or 44 lbs less than in the summer of 2005

More about google calculator.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Gesegnete Weihnachten und ein glückliches neues Jahr!

a week before but no crane
what I expected to see in the GEFION arch was delayed one week

the first lift of the box bridge which was made in Spain
laser precision, the dispatcher has a closed circuit tv hanging from his safety harness and is talking centimeters with the crane driver (their working language is german)
next afternoon preparation

monster shackles carry about 40 tons each
waiting for the welders to make things a better fit

third section lifted
the tricky welded joint looks a bit hog-backed to my eye

the day after and the third section in place


tail lights 2 crane boom sections dismantled and set off for Germany

Hallo Hugh ! I will write it in German. Das ist eine gute idee . And I wish you a merry christmas too and great wishes from my family

----- Original Message -----
Hugh Watkins
Guido Thomas
Sent: Friday, December 23, 2005 6:59 PM
Subject: Re: photos

Hullo Guido

there are many more
but not so good
I can zip them and send them to you to play with if you want
and any other crane spotters just ask me by email (file mixed with other Copenhagen stuff)
If you write in german
I have a freind who can translate

happy Christmas

Hugh W

----- Original Message -----
Guido Thomas
Sent: Friday, December 23, 2005 5:46 PM

Subject: photos
hallo Hugh ! Thanks for the internet adress because the picture from franz bracht ( I am the worker from Franz Bracht that you have spocken and i write the internet adress)

Thursday, December 22, 2005

peace and bumps

peace watch at the danish parliament
speed bumps at the danish parliament

if only the Folketing politicians would slow down too

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Achtung Fahrzeug schwenkt aus

the bridge this morning
Beware - the trailer swings out
only a Mercedes is good enough
police bear cb radio bears - Google Search
Transport Exceptionel
and click to see the neww Langeline bridge
small crane dismantling big
big shackles
strops to hold a 250 ton bridge

my two hands cannot encircle this cable

noon on the shortest day of 2005 and the black dot is the very low sun above the roofs of Copenhagen