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  1. School Of Derp

    Great pics Mr T Sir, I really like the close ups with the depth of field giving them full advantage. KM

    Ace pics Sir PP, those places are getting thin on the ground now what with general decrepitude and of course housing/industrial estate development. I suppose it is coming up for about 80 years ago that they were built (jeez.........that is even older than me!) and thrown up quickly and cheaply too, must have been good stuff.................

    Nice pics Mr PP considering it must have been really dark in there too, the closing down party must have been a belter !!
  4. Keil Chapel and burial ground.

    Glad you enjoyed it Sir, the "Land of the Jocks" isn't the worst place in the world to visit, most of us are harmless too! I am Scottish born and bred but proud to be British too and can't stand all that separation rubbish. Complete Bulls droppings. KM
  5. Keil Chapel and burial ground.

    Nice pics, I see you got all sorts of weather too! KM
  6. RNAS Longside (Lenabo). Aberdeenshire

    He was marching up our small street and the next one at a great rate last year......6 "carry offs" so to speak is the space of a couple of months, fortunately he went past our door and continued Westwards and hasn't been seen since...pheeew. Must have been the wooden cross and the garlic I hung on the door that kept him at bay. Just have to watch for the KKK now that there is a ready made cross for them. I have hidden the matches. P.S. Mr. Pyro - thanks Sir for getting my pics problem sorted out, I forgot to say that earlier ! Put it down to age related forgetfulness (can be useful at times...). KM
  7. RNAS Longside (Lenabo). Aberdeenshire

    Thanks for that Sir and Madame (or Mademoiselle?!). Like most similar WW1 and WW2 sites everywhere, nature is gradually taking them back or mankind has reshaped or removed them and the land used for other purposes. There are a lot of places in Scotland as indeed in England too, I am lucky as the part I live in is less populated more rural than you folks areas so many sites are just left to gradually crumble away and be forgotten. I do enjoy a wander round them, I take nothing away but photos and memories so that others, if they are interested, are free to do the same. I am pleased it seems to be the same as you folks do also. KM P.S. I still have few to upload and old ones to revisit too and of course more to explore if I get the chance and the Grim Reaper stays away from my door!
  8. RNAS Longside (Lenabo). Aberdeenshire

    In quiet rural Buchan (a part of North East Scotland) lies a large wood, nothing really peculiar about that you would think as there are many around like it. However in this wood are what little remains of a very advance for it's time WW1 Airship Station). There was a very informative little book titled "Airfield Focus No:61 RNAS Longside (Lenabo)" which gave a lot of details about it and had numerous excellent black and white photos too, it is out of print I think but someone may still have copies of it if anyone is interested enough to search the web. It was a giant of a site, three enormous hangers were built to house the airships stationed there - 2 of them were over 320 feet long by over 113 wide and the doors themselves about 80 feet high. The Daddy of them all was the middle one of the three which over 700 feet long and 150 feet wide with doors over 100 feet high. A factory was built to produce the hydrogen gas required for the airships and a railway link was also built to join up with a local main line. Accommodation too I believe for some of the hundreds of Service men and women who worked there It was built to combat the threat of German submarines in the North Sea and 'though about 8 miles or so from the sea it seemed to be effective enough in doing just that. It was built on what was a peat bog which had to be excavated and backfilled, cost a lot of cash for those days and was abandoned at the end of WW1. Trees were later planted and the place mostly forgotten about until the early 2000's when local people and the Community Council put up the plaque in the photo below to commemorate the place. If you were walking through the woods now from the nearby road you might be puzzled by a large concreted area you would pass on the left (one of the smaller hanger floors or aprons I think) but further investigation would reveal drainage ditches and holes and pits that abound there but no indication really of what had been all those years ago. The large grassed area in my pictures below (the main hanger) would be further along and on the right and you would pass it unnoticed if you didn't know it's history. The memorial plaque near the entrance to the site. A grassy field...? No, just a few inches under this grass and those small trees is a fully concreted area that was the apron and floor of the main hanger shown below in the old photo. It was wider than my picture and as far back as the higher trees in the distance, enormous. I kicked off some of the grass and the concrete was as new underneath, apart from some possible tree root damage I would guess the rest is in the same condition. Ariel view of the site when it was operational showing high concrete wind breaks to try and protect the airships as they were man handled in and out of the hangers. Also some accommodation building and the hydrogen gas plant with storage tanks. I didn't have enough time or information at the time to explore those parts, hopefully another day. The picture above show the difficulty of these movements and the amount of man power required, also the size of the hanger. Smaller hanger in the middle of the picture, main one to the left. Windbreak far right. Airship, nicknamed locally as "Lenabo Soos" due to their shape and size. A Soo is the local dialect name for a female pig (Sow). Must have been hellish for the crews in that open gondola over the North Sea in Winter, or Summer for that matter! The same hanger floor area from the opposite end. Still all concrete under the grass. It finished at the tall trees in the distance. I found a large number of these mooring rings in great condition barely covered by vegetation along both sides of the grassed over area. They would have been inside the hanger for mooring the airships with ropes. Photo for scale of ring. A collapsed windbreak. There were also a number of large concrete blocks with these embedded in them, no idea what for but they were substantial chunks of iron still despite being from 1918. Some details.
  9. Flooded radioactive underground chemical lab

    Brave man...I wouldn't go in there for love nor money, even at my advanced age. It is real example of the Russian regime's attitude toward" Elfin" Safety and the environment. " If it is nasty just chuck it away and forget about it". Same with their redundant nuclear subs and the like. Really dreadful and quite worrying. Well done yourself for going in, I hope you will be none the worse for it in years to come. I see you were carrying radiation monitor of some sort, wise move. Hope too that you got thoroughly decontaminated when you came out. Another visit perhaps would not be wise. Good video and pics despite the conditions there Sir. Cheers KM .
  10. "Sunnyplace" Near the Cold North sea......

    I will drop in past sometime to see if it has progressed since last Spring, maybe I will get to peek inside...! I hope so as I would really like some interior pictures. It is orly about 20 mins away so not at all far at all.
  11. Ruined Castle (Just a Taster!)

    I do too, though we are not exactly short of them in one state or the other this part of the world! It is sunshine and warmth we are usually short of hence the hols to Menorca etc........
  12. La Mola Fortress, Menorca

    They make lovely Gin in Mahon (they call the town "Mayo" by the way and was where Mayonnaise was invented). The distillery is on the Harbour side and open for visits...I am not a Gin drinker but we both came out pissed as it is just a help yourself to whatever flavour you want...wow! We did but a bottle (the green one with the Windmill logo on it) though but it soon disappeared after we got back home! They started making Gin in the 1700's for the British when they invaded and held the island for a while. The locals drink it mixed with lemon Fanta which is great! I can't seem to find lemon Fanta here which is a shame.
  13. La Mola Fortress, Menorca

    There were a few more large ones around but didn't want to give Mrs KM just too much excitement for the one day, bad for her at that age.....
  14. La Mola Fortress, Menorca

    Went to the town of Mahon in Menorca on hols. a couple of years ago with the current (and always has been) Mrs K.M. Across the harbour from our hotel was the remains of this enormous fortress, built in the mid 1800's, we took a little boat ride to there and had a peek around, they hire golf carts to get you around as the site area is unbelievably huge, we would have liked to stay longer but the boatie man was coming back at a set time so we had to cut our trip short, if we go back to Mahon again (I would recommend it by the way!) I would like a much longer time at the fortress. Google to get all the historical stuff but mean while here are some pics, and yes it was really hot and sunny when we were there! Deep joy indeed. Mrs K.M Mrs K.M. wrapped round a VERY large one....that is me out of the game then.
  15. Milkbank House - abandoned mansion in Scotland

    Good grief, the Ivy has certainly got a hold of that old house, maybe it is holding it together...... Superb pics, enjoyed that, must be very rainy in that part of the world as the vegetation is really lush. The tiled flooring is like a stylized Scotch Thistle but has that strange flower bit in the middle, it could have a Masonic meaning? I am not one of those chappies but just wondered as I think a tiny flower lapel badge is too. Someone will know!