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.

Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Shardlow Car Boot Sale this bank holiday, Monday 6th May 2013.

The next Shardlow Car boot sale takes place this Bank Holiday Monday, that's the 6th May 2013.
The next car boots after this are Monday 27th May, Sunday June 16th, and August Bank Holiday 26th.

This car boot takes place on Shardlow Village Hall playing field, The Wharf (Western side) Shardlow.
This car boot sale is organised by the Alvaston Baptist Scout Group and is a nice small to medium sized car boot sale. Parking is 50p, Booters are £5
It opens at 7am and runs until noon.

For more information or to book a place please ring 01332 792279

For SATNAV directions enter the postcode DE72 2GH or use my detailed map below on your smartphone.

This car boot sale only takes place on Bank Holidays spring to Summer so your best to come along as soon as you know about it.

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

My map location for Shardlow Car Boot Sale, use the link below the map for smartphone :

View Shardlow Car Boot Sale in a larger map

Google Streetview of the entrance to Shardlow Carboot.
Use this to get an idea of where the entrance is located when you come off the A6 road. Great for planning your journey ahead.

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Shardlow Car boot sale used to take place on the land at the back of the former Grove Hospital but this was demolished in 2007, since then the car boot has taken place on Shardlow Village Hall field.

Show your support for the 131st Alvaston Baptist Scout Group by coming to this nice little car boot sale. The location is very nice, Once you have been to the car boot sale why not have a look around the village of Shardlow. Some nice walks along the Trent and Mersey canal here and some great pubs too.


Monday, 29 April 2013

Video - The Lost Histories of Belper Derbyshire, an interesting documentary.

I recently found this interesting documentary on the lost histories of Belper and thought I'd share it with people as I found it quite interesting and well put together.

Lost Histories of Belper, Derbyshire :

A Short film by Roland Keates.

Its amazing what you can get from Amazon, Belper Hoodies !!!

If you have found any interesting videos from Derbyshire then let me know.


Saturday, 27 April 2013

Video of Matlock Bath Cable Cars in Time-Lapse as seen from the Heights of Abraham, Derbyshire.

I made this time-lapse video back in 2008 but never used it. Thought I may as well get it online as-is.
I filmed this footage from the top of Victoria prospect tower which is located near the top of the Heights of Abraham in Matlock Bath, Derbyshire, UK.

This footage was captured on Friday 20th June 2008. The actual real time captured here is 26 minutes.

A trip on there cable cars offer you stunning views over Derbyshire.
If you would like to know more about this popular tourist attraction then see their website :

You may also be interested in my blogpost about this Cable car when Jonathan Goodwin was hanging off the bottom of these cable cars.

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Friday, 26 April 2013

The IT Crowd - The new emergency number for 999, funny clip you remember for years.

Have you seen the IT Crowd? If not why not. You can get them on Box Set now to enjoy them again.
All four series (that's 24 episodes) for £18.58 on Amazon.

Thanks to YouTube I was able to find one of my favorite clips from the comedy series.
This is from the IT Crowd - Series 1 - Episode 2, its the replacement for 999, now you can simply use 0118 999 881 999 119 7253 This clip was way back in 2006 but you remember that jingle that goes with the advert for ever.

The IT Crowd, New emergency number to remember :

So no more having to remember that complicated 999 number when you can dial the new
0118 999 881 999 119 7253 number.
Also you get nicer ambulances, faster response times, better looking drivers too.

They are YOUR emergency service

Graham Linehan says there will be a "one off" special of the IT Crowd in Summer this year so keep an eye out for that.

This acclaimed comedy by Writer/Director Graham Linehan and Ash Atalla, the Producer of The Office. The short story is that in the dark and shabby basement, the company's IT Support Team - bitter slacker Roy (Chris O'Dowd), socially inept Moss (Richard Ayoade), and their new boss, computer illiterate Jen (Katherine Parkinson) - rule their own domain of professional irresponsibility, mega-nerd ecstasy, and random acts of personal insanity.


Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Video - "Chasing Dreams", A study of texture, pattern and Colour at 720p

See if you can work out which roads in Derby I filmed this on!
This is an experiment in video manipulation using layered video tracks with different "compositing modes" in Sony Vegas Pro 10.

Here is my video, hope you like it :

I had lots of problems during render where it would stop on frame 1075, seems to be a bug in SV if you use heavy maths !

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Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Videos of the St George's Day celebrations in Sheffield 2013, Morris Men and Giant dancers.

This is a set of videos I took of the 2013 St. George's Day celebrations in Sheffield City Centre.
They performed in various places such as in front of Sheffield town hall, the Peace Gardens and Barkers Pool. They attracted a large crowd of people, visitors and locals alike. Look out for them next St George's Day in Sheffield.

The Sheffield City Giants you can see here in two of my videos were presented to the Lord Mayor of Sheffield, who accepted them on behalf of the City on 4th July 1992. They had been created by the Catalan Giant maker, Jordi Grau (honoured in the dance Jordi's) under commission from the Sheffield Festival to produce a pair of giants according to the theme of the festival 'Life and Death'. It was, however, contrary to Catalan custom to represent Death and with this in mind, the theme was altered to 'War and Peace'.

Best watched at 720p/1080p fullscreen (if your system/net connection is up to it).
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Saturday, 20 April 2013

Video of drive from Friar Gate to PC World, Meteor Centre, Derby via Mansfield Road.

This short car journey is from Friar Gate in Derby to PC World in the Meteor Retail Park. Take in the sites of Derby's streets on a Saturday morning.

What did I buy from PC World?
Two sticks of "INTEGRAL PC2-5300 DDR2 PC Memory - 1GB DIMM RAM"

Music Used :
Slider (TN remix) by TerraNation
Used under Creative Commons License

PC World Derby is located at
Unit A Meteor Centre, Wheatcroft Way
Derby, Derbyshire, UK, DE21 4RY

Google Streetview (October 2013):

Andy's Driving videos around Derby, Derbyshire, UK :
Are you an ex-pat of Derby, feeling homesick? Or perhaps you just want a clear way of giving someone directions to a location in Derby or just want to show people your Derby Street. Well in this video and the many others I have made, you will be able to take a virtual drive around the city of Derby's streets as though you were in the driving seat. I use a dash-mounted camera, Traffic lights and heavy traffic have been edited out.

Best watched at 720p/1080p fullscreen (if your system/net connection is up to it).

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Friday, 19 April 2013

Video of a Cyclist with a Death Wish in Derby City Centre at night.

I used to be a very keen cyclist until a stupid taxi driver knocked me off my bike 20 odd years ago, So I fully understand what its like to be on a bike on roads full of inconsiderate car drivers. BUT it absolutely amazes me the kind of risky situations that cyclists put them selves in such as the one in my video.
While recording for one of my "Derby streets by car" series of videos I captured this stupid idiot while I was turning right at a roundabout in the city centre of Derby.

Why on Earth would you ride onto a traffic island when there is a car coming towards you?
Forcing me to slam the brakes on. What if I had hit him ?

He does not have any lights on the bike and does not even look to the right on entering the roundabout!

At this round-a-bout you turn right from Corporation Street onto Derwent Street.
The time was 8.22pm on Thursday 18th April 2013. The roads were dry, lighting was good.

Have you had any close shaves with cyclists like this?


Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Own an iconic bit from Derby's clubbing scene. The Sultan statue from Zanzibar nightclub is on ebay !

Update 22nd April - This statue sold for £343.98 I wonder where it will end up?

Here is a unique one off chance to own an iconic bit of Derby's clubbing scene. That Sultan statue that adorns the top of the former Zanzibar nightclub on London Road is available to but on ebay now.
You have until 2pm on 22nd April 2013 to get your bids on this rare item.

Here is a photograph I took of Derby's Zanzibar nightclub way back in June 2001 :

Derby's Zanzibar nightclub opened in 2000 and closed in January 2012.

If you want to bid on this unusual item then here is the ebay listing :
ebay listing - The Sultan statue from Zanzibar nightclub.

Google Streetview in October 2012:

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Hope you found this of interest.


Monday, 8 April 2013

My video of Squeeze performing at the o2 Academy in Sheffield in December 2012

Here are three short clips from the Squeeze gig at the o2 Academy in Sheffield on 2nd December 2012. You must have heard of Squeeze surely? they have been around since 1974 They have had a string of hit songs such as Cool for Cats, Up the Junction, Tempted, Labelled With Love, Black Coffee In Bed, Another Nail in My Heart,Pulling Mussels etc etc.

Their next local gig is Splendor in Nottingham on 20th July 2013.

In my short video you can see them performing Slap and Tickle, Labelled with love and Take me I'm yours. Were you there at this gig?

I managed to get very good footage due to being on the balcony.

Squeeze made a video blog about Sheffield at the same time as this gig which is quite funny :

For more information on the band and any tours this year see their website :


Wednesday, 3 April 2013

Walking through history, Tony Robinson explores the Derwent Valley in the first episode of this new TV Series.

A new Channel Four TV Series started on Saturday presented by Tony Robinson called Walking through history. In the first episode he took us on a walking tour along the Derwent Valley, where the world's industrial revolution was born.

I found this show really interesting and I'm sure you will do too, even if your not from Derbyshire. Tony Robinson is a good presenter for shows like this and I'm glad its showcasing what heritage we have in Derbyshire.

Here are some screen grabs that I did from the show :
Lance Oldham showing Tony Robinson around Caudwell's mill.
Starting his 40-mile walk through the glorious Peak District, starting in Bakewell.
Along the way he shows us around Cromford, where Richard Arkwright established the world's first ever factory, and examines the grip that Arkwright had on Cromford, including enforcing his own currency.
Cromford Mill where the water wheel used to run.

Nearby in Belper is the building that would lay the foundations for today's skyscrapers.
Belper East Mill

Tony also encounters a 900-year-old stately home that has been used to film three different Jane Eyres.
Brian Blessed introduces Tony to the joys and the huge significance of the Cromford canal.

Brian Blessed talking about the Cromford Canal.
Later Tony climbs to the heights of the Peaks, drawn by the chance to operate a huge steam winding engine that's been working in the same place since 1829.

He has a pint of beer in the Holly Bush inn at Makeney where he gets excited when he sees that Dick Turpin visited this pub !
The Hollybush inn at Makeney
 He ends his incredible journey through economic time in Derby , the railway town's secret crown jewel is the world's first engine roundhouse, built in 1839 and now restored to its former glory.
Russell Hollowood showing Tony around the Roundhouse.
Don't worry if you missed this show as you still have chance to watch it using the "on demand" service provided by Sky or Virgin Media and also online by using my link here:

Watch Walking Through History S1E1 via 4od.
You have 25 days left to view this episode online. This episode is 47 min 33 seconds long. Watching it online you will have to endure a collection of short adverts every 10 minutes or so.

It also is available using the 4OD App on the iPhone. Just tap the search icon and type walking through and it shows up top, away you go !

The great thing about this show is they have even provided walking guides that you can download and print off so you can follow in Tony's footsteps !

Download the walking guides to Episode 1 from here :

In episode 2 Tony will be walking around Dorset, this airs on Saturday 6th April.
In episode 3 Tony will be walking around Kent and east Sussex, this airs on Saturday 13th April.

4OD Apps for watching tv on demand on your smartphone :
These are free and available for Android and iPhones from here :


The Incredible Jonathan Goodwin hanging off a cable car at Heights of Abraham, Matlock Bath.

Did you see The Incredible Jonathan Goodwin on Watch last week ?
Jonathan Goodwin is an escapologist and professional "danger-man", his new series started on the Watch TV channel a few weeks ago. In Episode 3 his first stunt was a local one. It took place at The Heights of Abraham, Matlock Bath.

What he did was grab hold of the bottom of a cable car just as it was starting to leave the base station. He had to hold on for dear life until it got to the very top before he could drop down. The security guard tried to wrestle him to the ground but he got away. They used a drone helicopter to film the amazing footage of him dangling below the cabin. There was a behind-the-scenes bit at the end of the show.

What if a Wasp had attacked !

Were YOU one of the passengers on this ride when Jonathan Goodwin had a free ride with you?
Here are some screen grabs from the show I captured from the show, click to view larger versions :

The Watch TV channel is available on :
Sky channel 109, Virgin Media channel 124

Episode 4 of The Incredible Mr Goodwin is on Wednesday 3rd April at 10pm.


Tuesday, 2 April 2013

Video - Heage Windmill, opening by TV weather presenter Sara Blizzard on Saturday 30th March 2013.

Here is my latest local video, filmed on Saturday 30th March 2013. Its of the official opening ceremony of Heage Windmill by BBC TV Weather presenter Sara Blizzard.

If you live in Derbyshire then I'm sure you know Sara Blizzard from BBC's East Midlands Today as she has presented the weather on this show for 13 years now and always brings a warm smile to the weather forecast what ever the weather.

The weather for the opening was nice and sunny as you will see in my video. She arrived on a vintage tractor which she drove along the narrow drive down to the mill. After posing for photographs she raised the Union Jack flag up the pole.
Then she performed the ribbon cutting to open the 12th season at Heage Windmill.
Then she operated the controls to close all of the shutters on all of the sails which makes the sails turn.

My video of Sara Blizzard opening Heage Windmill:
Or use this link : Sara Blizzard opening Heage Windmill on Saturday 30th March 2013.

Feel free to use this video on Facebook, Twitter etc.

Heage Windmill is located in Derbyshire.

More information :
Sara Blizzards profile page on the BBC website.