• Calculating height from stride length

    Calculating height from stride length

    One of things that fascinates me are reports of Sasquatch, Bigfoot, Yowie, Yarin or whatever it is called in the country where you live. Much is made of footprints left in mud or foliage and great care is often taken to get plaster casts of any prints found. These prints are often in the region…

  • A gross act of vandalism at Sycamore Gap

    A gross act of vandalism at Sycamore Gap

    Take look at this sycamore tree. Do you recognise it? You should do. It featured heavily in the Kevin Costner film, Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves. Today the region woke up to the news that the tree has been destroyed, deliberately cut down in what can only be described as the worst act of vandalism…

  • Who killed Jill Dando?

    Who killed Jill Dando?

    I’ve just finished watching the mini-series on the murder of Jill Dando on Netflix and I can’t help but think how distressing this was for the family and friends of her. It was thought provoking. Harrowing in places. Confronting, but ultimately disappointing as it did not come to any conclusions as to who actually committed…

  • Bring back the Royal Navy Field Gun Competition

    Bring back the Royal Navy Field Gun Competition

    It has to have been one of the most spectacular sporting events I’ve ever seen live. I was fortunate enough to receive an invite to the Royal Tournament and there was only one event I looked forward to. The Royal Navy Field Gun Competition. For years I’d seen it on TV, but all of a…

  • Lest we forget

    Lest we forget

    For all those who died on that day, as well as the first responders who have succumbed since, we’ll not forget you.

  • Do aliens exist?

    Do aliens exist?

    It seems over recent months more people are coming forward to talk openly about UFOs and aliens. An intriguing subject It’s a subject I’ve been interested in for years. I’ve spent a fortune on books on the subject and yet still, that smoking-gun piece of evidence proving the existence of aliens evades us all still.…

  • Is there a base below the mesa?

    Is there a base below the mesa?

    We all love a good bedtime story don’t we? One channel on YouTube, aptly named Bedtime Stories Channel, specialises in the type of weird and wonderful bedtime stories that will keep you up at night. I also love the graphics used and whoever is behind them is a very talented artist. I found this video…

  • The Tower of London – Palace or Prison Camp?

    The Tower of London – Palace or Prison Camp?

    They’re commonly known as “Beefeaters”. However their real title is “Yeomen Warders of His Majesty’s Royal Palace and Fortress the Tower of London” They are the men, and now women, who appear in uniform, guiding visitors around the Tower of London. However there is a lot more to them than providing those tours. The body…

  • The most powerful video ever posted to YouTube

    The most powerful video ever posted to YouTube

    I first saw this video when it was release on YouTube and immediately knew this guy had created something very special. It wasn’t the usually mind-numbing drivel that seems to dominate the search result. It was thought provoking, challenged the norms of always being online and most importantly of all, got me to examine my…

  • I’ve never seen the likes, before or since.

    I’ve never seen the likes, before or since.

    I’ve always been a fan of Last Night of the Proms. It’s a huge celebration of how great is it to be British. Many classically trained musicians love playing the old classics in what had become a traditionally selected programme of music. However, I’ve never seen a Proms night quite like that in the video.…

  • The City Hall was saved

    The City Hall was saved

    Back in 2013, can it really be ten years ago, Newcastle City Council had to respond to comments they were planning to closed the iconic music venue, Newcastle City Hall. Far from being a council administrative building, as some may infer from its name, it is a concert venue with a capacity in excess of…

  • A tale from a Captain

    A tale from a Captain

    It seems like everyone is talking about the Women’s World Cup Football Final today, but it isn’t the first world cup. Ask a football fan when the first world cup was held and they will probably tell you it was in Uruguay in 1930. But if you go back to 1909, you’ll find teams competing…