My latest auction acquisition is a camera from around 1961, a Balda Super Matic (though the "Matic" bit isn't working).
Great title Keith ~ I'm a big fan of your's
Thanks Nick. This is Blyth's new landmark. To get an idea of scale see the Hi-Top Transit parked next to it.
You know that some folks will take you seriously Keith.
Is this bigger than the other ones? Is it a replacement or a supplement?
Jolly nice image regardless. Lovely sky, but then, of course, its film!
They are replacing the original small ones with these bigger, newer technology turbines Jethro. It's a shame I couldn't show the old and new side by side. The old ones are about half as tall. Thanks.
Nay problem Keith my memory will serve where photography fails us.
This time - J
I guess that this is what you are referring to Keith..Not a pretty sight..If one compares this with the former chimneys, one could say that their impact on the landscape is similar. I accept that the the windmills are not polluting the atmosphere at this location..but the energy required to manufacture these structures and their supporting bases is very high compared with other modern electric generators..
It is unlikely that they will produce cheap electricity..and quite possible that no electricity will be produced when it is needed the most..If they are going to erect these eyesores in the hills and mountains of Northumbria or any other sensitive area of great beauty then I for one will be unhappy.. At sea, on the edge of the Dogger bank, they will pose a threat to shipping and will impact negatively on the fishing fleet!
Government energy policies have been high-jacked by the eco warriors and other pressure groups who have forced the governments into making rash decisions to appease the minority. There is only two or three alternative sources of cheap energy...Solar panels..too expensive and only work in daylight, solar energy is let down by the slow development in the storage of energy. Tidal power..Completely reliable but the technology and investment is lagging behind..Nuclear power promises to be the most reliable and cheapest power generation that there is..I think that it is entirely possible to safely manage the relatively small quantities of harmful radio active material..All "grist to the mill" Keith..It will be many years before any major change takes place..
Only when the Russians, Turks, Iranians, Saudi's, Azerbaijanis and a few other questionable suppliers decide to turn the screw a bit tighter will our head in the sand government decide to act..
Ah well, I'm getting down from the box before I fall off :)
The crazy thing is, the turbine is standing above an untapped coal seam which would have kept Bates Pit profitable for at least another hundred years, and I am sure there must be a cost effective way of getting energy from coal cleanly. Most of this country is sitting on top of huge untapped coal deposits, yet we import most of our energy.....er....blah....blah....etc.
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Photo taken in Blyth, Northumberland, UK
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