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Didcot Power Station cooling towers demolition

Sunday, 18 August 2019

At about 7am, the remaining three cooling towers were demolished. The demolition scared hundreds of birds, which flew around crazily following the explosions, and also set off burglar alarms even a couple of miles away. It also caused a power cut not only in Didcot but in Abingdon, Wantage, Wallingford and further afield, apparently due […]

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Didcot Power Station before and after

Saturday, 2 August 2014

Two views of Didcot Power Station taken from Didcot Parkway railway station. The first was taken on 12 March 2013, less than two weeks before the power station closed. The second is from 27 July 2014, just after three of the cooling towers were demolished.

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Didcot Power Station gallery

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Didcot Power Station was completed in 1968. In 2013, it was closed down. At the end of July 2014, the first three of the cooling towers are due to be demolished. As a tribute to this fixture of the south Oxfordshire skyline that has become synonymous with the town, I have chosen

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Springfield, Oxfordshire

Monday, 30 June 2014

A few years ago, Sky Television ran a viral advertising campaign that featured a live action version of the famous opening sequence from The Simpsons, filmed at various locations in the UK, promoting Sky One as the home of The Simpsons on British television. The animated version begins with the camera swooping over the Springfield […]

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China photos uploaded!

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

My photos from Hangzhou and Shanghai are finally online! It’s taken me five months to upload just 72 photos, but as usual they are labelled with extensively researched captions…

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Cornerstone opens!

Saturday, 30 August 2008

Didcot’s new arts centre, Cornerstone, has finally opened. Over the weekend of 30/31 August, the centre opened its doors to allow the public to have a look around the new building. The centre includes an auditorium, an art gallery, a dance studio, an arts studio and two other multi-purpose rooms. Many of the rooms have […]

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A tale of two Birminghams

Saturday, 16 August 2008

The City Council in Birmingham, England, recently sent out leaflets to all households congratulating them for meeting targets by recycling their rubbish. The leaflets cost £15,000 to produce. Under the headline “Thank You Birmingham!”, the leaflet showed a picture of the Birmingham skyline. Unfortunately for the council, the photo was of Birmingham in Alabama, and […]

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Didcot: where to enjoy a long, healthy life

Sunday, 9 September 2007

It is an unglamorous town in the south of England known for its rail junction, power station and nuclear research laboratory but today, Didcot in Oxfordshire enjoys a new and enviable reputation – as the place whose residents enjoy the longest, healthiest lives in England and Wales. Read the whole story in the Daily Telegraph. […]

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Edinburgh photos online!

Sunday, 26 August 2007

It’s nearly two months since they were taken now, but finally I have uploaded some photos from Edinburgh. I have taken some time to write a little about each image, as I usually do, so that they become a guide to parts of the city rather than purely a set of photos. With only three […]

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No surprise Stonehenge disappoints

Friday, 17 August 2007

It is no surprise at all that Stonehenge has come top of a list of the most disappointing UK tourist sights. The setting detracts hugely from the stones. The World Heritage site sits between two busy A-roads, with a tall wire fence to keep out non-paying visitors. Entrance is via a tunnel beneath one of […]

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