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Three Queens visit Liverpool

Photos of the 3Queens event celebrating the coming together of Cunards three Queen cruise ships; Queen Mary 2, Queen Victoria and Queen Elizabeth. Docking for the first time in their spiritual home, Liverpool.

The most photographed ship in Liverpool

The most photographed ship in Liverpool

A packed river Mersey

A packed river Mersey

QM2 docked in Liverpool

QM2 docked in Liverpool

Queen Victoria turning in the river Mersey

Queen Victoria turning in the river Mersey

The three queens in Liverpool

The three queens in Liverpool

The city awaits the fireworks

The city awaits the fireworks

God Save the Queen - Star Spangled Banner!

God Save the Queen – Star Spangled Banner!

Fireworks light up the docked Queen Victoria

Fireworks light up the docked Queen Victoria

Fireworks celebrate the three queens

Fireworks celebrate the three queens

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Snowman Tri – North Wales

At the weekend I had the pleasure of joining Mr & Mrs Cakes (she of Shoreditch Bakes fame!) for a weekend trip to North Wales. Apart from being a nice break from the norm, the main reason for the visit was for Mr & Mrs Cakes to tackle the Snowman Triathlon. Now I’m not an expert at triathlons so all I’m going to say is that the water looked mighty cold and the hill/mountain looked ominously steep. However, I am sure Mrs Cakes will do a full review of the event in time – so keep checking her site. *edit* here is the link to Mrs Cakes blog of the Snowman Tri

I was asked to take some piccies of the day – a kinda journal of the how the day panned out. Below are some collages of various images but if you want to see the full size images then head over to my flickr site.

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Barry Trotters Train!

The North Yorkshire Moors railway runs between Whitby on the east coast of England, to a market town called Pickering, approximately 20 miles inland. The station of Grosmont is, give or take a few miles, half way between the two. Grosmont is one of the key stations on the line serving as the starting point for many of the scheduled services, as well as for the specials that run throughout the season. Growing up not far from Grosmont, I have fond childhood memories of being taken to see the trains by my Nanna, who incidentally was born and raised in the town. Now that I have children of my own, I am reigniting those memories by taking them to see the steam and diesel trains.

As well as providing a fantastic opportunity to take pictures of steam trains, the surrounding countryside, in my opinion, is some of the most stunning in the world. To add weight to support this outrageous statement, is the little fact that some of the scenes from the Harry Potter movies were filmed on location on the NYMR!

To clarify why I’ve chosen an unusual post title. Well, for some reason whenever my son asked to watch Harry Trotter I would respond with ‘Barry Trotter’ in a fake mockney accent. Needless to say he didn’t find it very funny…but I still do it anyway. What else are Dads for apart from to be annoying?!


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It’s Great and it’s Central!

It has to be said that Grand Central Terminal in NYC is one of the most impressive stations I have ever been inside. In fact many of the stations that I have visited in the USA are grand old buildings including Union Station in Washington D.C., and 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. If the rest of the mainline stations are like this across the USA, then I might have to try and travel by railroad more frequently.