It’s not every day you see Miss Moneypenny driving around in one of the James Bond villain’s cars. Whilst we were at the museum we were delayed due to Samantha Bond being interviewed, and then following lunch we bumped into her driving around the grounds of the estate in a Green Jaguar XKR, complete with Rockets hidden in the grille and a machine gun mounted on the back !! The car (from Die another Day) was one of the exhibits. – Apologies for the quality of these, but they were reactive rather than planned and I was lucky to get a couple of clean shots without my kids photobombing the lot.
Another one from our week in the New Forest. Wandering around the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu we were a little taken aback to be stopped midway through the Bond exhibition by a chap with a radio and a tabard bearing the legend ‘SECURITY’. Wondering if we’d stumbled across a deranged gang of scrap metal thieves caught in the act I was pleasantly surprised to see Miss Moneypenny (Samantha Bond) having a coffee break between takes for an interview that was being conducted. I made like a pap, and rattled a couple of shots off just for posterities sake but unfortunately have no idea when we can expect to see this on the Telly, or whether it was a promotional Beaulieu video or a documentary.
As an aside, we later saw her driving around in a Lime Green Jag, complete with rockets in the grille, while a Camera car tried to keep up. I’m pretty sure I got a couple of decent shots of this somewhere as well, mostly with Mrs Dave and the kids in, who thought it was hilarious photo-bombing the shot at every opportunity.
Yesterday, I was ‘lucky’ enough to spend a couple of hours on the shoulder of the M25 waiting for a recovery truck. Naturally, it was a pretty tedious wait, and naturally, I had my camera with me.
Unfortunately I never had the tripod, though in fairness, with the traffic thundering past at 70mph plus I doubt it would have helped. So, from the safety of the car, with breath held I took my first ever light trail photos. Not technically perfect (there’s a lot of motion wobble but nevertheless still not a total disaster.
Wherever you visit, from Southend to Skegness, our coastal towns have pretty much every variety of gull you can find.
I’m not a bird person generally and can’t tell one from the other, but I do know that if you lob a few chips in the air, you’ll have at least 20 of them flapping around your head. More fun is to lob a chip into the air above passers by – The photo opportunities are guaranteed, as is the increased chance of someone getting crapped on.
Sandbanks is a small peninsula or spit (1 km2 or 0.39 sq mi) crossing the mouth of Poole Harbour on the English Channel coast at Poole in Dorset, England. It is well known for the highly regarded Sandbanks Beach and property value; Sandbanks has, by area, the fourth highest land value in the world. The Sandbanks and Canford Cliffs Coastline area has been dubbed as “Britain’s Palm Beach” by the national media. thanks to the innocence of youth, none of this is important during a half term break in October, and it’s just a great place to play and make your own art…..
Fulling or tucking or walking (“waulking” in Scotland) is a step in woolen clothmaking which involves the cleansing of cloth (particularly wool) to eliminate oils, dirt, and other impurities, and making it thicker. The worker who does the job is a fuller, tucker, or walker. The Welsh word for a fulling mill is pandy, which appears in many place-names.
This Mill (or the remains thereof) can be found at Bieuleiu in Hampshire within the grounds of the former Abbey and motor museum