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Are those horizons yours?

Wherever you fit in with the world... is supposed to be where you feel happiest, it's not always where you are from, (sometimes it may be that way), but for everyone that's home in the heart.

Sometimes it takes getting away from where you grow up to appreciate the good parts of the place you grew up.

No matter where you are from, it will always be a part of you, but it doesn't mean you should stay there.

I find it amazing there are very old people here on the Isle of Portland who have almost never left the island, indeed a few who have never been off the island, yeah, never!

Take a moment to consider that, an island about 4 miles long by about 2 miles wide with a road connection to the mainland, and you spend your whole life there, never going over that road.
Imagine suppressing that curiosity to see what's out there...all that time!

Amazing!

It's not always about broadening your horizons, reaching your existing horizons is good, its growth.
Horizons are there to be reached for... that's natural to us.

It's not all visual horizons in life though is it, we all strive to do better, know more, learn new things, and yet some never even try, shame that really.
That is our greatest thing, to be able to think about it and act, grow in a way no other species does.

We are told we can't do this, that and the other, too often by those who have no idea what you can do.
We are unique, our horizons are unique, our path of life is unique, only you know what is right for you.
We create our ow horizons.

The world really is your oyster, physically and otherwise!

So, where are you going? :o)

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Portland Bill, the Sacred Isle...FASCINATING!



Writing for the Portland bill site is a pleasure in many ways and this also makes it easy to write for, I am passionate about the place, there is alot to be passionate about and it is a unique place, importantly I am not the only one who is passionate about it.

There is a fascinating and intriguing history told in  The Spirit of Portland: Revelations of a Sacred Isle which really opened my eyes too, please do grab a copy if you have an interest, it will make a good stocking filler too for someone you love.

Again I recommend anyone with an interest in Portland take a look at this, yeah... I will gain some small chump change if you buy, pennies literally... !!
On the plus side, free delivery and it will get to you, no worrying about Royal mail on strike!



Please do share your thoughts about it if you have already read the book.

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More changes...but not here



Things are continuing to move forward, admittedly after a few hiccups.
Having not had my lads this last weekend of their holiday I have been busy with several things. It's all good. :o) (so far!)

As you know from previous post I had been trying to move this blog off the FTP system, but not sorted that yet, as you know I use blogger and I love to use it, alot of stuff going around at the moment about WP (wordpress) security online so it no doubt gave us blogger users a little smile after all the WP lovers bashing blogger for years, at times justifiably too. ;o)

Anyway, as a blogger user and with the improvements rolling out I decided to get a domain for one of blogspot blog I have, I only like to get domains if the blog is worth keeping...this one is one, but up till now I'd only done FTP set up so I hosted the blog itself.

So I decided to try the custom domain set up bypassing the FTP set up.

Having been doing the postland blog for a while I decided to get the domain I had been meaning to get, it is now changed to portland bill and one reason for that is anchor linking is better using a keyword domain.

That means any backlinks should also be better, because most people just use the url, which is ok, better now though. ;o)

I also now own the blog really.

There was a few years ago some perfectly ok blogspot blogs being wrongly deleted, think it came down some hair-trigger fingered worker, thankfully it's not happened since as far as I know but blogger are cleaning up their database.

Splogs (spam blogs) and dormant, empty blogs are being reclaimed, I know my portland one was ok as I actually use it like many I have, I still aim to get domains for the ones I want to keep ~ for whatever reasons. ;o)

I have to say it's probably not so straightforward for someone who has never registered a domain, I worked it out because I have set up my own sites and blogs on own domains and hosting, so I am a little familiar with DNS and domains, but...

I do think if the registrars themselves had a set up page showing how to set their new customers domains up with blogger, they would gain a better user experience...then again they are trying to sell hosting too, so a doubled edged sword there. If it was me, I'd say do it... blogger has how many millions of users?

Overall though the registrar I used I am pleased with, it was a good service and I did need to ask support a question, got a reply within an hour...on a sunday too.

Should you use it and want to get the blogpsot blog you have moved, it's simple once you know, if you have any issues just ask, I am happy to help, if I can't or I am asleep (sleep?) and you need help I am sure they will help you.

The links and such from the old blogspot will all work ok, nothing is lost as far as I can tell, possible a bit of PageRank, but that will improve again and should get better, I don't place to much importance on that anyway.

Also on the Portland bill blog I have made a few changes, having decided to take it another step further and improve it all round, I know the users/readers experience is the most important part and hopefully changes I make will reflect that. :o)

I would love to hear any of your thoughts regarding the Portland bill blog and any changes made, or changes you like to see.

All in all, a good weekend, how was yours? :o)

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Portland Bill's lighthouse, as it's not usually seen



Been a few days since my last post, had a busy time, a good weekend seeing friends and one in particular, well she was more than a friend at one time and that was a long time ago ... 17, 18 years or something.

All made possible because of facebook, getting us all in contact again and it was great to visit old haunts with the friends again, Portland has changed a fair bit since she was last here.

On the sunday we and a couple of friends went for a walkabouts down to Portland bill and had some dinner, the weather was nice to us too!

Managed to get a nice picture of the lighthouse from a different angle as you can see here. :o)

All in all a good weekend.

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Portland Bill, the lighthouse and swings



Portland bill's famous lighthouse. Shame you never hear the fog horn anymore, some great memories of hearing that while laying in bed at the house in Weston street as a kid.

Visitors can climb up the stairs inside the lighthouse and have a look at the spectacular view from the top, not sure about times and days, so if that interest you, best to check it out beforehand...nevertheless just being here will put a smile on your face ... not to mention the sun on your back too.



Europe forced us to have new swings here, they are not even facing the right way anymore either...they are small compared to old ones we used to have here which faced south, the way I am facing taking this.

My son and my nieces, nephew all having fun here. Feel lucky to have grown up with this on our doorstep, and luckier our own kids have been able to enjoy summers out there too. Taking advantage of their nan and grandad having a beach hut out here. :o)

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Portland Bill, the place to spend hot summer days



Yogi in a thirsty state, he had fun while me and my youngest brother Graeme took him and the kids and my youngest son out to Portland Bill, a go on the swings, a walk about and generally enjoying the sun!

The sky looked great out there too ...



We get clouds looking like this a fair bit through the summer here, some really interesting patterns too.

Hope you have a nice weekend enjoying the sun ... making the most of it really as it's not exactly known for it here in the UK. lol!

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"50 great pictures"


Find more photos like this on Portlanders!

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"WHY we live here, there is NO-WHERE else QUITE like it!


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"A cracking house"


What a cracking house eh?

Just as the sign says...it's only going one way. ;o)

The crack runs down through the right hand side and through the windows, being the weak parts.

There is someone living in this and the refuse to move, even though it is unsafe.

Click the actual image for a bigger picture and take a closer look at this highly unstable house here on Portland.

This house has been bad for many years.

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"Portland a 2012 bomb?"

Portland Bill a beautiful Island where I happen to live. ;o)

I'd like it to stay this way long after 2012...not lost forever!

Here we host part the 2012 Olympic games, the sailing events will be in Portland harbour, NOT Weymouth harbour which it seems as they keep getting the credit and publicity!

While this is a great thing for Portland I and I am not alone fear it could be a bad thing...why?

Well the good things first and one is that money will be used to enhance Portland's entrance, which is surely NEEDED and we don't get back what we put in on Portland, Weymouth benefits most of the time.

Businesses will benefit in many ways from the games being here, not least a wider awareness of the place so more exposure for their work.

Locals will benefit in many ways. :o)

We will be shown worldwide on the TV and you can bet there will be amazing aerial shots of this place...you won't want to miss them!

All round this will help Portland a huge deal in many ways.

The port though is an odd one for me...why?

It all seems strange here in some ways, when the navy was here the whole base was secure and private, we knew little of what went on there and now its an open working port yet it feels odd to be there at times, like a newish place somewhere I have lived most of my life. Strange, or is it me. ;o)

But why the worry?

Well it seems that we are having a bomb fitted on the Island!!

NOT a nice one at that.

Whoa...what?

Yep, to me that is what is going on and it don't look pretty!

The Portland base has old tankers, most have been removed, you know those big gas container type things. Except these were for aviation fuel and such things which the navy used, a few will always remain as we still have the most famously known helicopter here working and that's the sea rescue service as seen on the BBC!

Now though there are plans to actually put GAS in two tankers which are right on the port side where the Olympics are shown!

A gas BOMB!!

But there is more... its gets worse!

While most of us are used to the tankers here, the few that remain that is, we feel having gas in them within distance of the port is not a good idea.

As I said...it gets worse!

Nuclear subs in the port too?

All on live TV watched round the world!!!

You tell me, should it concern us?

Will the local council listen to peoples fears?

Will it be ignored until it's to late?

Will it be safe?

Can it all be delayed until after the games?

Who can you trust though?
I mean with all this terrorism and fear going on, with conspiracy theorist out there saying the governments are all involved in ways we don't realise.
The media feeding the frenzy in some ways.

Who can people trust?

The people only trust themselves and those they know.

Am I doing the wrong thing here...putting the idea in the wrong hands?

Am I doing the right thing by making people aware of it so empowering us to say...hang on!

All I know is I love the place and it's a huge part of my life seeing I live here and I AM concerned about the place.

It was here long before us and should be here long after we leave.

Is Portland a ticking bomb for the world to witness?

What can we do from here to ensure it IS a safe Olympics for everyone?

Any comments?

Like to share this post, please do, digg it, stumble it, or other, even email it!

Wanna buy me a beer for posting it? :o)

Just wanna help this be avoided...take action.

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"Portland and it's beauty"

I have had a busy day today with a new site I have set up that I hope you will all like.

If there is one thing about Portland here that sticks in most peoples minds once they visit it's the stunning views we have.

There really is nowhere quite like it.

With the amazing reach of the net we have it's great to find old friends online who lived here once and for them this is the perfect addition to their PC... ;o)

Take a look at it and see for yourself why it's the one of only world heritage sites in the UK. :o)

Click below...

Portland...

Back... hope you grabbed it at that crazy low price, which I am unsure if I will keep it that low for good so now is the best time if you are interested.

Something else, this shows you can always create a product from something...it doesn't have to be an ebook, software or anything others say you should create.

Why can't you create something similar to what I have here?

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"The Verne"

verne prison at portlandA forum user asked me if the well known "underground prison" was still here at Portland, which as you can see from the pictures is still in use.

This is an old prison, I know it was one of the hardest and highest categories at one time.

There is a tale I started reading one time in a quaint old book about this prison and it's prisoners, a man known as something like "crazy bill, wild man of Portland", or something like that!

Been some seriously crazy ones in there in the early end of the last century!

But...

Even in my childhood in the 70's it was a higher known and badder reputation than it is now.

Here are a few pictures of the Verne!

This first picture is looking at the entrance gate, you can see the prison shaped into the hill clearly here, on my immediate right is the bridge to it, as seen in the second picture.


the bridge view and the trench at verne prison This at literally the top of the island. The second picture also shows the "trench" that goes around the prison, very deep too.

As kids we used to say..."wow, you can imagine lions in there at one stage, like some Roman fortress this, they would eat one who dared escape!"

Even my sons had a laugh at that, but started adding there own little ideas into it... ;o)

view south of verne prison and trench
Gotta love the imagination!

The last picture is also taken from the same point as the other two.

Just a little to to the left so you can appreciate the depth of the prison and how it "fits" into the island, as well as that trench!

Quite high up here! :o)

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"Cove inn"

This is the pub on the sea wall, I live right behind this and look forward to having a drink on the beach, watch the sun go down.

Would that make a nice video?

The sunset?

I can remember watching the waves pound this pub, going right over the top of it, roughly 50 feet high the waves were.

The last time this happened was the late 80's.

It used to happen roughly every ten years but since the late 80's...it's not happened.
I found this picture showing this as it happened, this is an old picture though.

Hopefully it won't again seeing as my home is behind it and on a lower level!

A wave is not what I want to see from the kitchen window!

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"A few degrees"

Like the light beam of the lighthouse, a few degrees width here is a big difference out there.

Set off on the wrong angle and it could lead to the vast nowhere!

One good reason I did the last post! :o)

Interestingly though my readership has gone up since adding pics and writing longer and better posts!

Welcome new readers, thanks for stopping by and I hope you'll be a regular reader now. ;o)

Funny it brings back some great memories looking at this picture, the lighthouse itself.
I used to love laying in bed late on a foggy night (believe me fog gets bad here) and listen to the great long deep bellow of the foghorn, I can hear it in my head now.

Yep I could hear it easy back then, living in Weston street (you locals will know it) it was only just over a mile or two from here so it was loud at times.

You know it makes me think about what it was like here one time in the says of old, where locals used lights to lure boats in, only to shipwreck right on the rocks or beach after being tricked.

Then looted!

What a life that must have been here then!

The caves and tunnels and alsorts here make me wonder, gotta be buried treasure here somewhere!....Ok don't rush... ;o)

Pirates and mermaids!! Gets me daydreaming!

Not to mention the "strangers graveyard" we have here.
It IS an interesting place here, too many younger ones don't really appreciate it yet, if ever they will.

Wouldn't a video here of...


...the sunset be nice?!

Any comments?

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A fantastic Portland storm

Outside...the lightning is so close, a real amazing sight here near the beach... hmm... must get new camera.

That's got me thinking, and thats great.. ;o)

Update.

Check out these two blogs I have set up since getting a camera.

Portland bill, where I live, posting pictures a few times a week.

Portland Pictures I am selling which are printed by the local printing experts, gotta help the local businesses! ;o)

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A nice picture of a local old windmill



Portland here has two old windmills about 60, 70 metres apart in the "Weston" area of the Island.

This is the better of the two in condition although neither has got too badly damaged, it would be amazing to see them restored to what they were when working. Not sure that will ever happen.

We used to love playing about up here, just to the right of this about 120, 150 metres is "Weston road" where I grew up. Happy days!

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