Nov 082019
 

It’s about time, I did a vlog along with my amazing dog Cooper. Oh and yes, I am wearing a wetsuit again.

Nov 072019
 

WOW! It’s now November. So with Halloween and Guy Fawkes Night over, the next big thing, is of course Christmas. Since it was cold, and wetsuit… I had, to go out walking Cooper, wearing a wetsuit!

Nov 032019
 

Sad to know, that in the next number of weeks, all of LNER’s HSTs will be coming off the ECML. Really going to miss, seeing and of course hearing the Class 43’s, powering up and down the line.

InterCity 125 at Grantham railway station
LNER Class 43 at Grantham railway station
Old, meets new at Grantham railway station
Class 43 at Grantham railway station

Many more photos can be found at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/trains/class-43/

Nov 032019
 

Since 2020, is getting very, very close. Here is a mini list, of railway stations, that I really want to tick off, next year!

  • Dent – Highest railway station England.
  • Dunbar – Heard it’s got amazing beaches (Did someone say, wetsuits! LOL!).
  • Pitlochry – Been voted the best ‘Medium Station of the Year’ in the UK.
  • Thurso – The northernmost railway station station in the UK.
  • Wick – The terminus of the Far North Line.

Any others, you think I should visit? Plus, please give a good reason!!

Nov 022019
 

Great Australian Railway Journeys (BBC 2/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Saturday 2nd November 2019)

Michael Portillo explores New South Wales by train, travelling 570 miles from Sydney to the mining city of Broken Hill. He explores the origins of Sydney as a penal colony, visiting the Hyde Park barracks where many of the first convicts were housed. He also tours the city’s iconic opera house, and volunteers for the lifesaving club at Bondi Beach. In the Blue Mountains, he learns about people’s relationship to the land from his indigenous guide, before reaching Katoomba, where he rides the steepest railway in the world.

Steam Train Britain (Yesterday | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 7th November 2019)

On the Welsh Highland Railway, trainee Claire Oates takes her driving test, while chef Alex and manager Michelle prepare a dinner for 130 people on the East Lancashire railway.

London Calling: Cold War Letters (BBC 4/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Thursday 7th November 2019)

On the 30th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, this documentary reveals how for more than 25 years, the BBC gave voice to the silenced people of the former communist state of East Germany by inviting them to secretly write in to a radio show called Letters without Signature. Broadcast on the BBC’s German Service, the programme gave voice to ordinary citizens who wrote about life under the repressive communist regime.

The Fall of the Berlin Wall with John Simpson (BBC 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 7th November 2019)

To mark the 30th anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall on November 9, 1989, John Simpson, the BBC’s longest-serving correspondent, goes back to his reports on what he believes to be the most important story he has ever covered. Back then, John thought the even would change the world for the better, for ever. Three decades on, he looks at how history has actually turned out and whether he was wrong to have been so optimistic.

Gareth Edwards’ Great Welsh Adventure (BBC 1 Wales/HD & BBC iPlayer only | 7:30pm to 8:00pm | Friday 8th November 2019)

Rugby legend Gareth and wife Maureen reach the final leg of their round-Wales adventure by canal, one which has a personal connection for them. The narrowboat novices grew up at opposite ends of the same street in the village of Gwaun-cae-Gurwen, near Neath. As children, they would play in the areas by the derelict canals, but knew very little of them and their history. The Swansea canal and the Neath and Tennant canals reveal a story of industry that once dominated the area, getting coal and iron to the docks. Now virtually impassable, there are plans afoot to give them a new lease of life.

The World’s Most Scenic Railway Journeys (Channel 5/HD | 8:00pm to 9:00pm | Friday 8th November 2019)

A stunning journey in New Zealand, through the heart of South Island’s best scenery. It starts in Greymouth, renowned for its coal mining past, moving on to Arthur’s Pass National Park – with its historically important Maori hunting grounds. The train passes through Cass, made famous by Kiwi artist Rita Angus and onwards to the Waimakiriri gorge and its 15 tunnels and four viaducts. Rail engineers recall how the line has been affected by earthquakes before the journey arrives in Christchurch, a city sitting on a volcano. Narrated by Bill Nighy.

Caravanning with Shane Richie (Channel 5/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 8th November 2019)

#The Isle of Wight is where Shane holidayed as a child, and where he began his career, staying in a unique, rock ‘n’ roll-themed caravan complete with its own hot tub. On his first day, Shane revisits his past with a visit to the pier at Sandown, where he did his earliest professional performances. Back at the holiday park, Shane enjoys an evening at the park’s outdoor cinema, meeting both the holidaymakers who have come along and the staff keeping them entertained. He is later joined by TV chef Tony Tobin to forage along the shoreline for edible seaweed.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.

Nov 012019
 

Below are the top three most looked at photos on this website during October 2019.

Number 1 (213 views) : Castelli Body Paint 3.3 Speed Suit
Castelli Body Paint 3.3 Speed Suit

Number 2 (202 views) : Castelli Body Paint 3.3 Speed Suit
Castelli Body Paint 3.3 Speed Suit

Number 3 (158 views) : Castelli Body Paint 3.3 Speed Suit
Castelli Body Paint 3.3 Speed Suit

Oct 312019
 

What do you think of these photos? Would you like to see more pup play photos on here?!?!? Do comment and let me know! 🙂

Pup hood and 2XU A:1 Active wetsuit
Pup hood and 2XU A:1 Active wetsuit
Pup hood and 2XU A:1 Active wetsuit

More photos can be found at www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/pup-play/

Oct 312019
 

Yes, some very boring website news. Just upgraded to PHP 7.3, which “should” make this website run a lot faster. Better not, say which version of PHP, the website had been running, let’s just say it was old!

In the process of upgrading, I have broken some parts of the website… Not going to say, which parts…. Going to see if anyone notices…

Oct 292019
 

Just used the new Lincoln LNER Azuma service for the very first time, along with my friend Mark T. Got to say, I really did like it! I can see, myself using it a lot more in the future. Even more so, when the weekend service service, starts in December.

Grantham railway station
LNER Azuma at Grantham railway station
LNER Azuma at Lincoln railway station

Oct 292019
 

At long last, I got a good photo of the Class 91 (#91119) in the ‘Swallow’ livery! Really going to miss these locomotives, when they all come off the ECML by the middle of next year.

Class 91: 91119 LNER at Grantham railway station

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