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See previous pics the this drained lake.

The two tourist ferries at Beau Rivage waiting patiently for the lake to be re-filled!

This is an artificial lake in the centre of Brittany, France. It was created to power the dam of Guerledan and construction took seven years from 1923. Its surface area is 4km with an elevation of 121m and it is the largest artificial lake in Brittany. It cut through the Nantes-Brest Canal which from this location followed the course of the river Blavet. Seventeen of the old locks were submerged in the lake and it is now a tourist attraction where my brother has a holiday home. From April to November this year the lake was drained to allow work on the dam and the photo shows a vegetation-covered lake bed. Tourists have been attracted in droves to see this. We cycled through the middle of the lake up to the dam on my birthday and it was damned hard work for an OAP!!!

Another of me sunsets!!!

A view of the Portsmouth landmarks from Southsea.

Hi G Lokey. Like. Tone.

This is the trading name of the Gloucestershire Aviation Collection an all-volunteer charitable organisation dedicated to the preservation of Gloucestershire's aviation heritage. It houses a number of aircraft, aero engines, cockpits and other related exhibits. At the moment there are two Gloster Javelins, five Gloster Meteors, a Gloster Gamecock and a replica Gloster E28/39. Star of the show seems to be the cockpit, open to the public, of Avro Vulcan B.2 XM569 as shown in the photo. Well worth a visit!!!

Number 42 out of "Lightnings to be photographed" has now turned up at Bruntingthorpe after being purchased by the Lightning Preservation Group, LPG. Only two left now to snap, at Warton and Boscombe Down, both highly secret bases where access is impossible!!! This Lightning had been restored by 111 Squadron at RAF Leuchars and earmarked for display duties. With the closure of the base and the disbanding of 111 it was put out to tender and Wattisham museum thought they had only to be outbid by Bruntingthorpe which suited me as I live nearer to Brunty!

This was a long range British airliner first flown at Brooklands in 1962. Although relatively few were built, 54 in fact, it was designed to operate on long-distance routes and indeed its performance was such that it achieved the fastest London to New York crossing by a jet airliner. 5 hours 1 minute, and only the supersonic Concorde was faster. They were operated by BOAC and other airlines and from 1965 by the Royal Air Force. Which is where I came to fly on them, to and from Bahrain in 1966/1967, To New York in 1970 and back from Antigua later that year, all on Army service. Here the one at Bruntingthorpe was getting ready for a taxy run to start the Cold War Jets Day off!


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