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All smiles on the beach...



All smiles here as the summer kicks in...at last! ;o)

We Brits are renowned for our "moaning about the weather" whatever it may be, and it was hot today... am I complaining? na... ;o)

Not in the least, having had a great few days enjoying it with my youngest son, making the most of the half term holiday.

Seems like we may get a good summer this year, having not really had a good consistent one for the last few years in my opinion. You could say they were typical Brit summers.

Seems the weather is going to be great just the right time with the economy like it is and people deciding to skip going abroad this year.

Hope you have enjoyed the break as much as me and my lad did.

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New Portland pictures

Just a quick one as I haven't been online much the last few days, I needed to get off my arse due to it getting a bit flat so went out and took some great pictures. Yesterday I bad migraine all day so did nothing but lay down.


Got the chance to sort out more of my pictures as shown here, these were taken just a few moments apart. These will be added to the new blog as mentioned in the last post on here.



Due to enjoying the sorting out of these I decided against getting online as it is a distraction at times, so much more productive without it. I started sorting out other things on the pc, found some PLR (private label articles) I can use. Re-arranged them to create my own unique articles and sorted them out.

Looks like enough for about 60 blog post. So I have now another blog to set up,feed these into it every other day. Should be 2 or 3 months worth with little effort, and the topic is a reasonable one too. :o)

Glad I did that.

That gives me a bit of a release to post more often here and the other blogs. As I can set that new blog up knowing I have the stuff to use. No effort really.



I could also create another lot of articles from mixing up the new ones, create a new set of post as they are on the same topic, theme.

It's one huge benefit from having PLR products. Not only can you get PLR articles, you could get PLR reports, ebooks, graphics, images, whatever you wanted really.

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"Autumn sunsets"

portland sunset on TwitPic

A nice time of the year to see the sky here on portland, the pic here (click on it for larger version) is just behind my home.

Seems to be the sky is never the same twice, could be true of anywhere but it is so noticable here. :o)

Why we never tire of seeing or taking pictures of the sunset here.

Wouldn't you?

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"A hidden gem of Portland"



Church Ope Cove, a place we spent many a summer when we were kids, not being far from where we lived and with it being the realtively "safer 70s" in some peoples eyes it was a great place to be.

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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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"Sunset over chesil beach"





A beautiful sunset over chesil beach just as I was walking down the "incline", a steep straight path that leads from the top of the island to the bottom...pretty direct!

I was about 3/4 down by this time...should have walked slower! ;o)

BUT...I also videoed the sunset the other night and here it is.... :o)







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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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"Wish you were here"

A nice drink at the pub watching the sunset tonight! With both my brothers and another friend.



A must do in the summer here whether you are a local or visitor. :o)



The sound of the waves breaking on the pebbles, people fishing along the shore line.




The sky changing colours as the minutes pass by.

Ah... bliss!


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"The view from here"

The holidays!
sunsetting over cove inn chesil beach

Got my sons for a few days and it's great, so we had a nice day today came home and had some tea, I went to wash up and saw this!


The view from my kitchen window.


sunset over cove inn portland bill
Clicking on the pictures gives you a full size image, as all on the blog do.


It was nice to watch it slowly change colours.




dark moody sunset cove inn portland bill
From a cool blue to a deep red, with a dark and moody exit!


Will have to capture more of these great sunsets we have!


What's your view like from your window?
Makes washing up a pleasure to do at times like this! :o)

Take care,

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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 from above"

cove inn from above
The weather is really perking up now the spring has kicked in full flow...summer coming!

Here is the "cove inn" from the main rd at fortuneswell.
It is the the far building nesting between the rooftops!

Sounds odd... ;o)

Living behind that has it's positives. ;o)
Not to mention the sea being just a stones throw.



Take care,

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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?!

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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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