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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 160 - Wednesday, 15th August 2007
The Lucas family caring for Ross-on-Wye
Some years ago on 'Wyenot News' I told the story
of how I went into town to buy a Chinese takeaway without
my camera and saw Margaret Lucas voluntarily painting a
scruffy empty shop front, to make the town more attractive
care for the town of Ross seems to be a family trait for
the Lucas family. This photograph was sent in by Gordon
Amand, who was walking through the Churchyard and spotted
Councillor, Gordon Lucas tidying unwanted foliage from grave
stones in the cemetery in his time off from Council business
and running his family motorcycle business.
town should be proud of the Lucas family!
Councillor Gordon Lucas clearing up the Church yard.
The Space Shuttle Docked with the ISS, the Perseids and an idiot!
'exciting,' he said, sarcastically, photo immediately below
is of the Space Shuttle, Endeavour on mission STS-118, docked
with the International Space Station as the two spacecraft
passed directly overhead, as seen from Ross-on-Wye at 10:04
PM on Thursday, 9th August, travelling at 17,000 miles per
hour. What does make the picture a little more exciting
is the thought that there are twenty two people on board
that tiny dot in space - fifteen on board the Space Station
and seven on board Endeavour.
two craft were visible for six minutes during the Thursday
evening pass, which took a path from 10 degrees from west
to 10 degrees from east, taking them virtually directly
overhead, eclipsing at about 30 degrees above May Hill.
Tina's son, Mike and I watched the objects rise in the West,
we saw a brilliantly fiery display from the Perseids, which
have also been at their peak this week. That was my second
photographic mistake this week . . . I have to admit, due
to laziness, I did not set up the wide angle camera to photograph
the Space Station trail - I thought about it but could not
be bothered. Had I done so, I would have caught the Space
Station and Shuttle trail with at least the one brilliant
Perseids meteor, just off to the left.
case you are wondering what the other mistake was. Hiding,
by lying face down in thistles so as not to be seen by the
bird, I filmed a kingfisher at Backney for half an hour,
for a film I am making; but I forgot to switch the recorder
on. It has just not been a good week!
. . .
annual August Perseid meteor shower has been quite spectacular
this year, producing some quite fiery displays as well as
some fainter, plain 'shooting stars'. I took the wide angle
camera out on Sunday evening to try and catch some.
the early hours of Monday morning, the activity seemed to
be centred south of the constellation of Cassiopeia - the
'W' shaped constellation looking north. Cassiopeia is plainly
visible in the photo below with one Perseid - which looks
fainter that it actually was as this was a 30 second exposure
to bring out the stars.
. . .
A Persied meteor near the constellation of Cassiopeia. Ref: DSC_0219
run of photography misfortune has continued though and it
has certainly NOT been a good week! With photographing the
Perseids in mind, I set out to pick up Tina from work at
the White Lion. I was going to take her with me to a darker
location with a wider field of view but she was not finished,
so I set up my camera equipment in the dark car park. When
she did finish, I left the camera shutter open and went
to show her the way out of the building with a torch. (It
is difficult to see where to walk there once the pub lights
we reached the car, I closed the camera shutter and took
it off the tripod, handing it to Tina, to save packing it,
for speed. I shut the tripod in the boot of the car, along
with all the other equipment - and my car keys!
did not make it to the darker location. Instead we had to
walk the mile and a half up hill, home, as I am a useless
car lock breaker. I was so angry. Using Anglo Saxon language
most fluently, and loudly, I was trying to think who to
blame, but in the end, it was myself that was the 'stupid
xxxxing, xxxting, xxxxarding xxat!' that had caused the
problem and all I could do was try to calm down.
took the photo above from my garden at 1:00 am, laying the
one remaining camera that Tina was holding, on a table with
the shutter open whilst drinking a cup of tea and thinking,
'Bxxxocks. It's late and I have to be up in the morning
'cause the BBC want me to do a weather watch report on the
It's Monday morning. I have just done the BBC weather report
after 5 hours sleep. I only had one car key so it's time
to find somebody to break into my car for me - without throwing
a brick through the window, this time!.
A failed Perseid shot from the White Lion car park, which I thought
was quite pretty in its own right. Ref: DSC_0219
Multi-tasking Tina Dancing: 'The Lunatic is on the Grass'
week's 'Tina Dancing' photo was taken from quite a distance
away through a telephoto lens at the Dark Side of the Moon'
concert. I don't mind seeing Tina dancing from a long way
off because there is less chance of getting collared to
the photo she can be seen doing the two things she does
best - both at the same time - dancing and drinking pints
of lager. Whilst filming, I was up on stage with a pint
of tea. Honest Gov. The Riverside
Inn thought a 'pint of tea' in a takeaway beer
glass a strange request but then, they don't know me and
my eccentric ways that well. They happily obliged however
and very nice it was too.
lady Tina is dancing with is Jane Lloyd. She is obviously
as eccentric as we are - they were dancing to the tune,
'Brain Damage' (The lunatic is on the grass). Sounds about
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Little Sister at the White Lion
by Tina Jones
'Little Sister' provided an excellent evening of entertainment
at the White
Lion Inn on Saturday evening. We were hoping to catch
more of Chrissie and John than we did, but due to filming
Saturday's 'Jamstand' event we got held up.
we arrived, the popular duo were about to begin their third
set of terrific cover songs and people were soon up dancing
again, demanding 'More' at the end of each song.
hope to see you both again, soon.
Forest of Dean Brass provided Sunday afternoon's 'Bands
in the Park' summer entertainment. Although rain had been
predicted for Sunday, it actually turned out to be quite
a reasonable day, with sunny periods and quite a few people
gathered around the road side of the bandstand to listen.
usual, Sunday afternoon was busy for me, so I just took
the photo quickly and left but what I heard sounded very
nice and the listeners seemed to be enjoying the concert.
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