Archive for April, 2009

Apr 25th by delboy under Materials and Construction

Tags: Nae tags again!

Believe it or not I captured these images on the site of the new M74 at Polmadie, although I suspect the wildlife at night may be somewhat different.…

Apr 17th by Ian under Miscellaneous

Talk of, travels and trouble with travels in the office, reminded me of the day I nicked my own passport. It was all about money, a gratuity paid by a company for time spent with the company, this was in Dubai in 1980/1981. My company was a joint venture of a local housebuilder and a massive French outfit, essentially a part of Colas. I had worked for 18 months on the underpasses and enjoyed Dubai and the project enormously. But i was due this dosh and was not going to let it easily escape my clutches. The problem was the…
White deer

White deer

White deer 2

White deer 2

I startled this creature in the woods, of course the brain said sheep, then a goat, and finally got round to a deer. A pure white deer, on it's own, these woods have roe aplenty and I have once been mesmerised and rooted to the spot when a large pale fallow deer walked within 20m of me, but a white deer? whiter than a sheep too. Incredible. It was not familiar with where it was, judging by the way it behaved, it had no clear escape route and the fact it left the woods for…

Apr 11th by Ian under Bird Watching

Fresh fish

Fresh fish

How's this for breakfast? 7.35 am Saturday 11 April, male could not keep the fish steady on a branch near the nest and flapped onto the nest for a stable platform. The female considered this was a passover of food and got off the nest. No deal says he and just about falls from the nest to the post where I took this picture. I have seen him use these posts in high winds, this morning was not really windy. Had a good look at other pics I took and could see the ring on his left leg…
I was at a pavement meeting this week for a road tender project. These meetings never used to happen, as the choice was blacktop of what thickness (except DBFOs) and the market place used to sort that out, usually after an award. As the rules are new in HD 26/06 and the now much clearer IAN 73/06, 2009 update, there is a part of the meeting that is educative. It's not that its complicated to understand as you still end up with thicknesses of layers, it's the choice that complicates. In this choice matrix are grey areas, the largest is…
Just driven about 700 miles, 350 with a falling weight defectometer trailer in tow, it weighs 1.4 tonnes and my L 200 returned 25 MPG at a generally obedient 60 MPH. The return trip was foot down at 70 min apart from congestion on the M5 and M6 and returned 26.6 MPG. It is a long time since I drove so many miles in one day, isn't red bull wonderful. Anyway the point of the post is to say how fantastic a Tom Tom One is, I did this journey last year without a GPS device and stayed in various…

Apr 4th by Ian under Bird Watching

How satisfying can it be to have fieldfares chuckling in the background while you are watching newly returned Ospreys? I have a site I have regularly watched for 4/5 years and from that choice of time you should be able to tell I'm not a note taker with observations. I should be, but I'm not, I take the pleasure from being there not from the formal note taking from observation. Cognitive indolence. Last week the 28th March I thought "my" Ospreys would have returned, no sign, this week 4th April both are there and attempting to copulate, I say attempting…
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