Sovereign citizens

The sovereign citizen movement in the USA is a peculiar, and dangerous, bunch with ideas right out of the conspiracy theory pick and mix. Their belief system is complex and rooted in a series of bizarre conspiracy theories that hold that the original US government set up by the Founding Fathers has been replaced with […]

Posted by on 13 February 2016 | 11:42 am

Chinese New Year

Against the trend of the month, yesterday morning was sunny, if windy. Which was good for the Chinese New Year parade. Here are a few pictures of dragons and other paraders. After the parade, I needed a couple of coffees to warm up again. By the time I’d finished them, the weather had changed again, […]

Posted by on 8 February 2016 | 12:11 pm

RIP Dave Mirra

Police in America say veteran X Games biker Dave Mirra has died aged 41. Source: Veteran X Games biker and BMX star Dave Mirra dies in North Carolina aged 41 – BBC Newsbeat

Posted by on 5 February 2016 | 4:59 am

Going sideways. Sipping champagne.

I don’t understand the rules of competitive drifting, but I do love the spectacle of it*. I also appreciate the humour an No-Fucks-Given attitude of many of the participants. Particularly when the result is something like this stealth black Rolls Royce drift car, built for a pro drifter as part of a TV documentary. What […]

Posted by on 25 January 2016 | 11:03 am

Virtual Miniatur Wunderland

I’m planning, within the next few years, to Interrail around Europe. I have a few places I really want to visit, one of which is Miniatur Wunderland in Hamburg. In the meantime, I can always take a Google Maps tour of the world’s biggest model railway.

Posted by on 18 January 2016 | 5:38 am

Very small BMX bikes

Just uploaded to my Shapeways shop. These teeny BMX bikes should bring a bit of character to any modern image model railway layout.

Posted by on 4 January 2016 | 12:15 pm


Doomflight This is a thin book, and I had the time to spare, so I read it in a day. And it’s taken me over a month to write up the review. Fradley aerodrome was built, and then abandoned during the war, and, at the start of the book, has been functioning as a storage […]

Posted by on 28 December 2015 | 3:11 pm

A wander around post-flood Salford

Two days after the Boxing Day floods, I decided to take a quick look at the aftermath along a short stretch of the Irwell. I started out in Peel Park, which is now Peel Pond. The geese were enjoying the children’s play ground. You’ve got to wonder what the flood has done to the asking […]

Posted by on 28 December 2015 | 12:42 pm

Self portrait with Christmas bauble

Posted by on 10 December 2015 | 6:59 am

UKIP are racist? Who’d have thought

Labour won the Oldham West and Royton by-election yesterday, with UKIP coming in a distant second. Nigel Farage, who had been claiming their candidate was going to win easily, has gone straight to blaming immigrants In multiple interviews, he insisted that mass immigration and the increase of ethnic minorities meant democracy had “died” in parts […]

Posted by on 4 December 2015 | 7:29 am