Welcome to my blog, Whats this about then?

This is a place where I will be posting all sorts of things not just things relating to Derby and Derbyshire. On here you will find details of any videos I’ve made of things in Derby and also Time-lapse, stop motion animation, Tutorials etc. If I find some useful software for PC or iPhone then I will feature it here.I’m sure that there will be something of interest to someone on my many posts.Please leave comments on any posts if you like them.
Don’t forget if you are new to my blog and would like to read through the previous posts then see the Blog Archive section on the left side of this page.
Also there is a Search box at the top left of the page if you are looking for something but cant remember where it was. I am a trustee member of "Friends of Friar Gate bridge", aiming to get this bridge restored.

Saturday, 30 June 2012

Video of the Olympic Torch Relay in Derby on Friday 29th June 2012. Day 42.

This was a very important day for Derby as the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay came to our city.
I have tried to capture the feel of the day, I have never seen so many people come out to support something like this before. All the streets along the route were crowded with onlookers.
Were you there? What did you think to this event?
Did you spot yourself in my video?, if so please leave a comment.

My video of the Olympic Torch Relay in Derby on Friday 29th June 2012. Day 42.

Or click this link : Video of the Olympic Torch Relay in Derby on Friday 29th June 2012.

If YOU have a video of the Olympic Torch Relay in Derby then please post it as a "video response" to my video.
Feel free to link/embed my video on Facebook etc.

Derby is just one of many places the relay is passing through, to see where its been and where its going next see the "Olympic Torch Relay route" page :

I only managed to capture some of the olympic torch bearers, there were so many people on the streets that I could not get through.
The last point I saw it was from the Corn Market, it was so busy there that I could not get through.
I did try and then run all the way to King Street from the Corn Market but did not manage to get there in time.

The Torch went onto Darley Park for the evening celebration where Double world Superbike champion James Toseland lit the Olympic cauldron.
The celebration, was broadcast live on BBC1, and included performances by urban pop star Loick Essien and Britain's Got Talent 2010 runners-up Twist and Pulse.

What a great event to come to Derby!

For more information on the route though Derby see my blog :

This event was on East Midlands Today which you can see a small paer of here. EMT 29th June 2012.

If you love Derby and Derbyshire then why not subscribe to my YouTube Channel so you never miss any new videos I make.


Friday, 29 June 2012

The 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Evening Celebration stage at Darley Park in 360 degrees

Here is a 360 degree panoramic photograph of the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Evening Celebration stage at Darley Park, Derby. This was photographed only a few hours before the Olympic torch is due to arrive here.
As you can see rehearsals are in full swing on the stage ready for when the Olympic torch arrives here later on this evening in just a few hours from now this area will be very busy.

Click the image below to view this panorama :

Click here to view this panorama.

or use these links :
Darley Park Olympic Stage in 360 degrees. <-- Click to view this panorama.

If you have 10Mb+ broadband connection then you can view my better quality panorama here :
Darley Park Olympic Stage in 360 degrees. (High resolution version) <-- Click for a high resolution version of this panorama. You can just about make out Anne Davies (blue top) in the BBC Box !

For more details of this even including a detailed map click here.


Thursday, 28 June 2012

Severe thunder storm in Derby right now. View a real-time lightning strike map.

Thursday 28th June 2012, 1pm
In the last couple of hours in Derby, Derbyshire there has been a severe thunder storm with some serious major lightning strikes and torrential rain, the likes of which I've not seen for years.

Did you know that you can view a real-time lightning strike map of the UK so you can see where the thunderstorm is and how severe it is?

Here is a screen grab showing the last 60 minutes of lightning strikes for the UK, as you can see the storm was quite bad. Next image below this one is a current map of lightning strikes for the UK for comparison.
Real-time lightning strike map showing strikes over Derby at 11:30am on Thursday 28th June 2012.

Personally I enjoy watching a good thunderstorm and trying to predict if the storm is getting closer or further away by counting in seconds between the flash and the thunder. There are lots of books on the subject.

Next time there is a thunderstorm in the Derby area you may be able to see it comming by looking at the local webcams - Derby and Derbyshire webcams.

If you would like to see real-time lightning strike map for the UK right this second then here it is below.
If there are no coloured markers on it then thats because there are no thunderstorms!
The map below shows all of the lightning strikes that have occurred in the last 60 minutes. Also what charge they were and if they connected between clouds or to the ground.

Here is the key
+CG Positive cloud to ground strike
-CG Negative cloud to ground strike
+IC  Positive in cloud or intracloud strike
-IC   Negative in cloud or intracloud strike

Photographing lightning is very difficult and offers a great challenge

Here is some intracloud lightning in Derby, NOT the Derby in Derbyshire but the Derby in Kansas, USA !
Lightning  _MG_0864R

Hope you found this of interest.


Wednesday, 27 June 2012

360 degree tour Darley Park for the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Evening Celebration and Darley Park Concert.

I have been working for several weeks on a complete virtual tour of Darley Park in preperation for the 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Evening Celebration and Darley Park Concert which are both taking place in this park.
This will allow people around the world to look around the park in great detail using my full spherical 360° x 180° panoramas taken at various places. Mostly in May this year but I have also included some from years past that have never been seen before.

The Darley Park Virtual Tour Map.
Click the map image below to access the draggable interactive map. This has marker icons on it.
Simple click on an icon and click the link in the pop up that appears to view the 360 degree panorama from that location. Some panoramas have "jump links" within them allowing you to jump to the next panorama.

Click here to view my Darley Park Vrtual Tour map.

Or click -> Darley Park 360 degree Virtual Reality Tour.

I have just been to Darley Park (Wednesday 27th June 2012) and taken a new panorama on the slope in front of the stage which is currently being erected ready for Friday and Saturday.

This is a very large panorama and you should only attempt to view it if you have at least a 10Mb broadband connection otherwise it will take too long to load in.

Darley Park 360° Panoramic photograph in front of the Olympic stage.
In my panorama you can see the stage taking shape next to the Derwent, as you can see its going to be quite a big stage and the location withing Darley Park should allow everyone to get a good view of the events.

Once loaded in you can have a look around using the mouse or the icons at the bottom. Click the fullscreen icon to make the viewer fill your screen (just like the YouTube player).

Also I retook a panorama in front of the new Terrace Cafe area that is almost ready to reopen after months of redevelopment.

Darley Park 360° Panoramic photograph in front of the new Terrace Cafe area.

High Resolution version
This is a very large panorama and you should only attempt to view it if you have at least a 10Mb broadband connection otherwise it will take too long to load in.
Darley Park 360° Panoramic photograph in front of the new Terrace Cafe area.

Alternatively you can simply click on the links in my list below (still to create !) to go to the 360 panoramas :
Entrance on Darley Park Drive where the Olympic torch will pass.

Live streaming video of the Olympic Torch Relay.
Did you know that you can watch realtime live streaming video of the Olympic Torch Relay as it makes its journey around the UK?
So if you can't make it into Derby to see it, you can watch it here.
Live video.  <-- Click this link to view the Olympic Torch Relay live video webcam.

If the weather is nice on the Friday I will hopefully get some video of the torch as it comes through Derby and post it on my YouTube channel here - Andy Savage's Videos of Derby and Derbyshire.

Olympic Torch Relay Map Route for Derby Friday and Saturday :
In my map I have marked on the exact route that the Olympic torch will take complete with the times.
Red line for Friday evening and Blue line for Saturday morning.

Click the link below the map to view it full screen.

View 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Route for Derby, 29th June. in a larger map

Acurate 2012 Olympic Torch Relay Route for Derby on 29th and 30th June.

The map link above is compatible with smartphones. On an iPhone if you click on the link above it will show you a map like this here :
My Olympic Torch Relay route map for Derby on an iPhone.
You can zoom in on the route and tap the markers to get the times for the locations.

The Olympic Torch arrives in Derby on Friday June 29th 2012 at 6:25pm at Markeaton roundabout.
When the torch reaches the Olympic Torch Celebrations stage in Darley Park Double world Superbike champion James Toseland will light the Olympic cauldron.
The celebration, being broadcast live on BBC1, will include performances from urban pop star Loick Essien and Britain's Got Talent 2010 runners-up Twist and Pulse.

If you miss the torch on Friday then you still have a chance to see it early on Saturday. It will leave Derby Market Place at 6:41am
The very last chance you have to see it in Derby is at Royal Derby Hospital at 7:17am on 30th June 2012. It will leave there on its way to Burton on Trent.


35th Derby City Charter Summer Beer Festival, Wednesday 11th July to Sunday 15th July 2012.

The 2012 Derby Summer Beer Festival is here!
Here is my complete guide to one of the biggest and best Beer festivals in Derby, If I have missed anything please let me know. I have included opening Dates and Times, Admission Prices, Maps, Photographs, Beer and Cider lists, Entertainment details including videos of all the acts you can see at this years beer festival :

The Mayor of the City of Derby Councillor Lisa Higginbottom will open this years Derby Summer Beer Festival accompanied by The Beer King at 6.30pm on Wednesday 11th July at The Assembly Rooms, Market Place, Derby. The Mayor will make a brief speech from the stage at 7.00pm to the "opening night" audience.
35th Derby City Charter Summer Beer Festival organised by CAMRA.

This years Derby Summer Beer Festival takes place from Wednesday 11th July to Sunday 15th July 2012 at the Assembly Rooms in Derby :
Derby Assembly Rooms, venue for the Derby CAMRA summer beer festival.

This is at Derby Assembly Rooms which is on Derby Market Place near the Quad.
This year's festival will be celebrating 50 years of the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust.

Map Location for the Derby Summer Beer Festival :

View Derby CAMRA summer beer festival venue. in a larger map

Smartphone Map Location
Click here for a Smartphone Drop Pin <-- Tap this link on your iPhone.
When you tap the link above, it will launch your mapping application and place a "push pin" onto the map with the exact location of the entrance toDerby summer beer festival. You can then use this marker to get driving, walking or bus directions from your current location.
For example on an iPhone you tap the Directions button at the bottom and this will pre-fill in the start and end locations so just tap the Route button at the bottom and it will show you either the driving route or the walking route.

What happens at a beer festival?
If its your first time, don't worry!, pop along and see.
When you go through the entrance doors of Derby Assembly Rooms you will have to either show your CAMRA membership card or pay the entrance fee. You then go up the stairs to the cloakroom area, here you will find toilets and also the Glass Hire area. You will need to hire either a half pint or one pint glass (£2.50). If you return this glass when you leave then you get your money back or you can keep it.
Once you have your glass you make your way up the two lots of stairs. In this area you will find all sorts of stalls selling T-shits, Glasses and other beer related items as well as food of all types.
On this level you will find the entrances into the Great Hall. The Great Hall is where most of the beers and ciders are located and also where the live entertainment will happen.
If its a bit too noisy for you in the great hall then just follow the signs along to the Darwin Suite.
If you are not sure what to try then you can ask for a taste before you buy, obviously don't do that too much otherwise you won't be too popular !

If you have never been to a beer festival before then you are missing an experience, there are not just beers on sale there are ciders and Perries.  You can get some hot or cold food too. T-shirts and glasses are available to buy. And live music to watch each day.

Its best to arrive by foot, there is plenty of parking outside for your Beer Scooter :)

When you pay the entrance fee, you go up the stairs and turn left to either hire a glass or buy a glass.
Its £2.50 for glasses which you can redeem at the end if you like.

Here are the opening times for the 2012 Deby beer festival.
  • Wed 11th July 6:30pm to 11pm
  • Thurs 12th July 11pm to 11pm
  • Fri 13th July - 11pm to 11pm
  • Sat 14th July - 11pm to 11pm
  • Sun 15th July - 12pm to 2pm
NOTE : The Main Hall will shut from 3pm to 5:30pm to maintain the quality of the beer however the Darwin Suite will remain open all day.

Admission Prices for non-camra members :
  • Wed 6:30pm -11pm £3
  • Thur 11am - 5:30pm £1, 5.30pm - 11:30pm £5
  • Fri 11am - 5:30pm £2, 5.30pm - 11:30pm £6
  • Sat 11am - 5:30pm £3, 5.30pm - 11:30pm £6
  • Sun Free entry to all
Admission is completely free to CAMRA Members.

Beer and Cider list:
2012 Derby Summer Beer and Cider list. (PDF)

Here is a video of the opening night of the 2012 Derby Summer Beer Festival :

Live Entertainment at Derby Beer Festival 2012  :

Responding to requests for more folk music, the festival kicks off with a set from Radio Mary. As well as playing all the usual venues, the band has also delighted race-goers at the Cheltenham Festival and Aintree's Grand National.
Radio Mary video on Youtube.

In addition, Ripley Morris Men will be strutting their stuff in the musical breaks and, in the foyer area, women's barbershop chorus Gem Connection will be singing two sets of four-part unaccompanied harmony at 9pm and 10pm.
Ripley Morris Men video on Youtube.
Gem Connection video on Youtube.


Bill Bailey's Jazz Band are back for a session of New Orleans Blues and foot-tapping trad jazz.
Bill Baileys Jazz Band video on Youtube.


Back by popular demand are Li'l Jim's Big Squeeze. Playing the Zydeco Ziti in Holland has opened many doors for the band that have taken Cajun music to a new wave level by adding a mix of ska, rock and roots.
Li'l Jim's Big Squeeze video on Youtube.

Support from 8pm is by classic rockers Old Skool, who play covers from the likes of Neil Young, Free, Bad Company and Thin Lizzy.


The Ben Holder Jazz Quartet perform in the Stefane Grappelli style with acoustic guitars and double bass. Violinist Ben was hooked on jazz at the age of 11 and is still only in his early 20s.
Ben played London's Albert Hall as part of a jazz season in June.
Ben Holder Jazz Quartet video on Youtube.


Up and coming Leeds band Tytania are the main attraction. Richard Brown's tenor vocals are allied to catchy modern rock songs and the band have earned a strong live following. Support from 8pm comes from Chaser, making their third visit to the festival.
Tytania have qualified for the grand final of "Live and Unsigned 2012" and will appear at the O2 arena in London the day after playing in Derby !
Tytania video on Youtube.

Meanwhile, if it's a more laid-back relaxed sound you're after, Blues Basement will play the Darwin Suite stage mixing the Chicago Blues greats such as Howlin Wolf and Muddy Waters with a British blues sound.
Blues Basement video on Youtube.


On the Great Hall stage The Pitz play all the old rock favourites. For those looking for something different, Hoverla, a Ukrainian dance ensemble, offer displays of music and dance.
Meanwhile in the Darwin Suite, Radio Mary make their second visit of the festival. Taking over later is country/Irish entertainer Hooley.
Hoverla video on Youtube.


The Small Fakers pay tribute to the music of classic pop band The Small Faces. The band features Matt Bond, who has an uncanny resemblance to Steve Marriott. Expect to hear songs such as All or Nothing and Lazing on a Sunday Afternoon.
The Pitz, a foursome playing acoustic rock, kick off the party at 8pm.

Small Fakers video on Youtube.

On the Darwin stage Me Vengo, fronted by Lauren Strange, play various covers of classics hits from the likes of Metallica, Whitesnake, Meatloaf and U2.
Me Vengo video on Youtube.


Bluestown will give visitors the best of R&B with the help of a few guests.

Here is the Cider and Perry list for the 2012 Derby Summer Beer Festival. If you are looking for the beer list see the PDF link nearthe admission prices.

Ciders in the Great Hall:
Biddenden Kentish Strong Ashford, Kent Med Sweet 8.0%
Clear, very pale, made from local culinary fruit

Burrow Hill Somerset Medium 6.0%
Mid-brown fruity cider. 3rd in the CAMRA National Championship 2012

Charnwood Leicestershire Med Dry 6.5%
A full flavoured cider from a very small, near local, producer

Cornish Orchards Liskeard Med Sweet 6.0%
Clear, oak matured cider. 1st place in the National Championships 2012

Farmers Fear, Leicestershire Medium 6.5%
A pale,fruity cider with a slight sparkle. New to the festival

Gwatkin’s Yarlington Mill Herefordshire Med Sweet 7.5%
A single apple variety, dark brown, bursting with flavour

Hecks Kingston Black Somerset Med Sweet 7.0%
Classic single apple variety cider. CAMRA Gold award 2008

Hewitts Peterstow, Herefordshire Medium Dry 6.5%
A small, traditional cider maker using local fruit

Naish West Pennard, Somerset Dry 6.0%
Somerset farm cider as it was 50 years ago, untouched by progress

Perry Brothers Dowlish Wake, Somerset Med Sweet 6.0%
Clear, smooth cider. 2nd in the National Championships 2012

Rathays Old Goat Herefordshire Medium 7.0%
Uses own orchard apples, planted by Bulmers in the 1960s

Ross Cider & Perry Co Herefordshire Medium 6.5%
Award- winning cider from a winner of CAMRA’s Pomona Award

Sheppys Bradford-on-Tone, Somerset Med Sweet 6.0%
Pale, fruity, easy-drinking cider from producer on Devon Border

Spencer & Haspel Ockbrook, Derbyshire Dry 8.4%
New cider producer using all local fruit, fresh tasting with quite a bite

Swallowfields Herefordshire Medium 6.5%
Pale and fruity from a fast growing cider maker using local fruit

Thatcher’s Heritage Sandford, Somerset Med Sweet 4.9%
Light and quaffable, from one of the biggest cider makers in the UK

Three Cats Morley, Derbyshire Sweet 6.7%
Pale, sweet and with a slight sparkle, made with 100% local apples

Trickys Churchinford Somerset Medium 6.5%
A mid-brown, well balanced cider.

Westons Old Rosie Herefordshire Medium 7.3%
Cloudy, ever popular cider from a very larger cider maker

Winkleigh Sams Devon Sweet 6.0%
A clear, easy drinking cider with a slight sparkle

Wiscombe Suicider Colyton, Devon Med Dry 8.0%
A dark, full bodied cider fermented in a rum cask

Ciders in the Darwin Suite:
Double Vision Maidstone, Kent Med Sweet 7.4%
A clear, mellow Eastern Counties cider

Gwynt y Ddraig Dog Dancer Glamorgan Medium 6.5%
A light brown, full flavoured cider from Wales’s largest cider maker

Hecks Port Wine of Glastonbury Somerset Med Sweet 6.5%
A single apple variety cider, pinkish and delicate

Malvern Magic Ledbury, Herefordshire Med Dry 6.0%
Mid-brown cider with a bit of bite and a strong finish

Ralphs New Radnor, Mid Wales Med Sweet 7.0%
Fruity cider made on a working farm on the Welsh border

Rich Somerset Sweet 6.0%
A smooth easy-drinking cider from a long established cider maker

Westcroft Janet’s Jungle Juice Somerset Medium 6.0%
A classic and highly popular Somerset farm cider

Perries in the Great Hall:
Broadoak Clutton, Somerset Sweet 7.5%
A smooth, sweet and highly quaffable perry

Butford Organics Herefordshire Med Dry 6.5%
A rich, fruity perry. 2nd in the National Championships 2012

Day’s Cottage Brookthorpe, Glos Medium 6.5%
Perry from a fruit grower specializing in old apple / pear varieties

Double Vision Impaired Vision Kent Med Sweet 7.4%
Very pale, easy drinking and deceptively strong

Gwynt y Ddraig Pider Glamorgan Medium 5.5%
A rare drink, apple and pear juice fermented together

Gwatkins Blakeney Red Herefordshire Med Sweet 7.5%
Pale, hazy full-flavoured with a lingering aftertaste

Olivers Herefordshire Medium 6.0%
Crisp, clean perry with plenty of flavour and some bite

Ralphs New Radnor, Mid Wales Med Sweet 6.0%
Golden perry, bursting with flavour

Perries in the Darwin Suite:
Newton Court Herefordshire Med Sweet 6.0%
Slightly hazy, flavoursome perry, made from locally grown organic fruit

Ross Cider & Perry Co Herefordshire Med Dry 6.0%
Traditional cider / perry maker just outside Ross. Uses all his own fruit.

Swallowfields Painted Lady Herefordshire Med Sweet 5.5%
Made from a single pear variety, fruity with a lingering finish

By the way if you  are a cider lover and don't get a chance to goto Derby Beer Festival then goto the JD Wetherspoons Cider Festival that starts on the same day but runs to the end of July.

Enjoy !


Monday, 25 June 2012

The Ticknall Scarecrow Trail, 7th and 8th July 2012. Scarecrows take over the village!

On Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July 2012 the annual Ticknall Scarecrow Trail will take place. Between 11am and 5pm you will be able to see around 70 home-made Scarecrows throughout the Derbyshire village of Ticknall. There is a fun quiz on the way around, one for adults, one for children; refreshments are available.
Start, Refresments & Car Park at the Village Hall on Ingleby Lane.

Take a brolly as it looks like there may be a bit of rain !

Here is a video I made last year of Ticknall Scarecrow Trail :

Or use this link to watch it : Video of Ticknall Scarecrow Trail 2011.

Map of Ticknall, Derbyshire :

View Larger Map
Hope you find this event of interest.

Saturday, 23 June 2012

My new video : Derby Inceptionesque - "Derby as never seen before". enjoy in Fullscreen HD

Here is my latest video creation, Something a bit different and unique. I would love to see this on a massive projection screen.
The best experience is acheived by looking at the very centre of the video and allow the images to fly past you.

Here is my video Derby Inceptionesque - "Derby as never seen before" :

Open your mind, open your soul and enjoy my video. Feel free to embed/link on Facebook etc.
Please watch my video in Fullscreen mode by clicking the icon in the bottom right of the player window, also best at 720p/1080p if your system and internet connection can handle it !

There are some really stunning patterns in this video, Did you know you can link directly to certain points in a Youtube video? Here is a direct link to a certain section of footage I like a lot :

I absolutely love this video, I have watched the raw mp4 file over and over. Do YOU like it?

The amazing music really works well with the footage.
The music is Time a Eryo Remix of a Hans Zimmer track.

My video is also available on my Vimeo channel :

Derby Inceptionesque - Derby as never seen before. Open your mind and enjoy in Fullscreen HD from Andy Savage on Vimeo.

You may recognise some locations in my video such as :
00:14 The New Zealand Arms pub on the corner of Langley Street and Peel Street.
03:37 The gasometers on Pride Park.
03:44 Pride Park Stadium.

This video is made from two car journeys in Derby.
Part 1 filmed on 21st June 2012 at 8.12pm featuring these places :
Surrey Street
Peel Street
Bass Street
Radbourne Street
Westleigh Avenue
Part 2 filmed on 31st July 2011 at 11.08am featuring these places :
Ascot Drive
Harrow Street
Pride Parkway
Royal Way
Derwent Parade

Due to the sheer amount of video effects applied to my footage this video took quite a while to render even on my Intel Quad Core Q8300 2.50GHz, 4GB Ram, 64bit Windows 7.

Please leave a comment if you enjoyed my video. state a timecode if you like certain bits of the video.


Friday, 22 June 2012

Derby Inceptionesque - Derby as never seen before. Video coming soon.

I have been working on a new video which I think you will like especially if you are a fan of the film Inception. This will be my 267th video.

My new video is called "Derby Inceptionesque - Derby as never seen before" here are a few screen grabs from my video :

Pride Park Stadium
Inceptionesque Derby 2 - Pride Park Stadium

Inceptionesque Derby 8

Peel Street
Inceptionesque Derby 7

Westleigh Avenue
Inceptionesque Derby 6

Inceptionesque Derby 1

Pride Park Stadium
Inceptionesque Derby 4 - Pride Park Stadium

Look out on my YouTube channel for "Derby Inceptionesque" soon.

Friday, 15 June 2012

Video of a Saturday night Drive around Derby City Centre on 9th June 2012.

The drive starts at 00:01am (i.e actually Sunday Morning!)
Perhaps you were down town and were caugh on camera in my drive. Were you in the queues for the nightclubs down Wardwick or outside Coyote wild.

This is a real-time car journey around Derby, Derbyshire, UK. First time I have ever tried recording in the dark.

or click this link Saturday night drive around Derby City Centre in June 2012.

Points of interest
00:00 Cathedral Road
00:12 Left Cathedral Road continues
00:39 Ahead in Old Silk Mill pub
00:40 The Ye Olde Dolphin Inn (Derby's oldest pub)
00:42 Right onto Iron Gate
00:54 Right down St. Mary's Gate
01:05 On right here is Derby Cathedral Quarter Hotel
01:12 Bold Lane Car Park (Worlds safest car park)
01:20 Left onto Bold Lane
01:35 On the left side here is the bottom of Sadler Gate
01:45 Onto The Strand
02:03 white car looks like its going to hit the blue one!
02:09 Ahead is Coyote wild Derby, on the right is Revolution Bar
02:39 Right around onto Wardwick
03:11 Onto Friar Gate
03:45 Under Friar Gate Bridge
04:07 Right onto Bridge Street
04:17 Right onto Agard Street
04:40 Left into Ford Street (Derby Inner ring road)
04:56 BBC Radio Derby on the left
05:22 Right onto Cathedral Road
05:36 Left Cathedral Road continues
05:52 Full Street
06:25 Corporation Street
06:50 Morledge
07:06 On left is Holiday Inn hotel, Derby bus Station and Genting Casino
07:15 Westfield car park.

Driving route map

View Map for video - Saturday night Drive around Derby City Centre on 9th June 2012 in a larger map

This is a test of the "Low Lux" option on the camcorder, I think I should have selected manual focus though as the autofocus had problems, I had to do some serious sharpening to get it like this.

Hope you enjoyed the ride.

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Video of Sheffield Life in Time-lapse May 2012, viewed from Arundel Gate

Here is my latest time-lapse video. This film was made using my home made time-lapse intervalometer for the Nikon D70 Camera.
The footage was filmed on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th May 2012 and all shot from a 5th floor window on Arundel Gate looking towards Sheffield Railway Station.

The video - Sheffield life in time-lapse.
or click this link - Sheffield Life in time-lapse May 2012.

Because the photographs are taken at 3008 x 2000 pixel resolution it means that you can zoom in on the footage using Sony Vegas 10 crop control as its playing as you can see at 1:10

Photos taken at 1/80s f/5 with a 28mm Lens, no flash.

Hope you enjoyed my time-lapse film, if you did then please Like and leave a comment.


Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Video - Belper and Milford by Car on June 9th 2012. Part of my Derbyshire by car series

Here is a recent video I made of a drive around Belper and Milford. Filmed on Saturday 9th June 2012 at about 10:10am on the way to Belper Farmers Market. The footage is about twice normal speed and captured in 1080p widescreen so best viewed fullscreen and at 720p/1080p if you have goof broadband.
I have titled every street as we turn onto them so you can see where we are.
This video is part of my Derbyshire by car series of videos where I film everyday car journeys that we all take for granted today but 20 years from now we will look back on them amazed how we were once able to afford petrol :)

My video

Or click the link here : Belper and Milford by Car on June 9th 2012.

The music I have used in my video is
Laws of Gravity (NG cut) by EOT
Music used under Creative Commons License


Sunday, 10 June 2012

Video of Gary Numan at O2 Academy Sheffield on 25th May 2012.

We went to see Gary Numan at the O2 Academy in Sheffield a couple of weeks ago on his Machine Music Tour 2012. Even though Gary is 54, he does not seem to have aged at all from when I remember him in the early 80s.

Someone who was at the same concert has captured his great performance of Are 'Friends' Electric?
Here is their video from this gig:

Video of Are 'Friends' Electric? by Gary Numan at O2 Academy Sheffield on 25th May 2012. Best in fullscreen mode.

Or click the link - Are 'Friends' Electric? by Gary Numan at O2 Academy Sheffield on 25th May 2012.
This song was written way back in 1979 but still sounds great.

Were you at this concert?
What did you think to it

If you would like to see him then he is performing at several festivals in the next few months, see his website here. Gary Numan Tour Dates.

Here is a great photograph by Scott Hukins from this gig :

Gary Numan @ Sheffield 02 Academy


Saturday, 9 June 2012

Useful free apps for Train Passengers on iPhone. Know the Platform, live information etc

If you are an occasional user of the railway network in the UK then I have a couple of handy free apps for the iPhone that I often use, that you may find of use.

Sheffield Railway Station.

I use these apps so I know where and when trains are arriving and where they are going to. You can of course do a lot more with these apps such as buy tickets.
These are great if you have arrived at a train station, bought your ticket and want to know quickly what time and platform your next train is due without scanning the departures boards.

The apps are :
The trainline.com
Crosscountry Train Tickets.
These free apps are available for iPhone and Android.

In my examples below we are going to look at trains between Derby and Sheffield.
thetrainline app
Once installed click thetrainline icon. Click on edit and tap "Press to change home station". Lets say we are going to Sheffield. Select Sheffield and it will return you to the main screen.
Now simply tap "Next train home" and it will show you the next 5 trains that will take you to Sheffield from Derby station. It will show you the departure time, arrival time, Duration and if you have to change.

Tainline app showing next trains to Sheffield

Train Tickets app

Once installed click Train Tickets icon. Click on Live Train Times icon, Tap Departures and select Derby and tap the "View Trains" button. This will show you the next 18 trains that are going to depart from Derby station. It even tells you if the train is on time or how many minutes late it is and also what platform its going to leave from!
If you tap one of the trains then it will show you a graphical map of the position of the train for its entire journey. So you can see where the train journey started from and where its going to end.

Traintickets app showing live departure times from Derby.

Traintickets app showing graphic map position of train

Tainline app showing next trains to Derby

Here we can see that the 15:54 train from Sheffield is going all the way to Penzance :

Here we see that the 15:54 train to Derby from Sheffield is 1 minute late :

The trainline app is very handy for quick checking of train journey durations as you can never assume that things stay the same. For example normally it takes around 32 minutes to get from Derby to Sheffield but checking this now (June 8th 2012) I can see its anything from 53 minutes to 1 hour 33 minutes !!!!!
I'm guessing there are some sort of engineering works causing this massive delay? You could get to London is the same time !

Hope someone finds these free apps of use.

Tuesday, 5 June 2012

Car Boot Sales at Treetops Hospice, Risley on Sunday 29th July and Monday 27th August 2012.

Today there was a car boot sale at Treetops Hospice, Derby Road, Risley. This is a medium sized car boot sale and well worth a visit. There are two more car boot sales here soon, one on Sunday 29th July 2012 and another on Monday 27th August 2012 (Same day as the Shardlow Car Boot Sale)

Photographs of the Treetops Hospice car boot sale :
The Car Boot Sale at Treetops Hospice, Risley.

The Car Boot Sale at Treetops Hospice, Risley.

Refreshments at Treetops Hospice car boot.
The car boot sale on Sunday 29th July 2012 is a Farmers’ market and car boot sale:

Treetops Hospice, Derby Road, Risley
DE72 3SS
Gates open at 7am, buyers entry from 7.30am
Cost: 50p entrance per person for buyers (under 15's free)
Cars £8
Car and trailer £10
Vans (transit and above) £15

No need to book. Refreshments available including bacon cobs.

Map Location for this car boot :

View Treetops Hospice, Risley Car Boot Sale. in a larger map

Map Location
Click here for a Smartphone Drop Pin <-- Tap this link on your iPhone.
When you tap the link above, it will launch your mapping application and place a "push pin" onto the map with the exact location of the entrance to this car boot sale. You can then use this marker to get driving, walking or bus directions from your current location.
For example on an iPhone you tap the Directions button at the bottom and this will pre-fill in the start and end locations so just tap the Route button at the bottom and it will show you either the driving route or the walking route.

These car boots are organised by Treetops Hospice
Registered Charity No. 519540

I would describe this car boot sale as "medium sized" based on my experience of other local car boots here :
1) Measham car boot - The biggest!
2) Tansley car boot
3) Treetops Hospice, Risey
4) Shardlow Car Boot
5) Derby cattle market car boot
6) Willington Car Boot
7) Babington Hospital, Belper Car Boot


Saturday, 2 June 2012

The "Ey up mi duck" Duck race, Saturday 2nd June 2012.

Are you looking for something a bit different to do this Jubilee weekend?
How about the Ey up mi duck race at Derby.

Over 5,000 rubber ducks will flood Derby City's picturesque Cathedral Green on Saturday 2nd June from 11am to 3pm as the centrepiece of a summer fun day crammed full of family fun.

Join us for our Riverside festival – meet Rammie , autographs from a Derby County player, fresh food and drink, games, face painting, bouncy castle and much more.

The duck race begins at 2pm.

For more information on this annual event see www.sightsupportderbyshire.org.uk/eyupmiduck

More than 30 stalls, rides and live performances will also feature.