Airport photographs

I started to realise that this week that when I fly I usually post a photograph to instagram of the plane I flew on. But not any old photo, usually I have taken it from a process using the Snapseed app.

This was the photo I took this week in Edinburgh.

Looking from my archives I found these other photographs on my Instagram feed. Continue reading “Airport photographs”

Tiny Bristol

Here’s Bristol in miniature, well kind of….

“Experience the world famous sights and events of Bristol, carefully crafted to give the illusion of smallness!”

Remembering the Bristol Temple Way Flyover

I moved to Bristol in the 1990s and living in Southville and working at Ashley Down meant that driving home I had the fun that was driving over the Temple Way flyover.

I remember the first time I did it, thinking, what is this, is this a real road? I would often decide to drive over it even if it wasn’t quite the best way to get where I was going.

It was never for the faint hearted, though I never heard of a car driving off the side of it.

The flyover was taken down in 1998 as part of road changes in that area.

Demolition of Temple Way Flyover

I believe it was actually sold to another council.

Of course today there are ongoing roadworks in that area in order to improve traffic flows.

View from the Cheesegrater Bridge

The view from Mead Reach Bridge looking towards Valentine Bridge in Bristol.

The view from Mead Reach Bridge looking towards Valentine Bridge in Bristol.

Photograph was taken with an iPhone 8 and then edited in the Snapseed app.

The bridge was closed on September 18th in 2017 after a lorry tried to cross it. After 20 months it was re-opened in May 2019.

My top ten tweets of 2018

Last year I posted my top ten tweets for 2017 and I did the same in 2016 which were interesting to see which tweets of mine were popular.

The top tweet back in 2016 was this one for #WednesdayWisdom

Whilst top tweet for 2017 was this one from the 2017 ALT Conference and it was my sketchnote of Bonnie Stewart’s keynote on openness.

My tenth most popular blog was a response to another tweet of mine which was responding to the question:

Men of Twitter, is there a woman that you look up to in your own field or in another one? Who is she and why does she inspire you?

The ninth most popular tweet was a response to a Jeremy Vine about tweeting and cyclists. My point was that signs don’t work!

The tweet at number eight was responding to the question:

Men of Twitter, is there a woman that you look up to in your own field or in another one? Who is she and why does she inspire you?

The seventh most popular tweet was my sketch note of Maren Deepwell’s keynote at the 2018 ALT Conference.

The tweet at number six was about Bristolian emoji.

https://twitter.com/jamesclay/status/1019686814536421377

Fifth tweet was a reply to Andy Ihnatko with a composed image of Andy with Beyonce on the International Space Station.

No real idea why the tweet at number 4 was so popular, it was just a complaint about some issues I was having with Twitter back in April.

The third tweet which saw The Range competing with WHSmith on shop floor tidiness.

Second most popular tweet was about a carpet, a carper in a WHSmith in the Bristol area.

My most popular tweet in 2017 was about the newly revamped WHSmith at Bristol Temple Meads complete with storage cage!

Stuff: Top Ten Blog Posts 2018

Over the last twelve months I have published 89 posts.

The tenth most popular post on my personal blog was Cinematic Advent Calendar #07 – The Eagle has Landed.

Cinematic Advent Calendar #07 – The Eagle has Landed

In at number nine, is one of a few posts about the harbourside in Bristol, Bristol Harbourside in the 1990s Part Five

Bristol Harbourside in the 1990s Part Five

Eighth most popular post, was about how Trenchard Street in Bristol had changed from the 1970s to today.

Trenchard Street, Bristol, circa 1970s

At number seven, was a post about the Bryan Brothers’ Garage Demolition, Bristol, in 1999.

Bryan Brothers’ Garage Demolition, Bristol, 1999

The sixth most popular post was about A nice clean new shiny Millennium Falcon as would be seen in the Solo: Star Wars Story film.

A nice clean new shiny Millennium Falcon

The post at number five was a post containing photographs from the harbourside in Bristol. Bristol Harbourside in the 1990s

Bristol Harbourside in the 1990s

Fourth most popular post was Bristol Harbourside in the 1990s Part Three. This was another post containing photographs from the harbourside in Bristol.

Bristol Harbourside in the 1990s Part Three

Post at number three, Changes at the railway station, was how things have changed at Weston-super-Mare railway station.

Changes at the railway station

Second most popular post was some photographs from the Bristol Harbourside in the 1990s

Bristol Harbourside in the 1990s

The most popular blog post this year was Cinematic Advent Calendar #05 – Leon.

Cinematic Advent Calendar #05 – Leon

Success – Gromit Unleashed 2

Yes we managed to get them all… I have seen and photographed all 67 sculptures. Here they all are, click the images for larger versions.

1. Deerest Gromit 2. Wild at Heart 3. Merry-go-Gromit 4. Giggles 5. Stellar   6. Feathers McGraw 7. A Grand Gromplication 8. ThermoGromit 9. The Howl 10. Feathers Macaw   11. Wallace in Wonderland 12. The Bristol Hound 13. Light as a Feather 14. The Wensleydale Kid 15. Wallace 16. Fangs McGraw 17. Long John Wallace 18. Prima Featherina 19. Gnome Sweet Gnome 20. The Wallace Collection 21. A Grand Tribute 22. Oceans 1: Deep Blue 23. Featherertron 3000 24. Honeydew 25. Bristol's Own 26. Bristol in Bloom 27. Oceans 2: Yellow Sub 28. Gromitronic 29. Alex the Lion 30. Space Oddi-tea 31. Wallambard 32. Oh Bollards! 33. Rocket Man 34. Ferne 35. Caractacus Paws 36. The Emperor 37. Fromage McGraw 38. Cracking Build Gromit! 39. Boss 40. Tropi-canis 41. One in a Minion 42. The Hound of Music 44. Game of Cones 45. Sprinkles 46. George 47. Pickles McPrickles 48. Peek a Boo! 49. Gromjet 50. Spock 51. In-cog-nito 52. Gromit P. Sullivan (Sulley) 53. Dias de los Perros 54. Splash! 55. Draco 56. Champion 57. Cubby 58. Rockin' Robin 59. Banana-arm-a 60. The Brystal Maze 61. Plooming Marvellous 62. Marshall 63. Honeysuckle Rose 64. Cupid 65. Swallows & Amazons 66. Toto 67. Amazing Grace

Out of the 67 I don’t think I could choose a single one as a favourite. I really like 65. Swallows & Amazons as well as  33. Rocket Man. 50. Spock made me smile as did the cleverness of the Lego constructed 38. Cracking Build Gromit!. I appreciated the poignancy of 25. Bristol’s Own and the wonderfully clever  29. Alex the Lion.

So no I didn’t have a favourite, but I did enjoy “collecting” them all.

14. The Wensleydale Kid

Walking up the steep slopes to the Clifton Observatory you can find 14. The Wensleydale Kid.

14. The Wensleydale Kid

Complete with hat, this cowboy themed Wallace looks a lot like Woody from Toy Story.

I like the description from the sculpture page which is all old west in style.

Howdy, y’all, and welcome to Bristol’s very own slice of the Wild West, sponsored by Darcy Associates. Painted by artist Paula Bowles, you can bet ‘The Wensleydale Kid’ is decked out in the whole wrangling kit and caboodle. Cowboy hat? Check. Cowboy boots? Check. Bandana? Check. Horse? Erm… looks like a park bench will have to do for now! Yee-haw! So pony-up and skedaddle over to Clifton Observatory to meet this buckaroo! Giddy’up!

14. The Wensleydale Kid

Back in 2015 I attempted to see and photograph all 70 Shaun the Sheeps I managed to get 62. This time I am aiming to get all 67 sculptures. I have created this page to record all the sculptures we find. Download the app to find the sculptures.