I WAS out the back having a cig when I spotted this battle-scarred butterfly flitting around the garden. I usually have the camera with me in case there’s something interesting to photograph, but of course this time it was inside. So I leg it to my office, grab the T1i, stick the 250mm lens on it and go back outside. To my amazement the butterfly had settled on a flower instead of buggering off, so I took these […]
THERE’S nothing quite like waking up at 6.30am to see this out of your bedroom window. Snow’s been falling all morning and it’s only just stopped, although it’s melting fast so I can at least go out this afternoon on my last day in Britain. I arrived in snow, I’ll be leaving in snow. Maybe next time I fly in we could have a shower of blood or a meteor […]
I VAGUELY remember designing a feature about this Second World War POW camp for the Glamorgan Gazette back in the late 90s. After our rain-drenched visit to Cwm Coke Works last week, me and Blunty decided to head Bridgend way to take a look.
Camp 198 is famous for the escape in 1945. About 70 Germans tunnelled under the perimeter fence from Hut 9, the only one left, to freedom before all were caught and returned. Some of the prisoners held there were high-ranking Nazis such as Field Marshal Gerd von Rundstedt, who commanded the 1940 invasion of France; Colonel-General Gotthard Heinrici, who was […]
WHEN in doubt, head for ruins. I must have passed Neath Abbey loads of times when driving back and forth to Swansea while working at The Shittiest Web Design Company In The World™ in 2000 but never actually bothered to go. One reason for that is undoubtedly the terrible road signs - if you’re driving from the Merthyr end of the A465 it’s not signposted at all, and if you’re coming from the Neath end the only sign is right at the exit. So after going about five miles out of my way I got there by going through a depressing […]