Please can I go to the aircraft museum on our wedding anniversary ??

in a blizzard snow storm, I promise to stay married for another 30 years (although it may not be with you after this )…please pretty please, you never know you may like it. and then we can do it every year …

our 30th wedding aniversay evening on the ferry docks for the Delaware – new Jersey ferry.. and that girl is here doing a  photo bombs again , she’s even still got the same coat on…WTF
oh what joy Milly was so happy to see the sign appear through the snow storm

WARNING: If you want to see the SR71 blackbird at the national air and space museum in Washington, then Don’t go to Washington it’s not there!!, it’s at the satellite museum of the air and space museum at Chantilly here

This site is much better, more exhibits including a space shuttle and Concorde and easy parking

Is there a better engineered shape? you can keep your oil painting and you church roofs this is a shape and machine that is beyond comparison
Milly let me drive over an hour into a snow storm to look at this, she never tutted and even made me believe she was interested.. I am lucky to have such a wife.
the people who put this on paper should be proud
and proof I was actually there, a rare photo of me on a pilgrimage.

There was other interesting things at the museum like……..

some of the oldies were just excellent
this was a scary French bomber
looks fast just stood still.. and a kit plane that can do 400MPH !!!
just too much content in these two  pictures to comment on
Emilia Earhart’s plane , A inspiration for my girls
even my mum knows what this is…
and again did I mention there was a Blackbird at this museum ??
what a collection
look at the arse on that..

30 years #2

Downtown Manhattan and a statue by a French bloke..

Ferry across the Hudson.. (sing in a New York accent)
Obligatory Statue picture, apparently its by some French bloke and it is meant to be quite famous, I’ve never heard of it before but the ferry went past it so I thought I may as well get a quick photo just in case someone can tell me what’s so good about it πŸ™‚
World trade centre 2019, outside and….
Inside.Β  The Oculus train station at One world trade centre New York
do you come here often love?
there are some odd building in Manhatton
but New York does have the odd pretty building this is the old ferry terminal at South Ferry next to the new Staten island ferry terminal
orange boat…err and its to Staten island…
SNOWFLAKE ALERT :Two chinks go into a bar one says to the other is it nippy in here or is just me πŸ™‚ but they didn’t , instead they got into this Rolls Royce and sloped off.
RIP Top gear
More dreary metro rides around New York, the only decent Metro station is the 9/11 world trade centre and thats a really sad place to have a cool station, all the rest want to make you jump on the tracks.

30 years …

First class on BA to new York , and the air hostess knew who we where from Dakar, turns out she is a uber fan of Dakar and said to meet us was the best people ever in 20 years of first class service to have on board. we got first ++ service πŸ™‚

Constant supply of top champagne pleased some of the passengers on the flight…
Not your average in flight meal, lovely al a carte steak, and later fresh baked scones.
Amazing wooden escalator in Macy’s department store.
homeless people in cold New York are very resourceful.
Horses on the Central park queue fight the pigeons for their tea
Central park and the perimeter of big buildings. Its a nice place in the centre of a city, but thats it
Someones in Wonderland
unusual and disturbing sculpture near central park metro station
The New York Metro is a seriously depressing place.
View of downtown Manhattan from the Empire state building.
isn’t it just πŸ™‚
Cool NYPD support vehicles ina big line up
DeLorean back to the future….nearly
NYPD in times square
Times square

Oman 2018 , camping and exploring.

Toyota Land cruiser 5.7 V8 off road in Oman
Toyota Land cruiser 5.7 V8 off road in Oman
And the start of the fun, every track is legal in Oman.
IBRi castle in the wadi of oman, Lunch time in the shade
Milly rests after a hard slog up the dunes in southern Oman
some lovely sunsets
Snake canyon, miles and miles of rock cut like butter
Christmas day call home πŸ™‚
Milly holding up the world
Sama Wakan hotel, in Wakan heritage village deep in the high mountains, fantastic place
Some nice old building , very much the opposite of Dubai
Wakan trail into the mountains
Rare picture of us together
Milly checks out how fat she looks in her little black dress !!!

Spot the plane

On our travels to Oman at the border…that doesn’t let you into Oman if the car isn’t in your name !!!! there was a airfield with some interesting old commercial jets.

after the little issue of the IK man being locked up for spying I decided not to take any photos on the ground but here’s’ a shot from google earth.

and the location in GE. can you work out what they are. Not all are American some a UK and some Russian.

Beady race on tour in UAE

and here is the actual Google earth location.


BMW M57 & M57N deisel engine leak off pipe upgrade

The leak off pipe on the BMW diesel is prone to breaking when moved or even just when driving, the plastic gets brittle 

the upgrade kit from here 
BMW leakoff kit on ebay

this is a HD brass kit but with one issue, the pipe they supply is rubbish and soon starts to leak after getting warm a few times, the solution is to use Gates 3.2mm pipe and some Mikalor spring clips like this..

This is the right way and last for whatever abuse you give it.

GIMP & Sony A6500

Sandbach car and commercial scrap yard

Writing some python script to resize ,add shadow, add logo, save as jpg to new directory then…..

outlook VBA code scans directory and uploads image to WordPress automatically..

only took 2 days to get it workingΒ 

Python is such a pain in the arse language..

Never a Boring day