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I-Phone Friday   22 comments

Sorry I haven’t posted for a while, you see this guy has been keeping me busy, some of you may be aware that my wife is in NZ as part of her birthday, seeing family and friends.

Well the other day Archie decided to rip up the floor in our kitchen, this was laid only a month ago so I wasn’t too happy, now I thought I better get this sorted before my wife gets home because she will think it was me having raging parties, now I can’t tell you what I have done because I think my wife might look at this blog every now and then, but it has been a lot of hard work and i’m only half way through, but I think she will be pleased.

I’m now finished for today, it’s friday night, party time. Have a great weekend.

Bad Boy

Bad Boy

Posted November 30, 2012 by rigmover in London

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i-phone Friday   18 comments

Yes i know its not friday, I was traveling all day yesterday and sort of lost track of time/days.

We got off the rig Thursday lunch time, after landing at Haifa we got our ride to Tel Aviv, checked into the hotel, had a meeting in the foyer to decided if we should good to the gym and then a swim, or head up town to a bar we know on the beach front.

The taxi pulled up out side and the 85 year old driver asked where we wanted to go, after a three way conversation with us/driver and a member of the public I think we had it sorted, I don’t think the driver could see very well as he thought he was the only car on the road and the 30MPH signs said 70MPH. He spoke in Hebrew all the way, showing us markets and bus stations and other places of interest. (I think)

After watching the sunset (see pic) we found Mikes Place, located right next door to the American Embassy, after a nice greeting from the barman, three pints were ordered and we took a seat outside. A few more pints later we ordered dinner and just as it was arriving the air raid siren started, I wasn’t sure what it was at first until people off the street started to run inside, then it all seemed to go quiet, and then we heard the explosion, it was huge and you could feel it right through your body. Not long after the siren stopped and all was quiet and still.

That was one of the quickest dinner’s I’ve eaten in a long time, we decided to get the bill and leave, we weren’t sure being next to the American Embassy was a good thing or bad.

Things seemed to go back to normal very quickly, I suppose they have to when you live is this sort of environment, otherwise you would spend all your time in a bunker.

We found another bar and sheltered in there for the rest of the night. We found out later that the missile had landed near our hotel, so I think we made the right decision.

 

This is coming into land on a rig to drop off a passenger on our way to Haifa.

 

 

Just heading out of Haifa you pass a Martine Museum, I haven’t ben yet but it’s on my list, this is a German U-Boat.

 

 

 

Sunset over Tel Aviv

 

 

 

A nice bit of Art-Deco. (I think).

 

 

Posted November 17, 2012 by rigmover in Israel

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i-phone Friday   14 comments

I-phone Friday comes of course from Hastings, where the wife and I spent last weekend.

First night in a nice Turkish restaurant, seat covers took a bit of getting use too.

 

 

But the Lamps were nice.

 

 

Finish the night as we started.

 

 

A walk down the Old Town the following morning.

 

 

 

Some cool looking shops, shame it was closed.

 

 

 

I think I’m off to Israel on Monday, and its to the rig with no wi-fi, so have a great weekend and i’ll post again as soon as I can.

Posted October 19, 2012 by rigmover in South Coast

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i-Phone Friday   23 comments

It’s been a very busy week, but I think I’ve caught up for now.

Here is a few shots taken with my iPhone on my travels home last week.

This is what I had to leave behind on the rig.

 

Over the British country side.

 

Looking up the Thames towards the North, you can make out Tower Bridge, the London Eye and the ‘Shard’, Europe’s tallest building.

 

If you have ever heard of London Gin, this is my take on it, London through a Gin.

 

 

Have a great weekend.

Posted October 5, 2012 by rigmover in London

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Big Stuff   18 comments

Although the rigs we work on are relatively small the stuff on them can be pretty big.
Check out this box of nuts and bolt.

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Did you notice my iPhone resting on top.

What about this drill bit, imagine this at your local dentist!

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Even the coffee is huge, eat your heart out Starbucks.

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As are the steaks. (look away vegetarians)

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Some very large rear ends too, if you see what I mean.

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I was talking about the boats back end.

Posted September 20, 2012 by rigmover in My Work

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iPhone Friday   15 comments

Some iPhone shots from our visit to Cheshire.

This is Chester Cathedral it is the mother church of the Church of England Diocese of Chester, and is located in Chester city centre, Cheshire, England. The cathedral, formerly St Werburgh’s abbey church of a Benedictine monastery, is dedicated to Christ and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Since 1541 it has been the seat of the Bishop of Chester and centre of worship, administration, ceremony and music for the city and diocese.

The cathedral is a Grade I listed building, and part of a heritage site that also includes the former monastic buildings to the North, also listed Grade I. The cathedral, typical of English cathedrals in having been modified many times, dates from between 1093 and the early 16th century, although the site itself may have been used for Christian worship since Roman times. All the major styles of English medieval architecture, from Norman to Perpendicular, are represented in the present building.

This is a Milestone we found outside an old pub in Tarporley we had lunch in.

A milestone is one of a series of numbered markers placed along a road or boundary at intervals of one mile or occasionally, parts of a mile. They are typically located at the side of the road or in a median. They are alternatively known as mile markers, mileposts or mile posts (sometimes abbreviated MPs).

See the town of Nantwich on the MP below, the ‘wich’ at the end of the name means salt, so places ending in wich had salt, either stored, for sale or just there.

Another cool sign in Tarporley.

Last one is a huge sculpture in the grounds of an Adventure Trail the boy’s, Archie and I spent a couple of hours getting muddy on.

Royal Iris   20 comments

Yesterday I took the kids to The Reach it’s a climbing wall complex, looks really good with 750 square meters of rope climbing and up to 450 square meters of bouldering, when we arrived we had to go through the normal HSE stuff, but when it came to actually climbing we couldn’t do it unless the kids could tie themselves off, so I asked if they could do the training to learn that skill, yes but it’s £35.00 each, I said thats ok I’ll pay, Oh but it’s a two day course next week, ok i said can i book them in, yes but only if an adult is with them, ok I said I’ll join to, oh ok I will have to check if you can? 10 mins later we started all over again with another person, eventually we paid a registration fee and admission and the kids were allowed to go bouldering only, while they were having fun I filled out forms, my son’s girlfriend had to ring her mum to get permission. I talked to the admin person and told her they had all been climbing before at the ‘Cave’ (Another rock climbing place) and that we came here because the Cave had closed, she told me the Cave was going to re-open and maybe we should go back there. Now I understand about HSE and all that, and I understand they have to cover themselves if anything goes wrong but throughout the whole time we were there it felt like they did not what us to join, If they just put up a sign saying 18 years and over it would of been so much easier.

Rant over, to cool down we had a walk along the Thames and found this.

The MV Royal Iris is a twin screw, diesel-electric, former Mersey Ferry. The vessel was built by William Denny & Brothers of Dumbarton (Yard No. 1448) and launched in December 1950, costing £256,000.

Her engines were produced by Ruston & Hornsby Metropolitan-Vickers. Propulsion: 4 oil 4SA, each six cylinders driving four generators, each 300 kW/300v DC-connected to two electric motors, each 730shp and 2 shafts. Her maximum speed is 12 knots. Her weight is 1,234 gross tonnes. She is 159 feet long and 48 feet wide, with a draught of 9 feet.

The Royal Iris ran her trials on the Skelmorlie Mile on the River Clyde on 24 April 1951. Arriving in the River Mersey on 28 April 1951, she was initially owned and operated by Wallasey Corporation and carried the Borough coat of arms on the front of her superstructure. Upon entering service on 5 May 1951, she was licensed to carry 2,296 passengers on normal ferry duties, or 1,000 for cruising. Originally painted in a green and cream livery, the ship was distinctive in having a forward dummy funnel near her bridge and two exhaust stacks amidships, on both sides. Onboard amenities included a dancefloor and stage, tea room, buffet, cocktail bar, even a fish and chip saloon. The latter likely affording the Royal Iris the nickname “the fish and chip boat”.

On Friday 7 September 1951 the battleship HMS Duke of York was under tow on her way to being broken up at Gareloch when she collided with the Royal Iris off Gladstone Dock. The Royal Iris was temporarily out of control and the floodtide carried her against the warship. The ferry was approaching the end of a cruise organised by the Amalgamated Engineering Union. Some people were hospitalised as a result of the accident.

In 2002 the vessel was towed to a berth on the River Thames near Woolwich, awaiting a possible refit as a floating nightclub.

On Saturday, 6 February 2010, it was reported that Police and the RNLI had been called out to her berth on the River Thames, near Woolwich, after a passing vessel noticed she had taken on water up to her passenger deck. At the present time, it is unclear how long she has been in this state. There was evidence found to suggest that squatters had been living on board. Also found on board were various items of drug paraphernalia.

 

 

The Kid’s though the sign ‘LADIES POWDER ROOM’ was so cool.

 

 

Both taken with my iPhone 4 with Camera+

iPhone Friday   16 comments

Just a quick collection from my recent Amsterdam visit. All photo’s taken with my iPhone 4 and processed with Camera+

One of the dock side cranes, not sure how old this is, but love the round concrete counter-weights.

 

 

Something you see a lot in Amsterdam.

 

 

A very cool car.

 

 

At last on the way home.

Meet Archie   8 comments

This is our new dog, his name is Archie and he’s a Labradoodle, yeah that is a real breed, it’s a mixed breed, I think you can guess which two dogs are used.
He’s a designer-Dog first created in Australia to be the ultimate doggie companion and guide for people with sight impairment or total blindness.
He’s 4 months old and very playful, here he has just chased our cat downstairs, he then lost sight of Sid, gave up and sat down.

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Posted July 22, 2012 by rigmover in London

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My Biggest Fan   13 comments

No not my Mum! this thing. Anyone guess what it is before I tell you? No it’s not a(insert your guess here). It is actually an undersea turbine that we installed just off the Island of Eday which is part of the Orkney Islands.

The idea is when the tide goes out it turns one blade and when the tide comes in….you got it, yeah it turns the other end generating electricity.

Now this wasn’t the first attempt at this, Rolls Royce built one and tried to install it in the same place, that one is still sitting on the dockside after a number of years, another company tried and failed miserably. The thing is, the tide is so strong, it has to be for this thing to work which of course makes it a challenge to put it on the seabed, you need a very powerful boat with a crane and two ROV’s and you still can only do the job between the tides, thats about two hours max. So after installing the base and counter weights(not pictured) in the exact position and heading it was time for the top, this went as smooth as the rest and the job was complete in just 7 days, that’s 14 ebb tides and that’s a record.

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