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bobins wrote: 26 May 2024, 11:00 You can have a virtual wander around the LW (Europe 1) transmitter hall via Google if you want :)

https://artsandculture.google.com/stree ... w6Uz3L41cQ
Oh wow! That's awesome :-D Some happy memories there of my time up close and personal to senders (transmitters) of that magnitude... Heavy radio engineering at its best...
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Down to the woods...anywhere and everywhere in the Country. Like here 4 miles out of Consett Co Durham, but a natural wilderness.

Derwent Gorge and Muggleswick Woods National Nature Reserve.

Here's my picture of part of it....quite striking :-D
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A lot of dolphin activity off the North-East Coast yesterday ...always look for them when down the coast. The tuned in dolphin spotters helpfully report in sightings like this fb group Newbiggin-by-the-Sea Dolphin Watch.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/NEWILDD ... cale=en_GB
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The Falcons were down at Druridge Bay/ Newbiggin Yesterday but had we known at the time it was a hot dolphin spotting day we may have focussed our gaze more out to sea!
Bright and sunny at Newbiggin by the Sea.
Bright and sunny at Newbiggin by the Sea.
Bit dull at Druridge Bay
Bit dull at Druridge Bay
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Surprisingly Cambois Beach, where the River Wansbeck meets the sea and a good vantage point for scanning a panorama of lot of water 300-400m offshore , looking for Dolphins. Today Tynemouth pier was the place to be though, reports of over 20 Dolphins, and again many sightings off the Northumberland Coast. Plenty of rain and brooding skies as well as patches of the blue stuff and fluffy white clouds.
View to the North and "Wansbeck Mouth"view to the South towards Blyth
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Enjoying these seaside vistas Neil :D
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Apart from Flamingo park and Borås zoos, the only dolphins I have seen were in Whitby harbour, 1960-ish.
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Dolphins are pretty active in the vicinity of Roker Pier too according to the Dolphin watch fb page.
There is a youtube live stream from "Roker Lad"....of the Seascape down at Roker capturing Dolphin activity.

Obviously nothing is happening most of the time so not a rivetting watch, but it does capture activity when it occurs then snipped up into clips like this.

https://www.youtube.com/clip/UgkxJWmiIE ... ehAnIDLVt3
Newbiggin Dolphin Watch...
June is a hotspot round the North East Coast around the rivermouths and movements of pods up the Coast.
​​We think the dolphins are attracted to Roker this time of year for the sea trout. Its too early for mackerel.
​​June is our busiest month for sightings. At any one time about 100 bottle nose dolphins in various pods move and and down our coastline. They have fave feeding spots like rivermouths.
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As the Alnmouth Fingerpost sign (here) proclaims The Northumberland Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a nice place to stop off at, and you will find many examples of its natural assets posted up by yours truly on many threads,

So a contrast, and an exception. From Tynemouth to Berwick upon Tweed the coastline is stunning. This very small section is not, It consists of not much more than a mile at most at the mouth of the River Lyne, but encompasses the area of the former Lynemouth Colliery, the former Alcan Aluminium Smelter, and its associated powersatation, a landfill site abutting the beach, a large Minewater Treatment site, and an orange watercourse emanating from that site across the beach and into the North Sea tainting it orange for hundreds of metres.

It forms part of the England Coastal Path great views, North and South, and an intended clean up in progress but a contaminated wasteland of its industrial past. Still lets say an "interesting" place to stop off at.

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The Orange "river"
The Orange "river"
The now Biomass Power Station
The now Biomass Power Station
More orange river
More orange river
River Lyne and Landfill behind the Beach
River Lyne and Landfill behind the Beach
Power Station
Power Station
England Coatal Path Bridge looking South
England Coatal Path Bridge looking South
Severn Trent in Charge of The Minewater Treatment Station
Severn Trent in Charge of The Minewater Treatment Station
Not exactly a hive of activity clearing the wasteland
Not exactly a hive of activity clearing the wasteland
Nice views in some directions
Nice views in some directions
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The mention of the Alcan works was interesting to me.
An American acquaintance who is one of the world's top power station engineers used to come annually to check Alcan's power station.
Would have loved to meet her and her girlfriend while they were here but she hasn't been for years, mainly in Australia these days. And the US of course although her job has changed a lot over the past decade.
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On 6th July the Former Ryhope Grand Cinema will open at Beamish Museum. Spot the brown workcoat!

The cinema has been reconstructed in the museum's 1950s town along with radio, electrical and vinyl shops, and a toy store based on Middlesbrough's Romer Parrish.
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Oh gosh! Now there's a reason for a return visit - if ever I needed one ;)
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