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Halfords Drivetrain clean – not good!

I use my bike quite a lot now to get around with my drone, I bought a Boardman E-Bike, a Topeak Pannier Rack and bag, it’s perfect for getting about and I am not carrying the drone on my back anymore which makes my life much easier 🙂

I decided the get bike cleaned up ready for a ride down the Weast coast, but Halfords almost messed everything up!

I ordered new tyres which where about £60 each, tubeless, after they had the bike for over 24 hours, I called the store to be told I’d be called back, which did not happen. After a lot of messing about they got the tyres to stay inflated, but said if I’m not happy go back after my ride for a refund, perfect! Well, after they said this, then tried to put my wheels on, the tyres were actually too big for the frame, so they all had to be stripped off again, and I ended up buying cheaper tyres so I could have some grip on the upcoming ride.
I also ordered a Drivetrain clean, you can read about that in my post below which I have put on their site, this is my 2nc complaint to them in as many weeks as they messed up the order on my Topeak pannier rack too.

I need to find a reliable bike place near home, wish me luck 😉

The Joys of Flying.

Due to Covid-19, none of us have been able to take the trips we all take for granted, so I have made this video to fill in the void. I am really missing my flights to other places in the world. especially in Asia.

Here is a short clip of some of my flights over the years, if it gets enough likes and feedback I will make more 🙂

Driving from Manchester to Thornton-Cleveleys

Driving from Manchester to Thornton-Cleveleys & Blackpool then back to Droylsden, Manchester.
I had to go to Thornton-Cleveleys to do some work for a customer, right on the sea front, what a lovely place it is. After I finished work I drove to Blackpool in the hope I could fly the drone in some secluded area, but it was very windy, so I just headed back home. Maybe next time I will manage to fly? 🙂

Oxford Mills in Ashton under Lyne (burned down)

Integrated cotton mill comprising 2 spinning mills either side of a warehouse and office block, with weaving sheds attached to one mill.
First mill dated 1840, the second, 1851. Warehouse building c. 1850. Weaving sheds possibly a later addition. Cast iron and brick fire-proof structure, with brick cladding and low pitched Welsh slate roofs. Mill no.1 of 6 storeys, 28×6 bays. Angles stressed with plain panelled pilasters with heavy stone capitals. Small brick arched windows with stone sills. Internal engine house to rear, in bay emphasised by pilasters. Semi-octagonal stair tower towards the centre of the inner face of mill and storeyed bridge carried on cast-iron girders linking the spinning block to the warehouse building which forms the central block of the complex. The warehouse also 5 storeyed, 10×5 bays with small brick arched windows. Front gable end comprises offices on 2 storeys, with central door in architrave with entablature carried on moulded console brackets, and flanking windows with stressed stone architraves with flat voussoir heads with keystones. Angles stressed. by plain panelled pilasters with stone capitals linked to moulded parapet with raised central blocking course. Very narrow single-storeyed saw-toothed range of 8 bays to southwest side of this block, probably card room extension.
A storeyed bridge links warehouse block to mill no.2. Dated 1851. 3 storeys but originally 4, and 10×5 bays. Weaving sheds adjoin mill no.2: Single storeyed but extensively altered. An important example of an integrated complex planned as a series of linked blocks.

Sunset over Hartshead Pike in October 2020

Due to C-19 we’ve not been out much with the cameras & drones so this week I decided to drive up and try for a sunset, I was very happy with the result 🙂
I met my Nephew up there who was doing some Time-lapse videos the old fashioned way, I’ve not seen the results yet.

Mazda Atenza (Dealers Edition)

I recently saw a video for a model car, similar to my car but NOT the estate unfortunately. I decided to buy one to see how good it was, here is the unboxing 🙂

3D Photos on Facebook (How to)

I recently made a quick tutorial on how to make your photos have a 3D effect on Facebook.
here it is, I hope you enjoy it – Please feel free to link to your creations in the comments below.

Gorse Hall Primary School – BEE

Last year in May, I did some drone footage for a local school, but due to the headmistress panicking over GDPR I was never allowed to share the images but she’s now had a change of heart after realising how much she overreacted, the kids saw the video in Assembly and apparently they still talk about the day the guy came with the drone and made it fun 🙂
The footage was in remembrance for the bomb attack in Manchester at the Ariane Grande concert.

We had a great day, the children were so well bahaved and listened to what we told them regarding Drone safety and rules.
When I spoke to the staff this year they had lost the original DVD we made for them, so we have recovered some of the data from our old backups and put them on a new DVD this week. I am hoping we get permission to share the videos, for now here are a couple of images where no faces can be made out, so were safe to share 🙂

Henley on Thames

Last year I went to a funeral in Woking, I stayed in the beautiful Henley on Thames at the hotel in the thumbnail. I last visited here around a decade ago on the way back from an Airshow in Farnborough where the A380 was being shown for the 1st time ever. Henly is a lovely historic place with plenty to see and do, especially if you like to row boats, you can travel on the river Thames.

I flew the drone in-between rain showers, and here is the footage 🙂 I hope you enjoy it.

Flying the Mavic Pro
Henley on Thames in December – it was beautiful.

Out in our snow covered countryside.

Here in Manchester, England we had a bit of snowfall this week, so I took a bit of time off work to fly the drone over it. I managed to fly at Harsthead Pike without issue, but at Dovestones it was too windy to get the drone up unfortunately so I just took some photos instead.

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