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Those Magnificent Men in their Flying Machines – at Blackpool Air Show

Blackpool Air Show Blackpool Air Show is held every year but not always in such good weather conditions. This August day was perfect: blue sky, warm, no wind. We’d never been to an air show before, so had no idea what lenses to take, if a tripod would be needed, what shutter speed to use…… ………but just trusted to luck.  After all, when these things are zooming towards you at considerable speed, there isn’t much time to ponder on what you read in a magazine some time ago about how to take photographs at an air show. We got there early enough to bag a good space on the steps on the seafront promenade, where we sat back to enjoy the show along with many thousands of others. These magnificent men( AND WOMEN) in their flying machines certainly wowed the crowd.         After a good couple of hours of entertainment The Red Arrows left us with the most beautiful vapour trails over the sea:   To find out what bloggers from around the world saw when they looked up, why not head over to: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Looking Up at Things  

Cleaning the Carousel and other Oddballs on Blackpool Pier

OddBalls on the Pier Just before the schools’ February half-term week’s holiday, there is feverish activity in our local seaside resorts.  The Showzam Street Festival will hit Blackpool again, the Pleasure Beach will open and everyone and everything will come out of hibernation. Cafés will put tables and chairs outside for those souls hardy enough to brave the elements (or who want a quick puff on a ciggy). But before all this can happen, there is some serious cleaning to be done. After the mid-term holiday, some amusements close down and then there’s a massive Spring Clean in time for Easter. Cleaning the carousels on one of the piers involved a man with a ladder, an orange bucket, a sponge and green Marigold gloves:     It’s a tough job testing the SkyDiver, but someone’s got to do it:   Mr HotDog has been dusted down:   With a bit of luck the sky will stay this blue for the rest of the holiday week, even though the temperature isn’t much above freezing when you factor in wind-chill:     To see a great selection of OddBall posts from fellow bloggers, why not head to Cee’s Odd Ball Challenge.


My post for Cee’s B&W Challenge this week: Rocks This first picture was taken on holiday in the Scottish Highlands a few years ago.   My second picture shows the deserted promenade of a local seaside resort last winter. If you click on the icon below you’ll see posts on Rocks from bloggers all around the world:  

Crystal Gazer

Wordless Wednesday: Crystal Gazer  

Roll up! Roll up! All the Fun of the Fair!

Blackpool, one of the seaside resorts on our Fylde coast, has not one, not two, but THREE piers. A walk along any of them in summer or winter is always a delight. In winter they are deserted with all the sideshows shuttered up, whilst in the holiday season they are ablaze with colour and general razzmatazz. This picture is of the prizes to be won at one of the many amusements on North Pier available to the holidaymakers and is my OddBall offering for Cee’s Challenge this week.  These prizes are quite large, by the way, with many of them bigger than a five-year old child. It is lovely to see families walking along the pier carrying one of these prizes, as proud as if it was an Olympic medal. What they do with them once they get home is up for debate. Maybe donate as a prize in a local raffle?  Then, perhaps the winner of that will donate again to a Christmas fair…and so on. Or perhaps the winners give them pride of place beside their TVs. Never having attempted to win one, I wouldn’t know.     This post links with another one “WOW! A Smile!”  showing […]

Wow! A Smile!

WOW!  Darts!  Score over 8 to win! I’m sure that’s not as easy as it sounds. If it were that simple, the stallholder would go out of business and Bully Bullseye wouldn’t be smiling as he’s be unemployed). All the fun of the fair on one of the piers in Blackpool, a local seaside resort. I hope my post for this week’s CFFC makes you smile……    

Caution Ahead: Bees at Work

Caution Ahead: Bees at Work and other signs I’ve seen in the past few weeks when I’ve been out and about locally. What a stroke of luck that this week’s CFFC is Signs. Thank you Cee for this week’s Fun Foto Challenge which has revealed to me that I have a penchant for taking signs. In fact I probably have so many in the archives I think I’ll have to do a second post: “Signs 2″…or “The Return of Signs”…or “Signs Strike Back”…..or many more of the silly titles that have come into my head.          

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