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NEWS - ROSS-ON-WYE
News - The Weekly News Magazine for
No. 164 - Wednesday, 12th September 2007
Watch: A randy dog and sleeping swans
usually go wildlife photographing and filming alone but
this week, Tina came with me a couple of times and we took
Eric, our dog, so there was little chance of catching anything
exotic. At one point on Sunday evening though, Eric ran
off. He has been a bit frustrated by bitches this week and
has played up so we are either going to have to take him
to the Pot Noodle factory for a salt extracting machine
accident (love that TV ad!), or to Archenfield
Veterinary Surgery to have him calmed down properly,
ran off after him and caught him up about a mile away, heading
for the Murphy gas pipeline works. Thank you to the two
people in a passing car, who helped shepherd him for her.
having pretended not to notice the incident, for the sake
of avoiding unnecessary exercise, I found myself alone by
the River Wye as darkness was approaching. The swans were
gathering ready to sleep for the night and so I waded into
in the water rather than standing on the bank, you become
more a part of the natural surroundings and the wildlife
does not scare quite as easily. I find myself able to get
closer to take photos or film that way. Nothing much really
happened on this particular evening other than my missing
a heron taking off - twice. I did get a photo of the bird
in the end but it was getting dark, the exposure was slow
and it is too motion blurred to publish. I did manage to
get close to one swan though and stayed close as he fell
asleep for the night. The photos are below.
asked and have permission to camp here by the river to film
at dawn, so will be doing so on occasions over the next
month or so, in the hope of catching some more exotic wildlife.
Swans gathering for the night. Ref: DSC_3222
One lone swan getting tired...Ref: DSC_3235
... and finally falling asleep. Ref: DSC_3240
Nice view from the river. Shame about the beer can canoeist's visiting
card. Ref: DSC_3241
The last light from the sun as darkness falls. Ref: DSC_3243
Picnic Bench Vandalized
was very surprised when taking a break on Sunday to go and
photograph some wildlife by the river at Backney to find
that, the pervious evening, somebody had set fire to the
picnic bench in the 'Picnic Area', where I park the car.
to the warden, Gordon Lewis, he seemed to think that it
probably happened at around 9:30 pm on Saturday. The bench
was not a cheap one, it cost £800. I did wonder if
is was caused by a barbecue accident but evidently, the
bench was made of solid plastic and was 'virtually impossible'
to burn by accident. 'It must have needed a lot of petrol
or similar to burn as it did'.
The fire also damaged three nearby trees. If you have any
information as to who might be responsible, please inform
the local police.
is usually quiet when I park at the Backney picnic area
and I just stop there long enough to get my wellies on and
go off walking but this week, Tina has taken time off from
the White Lion, so we bought a takeaway and ate it there
before walking. Whilst we were sat in the car eating (as
there was no bench) a yob in a black Ford escort (very similar
to the Wyenot Mobile) drove into the car park, tore up and
down and round and round like a lunatic, kicking up the
dust and making a horrible mess of the air, then shot off
at speed along the road towards Bridstow. If anybody had
been walking there, or in the road, he could have killed
them. Unfortunately, with a burger, chips and hot Cappucino
on my lap, I was unable to turn around catch his car number.
people never seem to learn how dangerous this type of driving
is and how it does nothing to impress the average person
with a brain in their head. One would think that following
the very sad death of Dean Fulford recently, something would
sink in but evidently not.
AND STEVE RANDELL
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Side of the Moon at the Prince of Wales
their successful 'Dark Side of the Moon' performance at
Ross Bandstand last month, Totem Pole are putting on another
show. This time it will be held in the function room at
of Wales, on Saturday, 3rd November, when keyboard player,
Jack Baldus will be home from university.
event is on the same evening as Ross Lions' Annual Firework
Display, so will make an excellent follow-on to that spectacular
event. (If you are wondering why that event is not yet on
the What's On page. It is because the venue is not yet been
finalized. It will be added to the page as soon as the final
decision is made.)
Floyd have been my favourite band since the 1960s and Totem
Pole did a brilliant job at the bandstand, so Tina and I
will definitely be there to cover the November performance.
We hope to see you there.
the subject of Pink Floyd. I loved Saturday evening's performance
after the Last Night of the Proms by David Gilmore. I was
out at the time but recorded it and watched it when we arrived
back home. David Bowie's guest appearance, singing Syd Barrett's
song, 'Arnold Layne' (Floyd's first single) was brilliant!
I have to say that I was a little disappointed with the
performance of my favourite Floyd track, 'Shine on you Crazy
Diamond', which is about Syd. It sounded a little thin to
me. Still good but not quite the real thing but the rest
of the concert was great, with appearances by Crosby and
waffle. Look forward to seeing you at the Prince on Saturday,
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